MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following record hospitality sales and rave reviews at the 2012 edition of Art Basel, Centerplate, the leading event hospitality partner to North America's premier sports stadiums, entertainment venues and convention centers, is proud to add another award to its long list of industry accolades. The City Commissioner and Mayor of Miami Beach have chosen to award Centerplate an official Certificate of Recognition, honoring Centerplate for its role as the leading event hospitality partner to Art Basel Miami Beach, the nation's most prestigious art exhibition.
As hospitality partner to the internationally renowned art festival, Centerplate served over 75,000 meals to the exhibition's 50,000 guests, with service ranging from catering VIP events to managing a number of upscale restaurants throughout the five-day event. Hospitality efforts produced record sales in walk-up customer service and catering. But more importantly, according to the commendation from the City of Miami Beach:
"This hard work and dedication has helped secure Miami Beach as the premier destination for Art Basel annually."
To execute world-class hospitality for the art world's elite, Centerplate bolstered its Miami Beach team with more than 25 culinary and service professionals from around the country to help facilitate all facets of its hospitality service. Centerplate's national all-star team of chefs worked closely with Art Basel to create menus both in keeping with the event's creative flair and Miami Beach's own culinary persona. Additionally during the event, Centerplate provided an economic boon to the Miami and Miami Beach communities, nearly quadrupling its workforce from its typical staffing levels.
More than 260 leading galleries from North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa took part in 2012's Art Basel, showcasing works by more than 2,000 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibited galleries are among the world's most respected art dealers, offering exceptional pieces by both renowned artists and cutting-edge newcomers.
Centerplate crafts and delivers "Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results." in over 250 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America – annually serving over 100 million guests. Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 12 Super Bowls, 21 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. In 2011, the company was named the fastest growing restaurant/ hospitality group in the country by Nation's Restaurant News. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com