MIAMI GARDENS, FL — Centerplate, a leading hospitality partner to North America’s premier sports entertainment venues, has surpassed the one million milestone for meals produced and distributed in tandem with global entertainment destination Hard Rock Stadium for members of the local South Florida community. The meals have been made for at-risk senior citizens, public schools, food-dependent families, churches, shelters, missions and more.
Led by Vice President & General Manager Kevin Mitchell and Executive Chef Dayanny De la Cruz, the Centerplate management and culinary staff of more than 40 has gone above and beyond to serve a new audience, as the ordinary events – football games, international soccer matches, world-class concerts, corporate events and more – at the stadium have all been put on hold due to the ongoing pandemic. While adhering to new safety protocols and procedures, the staff work seven days a week to plan and prepare these healthy, nutritious meals. The most popular menu items include BBQ Chicken & Roasted Potatoes, Turkey Chili & Mashed Potatoes, and Coconut Curry Chicken & Thai Noodles.
The bulk of the meals have been produced for DeliverLean — a door-to-door delivery service — that is deploying daily to at-risk seniors in Miami-Dade County. Thousands of meals have bolstered the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program, which is combating food insecurity in South Florida.
“Led by Stephen Ross and Tom Garfinkel, we have embraced our role as stewards of the community and are committed to helping combat food insecurity by using these programs to provide consistent employment for our foodservice staff and stadium operations teams as stewards,” said Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs Jason Jenkins. “We appreciate the commitment that Centerplate’s team has shown amidst these extraordinary times and admire the strength that our community has shown throughout this pandemic. The overall program has also generated jobs and revenue for the local restaurant industry, while employing guest services and security staff at the stadium that have been idled as a result of COVID-19-related event cancellations.”
Read F&EM‘s cover story on Centerplate in the 2019 SuperBook.