Centerplate Heads North with TELUS Whistler Conference Centre

    Centerplate Extends Presence in Canada with Tourism Whistler Account

    STAMFORD, Conn., Nov. 28 /CNW/ -- President and CEO of Centerplate Janet
Steinmayer announced today the signing of a long-term contract with Tourism
Whistler, which operates the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre in Whistler,
British Columbia, Canada. Centerplate is scheduled take over food and beverage
operations of the world-class facility in the fall.
    "We are delighted to have been chosen as the exclusive food and beverage
provider for one of western Canada's most impressive convention venues," said
Steinmayer. "It will be a perfect complement to Centerplate's existing
partnership with the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, where we have
overseen the culinary operations of award-winning events for 20 years."
    Nelson Drake, formerly of Centerplate's Vancouver Convention & Exhibition
Centre, will lead the Whistler team as director of food and beverage, focusing
on their mission of creating guest experiences unique to the region. Drake
also brings 12-years of hotel management expertise to this position.
    "Centerplate brings decades of experience in providing exceptional food
and beverage service to clients with unique facilities and customer needs,"
said Diana Lyons, vice president of operations for Tourism Whistler. "We are
looking forward to working with Centerplate to grow the business for the TELUS
Whistler Conference Centre and to identify new opportunities for cross-selling
Vancouver and Whistler as pre- and post-conference destinations."
    Drake and the culinary team have already begun to design their culinary
program that is representative of Whistler and the surrounding region. One
feature includes "Happy Earth Menus" for breakfast, lunch and dinner that are
composed of certified organic, free range and wild foods all in keeping with
Whistler's environmental prowess and Centerplate's mission to regionalize the
culinary offerings of its facilities. The Centre's "Oh, Canada!" reception
will feature a culinary tour across the country, with dishes ranging from
seafood from the Maritime Provinces to the bison of the Prairie Provinces. Yet
another dining option will be the "West Coast Classics" dinners that feature
roasted Pacific sablefish, freshly caught off the coast of Vancouver Island.
In addition, Centerplate has outfitted the Centre with beautiful Royal Doulton
Bone China to complement the many culinary options showcasing the finest that
Vancouver has to offer.
    Having completed a $12 million modernization project in 2003, the TELUS
Whistler Conference Centre offers more than 40,000 square feet of rentable
meeting space and the capacity to host more than 2,000 delegates. The striking
architecture is highlighted by a spectacular 40-foot, three-faceted, Rumford
fireplace built from locally quarried basalt rock. Built in keeping with
Whistler's own unique mountain style, the Centre features a glass-enclosed
Grand Foyer with incredible views of the surrounding Blackcomb and Whistler
    A year-round leisure and meeting destination, Whistler is nestled among
the majestic Coast Mountains only 75 miles north of Vancouver. Chosen, along
with Vancouver, to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Whistler
is the site of the alpine, nordic and sliding events. Visitors to the resort
can select from a range of accommodations totaling 3,200 hotel rooms, and more
than 5,000 other tourist accommodation units including condos, B&Bs and
    About Centerplate
    Centerplate crafts and delivers extraordinary guest experiences in about
130 prominent sports, entertainment and convention venues across North
America. Centerplate has provided its services to many high profile events
including 24 World Series games, 9 U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 10 Super
Bowls, 9 NCAA Final Four Men's Basketball Tournaments and 14 World Cup Soccer
games.  Visit the company online at
    About Tourism Whistler
    Tourism Whistler is the member-based marketing and sales organization
representing Whistler, operating the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre, the
Whistler Golf Club, the Whistler Visitor Centres and, as
well as 1-800-WHISTLER and - Whistler's official source for
visitor bookings and information. As the convention and visitors bureau for
the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Tourism Whistler represents more than
7,000 members who own, manage and operate properties or businesses on resort
lands including hotels, restaurants, activity operators and retail shops.

    Jamie Estes
    (502) 721-0335X100

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For further information: Jamie Estes, +1-502-721-0335 X100,, for Centerplate Web Site:      

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