Gateway Center Selects Ovations Food Services as Exclusive Caterer

gatewaycenterGateway Center has selected Ovations Food Services, a nationally ranked catering and concessions provider, as the Center’s exclusive partner for all food and beverage operations. Ovations Food Services, a subsidiary of the sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor, operates at over 140 public assembly facilities throughout the United States and Canada serving over 9 million guests on an annual basis.

 Ovations Food Services’ experience, resources and talent raises the bar for events held at Gateway Center. This means guests can expect progressive menus with regional influences, a fresh approach to food preparation and upgrades to deliver Ovations’ industry award winning concept The Kitchen™ Experience as well as The Bar™ Experience. Both The Kitchen and The Bar will transform the way guests at Gateway Centerexperience food and beverage with their modular design to bring Chef’s and Mixologists onto the main floor for live demonstrations.

 “After a competitive bidding process, we selected Ovations Food Services because they will provide Gateway Center the best experience in food and beverage for our guests,” said Cindy Warke, Executive Director at Gateway Center. “I am excited to watch Ovations roll-out their innovative programs as we begin this new partnership. Through Ovations’ Fresh Experiences™ Customer Satisfaction Program, all employees — from the President to part-time stand attendants — are trained to deliver outstanding service, ensuring that guests are warmly greeted, hosted with first-class food and first-class service, and that requests are cheerfully fulfilled. Our guests deserve nothing less.”

 About Ovations Food Services, LP:  A nationally ranked food service company, Ovations Food Services ( delivers fresh menus, fresh management and fresh ideas to public assembly venues, hotels and casinos throughout the United States and Canada.  Ovations specializes in food, beverage, merchandise and hospitality services for stadiums, arenas, convention centers, fairgrounds, expo-centers, racetracks, zoos, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, casinos and hotels. Considered by many as the best managed and most innovative company in the industry, Ovations’ results oriented senior management team has been involved in managing almost every major public assembly facility throughout the United States and Canada.  

 About Gateway Center:  Gateway Center ( is a multi-purpose convention center that hosts events of various sizes and types. The Center is located 10 minutes from downtown St. Louis, on Highway 157, just north of I-55/70, in Collinsville, Illinois.


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