Deacon Tower Grille Temporarily Closing
July 26, 2013
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest University's Deacon Tower Grille will close on Saturday, July 27, for renovations and will reopen on September 4 under the direction of Ovations Food Services.
A nationally-ranked catering and concessions provider, Ovations Food Services has been selected to run Deacon Tower Grille, located in the press tower at Wake Forest's BB&T Field, beginning this fall.
Ovations will take over concessions operations at BB&T Field following the 2013 football season. Ovations will also operate concessions and catering services at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum beginning with the 2013-14 basketball season.
Jeremy Zimmerman, an Ovations team member since 2006, was selected as Ovations' on-site General Manager and will oversee the food and beverage operations at all of the Demon Deacons' athletic facilities. Moving from Ovations' operation at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla., Jeremy has coordinated the offerings of fresh food and beverage services while also creating an unwavering relationship with the client, the Washington Nationals.
"As the face of Ovations at the University, I will not only introduce fresh food and beverage services but I also look forward to becoming involved in the Winston-Salem community and forming relationships," said Zimmerman of his new assignment.
Ovations will be making a substantial investment to install its Everything's FreshTM program to the University's athletic facilities. In addition to the Deacon Tower Grille renovations, the menu will be re-tooled to feature Southern cuisine with a modern flare, produced with fresh local ingredients.
By partnering with Ovations, Wake Forest will be able to consolidate all of its food operations at each of its athletic venues under the direction of one organization. Previously, catering and concessions operations were under the direction of several different companies.
Ovations is a nationally-recognized company with the goal of delivering fresh food and beverage with exceptional services to stadiums and arenas throughout the United States and Canada. Ovations provides catering and concessions to over 120 public assembly facilities including universities such as Texas Tech, Colorado State, VCU, George Mason and Fresno State. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Colorado Rockies' and Arizona Diamondbacks' spring training facility and the Greensboro Coliseum Complex are also part of their client roster as well as special events such as the Gator Bowl.
Ovations plans to introduce its Everything's FreshTM program to all of the concessions stands at each venue. This includes an investment in new equipment such as roller grills, char-broilers and topping tables so that fans can watch as their meals and snacks are prepared. Ovations will not serve food that is pre-wrapped or pre-cooked at any of the stands.
A new menu full of unique cultural and local food options will be available to all suite-holders and concessions stands. Ovations also plans to introduce new concepts in catering for large groups utilizing the banquet rooms in Bridger Field House and the Joel Coliseum.
While a national company, Ovations will be looking to make an impact locally by selecting fresh food choices from local farms, producers and small businesses. Ovations will also be looking to hire locally to help ensure a smooth transition between food providers.
Catering operations will start on August 1. For more information, contact Anne Gordon, Wake Forest assistant athletic director for special projects at (336) 758-6157 or Ovations General Manager Jeremy Zimmerman at (321) 474-2952.
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