Los Angeles, CA (July 31, 2015) – Premier Food Services is proud to have provided food and beverage services for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015). In previous years, Premier Food Services’ parent company SMG hosted the competitions in 2001 at the George M. Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, AK, followed by holding the 2003 Special Olympics World Games closing ceremony at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the first World Games held outside of the United States. Carrying the torch in 2015, Premier provided food and beverage services for athletes, guests, and event personnel during this year’s Games.
“Premier Long Beach is proud to be a Silver Champion of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games,” said Veronica Quintero, regional general manager, Premier Food Services.
Premier arranged food services for four different Long Beach venues from July 20 through August 2. The venues included Alamitos Beach, Belmont Pier, Marine Stadium, and Aquarium of the Pacific, where Premier provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the volunteer workforce, along with lunches and snacks for athletes during the competition days. Premier also provided snacks for honored guests and families of the athletes as well as lunches for the Special Olympics World Games officials.
“Premier is proud to be part of the Special Olympics World Games,” said Paul Tazar, managing director, Premier Food Services. “Our team has provided chef-inspired, locally sourced, sustainable menus at multiple on and off-site locations, showcasing California culinary creativity to athletes, honored guests, families, Special Olympics officials and spectators from around the world.”
The 2015 World Games was the largest sports and humanitarian event hosted by Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games, with more than 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and 500,000 spectators in attendance.
The World Games were hosted for nine days from July 25-August 2 and featured 25 Olympic-type sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Half Marathon, Handball, Judo, Kayaking, Open Water Swimming, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball. These Games showcase the unlimited potential of people with intellectual disabilities – one of the largest disability populations in the world.
To learn more about the 2015 World Games, visit www.LA2015.org.
About the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015)
With 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25 – August 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include: The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Davis Elen Advertising, Microsoft, Toys“R”Us, The Walt Disney Company, Google, UPS, Herbalife Nutrition, Los Angeles Times, AMC Theaters, La Opinión, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, WWE, Los Angeles News Group, AEG, Annenberg Foundation, David Geffen, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Panda Express, LA84 Foundation, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.LA2015.org and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Premier Food Services
Founded in San Diego in 1985, Premier Food Services is reinventing the hospitality industry. Rooted in its California heritage, Premier is passionate about creating chef-driven, seasonal menus inspired by diverse cultures and the unique West Coast lifestyle. Tailoring services to each of its 31 venues and their audiences, Premier prioritizes partnering with community vendors and giving back to others in the area who share a commitment to quality and sustainability. To learn more about how Premier is raising the bar on service and expertise, visit www.premierfoodservices.com.