Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Wednesday, April 16 2014

MCCNO Centerplate GM Richard Ginzel Wins Coveted Centerplate Award

Hospitality leader receives prestigious General Manager of the Year award

Centerplate, event hospitality partner in over 300 prominent convention center, sports and entertainment venues across North America and Europe has named Richard Ginzel, the company’s General Manager at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, as its General Manager of the Year. With more than 20 years of experience in multi-faceted hospitality operations, Ginzel has led Centerplate’s operations at the Louisiana convention center since 2011.

A respected veteran on Centerplate’s senior management team, Mr. Ginzel is especially noted for his ability to successfully promote the inclusion of New Orleans iconic flavors in services ranging from high volume catering to retail food operations. In 2013, his team purchased nearly four million dollars worth of local goods and services to provide food, beverages and hospitality services for guests’ enjoyment during their visit to the center.

“New Orleans’ culinary brand is very important to our facility as it is forthe city,” said Bob Johnson, President and General Manager of the convention center. “We are tremendously excited to have Richard lead our food and beverage operations as he fully understands our mission in offering our visitors a true taste of New Orleans – whether they are in our venue for a single day or longer.”

Prior to his arrival in New Orleans, Ginzel’s impressive credentials included serving in leadership positions for restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina, executive dining and hotel operations in New York and Philadelphia as well as orchestrating high profile special events for President Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Senator John McCain and Bill Gates. Throughout his career, presenting food and beverages specific to the cities in which he worked was an important way to communicate the appealing attributes of each destination.

“Engaging in memorable food and beverage events is a defining experience for guests enjoying their visit to New Orleans. Menus reflecting the local culinary community, a commitment to quality and sustainability are natural expectations. Richard has done an outstanding job representing the incredibly rich diversity of New Orleans cuisine at the center,” says Des Hague, President and CEO for Centerplate.

As General Manager, Richard’s vision for a locally influenced approach to hospitality can be felt by millions of guests who enter the center’s doors each year. “I am tremendously excited to work ever more closely with our supplier partners to delight our guests and bring them a true taste of the world class flavors only found in New Orleans. We are going to continue to build on our tremendous momentum.”

 

 

Centerplate executives honoring Richard Ginzel, (left to right) Chris Verros, Chief Operating Officer, Joseph O’Donnell, Chairman, Richard Ginzel, General Manager and Des Hague, President and CEO.

 

Food Pioneer Michel Nischan Announced as Honorary Chair of Farm to Table International Symposium 2014

“The Process” Announced As the Theme

 

The Farm To Table International Symposium (F2Ti) announces food pioneer Michel Nischan as Honorary Chair of its 2014 event. F2Ti is an annual event that brings together the leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement to explore the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally, and will be held in New Orleans, August 2 – 4, 2014. The event is presented by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, in partnership with the SoFAB Institute and the LSU AgCenter.

Michel Nischan is a restaurateur, award-winning cookbook author, media personality and food policy advocate in addition to his role as CEO and president of Wholesome Wave,  a  non-profit foundation dedicated to nourishing neighborhoods by supporting increased production and access to healthy, fresh, and affordable locally grown food for the well-being of all. A proponent of sustainable farming, local and regional food systems, and heritage recipes, Nichsan has long been a leader in the movement to honor local, pure, simple, and delicious cooking. This year’s theme, “The Process,” will explore the best practices for urban farming, bringing products to market, sourcing locally, sustainability, the latest with the imposing Food Safety Modernization Act, and many other topics. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center’s partnerships with the SoFAB Institute  and the LSU AgCenter reflect an abundance of knowledge and expertise that will be showcased at F2Ti. SoFAB documents and celebrates the food and drink of all cultures through exhibits, programming, and a range of media. SoFAB is home to several entities, among them the SoFAB Center for Food Law, Policy & Culture, SoFAB Culinary Library & Archive, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Museum of the American Cocktail, and SoFAB Media. The LSU AgCenter is a part of a nationwide network of research-based extension offices within the land-grant system of universities and provides innovative research, information and education to improve people’s lives in Louisiana and the world. The August Symposium will take place in tandem with the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s 61st Annual Foodservice & Hospitality EXPO, an event featuring related exhibits and attracting food and beverage professionals from across the country.

 

For information on exhibiting, please contact F2Ti Trade Show Sales Manager Will Webre at 504-582-3072 or wwebre@mccno.com.


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MCCNO Centerplate GM Richard Ginzel Wins Coveted Centerplate Award

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Hospitality leader receives prestigious General Manager of the Year award

Centerplate, event hospitality partner in over 300 prominent convention center, sports and entertainment venues across North America and Europe has named Richard Ginzel, the company’s General Manager at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, as its General Manager of the Year. With more than 20 years of experience in multi-faceted hospitality operations, Ginzel has led Centerplate’s operations at the Louisiana convention center since 2011.

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Food Pioneer Michel Nischan Announced as Honorary Chair of Farm to Table International Symposium 2014

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“The Process” Announced As the Theme

 

The Farm To Table International Symposium (F2Ti) announces food pioneer Michel Nischan as Honorary Chair of its 2014 event. F2Ti is an annual event that brings together the leading practitioners in the burgeoning farm-to-table movement to explore the cultivation, distribution, and consumption of food and drink sourced locally, and will be held in New Orleans, August 2 – 4, 2014. The event is presented by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center,    …Continue Reading


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