The Centerplate catering team at the Miami Beach Convention Center has reached the milestone of producing 250,000 meals for people in need. (Courtesy Centerplate)
James Beard Award–winning chef and restaurateur David Burke is usually leading his catering team in the creation of white-tablecloth experiences for corporate events. Today, a small Burke-led crew is instead making sandwiches and wraps by the hundreds for a different clientele: health-care workers. Sandwiches for this group are a must, he told Convene recently, because health-care workers “don’t have time to sit down.”
From feeding workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle, to ensuring food from canceled events is going to the hungry instead of to landfills, here’s a sampling of how people and organizations from all corners of the business events industry are pivoting to help amid the COVID-19 crisis.
- At the Miami Beach Convention Center, the Centerplate catering team — led by Executive Chef Ismael Lasalle — as of the end of May has prepared 250,000 meals for homebound senior citizens. The meals were distributed by DeliverLean in and around the Miami area.