PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 17, 2016) – Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Aramark, Verizon Center’s concessionaire, today announced a “pop up” collaboration with internationally acclaimed culinary pioneer and innovator Chef José Andrés that will bring his award-winning talent and cuisine to Washington Capitals and Wizards fans, as well as concert, family show and sporting event guests during the 2016-17 season.
About Chef José Andrés
Named as one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” and awarded “Outstanding Chef” by the James Beard Foundation, José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. A pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States, he is also known for his groundbreaking avant-garde cuisine and his award-winning group of 25 restaurants located throughout the country and beyond. His innovative minibar by José Andrés was awarded two Michelin stars in 2016, one of the first restaurants in Washington, D.C. to be recognized by the institution. Additional DC area restaurants include Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, China Chilcano and America Eats Tavern as well as Beefsteak and Pepe food truck. Andrés’ work has earned awards and distinctions such as the 2015 National Humanities Medal, one of 12 distinguished recipients of the award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Outstanding American by Choice award, presented by President Obama.
About Verizon Center
Verizon Center is a 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue, owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), in downtown Washington, D.C. The arena is home to four professional sports teams, also owned by MSE, which include the AFL’s Washington Valor, NBA's Washington Wizards, NHL's Washington Capitals and WNBA's Washington Mystics. MSE also oversees management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University's EagleBank Arena. Hosting an average of 220 events per year, inclusive of games, concerts, family shows and world-class sporting events, as well as home games for the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team, Verizon Center sits at the heart of an $8.8 billion redevelopment of downtown Washington, D.C., that began 18 years ago when the arena opened.
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves the world’s leading educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, prominent healthcare providers, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 280,000 team members deliver innovative experiences and services in food, facilities management and uniforms to millions of people every day. We strive to create a better world by making a positive impact on people and the planet, including commitments to engage our employees; empower healthy consumers; build local communities; source ethically, inclusively and responsibly; operate efficiently; and reduce waste. Aramark is recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Human Rights Campaign (LGBTQ+), DiversityInc, Black Enterprise and the Disability Equality Index. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
August 17, 2018 - Enhancing fans’ game day by creating a dining experience that offers great tasting, high quality, convenient and personalized menu options, that also includes healthy options, for those that want them.