• Cyril McAree

The Convention Centre Dublin Extends Partnership with Fitzers Catering

The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) announced that it has agreed another five years with its catering partner, Fitzers Catering Ltd. Fitzers Catering has managed hospitality at The CCD since the venue opened in 2010. Known as CCD Hospitality, the team prides itself on setting new standards of excellence in event and conference catering and this news comes just days after The CCD was awarded silver status by the World Obesity Federation’s Healthy Venues Award programme.

The Healthy Venues Award encourages venues to support their delegates and staff in making healthier choices while attending conferences. The CCD is only the second venue in Europe, and third worldwide, to receive this accreditation after it met all of the criteria to become a Silver Healthy Venue. Speaking about the continued partnership and prestigious accreditation, Stephen Meehan, CEO of The CCD said, “We are delighted to continue working with Leonard and the team at Fitzers and are excited about the innovations they will bring, particularly in light of our Silver Healthy Venue accreditation.”

Leonard Fearon, Director and Executive Head Chef at Fitzers Catering added, “We are thrilled to extend our partnership with The CCD. It’s a testament to the long-standing relationship we have with the team as well as our continued commitment to service excellence. What we have shown here today is a sample of the healthy menu options we offer in The CCD, using only the finest of Irish ingredients. I’m excited to work with the team on new ideas and innovations for visitors to The CCD over the coming years.”

The CCD already had a number of the requirements in place to provide a healthy venue for delegates and implemented the final initiatives to meet the strict criteria which include: · A Healthy Venue committee to manage the programme. · A complete range of healthy menu options and services to help delegates make the best food choices. · Clear food content labelling and allergen information. · Digital signage that encourages delegates to take the stairs, avail of standing space in meeting rooms and take regular active breaks. · Support from Event Managers to incorporate physical activity into delegate programmes. · Walking and running routes in the local area for delegates available on the website. · Printed maps of the local area at reception and on the website highlighting local services. · Space that can be used for fitness and relaxation sessions. · Information on how to get here by foot and by bike to encourage active travel to the venue. · Facilities for standing and walking receptions. · An internal staff pacer challenge.

Fitzers Catering is an award winning company having been named as one of Ireland’s ‘Best Managed’ companies for four years in a row in the Deloitte Best Managed Companies Awards Programme. While CCD Hospitality won ‘Best Event Caterer’ at the 2011 Event Industry Awards and ‘Best Banqueting Team’ at the 2012 Event Industry Awards. The other venues to receive the Healthy Venues Award are the SECC Glasgow who obtained silver accreditation in February 2016 and Vancouver Convention Centre who received bronze accreditation in May 2016.

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