Chase Center brings together Bon Appétit and Levy for best-in-class culinary programs
OAKLAND, CA (April 3, 2017): The Warriors announced today a first-of-its-kind hospitality partnership between Bon Appétit Management Company and Levy to manage food and beverage initiatives at Chase Center, set to open for the start of 2019-20 NBA Season. As part of the partnership, five local and iconic Bay Area food businesses have been chosen to provide “only in the Bay Area” experiences inside Chase Center. These include Oakland’s Bakesale Betty, San Francisco’s Tacolicious, Sam’s Chowder House of Half Moon Bay, the exclusive Hot Dog Bills Burger Dog, previously available only to members at San Francisco’s Olympic Club Golf Course, and in an homage to the Warriors’ history and late NBA Hall-of-Famer Nate Thurmond, Chase Center will revive his acclaimed Big Nate’s BBQ.
“By joining these two first-class restaurant groups, we are getting Bon Appétit’s ability to curate high-quality, sustainably and locally sourced food combined with Levy’s industry expertise, scale and extensive knowledge of professional sports and its fans,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “Nobody knows the Bay Area food scene like Bon Appétit. Our fans’ and future guests’ culinary expertise and love for our local restaurants is top notch, and we want to provide them with nothing less than that when they come to Chase Center and the surrounding area. We know these five food providers will provide our fans with unique and Bay Area favorite cuisine.”
In addition to sourcing from more than 200 Farm to Fork small-farm Bon Appétit partners located within 150 miles of San Francisco, the Warriors, Bon Appétit, and Levy are building programs to support locally owned businesses in the Bay Area. As part of the food program, the Warriors, Bon Appétit and Levy have launched “Taste Makers at Chase Center,” a program that directly benefits Bay Area businesses through networking and educational programs. Taste Makers at Chase Center is an opportunity for the Bay Area’s diverse business community to connect with new contract work and support individual business growth related to Chase Center. Local businesses interested in taking part in Taste Makers at Chase Center can learn more at chasecenter.com/tastemakers.
“Chase Center and the surrounding district are going to be a destination for the entire Bay Area community, and we are looking forward to providing first-class hometown cuisine to everyone who comes,” said Bon Appétit CEO Fedele Bauccio. “Food is a key element for any great event — whether a game or a concert — and we intend to create food experiences together that will be emblematic of the Bay Area and make the nation take notice.”
Bon Appétit built its reputation by cooking authentic, restaurant-quality food from scratch in corporate environments and currently serves many Silicon Valley household names as well as more than 650 locations for corporations, universities, and museums across the nation. The Palo Alto-based company is a recognized industry leader in environmentally and socially responsible sourcing and has won multiple awards for its industry-leading practices, including the 2016 Acterra Award for Sustainability. Levy, the inventors of premium sports and entertainment dining, has deep experience in professional sports, including Barclays Center in Brooklyn, United Center in Chicago, Moda Center in Portland, and the New Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta opening this summer.
“We are so honored to partner with the Warriors, and we look forward to joining forces with Bon Appetit to bring the hospitality experience at Chase Center to an entirely new level when fans walk through the doors in 2019,” said Levy President and CEO Andy Lansing.
About GSW Arena LLC
GSW Arena LLC, founded in 2010, is privately funding the construction of a new sports and entertainment venue, Chase Center, which will be the anchor of an 11-acre mixed use complex on private property in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. For more information, please visit warriors.com/sf.
About Bon Appétit Management Co.
Bon Appétit Management Company (www.bamco.com) is an on-site restaurant company operating 650-plus locations in 32 states for corporations, universities, and museums as well as the San Francisco public restaurants The Commissary, Arguello, Public House, STEM Kitchen and Garden, and Foundry & Lux.
Founded in 1978, Levy pioneered premium sports and entertainment dining and remains one of America’s fastest growing and most critically acclaimed restaurant companies. Named one of the 10 most innovative companies in sports by Fast Company magazine, Levy’s diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants, iconic sports and entertainment venues, and convention centers as well as the Grammy Awards, PGA Championship, US Open Tennis Tournament, Kentucky Derby, and NHL, MLB, NBA All-Star Games, and has been named 2015 NHL Retailer of the Year. For more, visit www.levyrestaurants.com.