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They’re off! Sodexo Prestige on Racecourse Catering

Category: Hospitality and event catering, Public catering by Foodie folk on February 6, 2012 Leave a comment

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Sports venue catering is a hugely challenging but rewarding business. To be part of, and contribute to some immensely memorable days is an honour and not something we take lightly! People’s time is increasingly precious and when they take a decision to go to Everton or Headingley, Ascot or the Olympics, it is our responsibility to ensure that everything around the hospitality aspect of the event is a positive experience.

For this to be the case it takes considerable flexibility and understanding of the different sports events. Our staff aren’t just passionate about food and drink, they’re passionate about the venues and sports they work across.

Amanda Kirk, sales manager at Perth Racecourse agrees:

“Our staff have a great affinity to the racecourse. The atmosphere on major racedays at Perth is fantastic, and it’s a great privilege to work with Scotland’s premier racecourse. The food and drink we have available in Scotland is incredible and it is enormously satisfying in receiving the positive feedback we get from the locally sourced food we serve.”

Perth is Scotland’s favourite racecourse with 2011 welcoming 9,300 guests into the hospitality facilities and 63,000 being fed and watered in the public areas. On our busiest day we had an incredible 1,076 hospitality guests including the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay (Prince Charles and Camilla), Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond and some of the region’s top blue chip companies.

The View from a Private Box at Perth Racecourse

No fewer than 200 Sodexo Prestige staff attended to these guests, delivering first class hospitality and looking after the public catering areas. Because of our knowledge of horseracing and the area, we know the diversity of customer that you get at Perth. We have two restaurants (Galileo and Club), which provide for both the VIP guest and a slightly more informal hospitality experience; as well as all the food booths and bars around the course.

However, hospitality isn’t just about exceptional food and drink, it’s about an experience. We will always try and get celebrity jockeys into the VIP restaurant to chat through the day’s card and we also have a tipster service for private boxes, where a racing expert will give some ins and outs on the day ahead! Additionally, one of our favourite offerings is the behind the scenes tour with a local ex-jockey. Guests are driven around the track in a Land Rover where they can enjoy some of the history of the course, as well as getting an up-close view of the jumps and a true understanding of quite how terrifyingly quickly the horses fly over them!

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