New York, NY –
Events at The Plaza, a joint venture between Great Performances and Delaware North Companies created to manage and operate The Plaza Grand Ballroom and new meeting space, is pleased to welcome Steven Rice as the General Manager. Steven comes to Events at The Plaza with nearly 25 years experience in the hotel and catering industries and has worked at some of the most celebrated and renowned properties in the world including The St. Regis and The Four Seasons in Washington, DC and The landmark Waldorf=Astoria in New York City.
“Steven has unparalleled experience at some of the United States’ most luxurious properties and the unique ability to anticipate the needs of clients” said Liz Neumark, founder and CEO of Great Performances, “I am confident that Steven will ensure that everything is perfectly executed for our very discerning clientele.”
Upon graduating from the University of Nevada with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management, Steven began working as a management trainee at Mary Hopkins in San Francisco. Soon after, he was appointed Catering Manager at Hotel Nikki in San Francisco where he spent a year before beginning his career in the luxury hotel market at The St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC.
During Steven’s five-year tenure at The St. Regis, he oversaw all Food and Beverage operations including the award-winning Allegro Restaurant. Steven then left his mark at the illustrious Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC as the Director of Catering followed by a position as Director of Food and Beverage and Catering at The Hilton in Short Hills.
Beginning in 1998, he spent five years at the landmark Waldorf=Astoria as Director of Catering in New York City. Steven then oversaw the catering and event operations at The Pierre in New York City and the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles before being announced as the General Manager for Events at The Plaza at the world-famous Plaza Hotel.
Regarding his new position with Events at The Plaza Steven says, “I’m thrilled at the opportunity to work with the gifted teams at Great Performances and Delaware North Companies. The ballroom has hosted the most glamorous events for the past 100 years, and with Great Performances’ and Delaware North Companies’ collective experience and talents, I’m sure that we’ll be hosting the best and brightest events for the next 100 years. They are definitely setting a new standard within the industry in cuisine and service; event guests will surely be enchanted beyond their wildest expectations.”
Events at The Plaza is currently accepting bookings for The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom beginning November 2007 and for the meeting rooms beginning December 2007. For more information about Events at The Plaza, please visit www.eventsattheplaza.com or for booking inquiries call 212-546-5380.
About Events at The Plaza
Events at The Plaza is a stand-alone joint venture between two New York state based companies, Great Performances and Delaware North Companies, created to manage and operate The Plaza Grand Ballroom and meeting space. Great Performances, New York’s prestigious event and catering company, and Delaware North Companies, one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers, plan to reopen the landmark Grand Ballroom in November 2007 and have signed a 25-year lease with Elad Properties, owners of the plaza. For more information, visit www.eventsattheplaza.com
About Great Performances
Great Performances brings consummate culinary skill and originality to the table, complemented by personalized attention to detail and exquisite service. The company founded in 1979 by Liz Neumark as a staffing resource for caterers, is now an acknowledged leader in the high profile events arena and has carved out a niche as the foodservice partner of some of the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions, including Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sotheby’s and the Asia Society.  Great Performances currently has seven establishments on its café roster.  For more information, visit www.greatperformances.com
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, TD Banknorth Garden, and American Park ‘n Swap. Delaware North is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.delawarenorth.com.


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