Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group, a leader in the premium segment of the restaurant and catering industry, has been selected as the food and beverage service partner for the PGA of America’s 2021 PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.
Patina Restaurant Group will operate all food and beverage service at the 2021 PGA Championship, May 17-23 at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island, South Carolina; and the 2021 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, June 22-27 at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, Georgia.
Patina’s hospitality and food service operations will include general concessions, corporate hospitality chalets, VIP spaces and private events.
“We’re excited about our new partnership with Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group and the new innovative, fresh creative menus at our major championships to enhance the spectator food and beverage experience,” said David Charles, Senior Director of Championships for the PGA of America.
Patina Restaurant Group is a wholly owned division of global hospitality and entertainment company Delaware North. The company’s global experience in the hospitality industry includes catering and food service at high-profile events such as The Australian Open, Super Bowl, World Series, all-star games, the Stanley Cup Final, NBA Finals and Emmy Awards Governors Ball.
The two PGA of America championships represent Delaware North’s first hospitality contract in major professional golf.
“Stepping up to deliver world-class hospitality during big-time events is at the core of who we are as a company,” said Chris Harter, president of Patina Restaurant Group.
“On behalf of Patina Restaurant Group and Delaware North, I’m incredibly proud to partner with PGA of America and build on the event-day experience for fans. We are unwavering in our commitment to delivering the highest culinary standards to PGA of America guests with the utmost attention to health and safety.”
To help keep guests and employees safe and slow the spread of COVID-19, Patina has adopted measures from Delaware North’s proprietary Dine Safe program. As part of this effort, menus and service standards for PGA championship events have been reengineered in accordance with best practices and guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Patina Executive Chef Edward K. Lake, CEC, brings 30 years of culinary experience to the PGA championship, including with several fine-dining restaurants and in operations and premium catering for major pro sports stadia and venues such as Lincoln Center and the President’s Club at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship. For several years at the United Nations, Lake developed menus for and executed food festivals as personal chef for the secretary general and visiting heads of state.
For the Championships’ premium areas, Lake and his team will offer guests broad, changing menus for every day of the tournament, including a morning variety of healthful breakfast pots, yogurt bars, pastries, smoked salmon and morning charcuterie and cheeses. Lunch, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature a variety of salads, sandwiches and entrees such as bourbon maple-glazed pork loin and BBQ roasted free-range chicken. Snacks such as spicy crab fondue and a nacho and guacamole station are available mid- to late afternoon.
For concessions, Patina will offer made-to-order lunches right from the grill and smoker, classics such as all-beef hot dogs and butcher’s grind cheeseburgers and wraps, salads and lighter snacks from grab-and-go outlets. A wide variety of Pepsi products and Michelob Ultra options are available course wide. Cocktails and wine are also available throughout the course.
About Delaware North
Delaware North is a global hospitality and entertainment company founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years. Delaware North operates at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, cultural landmarks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our associates are dedicated to delighting guests by creating the world’s best experiences. Delaware North serves millions of guests each year in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurant and catering, lodging, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North at www.DelawareNorth.com.