Sodexo has inked a 10-year contract to manage dining operations at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. The company will provide cafe, concessions, catering services and new dining options in 22 locations throughout the park and will also include education about the health of humans and the planet to help visitors make informed decisions.
Among the components of this educational mission will be healthier versions of traditional favorites, with nutritional information; authentic ethnic cuisine choices at the new Taste of DC station in the Mane Cafe, as well as at many of the carts and kiosks scattered around the zoo; sustainability messaging regarding the actions of the Zoo and Sodexo that support their commitment to the environment and ecosystems; and a new outdoor venue called the Heirloom Grill that centers on sustainability, conservation and restoration.
"Working with the National Zoo and FONZ, Sodexo will bring to life a unique and progressive approach to foodservice that embodies the organizations' vision for the visitor experience at the Zoo," said Steven DiPrima, president of Sodexo Leisure. "Sodexo has a long and successful history of aligning with our clients' missions and providing the latest trends in concessions and catering. The resources and expertise Sodexo brings to the National Zoo will provide great benefits to FONZ members, the community and Zoo guests."
The services will be provided by Sodexo's Leisure units, which also operates at the Houston Zoo, Zoo Atlanta, North Carolina Zoo, Louisville Zoo, National Aquarium in Baltimore, Museum of Science and Industry and Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Detroit Institute of Art.