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A Shipshape Soirée

Aramark services thousands at waterfront gathering

From beer gardens to commemorative rubber duckies, Aramark provided the food and merchandise needs of guests attending Tall Ships Philadelphia-Camden 2015 Festival on June 25–28.

With 325,000 projected festival visitors looking to gather on the banks of the Philadelphia and Camden waterfronts to catch a glimpse, step aboard, or even set sail on some of the world's most majestic ships along the Delaware River, Aramark had to be ready to provide for the largest sailing event in the US this year.

“Aramark is proud to be a part of this special Tall Ships event and we're especially excited because it's taking place in our backyard,” said Marc Bruno, chief operating officer of Aramark's sports, leisure, and dining sectors, prior to the event. "These ships are world-class vessels and we look forward to providing a world-class hospitality experience for everybody in attendance.”


Aramark was hired to oversee the entire concessions operation on the Camden waterfront, where attendees could find more than 20 food vendors and assorted refreshment stations.

On the Philadelphia side, Aramark handled the food operations at the Independence Seaport Museum beer garden, “Tall Ship Tavern.” There, guests enjoyed pub foods such as burgers, fries, cheesesteaks, and fish and chips.

Aramark also hosted the VIP/Sponsorship Reception on Saturday, June 27th at the Independent Seaport Museum, while Aramark's catering division, 1st & Fresh, provided catering service for a number of events on board the ships.


Hors d’oeuvres served at the VIP reception included pistachio crusted goat cheese, peppered black cherry compote, and seared sea scallop with crisp pancetta, citrus, and sea salt

A Tall Ships America ice sculpture kept chilled apps on hand at the VIP reception. Shown: Smoked Nova Scotia salmon, Blue crab and avocado salad, Maine Lobster salad, and Tequila lime shrimp ceviche

Braised short rib buffet

Watermelon gazpacho served up by an Aramark chef

Chilled Vidalia onion soup

Pulled pork

Tomato and corn salad

Valencian paella with chicken, shrimp, choizo, rice, and sweet peppers with a fresh pea garnish

On the waterfront, guests were able to access more than 20 food vendors.

To keep money handling to a minimum and bartenders busy serving, attendees purchased drink tickets to trade for libations.

Aramark also handled concessions including t-shirt sales and small commemorative items, such as the rubber ducks.


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