Ferry food’s about to change: New concessionaire chosen

Washington State Ferries is changing concessionaires for its food and beverages, including on-board galley service. Eight firms made proposals; Connecticut-based Centerplate was chosen. WSF’s announcement says features of the new contract include:

·Consistent hours of service across the system, with additional service in the San Juan Islands.

·Creative, fresh and healthful product offerings, including local brands such as Hempler’s beef and ham, Uli’s sausage, Beecher’s cheese, and Stimson Estate Cellars wine.

·Creative concepts for using existing spaces, such as opening additional coffee and beer kiosks on the Jumbo Mark II class ferries.

·Promotions and incentives, such as commuter-reward programs.

Centerplate also provides concessions at Safeco Field and Tacoma Dome, WSF’s announcement notes. The transition from current concessionaires is expected to be completed by mid-June.

9 Replies to "Ferry food's about to change: New concessionaire chosen"

  • Will W March 29, 2016 (11:26 am)

    The company best known for its (former) CEO kicking a puppy in an elevator.

  • rpo March 29, 2016 (1:35 pm)

    This is the same company whose CEO was caught kicking a dog repeatedly on an elevator security camera, right?

    • WSB March 29, 2016 (1:36 pm)

      Former CEO, fired after that happened in 2014.

  • marty March 29, 2016 (1:51 pm)

    Hoping for improvement! Ferry food historically has been not so good,,,,

  • squareeyes March 29, 2016 (2:09 pm)

    The food at Safeco Field is awful. That being said, husband is on the ferry a lot and has long wished they’d increase/improve the offerings, particularly in the mornings. So he might be happy that, as bad as their food is, Centerplate will add options and hours.

  • JC March 29, 2016 (2:42 pm)

    That’s nice, now watch the prices go up on the food/coffee etc.

  • Julia March 29, 2016 (4:52 pm)

    I just wished for Starbucks.

  • David C March 29, 2016 (8:10 pm)

    @Julia — Like! Yeah, a $5 protein lunch box, and you get my vote.

  • kate March 29, 2016 (9:19 pm)

    Hope they keep those delicious hot dogs. I love me some ferry junk every now and then.

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