Jacob's Pillow Selects Hospitality Partner

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BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow announced an agreement with Sodexo Live! and joint venture partner Gourmet Caterers of Boston, to enhance the food, beverage and hospitality offerings for patrons.
Menus, infused by inclusion of local ingredients, will complement the venue's historic, artistic space both day-to-day and for large events, including this year's Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
The festival runs June 22 – August 28 and brings in thousands of guests from the U.S. and around the world. It's a destination for performances from national and international dance companies, expert speaking engagements, free exhibitions, an extensive archival collection, community education and engagement programs, and The School at Jacob's Pillow, one of the field's most prestigious professional dance training centers.
"We're thrilled to be working with Sodexo Live! and Gourmet Caterers, given their proven track record for providing top-tier hospitality to the cultural sector," said A.J. Pietrantone, Deputy Director, Jacob's Pillow. "Their new offerings and mission-driven service will help elevate every patron's visit."
Culinarians for Jacob's Pillow will incorporate the latest trends and area flavors into menus. Enhancements and updated offerings will also be reflected in existing onsite eateries The Restaurant Café, The Pub and The Coffee Bar.
The newly bolstered hospitality program will build upon many important values including diversity, sustainability, integrity, and inclusion to create unforgettable memories for every visitor. 

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