Catering group Proof of the Pudding has partnered with Informa U.S. Boat Shows for five events in Florida, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the St. Petersburg Boat Show, the Miami Yacht Show, the Palm Beach International Boat Show and the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota.
The partnership will begin with the 59 annual FLIBS that will take place October 31 through November 4.
With 39 years of experience in food service and management, Proof of the Pudding offers portable and stationary concessions offerings. For the shows, the company will have themed food stations for FLIBS including Cabo San Lucas (Mexican), Portofino (Italian), the British Virgin Islands (Caribbean), the Greek Isles (Greek) and the French Riviera (Parisian). Beverages will include specialty cocktails, premium winds and craft beers. Proof of the Pudding’s mixologist, Anthony Schuch will team up with local brewers to add an onsite “guest brewer” to each drink station.
“Proof of the Pudding’s innovation in large-scale outdoor culinary services is poised to transform the food offerings at FLIBS into an upscale and unique culinary experience,” said Andrew Doole, Informa U.S. Boat Shows general manager, in a statement. “We’re looking forward to the exciting, new flair this partnership will bring to all of our boat shows’ concession services and catering options.”
Proof of the Pudding will offer catering reservations for exhibitors and auxiliary show events. Exhibitors will be able to place advanced, online orders for pre-selected catering options such as daily lunch for employees working the show or arrange custom menus for parties and receptions as needed.
“What an exciting time for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as they embark on another level of the attendee experience through this innovative culinary partnership,” said Adam Noyes, president of Proof of the Pudding. “We couldn’t be prouder to form this strategic partnership with Informa U.S. Boat Shows and to collaborate with local culinary partners in five exciting, regional markets. The integration of authentic, upscale food and beverage offerings, unique to each host city, will redefine the show experience for exhibitors, sponsors and attendees alike.”
Proof of the Pudding executive chef Vagn Nielsen, said he will collaborate with Florida-based providers to highlight foods that are native to the shows’ host cities. “We will be featuring everything from flavorful fish tacos and stone crabs to authentic wood-fired pizza, with plenty of options for every taste and budget,” he said.