CMU Food Service Director Caters Convention
Sharon Cravens, food service director at Central Methodist University, recently got the opportunity to travel to a national political convention. But Cravens wasn't a delegate - for her it was strictly a working trip.
Cravens, who works for Fresh Ideas LLC and is in charge of the CMU food service program, was in Tampa, Fla. to help her firm cater for the 2012 Republican National Convention on Aug. 27-30.
Cravens, along with David Shanteau of Columbia, were selected by Fresh Ideas to represent the area at this event. She described it as a chance of a lifetime: "It was very educational and prestigious."
Fresh Ideas' South East division partner Puff-N-Stuff, a caterer in Florida, led the project and logistics for the convention, Cravens said.
With events going on all day long and through the night, the catering staff were kept busy the whole week. As Cravens said, "We catered around the clock!" It was a certainly a much different experience than the routine of the Bergsten Dining Hall at CMU, especially when there were security officers checking out every piece of serving equipment brought to the convention area.
Fresh Ideas, with corporate headquarters in Columbia, recently made a move to expand their company to Florida. The Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral has chosen Fresh Ideas to provide the food for their main launch base. They began service Oct. 1.
This 10-year contract is a great step for Fresh Ideas, which began with a single cafeteria contract at Central Methodist in 2000, Cravens said.
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