Seeking Worcester’s Next Famed Foodie

15 Jul



(Worcester, Massachusetts, July 15, 2015) – The City of Worcester, in partnership with the SMG-managed DCU Center and SAVOR…Catering by SMG, announced today that a brand new multi-purpose restaurant is under construction and set to open this September.

From a collection of seven bids, the City of Worcester has selected APC Development Group for the $594,648 build out of a food and beverage space in downtown Worcester on the corner of Commercial and Foster Streets. Located within the DCU Center, SMG, the private management firm contracted by the City of Worcester to oversee the facility, is charged with identifying a candidate to operate the space.

“This new restaurant continues the city’s commitment to making improvements at the DCU Center, and providing amenities that will continue to build the 18-hour-a-day downtown that we have been working towards,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “I can’t wait to see what one of Worcester’s bright culinary minds can do with this amazing new space.”

As part of an incubator concept, SMG and its Food and Beverage subsidiary SAVOR…Catering by SMG is accepting applications from entrepreneurial candidates interested in operating the space in an owner/operator-like capacity. The concept is to provide a supportive environment for a budding food professional to hone their skills with the goal of graduating individuals after several years to open their own restaurant in the City of Worcester. The candidate operating the space at the DCU Center will have control of all aspects of the business while receiving management consultation, at no cost, in the areas of human resources, government relations, finance, marketing and operations. “Though the individual selected will need to demonstrate significant experience in food and menu preparation, we will be providing them regular on-going assistance in the other aspects of the restaurant business to ensure long term success,” said Sandy Dunn, general manager of the DCU Center.

With an anticipated opening in mid-September, the eatery is a welcome addition to the growing population of downtown students, residents and the business community. The space will not only service the public but cater to the patrons on the Arena concourse during events. SAVOR…Catering by SMG is a global company with over 145 locations. “Often the most accomplished chefs are unable to take the next step to owning their own establishment,” said Albert Fera, director of food and beverage for SAVOR. “Whether due to a lack of capital, a lack of training in business disciplines like finance and marketing or risk aversion, extremely talented food professionals may be able to transition to ownership if they have the right guidance for a period of time while they are still able to work.”

Interested candidates can find out more information at

The DCU Center is owned by the City of Worcester and managed by SMG. Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit


17 Apr


Limited time exhibit opens Friday, April 17; runs through Sunday, September 20

LOWELL, MASS. – The Lowell Spinners, Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are pleased to announce their partnership with the Concord Museum on The Art of Baseball, which opens to the public Friday, April 17 and runs through Sunday, September 20.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Concord Museum on this wonderful exhibition which really captures the essence of why baseball is the national past time,” said Spinners President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. “From the actual artwork to the program of events scheduled, this exhibition will be a great way to further the relationship of the game with baseball fans.”

The exhibition includes nearly 50 works of fine and folk art from The Gladstone Collection of Baseball Art, a private New York collection that has been gathered over the past 40 years, as well as Boston Red Sox artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and historian, Concord resident  and lifelong baseball fan Doris Kearns Goodwin is the Honorary Curator.

Included amongst the display items includes a Ted Williams glove from the 1946 season and World Series on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame plus artifacts from the 2013 World Series season.

Among the programs and events scheduled include a meet & greet with local author, Matt Tavares, on June 4, Vintage Baseball games with the Lowell Base Ball Club (1877-78) and Lynn Live Oaks on May 2 and July 18, a special Sports Memorabilia Appraisal Day with Leila Dunbar and more.

“These events are a fantastic opportunity for baseball fans young and old to experience the history of the game,” said Bawmann. “We are honored to be a part of this great exhibition.”

The Concord Museum is where all of Concord’s remarkable past is brought to life through an inspiring collection of historical, literary and decorative arts treasures, including the 1775 Revere lantern and Henry Thoreau’s Walden desk. The Art of Baseball exhibit will be open to the public beginning Friday, April 17 with admission $10 for adults, seniors and students $8 and youth (6-18) $5. Kids six and under are free.

Boston to Represent U.S. In Bid to Host 2024 Summer Olympic Games

26 Feb

It’s official! In a statement released Thursday by the United States Olympic Committee, the city of Boston is set to represent the U.S. for a chance to host the Summer Olympic Games in 2024.

“We’re exited about our plans to submit a bid for the 2024 Games and feel we have an incredibly strong partner in Boston that will work with us to present a compelling bid,” said USOC chairman Larry Probst.

If Boston is selected by the International Olympic Committee — a decision not to be made until 2017 — it will be the first time the U.S. has hosted the Summer games in 28 years (Atlanta 1996).

Governor Charlie Baker released the following statement in response to the U.S. Olympic Committee’s decision to select Boston as the U.S. bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games:

“This is great news for Boston and the Commonwealth as it provides an exciting opportunity to promote Massachusetts on the world stage. I look forward to working with Mayor Walsh and the Boston 2024 organization to address the multitude of issues that need to be discussed, including keeping costs down and continuing to press forward on pledges of a privately funded Olympics as the process moves forward before the IOC.”

It’s an exceptional honor for Boston to be chose as the U.S. representative in the running for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. “This selection is in recognition of our city’s talent, diversity and global leadership. Our goal is to host Olympic and Paralympic Games that are innovative, walkable and hospitable to all. Boston hopes to welcome the world’s greatest athletes to one of the world’s great cities.”

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