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Savor Chosen To Serve McCormick Place

the wholly-owned food and beverage subsidiary of SMG has been selected to provide food and beverage service for McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America. SAVOR was chosen in a competitive bid process. Shaun Beard, senior vice president, SAVOR stated, “Being chosen to provide the food and beverage service at the prestigious McCormick Place is a true honor. SAVOR already provides culinary services to many high-profile convention centers such as the Moscone Convention Center and the Hawai’i Convention Center. We will bring our boutique approach of quality food and exceptional customer service to Chicago.”

Beard went on to explain how SAVOR will introduce various processes to improve the quality and variety of food offerings, and speed of delivery. He stated, “It is SAVOR’s intention to provide a truly customer-focused operation in keeping with the recent initiatives of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority. SAVOR is committed to enhancing all aspects of the food service presented to the McCormick Place customers and clients.”

Wes Westley, president and CEO of SMG/SAVOR, also expressed his delight at the selection. “We are extremely pleased with the announcement. SAVOR and SMG will ensure the highest quality of service to our customers. The combination of food and management truly aligns the interests of everyone and allows for a seamless service delivery.” Parent company SMG was selected to manage the day-to-day operations of McCormick Place in a separate bid process earlier this year.


SAVOR, the food and beverage division of special event venue management leader SMG, currently provides food and beverage services as well as VIP and catering/special event services to more than 100 facilities around the world. The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities. SAVOR’s commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality typically features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible. SAVOR staff takes pride in being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market. For more information visit

About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 220 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 14 million sq. ft. (1.4 million square meters) of exhibition space and over 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA, McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Louisiana Superdome.

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