Cedar Fair designates new corporate VP for food service

Posted Monday, March 26, 2012 9:18 AM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

Cedar Fair (NYSE: FUN), a leader in regional amusement parks, water parks and active entertainment, today announced Craig Grimes as the Company's Corporate Vice President, Food Service -- a newly created position.

In this new role, Grimes will be responsible for enhancing the guest experience at the Company's parks by ensuring high quality and consistency in the production and delivery of food service items throughout the Cedar Fair system. He will also develop and introduce innovative new concepts and processes, establish ongoing training programs for the Food Service teams, monitor safety and health compliance, and oversee the selection of Food Service products and equipment.

"We are thrilled to have Craig join our team," said Richard Zimmerman, Cedar Fair's chief operating officer. "Our focus is to provide our guests with a high-quality food service experience at our parks and we believe Craig has the ideal combination of food service knowledge and management expertise to lead this initiative. I am confident Craig will be an asset to our operations and to everyone who dines at a Cedar Fair park."

Grimes has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality management industry, including 14 years with Levy Restaurants, where he most recently served as a Regional Vice President. Prior to joining Levy Restaurants he served as a District Manager at Lone Star Steakhouse.

Read the entire press release from Cedar Fair.

Monday, March 26, 2012 5:29 PM

Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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Monday, March 26, 2012 5:38 PM

Thanks! I guess I always seem to call it Busch Gardens Europe.

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Monday, March 26, 2012 6:19 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

I'm not sure Busch Gardens even calls themselves that anymore.

Or that they ever really did officially.


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Monday, March 26, 2012 6:34 PM

Bring back "The Old Country!!!"

That's what was on my Loch Ness Monster tank top back in the days of my first visit in the late 70's...


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

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Monday, March 26, 2012 8:12 PM

I don't think I've ever had a meal at Dorney Park that was either:

A) Tasty

B) Quick

C) Memorable in a good way

D) Reasonably priced

Let's hope they get this right.


Here's To Shorter Lines & Longer Trip Reports!

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Monday, March 26, 2012 8:23 PM
rollergator's avatar

Lord Gonchar said:
I'm not sure Busch Gardens even calls themselves that anymore.

Or that they ever really did officially.

I am fairly certain that was the official name while BGT was doing the "Africa" moniker. The Busch parks have changed names a lot, too often IMO, while I think the only Sea World park to change names was the Ohio one (right?). Meh, at least their rides don't change names....oops, Cheetah Chase is now Sand Serpent. Ahhh, well at least we stil have Montu and no Flight Deck, LOL...

Oh - and the good BBQ... hoping to get to BGT(A)(TDK) this weekend... :)

Last edited by rollergator, Monday, March 26, 2012 8:25 PM
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Monday, March 26, 2012 8:36 PM
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It only lasted a few months, and they probably changed back when they couldn't find parks on maps of Europe and Africa.


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Monday, March 26, 2012 8:59 PM

rollergator said:
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Oh - and the good BBQ... hoping to get to BGT(A)(TDK) this weekend... :)

TDK?

The Dark Kontinent?


The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Monday, March 26, 2012 9:23 PM

At the risk of violating TOS, but at the benefit of continuing an interesting discussion on F&B....where are your top 2-3 theme park "must see" dining experiences when factoring in quality, price and service?

My top three are:

-Potato Patch - Kennywood

-Peco's Bill's - WDW, MK

-Mythos, IOA, Florida

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Monday, March 26, 2012 9:35 PM
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Mmmmmmmm Potato Patch :)

From what I could remember I would say:

-Potato Patch
-the tacos at Indiana Beach
-the black forest cake at Busch Gardens Virginia


Billy
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 12:18 AM
obxKevin's avatar

Ugh, is there something wrong with me that while growing up in Pittsburgh, I've never seen the appeal (haha, get it? a-peel?) of Potato Patch? Those fries are always limp and soggy.

-Fudge @ Holiday World
-Fudge @ Kennywood
-Fudge @ Waldameer

(no, they are not all the same and yes, I love a piece of fudge)


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 12:33 AM
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- Potato Patch fries at Kennywood
- Pizza at Knoebels
- Pizza at Kings Island
- Everything (especially the pizza) at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Oh? That was four? lol


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 6:35 AM

I had really good burgers at Waldameer and Splashin' Safari. Best was the corned beef sandwich at BGW's Festhaus.

Soon to be joined by Panda Express' Orange Chicken at GAdv?

I'm going to a concert in NYC tonight..maybe I'll get myself a real pastrami sandwich...something I definitely CAN'T get at an amusement park.

And FWIW, the Potato Patch fries did nothing for me. Someone mentioned onion rings swimming in grease. Isn't that the way it's supposed to be? ;)

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:32 AM

The amusement park rises bold and stark..kids are huddled on the beach in a mist

http://support.gktw.org/site/TR/CoastingForKids/General?px=1248054&...fr_id=1372

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:33 AM

where are your top 2-3 theme park "must see" dining experiences when factoring in quality, price and service?

That's a good question. One that comes to mind is the fried chicken platter at 50s Prime Time Cafe in Disney's Hollywood Studios. $17 for half of a chicken, mashed potatoes, and some of the best greens you've ever had. Easily one of the best bargains at WDW. If you are doing a family trip, eat in the restaurant proper, where the wait staff delivers on a pretty good shtick. (For example: have one of the adults in your party ask for dessert before eating their vegetables and see what happens.) But, if you are solo or an adult couple, eat instead at the Tune-In Lounge, right next to the restaurant. They offer the full restaurant menu, and the bartenders there are among the friendliest anywhere on property.


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:25 AM

I know Potato Patch fries are the favorite of many, (I have mine with gravy AND cheese), but I always go back to Cedar Point fries as being the best. Love 'em.

I totally agree with Brian Noble about Prime Time Cafe. I will never forget what happened when I left those pot roast carrots (ick) behind on my plate. No S'mores for me.

Park food is pricey and hit or miss, but I'll take Busch, Disney, Dollywood, and Silver Dollar City any day. There the worry goes away and mealtime is actually something to look forward to.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:32 AM
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As a brief aside, I noticed that the Beradi's Fry stand was in place in Sandusky on the corner of Perkins and 250. So he will be back for this season! :D


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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:42 AM

The tastiest items I've had at a park in the last five years have been:

- chicken fingers at Carowinds snack shop

- mint chocolate fudge at Holiday World & Six Flags St. Louis

- poutine at Canada's Wonderland

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 12:05 PM

LostKause said:
- Pizza at Kings Island

Is that LaRossas? We found it OK at the park but felt it was way better at one of their real restaurants.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 2:05 PM
rollergator's avatar

Mike Gallagher said:
TDK?

The Dark Kontinent?

LOL! Whoopsie, was spelling phonetically. I'z hukked on phonnix!

edit: Speaking of Phoenix ;) - I find Cesari's to be....just OK. I can get better NY style pizza here in Florida (once Satchel's re-opens from their fire).

Last edited by rollergator, Tuesday, March 27, 2012 2:08 PM
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 2:38 PM
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Potato Patch? Meh.
Cesari's? Meh.
Mythos? Meh.
IB Tacos? A little better than Meh.
HW Fudge? Meh.

Knoebel's Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches? Hell yeah.


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