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.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 4:16 PM

^^Didn't know about that Knoebels treat. I was never much on waffles but I've suddenly come to like them the last year or so. I'll have to to try that if I make it to Elysburg this year, as hoped.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 5:37 PM
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I just found out about them last year. They slap Neapolitan ice cream between 2 waffles. It's a little taste of heaven.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 7:42 PM

Waffles you say? Go for the Belgian waffle at Kennywood, topped with vanilla ice cream and strawberries (actually I think it is strawberry topping now). It's at the fried Oreo stand in Lost Kennywood.

Cedar Point gets a bad rap for food. But if you go to the Engine House custard stand in Frontiertown, you can get a sliced, cored green apple, topped with frozen custard and caramel sauce.

The great lost frozen treat was a few years ago at Kennywood, when the Refreshments stand across from the Jack Rabbit had frozen drinks in sour apple and tangerine. The tangerine flavor was amazing. The only other places I have found that flavor were Idlewild (where sadly it has also been discontinued) and at Islands of Adventure, where they call it Goose Juice. Unfortunately that stand was closed when I was last there. The other joints have Fanta Orange which is not the same thing.

Hmmm...I've never really found a park pizza that I really liked. Ditto for French fries but that is because I am not a French fry fan.

Rumor has it that the potato salad is pretty good at Del Grosso's, but I've never had it myself.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:40 PM
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How could I forget Demon Nachos. Well, maybe not all that, but so nice because they are by the Demon, of course. And they are too gone, it's a Johnny Rocket's or some other chain thing now...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 10:45 PM
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OH, that reminds me, I love the Texas Hot Dog stand next to DelGrosso's go cart track! Chili sauce, mustard, and onion. YUM!

Shades said:

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.

Yes, that's it. They have two locations in the park, one on International Street and one near the Beast's entrance. I never had LaRossa's pizza outside the park. I'll have to try it sometime. I just like pizza a lot. lol

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:15 PM
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Dave, the potato salad at Delgrosso's is the best I've ever had, in or out of a park.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:15 AM

Love me some good potato salad, unless it's full of hard boiled eggs.

I've never been to DelGrosso's but I did notice their pasta sauce is available at grocery stores here, so I picked some up. Pretty good.

Ride-wise the park doesn't look all that exciting, so I never made the trip. I am a fan of good park food, though, and of course, charm...

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:27 AM

It should speak volumes to Cedar Fair (and to all park companies for that matter) that this thread has generated over 40 posts already. It hasn't been mentioned yet, I don't think, but I put Dollywood toward the top of the list when it comes to food.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:29 AM
birdhombre's avatar

Ironically, "people gotta eat" is all the more reason quality food should be a priority at parks: Very few people visit a park without eating something, even if they're only there a few hours, which means it's something that affects nearly every customer and their perception of that visit. Whereas a new 3-Point Challenge booth only affects people who are interested in 3-Point Challenge (assuming they missed the other two booths).

Last edited by birdhombre, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 10:32 AM
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 11:15 AM
Jeff's avatar

Yeah, I'm a little surprised at the enthusiasm for the topic. But then again, you know, gravy buffet.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:50 PM

DelGrosso's pizza was actually quite decent, but it took forever to get the slices after ordering.

Josh, is that waffle/ice cream vendor in the main food court near Phoenix?

Last edited by Mike Gallagher, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:51 PM

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 1:46 PM
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^Mike, the stand is on the opposite side from Cesari's as you walk away from Haunted Mansion. On the park map, http://www.knoebels.com/images/pdf/MediaDownloads/Knoebels-park-map.pdf, find the umbrellas located between the Crazy Daisy (Mad Hatter's Tea Cups) and the Old Mill. HIGHLY recommended! :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 2:00 PM

Legoland Florida just annonced something called Waffle On A Stick. I'm trying to plan our next trip just so I can go try it. I mean, come on. A WAFFLE on a STICK drizzled with CHOCOLATE!

(Was going to go Saturday but just found out that the Girl Scouts are celebration their 100th anniversary there. Ah, no...don't think so. Only thing worse might be cheerleader week at Disney).


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