SAVOR... Wins Newcomer of the Year Award

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 3:15 A.M.

SAVOR... Wins Newcomer of the Year Award

Peoria, IL.—On February 8, 2016, SAVOR…Peoria was honored at the Par-A-Dice Hotel during the Heart of Illinois Hospitality Association’s annual Winterfest event with the Newcomer of the Year Award. SAVOR…Peoria earned this title in the 2015 Best in the Midwest category.


“It’s great to be so welcomed to the community and have the opportunity to put our own spin on food and beverage services in Peoria,” says Food and Beverage Director, Andrew VanDeweghe of the Peoria Civic Center. SAVOR… joined the Peoria Civic Center as the exclusive in-house food service provider in November of 2014. SAVOR… is known for its innovative concession concepts and impeccable catering services with a focus on fresh and local.


For 30 years, the Heart of Illinois Hospitality Association has been developing a strong tourism and hospitality industry in the Peoria area.


“It’s fantastic to see a new service provider come in and be embraced by the community and be able to serve the Peoria Civic Center’s diverse clientele, from a patron at a Rivermen game to a guest at a wedding,” says Andy Bugos, Event Manager at R&B Productions.


“We are proud to be recognized by such a reputable organization and look forward to continuing to make SAVOR…Peoria successful,” VanDeweghe said.


For more information on SAVOR…Peoria, visit or




About the Peoria Civic Center

The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area.  For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at

About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, 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.  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 McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.  SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.



SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management.  Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.


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 features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible.  SAVOR staff prides themselves on 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.  To learn more, visit

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