Minneapolis, January 11, 2016—The Walker Art Center announces its new partnership with Dallas-based Culinaire International food and beverage management company. Beginning in March of 2016, Culinaire will become the Walker Art Center’s exclusive caterer and will provide food service for all Walker Art Center events—both Walker-sponsored and private. Additionally, Culinaire will partner with the Walker on a new restaurant located in its redesigned entrance pavilion opening in November 2016. Culinaire operates the Guthrie’s award-winning Sea Change as well as FIKA, the groundbreaking restaurant located in the American Swedish Institute.
David Galligan, the Walker’s Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, comments, “We are excited about the possibilities with our new partnership with Culinaire including plans for a new café/full service restaurant with panoramic views of the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, featuring a full on view of Spoonbridge and Cherry from both indoor and seasonal outdoor seating.” David Wood, Culinaire’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, adds, “Culinaire is thrilled to be entering into this partnership with the Walker Art Center. The cultural landscape in the Twin Cities is rich and vibrant, and we are honored to be working within one of its most iconic landmarks.”
D’Amico and Partners has operated the Walker’s special events catering and Gather by D’Amico restaurant since 2011. Galligan notes, “D’Amico has been an instrumental collaborator in maintaining a standard of excellence in food service at the Walker and enhancing the visitor experience with their renowned hospitality.” “We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Walker Art Center over the years. We respect all that they do for the arts and Minneapolis. It’s been a great relationship and we wish them well. We will soon be announcing a number of new projects,” said Larry D’Amico, co-owner of D’Amico Catering.
About Culinaire International
Founded in 1994, Dallas-based Culinaire International manages food service for 40 accounts in 23 cities including 15 cultural institutions such as The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.