Lake Placid, adirondacks, usa — The Renzi Foodservice Food Show returned to the Conference Center at Lake Placid for the second year in a row on April 19, bringing with it 1,500 attendees and a spirit of community reinvestment.
Renzi Foodservice is one of the largest family owned and operated broadline foodservice distributors in Upstate and Central New York. In addition to the economic impact of bringing one of the largest conference groups to Lake Placid this spring, the company has fostered a deeper connection with the community.
“We have a corporate responsibility to set an example of leadership giving, which is fundamental to our personal values, beliefs, integrity and operating philosophy,” said Renzi Foodservice's chief executive officer, Jude Renzi. “These efforts reinforce our commitment to giving back to the communities that have given us so much.”
In 2014, the company established a charitable foundation partnering with the Northern New York Community Foundation in an effort to formalize their community reinvestment efforts in support of nonprofit organizations and schools. In Lake Placid, that has included food donations and sponsorships of local food-related events.
Following their first Food Show in Lake Placid in May 2015, Renzi donated at least eight trucks full of food to the North Elba Community Christmas Fund, the Lake Placid Ecumenical Food Pantry run by St. Agnes Church, the Lake Placid Central School District, and Adirondack Community Church. This year, they repeated this act of generosity, donating again to the food pantry and to the Lake Placid After School Program.
Renzi is also a sponsor of the annual Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll, and it is a major sponsor of the first ever Eat ADK Restaurant Week that is being held in Lake Placid from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 22.
The sales strategy for the Conference Center at Lake Placid is conducted cooperatively by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) and the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). The strategy includes attracting a combination of regional day business and multi-day, town-wide conferences.
“The Olympic Center was a perfect fit for the Renzi trade show,” said Jackie Kelly, conference center coordinator for ORDA. “Centerplate, our concessionaire, worked seamlessly with the Renzi food brokers which only enhanced their experience onsite as well as in Lake Placid. We’re pleased that our location, ease of access and compatibility of the venue contributed to high attendance for Renzi’s annual event."
“Many conference groups build strong relationships to the destination, and Renzi Foodservice is an outstanding example of how a company can develop deep ties to a community,” said Maryjane Lawrence, marketing and operations director for the Conference Center at Lake Placid. “We are grateful to have them as a part of the Lake Placid conference family.”
For more information about the Conference Center at Lake Placid, visit meetingslakeplacid.com.
The Conference Center at Lake Placid opened in the spring of 2011 and was designed with its location in the Adirondacks and contemporary meeting market needs in mind. Technologically savvy and environmentally sound, the Center incorporates optimized energy performance, renewable, recycled materials and natural daylight, and offers more than 90,000 square feet of flexible meeting and exhibition space, with a total of 12 breakout rooms available for concurrent sessions, state of the art audio visual technology, a ballroom and a full-service production kitchen.
PHOTO: Maryjane Lawrence (L) and Ashley Andrews (R) help Karen Armstrong of the Lake Placid Food Pantry pack boxes donated by Renzi Foodservice.