Great Performances

FESTIVAL AND EVENT PRODUCTION

Seamless operations. Effortless logistics. Delighted guests.

Great Performances has operated pop-up cafes and food service operations of varying scope and complexity. Our team is adept at handling large-scale events for hundreds of thousands of people to smaller events for more intimate groups. Our decades of expertise, established processes, and inherent flexibility allow us to successfully execute even the most challenging pop-ups with the shortest lead times.

Our successes include JBF LTD, the James Beard Pop-Up Restaurant in Chelsea Market; Scott Conant’s one night pop-up with Resy; Alon Chaya’s pop-up at Chef’s Club; Taste of Open at the Miami Open; and David Bowie is and Frida Kahlo: Experiences Can Be Deceiving at the Brooklyn Museum. Additionally, we are proud to celebrate 11 years as the caterer for the New York Wine and Food Festival. For each of these high-profile events, Great Performances worked closely with the clients, planners, sponsors, and chefs, ensuring budget adherence, operational success, and an impeccable guest experience. We work with partner chefs to provide guidance on price point, plating, labor costs, and serving styles to maximize efficiency for the project. We provide chef support with additional labor for prep and service, purchasing coordination, rental and equipment needs, and can create accompanying dishes as needed. 

We also partner with local chefs and restaurants in our day-to-day account services. Our program People’s Kitchen is how we refer to our signature program of guest chefs, food truck vendors, cooks, food producers, artisanal bakers, restaurateurs, and farmers that we weave into our daily menus. People’s Kitchen taps into the widest variety of palates through our partnerships with some of the most interesting organizations and culinary talent – and we bring them to you to explore and enjoy. Now more than ever, the restaurant community needs our support. Small entrepreneurs, with great dreams and skills, are eager to introduce you to their products.

CONTACT THE FESTIVAL AND EVENT PRODUCTION TEAM

We care deeply about your success.

To learn more about our special event services, contact us at celebratefood@greatperformances.com or complete the form below:

FESTIVAL & EVENT PRODUCTION FAQs

Great Performances provides strategic consultation for events, regardless of size, to enable our clients to create memorable interactive experiences around food.

We work with our clients from pre-production through post-production, managing the behind-the-scenes elements including logistics, operations, vendors, facilities and licenses and ensuring an optimal experience for clients and their guests.

Great Performances accepts clients for event and festival production globally.

Yes, we work with international partners for our events and festivals held outside the US.

Our special events team can help coordinate full event logistics including working with partners for displays and booths.

Our special events team can help coordinate full event logistics including working with partners for guest bookings.

Our special events team can help coordinate full event logistics including working with partners for ticketing requirements.

Safety has always been a priority at Great Performances. Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we have enhanced our sanitation and safety protocols on top of our existing stringent Department of Health procedures. For details, click here.

Great Performances provides strategic consultation for events, regardless of size, to enable our clients to create memorable interactive experiences around food.

We work with our clients from pre-production through post-production, managing the behind-the-scenes elements including logistics, operations, vendors, facilities and licenses and ensuring an optimal experience for clients and their guests.

Great Performances has expertise in managing events from 20 to 20,000 people.

Lead time for events varies depending on a variety of considerations including location, venue, size and scope. For larger events with more complex scope, we prefer at least six months’ notice, but we are able to accommodate more urgent requests.

Great Performances has extensive experience working with government agencies to ensure compliance with all food and beverage regulations, including procuring of permits and on-site compliance management

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