March 23—Sodexo has entered a 10-year agreement to provide cafe, concessions, catering services and new dining options in 22 locations throughout the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C.
As the National Zoo's foodservice providor Sodexo will work with the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) to create dining options that support the Zoo's mission of "demonstrating leadership in animal care, conservation science, education, sustainability and to teach and inspire people to protect wildlife, natural resources and habitats." To support the mission, Sodexo will include education about the healthy options for humans and the planet to assist visitors in making informed decisions. The education component will be paired with healthier versions of traditional Zoo favorites, as well as authentic ethnic cuisines, which will be available at the new Taste of DC located in the Mane Café. This philosophy will also extend to the many carts and kiosks located throughout the Zoo. Sodexo will also make efforts to source local, seasonal, sustainable ingredients as part of their mission to provide varied and balanced food options.
Sustainability will be another strong component of Sodexo's effort at the Zoo. The company wil educate guests on the Zoo's and Sodexo's actions to protect the environment. The Heirloom Grill, a new outdoor venue, will center on sustainability, conservation and restoration.
"Working with the National Zoo and FONZ, Sodexo will bring to life a unique and progressive approach to foodservice that embodies the organizations' vision for the visitor experience at the Zoo," Steven DiPrima, president of Sodexo Leisure, said in a press release. "Sodexo has a long and successful history of aligning with our clients' missions and providing the latest trends in concessions and catering. The resources and expertise Sodexo brings to the National Zoo will provide great benefits to FONZ members, the community and Zoo guests."