The Orange County Convention Center (Orlando)

Since 2008, the Sodexo Live! team at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando – the second-largest convention center in the US – has been on the forefront of incorporating sustainable initiatives into everyday practices. The team, as part of a broader company mission, is committed to conducting business in a sustainable manner by promoting positive environmental stewardship. In fact, Sodexo Live! just recently extended this contract for what could be 11 years and be worth more than $550 million in sales, as the facility undergoes a $500M+ renovation/upgrade. 

A key feature is the Center-to-Table Gardens – recently profiled by Catering Magazine – which are 88 aeroponic towers that provide Sodexo Live! chefs a full harvest of approximately 3,500 plants every six weeks (and can be viewed by guests entering the convention center through the Westwood Lobby). 

Food presentations in Orlando feature assorted freshly harvested greens—many in water with their roots still attached—with an array of fresh crudité, in-house pickled items and dressings, so guests can create their own fresh salads. Often positioned prominently in the display is a living mushroom log, with the chef slicing away still-growing mushrooms to add to guests’ salads. Guests are delighted to view the colorful display and often state that they have never experienced this type of service in a convention center.