Space Center Houston Teams Up with Wolfgang Puck Catering as its New Hospitality Provider
The Nonprofit Plans to Connect People with Space Through Mission-Driven Experiences
HOUSTON, April 5, 2021 – Space Center Houston is pleased to announce its new hospitality partner, Wolfgang Puck Catering, which will offer visitors a broad selection of food options inside The Food Lab, the center’s all-new eatery experience, as well as innovative event services for private events. This new partnership aligns with the center’s core objective to provide mission-based guest experiences inspiring people of all ages through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“Together, we aim to enhance the guest experience with unique culinary offerings to drive curiosity through educating people how food and nutrition fuel space exploration,” said Mary Baerg, chief operating officer, Space Center Houston. “It’s our commitment to continue to innovate and provide meaningful connections to space exploration for people of all ages.”
Pamela Brunson, chief creative officer of Wolfgang Puck Catering continues, “The Houston market has been wonderful to us since launching our off-premise catering and event services in 2019. We are thrilled to expand our footprint in the city with such a great partner as Space Center Houston and to create truly one-of-a-kind culinary offerings to visitors at the center.”
The nonprofit plans to provide unique dining and event experiences, with Wolfgang Puck Catering bringing thoughtfulness, creativity and seasonality to the table. It will be a phased roll-out of offerings with health and safety as a top priority. Space Center Houston continues to monitor COVID-19 to ensure its guest experiences are in compliance with health and safety guidelines.
Later this year, the center plans to fully open The Food Lab, which will provide an elevated, mission-driven, hospitality journey for guests. The Food Lab, located in the former Zero-G Diner, will provide interactive learning experiences about how NASA is keeping astronauts healthy and is preparing astronauts to live and work on the Moon and Mars. Additional information about offerings and educational programming inside The Food Lab will be revealed at a later time.
Currently, The Food Lab offers new amenities including a fully redesigned coffee bar (Grounds Control) and marketplace (The Market). The Market features a variety of individually packaged, freshly prepared grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, hot entrees and snacks for a convenient, versatile and contactless shopping experience. Grounds Control, the remodeled modern coffee bar, offers a selection of espresso drinks and on-tap offerings highlighting local and regional roasters, alongside a selection of all-day pastries and hot sandwiches.
Fort Worth-raised Bruce Ross will serve as the executive chef at Space Center Houston. Ross brings more than 20 years of experience from some of the country’s premier private clubs, hotels and corporate dining establishments in Houston, Dallas, Seattle and Santa Fe. Most recently, Ross led culinary operations at ExxonMobil headquarters in Houston.
The center can accommodate a wide variety of corporate, nonprofit and social events set within a one-of-a-kind venue. Offering fully customizable services, the center’s event management team will help clients imagine endless possibilities to make your event unforgettable. An event at Space Center Houston can include an innovative menu, interactive food experiences, VIP tours and astronaut appearances surrounded by some of the rarest artifacts in human space exploration. The 250,000 square foot venue options include spacious indoor and outdoor locations among flown spacecraft and historic rockets like the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and the NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft. For more information about hosting an engaging private event at Space Center Houston, visit www.spacecenter.org/host-an-event.
To learn more about the center’s evolving guest experiences, including food services, new exhibits and year-round education programs, visit www.spacecenter.org. .
The Manned Space Flight Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit science and space exploration learning center with extensive educational programs. Space Center Houston is the cornerstone of its mission to inspire all generations through the wonders of space exploration. The center draws more than 1.25 million visitors annually, was named “Best Museum in Texas” by USA Today and generates a $118.7 million annual economic impact in the greater Houston area. Space Center Houston is a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and a Certified Autism Center. More than 250,000 teachers and students from around the world visit the center annually to experience the educational space museum with more than 400 things to see and do. For more information, go to www.spacecenter.org. .
Founded in 1998, Wolfgang Puck Catering continues to set the standard for culinary excellence, bringing a legendary combination of innovative cuisine and welcoming hospitality to the worlds’ most renowned corporate, cultural and entertainment clients. Wolfgang Puck has revolutionized the dining landscape with a singular focus, to exceed expectations whenever guests gather for a meal. WPC is part of Compass Group North America based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and currently provides special event, retail and workplace dining services in major markets including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Atlanta.