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'Behind the Scenes' chosen to cater Olympics broadcasting

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San Diego-based catering company, Behind the Scenes (BTS), recently announced it has been selected as the caterer of choice for NBC Olympics broadcasting at the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition, BTS also catered for the international broadcasters and corporate sponsors at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia; Salt Lake City, Utah; Athens, Greece; Torino, Italy; and Beijing.

Led by John Crisafulli, president and COO, BTS will service not only the 3,000 members of the U.S. broadcast media covering the Olympic Games each day, but will also provide services to that company's news division often including the NBC Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and other local affiliates. NBC Olympics is the broadcast network who provides exclusive coverage of the games in the United States.

Crisafulli says that each Olympic Games offers new challenges with the different venues and various food tastes of diverse clients. For instance, at the Beijing games this past summer, BTS built eight western-style kitchens and a large central warehouse and kitchen facility to ensure the quality of the food was not compromised by local logistics challenges. All food and consumable items were tested and screened by BTS Health and Safety teams to ensure a safe and high-quality supply chain.

Crisafulli is looking forward to what challenges the Vancouver site will present. The Vancouver Organizing Committee, NBC Olympics staff and BTS will work closely together as the games approach to assure a spectacular event.

BTS goes to great lengths to promise a quality hospitality experience for its clients.

"We will import products from around the globe to ensure there is something for every taste. We are tremendously proud that BTS was once again selected to be a part of the largest sporting event on Earth," said Crisafulli. "We bring in an incredible team of professionals from not only San Diego, but around the globe, to help us create a catering experience second to none."

Behind the Scenes provides its services domestically to large-scale events such as the Red Bull Air Races, ESPN X Games, Republican and Democratic Conventions, the NFL Super Bowl and PGA golf toournaments.

Grand Del Mar rejuvenates canyon vegetation

In an effort to restore a highly trafficked portion of the 4,100-acre Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, 23 managers from the Grand Del Mar recently participated in an extensive habitat restoration project -- planting nearly 250 shrubs, bushes and other indigenous vegetation near the canyon's boulder-studded waterfall.

"We are extremely fortunate to be located in close proximity to such a lovely site," said Tom Voss, president of the Grand Del Mar. "Both our guests and the public have easy access to all the natural beauty and activities that this popular public preserve has to offer, and we are honored that we can contribute to its enhancement."

Spearheaded by the Grand Del Mar's onsite naturalist Dylan Jones, as well as the city of San Diego's parks and recreation department staff, the project helped rejuvenate a swatch of land adjacent to the preserve's popular waterfall -- an area visited by thousands of hikers each year.

Jones, who specializes in sustainability and environmental issues, said the plants were all donated by the resort as part of an ongoing community outreach program created to help protect the preserve, a hotbed of biodiversity and a popular spot for hikers, bikers and joggers.

"Because this coastal canyon is so important to the community and rich in natural resources, we felt it was critical to help maintain it," Jones explains. "We worked closely with ranger staff to coordinate this event, and were very pleased that so many managers from the resort volunteered to help revitalize this vital resource."

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