Comcast Spectacor Acquires Brûlée Catering

Philadelphia, PA.

Upscale, Philadelphia-Based Culinary Firm Adds Strategic Extensions to Spectra’s Food Services & Hospitality Division via Premium Hospitality and Off-Premise Catering

Comcast Spectacor, the parent company of Spectra’s Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality and Corporate Partnerships divisions, as well as the Wells Fargo Center Complex and the Philadelphia Flyers, has reached an agreement to acquire Brûlée Catering by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix from GuestCounts Hospitality. The Philadelphia-based market leader in premium hospitality and off-premise catering will operate as Brûlée by Spectra within the Comcast Spectacor portfolio.

The agreement, which was announced today by Dave Scott, President and CEO, Comcast Spectacor, adds Brûlée’s expertise surrounding premium hospitality solutions and off-premise catering to Spectra’s Food Services & Hospitality division, which provides its services to more than 200 client properties across the United States and Canada.

"We’re excited to welcome the talented team at Brûlée Catering into the Comcast Spectacor family and add several extensions to Spectra’s growing Food Services & Hospitality business," said Scott. "This acquisition marks a strategic step forward as we continue to expand Spectra into new high-growth areas, which include premium catering for a broad range of clients."

Brûlée Catering has established an impeccable reputation as a premier catering company with an impressive portfolio of corporate, social, educational and non-profit clients. Brûlée is the exclusive food service provider at a broad range of prestigious venues, such as National Constitution Center, Please Touch Museum, Independence Visitor Center, Museum of the American Revolution, Dilworth Park and Free Library on the Parkway, where they serve three million visitors annually. Brûlée’s extensive catering business handles more than 4,000 events each year. James Beard Award-winning Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix highlights Brûlée’s experienced culinary team and he will continue to place his signature touch on Brûlée by Spectra menus.

"We are thrilled to add Brûlée by Spectra to Comcast Spectacor," said Ken Young, Founder and Executive Chairman of Spectra Food Services & Hospitality. "This is a terrific fit for our client services throughout the Philadelphia region, and also supports our business on a national level as we grow in the catering sector."

"Through high-quality, customized and innovative services, Brûlée has earned the privilege of partnering with a growing portfolio of prestigious client properties and events," said John Wentzell, President of Spectra Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality. "Clearly, their team shares Spectra’s commitment to providing exceptional experiences, one event at a time, and we cannot be more excited to work with such a progressive and talented team."

"My partner Larry Cohen and I feel great about this transaction and the future of Brûlée," said Barry Gutin, President of GuestCounts Hospitality. "Spectra brings substantial resources and new opportunities, which will help fuel Brûlée’s growth. We’re looking forward to working with Spectra and believe this provides an excellent evolution for our employees and clients."

Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Spectacor’s three primary businesses are the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center Complex, and Spectra, a full-service hospitality firm that offers Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality and Corporate Partnerships to over 300 client properties in the United States, Canada, and Singapore. Learn more at ComcastSpectacor.com.