UNIVERSAL CITY, CA –Universal Studios Hollywood’s new restaurant, The International Cafe, has been honored with a prestigious Sante Restaurant Award for innovation and outstanding achievement in culinary service and hospitality.
Now in its 13th year, the Sante Awards program is the only peer-judged national restaurant and hospitality competition in North America. Of the restaurants recognized with awards this year, The International Cafe is the only establishment located within a theme park. The International Cafe opened earlier this year to provide theme park guests with healthy food choices in a casual, unhurried European bistro-style setting.
The menu includes creative salads, cheese plates and healthy artisanal sandwiches, along with juices, mineral waters and many other food options suitable for a relaxed, sit-down or on-the-go meal for hungry theme park guests.
“Dining is an important part of the experience we provide at Universal Studios Hollywood and we want to ensure that our guests have choices that fit their tastes and their lifestyles,” said Eric Kopelow, Universal Studios Hollywood Executive Chef. “The International Cafe is helping us to satisfy a growing demand for healthy, tasty food options.” A graduate of New York’s Culinary Institute of America, Kopelow designed The International Cafe’s innovative menu.
Sample menu choices include a shrimp cobb and Greek salad, a grilled vegetable sandwich with gorgonzola cheese, a turkey with muenster cheese and arugula sandwich, a roast beef and brie with roasted pears sandwich and a “caprese-style” plate featuring heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella and basil. Located adjacent to the theme park’s “Streets of the World” film locations, which re-create European streets and plazas, The International Cafe offers indoor and al fresco seating.
The Sante Awards were created to recognize excellence in restaurant food, wine, spirits and service hospitality. Award winners represent a broad spectrum of restaurants and industry professionals.