“All Hands on Deck” When You Need to Feed 5,000 Hungry People

Preparation, communication, and a highly qualified team fueled the highly successful Thespian Conference at the Columbus Georgia Convention & Trade Center from Thursday, February 9 through Saturday, February 11, when more than 5,000 attended the largest High School Thespian Student conference in the United States.

Spectra’s Willie Jones, a 19-year banquet manager and a culinary team led by Executive Chef Chris Walters and Executive Sous Chef Danard Daniels, partnered with Catering Sales Director, Jennifer Brown and Office Manager, Michele Hughes were the true essential ingredients to this recipe of success, according to Spectra’s Weezy Wingo Motzel, General Manager, Food Services & Hospitality

“We take a lot of pride in our work and it certainly showed during ThesCon,” said Motzel. “We thoroughly planned this event for weeks and communicated regularly with the conference leaders and show organizers. I’m particularly proud of the great work we did and we look forward to their return next winter.”

ThesCon is an annual event that fills the Columbus Georgia Convention  & Trade Center every February. The 2017 conference generated more than $1.7 million in revenue to the City of Columbus.

Fun Facts

  • We served over 21,000 meals in 3 days.
  • Our plates & cups were bio-degradeable and compostable. The cup we use is made from corn.
  • We served 1,350 gallons of tea.
  • Our culinary team prepared over 8,000 pounds of food.
  • Students travel to Columbus, Georgia from all over the state.
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