Burchfield Penney Requesting Qualifications and Proposal for Operations of Museum Café and Catering Venues

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College is requesting qualifications and proposal for operations of museum café and catering venues. 

The Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College is a not-for-profit fine arts museum with a 50 year history of serving the eight counties of Western New York, the Niagara Region, Erie County, the City of Buffalo and Buffalo State College.  The Museum is located at the southwest corner of Elmwood Avenue and Rockwell Road in the heart of Buffalo’s Museum District.

The Burchfield Penney Art Center seeks a food service operation that will operate the 780 square foot Burchfield Café and provide full service catering for receptions, donor functions, and special events. The Burchfield Penney Art Center serves as a sought-after rental venue for private and corporate functions.  The indoor reception space is approximately 2780 square feet.  It is an elegant, well-designed space overlooking the East Gallery and the terrace to the north.  In appropriate weather, the terrace may be utilized offering another 1873 square feet. 

The food service vendor will operate the cafe and be the exclusive caterer for all events, except for limited museum managed events. 

A three to five-year contract is proposed with preferred renewed options with the contract vendor.   All space rentals are managed by the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

The enclosed is a synopsis of expectations.  Interested vendors are encouraged to submit qualifications and a proposal by 4:00pm on Friday, November 16, 2018 in sealed envelope to the Food Service Search Committee, Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222.  A committee of Burchfield Penney affiliated representatives will meet individually with a final selection of potential vendors in early December 2018. 

Those with questions are asked to contact Carolyn Morris-Hunt at morrisca@buffalostate.edu.

Download proposal at http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/files/documents/RFP_Catering_and_Cafe.pdf