Symphony lays off dining, catering staff

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 9:56am

The Nashville Symphony laid off its entire catering and dining staff on Monday in a move designed to cut costs after deciding that food service was “not directly related to our core mission.”

“After August 4, the Nashville Symphony will continue to rent the building for events, but will use a system of pre-approved, “preferred” caterers,” chairman Ed Goodrich and CEO Alan Valentine said in a statement. “We are in negotiation with those caterers now and expect to publish the list shortly. We look forward to continuing to work with our many rental clients and want to assure them the Schermerhorn remains one of Nashville’s first-class destinations for special events. We will also, of course, continue to provide concessions and bar service for all concerts and events.”

The symphony is currently facing foreclosure on its home, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Bank of America will auction the property on June 28 if no deal has been reached on the symphony’s outstanding debt.

A sympony spokesman said that 16 full-time food service staff have been affected and that five will be offered part-time positions. Additionally, one full-time events position will be eliminated through attrition.

8 Comments on this post:

By: BigPapa on 6/18/13 at 8:09

Always funny how business lay off the lowest level employees while keeping the higher dollar folks around until the end.
I bet you could either lay off the entire food staff, or two executives.

By: JeffF on 6/18/13 at 9:22

There is now a new rule in downtown...Thou shalt not compete with the MCC for special events.

I find it odd that the symphony had 16 full time people in this area. Even busy the building was sitting idle probably four or five out of seven days. Who were they feeding/serving on all those non-use days?

This is a glimpse inside of the industry that promises lots of jobs. Food service and wait service is a majority of the meetings jobs and they are fleeting and part-time in nature.

By: JohnGalt on 6/18/13 at 9:41

Contract caterers should have been used from the getgo with only a scheduler on staff.

By: Jughead on 6/18/13 at 9:48

I tried to call them twice for an event last year and they never called back.

NSO needs to fire from the top end and work down.

By: courier37027 on 6/18/13 at 11:19

Bring on the taco trucks.

By: dargent7 on 6/18/13 at 2:04

JugHead: You're a liar.
You cannot even dial a phone or key in a phone number.
What 'event" could a racist, filthy, pig like yourself stage at The Symphony?
No ONE talks like you that attends The Symphony.
Crackel Barrel is even way above your class and means.

By: Jughead on 6/18/13 at 2:10

dargent7: Got anger issues?

It was for a rehearsal dinner, moron. No apes, queerios, beaners, or towel-heads invited.

Who you calling racist, ni@@er?

By: dangerlover on 6/19/13 at 8:01

Paula Deen! You are a bad girl. I mean, I knew you were a fat, melted butter drinking cow, but posting on a Nashville paper website as some douchebag named Jughead? You really need to eat some more pecan pie and die of an exploded heart already.