The NBA is working to add 10 local, minority-owned restaurants as available food options. The expanded menu choices would serve both the players and staffers at the Disney World campus. The league is trying to add food delivery options while maintaining NBA-required health and safety protocols. The NBA bubble surrounds Disney World resort hotels housing teams and ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Shawn Loving, a former Disney chef whose credits include stints as the personal chef and in-flight caterer for the Detroit Pistons and executive chef for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Olympic Basketball Teams in Beijing, China, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is the lead chef onsite in Orlando. He’s been helping with the current dining options for the league.
Adding local minority-owned restaurants would help boost the local Orlando economy. It’s helpful to those smaller businesses who have felt the financial hardship brought about during the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are 22 teams in the NBA bubble. After a quarantine period, players were allowed to arrange food delivery from personal chefs at their own expense, but many are relying on the NBA to provide food options. The teams are staying in Grand Destino Tower at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
Source: Orlando Sentinel