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Refreshing Water Choices = Happy, Healthy Staff

August is National Water Quality Month.  We all understand that water gives life and sustains life—and pure, clean water is not only vital to our health and wellness, it is key to the survival of our planet. That’s why The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in water brands and products in our Vending and Micro-Markets.

Quick Access to Refreshing Water = Happy, Healthy Staff

Pure water is the center of workplace healthy initiatives, and we have the variety of water products that your employees want! From Deja Blue® and Aquafina®, to LifeWater® brands, to many more water brand options, The Cuyahoga Group makes it quick and convenient for employees to maintain healthy choices by keeping pure water stocked just a short walk away, in your office break room or on your warehouse or plant floor.

Still or sparkling, flavored or not—it’s your earth-friendly choice!

We’re Committed to Earth-Friendly & Sustainable Practices

The Cuyahoga Group recycles, reuses and prioritizes environmentally sustainable initiatives at our offices, warehouses and culinary centers—and we also strive to support the health, wellness and ‘green’ programs at your company. We provide your employees with natural and refreshing water, while supporting environmentally friendly practices in your workplace—making it a cascade of wins for all of us!

Pure Water for your Employees is just a Click Away!

For more information on The Cuyahoga Group’s selection of pure water products, including our Bevi® pure water system, click here.

“Elevating” Your Catering Experience!

Our catering team with Catering Experience has launched a new executive bowl program Elevations – Raising Your Dining Experience To A New Level!  Taste the Difference with this fresh spin and addition to our hot lunch line.

The bowls combine superfoods, grains and wide variety of toppings to create a healthy and filling experience. Featured are bowls from our Asian Fusion line pictured below.

All Bowls are garnished with Fresh Micro Greens & Edible Flowers, truly Raising Your Dining Experience To A New Level! Contact Catering Experience for how you can serve your employees these innovated and delicious cuisine.

Snack Safely

Convenient access to fresh grab-and-go meals will eliminate the need to leave the office for lunch.

The Cuyahoga Group is committed to helping consumers #SnackSafely. In addition to intensifying our cleaning and disinfecting procedures, we have also equipped our associates with PPE (face masks and gloves) and have implemented daily wellness and temperature checks.

Quick trips for lunch down the street won’t be so easy, or for some, worth the hassle thanks to precautions like social distancing and temperature checks on your return. Healthy grab and go options will give consumers the quality of restaurant take-out with the convenience of on-premise dining.

Planning for the future in uncertain times is tough. However, we are confident that when you make it through the temperature checks and follow the directional signage to the break room, you’ll be entering a safe space to connect, collaborate, and refuel. The Cuyahoga Group is committed to helping you snack safely.

Cuyahoga Group Catering offers onsite boxed BBQ for your Employees!

The tradition of the outdoor BBQ rolls back through the eons, and while other culinary fads have come and gone, our love for grilling seems to be forever. We know that with this coming holiday weekend, BBQ will be center stage.

Whether vegan or carnivore, there’s something for everyone, and there’s nothing like outdoor grilling to raise the taste meter of any food type—from sizzling veggies and savory seafood, to scrumptious cheeseburgers or grilled chicken—a barbecue lifts any food item onto a plane of sweet, spicy or smoky deliciousness.

At The Cuyahoga Group, not only do we specialize in the very best of workplace vending and market options, our Catering Division chefs have years of experience and talent in bringing the all-American BBQ right to your workplace parking lot!

Want to instantly raise employee morale? Have a cookout in your parking lot!

We can provide outdoor catering for all shifts!  So, make your associates happy this summer with our top-rated BBQ fare—right outside your door! Forgo the buffet and indulge in our fresh lunches boxed on site.
Liven up corporate lunches, meetings or any event – leave everyone in the office full and satisfied!

Whether your staff loves savory brisket, seared veggies, baby back ribs, good old fashioned hot dogs, brats and hamburgers—or all of the above, our Catering group has you covered: We do all the set-up, grilling, serving and clean-up—and all you have to do is make sure your employees show up!

For more information on bringing a hot lunch boxed barbecue to your business or organization, please contact Andy Yanak, Head Chef with The Cuyahoga Group Catering Division: AYanak@CuyGroup.com.

Click here for more information on a variety of indoor and outdoor Catering options at The Cuyahoga Group.

Let’s get grilling!

Employee of the Quarter: Ivelisse “Eve” Nieves – Congratulations!

The Cuyahoga Group has selected Ivelisse “Eve” Nieves as the Employee of the Quarter. Eve works as Prekit/Prepack Lead at our North Ridgeville Branch for the last three years.

“Each morning I walk in and see her face and I know it is going to be a good day,” says Darrin Terry. Throughout these past few months, Eve has been flexible while maintaining a great attitude and with determination. Eve is quick to think on her feet and always reliable. She arrives early every day on time and shows leadership in making sure no one on her team slacks off. No matter what is thrown her way she adjusts on the fly, no questions asked.

When the country shut down day care, she quickly found another alternative for her two children, never complaining. We cut her team in half and she took on the challenge becoming a one woman wrecking crew, getting the job done. 

Eve truly embodies the word essential. She is absolutely necessary and extremely important and critical in our day-to-day operations. She has made life easy during a tough and challenging time and that is greatly appreciated. 

Congratulations to Eve on being selected as The Cuyahoga Group Employee of the Quarter! We appreciate your many contributions and we are grateful that you are part of our team. Your kindness and willingness to always help out your teammates whenever needed, is an inspiration and role model to us all. Thank you Eve!

A Personal Mother’s Day Letter to My Mom, Sherry Variglotti. Happy Mother’s Day! By Carla Variglotti

I have the most amazing mom and best friend.  My mom, Sherry Variglotti,  is the best gal I know. When you are sick- she cooks chicken noodle soup, when you are happy she celebrates with you, and when you need a hug she gives the best hugs. 

As Mother’s Day approaches, I want to say thank you to Sherry Variglotti. Many of you know her as the mom of Vince and I, and as Jim’s wife. What you may not know is that she is a nurse who supported our family when the business got started. She has always been the CEO: Chief Emotional Officer. She is the one who nurtures our family’s traditions and beliefs, sets the tone for family interactions—and she is the glue who keeps us close together.

There are so many good things about her, too many to list. When I was a kid, her hugs and butterfly kisses fixed everything. Her sense of humor is contagious and her heart is huge. When I was little she always smelled so pretty- Obsession by Este Lauder was her fragrance. Her home-cooked meals brought our family together to share stories, laugh and appreciation.  Words cannot adequately express how much I appreciate and respect you. I love you mom, and I am so grateful and happy to be your daughter.

I know that your mom is as special to you as mine is to me, and I want to honor the significant mother-child bond of every daughter and son who reads this. I’d also like to take a moment to honor and remember the moms who are no longer with us—their love and care will forever have an immeasurable impact on their families, and they live on in the hearts and memories of their children—and will never be forgotten.

To all the working moms, I just want to take a moment to congratulate and honor you on Mother’s Day. Juggling work, home, and family is really hard, and you deserve major kudos for ALL you do. Your dedication to both work and family pays off. And one thing’s for sure… you are appreciated.

So, to my mom—and to every mom, I hope you enjoy this holiday—dedicated just to you!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Celebrating resilience on St. Patrick’s Day

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face…” from a classic Irish blessing. 

We’re all a little bit of Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.  The celebratory day of green beer, wearing of the green and large celebrations and parades in every big city has been overshadowed by the Coronavirus—but just like the tradition of resilience in Irish culture, there is hope—and clovers, on the horizon.  

Our spirits remain strong and there is wisdom in tradition—and these are good things to focus on. The green clover is not only an Irish symbol of good luck, it also signifies renewal and the return of spring. And while there may not be a Saint Patrick to drive away the ills of the world, we know that—yes, this too shall pass.  

In the weeds of adversity and uncertainty, clovers can still be found. We can choose to be vigilant by arming ourselves with facts instead of fear. We can choose to live in the moment, control what we can, and look forward to the return of ‘normalcy.’ 

So, let’s kick back and raise a glass to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day—with a renewed focus on all that is good in our lives. Let’s strive to live in the here and now, while looking ahead to the inevitable promise of fields of green clovers, roads rising to meet us and sunshine on the horizon. 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all, from The Cuyahoga Group. 

Cuyahoga Group celebrates National Vending Day

Quality and convenience are the names of the vending industry game. Whether on the road or at work, vending machines and onsite markets exist to keep us fueled and energized.  

As a premier VendingMarket and Office Coffee Services company, The Cuyahoga Group celebrates National Vending Day on March 5, designated by NAMA (National Automatic Merchandising Association).  

Upward Growth for Vending and Markets 

The work week is usually super busy, and we’re always looking to make the best use of our time, so when we need to recharge, we need fast, affordable access to quality options. A cup of fresh coffee, nourishing sandwich wrap, crisp salad, protein pack snack or nutrient drink are must-haves at work—and The Cuyahoga Group delivers it all, just down the hall in your breakroom! 

Commitment to wellness & sustainability! 

The Cuyahoga Group offers the latest in premier brand, better-for-you options, along with traditional snack and beverage favorites that your employees know and love.  

We also customize our offerings to suit the culinary needs of your team, while supporting your workplace wellness programs and sustainability initiatives.  

Our handshake is our promise! 

31 years ago, Jim Variglotti, U.S. Veteran and founder and CEO of The Cuyahoga Group, started the company with one vending machine, a handshake and a cup of coffee. Since then, The Cuyahoga Group’s core values haven’t changed—our handshake is our promise, and customer service is the foundation of our company. 

Keep your team happy and productive—Call us today! 

Spring is just weeks away—the perfect time to bring a new energy with quality culinary and beverage options to your workplace!  The Cuyahoga Group is here to help you do just that—by providing your team with the very best in VendingMicro-MarketMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering Services.  

To contact us, click here or call us at 800-901-8363.   

Celebrating the 29th of February!

2020 is a Leap Year, and tomorrow, February 29th, is known as Leap Day, that special, extra day in our planet’s annual voyage around the sun that occurs every four years. The Cuyahoga Group is celebrating February 29th because even though we’re a premiere VendingMarket, Office Coffee ServiceMobile Dining and Catering company that is family-and-veteran-owned and operated with over 31 years of experience in bringing nourishing, delicious, quality meal, snack, coffee and beverage options onsite to our workplace customers in a three-state area—we’re also astronomical mathematicians at heart, and we think it’s pretty cool.  

Why do we have Leap Years? It’s all about serious calculation, including a possible mathematical miscalculation from eons ago. Here’s the short answer: Leap Years are necessary to keep the calendar aligned with the astronomical seasons. 

Swirled in folklore, February 29th is also known as a day of luck, changing weather, and the day when it was “permissible” for women to make marriage proposals. We’ve evolved since then, (mostly) as women now have equal rights and are free to make marriage proposals on any day they want, but that’s beside the point. 

The coolest thing about February 29th? It’s an extra 24 hours, and a good reminder to make everyday matter. 

On Leap Day and all days, make your Workplace Food and Beverage Choices Matter! 

For 31 years, The Cuyahoga Group has delivered the best in Vending, Micro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering services.  We provide meal, snack, coffee and beverage choices that your employees need to reenergize throughout the workday, without the inconvenience or expense of leaving the premises. To contact us, click here or call us at 800-901-8363.   

Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight:   Angela Bogan

Cuyahoga Group Team Member Angela Bogan has been selected as our Employee Spotlight for February, 2020. 

In April, Angela will celebrate 20 years with The Cuyahoga Group.  For nearly two decades, her commitment and service  to her role as Vending Attendant out of our North Ridgeville Branch has raised the bar on service and team work. Self-motivated and reliable, Angela’s strong work ethic, positive outlook, attention to detail and willingness to always go that extra mile, has created an invaluable example for other team members to follow. 

Congratulations to Angela Bogan on her upcoming 20th Anniversary with The Cuyahoga Group!We appreciate all that you do, and we are grateful that you are part of our team!  


What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group? 
Angela:Vending Attendant.  


What do you like most about your job, and why?   
Angela: I like visiting different locations and not having to stay in one place all day long.  


Tell us a fun fact, or facts, about yourself:  
Angela: I make birthday cakes, wedding cakes, cupcakes and treats for special occasions. It’s something creative that I really enjoy.  


What is your favorite kind of food or meal?   
Angela:My favorite food is Italian.  


What kind of music do you like? Do you have a favorite band or singer?   
Angela: I love Country Music, but I also enjoy many other types of music.  


What is your favorite movie, TV show or book? 
Angela:  My favorite TV show is Friends.   
 

Please share with us a goal you’d like to accomplish someday: 
Angela My goal is to travel to Italy someday.  


Thank You, Angela, for participating in The Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight, and Congratulations on your upcoming 20th Anniversary with The Cuyahoga Group!