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Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight – Edie Smith

Edie Smith was recently recognized by the Cuyahoga Group in our last newsletter. Her dedication to her role has been noticed and appreciated by employees at Swagelok, and one manager even took the time to write a glowing letter about Edie’s amazing attitude and work ethic. We appreciate all that you do, Edie! 

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Edie: I manage a Marketplace and Food Table at Swagelok.

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
Edie:
14 years.

What do you like most about your job, and why?
Edie:
I really enjoy organizing my market and keeping it clean. I also love making my customers happy—I take a lot of pride in my work.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Edie: I have a big heart for all animals. I enjoy playing Bingo and going to garage sales, and I always enjoy a good Lifetime movie.
What is your favorite food/favorite meal?
Edie:
This is a tough one, I like all kinds. Pasta, pizza and cheese are the best!

What is your favorite type of music?
Edie:
I enjoy all types of music.

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday.
Edie: My goal is to continue being the person that I am, it seems to be working! And, to try to continue to project a positive attitude to everyone—it’s good for your health!

Happy National BBQ Day! Cuyahoga Group Catering offers the best BBQ for your Employees!

Warmer weather is here at last, and that means it’s time to dust off the grill and get barbecuing! 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 barbeque lifts any food item onto a plane of sweet, spicy or smoky deliciousness.

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. The BBQ even has its own honorary day—May 16th is National Barbecue Day.

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!

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!

We also provide indoor or outdoor catering for all shifts!  So, make your associates happy this summer with our top-rated BBQ fare—right outside your door!

For more information on bringing a 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!

A Personal Mother’s Day Letter to My Mom, Sherry Variglotti.

I have to pinch myself at times when I realize that my incredible family has been able to create an environment of love, respect, and trust—sharing the emotional and intellectual challenges of running a business—and at the same time, being a family. My mom, Sherry Variglotti, is the foundation of our family, and I am eternally grateful that she is my mom.

Also, I am absolutely blown away by the people of our Cuyahoga Group company—especially our working mothers—I am so proud to work with you every day.

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. She is my mentor, friend and mom. I am lucky and blessed to call her my mom. 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. The values she taught are represented every day in me and throughout my life.

 

She has celebrated the good and bad with me and her love is always consistent. Her rule of life is simple: honesty. Always be honest and true to yourself and with others. Work hard to finish a task and take care of the people around you. 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.

  

Thank you for allowing me to tell you about my mom, Sherry (also known as Sherbear). For all the working moms out there, 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, for my mom, and every mom –I hope you enjoy this holiday—dedicated just to you!

Happy Mother’s Day!
– Carla Variglotti

Friends don’t let friends bask (in the sun) without sunscreen! May is National Skin Cancer Awareness & National Cancer Research Month

After a long, cold, snowy winter, warmer temps and sunny weather has finally arrived, and as us northerners waste no time in venturing out into the light, it makes perfect sense that the month of May is designated as National Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

The Skin Cancer Foundation estimates that over 5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed annually in the U.S and yet, skin cancer is the most preventable type of cancer. To learn more about safe sunning and prevention of skin cancer, click here. And, while applying sunscreen, don’t forget the exposed skin that we usually forget—the top of our heads. Cases of melanoma detected on the scalp are also increasing every year. Click here to learn more.

For more information about cancer awareness, prevention, early detection and research, visit the American Cancer Society website.

The Cuyahoga Group supports the Freedom Fighters in raising awareness & funds

May is also Cancer Research Month, and The Cuyahoga Group is proud to support the efforts of the Freedom Fighters – a volunteer group of Cuyahoga Group associates who formed last year with a focus on battling cancer through fundraising efforts for research and public awareness.

Cuyahoga Group’s North Ridgeville Culinary Center Associates, Irene Belcher and Patsy Johnson, are both cancer survivors, and formed the Freedom Fighters last year to transform  their personal journeys into action. Culinary Director, Sandi Bealer, and Culinary Associate, Sherry Patsy also joined the Freedom Fighters.

Beyond raising funds for cancer research and bring greater awareness, the Freedom Fighters want to show others who are fighting cancer that the war can be won. After long, tough battles, both Irene and Patsy are now cancer free. Read more about their journey and the Freedom Fighters, here.

Join the Cuyahoga Group’s Freedom Fighters Relay for Life Team on July 14th!

The Cuyahoga Group encourages all Cuyahoga Group associates, friends, families and customers, to join our Freedom Fighters team on July 14, 2018 at Elyria Catholic High School for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

To register, donate, or for more information on the Relay for Life Freedom Fighter’s team fundraiser, click here.

“Being a cancer survivor, I know there is hope—and a cure, for everyone” –Survivor, Patsy Johnson.

“Our goal is to help raise money to find a cure against this monster known as cancer”—Survivor, Irene Belcher.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has” ~
Margaret Mead

 

National Stop Food Waste Day. Together, let’s make a difference!

Waste not, want not—the old adage that was practiced for centuries and even more recently by our parents and grandparents, has faded away in these ‘everything instant’, throw-away times, but all hope is not lost. The other well-known expression—everything old is new again, is bringing awareness (and hopefully, real change) to our wasteful mindset. Environmental stewardship is increasing, and so has a resurgence in efforts by individuals, organizations and companies to incorporate programs that lessen our collective footprint on the health of our planet—including The Cuyahoga Group.

April 28th is National Stop Food Waste Day, and our collective consciousness in taking better care of Mother Earth has led us back to supporting initiatives that create healthier humans and a healthier planet for all living things. We’re creating backyard gardens, building rainwater collection and compost containers, recycling, repurposing—and yet, massive amounts of food waste—nearly 40% of all prepared food, still persists in our country.

Getting back to the basics means responsible food production, sustainable practices, decreasing food waste—and even leaning toward the health and environmental benefits of a plant-based diet.

So how do we prevent food waste? First, by identifying the food waste problem, in our homes, schools, churches, restaurants—and in all industries where food is prepared, served and consumed. Not only are food scraps filling landfills, perfectly consumable food is also thrown away every day—food that could be delivered to those in need.

At the Cuyahoga Group, we are researching new ways to decrease food waste, by looking to organizations like Rust Belt Riders, who provide services to companies and organizations to assist in recycling plant-based food scraps, by delivering to compost areas in community and urban gardens, and  pick-up and transport of same-day delivery of fresh, consumable food products to food pantries and local organizations to help feed those in need. Here are 10 tips from Stop Food Waste Day may give some inspiration to help save the food too!

The Cuyahoga Group also strives to provide fresh, natural food and beverage options to our clientele while incorporating internal programs focused on the three tenants of environmental sustainability: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Together, we truly can make a difference.

The Cuyahoga Group celebrates National Pet Day!

Wednesday, April 10th is National Pet Day, and like everyone else, The Cuyahoga Group adores of all of our furry, (or feathered, or scaled) family members!

So today, in honor of our beloved pets, we are showcasing how much we love them—by showing them to you! Whether furry, feathered or fish scales—or the numerous kinds of pets in between, we know that a pet can be an important part of our families, and we also recognize the great need for pet adoption. So, adopt, don’t shop! Or, consider donating resources or your time to an animal shelter near you.

We hope you enjoy these photos, submitted by our The Cuyahoga Group associates with those who provide our families with unconditional love—and a lot fun!

Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened – Anatole France

Bottom of the ninth, 1-1, 2 down—batter up:

The Cuyahoga Group celebrates the Cleveland Indians Home Opener!

“Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowd…” We all know the words to this purely American vintage tune that we sing during the seventh-inning stretch—baseball is back! Nothing says winter is over in Cleveland like the arrival of the boys of summer down at the old ball park. So, whether snow, rain, sleet or sun, the promise of summer days unofficially arrives with the first pitch at the Cleveland Indians home opener today, April 6th—so let’s play ball!

The Cuyahoga Group began the celebration of the Cleveland Indians Home Opener with yesterday’s Double Dog Day promotion, and today we’re continuing our tribute by encouraging all Cuyahoga Group associates to wear their favorite Cleveland Indians gear.

If you can’t make it down to Progressive Field today, no problem! Just head on down to one of our micro markets, fresh food, or snack and beverage vending machines at your workplace for a quick break and delicious ballpark fare options, such as hot dogs, homemade subs and sandwiches, pizza, refreshing beverages and tasty treats like peanuts, chips, candy and popcorn! Go Tribe! Bring the flavors of summer to your workplace!

For more information on The Cuyahoga Group’s micro markets, vending and catering offerings, please call us at 1-800-901-8363, email us at info@cuygroup, or click here.

Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight – Rita Eichenlaub

Today, April 5th, marks Rita Eichenlaub’s last day of service and dedication to The Cuyahoga Group, and we want to take the time to express our gratitude to her for being a vital part of our team for nearly twenty years. We wish Rita an abundance of health, happiness and peace, today, tomorrow, and throughout her retirement!
  

We will miss you, Rita, thank you! And many blessings to you and your family!  

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Rita: I am a Vending Administrator at the North Ridgeville Branch.

 

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
Rita:
19 years.

 

What do you like most about your job, and why?
Rita:
All the people I have worked with through the years.

 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Rita: My husband and I bought a travel trailer and we are planning on taking several trips across the U.S. the coming years.

 

What is your favorite food/favorite meal?
Rita:
Pasta with a lovely glass of wine.

 

What is your favorite type of music?
I enjoy all music, but my favorite singer is Billy Joel. I have seen him about a dozen times, it never gets old for me.

 

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday.
I have nothing major planned, I’m just going to take one day at a time and enjoy life.

 

Please tell share a fond memory of your time with The Cuyahoga Group, and what you will miss the most.
One my fondest memories would be the boat trip, when Jim Variglotti (The Founder and CEO of The Cuyahoga Group) made us tour the Perry Monument (Put-In-Bay, Ohio) so that the trip was also educational LOL!  I will miss the people that I have worked with—they are such a great group!

An April Fool’s trick with a side of chocolate bunnies, please

With the Easter holiday and April Fool’s Day falling on the same day, creative trickery in the shape of chocolate rabbits could escalate to epic levels of sugar-coated insanity, so be on the lookout!  It’s common knowledge that rabbits are genetically wired for trickery, but you may not be aware that candy rabbits are even worse! Not to mention humans ‘hopped-up’ on sugar.

Celebrated by Christians around the world, some historians assert that Easter is rooted in secular rituals that focus on the pagan goddess Eostre, who was thought to usher in the season of spring with advice from a sage rabbit who could lay eggs—hence the centuries-old tradition of chocolate Easter bunnies and painted eggs.

Also harkening back to ancient times is April Fool’s Day, which continues to be celebrated (or should we say acted upon) around the world, maybe because it’s the one day of the year when we are sanctioned, encouraged even, to prank, trick and be sillier than normal without consequences (depending of course, on how elaborate the trick is).

And like all companies with a reverence for tradition and a sense of humor, The Cuyahoga Group appreciates a good natured trick—just keep it away from our offices, warehouses, associates, markets and vending machines, and remember, even rabbits can’t escape the eye of the security camera!

So, while we’re fooling our loved ones this April 1st, try to keep it within safe limits, otherwise, you may create an irreparable chocolate debacle of Peter Rabbit proportions—and who will be the April Fool then?

Pure, earth-friendly water options at work—let’s to drink to that!

World Water Day is on March 22, reminding all of us that water is one of our most precious, natural resources. Clean water is not only vital to the health and wellness of all of us, protecting our natural resources is vital to the health and longevity of our planet.

 

Since we spend one third of our lives at work, it’s important for everyone to have quick access to natural, pure water. How do we do that and protect the environment at the same time?  Enter Bevi!

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

Best Office Water Cooler 2018

The smart water cooler—bringing flavors, fizz, and eco-friendly fun to your workplace.

Posted by Bevi on Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bevi was designed to provide workplace customers with natural, hydrating water with many natural flavor options—while removing the massive waste and ecological destruction of throw-away plastic water bottles.

 

With Bevi, our customers at The Cuyahoga Group have quick access to still or sparkling water, with numerous naturally sweetened and unsweetened flavor choices, ranging from unsweetened raspberry and unsweetened coconut, to orange mango, blueberry cucumber and blackberry lime.

 

Refreshing, pure, delicious and easy to pour—just bring your own reusable water bottle!

 

The Cuyahoga Group supports health, wellness and ‘green’ practices at work

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

 

If you’re interested in setting up Bevi at your workplace, please contact us at MapleOCS@cuygroup.com.

 

For more information on The Cuyahoga Group’s selection of quality, fresh food, snack and beverage options for vending and micro-markets, visit our website here.

 

Read more about the story of Bevi here.