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The Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Tony Taylor

Not only is Tony Taylor a favorite among our customers, he has been one of The Cuyahoga Group’s most dedicated drivers for nearly 20 years. Tony has been a key player in building strong partnerships with our customers along his route, and his dedication to going the ‘extra mile’ is second to none. We appreciate all of Tony’s hard work and his unwavering commitment to making our customers happy!  

 

Now, let’s get to know Tony Taylor a little better… 

 

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Tony: I am a Route Service Attendant with a focus on customer service: I strive to provide the best service in Vending that I possibly can, while creating lasting relationships with my customers through communication and maintaining customer satisfaction. 

 

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
Tony:  I was introduced to this business nearly 40 years ago, by Ed Butler. I transitioned to The Cuyahoga Group around 20 years ago. 

 

What do you like most about your job, and why?
TonyThe interesting people I get to meet and, knowing that I am appreciated for the service that I provide. 

 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
TonyEveryone who knows me knows that I live to make life easier for others by always learning new things and equipping myself with the tools to be able to assist them in any way I can. I’m always buying tools and I love woodworking and music, and I love to encourage others, both spiritually and morally. 

 

What is your favorite food/favorite meal? 
TonyMy dad was part Italian, so he always made incredible pasta dishes. Not that I’m as great a cook as he was, but I love nearly any kind of pasta dish. 

 

What is your favorite type of music? 
TonyBeing a musician and always performing with many professional artists in the business, I love all kinds of music and must always be prepared to bring any style to the stage. But my favorite type of music would be Jazz Fusion because of its complex nature. My favorite band? Jeff Lorber! 

 

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday:
Tony: Hands down, because of my multi-faceted background in video production and stage experience, a future goal would be to produce a movie. 

 

Thank you, Tony!! 

The Catering Experience website has a new look! Experts in making your catered event exceptional

The Cuyahoga Group is happy to announce the launch of our newly upgraded Catering Experience website.  When amazing food, superb service and just the right décor are combined, the celebration becomes extraordinary—and memorable.  

 

Chef Andy Yanak knows great food, and he knows how to throw a great party!

The Catering Experience was founded in 2004. After many years of applying his culinary expertise in the private and business sectors, Executive Chef Andy Yanak partnered with Jim Variglotti, CEO and founder of The Cuyahoga Group, to form The Catering Experience. Learn more about the history of The Catering Experience.  

Andy understands that the key to making any event an exceptional experience, whether small or large, casual or formal—is to provide exceptional food and exceptional service—and he delivers, every time.  Andy and his executive team have nearly 30 years of catering excellence, and The Catering Experience is also a proud member of the International Caterers Association. 

Corporate or private event? Just click for inspiration, menus, or a quick quote!  

From menu selections for all occasions, to additional catering services such as linens, floral, wait staff, bartenders, dinnerware, tents, theme décor and ice sculptures, Catering Experience provides it all.  

An outdoor, Employee Appreciation BBQ for 20 or 1,000 employees? We do that every year! Office holiday celebrations, elegant weddings, family reunions or any event in between? Yes, we do that too! Catering Experience has the talent, integrity and knowledge to create an amazing and memorable celebratory event for all who attend.    

Click here for a quick quote! 

For more information on bringing excellence in catering to your Employees, Family or Friends, please contact Andy Yanak, Executive Chef with The Catering Experience: AYanak@CuyGroup.com 

Homemade Sandwiches in YOUR WORKPLACE? We got you covered—at The Cuyahoga Group Market!

August is  National Sandwich Month, and The Cuyahoga Group has the sandwiches worth celebrating—and available for your employees, year-round with a Cuyahoga Group Market—installed right at your workplace!  

We provide the convenience and options of a mini grocery store just steps away, for your associates, 24 hours a day.    

From our Jimmy V® Italian subs, Vinny V® breakfast line—to our famous Chicken Salad wedges and healthy wraps, we provide your employees with a variety of delicious sandwiches that are delivered fresh from our North Ridgeville culinary center.  

Convenience, Options, Nourishment, & Hydration = Good Vibrations! 

Aside from our awesome sandwiches, The Cuyahoga Group Market provides homemade meals including the Sherry V® dinner line, and fresh salads and delicious wraps that are delivered daily. Hydration? We got it: Refreshing beverages from Life Water® and Gold Peak® brands, to Dasani® and Pure Leaf® and custom Coffee Blends. Sweet or Salty? We got that too—from favorite, popular chips and cookie brands, to our homemade desserts like chocolate pudding and seasonal sweets like apple crisp. 

Looking for healthier options? We have that too! Our Healthy & Fresh® line delivers fresh food daily! Our healthy snacks and nutritious meals is just what the doctor ordered: From organic protein bars and creamy yogurt, to fresh fruit paired with artisan cheese, to light wraps, homemade soups, crisp salads, and trail mix, eating healthier at work has never been so easy and delectable! 

The Cuyahoga Group is Family and Veteran-owned and operated 

The Cuyahoga Group is a Veteran-owned and operated family company, based in Cleveland, Ohio. We partner with local Veterans’ organizations to support Veteran families through employment and community partnerships.   

Each Market is custom-built by a local builder in less than two days, to suit the layout, space and design of your company.  

Our Markets bring happiness and raise morale, so CONTACT US TODAY! 

For tens of thousands of employees at more than 110 companies throughout Ohio, it’s a break-time dream come true! Taste, options and convenience have changed the way we refuel while at work, making a quick recharge so easy, delicious and nutritious. 

For additional information, contact Brian today—we’d be happy to come out and discuss our Market options for your organization!  

Brian Canterbury:
EmailBCanterbury@CuyGroup.com
Phone: (440) 225-9318 

 

Give your employees what they want: Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Move over, apple pie, chocolate chip cookies shall also have their day in the sun (or oven). In fact, August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.  The Cuyahoga Group is celebrating the occasion, as we believe that this particular cookie is the all-star of things sweet and classically American.  

We deliver Chocolate Chip Cookies to your breakroom! 

That’s why the best in chocolate chip cookie brands, from Keebler®  and Daisy’s® to Chips Ahoy®, are available in many of our Cuyahoga Group vending machines and micro markets. 

While apple pie gets plenty of accolades, and rightly so, it’s clear, for a million reasons, why the chocolate chip cookie rules. Ask yourself this question: ‘Who is the most beloved Muppet?’  The answer of course, is: Cookie Monster. Did you know that Cookie Monster’s middle names are Chocolate and Chip? That’s right, Cookie ‘CC’ Monster. Mic drop and case closed. 

 

 

Girls (and Chocolate Chip Cookies) Rule—Boys, well, you know 

It should come as no surprise that a woman invented the chocolate chip cookie: Ruth Graves Wakefield, a chef from Massachusetts.  And if you’re thinking ‘oh, she must have accidentally spilled pieces of chocolate in cookie dough and the rest is history’—you’d be wrong. Wakefield’s monumental invention—one that forever changed the course of pastry trends in America—was a deliberate and methodical creation that took place in 1938. 

They say ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ well yes, chocolate chip cookies are a necessity, when times are tough, when times are great—and especially when it’s work time—and The Cuyahoga Group has you covered! 

To sum up National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, be a smart cookie and contact the Cuyahoga Group to add year-round sweetness to your workplace—you’re employees will be glad you did!  

Keep calm and eat (chocolate chip) cookie” Cookie Monster 

Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Ed Byler

Ed Byler as has been a key associate in generating growth and driving success at The Cuyahoga Group for nearly twenty-five years. His ability to cultivate and maintain vital partnerships with customers throughout northeastern Ohio is unparalleled, and we are grateful for his contribution, achievement, and continued service. Above all, we are grateful for Ed’s unwavering friendship. We wish Ed Byler and his entire family all the best!

 

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Ed: I retired from The Cuyahoga Group in 2008, but I have continued working part-time as a
Customer Service Representative. I visit clients to ensure they are receiving the
service they expect and deserve.

 

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
Ed:  I have worked for The Cuyahoga Group since 1994 as an Operations and Sales
Manager.  It has been a pleasure to partner with Jim Variglotti, the Variglotti
family and everyone at the Cuyahoga Group.

  

What do you like most about your job, and why?
Ed: The best part of my job is developing relationships with clients and following up with them to
ensure they are receiving the service we promised.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Ed: Last year, I went skydiving with two of my grandsons, Luke and Seth, when I was 75 years old. I still have four more grandsons and two more jumps to go!

What is your favorite food/favorite meal?
Ed: My favorite meal is breakfast. However, I also enjoy a rare filet with a glass of Chianti for dinner. Hold the Fava beans.

What is your favorite type of music?
Ed: I like a blend of 70’s and 80’s music. Currently, my favorite group is Imagine Dragons. I just saw them at Blossom a few weeks ago.

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday:
Ed: My personal goal is to take some fabulous pictures in Sicily on an upcoming trip in September with my wife, daughter and son-in-law.

Thank you, Ed!

Freedom Fighters celebrate life, hope & raise funds

The Cuyahoga Group is proud to share that at last Saturday’s American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Elyria Catholic High School, the Freedom Fighters team exceeded their goal by raising more than $5,000 to bring awareness and advance research to end the devastation of cancer.  

 

Irene Belcher and Patsy Johnson are cancer survivors and culinary associates at The Cuyahoga Group. When they pitched their idea of forming the Freedom Fighters team for the Relay for Life event, Sandi Bealer, Culinary Director and Sherrie Peters, Culinary Associate, immediately climbed onboard.

 

Saturday, July 14 turned out to be a 90-plus degree day, with a heat index that rose above 100 degrees—but there was no stopping the Freedom Fighters. Following an inspiring Survivors Brunch held inside the school, the Freedom Fighters got walking, and kept going until midnight.  

 

The Freedom Fighters are grateful to everyone who participated in the Relay, and to all who generously donated their time, funds or services. The Cuyahoga Group was happy to help support this worthy event.  

 

A special shoutout and big THANK YOU to all who made the Relay a great success:  

Patsy Johnson, Janell Johnson, Irene Belcher, Al Belcher, Sandi Bealer, Sherrie Peters, Regina Stafford, Willie Madison, Rosa Quintero, Lee Black, LaShawn Ortiz, Sarah LaPoint and Carla Variglotti.  

 

We’d also like to say ‘thank you’ to the organizations who donated items and services for the Relay, as well as for basket raffle fundraisers, held over the past several months at The Cuyahoga Group Culinary Center. 

 

For more information on the Freedom Fighters Relay Team, please click here to read our blog post. 

 

To make a donation on the Freedom Fighters webpage, click here. 

For more information on participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life where you live, click here.  

 

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

 

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

Walk with us on Saturday July 14th – Join the Freedom Fighters team to fight cancer!

The Cuyahoga Group hopes you can join with the Freedom Fighters to bring awareness and raise funds to end the devastation of cancer. Established by Cuyahoga Group cancer survivors, the Freedom Fighters welcomes all to the team!

 

We encourage and welcome all Cuyahoga Group associates, friends, families and customers to walk with us 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.

 

For more information on the Freedom Fighters, please click here to read our blog post.

 

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

 

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

The Cuyahoga Group: We cater to coffee fanatics

Freshly brewed, from us to you

What’s bold, beautiful and packs an energetic punch into your workday? COFFEE!  The delicious taste aside, a cup of fresh-brewed coffee lifts the spirit and brightens our mood. And, it’s totally legal!

We’re almost certain that studies show that we’re happier, more alert and more productive when we’re drinking good coffee—us coffee drinkers already know that, and the happiness is growing.

According to FoodandWine.com, more than 60% of Americans drink coffee daily, and that number is rising.

The word ‘coffee’ even sounds nice. We love it hot or cold and we want it…NOW!  

 

Imagine gourmet coffee blends in your breakroom
(you provide the barista)

The Cuyahoga Group’s Office Coffee Service brings supreme coffee products, services and supplies into your workplace, without the hassle of leaving work—or the cost.

So, when the mid-morning or afternoon doldrums roll around, all your associates have to do is stroll to the breakroom and let the coffee magic begin.

 

From fresh-roasted Bean-to-Cup, to old-fashioned Slow-Drip, to Fair-Trade, Sustainable Certified and Certified Organic brands and options—to our own signature brand, Frisco Bay® – we have the coffee choices that your associates need to get them successfully the through the workday.

We also offer Pantry Services that include cups, lids, stirrers, and cream or sugar—and we’ll soon be rolling out our new Cold Brew line.

 

Also, we customize to meet the needs of your associates—so whatever coffee choices your associates crave, our Office Coffee Service will deliver!

For Quick, Easy Access to the Best in Coffee—CALL US!

To bring some liquid joy into your work place: Call or email The Cuyahoga Group Office Coffee Service  – Your associates will be happy, and so will your production rates.

Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight – Roger Greetham

Roger Greetham was recently named The Cuyahoga Group Employee of the Quarter. His outstanding record of service and attention to detail has the customers along his downtown route so impressed that they regularly take the time to let us know how appreciative they are—and so are we!

We thank Roger for his hard work and commitment to his role, and we’re grateful to have him on our team. So now, let’s get to know Roger a little better!  

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Roger: I’m a Sales Rep in the Office Coffee Department.

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
Roger:  Thirteen and a half years.

What do you like most about your job, and why?
Roger: Getting to know my customers and satisfying their coffee and paper product needs.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Roger: I’m a hockey junkie.

What is your favorite food/favorite meal?
Roger: I’m a steak or prime rib kind of guy!!

What is your favorite type of music?
Roger: Classic rock and blues.

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday.
Roger: Spend more time on photography and work on family history—I was a history major in college.

Thanks Roger!

Summer days and potato chips—Let The Cuyahoga Group bring crunchy sunshine into your workplace

 

Summer arrives in the northern hemisphere on June 21 marked by the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

The first official day of summer has been honored and celebrated since the beginning of recorded history, and at The Cuyahoga Group, the revelry that shines on all things summer isn’t lost on us.

To pay homage to the season that cultures around the world celebrate (and us northerners worship) we’re providing Simply Lays® Potato Chips at a sunny rate.

 

To keep your team going with sunny snacks and delicious drinks—just call The Cuyahoga Group!

 

What’s the best way to lift the spirits of your employees and keep them energized and refreshed during the summer workdays? You got it: a quick, convenient, savory or sweet, snack or beverage, just a few steps around the corner to the break room!

 

Whatever the season, The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in vending, fresh food, coffee and micro-market services.  From healthy snacks, beverages and classic favorites, to our signature subs, sandwiches, wraps, soups, salads and meal options prepared homemade in our North Ridgeville culinary center—we have the food, snack and beverage options your employees need to bring a little sunshine into the work day!

 

Our Simply Lays Promotion will run from June 19 to July 1.

 

So, to bring a taste of summer crunch into your workplace, just click hereand let the happiness begin!