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Today is World Kindness Day. Let’s try to make it every day

Today is World Kindness Day a reminder that the smallest act of kindness can make a major impact on one lifeor the world. At The Cuyahoga Group, we strive to create a positive environment that reflects mutual respect, teamwork and kindnessfor our team members and our customers.

Not only is being kind and respectful the right thing to do, it’s also practical. Data reveals that positive, supportive workplace cultures yield happier, more productive employeeswhich leads to greater efficiency, stronger production and elevated success.


If we ask ourselves what we can do to lift the world onto a platform of kindness, we need to look no further than our own homes, neighborhoods, places of employment, schools and communities. From something as simple as a smile and a warm ‘good morning’ to a stranger, to bringing a meal to a family or individual in need, to committing to volunteer at a local nonprofit, to becoming active in our schools as mentors against bullyingour individual acts of kindness can transform our worldand the world around us.

Collective kindness is like a million starsthe more we stand up for others, the more we speak out against injusticethe stronger our light becomes. So today, as we celebrate World Kindness Day, think about how each one of us can help raise the life of another. And, don’t forget to be kind to yourself, too!

For inspiration on becoming a RAKtivist (Random Acts of Kindness Activist), click here to visit the Random Acts of website.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has—Margaret Meade.

Happy Veterans Day!

On Veterans Day, The Cuyahoga Group—
Veteran-Owned and Operated,
Honors the Service and Sacrifice of U.S. Veterans and their Families

Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11, 2017.  At The Cuyahoga Group, we express our gratitude and appreciation to all U.S. veterans, actively military members, and their families.

Jim Variglotti, founder and president of The Cuyahoga Group, is a U.S. Navy veteran who served honorably during the Vietnam War. His service to our country transitioned into a lifelong commitment to providing employment opportunities for veterans at his company.


Jim’s son, Vince Variglotti, followed in his father’s footsteps: he was recently named President of The Cuyahoga Group, and is also a United States Navy veteran.

The values of hard work, family, teamwork, community, integrity and service for the greater good—are lessons learned in military service to our country—and are the same values that Jim and Vince Variglotti have infused into all facets of The Cuyahoga Group.

The Cuyahoga Group stands in honor and commemoration of the great service and sacrifice of all of our United States Veterans and their families.  Let us unite in supporting our veterans and their families—on Veterans Day, and every day throughout the year.

Catering to Our Clients’ Every Need

As the vibrant colors of autumn surround us once again, our Catering Experience team is busy preparing for numerous onsite and offsite holiday catering events that promise to delight and dazzle all who attend.

At Catering Experience, providing delicious food in a creative atmosphere is what we do best. We focus on bringing large and small groups of people together for an amazing and unforgettable dining experience. Click here to read testimonials from our customers.

We couldn’t do it without the seasoned talents and passion for food of our Executive Chef, Andy Yanak, who brings more than 30 years of catering experience to the task. Andy has overseen the catering operations for well over 4,000 events in Northeast Ohio and the Columbus area, everything from birthday parties to anniversary events. Including our fabulous 30th year celebration that Andy and the catering team pulled together inside our North Ridgeville warehouse!


Clients have also already booked dates for next Christmas season, a year ahead. And the catering division also has weddings booked, in addition to the usual assortment of company barbecues, graduation parties and corporate events.

It’s never too early to book your catered event. Remember: Food can make or break any event. Just contact us to discuss how we can transform your ordinary event into an extraordinary experience.

Our schedule books fast, so now is the perfect time to start planning for those special catering moments that celebrate employees, family and friends in 2018. Contact us to help you get started!

Promotions Give Excitement Year-Round

Like all successful businesses, we’re not content to get stuck in a rut, always doing things the same way. Instead, we strategically drum up excitement and energy for our customers, venues where we distribute food through vending machines, markets, cafeterias and catering programs. That’s why we regularly offer special promotions.

Here’s how it works: At least a half dozen times a year, we announce a new promotion. Then, we apply stickers carrying a code on a bag of chips, a bottle of water, a cheese danish or a cup of coffee, inviting the customer to visit our website during a specified period of time (generally about two weeks), enter the code and learn if they’re a winner. We strive to get your winning gift card to you within thirty days.

Why do we do this? Because we like to find new ways to drive interest and excitement for our customers, giving them additional reasons to do business with us. It has a way of energizing everyone, and we’ve always found that an energized workplace is a key to any organization’s success. Keep an eye out for our annual 12-days-of-Cuyahoga on our promotions page. Each day is a new promotion as our way of saying thanks for your continued patronage throughout the year!

But we’re always looking for new promotional ideas. If you have any that excite you, we encourage you to leave us a comment and tell us about it. Or like us and hit us up on Facebook or Instagram!?

The Culinary Center: Nerve Center of Our Operation

As Americans become ever-more conscious of the need to live healthier lives, it’s crucial for any organization in the food and hospitality business to adjust its offerings accordingly. At home, on the job, in school cafeterias, office parks and industrial plants, wherever we eat, the trend toward fresh food is deeply rooted.

That’s why our Culinary Center is really the heart of our operation. It’s where we assemble thousands of meals every day. Whether they’re creating fresh sausage gravy and biscuits for a catered breakfast or salads and sandwiches for vending machines, the Culinary Center team produces about 11,000 units of fresh food a day, or about three-quarters of the total food we distribute. Sundays and Wednesdays are the busiest days.


It’s all led by Sandy Bealer. As is the case with nearly all our associates. She started at Cuyahoga Group as a line worker, making sandwiches. “Then I was promoted to cooler girl,” she says. Today, she manages the entire center, overseeing a staff of two dozen employees.

The geography we serve makes all of this a more challenging task. “Since we go to Jamestown, New York to the east and all the way west to Findlay, and south to Columbus, Mansfield and Marion, we have a wide base we deliver to, because we are the only culinary center for the company.” So the culinary center has to closely coordinate with our transportation fleet to ensure that food is delivered at its freshest.

While the culinary center has long accommodated vegetarian and gluten-free food requests, Sandi says requests are also beginning to trickle in for vegan food, whose parameters—nothing processed or derived from animals—are even trickier still. “So we’re going to begin to experiment with that,” she says.

“Our fresh food program is something that makes the Cuyahoga Group different,” says Carla Variglotti. “We want to provide our customers with fresh quality products that taste good.”

Meet the Man Who Builds Our Micro Markets

The trends are clear. Employers want to keep their people happy, healthy and in the building. And one way of doing that is to offer healthier and more convenient food and drink selections on-site. That’s why our self-service markets have become so popular in recent years.

They offer a range of grab-‘n-go options, quick service, and an attractive, even futuristic look for company break rooms.These self-service 24/7 kiosks are fully customizable to a particular company’s space constraints and product preferences.


If you’re a Cuyahoga Group customer, the fellow who  builds and installs these units for you is Kevin Piller, a personable and talented builder who has been helping us install micro markets for the last few years. He expects to install nearly two dozen more for us this year.

Today, he likes the freedom of roaming around his roomy 3,000-square-foot studio space, packed with an assortment of building materials and power tools. Carpentry was a youthful hobby for him at first, but now he does it for a living.

His first installation of a state-of-the-art micro market was for a call center in Solon. Since then, he’s done other call center and heavy manufacturing plants. He’s even put in a cafeteria.

Installations generally take a single day, but preparations and planning can take a couple of weeks. He gets prefabricated kits, and considers how they should conform to the specs of that client. When he needs a certain part, “I still sometimes use my contacts from my tool and die days.”