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Bring a splash of summer to your breakroom! Iced tea: the coolest drink ever

Did you know that June is National Iced Tea Month?  We drink it year-round, but the uniquely refreshing qualities of iced tea seem even sweeter in summer.

Americans have always cherished iced tea: it is part of our culinary history and is as popular today as it was centuries ago. Those two small words conjure up an instant image of relaxing on a breezy warm day, sipping a tall glass of the amber-tinged beverage under a shady oak tree, ice cubes twinkling in the sun as clouds float overhead (or something like that).

Healthy, flavorful and so many options: Re-energize at work with iced tea!

At The Cuyahoga Group, we understand that breaktime renews our focus and raises our energy level, so let us bring that relaxing, nourishing summer daydream into your workplace!

Brewed from black and herbal tea leaves, iced tea beverages not only taste great, they’re also  a healthy way to stay hydrated. The Cuyahoga Group offers the best brands of iced tea around, both sweetened and unsweetened, including Gold Peak®, Tribe Tea ® and Lipton®.

Just call us to bring summer to your breakroom!

The Cuyahoga Group offers the very best in beverage and snack options through our vending and micro markets.  So, while you’re thinking about your hardworking, wonderful employees, think about bringing a little sunshine, a lot of flavor and a dash of energy to help get them through the workday with our variety of iced tea selections.

Click here to contact us now—your employees will be glad you did!

The Joy of Snacks – The Cuyahoga Group gives your employees what they want!

What’s the best way to make sure your employees stay energized, nourished and happy throughout the work day?  By giving them quick & convenient access to a variety of delicious and nutritious snacks and beverages—and The Cuyahoga Group has 30 years of expertise in vending to make that happen! We understand that food nourishment not only lifts our spirits and fuels our bodies—it sparks our brain cells to keep us energized throughout the day.

This ain’t your grandma’s vending machine
We offer Healthy, Organic and Traditional Options!

The Cuyahoga Group offers the latest trending brands, healthier options, and old school traditional snack and beverage favorites that your employees know and love. From M&Ms® to Monster® drinks, Cliff Bars® to Lays® potato chips—and hundreds of options in between—we can do it! And, we can customize our offerings to suit the culinary needs of your team. Organic? We’ve got it. Gluten free or sugar free? We’ve got that too. Your vending wish is our command!

 

Not just for morning—the Vinny V breakfast line!

The Cuyahoga Group just premiered our new Vinny V breakfast sandwich line, the latest addition to our exclusive sandwich and meal lines that include the Jimmy V and Sherry V lines.

These scrumptious breakfast sandwiches are homemade in our North Ridgeville Culinary Center, and feature varieties of cheese, egg, bacon, Canadian bacon and sausage, on your choice of croissant, bun, bagel, biscuit or muffin.

Additional fresh food homemade options—from leafy salads, to hummus, to delicious subs, wraps, sandwiches and soups—are all created in our very own culinary center in North Ridgeville, Ohio, and delivered daily to your location!  We regularly partner with Ohio family farms to obtain the freshest produce possible.

 

Cuyahoga Group: Family and veteran owned and operated
The Cuyahoga Group is the premier, family-owned and veteran-founded and veteran-operated Vending and Micro-Market company in Ohio, western Pennsylvania and western New York!  Customer service and our Cuyahoga Group team members are our main priorities—we know you can’t take care of one without taking care of the other.

 NO CONTRACT—Our handshake is our promise!
Jim Variglotti, U.S. Vietnam War veteran and founder and CEO of The Cuyahoga Group, started the company 30 years ago with one vending machine, on a handshake and a cup of coffee. Since then, The Cuyahoga Group’s core values haven’t changed—our handshake is our promise.

The process is easy! The Cuyahoga Group delivers the vending machines and stocks them with the vending items of your choice, and the rest is breaktime history.

Happy Employees = Productive Employees! Call us today!

Click here for contact information to talk about the vending options for your company or organization. Your employees will be glad you did!

Remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season—the time to get away for the weekend, or relax in the backyard with family and friends, fire up the grill, and enjoy the day with a favorite beverage in hand. It’s a day off of work for many, and it’s also the time when we’re swarmed by Memorial Day sales and promotions, scattered across the virtual and media landscape.

Amid all of this, the true meaning of Memorial Day often fades into the background or gets lost altogether.

As a veteran-owned and operated company, The Cuyahoga Group offers a reminder that Memorial Day is a federal day of observance. Together, we stand in honor and remembrance of the men and women of the U.S. military who died while in service to our country.

The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day. The origin of the red poppy as a modern-day symbol of this day was the idea of Moina Belle Michael who worked with veterans returning home for war. Inspired by the poem, In Flanders Fields, she initiated the idea of selling silk poppies to financially assist disabled veterans.

So, on this Monday, May 28, 2018, let us all take a moment to honor and remember our women and men in uniform who paid the ultimate price in defending our freedoms.

And, instead of hurriedly walking by the veteran who is selling poppies to raise funds for veterans services, or for the local VFW hall, let’s take a moment to stop and say ‘thank you’ for their service and sacrifice.

Today and every day, we salute all of our United States veterans.

 

 

 

Memory from Sherry: “For many years Uncle Joe, Uncle Nick and my Dad marched in the parade. I also marched with the Girl Scouts! I was so proud to do that. Always after the parade to the cemetery we would go to the VFW broadway and Forbes road. Shots and beers were the drinks of the day!”

Picture: Memorial Day parade Bedford Ohio circa 1960. The gentleman holding the American flag is Joseph Wasko (Army Air Force in the South Pacific during World War II), Sherry Variglottis’ Father.

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.