Category: Culinary Center

The Cuyahoga Group delivers Fresh Salads to You!

A fresh, crisp salad: It’s what’s for lunch, or dinner—or anytime at work! With trees flowering and gardens beginning to grow, it’s understandable that the month of May is designated as  National Salad Month

Renewal is all around us, and at The Cuyahoga Group, we know that this is the perfect time to renew our sense of healthy living, and that means having quick access to fresh, healthier food and beverage choices at your workplace. Enter the salad! 


Workplace meals have never been Healthier, or Tastier! 

Salads have come a long way from a bowl of chopped lettuce that precedes the main meal, in fact, with goals to live healthier, salads have become the main meal!  The Cuyahoga Group believes in supporting the health,  wellness and sustainability programs of our customers, and that’s why we provide your team with a variety of delicious, nutrient-packed salads that are prepared from scratch in our North Ridgeville Culinary Center. 


We deliver affordable salad meal options in our MarketsMobile Dining and Fresh Food Vending: From mixed leafy greens, to traditional Garden or Caesar, to fresh spinach, or crisp iceberg wedges, combined with fresh seasonal veggies, shredded cheese, savory chicken, croutons, walnuts, almonds, hardboiled eggs, cranberries, raisins, and a variety of salad dressings—we bring the fresh, protein-packed and healthy choices that your team wants! 
 

The Cuyahoga Group delivers the best in healthier food & drink options 

Our Markets and Vending lines have evolved along with the universal trend for living healthier. That’s why we deliver a wide variety of healthier choices, directly to your workplace Market or Vending area. From fresh and homemade salads, wraps, subs, sandwiches and soups, to protein packs,  organic granola bars, seasonal produce, Greek yogurt and natural cheese wedges, to refreshing sparkling water, and organic iced teas and a wide array of coffee options,  The Cuyahoga Group has the brand names and healthier, homemade choices your team needs to refuel and recharge throughout the workday.  

             
Your Team deserves the Best Snack, Meal & Beverage Options: Call us Today!  
 For 31 years, The Cuyahoga Group has delivered the best in VendingMicro-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 hassle or expense of leaving the premises. To contact us, click here or call us at 800-901-8363.  

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Enjoy a Picnic in your Workplace Parking Lot!

Sunny days of picnics and warm weather are finally here, so it should come as no surprise that today is National Picnic Day.  
 
At The Cuyahoga Group, we know that picnics aren’t just for parks anymore. That’s right, the best picnics happen in unlikely places, like your workplace parking lot! 

The Cuyahoga Groups brings Summer Catering to Your Team! 

Catering Experience in northern Ohio and  Franklin Catering Services for mid-Ohio and Columbus—are both divisions of The Cuyahoga Group, and they’re ready to bring the picnic to your parking lot!  


Whether you have 100 employees or 1,000, we have nearly 20 years of experience in boosting employee morale with the best outdoor workplace catering events around.


We do all the set-up, and provide the stations, tents, tables, chairs and linens, and best of all, our chef-led culinary teams rustle up the tastiest outdoor culinary fare this side of the Mississippi.


So, whether you work in Cleveland or Columbus, showing gratitude to your team with the great tastes of summer at your workplace brings not only great food, it’s also a great way to lift morale, strengthen coworker bonds, spark creativity and create shared lasting memories.

We Customize Parking Lot Picnics for Your Team! 

BBQ? Of course! Burgers and dogs? Got it. Taco stations or traditional full menu fare? Absolutely! All the sides and desserts your team loves? Check! The Catering Teams at The Cuyahoga Group have the experience and expertise to create a customized, onsite, outdoor catered event that your employees will remember all year.


Contact us today to host a Picnic in your Parking lot!  Don’t delay, our summer calendar is booking up fast! M

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich, We Honor You

Today is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, and we all understand why. The grilled cheese sandwich is purely simple, yet regally classic and magnificently delicious. This humble sandwich has the power to transform; it is the poetry of sandwiches, the queen of comfort foods and the leader of all things that taste really good.   


Cheesiness aside, there is no sandwich more prevalent, beloved, or tasty than a grilled cheese sandwich. It’s been a traditional staple in American households—and restaurants, for decades, and for two reasons: They’re easy to make and they’re insanely delicious!  


The Cuyahoga Group loves a great grilled cheese sandwich as much as you do, and that’s why we make them homemade and fresh in our culinary center, to deliver to your workplace Market, fresh food Vending, Café’s or Mobile Dining Unit. And, our Catering teams offers a great selection of grilled cheese sandwich options for any workplace luncheon or event.  



Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Work = Cheesy Joy 


It’s a very special moment when you have quick, convenient access to a variety of quality meal, snack, beverages and great grilled cheese sandwiches during the workday. Your associates will feel renewed, rejuvenated, and they’ll get the protein they need to stay productive all day long! 


So, for the love of cheese, stop cheddaring around and contact us soon so we can bring homemade grilled cheese sandwiches to your workforce! Your team isn’t screaming for ice cream, they are screaming for grilled cheese, and the meltier, smoother and cheesier the better! That’s a fact, pepper jack! 

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Jazz up your Workday with Pizza—That’s Amore!

When a thought hits your mind of a big pizza pie
That’s amore
When it’s just down the hall, at our Market for all
That’s amore
When your lunch is set free ‘cause it’s covered in cheese
That’s amore
Taste buds will zing, ring -a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
You’ll dance back to your desk with a zippy new zest—That’s Amore!

Our take on the classic song, “That’s Amore!” written by: Harry Warren & Jack Brooks

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Having Healthier Food Options at Work—That’s Amore!

When you seek healthy eats, crispy salads and cheese
That’s amore
When you’re tired and blue and our Market finds you
That’s amore
When you choose protein packs for great pick-me-up snacks
That’s amore
Your day will sing, ring -a-ling-a-ling, ting-a-ling-a-ling
You’ll feel better too and your heart will thank you—That’s Amore!

Our take on the classic song, “That’s Amore!” written by Harry Warren & Jack Brooks

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The Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Robert Quentin Smith

Robert Quentin Smith, Dining Manager of the Hearthside Café for The Cuyahoga Group, was recently profiled in Pluggedin, our quarterly employee newsletter.  Quentin’s unwavering work ethic, excellent customer relations skills, and ability to effectively manage day-to-day operations while keeping our customers first and foremost at the Café, has allowed him to quickly rise through the ranks, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed. Congratulations, Quentin! Thank you for your dedication and friendship!

Let’s get to know Quentin a little better: 
 

How long have you worked at The Cuyahoga Group and what is your role?
Quentin: I began working as a cook and cashier in December of 2016, and I have been the Dining Manager since March of 2018.
 

What do you like most about your job, and why?
Quentin: I like having the freedom of designing my own menu and seeing the positive reaction and hearing the positive feedback from customers when they enjoy our food.
 

         

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
Quentin: I have been playing guitar for more than 17 years.
 

What is your favorite food/favorite meal? 
QuentinMy favorite meal is Yakisoba.
 

What is your favorite type of music? 
Quentin: My favorite bands are Black Sabbath and The Pixies.
 

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday:
Quentin: My current goal in life is to own a home and have all my bills on auto-pay. 

Thank you, Quentin! 

Whether a workplace Café, Quick Meal, BeverageSnack, or Catering Event,
We bring the best choices in workplace culinary offerings!
 

Tis the season to give your employees what they need and want!  A steaming hot cup of coffee, a quick protein-packed snack, a fresh salad or hearty, homemade meal—The Cuyahoga Group brings the very best in VendingMicro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering services right to your breakroom!  

 

To help your employees need to refuel and recharge through the workday, contact us by clicking here; or call us at 800-901-8363.

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The Life and Times of Marty V – Holiday Adventures!

Marty V, the pup who inspired The Cuyahoga Group’s All-American favorite, The Marty V Hotdog Line, has been hard at work these past several months, and he graciously took the time to talk out of his busy schedule to talk with us again.

 

Let’s begin with a recent inspiring quote from Marty V, proudly displayed on the breakroom wall in our North Ridgeville Culinary Center:

 

“I’m happy to share my wisdom to help The Cuyahoga Group discover the best in food and beverage options in Vending, Micro-Markets, Mobile Dining, Catering and Office Coffee, but I can’t take all the credit, it’s in my DNA. I come from a long line of fiercely adorable, curly-haired pack dogs. Do you think we wanted to roam for miles to catch or gather great tasting meals, snacks and beverages? Of course not! Over many generations, we finally figured out that we wanted our culinary favorites stocked and ready to grab-n-go, in the comfort of our workplace! May the wisdom of the ages inspire us all.” –Marty V.

 

Thank you for the inspiration, Marty, and now, let’s get to the interview:

CuyGroup:  The Marty V hot dog line is doing very well, and we know you’ve been working around the clock, so now that the holidays are almost here, are you going to slow down and relax a little?

 

Marty: Here’s the thing, slowing down is not who I am. Before my ancestors invented fresh food vending, they roamed for days just to capture the best wild lettuce and clover for a nice salad. So, to answer your question, no, I will not just hang around all day guzzling martini’s and chasing stuffed animals, that would dishonor their legacy, get it?

 

CuyGroup: Well yes, Marty, we get it, but we also heard that you took a little time to celebrate Halloween, and we have a picture to prove it.


Marty:
What are you, the National Enquirer? The Cleveland paparazzi? If I wanted my own reality TV show, believe me, I’d get it. “The Real House Dogs of Cleveland” have already contacted me, but I turned them down. Ok fine, I do enjoy a good holiday as much as the next pup. And yes, I did partake in Halloween, reluctantly. Jack-O-Lanterns freak me out, I won’t look directly at them. My parents didn’t carve a pumpkin this year, but they did make me wear the costume. I could’ve torn it up in less than thirty seconds, but I decided to be a good son and just deal with it. They take really good care of me, so the least I could do was ignore my pride and suffer several hours of humiliation to bring some delight to their day. I hope they’re happy.

 

CuyGroup: Wow, strong feelings about Halloween. So, did you go Trick-or-Treating on Halloween night?


Marty:
  After the picture-taking and the ‘Oh he looks so cute’ comments, I mentioned that I’d like to at least score some candy to balance out the humiliation, so off we went. As soon as we got to the end of the driveway, I spotted Sofia walking toward us—she’s a calico cat. I asked her out on a date once, and she just turned her furry head and walked away. She obviously doesn’t know a good thing when she sees it (like all cats). Anyway, Sofia was sporting a lioness costume—what a joke. I gave her an eyeroll and she hissed, and that was it for me. I was like, “mom, dad, I’m done, I’m going home.” Lucky for me, I got back inside the house just in time to watch Jeopardy.

 

CuyGroup: Will you be seeing Santa Claus this year?


Marty:
Duh, yes, I see Santa every year, and I’m talking real Santa, not fake, mall Santa. I happen to know the real Santa personally, in fact, we talk often. Santa is meeting me this year at a not-to-be-named location, somewhere along East 9th, near the lake. I’m going to modify the way Santa delivers presents.  He is finally understanding, after hundreds of years, that dogs are better than reindeer to lead his sleigh. You’ve heard of dog sled races, haven’t you? Have you heard of reindeer sled races? No, you haven’t, and for good reason.


CuyGroup: Good point, but Santa Claus has special reindeer that can fly.


Marty:
Good point, NOT! Certain dog breeds can fly, and you’re looking at one. Google it if you don’t believe me. Some reindeer can fly, but not as safely or swiftly as dogs. Do the darn math, geez.

 

CuyGroup: You truly are a pup of many talents. So, to switch topics, we hear that you’re attending night school.  What are you studying?


Marty:
Thank you, I don’t like to brag, but yes, talent seems to follow me around. Night school, well, that’s an interesting question. I’ll explain it this way: our clever ways cause stress to our human family, so they send us to night school to ‘train’ us, bless their hearts.  At my night school, though, I am learning great skills on how to train my humans.

 

CuyGroup: How is that working for you?


Marty:
It’s working great, I’ve already trained my parents to stop talking. It’s the stare-down technique, and it usually works like a charm. I have a great instructor, her name is Diane and she’s old school, no-nonsense. The commands she teaches are rooted in human psychology, it’s legit. Like, when I want a treat, I’ll do a little trick, like roll over, and if that doesn’t work, I’ll bark my head off until they can’t take it anymore—and either way I get the treat.

 

CuyGroup: So back to the holidays, do you have your holiday gift list complete? What are you asking for this year?


Marty:
As far as what I want, just normal stuff, like peace on Earth, and a little peace and quiet at home, and maybe a little less cuddling. My parents are great, but all the cuddling ruins my curls.  I’d also like any item that tastes or looks like bacon; also, hotdogs and chicken salad wedges, and an occasional can of Mountain Dew. Oh, forgot to mention, I’m going to volunteer my time to hang with my friends (yes, even the cats) at the Animal Protective League. There but for the grace of dog go I.

CuyGroup: Well said, Marty. Thank you for the candid interview, we’ll catch up with you in the New Year.


Marty:
You’re quite welcome.

 


The Cuyahoga Groups brings the Best in Vending and Micro-Markets
To your Employees!

 

We bring delicious, nutritious and convenient workplace choices to your breakroom through our Vending, Micro-Market, Office Coffee, Mobile Dining, and Catering , from Fresh Salads, Homemade Chicken Salad Wedges, Quick & Healthy Snacks, Savory Hotdogs, Subs, Wraps, Homemade Meals, Hydrating Waters, Beverages and Artisan Coffee—The Cuyahoga Group has all the options to keep your employees well-fed, happy and energized throughout the workday and for every season!

 

Check out The Cuyahoga Group for the best in Vending, Micro-Markets, Mobile Dining, Catering and Coffee Service for your workplace! We are a family and veteran-owned and operated company.

 

CLICK HERE to contact us today!

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Knowing our Customers is how We Grow

Today is National Get to Know Your Customers Day. The Cuyahoga Group is celebrating this designated day because getting to know our customers is the foundation of our company’s growth over the past 31 years.

 

In 1987 Jim Variglotti, founder and CEO of The Cuyahoga Group, transitioned from vending machine mechanic to vending machine owner, and quickly learned that understanding the culinary and beverage needs of his customers—and delivering on that knowledge, was key to building strong customer partnerships and growing the company.

 

Jim also understood that forging customer relationships begins and ends with the highest level of customer service, framed by elements of quality products, mutual trust, respect, honesty—and always going the extra mile to meet and exceed customer expectations.

 

From our route drivers, office associates and culinary team, to our management and executive staff, these values run through all Vending, Micro-Market, Office Coffee, Mobile Dining and Catering services at The Cuyahoga Group.


Grateful for our Customer
Starting with Jim’s first customer 31 years ago, The Cuyahoga Group has grown to include thousands of customers across three states.  We provide workplace culinary, beverage, mobile dining and catering services to companies large and small—from family-owned businesses to global corporations that span the spectrum of retail, healthcare, manufacturing, government, education, recreation, financial and nonprofit organizations.

Our customers are as diverse as the industries we serve, which is why we regularly take the time to learn about what food and beverage options our customers want. Understanding customer needs through surveys, including our ‘Cookie for Your Thoughts’ program, helps us to tailor workplace Vending, Micro-Market, Office Coffee and Mobile Dining services to suit the specific requests and tastes of each client—keeping them energized and hydrated, without the hassle or cost of leaving the workplace.

 

Variety in food & beverage products—it’s what our customers want!

 

At home and in the workplace, we’re more healthy-savvy than ever before, and The Cuyahoga Group strives to customize healthy workplace food and beverage options through our Healthy Line of products. Gluten-free, low-sodium, high protein, low-carb or organic—we’ve got it!

 

Our Vending, Office Coffee and Micro-Markets services support wellness programs in the workplace through a variety of options—from fresh and healthy wraps, yogurt, natural cheese, salads, hummus and homemade soups and meals delivered daily, to popular brand items like Cliff® and Nature Valley® granola bars, Planters® Fruit and Nut options, to healthy hydration with Life Water®, Pure Leaf®, and Gold Peak® products—The Cuyahoga Group has the variety, convenience and taste that our customers want!

 

Let us Get to Know Your Team: Contact us today!

 

To contact The Cuyahoga Group about providing the best in culinary choices for your workplace, click here or call us at 800-901-8363.

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We celebrate National Farmers Day

The Cuyahoga Group honors all family farms on October 12, which is designated as National Farmers Day.  Nothing tastes better, or is better for your health and well-being, than food that is locally sourced. Local farmer’s markets have made a comeback, and the nutritional benefits of farm-to-table methods has taken root across the American landscape.

 

From organic, fresh fruits and vegetables, to naturally produced chicken and beef, The Cuyahoga Group partners with Ohio family farmers whenever possible, to bring our customers the highest quality in snack and meal options.

 

Our North Ridgeville Culinary Center prepares fresh, homemade soups, sandwiches, subs and meals that are delivered daily to your workplace. We customize our Micro-Market, Vending and Coffee service options to suit the needs of your employees, offering healthier items and non-GMO, gluten-free, allergen-free and organic items.

 

 

 

Contact us for the best in workplace food, snack and beverage options!

 

During October, or any time of year, The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in Vending, Micro-Markets, Mobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering Services. We deliver all the meal, snack and beverage choices that your employees need to refuel and recharge through the workday, without the expense or hassle of leaving the premises.

 

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

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On October 5th and every day, Do Something Nice!

At The Cuyahoga Group, we think National Do Something Nice Day, designated on October 5th should be practiced every day!   

 

Although it’s an overused expression, ‘practicing kindness’ is a powerful concept.  To use another expression, you get what you give. With minimal effort, a kind word or thoughtful gesture can go a long way and may even be transformative.  In today’s world of seemingly endless strife and conflict, we believe that simple acts of kindness practiced in our small corner of the world—in our homes and in our workplaces, make a positive difference.  

 

The Cuyahoga Group values and encourages ideals of respect, integrity and gratitude, and these are the building blocks upon which our company was founded. Our handshake was, and still is, our word—and we strive to always go the extra mile to ensure the happiness of our customers and our team members. 

 

Aside from our commitment to delivering the best in workplace food and beverage options, we offer our customers Vend Coupons, Promotions and Give-A-Ways, and we’re always seeking new ways, big and small, to show our appreciation to our customers, and to our team members. 

 

Whether we’re developing new programs to encourage employment of U.S. Veterans, providing incentives and advancement opportunities for our team, or holding our Annual Supplier Appreciation Day, Annual Managers Meeting, or our internal Quarterly Team Meetings—we try to practice kindness and encourage our team, customers and partners to do the same. 

  

 

So, on October 5, and every day, do something nice and pay it forward. At The Cuyahoga Group, we know that whether at home or at work, there is strength in kindness. 

Do Something Nice for Your EmployeesContact Us! 

 

The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in VendingMicro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering Services. We deliver quality snack, meal, beverage and coffee options that your employees need to keep them energized and happy throughout their workday—without the cost or hassle of leaving the building.

 

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

 

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