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Melt the workplace winter blues with Flamin’ Hot Munchies!

Snow is falling, skies are gray, and the wind is howling. It’s the middle of winter and you’re busy at work, wishing for warmth, sun and a certain zip to keep you going.   

The Cuyahoga Group knows that you need and deserve a break to heat up your day, and we have the perfect snack that brings summer back to you—because some like it Flamin’ Hot!  

Spice things up without leaving your workplace 

When the munchies hit, don’t burn out! Embrace the flame—as in Flamin’ Hot! Just take a quick walk to your Cuyahoga Group Vending machine or Micro Market, where you’ll find the zestiest, hottest, crunchiest crisps of hot deliciousness with Flamin’ Hot Munchies 

During our Flamin’ Hot Munchies promo, from January 14 to January 25 

 

Heat up your winter workdays with The Cuyahoga Group!
 

During the winter freeze and all year long, The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in VendingMicro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering Services.  

 

We deliver the homemade meal, snack and beverage choices that your employees need for complete refueling throughout the workday, without the hassle or expense of leaving the premises.
 

To contact us, click here or call us at 800-901-8363.  Your employees will be glad you did! 

 

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Let your New Year begin with The Cuyahoga Group!

Reflecting on some of my best posts from 2018. Thanks to everyone for following along!

The New Year means a new beginning, and this is the perfect time to reevaluate the snack, sandwich, mealcoffee, and beverage options in your workplace! Happy, energized employees means stronger production, sparks creativity and helps to support a happy work environment!  

 

From sweet or salty crunchy snacks and reenergizing power drinks, to healthier selections, premier coffee options and homemade soups, salads and meals, The Cuyahoga Group has all the workplace food and beverage choices that your employees need and want—just steps away from their work station!

 

The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in VendingMicro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering Services—we deliver the homemade 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. 

Happy New Year! 

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The Cuyahoga Group Wishes Happy Holidays to All!

The holidays are here, and another year is coming to an end.  As we gather with friends and family to celebrate longtime winter holiday traditions and create new ones, hopefully we’ll also take the time to reflect with gratitude on all the blessings in our lives. 

Let’s also remember that the holiday season can be a very difficult time for those who have lost loved ones, or those who may be experiencing personal struggles. Maybe this year, we can resolve to give of our time to those in need; whether visiting a lonely neighbor or resolving to volunteer in our communities, caring gestures, big or small,  can make a world of difference for the recipient and the giver. 

We often hear that the true meaning of the holidays gets lost in the hustle and bustle. Ironic, isn’t it? So, take some time to for self-renewal: take a walk at night under the stars, listen to your favorite holiday songs, and keep the constant barrage of holiday messaging of ‘buy this’, ‘buy that’, ‘decorate this way or that’, at bay.  

Renew your spirit with a grateful heart, reflect on the memories of loved ones gone, and cherish the moments with loved ones in the here and now: and if we resolve to carry the spirit of gratitude and giving every day, all year ‘round, what a better world it would be. 

And of course, eat, drink, laugh, sing and be as all-around merry as possible.

Spreading some holiday cheer with great food and great smiles!

What a great couple of weeks! Catering Experience & The Cuyahoga Group have been round the clock all over NE Ohio this week catering 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift. Andy and our catering team love getting to share in holiday cheer with our clients!!

     

Nothing says ‘holidays’ better than our annual Holiday Spirit Contest

In the spirit of friendly holiday competition, check out these photos of The Cuyahoga Group staff donning their best holiday swag. One person’s ugly is another’s adorable.

      

From The Cuyahoga Group family to yours, we wish everyone safe and joyous holiday celebrations with family and friends, and a Happy and Healthy New Year!  

Happy Holidays to All!

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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 Season of Gratitude

Thanksgiving Day brought us together with family and friends—and gave us a renewed sense of gratitude. To show our appreciation to our customers and team members, The Cuyahoga Group held our annual November Thankful Thursdays, with giveaways and promotions that brought a spark of happiness to an already reflective and joyous time of year.   

 

Thankful Thursdays was a big hit, with customers getting great discounts on everything from hot, homemade soups, fall-flavored artisan coffee and tasty Skittles® – to lucky gift card winners among customers, and prize raffles for our Cuyahoga Group team members.   

 

As we look forward to the December holidays and the New Year, The Cuyahoga Group wants to say ‘thank you’ to each customer and to each Cuyahoga Group team member.  

 

To our customers: We appreciate your partnership and your continued support, and we renew our dedication to bring the best in workplace snackmeal, beverage, coffee and catering options!   

 

And to our team members: We are grateful for all that you do! Whether working in the office, warehouse, culinary center or out in the field, your hard work, focus on our customers, and your willingness to go beyond what is expected, is reflected every day, and we thank you! 

 

The Twelve Days of CuyGroup promo is right around the corner! 

 

Check out our blog, Facebook and Instagram platforms for our upcoming December promotion, The Twelve Days of CuyGroup, weaved into the memorable holiday jingle: The Twelve Days of Christmas. You can sing along, if you’d like!

Here’s how it works: Each weekday beginning on Monday, December 3 and continuing for twelve week days until December 18, a select snack, beverage, coffee or meal option will be discounted on the designated day as it correlates with the song, at a Cuyahoga Group Vending, Micro-Market or Coffee station near you!  

 

We bring the best in workplace meals, snacks, coffee, beverage and catering!
 

During the holidays and any time of year, The Cuyahoga Group provides the very best in VendingMicro-MarketsMobile Dining, Office Coffee and Catering Services.  

 

We deliver the homemade 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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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is a reminder to give thanks for all that’s good in our corner of the world, and especially for our family and friends. While we acknowledge our blessings, this time of year may also inspire us to think about returning the kindnesses.    

To pay the gratitude forward, it’s easy to learn about reputable, charitable causes in your community that resonate with you. Simply google ‘top-rated’ charities near me’ to get information on how you can donate your time, resources and talents. In the Greater Cleveland community, discover how  The Greater Cleveland Food Bank, one of the largest food banks in the country, works to change lives, one meal at a time.    

The Cuyahoga Group wishes everyone a Happy, Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving Day!

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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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Land of the free: Thank a Veteran

Veterans Day is designated as November 11th, and this year the designated federal holiday is observed on Monday, November 12th.  The Cuyahoga Group is a veteran-owned and operated family company, and we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation to all United States veterans, active military members, and their families.

To the following U.S. veterans who are part of The Cuyahoga Group team, we thank you for service and sacrifice:

 

Jim Variglotti, founder and CEO of The Cuyahoga Group,
U.S. Navy veteran who served honorably during the Vietnam War.

 

Vince Variglotti, President of The Cuyahoga Group,
served honorably for seven years as lieutenant in the U.S Navy during Enduring Freedom.

 

Gerald Ritch, Specialist Fifth Class,
served honorably for two years in U.S. Army, from July 1966 to June 1968.

 

Colton (Colt) Costello, served honorably for six years as Sergeant in the U.S. Army.

 

Tracey Boyer served honorably for eight years as Private First Class in the U.S. Army Reserve.

 

  
Jim Variglotti                                                           Vince Variglotti

 

On Veterans Day and every day, let us renew our commitment to showing our support and appreciation to our veterans and their families—they are all American heroes.

 

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”—Arthur Ashe

 

Tennis legend Arthur Ashe served as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. In 1993, he was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and is named for the ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

 

No person, and no veteran, should be homeless in our nation

Homelessness in our nation is a tragic reality, and many of those living on the streets are United States veterans. One of the reasons for the high number of homeless veterans is  linked to PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)—directly connected to their service to our nation.  For information on how to help, and to review top-rated charities whose mission is to offer treatment, housing and supportive services to homeless veterans, click here.

 

To learn more about top-rated nonprofit organizations for veterans and their families, click here.

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The Cuyahoga Group Employee Spotlight: Chef Andy Yanak

Executive Chef Andy Yanak is celebrating twenty years at The Cuyahoga Group. He is the Director and Co-Owner of Catering Experience, a division of The Cuyahoga Group. Andy brings decades of restaurant, private and corporate culinary experience that transforms workplaces into memorable, celebratory occasions.

 

Whether it’s holiday catering for third shift employees at a family-owned machine shop, an outdoor bar-b-que for thousands held under tents and lights in the parking lot of a global corporation—or weddings, showers, or any occasion in between, Andy’s attention to detail, delicious culinary creations and superior service, framed in customized themed settings—elevates any atmosphere to a place that brings people together for amazing food, friendship and unforgettable memories.

 

 

 

Let’s find out a little more about Chef Andy Yanak:

 

What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Andy: I’ve had many roles with the company, from Dining Unit Manager to one of eight District Managers overseeing ten cafés. After the Compass merger, I opened Catering Experience, which is the catering division of The Cuyahoga Group.  Along the way I’ve been a part of many Task Groups, Sales Presentations, New Openings and Unit Transitions.  I’ve also helped develop our new Mobile Dining Program.  Currently, my role is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Catering Experience, and I continue to help out wherever needed.

 

How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
Andy: As of October 14, 2018, I have been with The Cuyahoga Group for twenty years.

 

What do you like most about your job, and why?
Andy: The trust and respect from the Executive Team to run with an idea—and they challenge us to do our best to improve the programs.

 

Tell us a fun fact (or facts) about yourself:
Andy: I have been married to my best friend, Lisa, for 32 years, and we both love sports.

 

What is your favorite food/favorite meal?
Andy: A medium rare filet with white cheddar mashed potatoes, any vegetable, and a nice glass of Appassimento wine (made from dried grapes).

 

What is your favorite type of music?
Andy: Classic 70’s & 80’s music – Fleetwood Mac, ELO, Three Dog Night.

 

 

 

Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday:
Andy: I like to continue to travel with Lisa and continue to Live, Laugh and Love!


Thank you, Andy!

 

For the best in Workplace Celebrations, choose Catering Experience!

 

For holiday catering or special occasions, let Catering Experience provide an experience where superior food, excellent service and vibrant themes bring happiness and great memories for everyone who attends!

 

For menu and event theme ideas or to get a quick quote, check out our Catering Experience website, and let the celebrations begin!

 

Email Andy Yanak at ayanak@cuygroup.com; or
Call him at (800) 901-8363 ext. 110; or (216) 402-1292.

 

Check out The Catering Experience blog, here.

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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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