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Who's News in Catering for December 12, 2020

ZeroCater, one of North America’s largest corporate catering and snacks platforms, has announced the national rollout of Cloud Cafe, a digital app-based cafeteria for companies and groups of any size. Cloud Cafe enables employees to choose and pay for their own daily meals from thousands of individually packaged menu items provided by top-rated caterers and restaurants. Cloud Cafe is powered by ZeroCater’s proprietary food recommendation engine FoodIQ, and curates a weekly rotation of cuisines and meal offerings that match the unique tastes and preferences of every employee. Built for the post-COVID workplace, Cloud Cafe offers companies unmatched flexibility to pay for all, some, or none of their employees’ daily meals. 


Radisson Blu, the upper-upscale brand, synonymous with meaningful experiences, stylish spaces and thoughtful details from Radisson Hotel Group, has announced its executive food and beverage team: Director of Food & Beverage Daniel Rivera, General Manager of Restaurants & Bars Derek J. Downing, and Executive Chef Edgar Beas. The hotel is home to three restaurants and two bars – FireLake Grillhouse & Cocktail Bar, the marquee restaurant centered around live fire cooking; Blu SkyBar, a rooftop bar and lounge; and Marketplace, a grab-and-go stop for convenient snacks, artisan coffee from Lavazza, and cold drinks. 


Holidays look different this year, but 12th Street Catering is keeping spirits up with holiday menus that include themed Celebration Boxes, Virtual Cooking Classes, and shippable gifts and treats perfect for friends and family or colleagues and staff. All menu items and box contents are customizable, and custom logo branding is available. 12th Street Catering offers local delivery or priority overnight shipping via FedEx, with boxes packaged in thermal (and sustainable) TempGuard liners and gel ice bricks to ensure you receive the highest quality, even in the comfort of your home. 

Celebrate the holidays virtually with 12th Street’s seasonal Celebration Boxes – fully customizable and delivered or shipped right to your door. Perfect for your virtual event, whether it’s a company holiday party or your winter fundraiser gala. Options are available for Dinner, Cocktail, Lunch, and Brunch, and feature seasonal dishes like Espresso Rubbed Turkey, Autumn Herb Braised Filet Medallion, Rustic Harvest Meats & Cheeses, and more that are sure to satisfy the entire family.  Add some spice to your staff or family Zoom call with 12th Street Catering’s Holiday Virtual Cooking Classes. Kits are delivered or shipped to each of your attendees, filled with all of the ingredients needed to create your culinary masterpieces, so no need to head out to the store with a list of ingredients. 12th Street Catering’s Executive Chef will lead your guests in how to make dishes together as a team, from options like Jump Lump Crab Cakes to Seared Mediterranean Flat Iron Steak Kabobs, and more. Each kit comes with a prepared sweet treat from 12th Street Catering’s in-house pastry kitchen.


Mochi Foods Hawaiian Mochi Donuts are made with a glutinous rice flour that gives an extra chewiness to each bite. The Hawaiian Mochi Donut is made with a premixed powder that was created through tireless efforts to find the perfect rice flour. The flour was chosen based on taste and that wonderful chewy texture on the inside and crispy exterior that produces a truly toothsome treat. All of the Mochi Foods Hawaii products have a unique mochi taste and Q texture that were developed by an acclaimed Taiwanese food scientist team. The “Q” factor is Taiwan’s version of the Italian “al dente,” representing the perfectly calibrated “mouth feel,” sought after and craved by savvy chefs and diners alike. The flavor? Well, that’s where you come in; there are nearly unlimited options when it comes to adding flavors and other textures to your Hawaiian Mochi Donuts by Mochi Foods.

Mochi Foods premixes can be used to make a wide variety of products including: bread, donuts, waffles, pancakes, hamburger buns, churros, and so much more. They make great additions to bakeries, restaurants, and food trucks. They’re wonderful as desserts and snacks and make a fun addition to any brunch service.


Elior North America, who specializes in k-12 foodservices, has created a new program to distribute meals door-to-door to school children during the the pandemic. 

Early in the pandemic, noticing that many of the school lunches that K-12 by Elior creates for students were not being picked up from the school drop zones by remote learning families, there grew a mounting concern from the K-12 by Elior team about whether children were getting the food and nutrition they need. Answer: they weren’t. Led by the fast-acting executive Barbara Timm-Brock, her team quickly went into emergency mode to figure out how to deliver these meals directly to children’s doors. In record time, utilizing the internal resources of parent company Elior North America and its various units, manpower from whatever sources were available and the company’s nationwide network of kitchens and production facilities, they were able to launch a brand-new home delivery service last month called Door-to-Door by K-12. This impressive operation employs teams to physically drop off hot and cold prepared meals at the doorsteps of thousands of students. Each delivery offers five days’ worth of free meals and snacks (dubbed “Preferred Mealtime Multi-Pack” by the company).  





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