Bring the Pool to the Office: Great Summertime Themed Lunch Ideas

By Danielle Bimston

Everybody loves a day of fun in the sun, so why not bring the pool to the office?! Thanks to our vendors offering bite size treats, you can! Nothing says relaxation and sends fun vibes like finger food does; it’s fast, delicious, and the best part…fun to eat! We’re so excited to be able to offer you a wide variety of little bites that will satisfy your team as well as bring variety and the feelings of summer to your work space. Below are some fun options:

Two Great Tastes… That Taste Great Together?

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Two Great Tastes… That Taste Great Together?: Jack’s Sliders and Sushi

Nothing says a summertime bash like sliders… and sushi? At Jack’s Sliders and Sushi, you can find both miniature sized bites as well as a variety of other tiny foods.  Even though it’s rather unique to serve both sliders and sushi together, it definitely offers a fresh and interesting touch to a lunch menu.  Everyone finds it more fun to eat with their hands so why not make a day at the office a little bit more exciting by including some of these bites in your lunch menu.

Indulging Your Guilty Pleasure:

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For a healthier option, try it baked! Indulging Your Guilty Pleasure: Potatopia

Even though not everyone will admit it, it’s almost impossible to turn down french fries! They’re the ultimate finger food for snacking, salty and savory.  So why not bring them to the office with Potatopia, the ultimate potato heaven?  Whether you’re into sweet potato fries or just regular tater tots, they have something that will hit the spot. And what’s even more awesome is the endless number of toppings and delicious sauces that they offer!

Throwback! Kid’s Food That Never Gets Old:

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Throwback! Kid’s Food That Never Gets Old: The Nugget Spot

Since we were young, chicken nuggets have always hit the spot. (Some things will never change!) Bring this classic finger food from the pool to the office with The Nugget Spot; they offer more than 10 kinds of chicken, both fried and baked! They’re easy to pop in your mouth and release a burst of flavor whether or not you choose to immerse them in a sauce.  They’ll truly make your employees have flashbacks of their childhoods, long days at the beach and relaxing afternoons at the pool.

To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth:

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To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Sweet Generation

Finally sum up your poolside meal with a sweet treat from Sweet Generation.  They bake a variety of mini cupcakes, a perfect little one bite only treat.  Just like the end of a long day at the pool, these satisfying treats keep you longing for the next time you will indulge yourself in something you love.

Even though the office can seem a bit dreary, especially after working day in and day out, there are exciting ways to bring a summer spirit into the workplace.  Let FoodtoEat help you conquer this task by providing your team with a delicious, pool party inspired bites. Remember, even though you’re in the office, a relaxing day at the pool is always in your heart!

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a socially conscious online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

Free Food Part Deux a la Asian Fusion

By Camille Basurto, Guest Blogger

As the glorious eight weeks of Startup Institute come to an end, we’ve been busy wrapping up partner projects, interviews, Strategy Hacking, and other startup life business.  It’s all been a wee bit hectic, and we’re all trying to tie up any loose ends before our Talent Expo next week. Also perhaps getting sentimental about it all. Maybe I’m just projecting?

It thus comes as a welcome reprieve that we have a free late-lunch to break up the crazy. As part of a challenge of the Sales and Account Management track, sales students were tasked with bringing their fellow cohort free food, events, or whatever we could get. We’ve had free cookies, yoga, and karaoke.  Super solid. This week we received Part Deux of free noms thanks to Mamta Parakh.  Mamta worked with FoodtoEat, which partnered with Sweet Generation for our sugar cookie extravaganza a few weeks ago. This week FoodtoEat collaborated with Jack’s Sliders and Sushi to bring us lunch selections a la Asian Fusion.

Hibachi, Kimchi Fried Rice, Sushi & Sliders from Jack's Sliders & Sushi
HIbachi, Kimchi Fried Rice, Sushi & Sliders from Jack’s Sliders & Sushi

FoodtoEat works alongside food trucks, restaurants, and caterers to bring consumers, like hungry SINY students, simplified online ordering so we can #skiptheline.  The interactive food truck, the greatest thing in FiDi, allows people to preorder from nearest truck vendors and increase local business sustainably. FoodtoEat also offers the concierge catering option, giving companies the ability to order food anytime for individual employees, client visits, or meetings.  You can order late night or weekend meals and specify your meal preferences, equipmental rental requirements, and have the opportunity to try unique food from around the world. Mamta was so excited about all of this, she partnered with FoodtoEat and struck a pose when the food arrived this week. Ps. I might I have had a hand in this:

Mamta striking a pose
Mamta striking a pose

Jack’s Sliders and Sushi provided us a number of goodies beginning with salmon, tuna, cucumber, and California rolls. All of this sushi, obviously, was gone within the hour of it arriving. We also had the opportunity to try Jack’s signature beef and chicken sliders with (or without, if you’re lame/into the calorie thing) bacon. Ugh, amazing. There was also zesty salad, a tofu and veggie option, and chicken and rice goodness. Perhaps most importantly, we were served a large amount of ginger. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. There can never be enough ginger.

Startup Institute folks enjoying the delicious food!
Startup Institute folks enjoying the delicious food!

But seriously, thanks Mamta, FoodtoEat, and Jack’s Sliders and Sushi. It doesn’t hurt that sushi is one of my favorite foods, FoodtoEat easily connected with Jack’s Sliders and Sushi as smoothly as it does with all its clients, and, of course, Mamta is such a star.  All I had to do was show up, eat three plates of food, and proceed to lie down for a little bit—such a breeze!

We all thoroughly enjoyed our last free food extravaganza and hope that we will be eating so well in our post-SINY days.

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Camille Basurto hails from the glorious Connecticut & the 203. She is a lover of sailing, running, hiking, yoging, and things outdoors. She likes country, rap, 90s era and most music, to be honest.

Thank  you Camille for guest blogging! Here is the link to the blog post on the Startup Institute blog.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

Cupcake Cookie Craziness

By Doug Wagner, Guest Blogger

Startup Institute NY student enjoying a cupcake!Work days are long. There’s no getting around that – except maybe lunch. That’s why all of us at Startup Institute New York jumped at the chance to have FoodtoEat provide us with some well-deserved sweets. After days of eager anticipation, FoodtoEat brought an array of cookies into our office. The thing is, these weren’t any normal cookies. They were cupcake cookies.

I’m sure your mind is racing at the possibilities, so here’s the low-down. Classic sugar cookies, shaped like cupcakes – plus all of the frosting and sprinkles your lucky tastebuds and poor bathroom scale can handle. Of course, by the end of our lunch hour the cookies were all gone. The only evidence of the sweet treats’ existence was the empty tubs of frosting and a fraction of the sprinkles that once were. We rode that sugar high for the rest of the day.

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The only thing more satisfying than eating our scrumptious treats was knowing that by doing so we were not only satiating our sugar-lust, but also helping FoodtoEat in their mission to provide a sustainable platform for vendors both large and small to reach their hungry customers. They don’t charge fees that the average vendor can’t pay – in fact, they charge just a dime. Now that’s a dime well spent.

The cupcake cookies we gorged ourselves on were from Sweet Generation, a bakery that brings the concept of a community bake sale to the national stage. From there, they support key causes such as funding arts education. There’s some food for thought. It’s something everyone can get behind, and only one small example of the way FoodtoEat strives to find the intersection between helping people and yum.

The bottom-line for us at the StartUcupcake table closeupp Institute New York was that we were impressed. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or late-night – FoodtoEat can bring you the food you want. It’ll be cheaper than you expect, and more importantly it’ll help your favorite restaurants and food trucks stay open. Suffice it to say, we are very much looking forward to our FoodtoEat meal next week.

Most importantly, through their concierge catering program you can bring your office delicious, unique food from vendors that usually wouldn’t be able to sell their food through such a service. Have a favorite food truck? Tell FoodtoEat about it. Love a certain hole-in-the-wall? FoodtoEat can get it for you and bring it right in to the office to feed you and your team.

Doug Wagner is a New Jersey native, back from his collegiate excursion to the Great White North. Now in the big bad city, he’s working for BigSoccer.com and studying Technical Marketing at the Startup Institute New York. He’s also is a soccer fanatic. Above all, he loves to eat food.

Thank you Doug for Guest Blogging! Read Doug’s post about the event on the Startup Institute Blog.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

Your Definitive Guide to Eating as the Irish Do on St. Patrick’s Day

By Debra Liu

Don’t they say we’re all a little bit Irish? Probably one of the largest diasporas in human history, the Irish have gifted us with many wonderful foods (and beers!). Here, we provide a short list of where to go for an Irish-inspired breakfast, lunch and dinner on St. Patrick’s Day:

Full Irish Breakfast at Puck Fair

Full Irish Breakfast | Photo: Droolius.com
Full Irish Breakfast | Photo: Droolius.com

Puck Fair is not your typical Irish bar. Not only does this place have an amazing beer selection, but the food is great as well. People go for the curry fries but on St. Patrick’s Day, go ahead and walk through the door at 11am for a Full Irish Breakfast, which usually consists of eggs, toast, black and white pudding. Black pudding is blood sausage (don’t get turned off by the name, it’s quite good!) and white pudding is just plain old regular sausage.

Lunch of Irish Lamb Stew at Molly’s

Irish Lamb Stew | Photo: Foodess.com
Irish Lamb Stew | Photo: Foodess.com

For lunch, head to Molly’s on 3rd Avenue for the Irish Lamb Stew filled with chunks of lamb, vegetables and potatoes. They also offer Shepherds Pie and Fish & Chips if stew is not your thing.

Dinner of Corned Beef Hash at McSorley’s Old Ale House

Corned Beef Hash | Foodspotting.com
Corned Beef Hash | Foodspotting.com

End your St. Patty’s Day eating fest with Corned Beef Hash at McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village. Established in 1854, one of the oldest Irish pubs in NYC (Abe Lincoln and John Lennon have walked through these doors!), McSorley’s is definitely the place to end (or start) your night.

St. Patty’s Day Cupcakes from Sweet Generation

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes from Sweet Generation
St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes from Sweet Generation

We never (and will never ever) forget about dessert. Cupcakes are not exactly Irish but these Sweet Generation cupcakes do have a lucky 4-leaf clover on them! Sweet Generation makes specialized St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes and they are delicious. So if you’re having a party, let us know and we can get these cupcakes catered for you. Cupcakes and beer – now that’s a great way to celebrate the luck of the Irish!

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

 

FoodtoEat Academy Awards Presents: Local Food Super Heroines

By Debra Liu

Three things of note: (1) The 86th Academy Awards are happening tomorrow night! (2) The theme of the Oscars this year is super heroes, and (3) March is Women’s History Month. Therefore, at FoodtoEat, in only makes sense that we are celebrating our local Super Food Heroines, amazing women who are using food to make the world a better, brighter place: Amy Chasan of Sweet Generation, Robyn Hillman-Harrigan of Rockaway Rescue Alliance- Shore Soup Project, Jessamyn Rodriguez of Hot Bread Kitchen and Deepti Sharma Kapur of FoodtoEat. We had the chance to ask them a few questions and get their Oscar picks too!

Amy Chasan, founder of Sweet Generation 

Amy Chasan, founder of Sweet Generation
Amy Chasan, founder of Sweet Generation

Debra Liu: Who is your personal hero and why?

Amy Chasan: My heroes are my family – they are who inspire, push, support and encourage me. When I think of heroes, those are the qualities that come to mind. And while there are so many influential, powerful, intelligent leaders in this world, when I boil it down to who it is that make me be the best person I can be – it’s my family.

DL: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

AC: Easy! The Goddess Athena’s superpowers!  She is the goddess of culture, the Arts, courage, wisdom and justice – I would magically cultivate and support the creative energy of our youth to ensure that they have every opportunity to become the brilliant creators they were meant to be.

DL: How are you using food to change and better the world?

AC: Arts Education is a proven powerful force in raising academic achievement, preventing youth violence, school retention, developing effective leaders, and so much more. Yet the Arts are the first thing to come under the knife in economic hardship. Arts Education is grossly underfunded and funding continues to decline. It’s so crazy. So I created Sweet Generation to help Arts organizations, schools and community members increase the funding potential of their community-based fundraising – we’re a 21st century neighborhood bakesale, on steroids!

DL: What movie this year do you want to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards?

AC: While there are some amazing films up for the award this year, I would put my vote in for “12 Years A Slave” – I am profoundly moved by  the way it bears witness to the painful and unimaginable story of this part of our history – a story that is so often overlooked, downplayed, and even denied. There is no better way to deeply move and educate people than through the Arts!

DL: Favorite movie of all time?

AC: Mary & Max, without a doubt. This 2009 Australian claymation drama/black-comedy by Adam Elliot is an incredible exploration of human relationships, struggles, love and fear. It really gets to the heart of the human experience in all its wonder and glory. The story is so moving (based on a true story), and the use of claymation is such an effective medium, that I find this film to be unparalleled and absolutely awe-inspiring. It is particularly poignant at this time in that Philip Seymour Hoffman was the voice of the very sad and struggling Max.

Robyn Hillman-Harrigan, Executive Director at Rockaway Rescue Alliance- Shore Soup Project

Robyn Hillman-Harrigan (left), Executive Director at Rockaway Rescue Alliance- Shore Soup Project
Robyn Hillman-Harrigan (left), Executive Director at Rockaway Rescue Alliance- Shore Soup Project
Debra Liu: Who is your personal hero and why?

Robyn Hillman-Harrigan: My personal hero is my Grandmother, because she is 103 and she started writing poetry a couple of years ago and has already been published. I love her, and appreciate the reminder that it’s never too late to do what you love.

DL: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

RHH: If I could fly I would be really excited about it. I could get everywhere really quickly, no more long commutes and I would have the best view whenever I needed a break from the bustle of our city.

DL: How are you using food to change and better the world?

RHH: I believe that healthy community can be built around the action of sharing healthy food. Every week at Shore Soup we take donated organic produce and turn it into delicious chef prepared soups and salads. We then deliver these meals for free to people in the Rockaway community who are food insecure. After Hurricane Sandy we ran a relief kitchen and fed over 50,000 free meals and this past summer we operated a pay-as-you-can food truck. We are currently raising funds towards the establishment of a permanent pay-as-you-can restaurant in New York City, because we’ve seen the amazing possibilities that emerge when people share food and other resources with each other.

DL: What movie this year do you want to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards?

RHH: Her. I think that all of the contenders are pretty great, but I like what Her has to say about the nature of love, friendship, where we’re at as a society and where things might be headed in the future.

DL: Favorite movie of all time?

RHH: I’m a sucker for cult classics, but I’ve also seen a few indies over the years that have been great and I remember really loving 12 Monkeys. So it’s between that film, Heathers and Heaven.

Jessamyn Rodriques, Founder & CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen
Jessamyn Rodriguez, Founder & CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen
Jessamyn Rodriguez, Founder & CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen

Debra Liu: Who is your personal hero and why?

Jessamyn Rodriguez: My Grandmother, Ruth “Bubie” Perlmutter. She is a classy lady who, after being widowed in her 30’s, went to work outside the home for the first time. She built a career as an insurance broker and worked into her 70’s. When I was young, I used to love watching her get dressed up for work in the morning. She embraced professionalism in a way that is not typical of women of her generation. She took much pride in cultivating a professional persona which I really admire.

DL: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

JR: It isn’t a superpower in the traditional sense, but with two young children at home and our fast-paced and quickly growing social enterprise, I dream of being able thrive on an hour of sleep per night. With 23 hours in the day, just imagine how much you could get done!

DL: How are you using food to change and better the world?

JR: Hot Bread Kitchen is helping minority and immigrant women take their share of the billion dollar food industry. It is affirmative action for the specialty food business!

DL: What movie this year do you want to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards?

JR: This is embarrassing to admit, but I just had a baby and have only made it out to see one of the nominees, Gravity. It doesn’t get my vote this year.

DL: Favorite movie of all time?

JR: I adore In the Mood for Love, directed by Wong Kar-wai. Great costumes, beautiful soundtrack, and, of course, enticing food.

Deepti Sharma Kapur, Founder & CEO of FoodtoEat
Deepti Sharma Kapur, Founder & CEO of FoodtoEat
Deepti Sharma Kapur, Founder & CEO of FoodtoEat

Debra Liu: Who is your personal hero and why?

Deepti Sharma Kapur: My hero is my mom. I know it sounds cliché, but she’s dealt with so much in her own life that it’s hard not to see her as an inspiration. From raising two kids after moving to a brand new country and way of life, to just starting one business after another, some of which were in completely different fields, to still being there for family and friends in times of celebration or consolation. She is easily my hero and role model.

DL: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

DSK: Time travel! I would definitely take the chance to go back and meet my ancestors in India, and also a few former world leaders that I look up to.

DL: How are you using food to change and better the world?

DSK: At FoodtoEat, I’m showing food-business owners how they can use technology to grow their businesses – and vice versa, helping consumers find more restaurants, food trucks and caterers than ever before!

DL: What movie this year do you want to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards?

DSL: Can’t say – I’ve only seen American Hustle! I’m slacking in this department!

DL: Favorite movie of all time?

DSK: So hard to pick one but I can pick a few across different genres: Star Wars, The Godfather and (of course) Mulan!

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For all of March, in honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll be profiling talented women entrepreneurs in the food space who are creating history as we speak. If you know someone who you think is a food heroine, please contact debra@foodtoeat.com – we’d love to meet her and share her story with the community!
DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

Sweet Generation: Funding Arts Education, One Cupcake at a Time

Sweet Generation logo

By Debra Liu

Remember baking cookies for school bake-sales to raise money for your school’s rendition of Wizard of Oz, with you playing the coveted role of Dorothy? Well, step it up a few awesome notches and I present to you Sweet Generation, an online custom bakery that not only creates delicious cupcakes and cookies, but is dedicated to generating funds to increase Arts education for children. With the motto “helping with every helping”, Sweet Generation is transforming the way we think about fundraising, one cupcake at a time.

Strawberry Malted Milkshake Cupcakes
Strawberry Malted Milkshake Cupcakes

Founder Amy Chasan grew up baking; it was one of her favorite pastimes spent with her mother. According to Amy, “Our tradition was, as soon as there was a thunderstorm, we would go and bake banana bread, get our little folding chairs and sit on the front porch and watch the rainstorm.” Amy’s studies and professional experiences have all been focused around Arts education, particularly on the impact of funding and the funding challenges that Arts programs face. Amy combined her experience in arts education with her love of baking to develop a business that would “help art education programs fulfill their fundraising goals.”

A lot of the interesting flavor combinations, such as Honey Cornbread, come from customers who want to create something unique and different. Sweet Generations’ customized cupcakes with images are one of the customers’ favorites. “Because everything we do is custom, we work with our customers to make things that meet their needs,” Amy says. Voted “Best Cupcake in NYC” by the Village Voice in 2013, the most popular flavors are Red Velvet, Strawberry Malted Milkshake, Coconut Lime, and French Lavender Lemon. Amy’s favorite cupcake flavor currently is the Eternal Chocolate Flame, a chocolate cayenne pepper cupcake. “I love spice so I’ve started to experiment a lot with cayenne both in our cookies and cupcakes,” says Amy.

Warby Parker branded cupcakes
Warby Parker branded cupcakes

Sweet Generation’s vision is to remove barriers between children and art. In addition to selling cupcakes at events and working closely with performing arts programs such as viBe Theater Experience, Sweet Generation is working on integrating more of their social mission into the business by coordinating small arts competitions for children. “We’ve started running little competitions for people to submit their children’s artwork and then featuring them on our cupcakes… this a really simple, really fun way to do an art project with your kid that doesn’t take a lot and you get a really fun result out of it.”

Amy hopes to support Arts education as much as possible and so her goal for Sweet Generation is to be the go-to alternative funding source for Arts programs. “This is an attempt at really ramping up the power of that community style bake-sale to a whole different level,” Amy says.

Red Velvet Cupcake
Red Velvet Cupcake

FoodtoEat is incredibly excited to be working closely with Amy and Sweet Generation to accomplish her mission! If you’re interested in having Sweet Generation cater your next event, just contact us at info@foodtoeat.com and we can make that happen.

DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com