Cater2.me Will Feed Your Company
San Francisco startup Cater2.me connects talented underground chefs to companies with hungry employees, adding a curated, local focus to their existing meal perks. They do this by bringing the best local food trucks, pop-up restaurants, and caterers to your office.
The service benefits both sides of the arrangement, helping local chefs grow their businesses and giving employees access to delicious local meals.
“Every meal that we schedule doesn’t just come delivered—it comes with a story,” says Cater2.me’s Cristina Girgis. “We give chefs the opportunity to shine and showcase their talents to a large-scale demographic of people they might not have access to otherwise.”
And, of course, hungry employees get to enjoy some of the best food their city has to offer. “We’re all about variety and keeping lunch interesting and fun,” says Girgis. “We work with hundreds of vendors to offer a range of menus to work with meal plans of all kinds and always seek to prove to any company that feeding employees isn’t just a perk, it’s an experience that is a necessary element to enhance office culture. We’ve found that bringing a team together to eat boosts innovation and efficiency. Furthermore, we have taken the concept of a ‘business lunch’ and applied it across the office. Teams are more interconnected and productivity is maximized without individuals ever having to leave the office.”
Cater2.me was founded in San Francisco but has since expanded to New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Boston, and Austin.
The startup has served an impressive 5 million meals to date, I’m told. “Cater2.me is at the forefront of the movement that is set to change the way corporate companies eat and give a huge boost to local food vendors.”
As for the future, Girgis says they want to keep growing and expanding to new markets. “The way we see it, the more companies we can reach, the more curated food experiences we can give people. Employees will be happier, feel connected to their team and be more productive, resulting in higher functioning businesses and happier employers. On the flip side, the more people we have to feed, the more chefs and food businesses we’re growing, and the more we’re helping to grow local economies.”
This fall, the company is opening new offices in Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, and Houston. And they’re hiring!