SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Cater2.me, which is reshaping office culture one meal at a time, has recently expanded to three new markets - Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles - bringing the company to a total of nine locations. The company has already started working with some exciting new technology and startup clients, including Socrata in Seattle, AppNexus in Denver and Spotify in LA, as well as delicious, local food vendors, such as Uneeda Burger and Oma Bap in Seattle, The Corner Beet and DiFranco's in Denver and fundamental LA and The Anchor in LA.
Originally launching in San Francisco in late 2010, Cater2.me has since expanded to New York, Chicago, DC, Boston and Austin, replicating the successful blueprint within each location. With the company's 5-year anniversary approaching in October and having served over eight million meals to date, it made sense to continue expansion into promising markets.
"We're really excited to be growing our vendor and client bases in these new areas," said Alex Lorton, co-founder of Cater2.me. "After extensive research, we saw huge potential across the food and corporate scenes for providing exceptional, local food for in-office catering needs."
Cater2.me connects hand-selected food vendors, including food trucks, farmers market vendors, restaurants and private chefs, with businesses that get catering on a recurring basis. The company was born from the idea that office meals should be exciting and that organizing these meals should be excitingly effortless. Company meals are an opportunity for employees to build connections with each other, and we want to make those experiences special.
Within each market, relationships are established with food vendors to optimize their offerings and capabilities to not only provide a variety of options for clients, but to also secure a steady stream of orders for the vendors themselves.
In Seattle, Crazy Pho Cajun blends Cajun and Vietnamese cooking styles serving dishes like cajun crawfish pho, as well as staffed, made-to-order spring rolls. Sugarmill and Los Chingones, part of Denver's TAG Restaurant Group, are serving seasonal breakfast sandwiches and quiches and a build-your-own taco bar, respectively. In LA, partnerships include big names like LINK, offering a variety of house-made sausages in various forms, and Soda Pop's, a sandwich shop serving premium quality ingredients made from scratch.
"It's going to be a big win for some of the businesses here in Colorado," said Trent Brotherton, general manager at Walter's Pizzeria in Denver. "One order doubled the sales for a typical lunch shift."
Clients span across many industries, and they're typically feeding their employees as a company benefit targeted at building team culture. Meals can mean anything from breakfast, lunch, dinner and happy hours in the office to onsite staffing/service to external events.
"As office manager of a small and tight-knit company, my inability to effectively cater a lunch meeting became a running joke," said Cameron Swanagon, Office Manager at Oscilloscope. "Since enlisting the assistance of Cater2.me, I've heard nothing but accolades. Sounds like an infomercial, but it is my honest experience."
Cater2.me works with hundreds of taste tested local food vendors - farmers market purveyors, food trucks, mom and pop restaurants and boutique caterers - to feed offices and events artisanal, curated meals. After launching in late 2010 in San Francisco, the company has since expanded to serving meals in New York, Chicago, DC, Boston, Austin, Seattle, Denver and Los Angeles. To date, Cater2.me has served over eight million meals.
The company has been featured in numerous, top level outlets, including The New York Times, Mashable, Inc. and TechCrunch, and was named one of the "Top 30 Startups to Watch" in 2013 by Entrepreneur. For more information, please visit Cater2.me.