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Corporate Essentials Partners With James Beard Foundation To Bring Award-Winning Food To Offices

Posted On: 5/4/2018

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PARSIPPANY, NJ -- Corporate Essentials has entered an exclusive, year-long partnership with the James Beard Foundation to work with chefs from 10 distinct regions to create menus specifically for its customers.

The partnership will allow exclusive access to JBF-honored chefs of various culinary styles to ensure its customers will have access to an award-winning sampling of the foods America has to offer, no matter their food preferences or dietary restrictions.

“Corporate Essentials’ shared mindset with the James Beard Foundation to celebrate, nurture and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage inspired this exclusive partnership,” said Corporate Essentials president and chief executive Judson Kleinman. “We started with an idea to simply offer something distinctive to our largest clients, it has now become an unprecedented game changer in the workplace foodservice industry.”

The James Beard Foundation Awards, often referred to as the “Oscars of Food,” are presented annually, recognizing various fields of culinary excellence.

As part of a year-long program, Corporate Essentials will recognize a James Beard Foundation-honored chef every month. Each week, a different signature dish created by the chef will be featured throughout the month as a specialty offering through Martin + Fitch, Corporate Essentials’ new catering division. This premium workplace food offering ensures that Corporate Essentials’ customers are given the complete “foodie” experience to appeal to every palate.

“We are absolutely thrilled to collaborate with so many immensely talented chefs that have been honored by James Beard Foundation this year,” said Joe Simonovich, chief growth officer at Corporate Essentials. “Many have been featured on the Food Network and in publications such as Food & Wine and Bon Appetit. Their restaurants prepare some of the finest culinary dishes our country has to offer, and we can now bring that directly to our clients.”

In addition to working with James Beard Foundation-honored chefs on its workplace culinary offerings, Corporate Essentials’ partnership will give unique access to all James Beard assets in support of the program.

The James Beard Awards Gala will be streamed live via Twitter Monday, May 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. CST. Visit to watch live and follow tweets from the gala.

Founded as an office coffee service in 1996 and based in Parsippany, NJ, Corporate Essentials says it provides office refreshment service to more than 1,500 companies in the greater metropolitan New York City. 2017 marked their seventh time named to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5,000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies.