Operators predict continued catering boom

Return-to-office is increasing demand for business catering as employers use meal plans to draw workers in-person, according to a survey from ezCater. Dive Brief: Dive Insight: Offering food through an employer-provided meal program can help a restaurant reach new customers. About 47% of people who had a restaurant meal through an employer ended up ordering from …

Bartaco parlays learnings from delivery into new catering program

Until late 2023, customers had to call or email their local Bartaco to place a group order for a catered office lunch or social gathering. “It was more informal and cumbersome,” said Lindsay Crasnick, director of digital experience + product for the Arlington, Virginia-based chain. Last November, Bartaco formalized the program, revamping the menu, partnering …

Panera joins ezCater, adding to catering chops

Panera Bread is joining catering marketplace ezCater, adding to its considerable catering capabilities as bulk orders continue to be an area of growth for restaurants.  Nearly half of Panera’s more than 2,000 restaurants are now accepting orders through the ezCater app and website, and the chain plans to add hundreds more in the coming months, …

Inside Lunchbox’s ‘Hard and Heavy’ Move into Catering

The catering and workplace delivery category is heating up as Lunchbox, an online ordering and marketing provider, takes a big step into the category by hiring catering expert and MonkeyMedia founder Erle Dardick as its chief strategy officer. Dardick is one of the best known names in restaurant and foodservice catering, who sold Monkey, a cloud-based …

P.F. Chang’s Enhances Catering Capabilities with Cartwheel

Renowned restaurant brand P.F. Chang’s is revolutionizing its catering capabilities through a strategic collaboration with Cartwheel, the leading enterprise delivery management platform.   Cartwheel recently invested in integrating with ezCater, the most trusted provider of corporate food solutions. This integration further streamlines and optimizes catering management and delivery capabilities for the restaurant chain and centralizes once disparate …

ezCater’s “Feeding the Workplace” Report Reveals Growing Demand for Business Catering and a Big Opportunity for Restaurants

LAS VEGAS & BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–ezCater, the most trusted provider of corporate food solutions, today revealed findings from its “Feeding the workplace” report during its Catering Growth Forum at the 2023 Food On Demand Conference. The report combines survey insights from over 600 restaurant operators and more than 600 people who regularly order food for their workplace with …

Stefania Mallett Steps Down as ezCater CEO

Stefania Mallett, co-founder and CEO of ezCater, is stepping down and turning over the top spot to Ashwin Raj, an experienced e-commerce leader and rideshare vet who was previously executive vice president, head of rideshare at Lyft and, before that, director of Amazon Pay in North America.  Mallett co-founded ezCater in 2007 and has scaled …

DeliverThat Introduces New Smart Catering Dashboard That Will Change the Future of Catering Delivery

DeliverThat, the industry-leading catering delivery company, with over $200 million dollars in catering delivered, just introduced a new “smart” dashboard that will change the future of catering delivery. Over a decade ago, when delivery was in its infancy, DeliverThat was one of the first to recognize that catering delivery required a very different business model …

Wawa aims to grab a bigger piece of the corporate catering pie

Convenience store chain Wawa partnered with the ezCater platform to expand its catering program./Photo courtesy of Wawa. Restaurants are about to get more competition for a share of office catering dollars. Convenience store chain Wawa announced it’s teaming up with ezCater to expand its presence in corporate catering. All 1,000 of the c-store’s locations launched …

Lunchbox Unveils Catering Platform

Lunchbox, the online ordering engine and web-based marketing provider, has introduced Catering 2.0, a management suite for restaurants aimed to streamline the guest catering experience. Catering 2.0 integrates catering management into the same system as restaurants’ everyday orders, allowing businesses to better manage guest relationships and customize their operations. “Restaurants often use one partner for …