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5 Egg-cellent Easter Treats To Make Your Team Hop For Joy

Easter’s just a hop away, and in our office, we’ll take any excuse to indulge in delicious, local desserts. We think you should too!

That’s why we’re sharing 5 Egg-cellent Easter Treats for you and your team that will have them hopping in no time.

Chocolate Lavender Cupcakes by Sweets From The Earth

Chocolate Lavender Cupcakes from Sweets From The Earth

In the mood for something different? Sweets From The Earth’s deliciously dense vegan cupcakes get a pastel-pink, Easter-themed twist with sweet lavender icing that’s as tasty as it is pretty.

Macarons by en Ville

Macarons by en Ville

There’s no better way to impress than with these delicate, classic French cookies from en Ville. Beautiful pastel colours make them perfect for an Easter spread.

Petit Fours Platter by Art of Food

Petit Fours by Art of Food

Why put all your eggs in one basket? This assorted platter by Art of Food is sure to have something for everyone. Bite-size gourmet desserts make a perfect – and luxurious – treat.

Classic Carrot Cake by Dufflet 

Classic Carrot Cake by Dufflet

Nothing says “Easter” like the Easter Bunny’s favourite cake – carrot cake! This irresistibly decadent take on the classic carrot cake by Dufflet is sure to be a favourite for your team as well!

Mini Doughnut Pops by 10tation 

Mini Doughnut Pops from 10tation

Doughnuts are a crowd-pleaser as is, and this miniature take by 10tation is both dainty and delicious. Try out a platter for your Easter event!

Haven’t tried Platterz yet and want to order any of these 5 tasty treats from these caterers and get access to over 150 more of Toronto’s top restaurants & caterers? Until April 17, get 10% off your first order by using promo code EASTER10 when you sign up!

 

 

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You’re in Luck: 7 Charming St. Patrick’s Day Dishes

Ready to paint your office green this Friday, March 17th?

Whether this is the first St. Patrick’s Day party you’ve thrown for the office, or have been doing it a few years now, here are 7 charming green dishes to create your luckiest party to date!

Matcha Man Ice Cream Sandwich by The Red Bench

This decadent take on the ice cream sandwich by The Red Bench pairs creamy vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cookies and matcha green tea for a dessert that is sure to exceed even the loftiest expectations.

Green Curry Chicken by Thai Room

Thai Room‘s rich Green Curry Chicken offers just the right amount of spice that is sure to give your St. Patty’s Day party that extra punch.

Green Apple Popcorn by Toronto Popcorn Company

Green Apple Popcorn from Toronto Popcorn Company is as visually distinctive as it is tasty. Snacking on these tangy, sweet kernels is sure to get the entire office in the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

Guacamole Chicken Panini by Nook

Nook‘s most popular signature panini, a real crowd-pleaser that is sure to fly off the table almost instantly, is filled to the brim with chicken, mozzarella, avocado, red onion and tomatoes. Make sure to order enough for everyone so no one feels left out!

Assorted Veggie Maki by GTA Sushi Catering 

Protein-packed sushi platters offer something for everyone in the office, and these cucumber, avocado, tofu and yam rolls are as artful as they are delicious. Pair your order with a side of edamame from GTA Sushi Catering for a veggie boost that stays on theme for St. Patty’s Day.

The Green Lunch by Flock Rotisserie + Greens

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The Green Lunch from Flock Rotisserie + Greens comes chock-full with original ingredients and superfood toppings, along with a delectable, house-made dessert. It’s the total package that will leave nothing to be desired.

Veg-ilicious by The Pie Commission 

The Pie Commission’s signature flakey crust gets a veggie-rich twist with savoury steamed fresh kale, broccoli and cauliflower. Homemade tomato basil sauce and creamy goat’s cheese keep things indulgent but light.

And for the perfect final touch of green, make sure to pair your meals with:

Cold-Pressed Green Juices by Village Juicery

Help your team beat the post-lunch slump with Village Juicery’s nutrient-dense cold pressed green juices. We’ve also heard it’s a fantastic way to offset the after-work green beers… 🙂

Haven’t tried Platterz yet and want to order any of these 7 mouthwatering dishes from these caterers and access over 150 more of Toronto’s top restaurants & caterers? Until March 17, get 10% off your first order by using promo code LUCKY7 when you sign up!

 

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Accounting Firms: 6 reasons to make Platterz your one-stop shop this Tax Season

“We view Tax Season as “Before Platterz” and “After Platterz.” Everything is just so much easier, so much faster, and we just never have to worry anymore.”
– Bernie McGrade, Crowe Soberman

For accountants and bookkeepers, we know how stressful Tax Season can be. But we also know it can be just as stressful for the person in charge of ordering food for the office every day throughout these tense months.

Ensuring food is delicious and nutritious, portion sizes are big enough, dietary restrictions are met, and providing variety daily are just a few of the many considerations during Tax Season.

At Platterz we’ve designed a solution to be your one-stop catering shop that can cut down 90% of the time you waste ordering, save money, and eliminate countless headaches. You have a lot on your plate during Tax Season, let us do the hard work for you!

Here are 6 reasons you’ll love Platterz this Tax Season:

1. Schedule weeks in advance & edit orders on the fly

Just like accountants, we’re all about efficiency at Platterz. If you already know what you want, Platterz lets you seamlessly schedule orders for entire weeks or months at a time without being charged until the day the food arrives.

If you need to change the number of people for your event after scheduling the order, you can edit it anytime, even the morning of!

2. Dedicated Personal Concierge to help you at every step

Our turnkey office catering platform lets you browse and order from 150+ of Toronto’s top restaurants and caterers, but if you ever need help placing one or multiple orders, your dedicated Personal Concierge will always be there to assist.

Tired of dealing with different people every time you order? We value the importance of only having to deal with one person at all times. Your Personal Concierge gives you the peace of mind that you’ll always have someone to ensure all your orders go smoothly.

3. Food to fit any meal or budget from 150+ Toronto restaurants & caterers

Whether you’re interested in providing conventional meals for your team such as breakfast, lunch or dinner, or you’re seeking something more specific like appetizers, desserts, sandwiches or salads, we have the right selection no matter what you’re seeking.

Eating the same thing every day gets old fast. Platterz is the only service in Toronto that gives you access to over 150 of Toronto’s top restaurants and caterers to choose from, so there’s always something new to try!

4. Expert advice & curated menus

Not sure what to order and need some suggestions? Let our catering experts curate the perfect menu based on your specific needs for all meals and events.

This isn’t our first Tax Season, so you can be sure the advice you’re receiving has been researched and tested thoroughly to give you the most optimal curated menus.

5. Family-style meals give you the greatest value

Have you been ordering individual portions for your office the past few Tax Seasons and found the process to be a major hassle as well as a costly one?

This year, make the switch to Platterz family-style meals. You’ll get the most bang for your buck and give yourself a lot less to worry about so you can focus on other important tasks.

6. Track food spending in one convenient location – paperlessly

Working with accountants, you know better than anyone the importance of organized billing systems. Platterz SpendTracker was designed to give your CFO total control of food spending like never before.

Platterz SpendTracker

Platterz SpendTracker

SpendTracker helps you track food spending throughout Tax Season and the rest of the year. Access spend reports in real-time and view all paid and unpaid invoices in one place that can be downloaded at your convenience.

And if those 6 reasons aren’t enough, see what your peers in the industry have to say about us!

Last Tax Season we worked closely with office staff to feed hungry employees at some of the top accounting firms in Toronto, such as Crowe Soberman, Zeifmans and Stern Cohen.
Bernie McGrade, Supervisor of Facilities & Offices Services at Crowe Soberman, had tried everything under the sun over the 20 years he’s been involved with ordering food for the office. It wasn’t until he used Platterz last year that he found a solution that revolutionized the way he orders for every following Tax Season.
“We used to order from a lot of these vendors on our own, but now having it all in one place just makes a tremendous difference. There really hasn’t been one dinner that we haven’t liked so far.”
– Bernie McGrade, Crowe Soberman

 Ready to let Platterz take care of all your catering needs this Tax Season? Contact us now!
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7 Valentine’s Day Treats Your Office Will Love

With Valentine’s Day just 2 weeks away, now is the time to prepare to fill your office with some love…and delicious treats!

We already started spreading the love at Platterz in January when we released our list of the top 16 Toronto office caterers of 2016, and this time we’re highlighting our 7 favourite V-Day treats you need for your office in 2017.

Whether this is your first time placing a Valentine’s Day order for your office or you have before but are tired of the same old options, the following 7 love-filled dishes are sure to be a huge hit around the office.

Heart-Scream Sandwiches by The Red Bench

Your team will adore these heart-shaped ice cream sandwiches by The Red Bench that come jam-packed with pink velvet cookies, vanilla ice cream, rainbow sprinkles and a whole lot of love.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries by McEwan

Beautiful. Delicious. Timeless. McEwan‘s Chocolate dipped strawberries are a classic crowd-pleaser that is always sure to delight the taste buds.

Dozen Standard Yeast Doughnuts by Glory Hole Doughnuts

In just 5 years, Glory Hole Doughnuts has become one of Toronto’s most popular must-haves for any special event in need of a sweet touch. This assortment of their favourite yeast doughnuts is sure to be a favourite around the office as well.

Assorted Mini Cupcakes by Yummy Stuff

These delectable mini cupcakes pack a not-so-mini punch! Yummy Stuff bakes these exquisite moist cupcakes daily from the finest and freshest all-natural ingredients.

Pink Velvet Crinkle Cookies by The Red Bench

A (well-deserved) second appearance on this list by The Red Bench, these soft and chewy white chocolate cookies baked in a coating of icing sugar are as alluring as they are delicious.

Heart-Shaped Butter Cookies by Dufflet

Is any Valentine’s Day celebration really complete without this staple treat? Make sure to include these decadent heart-shaped Valentine’s Day butter cookies by Dufflet at your event.

Ketchup Popcorn by Toronto Popcorn Company

The tempting colour and tangy tomato flavour of Toronto Popcorn Company‘s ketchup popcorn is a fun take on a traditional Canadian classic, the ketchup chip. And, who doesn’t love ketchup chips?

Haven’t tried Platterz yet and want to order any of these 7 mouthwatering treats from these caterers as well as access over 150 more of Toronto’s top restaurants & caterers? Until February 15, get 10% off your first order by using promo code VDAY17 when you sign up!

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The 16 Most Popular Toronto Office Caterers of 2016

2016 was an incredible year of growth for Platterz in Toronto, but we couldn’t have done it alone. We owe a great deal of gratitude to the 150+ restaurants & caterers on Platterz that work tirelessly to provide an amazing experience for our customers. Their praise and positive reviews for our hard-working vendors make us proud to come into work every day.

We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight 16 of our top vendors that customers enjoyed most in 2016. We hope that anyone reading this will get ideas for exciting new places to order from in 2017!

So without further ado, we’re thrilled to announce the 16 Toronto office caterers that were the most popular choice for customers in 2016 (along with their most popular dishes!):

California Sandwiches

Known For: Hearty Italian Sandwiches
Most Popular Dish: Veal Sandwich with Cheese

This legendary Toronto-based chain is famous for their delicious and hearty Italian meat and veggie sandwiches served on kaiser buns. They’re always reliable, very affordable, handle plenty of orders with ease and are exceptional at accompanying last-minute orders. Did we mention they offer really big portion sizes? California Sandwiches will leave your team full and satisfied!

Thai Room

Known For: Authentic Thai & Malaysian cuisine
Most Popular Dish: Famous Pad Thai

This authentic Thai & Malaysian cuisine was a consistently popular choice with our customers throughout 2016 due to their flavourful and authentic Thai menu, friendly service, timeliness, and large portions. Additionally, our customers love that they can fit within any budget with no problem. If you’re thinking of trying Thai in 2017, we highly suggest you try out this tremendously popular customer choice.

Me Va Me

Known For: East Mediterranean food
Most Popular Dish: Grilled Chicken Breast Skewers Box

“East Mediterranean food that comes from the heart” is how Me Va Me describes their business, and customers we heard from couldn’t agree more with every word. One of our most requested caterers of 2016, Me Va Me rose to prominence with customers by providing delicious food for any occasion, always being on time, truly listening to their customers and helping in any way they can. This is one you must add to your ordering list in 2017!

What A Bagel

Known For: Fresh bagels
Most Popular Dish: Dairy Platter

No list of Toronto’s top caterers would be complete without this Toronto staple for fresh, delicious bagels. What A Bagel is loved by so many across the city for the unique, comforting feeling their meals brings out in every bite. You can always count on consistently fresh-tasting breakfasts, reasonable pricing, and the friendly staff giving their best effort to accompany shorter notice orders.

Presse Cafe

Known For: Sandwiches & Salads
Most Popular Dish: Pressewiches

Looking for beautifully presented, delectable meals at great rates every time? That’s what you’ll find with Presse Cafe. Not sure what to order for your upcoming Executive Meeting? Presse Cafe is the place to go if you’re not sure what to feed your guests, as they always have something for everyone. We also constantly hear about how professional, punctual, courteous and reliable they are from our customers!

GTA Sushi Catering

Known For: Asian Fusion
Most Popular Dish: Assorted Sushi Platter

Our most popular sushi caterer of the year has made a real name for themselves with their freshly made sushi, elegant sushi stations and even an optional sushi chef! They’re always timely with deliveries and the owner is involved in all deliveries to make sure everything goes better than expected. Looking for a surefire way to delight your colleagues? Their on-site sushi chef can really make it feel like you’re bringing an authentic sushi restaurant straight to your office!

King Catering

Known For: Fun Caribbean flavours
Most Popular DishJerk Chicken

In the mood to try some of Toronto’s best Caribbean food? Signature dishes like Jerk Chicken, BBQ Chicken and Rice & Peas have given our customers that warm, sunny feeling! King Catering is also popular for being extremely reliable with quality and delivery, flexibility with menu options, and a willingness to add new offerings based on customer requests. They can serve all sizes but we especially recommend them for large groups – you won’t regret it!

Mezes

Known For: Traditional Greek family recipes
Most Popular Dish: Chicken Souvlaki

Representing Toronto’s iconic Greektown, it’s Danforth’s very own Mezes! Channel your inner-Greek by enjoying mouthwatering dishes that you’d typically see served in any traditional Greek home. This family-owned business is always providing top-notch food, awesome service, and we’ve heard nothing but the best feedback from customers – they really care! 

Boccone

Known For: Traditional European Style Deli & Pizza
Most Popular Dish: Assorted Focaccia Sandwiches

This traditional European style deli is guaranteed to hit the spot if you’re seeking delicious, old-time Italian catering for your office in Toronto! Over the past year Boccone boasted a very stellar track record as one of our most dependable and cost-effective caterers, all while providing a high level of customer service and food that sings like Pavarotti.

Mika

Known For: Homemade Mediterranean food
Most Popular Dish: Sandwich Platter

Since joining Platterz exactly a year ago, this fresh, nourishing and vibrant modern Mediterranean cuisine quickly rose to be one of our most successful and popular vendors. We’re always hearing feedback from employees that truly appreciate the fresh, quality ingredients Mika uses to make unique, flavourful, homemade-tasting Mediterranean dishes. They make everything (including pastries) in house and are able to cater food that fits an Executive meeting or a big team lunch, and so much more.

Freshii

Known For: Fresh & nutritious meals
Most Popular Dish: Teriyaki Twist Bowl

We’re 2 weeks into the New Year, which means that healthy resolutions are upon us. Are you trying to give your office a healthy start in 2017? There’s no better way to do so than with Toronto’s staple of appetizing healthy food – Freshii! They’ve mastered the art of making healthy food not feel “healthy” with dishes rich in flavours everyone can enjoy. Add to that a reliable service provider that really has something for everyone, and you have your perfect starter to the New Year!

en Ville

Known For: Outstanding, quality catering
Most Popular Dish: Continental Breakfast

For the past 35 years, this award-winning full-service catering company has been widely recognized as one of Toronto’s premiere caterers. Driven by a passion for excellence and a keen attention to detail in every aspect of their service, en Ville crafts sophisticated and unique experiences few caterers can match. We highly recommend giving them a try for your next Executive or Board meeting, and make sure to try their Continental Breakfast for your next office breakfast!

Mashu Mashu

Known For: Traditional Mediterranean & Middle Eastern fare
Most Popular Dish: Chicken Lunch

This authentic family-owned restaurant is sure to give you a real taste of what Middle Eastern fare is all about. Only the highest-quality ingredients are used every time in the sizzling meats, fresh salads, hearty mezzes and so many other tasty options Mashu Mashu provides. Operated by owners that care deeply about the satisfaction of their customers, you don’t want to miss this fresh, authentic experience.

Schnitzel Hub

Known For: Authentic Eastern and Central European food
Most Popular Dish: Chicken Schnitzel

Who doesn’t love Schnitzel? And who doesn’t love the best Schnitzel in Toronto? Schnitzel Hub is a Toronto-based, family-run restaurant that will delight your colleagues’ senses with their mouthwatering schnitzel, very large portions, and fantastic variety of dishes other than schnitzel, such as soups, perogies and sausages. Make 2017 the year of Schnitzel for your office!

The Pie Commission

Known For: Gourmet style, handheld, savoury meat pies
Most Popular Dish: Beef N’ Beer

The Pie Commission has become an exceedingly popular choice for our customers over the past year. Their gourmet-style, handheld savoury pies are an instant hit for anyone looking for something new and interesting to try. Customers love the exciting varieties and flavours of pies, and they’ve gained a great reputation with their high-quality service and reliable delivery.

Craft Kitchen

Known For: Fresh & delicious food
Most Popular Dish: Breakfast Croissant

This popular downtown caterer’s philosophy is “Keep it fresh. Keep it delicious” – and they really do! Our customers can’t get enough of the aromatic, warm taste of their signature coffees & teas, home-cooked breakfast and lunch specialties. If you’re looking to add a tasty, fresh, healthy and always on-time provider to your mix in 2o17, Craft Kitchen is for you!

Haven’t tried Platterz yet and want to access these 16 award-winning caterers and over 150 more of Toronto’s top restaurants & caterers? Until the end of the month, get 10% off your first order by using promo code TOP16 when you sign up!

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Why it’s important to feed your employees breakfast in the office

Breakfast Week

At Platterz, we experiment with various startup culture practices (i.e. working round the clock, going barefoot in the office, and holding weekly foosball tournaments) to varying degrees of success. We implement what our team responds to positively (foosball) and do away with what doesn’t work (bare feet).

It’s well-documented that startups like Google provide their employees with free breakfast, lunch and dinner. While some critics have been quick to dismiss this as a marketing stunt or HR gimmick, there’s a significant and impactful argument to be made in favour of providing breakfast to your team.

Of all the office culture experiments we’ve tested, providing breakfast in the office has shown the most positive results. Here are a few reasons why breakfast in the office worked for our company, and why you should give it a try.

Why you should provide breakfast for your colleagues

Let’s start with some of the obvious and less altruistic reasons to order breakfast to the office:

Get employees in earlier

You can probably think of more than one team member that is notoriously late every morning, yet somehow has time to buy a latte and breakfast sandwich before coming in.

By offering an exciting breakfast for your team, you’ll be giving them one less excuse to show up late, cutting down their morning routine, and providing a much better reason to roll out of bed and show up on time (or early, depending on what you order).

Increase team productivity

On the flip side, you can probably think of one or two colleagues who boast that they never eat breakfast. Unsurprisingly, those same people often have the hardest time concentrating, and seem easily distracted after every half-hour sitting at their desk.

To get all cylinders firing from the get-go, our bodies need a good dose of protein and complex carbohydrates in the morning. Since offering our team breakfast, we’ve seen a much higher output pre-lunch and more sustained productivity throughout the day.

• Boost office morale

A nice result of catered breakfasts has been that everyone seems to be in much better moods on those days. There are many reasons for this. Here are five:

  1. Free breakfast
  2. It’s fun to share a meal and chat with your team before starting your work
  3. On cold days, everyone loves a warm cup of coffee and chocolate croissant
  4. People who aren’t hungry are generally happy
  5. The feeling of inclusiveness and support from your company doesn’t go unnoticed

Improve team health

There’s tremendous value to having an impact over what your colleagues are eating. In terms of nutrition, eating a balanced breakfast is essential to living a healthy lifestyle. Emotionally, it’s equally important to get some comfort food once in a while.

We’ve done a good job at providing a balance of both. Our most successful breakfasts come from restaurants and caterers that offer healthy, affordable, and delicious options (more on that below).

One surprising benefit to offering breakfast at the office is that we’ve been able to influence our team’s behaviour on days that we don’t serve breakfast. See Breakfast Club below to find out how.

• Attract better talent

Offering certain perks and support for your team really does say a lot about the type of company you are. Prospective employees buy into an office culture that is supportive, nurturing, generous and inviting.

While looking good on the “Jobs” section of your website shouldn’t be your first reason to provide your team with breakfast, it doesn’t hurt to be on the list.

How to introduce breakfast in the office

Here are a few examples of times we’ve ordered breakfast for the team, and what we ordered:

• Morning Meetings

Since we moved into our office, we’ve been scheduling many more morning meetings. As a result, we’ve been ordering breakfast more often on those occasions.

If you’re looking to impress a client (or really impress your team), look no further than What A Bagel’s Hot Breakfast, although you really can’t go wrong with any of their platters.

Check out What A Bagel’s Hot Breakfast

• Grab-and-Go Breakfast

Our most popular and common breakfasts are the ones that are easy to hold with one hand. We often need to get something that’s portable if our sales team is off early for meetings, or if our developers want to try one-handed coding.

For those quick, simple, yet highly satisfying grab-and-go breakfasts, we order from 9 Bars Catering.

Order the Portable Power Breakfast from 9 Bars

Monthly Monday Detox Breakfast

As part of our New Years Resolution, we resolved to eat healthier in the office. One of the ways we’ve done that is by having a “Monthly Monday Detox Breakfast”, where we order fresh juices for everyone in the office from Greenhouse Juice Co.

Monday Comfort Breakfast

On the Mondays that we don’t do our detox, we do the opposite. As a way of boosting morale (especially in the winter) and beating the Monday blues, we order some kind of calorie-rich comfort food that puts everyone in a good mood and energizes them to start the day.

A popular favourite is Mika’s fresh, homemade Morning Tea Platter.

Try Mika’s assortment of fresh baked loaves, yeast pastries, and rugelach. Order Now!

Breakfast Club

As mentioned above, we don’t always provide breakfast. However, the breakfast culture has taken hold in the office, and some of our team have taken it upon themselves to form a “Breakfast Club” every Wednesday.

Want the parfait without the hastle? Try Greek Yogurt Parfaits from Pantry

Anyone that participates is responsible for bringing one breakfast item, fitting in with the overall theme. If it’s Yogurt Parfait, one person brings the yogurt, another the granola, someone else brings fresh fruit, and so on. Together, everyone brings in the ingredients to make a delicious breakfast together.

Have a good breakfast!

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Customer Spotlight: Sandra at Scalar

Discover the key to her success and why she’s one of our favourite customers

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Name: Sandra        Company: Scalar       Role: Office Manager & Training Coordinator

About Sandra

Sandra has been ordering from Platterz for a few months now.

While we love working and interacting with all of our customers, dealing with Sandra is a pure joy. It’s clear that interacting with customers and building relationships is part of her job, because whenever she speaks with anyone on our team, they’re immediately in a better mood.

It’s obvious how much she cares about her job and her colleagues, and her effort to get them the best food for their meetings doesn’t go unnoticed.

We recently visited her at Scalar, and got to see her in action at the front desk. People can’t help but smile as they talk to her, and that’s exactly the way you’d want someone to be introduced to your company when they step into your office.

We sat down to chat, and I picked her brain to find out what makes her so successful at her job, and what it is about Platterz that has helped her succeed. Here’s part of our chat, condensed for brevity and clarity.

Platterz: How long have you been at Scalar?

Sandra: I’ve been at Scalar since 2008. I was employee 59 when I started with the company, and we’ve since grown to over 300 employees, so we’ve come a long way!

Platterz: What are some of your responsibilities with the company?

Sandra: I first started out as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, and was working as an office manager as well. Today, I’m the office manager and training coordinator, but I really do a bit of everything.

I’ve often been asked to put together a job description, and I always laugh because it’ll never be complete!

I can give a high level description of what I do, but my responsibilities are always changing and there are hundreds of little things I need to stay on top of so that things in the office are on track.

Aside from being an office manager, I’m also responsible for putting together our training calendars and coordinating and organizing training sessions for our customers, which I enjoy a lot.

Platterz: What do you enjoy most about your role at Scalar?

Sandra: I have to say, it’s probably the human interaction. I’ve thought about transitioning into different roles at Scalar, but I really enjoy the interactions I have at the front desk.

I’m the social, talkative type, and I really enjoy having that dynamic interaction with new people every day.

For the most part I think people enjoy dealing with me, and I like being the face of the company when they first walk into our office.

Platterz: What types of events do you normally order food for?

Sandra: There are two main types of events I order food for. For the most part it’s our training classes, and there are a lot of those. I also help coordinate the food for meetings that our sales reps have.

Platterz: What goes into planning these orders, what do you need to consider?

Sandra: There’s definitely a lot of thought that goes into planning these lunches!

I’m always coordinating multiple lunches for different meetings or training sessions, and I need to consider different types of cuisines, diets, and restrictions. It can get pretty challenging!

I really put a lot of thought and effort into making sure the food is good, and in order to do that I need to make sure I get enough notice…more than a few hours worth! That way I can make sure that everyone’s dietary preferences are met, and that we can get something interesting, not just pizza.

Platterz: What type of food were you ordering before you started using Platterz?

Sandra: Well, other than pizza, we were getting stuff that was fast and last-minute. We were ordering from places like Druxy’s, Pizza Pizza, Quiznos…basically fast food!

Platterz: And has there been any response to the difference in food since you started ordering with Platterz?

Sandra: Definitely! People have really taken notice at the quality and variety of food I’ve been getting compared to before.

I really need to consider that sometimes my colleagues are in meetings literally all day long, all week. If they’re getting the same stuff over and over again, it really gets tiring for them. They’ve definitely noticed and appreciated getting something different through Platterz.

Platterz: Is there any advice you’d give to other office managers in similar roles to yours, that need to order food to the office?

Sandra: I’d really encourage them to get as much information as they can about who their audience is for the meal. Find out as many details as you can so that you can make educated choices for food that they’ll love.

Finding out all dietary requirements beforehand is essential. The other piece of advice I’d give is to always order more than you think. If 10 people are supposed to show up, order for at least two more.

In my experience new people always show up unexpectedly, and even if I’ve ordered too much, we’ve never had an issue of too much food at the office! I’d much prefer to have leftovers than not enough food.

Also make sure you order far in advance. I need to keep track of so many different events and orders, so scheduling them in advance helps make sure I stay on top of everything.

Platterz: Would you say that Platterz has helped your experience with ordering catered food to the office?

Sandra: Yes, absolutely. It’s just been such an easy experience compared to before. I love the way the website looks, it’s so clean and easy to use.

You guys are so open to improving your service, and so open to making changes that suit my needs and our company’s needs.

For example, we needed an easy way to order drinks with our food, and you added that for us. When we needed an easier way to keep track of our upcoming events, or invoicing, you built those features for us.

Overall, you’ve been so accommodating, and it’s been a wonderful experience working with Platterz.

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Customer Spotlight: Crowe Soberman

How this accounting firm survives Tax Season

“We view Tax Season as “Before Platterz” and “After Platterz.” Everything is just so much easier, so much faster, and we just never have to worry anymore.”


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Names: Bernie & Vikki

Company: Crowe Soberman LLP

Roles: Supervisor, Facilities & Office Services (Bernie) — Office Services Assistant (Vikki)


About Bernie & Vikki

Bernie & Vikki were introduced to Platterz almost a year ago. We started working with them right before Tax Season, the busiest time for accounting firms like Crowe Soberman.

When we first started talking with Bernie & Vikki about how Platterz can help them order food to the office, we didn’t anticipate how badly they would need our help. During Tax Season, many of the accountants stay late and need dinners ordered for the week through March and April. This was a big task for Bernie and Vikki to manage on their own, and we were delighted to help make their lives easier.

We were constantly amazed at how cool and calm Bernie & Vikki are in their roles, even when they’re ordering food for almost 100 people every night. They have the entire operation down to a science: they know the best places to order from that makes everyone happy, what time the food needs to arrive so that it’s never late but doesn’t get cold, and how to make sure that everyone who stays late gets fed.

Halfway through Tax Season we checked in with Bernie and Vikki to get their feedback on Platterz, and to find out how they manage to keep Crowe Soberman running like a well-oiled machine amid the late nights, mounds of filing, and tons of food.

They expressed a strong admiration for Platterz, and how much easier we’ve made their lives during Tax Season. For us, it’s been rewarding to see how a lot of the new features on Platterz have modernized some very time-consuming processes that they were doing manually.

Below is part of our chat, condensed for brevity and clarity.

The Role

Platterz: How long have you been at Crowe Soberman?

Bernie: I’ve been here since 1997, so I’ve been with the firm for 19 years.

Vikki: I joined in 2004, so for me it’s been 13 years.

Platterz: Wow! I could tell that this wasn’t your first Tax Season. Can you walk me through your roles?

Bernie: We do a bit of everything there. We run the file room, we take care of all the supplies for the office, handle all the scanning and photocopying — which there’s a lot of — manage the off-site storage room, and generally all the other day-to-day things that keep the office running.

Vikki: It might sound simple but there are a million little things that we look after that most people wouldn’t think about. If we didn’t do these things, most of our colleagues would have a very hard time!

High Expectations

Platterz: Of all these tasks that you’re constantly taking care of, what’s the most challenging part of your role?

Bernie: Managing people’s expectations.

Vikki: Exactly. People have very high expectations that anything they need will get done the moment they ask for it. Our biggest problem is that we actually do get it done! We sort of shoot ourselves in the foot sometimes.

Bernie: It’s not a bad thing, it’s just a challenge. We sometimes get tricky last-minute requests, and it’s up to us to make sure it gets done on time.

Platterz: That’s definitely a challenge. How do you mitigate people’s expectations compared to what you can realistically accomplish?

Vikki: We’ve really learned to work as a team to make sure we’re able to accommodate everyone’s requests. We overlap our lunches so that there’s always someone on-hand to get the job done.

Great People Make All the Difference

Platterz: What do you both enjoy most about working at Crowe Soberman?

Bernie & Vikki: The people!

The people here are great. We often say that if you can’t get along with the people in the office, there’s likely something wrong with you, not everyone else.

Vikki: As hard and as demanding as our roles are, we really feel appreciated for the work that we do, and that’s what keeps us going.

Bernie: The culture here has changed, which is partially what led to our daily dinners.

Vikki: Before, each floor would eat separately, and each day of the week a different floor would get dinner. Today, all the departments come together and we all eat dinner on the same floor, every night.

Dinners During Tax Season

Platterz: So how has that transition affected you? What’s your experience like with ordering food during Tax Season?

We look at Tax Season as “Before Platterz” and “After Platterz”

Vikki: Before we started using Platterz ordering dinner every night for this many people was challenging. We’d be spending hours every day figuring out how many people we needed to order for, trying to think of where to order from, and spending way too much time on the phone communicating these large, complicated orders.

Bernie: Another issue we were having was getting portions right. We were always worried that there wouldn’t be enough food because we didn’t know how many people would show up, so we would order way more than we needed. We would end up with way too much food, and it was just such a shame to have to throw it out the next day.

An Easier Way to Order

Platterz: So how has that changed now? Has Platterz made a difference?

Vikki: It’s night and day.

Everything is just so much easier, so much faster, and we just don’t worry as much.

Ordering every day for our entire firm was just too much work when we had to deal with individual vendors. It became way too hard to follow up individually every time; this is just so much easier.

Bernie: You guys have been extremely helpful throughout the process. You have some amazing vendors on board that we love, like Mashu Mashu and Craft Kitchen.

We used to order from a lot of these vendors on our own, but now having it all in one place just makes a tremendous difference. There really hasn’t been one dinner that we haven’t liked so far.

Platterz: That’s wonderful to hear! Do you have any advice for other people in your role who need to order food to their firms during Tax Season?

Vikki: Use Platterz!

Honestly, it’s true. Platterz is a great company, and your entire team are simply wonderful to work with. We couldn’t be more thankful.