10 Companies That Love Food as Much as You Do
You’re always thinking ahead to your next meal. You’re the one friends call when they need a restaurant recommendation. You’ve even contemplated making lunch for your co-workers because you feel so sorry for them eating their PB&Js.
You, my friend, are a foodie, and there’s nothing you like more than being around like-minded folks.
Well, today, you’re in luck, because these 10 companies are looking for people just like you. From brands that sell a food-based product or service to workplaces full of people who just really, really like to eat, you’ll be right at home.
And you’ll never have to witness a sad desk salad ever again.
1. Tasting Table
You may already subscribe to Tasting Table, which sends out daily emails featuring restaurant reviews, dining tips, chef profiles, and great food and drink recipes in your city. But why not work there, too? You’ll be treated to regular events in the two Tasting Table test kitchens, an annual Lobster Roll Rumble competition, and a close-knit team of people who love food just as much as you do.
Twice is an online fashion marketplace that’s changing the way people buy and sell secondhand clothes. A quickly growing startup, Twice always tries to recruit people who possess a can-do attitude and a passion for getting things done.
To take care of those employees, Twice tries to cater to their needs—and sometimes that means catering literally. The office provides amazing catered lunches, and twice a week, Twice’s office manager actually takes time out to cook for the entire team. With lots of healthy options and no shortage of co-worker camaraderie, Twice’s lunches give the entire office time to unwind with great people and fantastic food.
Started in 2006, Quantcast’s mission is to provide clients insights into their digital audiences and the tools to deliver targeted advertising to them. With the Quantcast tools, clients can effectively monetize their digital media marketing spaces and tailor advertising to appeal to the preferences of individual users.
Turns out, big data creates big appetites. The company provides catered lunches and dinners for its team, and the meals give people the opportunity to socialize with co-workers they wouldn’t normally see during the workday. A bonus? Weekly Friday happy hours draw crowds and give the team a chance to wind down before the weekend—and try out the engineering team’s homemade kegerator.
ZeroCater works as a catering concierge service—coordinating meal deliveries from amazing food vendors to hundreds of companies. To that end, ZeroCater looks for one quality above all else in its team—an obsession with food.
Foodie love permeates all aspects of company culture, and throughout the office, the ZeroCater team can’t get enough of good food. Whether talking about favorite restaurants, debating proper food preparation techniques, or enjoying daily catered lunches, the ZeroCater office is a place steeped in food.
Lithium's technology allows companies to create tailored community platforms on their web and social properties. With its unique suite of advanced tools, Lithium help brands like Sephora and The Home Depot grow their fan bases, drive sales, and reduce service costs—empowering passionate customers to connect to their brands and engage with other fans.
This company knows that a well-fed team is a productive team; it offers catered lunch three times a week and a kitchen stocked with snacks and drinks to keep employees charged. After eating, colleagues can relax and mingle in the TV room and catch a soccer game or watch the news. Feeling stuffed? Lithium takes care of that too, offering an on-site gym to work it all off.
Fishbowl was founded to help restaurants streamline their operations—offering software and services that assist its clients with everything from guest acquisition to social media publishing.
Not surprisingly, Fishbowl employees are in love with the restaurant business—and they love to eat. When it comes to office events, Fishbowl goes to great lengths to serve the finest food from the trendiest tables in the industry. Luckily, with all of the great services Fishbowl provides its clients, the feeling is mutual—and amazing eateries are more than happy to host lavish luncheons.
Airbnb, if you haven’t tried it already, lets you rent a place to stay for a night, a week, or a month—not from a hotel, but from someone like you.
Not surprisingly, the Airbnb team is all about hospitality. One example? Lunchtime is social time for the company—every day. The office boasts a large open kitchen, where lunch is cooked on-site by a pro chef. When it’s ready, the chef rings the bell to tell everyone it’s lunchtime, and employees gather round to enjoy the food—and each other’s company.
Online dating site HowAboutWe is all about connecting people with others who like to do the same things they do, by letting users find matches based on dates and activities rather than lengthy profiles.
It’s also all about connecting employees to an unlimited supply of food. The HowAboutWe fridge is well stocked with groceries—all delivered from Fresh Direct. Anyone can put in a request, and employees often make their own lunches from the supplies. Plus, the company frequently caters lunches or breakfasts for the whole office. “The food is awesome,” agrees one staffer.
From mobile apps to social media sites, modern businesses need a way to get good data to optimize their products. At Factual, the team collects, structures, and organizes facts and information from many different sources to create very clean, high-value databases for all types of businesses.
Come to the LA-based Factual office, and you’ll see that lunchtime is a sophisticated affair—brown-bagged PB&Js just won’t do. The team takes time to browse the nearby farmers’ market and enjoy local produce, products, and samplings. On Fridays, they mix it up with restaurant-catered food from diverse restaurants around the area—a new experience (and often a surprise) to look forward to every week.
Silicon Valley-based PayPal offers all kinds of perks to make its employees’ lives easier—from a 24-hour gym to on-site dry cleaning and oil change services. Best of all for foodies? The PayPal cafeteria serves farm fresh organic food everyday, and grocery shopping can be done onsite at the farmers’ market every Wednesday.
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