Soups are culinary treasures. They offer endless variety, from hearty stews to light broths, accommodating various tastes and dietary needs. Packed with nutrients, soups are delicious and a comforting and wholesome choice year-round. VVS’ newest Featured Fridays promotion features homemade soups that warm the soul during the cold of winter. Discover the joy of soups during December in all our cafeterias.
Did you know VVS offers a four-week rotating menu crafted by regional staff and experienced foodservice professionals? Our rotating menu is designed to meet our client’s unique cultural and ethnic population needs while offering maximum options for all our customers. In addition to crafted traditional and ethnic options, VVS has an extensive grab-and-go lineup, made-to-order and upscale menu items from the specialty Fresh Grill, and a pizza-by-the-slice program that is second to none! This includes fun and exciting monthly promotions and weekly specials that keep customers engaged and returning for more.
VVS is celebrating National Taco Day in all our cafeterias. Are you looking for some great taco combinations? Check these out!
Classic Beef Taco:
Ground beef seasoned with taco seasoning
Shredded cheddar cheese
Grilled Chicken Fajita Taco:
Marinated and grilled chicken strips
Sautéed bell peppers and onions
Battered and fried fish (such as cod or tilapia)
Shredded cabbage or lettuce
Creamy chipotle sauce
Fresh lime juice
Vegetarian Black Bean Taco:
Black beans (seasoned and mashed)
Sautéed bell peppers and onions
Cotija cheese or feta cheese
Korean BBQ Beef Taco:
Thinly sliced bulgogi beef
Kimchi (spicy fermented cabbage)
Thai-inspired Shrimp Taco:
Grilled or sautéed shrimp with Thai chili sauce
Shredded green papaya or cucumber
Fresh mint and cilantro
Mouthwatering Carnitas Taco:
Slow-cooked, tender carnitas (pork)
Pickled red onions
Queso fresco (Mexican white cheese)
Mediterranean Lamb Gyro Taco:
Sliced lamb gyro meat
Chopped cucumber and tomato
Red onion slices
Indian-inspired Chicken Tikka Taco:
Chicken tikka (marinated and grilled)
Raita (yogurt sauce with cucumber and mint)
Sliced red onions
Naan bread as a taco shell
Breakfast Burrito Taco:
Crumbled breakfast sausage
Hash browns or tater tots
Salsa or hot sauce
Shredded cheddar cheese
The hotdog is almost as American as apple pie! So, whether you love a standard ketchup and mustard combo or drag your Chicago Dog through the garden with all the toppings under the sun, try branching out this summer with some crazy topping combos that might change the way you look (and taste!) hotdogs forever!
Ball Game Dog – Caramel Corn & Cheese Sauce
We topped this dog with our favorite things from a summer ball game – hotdogs, nachos, and Cracker Jacks! Sprinkle on some Caramel Corn and then douse the whole thing in cheese sauce, play ball!
Peanut Butter Bacon Dog
Try it once, and it all unexpectedly comes together! Use a toasted hotdog bun for this one, then add mayo to the bun, peanut butter to the dog, shallots, shredded cheese, and bacon over everything else – you can thank me later!
Get out your favorite sloppy joe recipe and top that dog! Then go crazy with your favorite conventional toppings from relish and ketchup to mustard and peppers.
Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese Dogs
Everyone loves mac & cheese – throw it on a dog! Then add chicken tossed in your favorite buffalo sauce over the mac and drizzle the whole thing with homemade ranch dressing. Enjoy!
Sweet & Salty Dog
The ever-ongoing debate, what does pineapple belong or not belong on? We think it belongs on this dog with bacon and teriyaki sauce as well! These flavor combinations will take you on a sweet and salty ride that is as unexpected as it is good!
In June, VVS gave away over 25 grills as part of our Great Grill Giveaway! We had winners in every account, each taking home a Blue Rhino Stainless Steel 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill! A big thank you to everybody who entered. Follow us on Facebook to keep tabs on upcoming giveaways and promotions! @VVSinc
Does your cafeteria or break space need an upgrade? From concept to design to installation, VVS can help do it all!
The right break room options can directly affect everything from your employee’s productivity and creativity to your ability to retain and recruit top talent. Depending on your company’s needs, deciding on a Cafeteria, Micro Market, Pantry, Coffee, or Vending services can be challenging. VVS can help break down your options so you understand what’s best for your employees. For a more in-depth understanding of the available options, check out this quick read from our blog on choosing the right option for you: https://vvscanteen.com/which-option-is-right-for-you/
We help create remarkable spaces, and we can help you make sense of the process involved, too. Reach out to us today for a free consultation. For another quick read, check out our blog post on Creating Great Spaces: https://vvscanteen.com/creating-great-spaces/
Did you know that mushrooms aren’t plants, but rather, they’re considered part of the fungi kingdom? Even though they don’t have leaves, roots, or seeds, and don’t need light to grow, the U.S. Department of Agriculture still classifies them as vegetables. “Why?” you ask? They provide many of the same nutritional attributes as vegetables, bridging core food groups.
Many mushrooms lack the color that other vegetables have, but don’t let that fool you – they still have many nutritional benefits. They’re an excellent source of copper, and vitamin B (folate, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, pantothenic acid), which help collect energy from food and form red blood cells that keep our bodies and brains healthy! Mushrooms are the only and best vegan source of vitamin D when exposed to UV rays.
In addition, they contain potassium, fiber, and vitamin C, which can contribute to heart health! Potassium assists in regulating blood pressure, decreasing the risk of hypertension, maintaining fluids and electrolyte balance, and the presence of fiber helps conditions such as type II diabetes.
Why Mushrooms are SUPERFOODS
So, you may be wondering, “Why is the mushroom a SUPERFOOD?”. Because mushrooms contain one magical antioxidant known as selenium! Selenium aids in supporting the immune system by preventing damage to the cells and tissues. Another reason mushrooms are considered a superfood is their ability to destroy viruses including flu, smallpox, salmonella, E. Coli, and yeast. Lectin binds to abnormal/cancer cells and labels them for destruction by the immune system.
How to get maximum nutrients from mushrooms
Our digestive system can’t break down the compound that makes up the cell walls of mushrooms – known as chitin. So, to dissolve the good stuff from within the cells of the mushroom, it’s recommended to expose it to high heat (broil, sauté, deep-fry, or bake) to melt it down – ensuring that we’re unlocking their flavor and getting all the nutrition and health effects we’re looking for.
The good news is, besides the numerous health benefits, mushrooms are 90% water, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low in sodium, and full of fiber – so you can’t go wrong with including mushrooms in your daily routine!
Need some inspiration for dishes that incorporate mushrooms? Check out these simple recipes!
VVS is keeping it “on-trend” for 2020! Knowing it keeps our customers engaged and excited, we invest a lot of time, energy and thought into our marketing calendar. Although we don’t have the time (or space) to lay out our whole calendar here, we hope the following will outline our food vision for 2020!
VVS offers 52 weekly specials throughout the year! Check out a couple of our upcoming favorites below and follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on what we are offering each week!
Premium Chicken Sandwiches were all the rage in 2019 and will continue to dominate the fast-food and fast-casual restaurant landscape in 2020. Check out VVS’ take on the Premium Chicken Sandwich in February as we offer 4 weeks of Premium Chicken Sandwich specials that include specialty sauces, great toppings and a breaded chicken breast that is out of this world!
Comfort food will always hold a special spot in our hearts and nothing is more comforting than Mac & Cheese! Grown-up Mac & Cheese combines everything you loved as a kid with the tastes you crave as an adult. Mac & Cheeseology features perfectly melted cheese mixed with premium ingredients and sauces. Look for 4 specialty Mac & Cheeseology Bowls offered over 4 weeks during July.
We have 12 months of great promotions lined up for our made-to-order Fresh Grill Action Station! From Street Tacos & Philly Steak Sandwiches to an Italian Tour with custom-built pasta dishes, Featured Fridays keeps its menu flexible and aligned with current food trends. Stop by the Fresh Grill every Friday to see what’s trending next!
2020 is going to be a year of celebrating in all VVS cafeterias with a Celebrate National promotion for every month! Look for great deals and our special twist on donuts during National Donut Day or prepare yourself for how many different ways we can make nachos on National Nacho Day. Celebrate with us in 2020 and experience how we keep our cafeterias fun and exciting!
Our 2020 SUPERFOODS program is built to help educate and offer customers healthy options based on trending ingredients. Each month a new SUPERFOOD is featured including some great options for 2020 that include Mushrooms, Sweet Potatoes and Citrus. Look for SUPERFOODS incorporated into our daily menu items and featured on our Farmer’s Basket Salad Bar.
Interested in learning more about our cafeterias? Check us out on Facebook or feel free to call us at 800-662-2924.
The right breakroom options can have a direct effect on everything from your employee’s productivity and creativity to your ability to retain and recruit top talent. Let’s dive in and find out what options are right for you!
Dining Service (cafeterias)
Employee Count: 2,000+
Usually reserved for accounts with 2,000+ employees, Dining Service or Cafeterias, offer food options for accounts with employees not allowed to leave campus, do not have the time to leave campus or are looking to offer employees the ultimate in food options. Good cafeterias breed conversation, collaboration and inspire teamwork. Successful companies know that getting employees talking and brainstorming is the cornerstone of great ideas and growth. Centralized, collaborative locations such as cafeterias with warm atmospheres, comfortable seating and energizing food can directly impact a company’s productivity and growth.
Check out our previous post about cafeteria design and its impact on your employees.
Employee Count: 100+
Micro Markets are a great option for businesses not large enough for a cafeteria but looking to offer the same type of options and variety that a cafeteria affords. Micro Markets use cashier-less technology to offer your employees an open market in which to choose food and drink. Without the constraints of traditional vending machines, a Micro Market can offer snacks, drinks and food in all different shapes and sizes. This larger array of products and food options helps to keep employees onsite and engaged.
Read our post on Micro Markets.
Employee Count: Any Size
You need the upper-hand in employee retention and recruitment! Turnover is costly and today’s employees are looking for companies with benefits. Pantry Service provides an array of snacks, drinks and in some cases pre-packaged food items billed directly to the business each month. In addition to increasing retention, providing free food, drinks and snacks can refresh and revitalize your current staff, which in turn can help to drive productivity. Choose the program that is right for you, fits your budget and helps to accomplish your employee satisfaction goals.
Learn more about Pantry Service.
Employee Count: Any Size
Can you do anything before your first cup of coffee in the morning? We didn’t think so and neither can your employees. Coffee is the cornerstone of any good breakroom program and if breakroom programs are fuel for your employees, coffee is the main entree AND the side! What do we mean by that? If you offer no other options to your employees, offer coffee! Coffee inspires, fuels and pushes your employees throughout the day. It helps to build conversation and inspiration. It is the main entrée! Have a Micro Market, Cafeteria or Vending program already? Compliment these programs with a side of coffee! Even the best entrees are made better by a great side dish!
Check out how to choose the right coffee for your team.
Employee Count: 100+
Micro Markets have had a big impact on breakroom culture but Vending still has a role to play. Accounts with breakrooms that may be accessible by the public, have large contractor populations or are just not yet comfortable with the open market concept, vending will always be there. Vending can offer employees great snack, drink and food options and when complimented with a full coffee program, provide well-rounded options for any account. When making important decisions about your employee’s welfare, work with a company that does it all. From Micro Markets, Coffee and Vending to full-service Cafeterias and Pantries, VVS does it all. Give us a call today for a FREE assessment of your breakroom options.
Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Atkins, Calorie Deficit… healthy means so many different things to so many different people that it begins to get hard figuring out how best to reach your employees when it comes to healthy options. Our SUPERFOODS program is built to help educate and offer customers healthy options without the limitations that specific macro guidelines create, allowing us to reach a larger audience. This month during October we featured Hot Teas in our cafeterias along with educational materials that highlighted the health benefits of drinking Tea.
Tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, contains less caffeine than coffee and has been shown to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke in those who drink it regularly. We encouraged our customers to replace a cup of coffee with Hot Tea by placing the educational materials and Hot Tea options at our coffee stations. Check out our list of monthly featured SUPERFOODS below.
- January – Leafy Greens
- February – Yogurt
- March – Fish
- April – Citrus
- May – Mushrooms
- June – Berries
- July – Sweet Potato
- August – Tomato
- September – Beets
- October – Tea
- November – Kale
- December – Apples