Kitchen Chat and more…
Kitchen Chat and more…
Executive Chef Andy Yanak is celebrating twenty years at The Cuyahoga Group. He is the Director and Co-Owner of Catering Experience, a division of The Cuyahoga Group. Andy brings decades of restaurant, private and corporate culinary experience that transforms workplaces into memorable, celebratory occasions.
Whether it’s holiday catering for third shift employees at a family-owned machine shop, an outdoor bar-b-que for thousands held under tents and lights in the parking lot of a global corporation—or weddings, showers, or any occasion in between, Andy’s attention to detail, delicious culinary creations and superior service, framed in customized themed settings—elevates any atmosphere to a place that brings people together for amazing food, friendship and unforgettable memories.
Let’s find out a little more about Chef Andy Yanak:
What is your role with The Cuyahoga Group?
Andy: I’ve had many roles with the company, from Dining Unit Manager to one of eight District Managers overseeing ten cafés. After the Compass merger, I opened Catering Experience, which is the catering division of The Cuyahoga Group. Along the way I’ve been a part of many Task Groups, Sales Presentations, New Openings and Unit Transitions. I’ve also helped develop our new Mobile Dining Program. Currently, my role is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Catering Experience, and I continue to help out wherever needed.
How long have you worked for The Cuyahoga Group?
Andy: As of October 14, 2018, I have been with The Cuyahoga Group for twenty years.
What do you like most about your job, and why?
Andy: The trust and respect from the Executive Team to run with an idea—and they challenge us to do our best to improve the programs.
Tell us a fun fact (or facts) about yourself:
Andy: I have been married to my best friend, Lisa, for 32 years, and we both love sports.
What is your favorite food/favorite meal?
Andy: A medium rare filet with white cheddar mashed potatoes, any vegetable, and a nice glass of Appassimento wine (made from dried grapes).
What is your favorite type of music?
Andy: Classic 70’s & 80’s music – Fleetwood Mac, ELO, Three Dog Night.
Please tell us about a goal you’d like to accomplish someday:
Andy: I like to continue to travel with Lisa and continue to Live, Laugh and Love!
Thank you, Andy!
For the best in Workplace Celebrations, choose Catering Experience!
For holiday catering or special occasions, let Catering Experience provide an experience where superior food, excellent service and vibrant themes bring happiness and great memories for everyone who attends!
Email Andy Yanak at firstname.lastname@example.org; or
Call him at (800) 901-8363 ext. 110; or (216) 402-1292.
Check out The Catering Experience blog, here.
The Cuyahoga Group is happy to announce the launch of our newly upgraded Catering Experience website. When amazing food, superb service and just the right décor are combined, the celebration becomes extraordinary—and memorable.
Chef Andy Yanak knows great food, and he knows how to throw a great party
The Catering Experience was founded in 2004. After many years of applying his culinary expertise in the private and business sectors, Executive Chef Andy Yanak partnered with Jim Variglotti, CEO and founder of The Cuyahoga Group, to form The Catering Experience. Learn more about the history of The Catering Experience.
Andy understands that the key to making any event an exceptional experience, whether small or large, casual or formal—is to provide exceptional food and exceptional service—and he delivers, every time. Andy and his executive team have nearly 30 years of catering excellence, and The Catering Experience is also a proud member of the International Caterers Association.
Corporate or private event? Just click for inspiration, menus, or a quick quote!
From menu selections for all occasions, to additional catering services such as linens, floral, wait staff, bartenders, dinnerware, tents, theme décor and ice sculptures, Catering Experience provides it all.
An outdoor, Employee Appreciation BBQ for 20 or 1,000 employees? We do that every year! Office holiday celebrations, elegant weddings, family reunions or any event in between? Yes, we do that too! Catering Experience has the talent, integrity and knowledge to create an amazing and memorable celebratory event for all who attend.
Click here for a quick quote!
Warmer weather is here at last, and that means it’s time to dust off the grill and get barbecuing! Whether vegan or carnivore, there’s something for everyone, and there’s nothing like outdoor grilling to raise the taste meter of any food type—from sizzling veggies and savory seafood, to scrumptious cheeseburgers or grilled chicken—a barbeque lifts any food item onto a plane of sweet, spicy or smoky deliciousness.
The tradition of the outdoor BBQ rolls back through the eons, and while other culinary fads have come and gone, our love for grilling seems to be forever. The BBQ even has its own honorary day—May 16th is National Barbecue Day.
At The Cuyahoga Group, not only do we specialize in the very best of workplace vending and market options, our Catering Division chefs have years of experience and talent in bringing the all-American BBQ right to your workplace parking lot!
Want to instantly raise employee morale? Have a cookout in your parking lot!
Whether your staff loves savory brisket, seared veggies, baby back ribs, good old fashioned hot dogs, brats and hamburgers—or all of the above, our Catering group has you covered: We do all the set-up, grilling, serving and clean-up—and all you have to do is make sure your employees show up!
We also provide indoor or outdoor catering for all shifts! So, make your associates happy this summer with our top-rated BBQ fare—right outside your door!
For more information on bringing a barbecue to your business or organization, please contact Andy Yanak, Head Chef with The Cuyahoga Group Catering Division: AYanak@CuyGroup.com.
Click here for more information on a variety of indoor and outdoor Catering options at The Cuyahoga Group.
Let’s get grilling!