Corporate Essentials Partners With James Beard Foundation

May 7, 2018

PARSIPPANY, New Jersey -- Corporate Essentials announced today an exclusive, year-long partnership with the James Beard Foundation to work with chefs from 10 distinct regions to create menus specifically for its customers. 

The partnership will allow exclusive access to JBF-honored chefs of various culinary styles to ensure its customers will have access to the best sampling America has to offer, no matter their food preferences or dietary restrictions. 

“Corporate Essentials’ shared mindset with the James Beard Foundation to celebrate, nurture and honor America’s diverse culinary heritage inspired this exclusive partnership”, said Judson Kleinman, Corporate Essentials President and CEO. “We started with an idea to simply offer something distinctive to our largest clients, it has now become an unprecedented game changer in the workplace food service industry.” 

The James Beard Foundation Awards, often referred to as the “Oscars of Food,” are presented annually, recognizing various fields of culinary excellence. 

“We are absolutely thrilled to collaborate with so many immensely talented chefs that have been honored by James Beard Foundation this year,” said Joe Simonovich, Chief Growth Officer at Corporate Essentials. “Many have been featured on the Food Network and in publications such as Food & Wine and Bon Appetit. Their restaurants prepare some of the finest culinary dishes our country has to offer, and we can now bring that directly to our clients”. 

As part of a year-long program, Corporate Essentials will recognize a James Beard Foundation honored chef every month. Each week, a different signature dish created by the chef will be featured throughout the month as a specialty offering through Martin + Fitch, Corporate Essentials’ new catering division. This premium workplace food offering ensures that Corporate Essentials’ customers are given the complete “foodie” experience to appeal to every pallette. 

In addition to working with James Beard Foundation honored chefs on its workplace culinary offerings, Corporate Essentials’ partnership will also give unique access to all James Beard assets in support of the program. 

The James Beard Awards Gala will be streamed live via Twitter this Monday, May 7th starting at 5:30PM CST. Visit to watch live and follow tweets from the gala. 

About Corporate Essentials: Corporate Essentials’ mission is to make work better; fueling company culture and allowing employees to ‘work happy.’ Founded as an office coffee service in 1996, the company has long been considered the premier office refreshment service, fueling the culture of many top companies through custom office refreshment programs with everything from great coffee, healthy snacks and beverages to award-winning culinary solutions. 2017 marked their seventh time named to Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5,000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies. For more information, visit