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How Platterz Caterer Mika Built Mika Fresh From The Ground Up

What do Computer Science and cooking have in common?

To most, not much – but for Mediterranean caterer Mika, whose passion has always been about making things, the disciplines turned into an unlikely pair of outlets for her creativity. We sat down with her to hear her take on the transition from typing code to kneading dough, and to learn how she built the successful catering company and storefront Mika Fresh while starting a family.

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When Mika and her husband first immigrated to Canada, she planned to study Culinary Arts at George Brown – a unique complement to her degree in Computer Science, which she hoped would let her explore her love for baking. But between a career in engineering and growing her family, she put the goal on the back-burner, instead taking odd bakery jobs on the weekends and after hours to satisfy the baking itch.

Soon, that itch meant that working in the kitchen became a necessity rather than a hobby. “When I was working with computers, I realized that I needed to work with my hands – but not just typing,” she said. Baking and cooking gave her a creative space she felt was missing from her office jobs that she couldn’t pass up. Her time spent in kitchens grew, and after having her second child, Mika took up opportunities to work in restaurants, eventually making the switch to baking full-time.

Since moving to Toronto, she’d also noticed a gap in the market for fresh, casual food that tasted homemade: “It was hard to find a place where you could get something healthy…You have to look very hard, and sometimes you don’t feel like having the whole experience of the restaurant, but you want real food,” she said. So she decided to fill the gap herself.

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When Mika Fresh was born, it was just Mika as the head chef and owner, her former coworker Naftali who’d head the baking efforts, and whatever kitchen space they could get their hands on. As a first-time business owner, she experimented with different approaches – like a focus on packaged grab-and-go meals, and private event catering – before nailing down the concept.

Finally, she decided to focus on catering out of a small, fast-casual dine-in space. Getting into a rhythm with only two people handling the administration, storefront, catering, and deliveries took time. “We had a rough start. Our customers were very patient with us,” she laughed. Today, it couldn’t be a more different story.

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In the two-and-a-half years since she and Naftali bounced from kitchen to kitchen, Mika joined Platterz, and settled into a space where her catering capacity, storefront business, and reputation as a staple Toronto caterer have skyrocketed. For Platterz customers and Toronto locals who’ve tried the food, Mika Fresh’s reputation is obvious: reliably delicious, healthful dishes that taste like they were made by Mom.

Mika’s independent approach has taught her a lot. Her advice for other burgeoning caterers is to have a solid business plan, and try to plan to offload responsibilities to hired staff. “If you have the finances from the beginning, you’ll have the resources to help you build more easily in the future,” she pointed out.

She’s frank when reflecting on her business, telling us, “on your own, it’s a lot.” At Mika Fresh, she’s solely responsible for all the administration in addition to working in the kitchen – plus, she and Naftali do the catering deliveries by themselves. The result is a business and food that people love – but it doesn’t leave much time for sleep or spending time with family, which she says is her biggest challenge.

“I don’t get to see my kids much, which for me as a mother is really difficult,” she said. Luckily, Mika’s kids are getting old enough to spend more time at the restaurant, helping out with odds and ends in the kitchen on weekends. “I think they’re getting tired of my cooking, though,” she laughed. 

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Mika credits Platterz in part for alleviating the burden of marketing and expanding her customer base to major Toronto companies, like Twitter, Amazon, and LinkedIn. Feeling confident about her corporate catering business has allowed her to focus on growing Mika Fresh and delivering great meals, without having to worry about getting enough customers through the door.

Since moving to her current space, she’s hired additional staff members, and plans to expand her catering capacity. “Platterz really helped push the catering business forward,” she said, “And we want to focus on it.”

As a customer favourite, we know she’ll be met with open arms.

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7 Valentine’s Day Treats Your Office Will Love

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we’re here to help you plan a lovey V-Day event to let everyone in your office know just how much they’re appreciated.

It goes without saying that delicious snacks are the key to your employees’ hearts… so we compiled a list of the sweetest treats that are sure to spread love in your office this Valentine’s Day.

1. Valentine’s Day Pastries by Dufflet

Dufflet has all the decadent and divine Valentine’s Day staples you’re looking for this year, ranging from classic heart-shaped butter cookies to Valentine’s-themed chocolate fudge tarts!

2. Beer Sessions, Wine & Spirits Bar by SIPBAR

Pour a little love into your employees’ glasses this Valentine’s day with a visit from SIPBAR, a pop-up bar service for all occasions. Their team will customize cocktails and beverages for any function; we’re thinking pink and red drinks for Valentine’s Day!

3. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries by Fresh & Wild

It doesn’t get more timeless than this. These beautiful long-stemmed strawberries dipped in a bittersweet dark chocolate are a classic crowd-pleaser that will have everyone in the office asking for seconds.

4. Valentine’s Tray by The Chocolate Messenger

This tray from The Chocolate Messenger will have your entire office swooning over their milk chocolate-covered almonds, almond bark, strawberry and raspberry truffles, dipped Valentine’s pretzels, and mini hearts.

5. Valentine’s Dessert Cups by Junked Food Co.

These Valentine’s Dessert Cups from Junked Food Co. include a base of cake and icing layered with a lovely mixture of treats throughout including cinnamon hearts, chocolates and sweethearts. Yum!

6. Chocoberry Popcorn by Toronto Popcorn Company

This handcrafted gourmet Chocoberry Popcorn is the perfect combination of chocolate and strawberry flavours that imitates the taste of fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate. Surprise your co-workers on Valentine’s Day with a bowl full of Chocoberry Popcorn as a quick and delicious snack for your next meeting.

7. Heart-Shaped Ice Cream Sandwiches Sweet Sammies

Your team will love these heart-shaped ice cream sandwiches from Sweet Sammies. They come in a variety of delicious flavours including Red Velvet with Coconut Cheesecake Ice Cream, Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, and Brownie with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

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The 10 Most Popular Toronto Office Caterers of 2017

2017 was another big year for Platterz, but as always, we couldn’t have done it alone! We owe a big thank you to the 389 Toronto-based caterers who worked around the clock to provide amazing experiences and delicious cuisine to all of our customers across the city. Special thanks to the 284 new caterers that joined the Toronto Platterz family in 2017!

To help you get some new and exciting ideas for places to order from in 2018, we dug into our order data to share with you the top caterers and dishes of 2017:

10. California Sandwiches

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

Legendary Toronto-based Italian sandwich shop California Sandwiches are back on our list this year serving up the most delicious Italian meat and veggie sandwiches in the city. Be warned – these sandwiches are HUGE, but don’t worry, we’re sure they’ll leave everybody in your office feeling nice and full! If you’re ordering for larger parties, we recommend trying their Stuffed Pasta Shells or Veal Lasagna.

9. Mika

Known For: Healthy Homestyle Dishes
Most Popular Dish: Lemon Chicken

Mika does healthy home cooking and baking from scratch with flavours that borrow from Mediterranean, Israeli and Middle Eastern influences. If your office appreciates high quality cuisine made from fresh ingredients, Mika’s unique menu is sure to appease their taste buds.

8. King Catering

Known For: Explosive Caribbean Flavours
Most Popular Dish: Big King Lunch

Spice up your next office event with some bold flavours from the Caribbean! King Catering is known for their Big King Lunch special that includes a flavourful assortment of mains, sides and salads. If you need some help with your next order, our customers have been loving King’s Jerk Chicken, Rice & Peas and Coleslaw.

7. en Ville

Known For: High-end Catering
Most Popular Dish: Continental Breakfast

For over thirty years, en Ville has been recognized as one of Toronto’s most premium caterers. Their attention to detail and sophisticated menus are perfect for events of all shapes and sizes, from large corporate events to small office lunches. Surprise your staff with en Ville’s famous Continental Breakfast. There is no better way to start your morning than with this fresh mix of muffins, croissants and danishes.

6. Boccone

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

Boccone proves that you can still get top quality Italian delicatessen at very reasonable prices. This traditional European style deli offers an assortment of freshly made focaccia sandwiches, pizzas and pastas that will have your entire team saying mamma mia! Their popular Assorted Focaccia Sandwich platter includes options like Grilled Vegetable, Chicken, Turkey, Ham and Prosciutto.

5. Per Se Catering

Known For: Presentation and Quality
Most Popular Dish: Assorted Sandwich Platter

Per Se is a top-notch caterer best known for using only the finest ingredients and putting the utmost precision in every culinary creation. When you need an entertaining and memorable twist at your next corporate event, Per Se’s beautiful food stations are sure to leave a lasting impression. Our customers have been loving their Grilled Cheese and Poutine Stations.

4. Thai Room

Known For: Authentic Thai and Malaysian Cuisine
Most Popular Dish: Famous Pad Thai

Thai Room is universally loved by Thai food lovers first time triers alike. If you’re looking for authentic Thai & Malaysian cuisine, Thai Room has you covered. We recommend their Famous Pad Thai. It comes in a gigantic portion that’s jam packed with flavour. The best part? Their affordable menu can accommodate mostly every budget!

3. Mezes

Known For: Traditional Greek Family Recipes
Most Popular Dish: Chicken Souvlaki

Mezes is a one stop shop if you’re looking for authentic Greek fare in the heart of the Danforth. Each bite transports you straight to the heart of Greece with its robust flavours and traditional spices. We hear nothing but the best feedback from our customers about their Chicken Souvlaki and Elliniki Salad.

2. Craft Kitchen

Known For: Fresh and Delicious Food
Most Popular Dish: Continental Breakfast Platter

Craft Kitchen serves up grab-and-go eats such as sandwiches, wraps and salads, plus a variety of breakfast bites. They practise what they preach with their motto being “Keep it fresh. Keep it delicious” and their flexible menu is able to accommodate all dietary restrictions. Their popular Continental Breakfast Platter includes everything you need to start your day such as bagels, muffins, croissants and coffee.

1. What A Bagel

Known For: Fresh Bagels and Sandwiches
Most Popular Dish: Assorted Sandwich Platter

What a year it has been for What A Bagel! They were the most ordered caterer on Platterz in 2017, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down in the new year. Their Assorted Sandwich Platter includes a generous offering of WAB’s mouth-watering signature sandwiches that the whole office is sure to love. What A Bagel is a must-try caterer for any occasion and their friendly staff always tries their best to accommodate shorter notice orders.

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5 Tips For Pulling Off A Lifestyle Photoshoot Like A Pro

Whether you’re in the business of software or sandwich-making (or both!), making sure your team has a great set of photos in their arsenal for branding and marketing can make a colossal difference for your company’s image. You’ve heard it before: a picture says a thousand words! Figuring out how to pull off a professional-looking collection of photos on a budget can be difficult – especially if it’s not your area of expertise – but there are a few simple steps you can take in order to make sure you have lots of great, usable shots for whatever your next project is. Today on the blog, we’re bringing you tried-and-true tips from our recent Platterz shoot for a successful photoshoot that will rival the pros’!

(Special thanks to our friends at Breather for supplying the beautiful space!)

1. Align on a vision and set goals

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We started off with some markers and lots of blank paper.

Before you do anything else, figure out what your specific objectives and goals are for the campaign. Do you want to have evergreen branded stock photos that you can reuse for everything from blog posts to greeting cards? Or, do you have a product in mind that you want to highlight through a marketing campaign? Start with an idea of the setting and ambiance you’re going for. Then, use this (and maybe some inspiration from stock photo sites like Unsplash or AdobeStock) to determine what specific sorts of shots you think would best communicate your ideas. 

Pro Tip: Our advice? Where possible, lifestyle shots will help your customers best imagine themselves using your product and relate to your brand. If it’s feasible, try to envision different scenarios where your customers might use your product or service – then go from there to determine what kinds of photos will best represent the feeling you want your product or service to evoke.

2. Plan ahead or plan to fail

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For our shoot, we were lucky enough to enlist some of our trusty colleagues to act as models, which helped us cut costs.

Shoot days are notoriously stressful. You’ll want to do your best to eliminate all extra guesswork so that on the day of, so you can be fully present and ready to guide the rest of your team. That means planning everything well ahead of time to the best of your ability. Here are some things to consider:

  • Which props (and food, if necessary) will you need to create a realistic setting for your shots?
  • If you’re taking lifestyle photos, where will you enlist models or extras?
  • Will you be taking photos on-site at your office, or will you need to rent a studio or other space?
  • How will the schedule of your photoshoot day run?

The further ahead you consider all the details for your shoot, the easier it will be to craft solutions that are budget-friendly and don’t require you to pay a premium for last-minute planning.

Pro Tip: When creating the schedule for your photoshoot, make sure to give yourself a generous amount of time in between each shot. You’d be surprised at how much time it can take to make sure a photo is well-lit, your models are ready, and all the factors that go into making the perfect shot right at the same time. For reference, we budgeted about an hour and a half to set up, light, pose, and get at least 10 usable shots for each different setting.

3. Create a shot list

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Our shot list and inspiration photos.

Creating a shot list will be key for communicating your ideas to everyone on both sides of the lens, and making sure that you’re staying focussed on executing your vision on schedule. Think about a variety of focal points and angles (again, using inspiration from other shoots can help!) and make a numbered list with sketches or a few words about what you’d like each photo to entail. There’s no need to get too specific, since you never know what the feeling of your set will be like until you’re seeing it in action, but having an idea of where to start shooting will be a huge help. This will help you create a realistic schedule to follow.

Pro Tip: Wide shots help avoid your frame looking crowded and will give you more flexibility of use once you have the finished product (think space for cropping, text and form overlays, etc.)

4. Enlist a professional

Our photographer, Clifton, helped us decide on realistic shots and made our vision come to life.

The smartest thing you can do if you’re already dedicating resources to executing a photoshoot is to invest in a professional behind the lens. As great as your Instagram shots might be, nothing beats professional lighting, high-quality equipment, and industry instinct. Above all, having a photographer on set will help ensure your project will actually be able to provide your company lots of value for years to come. As a professional, they have an eye for what’ll look good once it’s online or in print, and will be able to help guide you towards executing your vision. For us, this meant bringing the amazing Clifton Li onto our team for the day!

Pro Tip: Make sure to shop around for the right kind of photographer who can accommodate your needs and budget. Photographers have varying specialities and levels of experience, so pick one with relevant expertise – and take their advice! 

5. Feed the models

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Yummy lunches for our hard-working models and set staff! 

Last but not least, making sure there’s food at your shoot might mean the difference between a day of cohesion and team effort, and a set full of hangry, stressed out colleagues. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! We made sure our models felt energized and appreciated by feeding them yummy, fresh food throughout the day (no sad bags of chips and cans of pop). Like in any work day, making time to eat will help you stay sharp and do your best, too!

Pro Tip: To avoid spending lots of time on cleanup or to accommodate for limited lunch-friendly space, try ordering individually boxed meals for your shoot! We went for delicious, nutrient-dense poké bowls from Lawai’a Poké, and our Catering Experts can help you find packaged meals for any cuisine or taste. Just get in touch

(Special thanks to our other wonderful vendors Mezes, Per Se Catering, and What A Bagel for providing the beautifully-photogenic food we needed to create our shots!)


Finally, at the end of a long day of shooting, make sure to take a moment to sit back and appreciate the results of all your hard work! Here’s how a few of our shots turned out:

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Have any must-know photoshoot tips that we missed? We’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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5 Helpful Tips For Persuading Your Boss

Navigating office politics is unavoidable – and although sometimes it can feel inconvenient or awkward, mastering the art of persuasion is key for your success in any line of work.

So what can you do to make the strongest case to your higher-up? Today on the blog, we’ll give you the tools you need to convince your boss that ordering catered food for your team will add value to your company. But the great thing is that these tips are applicable across the board – whether you’re proposing a switch to a new kind of invoicing software, or requesting a raise.

1. Think Like A Boss

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Whenever you’re trying to convince someone to adopt your point of view, it’s important to frame what you’re trying to achieve in terms of their goals. So ask yourself: what are your boss’s objectives? One might be that they want your team to thrive in terms of efficiency and morale. Others might be that they’d like to impress clients, create a good company image, or save money.

Whatever your boss’s goals are, make sure you keep them in mind when you introduce the idea of ordering food for the office.

For example, you could start by saying something like, “I know you’ve been working hard to try to economize on our team’s budget, so I’ve been doing some research…” or ”I know you’ve been working hard to offer our team more competitive perks…” That way, you make it immediately clear that what you’re suggesting benefits them in a tangible way. 

2. Be Specific

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Any good leader will need concrete rationale before agreeing to spend budget on a new company initiative, so be specific. Try to match your boss or company’s goals and strategy to the benefits that feeding your team would provide.

For example, if the goal is to spend less time and money ordering catered food than you currently do, calculate an estimate of the impact it could have on this process. Remember, Platterz never charges convenience fees or markups – so you always get the lowest possible price for your food – and compared to traditional ways of ordering catered food, it reduces your ordering time by 90%. Hearing that you could save your office $1500 and 13 hours per quarter, for instance, is much more powerful than a vague-sounding promise.

3. Show ‘Em The Facts 

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Aside from providing specific rationale for ordering food, coming prepared when you speak with your boss by referencing objective data and pointing to a few empirical studies can really help make your case. The impact of nutrition on workplace performance, for instance, is well-researched, so it might be worth mentioning that prioritizing providing your team with access to nutritious food will pay off in the long run. Plus, there’s evidence that the act of sitting down as a team and eating together, having a conversation, and building social connections can make for a more productive office, too! Pro tip: whatever evidence you choose to present, it’s a good idea to anticipate any questions or concerns your boss might have, and come prepared with appropriate solutions.

4. Point To Case Studies

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It’s no secret that some of the most successful names across industries offer their employees perks – and while it might not be the right time for your company to build nap pods or hire an on-site masseuse, providing meals and snacks for your team can help make the same positive impact on their wellness, loyalty, and productivity. Make sure your boss knows that it’s no coincidence that Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest all provide their employees with free food daily.

5. Do A Low-Cost Experiment

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If you can’t convince your higher-up to commit to ordering food regularly, try proposing a trial run. If it’s feasible, this might be what it takes for your boss to see that ordering food truly will add value to your team and bring the benefits you’ve presented!


 

Are there any tactics for persuasion that we missed? Let us know if you have any tried-and-true suggestions for convincing your boss – we’d love to hear them!

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It’s Not Just A Fling: How To Improve Your Office’s Culture This Summer

Summer is in full force – and with it, the often torturous FOMO that comes with having to look out the office window at settings much more appealing than computer monitors and whiteboards. When your team is daydreaming about trading in their slacks for bathing suits and laying out in the sun, it can make it difficult for them to be fully present and have an impact on their performance.

As an admin, there’s a lot you can do to help your team avoid summer burnout in the office, and to keep employees excited about coming into work. Here are our favourite methods – and the great thing is, many of these can also apply year-round as general rules of thumb for keeping your whole team energized and ready to give their best!

1. Get out of the office 

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So all anyone in the office can think of is what’s on the other side of the door – but, of course, whether your company is big or small, it’s not necessarily feasible to put your operations on hold just to get a taste of the outdoors. The good news is, getting out of the office doesn’t have to mean ditching the work. Consider getting buy-in from your CEO or higher-up to plan an off-site day (we love using Breather) so that your whole team can get a change of environment. The physical change will invigorate your team, and might even inspire more creativity, helping them work better than ever. Can’t leave the office for a full day? There are even lower-resource ways you can take your work out of your cubicle – like scheduling team or client meetings that don’t require much equipment at a local coffee shop with a patio, or taking work that can be done offline to a nearby park or green space.  

2. Have a catered picnic 

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Catered food for the office is always a good idea; from increasing employees’ loyalty to their company, to keeping them energized and working their best, there are plenty of benefits to having lunch taken care of by your company. With early mornings and the occasional late evening at work, there’s also no better time to get outside and take total advantage of the sunny summer weather than over your lunch break. Try encouraging your team to do so as a collective by ordering catered boxed lunches that are perfect to take outside, and organizing an office picnic. Here are just a few examples of dishes that are perfect to take outside for your next team lunch.

3. Hold a happy hour 

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Who hasn’t finished off a tough workday yearning for a nice, cold beverage? If it fits with your company’s policies, bring happy hour to your office as a weekly or biweekly event. It can be as simple as beer, wine, and a cheese platter – or you can jazz things up by treating your colleagues to ice-cold watermelon margaritas paired with finger foods.

4. Start a wellness initiative

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With summer tends to come another wave of awareness for health and wellbeing, but your colleagues might be having a hard time fitting in exercise and self-care between busy days at the office and the family commitments that always seem to pop up over the season. There are plenty of ways to help your team work in a wellness routine – whether it’s with an in-office yoga class, guided meditation, healthy juices and snacks, or even periodical massages (hey, it works for the big guys). Best part? You can convince your CEO by showing them the hard facts: employees who are taken care of physically and mentally work better and take fewer sick days, which saves your company big bucks.

5. Establish Flex Fridays

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Getting out of the office early on a sunny Friday afternoon doesn’t have to be a dream, and there are lots of ways to do it depending on what works for your company. For example, letting out an hour early some Fridays to do something as a team, giving employees the option to leave a few hours early if they make up the time in advance throughout the week, or even giving them the option to telecommute. Asking your CEO or higher-up if some flexible Fridays can be established for your team is worth a try – it’ll help your employees feel appreciated and let them know that their employer values their personal lives.

6. Indulge

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Summer is all about rest, rejuvenation, and a sprinkle of hedonism – so it’s the perfect time to indulge in the occasional goody! Treat your team to an ice-cold sweet by bringing the ice cream truck to your office for a special occasion (or just on any old sundae Monday.) Platterz has plenty of options for ice cream at the office at any price point, so you can be on your way to delighting in a delicious, Instagram-worthy ice cream sandwich in no time.

 

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5 Diverse Dishes to Celebrate Canada’s 150 Years!

Canada Day is fast approaching, with people from coast to coast gathering on July 1st to celebrate 150 years of kindness, diversity, maple syrup, and – of course – our beautiful landscape. It’s the perfect occasion for a celebration at your office, so we at Platterz HQ have compiled our top picks for Canadian-themed dishes that promise to be a hit!

1. Maple Whiskey Glazed Salmon by McEwan

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Order Maple Whiskey Glazed Salmon from McEwan

Serve your office a dish that’s quintessentially Canadian in a subtler way with this healthy, hearty entree by McEwan. Maple syrup adds the perfect amount of natural sweetness, and it’s served with a side salad of your choice and freshly baked bread. Yum!

2. Poutine by King Catering

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Order Poutine from King Catering

What would a list of Canadian dishes be without poutine? King Catering’s take is as carefully-crafted as it is authentic, with hand-cut russet fries, cheese curds, savoury house-made gravy, and your choice of toppings like barbecued chicken and bacon.

3. The Canadian by Kanga

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Order The Canadian from Kanga

This Canadian flavour-inspired creation from Kanga features juicy pieces of ale-braised steak and bacon, all enveloped in their signature flakey pastry. It’s as original as it is delicious, and your team will thank you!

4. Nanaimo Bar by Dufflet

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Order Nanaimo Bar from Dufflet 

This B.C.-hailing dessert (among other things!) makes us proud to be Canadian. With a chocolate coconut crust topped with vanilla custard and dark chocolate, serving a platter of Nanaimo Bars at your Canada Day event is sure to get mouths watering.

5. Revol Catering‘s BBQ Menu 

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Order from Revol Catering’s BBQ Menu 

There’s nothing quite as Canadian as gathering around a grill to enjoy good company and the great outdoors, and Revol’s BBQ Menu was made for a Canadian celebration. Aside from BBQ staples made to perfection – racks of ribs, signature smoked pulled pork, souvlaki, and more – Revol offers a Canadian-themed side salad complete with deep red greens, white toppings like kidney beans and white cheddar, and a tangy dressing.

 

As always, our team can work with you to customize everything from the menu to the on-site details – whatever you need to throw an amazing Canada Day event. Get in touch with us to learn how we can help!

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Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day!

On behalf of the entire Platterz team, we want to wish you a very happy Admin Professionals’ Day – cheers to you and everything you do!

As you may be aware, over the past week we ran our inaugural Get Pampered with Platterz giveaway. We’ll be surprising the lucky winners at their offices today to congratulate them in person! If you didn’t win or have the chance to enter this time, don’t fret, we have more awesome giveaways and surprises in store over the coming months. In addition, if you place your next order by this Friday, we’ll give you 10% off using promo code ADMINTHANKS at Checkout. 

We launched this initiative as part of our continued commitment to showing our gratitude to you, the true stars of the office.

Over the past year and a half, we’ve had the pleasure of speaking to thousands of you, and have seen first-hand all the hard work, attention to detail, and level of care that goes into keeping your office in order.

For all these reasons, thank you! We, and the people who are touched by your work, are grateful for all your effort – not just on Admin Professionals’ Day, but every day.

When we started Platterz, we set out to achieve three primary objectives with you in mind:

  1. Simplify: Create a seamless experience tailored to make it as easy as possible for you to feed your office.
  2. Nurture: Cultivate long-lasting relationships and mutual trust with you, our valued customers.
  3. Innovate: Focus relentlessly on developing new, smart features that put your needs first.

A year and a half later, these priorities remain our guiding principles. We know your role is constantly evolving and we’re dedicated to playing a part in your success as you grow.

As always, please feel free to reach out at any time by emailing support@platterz.ca, and let us know how we can make your job easier – we love hearing from you.

Now stop reading and go celebrate – this is your day! 🙂

Sincerely,

Eran & Yishay

Platterz Co-founders

 

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The 5 Online Tools Every Office Admin Needs in 2017

Staying on top of a project with several moving parts is never easy. But office admins do it every day – and when the moving parts are employees, things can get even tougher.

Good software helps, but with so many options available, how do you begin to choose?

Fortunately, there are helpful and easy-to-use technology solutions that can help you stay organized and increase productivity.

Below is a list of 5 tried-and-true tools you can access straight from your browser for a trouble-free 2017.

1. Say goodbye to paper invoices with Due

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Tired of dealing with paper invoices? Leave them behind for good by switching to Due, which makes collecting and making payments from any device painless.

Smart features help you stay on top of invoice statuses, automate recurring invoices, and process funds from payments faster.

Beyond efficiency, Due keeps things flexible and safe – so whether you and your clients are using debit, credit, or account funds, financial data is encrypted and secure.

2. Never forget a password again with LastPass

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LastPass is a Google Chrome extension that packs a big punch for the office admin who has enough to remember as it is.

Use it as a vault to securely store passwords and share them among office employees.

Save even more time by storing payment information or addresses to populate forms in a single click.

3. Manage Projects in Taskworld

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Taskworld lets you organize office projects, break them into delegated tasks, chat with team members, and track progress in one seamless interface.

Google Drive and Dropbox integration make it easy to share files amongst team members, and smart features like task-based document management keep even the organizationally-impaired up to snuff.

4. Stay connected to your customers with Insightly

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As an admin, you know that diligent customer relationship management is vital to the health of your company. If you’re still stuck using a spreadsheet to track leads and partners, you’re risking oversight on valuable members of your community, and on useful data.

Insightly streamlines CRM by organizing contact information and opportunities in one place.

Generate reports and mass email templates in-app, and take advantage of Insightly’s neat integrations for email and social media to keep correspondence and contacts’ content in a single interface.

5. Keep employees well-fed and productive with Platterz

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When employees are happy, productivity soars and office culture thrives.

Keep your team well-fed and content with Platterz, a free office catering platform that lets you easily order shareable food for your team from hundreds of top restaurants and caterers.

With awesome features like customized menus that can accommodate all dietary preferences, advanced order scheduling, and online invoice tracking, sharing an office lunch has never been so satisfying – or so effortless.

Have you had experience using these tools? Do you have other favourite tools you use? Let us know in the comments below!

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Going Green for Earth Day with Platterz

At Platterz, we think it’s up to everyone to do their part in making sure we protect the environment. Earth Day is a great reminder that going greener in the workplace isn’t just a way to be more responsible as an organization – it’s also a way to inspire your colleagues to take those principles home and strive towards a healthier planet every day.

Environmental responsibility is something we’ve made a commitment to uphold, which is why you can be confident that when you order with Platterz, you’re not only making the best office catering choice for your team – you’re also working with a team that cares.

Here are four reasons why using Platterz to order food for your next event will help you do your part towards lowering your company’s environmental footprint:

1. Go paperless with Platterz SpendTracker

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Recycling is a good start, but have you ever thought about the carbon footprint of your office’s daily operations? According to data collected by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, every 100 paper invoices that are printed have the same impact on carbon footprint as driving 14 kilometres.

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Platterz SpendTracker allows you to go fully paperless. It lets you see all paid and unpaid invoices in one location and gives you the ability to download invoices at your convenience. No more paper invoices!

2. Feed the whole office with a single delivery

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If your employees are ordering their own takeout to the office, they’re multiplying the number of vehicles needed to keep the whole team fed and energized. Fewer cars on the road make for a happier planet, so ordering with Platterz for the whole office in one shot can make a big difference over time.

3. Choose from your city’s top sustainable food choices

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From vegan and vegetarian foods that require fewer emissions to produce, to local and sustainably-sourced fare, there’s no shortage of delicious eco-friendly food choices on Platterz. Why not experiment with a Meatless Monday initiative to encourage your team to try out healthier, more sustainable food options? You just might find a new lunch favourite!

4. Make hardcopy takeout menus a thing of the past

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Trying to add variety to your team’s lunches can mean collecting hardcopy takeout menus that spend most of their time cluttering desk space. Worse, they often can’t be recycled because of the way the paper they’re printed on is processed. The solution? Do away with them completely and view hundreds of catering menus online easily with Platterz.

 

How is your office celebrating Earth Day? Let us know in the comments below!