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Our Inspiration: Joseph Lee

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Joseph Lee was born into slavery in Charleston, South Carolina in 1848. He began baking as a child, working in a bakery in Beaufort, South Carolina. Lee refined his cooking skills as a steward in the United States Coastal Survey, where he worked for eleven years. When Lee left the Coastal Survey, he and his family settled in the Boston area. He opened a restaurant that gradually turned into The Woodland Park Hotel in Newton, MA. The hotel catered to Boston society and regularly entertained high-profile guests, including three U.S. presidents, Chester A. Arthur, Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison. The hotel [...]

Snapchef Holiday Spirit

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In the Spirit of the holiday Snapchef believes in supporting its communities. We are honored to continue helping organizations neighboring our New England office locations in the name of our clients. We want everyone in our communities to have a wonderful holiday and we are thankful for the support these organizations provide year-round to those in need. If you want to join us in spreading the Holiday cheer read about these organizations below: Providence - DORCAS International DORCAS International offers adult education, language learning, job training, citizenship and immigration services, refugee resettlement, translation and interpreting, clothing and household [...]

SHFM Foundation’s WE CARE Program Supporting our Troops

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We were proud to support our troops and the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management Foundation's We Care Program by sending care packages to members of our armed forces serving overseas. The We Care program allows SHFM members to support a member of the military by purchasing goods, packing and sending a very much appreciated Care Package to an Active-Duty Service Member. Many of our Air Force Personnel, Sailors, Marines and Soldiers are deployed, far from home, in areas with limited access to retail convenience items, the everyday things we take for granted. Questions about this program can be [...]

Providence Mayor Cuts Ribbon for Snapchef Expansion

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Mayor Elorza, Snapchef Celebrate Continued Downtown Revitalization On Thursday, November 10, 2022, Mayor Elorza and other community leaders celebrated Snapchef’s newest expansion in downtown Providence in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The expansion highlights Snapchef’s dedication to Providence’s growth and revitalization of downtown Providence. “Downtown Providence is a growing and thriving neighborhood with upcoming investments in outdoor spaces, housing and restaurants that our residents and tourists enjoy year-round,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Our diverse restaurant and hospitality scene make our City a great new home for Snapchef, and I congratulate the entire team on their new space and welcome them to downtown." [...]

Veterans Career Fair in Chicopee

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Snapchef attended the Veterans Career Fair hosted by Veterans Inc. at the Chicopee Knights of Columbus. The event connects veterans who are reentering civilian life connect with employers and Snapchef finds that veterans bring many transferrable skills to foodservice and culinary careers. We look forward to supporting more veterans in their new career journeys and continuing to work with Veterans Inc. and other veteran organizations. See coverage from WWLP including interviewing Snapchef's own Ken Desmarais:  

Spotlight: Chef & Instructor Santos Nieves

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Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of seeing the success of Chef Santos Nieves’ culinary skills and teaching, which has been very evident from the six RI ProStart Competition winning teams he’s coached, the 2014 RI Hospitality Education Foundation Teacher of the Year Award and the 2022 ACF RI Chef of the Year Award. As the culinary instructor at William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School in Lincoln since 2012, he’s greatly impacted the lives of young students for over a decade. We sat down with him to learn more about his story, passions and Hispanic roots: [...]

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