Soup Club Season 2

Back by popular demand! We rebooted Soup Club because we're all desperate to have someone else plan lunch. 

A bunch of Zoombas gathered around the conference room table, our new Loch Ness Monster soup ladle and the start of the show: Homemade Chili made by our own Director of Operations Tracy Mugan!

2016 Holiday Dinner

Once a year, we bring our full-time staff together with many of our vendors and freelance writers for a half-day meeting a delicious dinner to celebrate the year. 

We hosted a full house on Dec. 5 at our offices. 

We had a lovely private dinner at Cafe Amano. 

Senior Contributing Editor Dana Tanyeri, Marketing Manager Kevin Pock and his wife Katie, freelance production artist Judy Hall, and Art Director Anne Locascio during the cocktail hour. 

Settling in for dinner: Production Artist Eric Uhl, Contributing Editor Amelia Levin, Sales Associate Nicholas Slocum (with freelance contributor Tom O'Brien sitting farther down) and, in the background, you can catch a glimpse of our Publisher Maureen Slocum and Senior Sales Director Carol McAdam. 

Art Director Anne Locascio, Operations Manager Tracy Mugan, and rd+d Editor Rebecca Kilbreath (that's me). 

Director of Business Development Dan Hogan stands between his wife and Sales Director BG Burg. 

Dan Hogan Joins Zoomba Group in the Newly Created Position of Director of Business Development

ELMHURST, IL (March 2, 2016) — Zoomba Group, publisher of Foodservice Equipment & Supplies and restaurant development + design, is proud to announce Dan Hogan has joined the company as Director of Business Development effective immediately.

In his new role, Hogan will focus on growth initiatives and developing new business opportunities.

Hogan has a long history in the hospitality and publishing industries. He joined HOTELS magazine in 1988 and worked his way up to the position of Vice President and Publisher. Both HOTELS and Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazines were owned by Reed Business Information until 2010.

“When presented with the opportunity to work with Dan again, I jumped at the chance,” Said Zoomba Group President and CEO Maureen Slocum. “He is one of the most respected people in the hospitality publishing industry and his knowledge of those industries is unparalleled. We’re proud to have him join our team.”

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Hogan started his career at Hyatt Hotels before moving on to Edward Don & Company.

Spicy Sausage Stew

As the Illinois winter becomes progressively bleaker, our team is more and more thankful for Soup Club!

Each week we are excused from venturing out into the cold, grey, sleety weather and invited into our own company kitchen for a hot lunch!

Truly. Wednesdays can’t come soon enough.

This week our Marketing Director, Jessica, graced us with a spicy Italian Sausage stew! Thanks, Jessica!

Zoomba Group Annual Meeting

On Monday December 7th, we welcomed our extended team members into the Zoomba Group offices. Our team members traveled from all over the country to attend the annual Zoomba Group meeting.

In the afternoon we got updates on each department's achievements in 2015, and we took the opportunity to celebrate them!

A huge congratulations to our contributing editor Amelia Levin on winning the International Foodservice Editorial Council’s (IFEC) TerrIFECer award, which goes to one rising star each year! Congratulations, Amelia!

And congratulations to our whole team for producing 47.5% more pages of content this year! We can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!

New Office, New Me.

We are so excited to be settling into our beautiful new office space!

We have fifteen private offices, a coffee bar and conference room, all designed to integrate personal and collaborative workspaces.

Green features were incorporated in construction, including LED lights and paper stone made from recycled magazines!

Soup Club Season 1, Episode 2

For our second installment of Soup Club, our art director Anne made a roasted vegetable soup.

It was Anne-tastic!

Soup Club

First rule of Soup Club: Don’t talk about Soup Club. Well, your resident intern is here to do what no one else is brave enough to do: talk to you about soup club.

On October 21st, we held our inaugural Soup Club luncheon. Every Wednesday one team member will prepare soup for the entire office. 

Rebecca kicked us off with a delicious diner style chili!

Zoomba Group’s New Office Opens Mid-September

The Zoomba Group team is getting excited to move into our new office next month! The new location is in the heart of downtown Elmhurst, a suburb of Chicago, and just up the street from our current office. The new space blends private workspaces with open office features such as the central coffee bar, where the team can gather for meetings and lattes. 

The building was renovated with the latest green equipment, including hydrocarbon refrigeration and light-harvesting LED lights (which will reduce energy use by 30-50 percent). A skylight is being installed in this week to bring in even more natural light! Reclaimed wood is used throughout the office, including the beautiful rainbow poplar conference room table. 

We're looking forward to the new space and hope you’ll stop by for a coffee in the future! The new address is 190 North York Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126. We’ll send out formal communication to clients and vendors in the near future, and will update our News page to share more during our move. 

 

2015 Tabbie Awards

We are excited to announce that FE&S and rd+d were both selected as finalists in the 2015 Tabbie Awards, presented by Trade, Association and Business Publications International (TABPI). 
 
The restaurant design digest newsletter is a finalist in the Enewsletter category and the rd+d Fall 2014 issue is a finalist for Best Single Issue. Also, the "2015 Foodservice Trends” article in November 2014 FE&S is a finalist in the Feature Article category.