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.

Ace Mart Named FE&S’ 2016 Dealer of the Year

We were excited to share the news that Ace Mart Restaurant Supply was named Foodservice Equipment & Supplies' 2016 Dealer of the Year this week! 

Check out the full announcement below: 

Foodservice Equipment and Supplies proudly names Ace Mart Restaurant Supply the magazine’s 2016 Dealer of the Year.

Representatives from the San Antonio-based foodservice equipment and supplies dealership will accept this honor during FE&S’ 2016 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala, which will take place Sat., May 21 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago.

“Ace Mart is one of the pillars of the foodservice equipment and supplies industry,” said Maureen Slocum, publisher of FE&S . “The company remains true to its cash-and-carry model and remains a go-to resource for other members of the dealer community pursuing a similar path. Under the second generation leadership of Carl, Norma and Paul Gustafson, Ace Mart has a well-deserved reputation for being honest and fair with its customers, supply chain partners and competitors alike. They truly understand that when the water rises all of the boats go with it and the company has earned a reputation as being one of the exemplary members of the foodservice community.”

FE&S is able to present its 2016 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala thanks to the generous support of its three platinum sponsors: Manitowoc Foodservice, True and Unified Brands.

FE&S’ Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala recognizes the foodservice community’s brightest stars by presenting them with some of the industry’s most time-honored awards. Held each year on the Saturday of the National Restaurant Association’s trade show in Chicago, this event brings together the best of the best to celebrate the ongoing success of the foodservice industry. Other awards to be presented the evening of May 21 include: FE&S’ Hall of Fame Award, FE&S’ Top Achievers, Facility Design Project of the Year and DSR of the Year.

Anyone interested in sponsorship information or learning more about the 2016 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala should contact Maureen Slocum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (630) 715-1553.

Maque Choux? More Like Maque DO

After a brief blogging hiatus, we are excited to be back!

Especially since we got to come back to a creamy Maque Choux soup, thanks to our art and production assistant, Eric!

Maque Choux (pronounced “Mock Shoe”) is a traditional dish of Southern Louisiana that is considered a union of Creole and Native American influence.

Eric’s Chicken and Bacon Maque Choux was a spicy, cream based soup, with bacon, (lightly fried) chicken, peppers, celery, onion and corn.

Here is a picture of Eric explaining how to successfully put fried chicken into a creamy bacon soup. Thanks for mutilating our New Years Resolutions, Eric!

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!