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!

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. 


rd+d Wins Bronze for Best Single Issue at the Int'l TABPI Awards

Zoomba Group, publisher of restaurant development + design and Foodservice Equipment & Supplies magazines, received two awards at the 2015 Tabbie Awards, including Bronze for Best Single Issue.

The Fall 2014 issue of restaurant development + design received the Bronze award in the competition’s most comprehensive category. The issue and its cover showcased “The Fifth Wall,” exceptional ceiling design in restaurants across the country. The entire issue can be viewed in its digital edition online at

Tabbie Award judges said “rd+d inspires its audience by creating an ambiance that educates and informs. The articles are well-written and the photography is highly professional. Every feature and column invites readers in to learn more.”

The rd+d digest, a biweekly digital companion to the publication, also won a Bronze award in the E-Newsletter category. This is the second award for rd+d digest this year, which was also recognized by the ASBPE Azbee Awards. Additionally, Foodservice Equipment & Supplies made the Top 25 list of Feature Articles for the “15 Foodservice Trends” article (November 2014 FE&S).

“Receiving the award for Best Single Issue from the TABPI organization is an honor, especially considering the Tabbie Awards received over 400 entries submitted from across the world,” said Maureen Slocum, publisher and president. “Our editorial and design teams strive to deliver the best content to our readers in every issue and through every medium, and it’s wonderful to have their work recognized by this organization of their peers.