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VALET GOURMET EXPANDS WITH TAKEOUT CENTERAL

A Valet Gourmet Update

Dear Fantastic Customers,

We are excited to share some big news from Valet Gourmet! Below is a press release about our new partnership with Takeout Central. For the next few weeks, most everything at Valet Gourmet will remain “business as usual.” As we move into 2016, we have some exciting objectives which will create new and different ways for us to continually provide the convenience, variety and world-class customer service that you have come to expect from Valet Gourmet since 2003.

With Takeout Central, our combined resources, technologies and industry experiences will allow us to better serve you, our fantastic customers, as well as our awesome restaurant partners, our self-employed delivery professionals, our growing employee base, and the local communities which we are so very proud to serve!

Sincerely,
Parker Spears
Director of Operations, Valet Gourmet

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Asheville, NC – January 4, 2016

VALET GOURMET, an industry leading restaurant marketing and delivery company in Asheville, has combined its current Asheville and Tennessee operations with another industry leader, TAKEOUT CENTRAL, located in Chapel Hill, NC. When fully integrated, Valet Gourmet and Takeout Central will operate in seven major markets across North Carolina and Tennessee. The company will serve over 325 strategic restaurant partners by incorporating advanced technologies and a network of 220 independent delivery professionals to extend the restaurant partners’ marketing efforts and facilitate over 225,000 annual deliveries of their cuisine to both residential and corporate customers.

Parker Spears remains in Asheville as Partner and Company Manager; he previously served as Valet Gourmet’s Director of Operations. Kenan Hopkins, Valet Gourmet’s founder and past President, will continue as a key advisor to the organization. Mr. Hopkins says, “I am thrilled to see Valet Gourmet taken to the next level under the leadership of Parker Spears and the Takeout Central management team. Our employees are central to the business and I could think of no better team to lead them and the company into the future.” All Asheville employees will remain employed by the combined company.

 

Mr. Spears says of the transaction, “Under Kenan’s leadership and strong vision over the past 12 years, Valet Gourmet has become a true success story here in Asheville, and it is a privilege to be a part of this team. On many, many levels, the teams at Takeout Central and Valet Gourmet are a perfect fit, and together we will do great things for our customers, employees, restaurant partners, and independent delivery professionals!”

 

Valet Gourmet was founded by Mr. Hopkins in 2003 and has earlier expanded its operations into the Knoxville, TN market area. Takeout Central, also with 10+ years of industry experience, has successfully incorporated technology to expand the traditional model of the restaurant marketing and delivery service provider.

 

To learn more about the new partnership, or to schedule an interview, please contact Megan Bre Watts, Director of Sales and Marketing for Valet Gourmet, at megan@valetgourmet.com or visit valetgourmet.com.
Driving With a Cause – Food Drive

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We love food, and that’s no secret.

In our eyes, food is more than sustenance, and a meal is more than something we can super-size. Food has the power to provide smiles, hope and build special memories with those you love.

Last year, we knew that we wanted to help feed the community that we call home, and thanks to many of you, we were able to provide MANNA foodbank with a donation that fed many people in Buncombe County. This year, we want to help both of the communities that we are involved with, in the hopes that no one will go hungry this winter.

Starting this Monday, November 2nd – Tuesday, December 1st Valet Gourmet is coordinating the collection of dry and canned goods to be donated within both the Asheville and Knoxville communities. Any Valet Gourmet customer can donate items for the food drive by passing those items directly to their delivery driver when they receive their order.

In Asheville, all of our donations will be going directly to MANNA Foodbank.  MANNA collects, stores, warehouses, and distributes food to MANNA accredited nonprofits throughout 16 counties in Western North Carolina. They have a network of partner agencies that distributes the food directly to families in their community according to their individual programs.

In Knoxville, all of our donations will be going directly to Second Harvest of East Tennessee. Second Harvest Food Bank is the East Tennessee region’s largest hunger-relief charity; operating programs in 18 counties. The food bank secures and distributes over 18 million pounds of food and grocery products annually through a network of over 500 partnering non-profit organizations such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and schools.

We have many restaurants partners who are going to be helping us out as well, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter (Valet_Gourmet) to stay up to date and hear about specials we will be offering to those who participate in the Valet Gourmet Driving with a Cause, Part Deux!

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Driving with a Cause

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Valet Gourmet is making it easier than ever to help ease hunger in Western North Carolina.

Asheville’s premier restaurant delivery service in collaboration with Manna Food Bank is launching the first annual “Valet Gourmet Food Drive” and customers will be able to donate food items while receiving deliveries from their favorite local restaurants.

Starting this Monday, December 15th – Tuesday, December 30th Valet Gourmet is coordinating the collection of dry and canned goods to be donated within the community through Manna Foodbank. Any Valet Gourmet customer can donate items for the food drive by passing those items directly to their delivery driver when they receive their order.

Valet Gourmet’s company purpose is to “Create a Working Environment that Inspires World Class Customer Service.”

“I feel there is no better way to create a positive work environment than to facilitate support within the community for those in need. We are incredibly excited at the opportunity to use our food delivery service as an outlet to improve our corner of the world,” said Nick Barr, manager of Valet Gourmet.