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Pronto Celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Burma Love, Epicurean Solutions, and Newest Featured Purveyor, Oodaalolly

Pronto Celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Burma Love, Epicurean Solutions, and Newest Featured Purveyor, Oodaalolly 1000 750 Greg Rabbitt

May marks Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Pronto is celebrating at its SFO Terminal 3 store with featured purveyors Burma LoveEpicurean Solutions, and newest featured purveyor Oodaalolly.

Based in the innovative San Francisco Bay Area, Oodaalolly is a rapidly growing AAPI-owned confections brand that makes award-winning chocolate exclusively using Philippine-sourced cacao. Founded by Swiss-Filipino-American entrepreneurs and chocolate makers Hernan Lauber and Jeremy Burnich, Oodaalolly focuses on direct trade with co-op farmers specializing in rare cacao varietals. Those beans are combined with time honored family recipes and Swiss techniques to make chocolate customers buy again and again.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with our new friends at Pronto Provisions! It’s like the delightful balance of flavors when pairing our subtly sweet Pinch of Pangasinan with a full bodied Napa Cabernet – a perfect match. We can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together.”

Burma Love, with locations in the Mission and Downtown San Francisco, has been bringing the flavors of Burma to the Bay Area for two decades. Burma Love Foods’ mission is to produce a full range of high quality and delicious Burmese food products to enable customers to enjoy the flavors of Burma Love.

Epicurean Solutions offers small batch artisan salads with adventurous flavor profiles. Epicurean Solutions proclaims “our passion is translated through every hand-picked fresh herb, each homemade dressing, and all hand-cut ingredients. Being a vegetarian company does not hinder, but encourages our creativity. Our unique and daring flavor profiles are the product of ingredients not traditionally seen in other salads.”

“Our mission is to change the way travelers ‘grab ‘n go’ at the airport by highlighting exciting local food purveyors,” said Creative Director Greg Rabbitt. “We’re thrilled to celebrate the heritage of Burma Love, Epicurean, and Oodaalolly, three of our amazing partners here at our SFO Terminal 3 store. We’re proud to offer travelers their bold flavors and exciting meal options, and to spread their stories and brand philosophies as well.”

The Terminal 3-E Pronto store marketplace is the first of three Pronto locations Elevate Gourmet Brands will open at SFO; another Terminal 3 location is planned to open in late summer 2023, and a third location is planned for Terminal 1 in 2024.

To learn more about Burma Love, Epicurean, and Oodaalolly please visit their websites: https://www.burmalove.co/ https://www.epicureansolutions.com/ and https://www.oodaalolly.com/oodaalolly

To learn more about Pronto, visit https://www.prontoprovisions.com/

Green Beans Coffee Partners with San Mateo High School’s Culinary Arts Program To Let Students Pull the Shots at SFO Café

Green Beans Coffee Partners with San Mateo High School’s Culinary Arts Program To Let Students Pull the Shots at SFO Café 2560 1365 Greg Rabbitt

Green Beans Coffee’s SFO International Terminal café hosted students from San Mateo High School’s Culinary Arts Program last week, where they got to experience all aspects of working at the popular fast-paced airport café. Students teamed up with Green Beans Coffee baristas, kitchen staff, and management to learn everything from how to pull the perfect shot and serve Green Beans Coffee’s full menu of coffee drinks, bakery prep, as well as the keys to creating Green Beans Coffee’s signature customer experience.

“After a two-year break we were thrilled to resume our partnership with the Culinary Arts Program,” said Green Beans Coffee Regional Manager Angelita Velasco, who oversees the relationship and oversaw the experience for the students. “Everyone picked up the technical aspects of the job really well. We spent a lot of time talking about how we create our customer experience- keeping in mind that at the core of everything we do is the goal of making a positive impact in every guests’ day and leaving them with a positive feeling at the end of our short interaction with them. Our guests were very impressed with the students,” smiled Ms Velasco.

Ms Velasco visited San Mateo High School earlier in the year to work with students on-site to develop their Class Café, preparing and serving coffee drinks and bakery offerings to teachers and faculty. For the second part of the program students made the trip to San Francisco Airport’s International Terminal to work at the Green Beans Coffee café and put their skills to the test serving airport travelers, employees and flight crews. The program is designed to prepare students for higher education in the culinary arts field. As part of the course, students earn 7.5 Dual Enrollment Credits leading to the Food & Beverage Entry-Level Professional Skills Certificate from Skyline College and FOUR Industry Certifications.

“Green Beans Coffee is a Bay Area company- we’ve been here for over 25 years, and it’s our pleasure to mentor students in the Culinary Arts Program,” said Director of Operations Preston Stohs. “We look forward to seeing what the students go on to do after high school.”

Follow Random Acts of Coffee on Green Beans Coffee’s Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/greenbeanscoffeecompany/

Green Beans Coffee Expands Popular “Random Acts of Coffee” Campaign to BNA and DFW Airports

Green Beans Coffee Expands Popular “Random Acts of Coffee” Campaign to BNA and DFW Airports 1910 1074 Greg Rabbitt

Green Beans Coffee, Elevate Gourmet Brands’ popular third-wave airport cafe brand, is expanding its Random Acts of Coffee social media campaign to BNA and DFW airports after viral success at SFO airport.

The fun, candid campaign follows Green Beans Coffee team members as they randomly surprise SFO airport employees and travelers with popular coffee beverages, garnering authentic reactions and joyful interactions in the process. Random Acts of Coffee became an instant hit in early 2023, garnering over 50K views on Instagram, and SFO airport took notice, promoting the campaign on its own social media.

“At the core of the Green Beans Coffee customer experience is simply making a positive impact in every guests’ day. With ‘Random Acts of Coffee’ we’re expanding that experience from the café to the concourse and beyond,” said Greg Rabbitt, Creative Director. The campaign was conceived by Mr Rabbitt and Social Media Designer James Garcia and launched at SFO with Regional Manager Angelita Velasco.

“We’ve been serving airport travelers and employees at SFO for over a decade, and they’ve made us their favorite café,” Ms Velasco, who hosts the Random Acts of Coffee clips filmed at SFO, continued, “Our flagship location is there, and we’re constantly experimenting with new ways to impact and interact with airport travelers and employees, surprise them with coffee, have a quick chat- we’re happy to brighten people’s day, make them smile, and take them out of their busy day for a moment.”

“Using this winning formula, we’re looking forward to surprising travelers and airport employees at Nashville and Dallas with Random Acts of Coffee this spring!” said Creative Director Greg Rabbitt.

Follow Random Acts of Coffee on Green Beans Coffee’s Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/greenbeanscoffeecompany/

Pronto launches Purveyor-Focused Online Presence and Social Media Campaign

Pronto launches Purveyor-Focused Online Presence and Social Media Campaign 2500 1982 Greg Rabbitt

Pronto, Elevate Gourmet Brands’ community-driven airport marketplace, has launched its new purveyor-focused online presence and social media campaign this week.

The new Pronto website is key to Elevate Gourmet Brands’ growth strategy for the brand. “Our new online presence is helping us build relationships with local purveyors in several different regional markets,” said CEO Brian Laliberte. “Purveyors are excited to be able to share their products with airport travelers, and there is more demand than ever for new meal choices at the gate. We’re poised to expand Pronto to airports in Southern California, Texas, and the Southeast in the coming year.”

Pronto’s fun, whimsical new social media campaign launched at instagram.com/pronto_provisions/ and focuses on telling the stories of Pronto’s local purveyors, and showcasing their unique, ready-to-eat provisions available at Pronto’s SFO location in Terminal 3-E.

“Pronto’s new website and social media campaign really highlight our purveyors Burma Love, Esposto’s Meals, Epicurean, Panini Time, Voila Juice, Green Beans Coffee, and Ladle & Leaf,” explained Creative Director Greg Rabbitt. “These brands all have rich histories and unique provisions we’re thrilled to share with our audience online, and bring their products to SFO travelers.”

Pronto celebrated the launch of their first location in the fall, opening at SFO Terminal 3-E in time for the 2022 holiday travel season. The bright, fun location was a hit with airport employees and travelers from day one, and Elevate Gourmet Brands will open a second Pronto location at SFO with joint venture partner Skyview Concessions in summer of 2023.

“Pronto is changing the way travelers “grab and go” at the airport,” said Elevate Gourmet Brands Director of Non-Traditional Development, George Kennedy. “We’re on a mission to offer airport travelers a curated selection of unique, diverse ready-to-eat meal choices from exciting local neighborhood purveyors. Fresh-made, delicious meals they would otherwise not be able to find at the airport.”

Elevate Gourmet Brands will be presenting Pronto at this year’s AXN Conference in Denver, as well as their other brands: Green Beans Coffee, Whisk & Bowl, and the forthcoming Mac + Cheese Kitchen.

Visit prontoprovisions.com and instagram.com/pronto_provisions to learn more about Pronto’s featured purveyors.

SFO Celebrates Grand Opening of Pronto in Terminal 3

SFO Celebrates Grand Opening of Pronto in Terminal 3 2500 1982 Greg Rabbitt

Elevate Gourmet Brands hosts grand opening of Pronto! its eye-catching grab n’ go marketplace concept, in SFO Terminal 3. Pronto takes a unique approach to the airport grab n’ go marketplace: partnering exclusively with purveyors from the San Francisco Bay Area’s many distinct neighborhoods and communities to offer airport travelers “curated provisions, sourced locally”, packaged and ready for departure– Pronto!

Pronto launches with featured purveyors Burma Love, Esposto’s Meals, Epicurean, Panini Time (The Box Lunch Company), Voila Juice, Green Beans Coffee Co. and Ladle & Leaf. A curated selection of hot and cold grab n’ go products and pre-packaged meals from these purveyors will be available, with additional purveyors being added on a rolling basis. In addition to sandwiches, wraps, salads, and bottled drinks, Pronto features a selection of snacks, treats, and healthy sundries to round out your meal making it a one-stop-shop before your flight- like local purveyor Urban Remedy’s “fresh, organic, ready-to-eat meals, juices and snacks.”

“We’re proud to open the first Pronto Marketplace location at SFO. Elevate Gourmet Brands is a Bay Area business, we’ve been headquartered in Marin for over 25 years, so we’re particularly excited to collaborate with other local purveyors to bring airport travelers, employees and flight crews this diverse and delicious menu of curated provisions,” Elevate Gourmet Brands CEO Brian Laliberte said, adding, “SFO airport has been an incredible partner for almost a decade. We’re grateful to open our first Pronto brick & mortar location here.”

Burma Love, with locations in the Mission and Downtown San Francisco, has been bringing the flavors of Burma to the Bay Area for two decades. Esposto’s Meals, headquartered in South San Francisco, has been serving food in the Bay Area for over 50 years. Epicurean boasts “Fresh, Honest, Local” foods and takes pride in being a “values-based company that operates on the principles of high quality, integrity, and sustainability.” Voila Juices was established in Berkeley, California during the summer of 1978 and began its life in the form of a small and colorful juice cart set up in front of the Downtown Bart Station by partners Gary Boland and Dale Allen. Ladle & Leaf, with locations from San Francisco to Oakland to Palo Alto, believes in “keeping your friends close, and your farmers closer” and offers gourmet soups, mac & cheese, and hand-tossed salads.

The Terminal 3-E marketplace is the first of two Pronto locations Elevate Gourmet Brands will open at SFO; another Terminal 3 location is planned to open in late spring 2023.

Mac + Cheese Kitchen Begins Build-Out of Flagship Restaurant and Bar at San Jose International Airport

Mac + Cheese Kitchen Begins Build-Out of Flagship Restaurant and Bar at San Jose International Airport 2560 1466 Greg Rabbitt

Mac + Cheese Kitchen®, the new comfort food concept from Elevate Gourmet Brands®, has begun the build out of their flagship restaurant and bar at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport Terminal B.

Mac + Cheese Kitchen elevates the great American comfort food to an airport indulgence. At Mac + Cheese Kitchen, guests are encouraged to “fill their skillet”, building their own custom cheesy creations starting with a choice of white or cheddar bechamel cheese sauces, then adding premium proteins like grilled chicken, smoked bacon, or BBQ pulled pork. From there, guests can choose from a menu of unique and delicious add-ons, and top if off with toasted breadcrumbs. Their skillet is then crisped in the oven, and is ready to eat in only 4 minutes!

“We’re excited to launch Mac + Cheese Kitchen in San Jose. We had a lot of fun in the test kitchen developing this concept- we ate a lot of mac and cheese dishes,“ joked Brian Laliberte, CEO of Elevate Gourmet Brands. ”There are so many possibilities with a comfort food like mac and cheese, we really wanted to tweak the menu for each restaurant location based on regional tastes and the availability of high-quality ingredients”

Boasting an inclusive kids’ menu, grilled Mac + Cheese Sandwiches, a unique breakfast menu, fresh salad options, and dessert favorites, Mac + Cheese Kitchen has something for everyone. The San Jose Airport Mac + Cheese Kitchen will also also feature a full bar showcasing local craft beer, craft cocktails, and wine selections from one of the best growing regions in the country. Mac + Cheese Kitchen encourages you to feast before you fly!

Mac + Cheese Kitchen was designed in collaboration with Silhouette Architecture Design in Chicago, and Altitude is the construction partner. Elevate Gourmet Brands will follow up the SJC Mac + Cheese Kitchen with a second location, in SFO’s terminal 3 in the summer of 2023.

Pronto! Grab N’ Go Market Announces Featured Purveyors For SFO Terminal 3 Location Opening in October

Pronto! Grab N’ Go Market Announces Featured Purveyors For SFO Terminal 3 Location Opening in October 1500 1035 Greg Rabbitt

Elevate Gourmet Brands® eye-catching grab n’ go marketplace concept Pronto!® is in the final stages of build-out on its first brick-and-mortar location in SFO’s Terminal 3E. Boasting “curated provisions, sourced locally”, Pronto takes a unique approach to the airport grab n’ go marketplace: partnering exclusively with purveyors from the San Francisco Bay Area’s many distinct neighborhoods and communities to offer airport travelers, employees and flight crews a curated menu of provisions they would otherwise not be able to find at the airport, packaged and ready for departure– Pronto!

Pronto’s SFO T3-E location will open in early October with featured purveyors Burma Love, Esposto’s Meals, Epicurean, Panini Time (The Box Lunch Company), Voila Juice, Green Beans Coffee Co. and Ladle & Leaf. A curated selection of hot and cold grab n’ go products and pre-packaged meals from these purveyors will be available, with additional purveyors being added on a rolling basis.

Burma Love, with locations in the Mission and Downtown San Francisco, has been bringing the flavors of Burma to the Bay Area for two decades. Esposto’s Meals, headquartered in South San Francisco, has been serving food in the Bay Area for over 50 years. Epicurean boasts “Fresh, Honest, Local” foods and takes pride in being a “values-based company that operates on the principles of high quality, integrity, and sustainability.” Voila Juices was established in Berkeley, California during the summer of 1978 and began its life in the form of a small and colorful juice cart set up in front of the Downtown Bart Station by partners Gary Boland and Dale Allen. Ladle & Leaf, with locations from San Francisco to Oakland to Palo Alto, believes in “keeping your friends close, and your farmers closer” and offers gourmet soups, mac & cheese, and hand-tossed salads.

“We’re thrilled to partner with these diverse San Francisco-area vendors and offer their amazing products to SFO travelers,” Elevate Gourmet Brands Director of Non-Traditional Development George Kennedy said. “We’re looking forward to adding more local Bay Area vendors’ unique products and pre-packaged meals to this location in the weeks and months ahead.”

The Terminal 3-E marketplace is the first of two Pronto locations Elevate Gourmet Brands will open at SFO; a Terminal 3 location is planned to open in late spring 2023.

Pronto! Grab N’ Go Market Concept Begins Build-Out at SFO Airport Terminal 3E

Pronto! Grab N’ Go Market Concept Begins Build-Out at SFO Airport Terminal 3E 1500 1035 Greg Rabbitt

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Elevate Gourmet Brands® eye-catching grab n’ go marketplace concept Pronto!® has begun build-out on its first brick-and-mortar location in SFO’s Terminal 3E. Offering “curated provisions, sourced locally”, Pronto takes a unique approach to the airport grab n’ go marketplace delivery model.

Pronto is EGB’s community-driven Grab n’ Go Market. Pronto partners with featured purveyors from each airport city’s many distinct neighborhoods to offer airport travelers, employees and flight crews a curated menu of provisions they would otherwise not be able to find at the airport packaged and ready for departure, Pronto!

“With each of our concepts, we want to bring something new to the airport space, offering new dining experiences while maintaining speed of service. With Pronto! we’re partnering with small, local purveyors from San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods, and showcasing their prepared meals to the millions of travelers, employees and flight crews who pass through SFO every year. It’s a win for airport diners, but it’s also a win for local businesses. As a Bay Area company ourselves, we’re excited to bring the neighborhood to the airport!” beamed Elevate Gourmet Brands CEO Brian Laliberte.

During the build-out with construction partner Altitude, Pronto will have a temporary grab and go mini-market to serve airport travelers at this location.

Ahead of it’s opening later this year, Pronto is actively working with Bay Area purveyors like San Francisco favorites Burma Superstar and Epicurean to curate an inclusive list of meal choices including: vegan, gluten-free, halal, and keto dietary preferences.

Terminal 3E is the first of two locations Pronto will open at SFO in the next 12 months.

Angelita Velasco Promoted to Elevate Gourmet Brands Regional Manager

Angelita Velasco Promoted to Elevate Gourmet Brands Regional Manager 800 800 Greg Rabbitt

SAN RAFAEL, CA – Elevate Gourmet Brands is proud to promote Angelita Velasco to Regional Manager, SFO.

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Ms Velasco has distinguished herself over the last 6 years with EGB as Area Manager of SFO airport’s high volume properties including Green Beans Coffee locations at Terminals 1, 3, and International G, as well as Pronto! kiosk locations. In her new role, Ms Velasco will coordinate the  Green Beans Coffee locations at SFO, and emerging Pronto! brand.

Ms Velasco came to Elevate Gourmet Brands with an extensive background in operations and management, having served at Cinemark Theatres in Marin, CA as a General Manager with a focus on launching new Century locations, onboarding, and staff mentorship.

“My life’s calling has always been about serving people, whether its making a latte or helping a lost family find their way around the airport.” Angelita said. “That philosophy also translates to my passion for building our teams, and developing baristas into perhaps future business managers. I’m proud to work alongside a great group of people at Elevate Gourmet Brands who share the same spirit of fortitude and diligence- especially considering the challenges of the pandemic. I am grateful for the opportunity to steward our EGB team as our company gains ground at SFO!”

Benedikt Reifler Joins Elevate Gourmet Brands as Chief Financial Officer

Benedikt Reifler Joins Elevate Gourmet Brands as Chief Financial Officer 251 251 Greg Rabbitt

SAN RAFAEL, CA – Elevate Gourmet Brands® is pleased to announce Benedikt Reifler has joined EGB as its new Chief Financial Officer. Benedikt, formerly CFO at Philz Coffee, brings 22 years of financial executive experience in the hospitality industry to Elevate Gourmet Brands, with a proven track record of value creation.

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Originally from Switzerland, Benedikt started his career in banking and after completing business school, he moved to the Bay Area for its mild weather, cultural diversity, and forward-thinking mindset. He’s an incisive and focused leader with experience with several US brands including Philz Coffee and Tavistock Restaurants, where he built strong financial and administrative foundations, allowing them to successfully expand their footprint. He was a key player in growing Philz Coffee from 14 to 55 coffee shops and Tavistock Restaurants from 17 to 115 restaurants (with a mix of fine dining, casual and quick service concepts all across the US). Benedikt brings a talent for problem solving in operations, systems, and process optimizations in addition to his financial expertise.

“I’m excited to join the Elevate Gourmet Brands team,” Benedikt said. “One of my highest priorities right out of the gate is to leverage technology to transform the accounting and finance department to a fully digital environment, enhance the analysis and planning functions, and help build the strategy for successful growth of Elevate Gourmet Brands’ existing and new concepts in the US airport space.”

Benedikt holds a business degree from the school of economics and business administration (SEBA) in Zurich-Winterthur and is a Certified Public Accountant in California.

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