The Gourmet Companies is the 17th largest foodservice management company in America and the largest wholly owned minority foodservice management company with over 40 years of experience in the industry. Our experience and demonstrated capability to develop and implement a diversified and innovation approach to dining services and streamlined organizational structure allows our company the ability to provide a variety of services ranging from: College and University Contract Foodservices, Business and Industry Contract Foodservices, Airport Concessions, Stadium Concessions, Retail Dining and Restaurants, Social Catering, Corporate Catering, Craft Foodservices for the Entertainment Industry, Mobile Catering and Sports Facility Management. In the future the Gourmet Companies will engage in the Catering and Events industry with the introduction of an Events Hall.
Launched in 1975, GSI was the brainchild of Omaha, Nebraska native, Nathaniel R. Goldston III who acquired a penchant for the food service business while observing his father’s work in food service at a local hotel. Upon graduating from college, Mr. Goldston’s entrepreneurial thirst led him to pursue employment with a major food service management company where he further honed his experiences—garnering first-hand knowledge in diverse aspects of the food service management business, from contract sales and management, to food preparation and customer service. It was Mr. Goldston’s incredible grasp of the intricate details of customer service and satisfaction, and his desire to incorporate his own unique brand of these tenets into the business, which led him to found his own company— Gourmet Services, Inc.
The company’s name speaks to his business vision: the provision of an exceptional dining experience with absolute adherence to incomparable customer service and satisfaction, coupled with an emphasis on qualitative food management practices delivered by a concerned and competent staff.
We desire to develop and maintain a lively and productive work environment that is designed to make our associates’ tasks and duties as easy and efficient as possible. Our management staff is committed to being creative and innovative in our approach to managing our organization and achieving sustainable business success.
The Corporate values that will guide us on our journey and form our daily decisions are:
Integrity and Impeccability: We are trustworthy, honest, responsible and transparent in our transactions. We desire to serve a higher purpose other than the pursuit of profit. We desire to be a Citizen of Choice.
Life Promotion: Each transaction we make is for the greatest good of all concerned. We strive to provide more life giving energy in the services we provide than we extract in financial payment from our clientele.
People to People Ecology: Relationships- People are considered our most valuable resources, therefore we value and respect our associates, customers, suppliers, and the community at large.
Sustainability: We want an organic organizational structure that grows profitably in alignment with the changes in the market environment. All of our foodservice solutions are created with longevity and sustainability as a fundamental concept of their creation.
Knowledge, Research and Information: Internal and External systems of training, information sharing and feedback are established and utilized to constantly reinvent our foodservice solutions.
Through the years, Gourmet Services attracted a team of seasoned professionals who possessed the same attributes as its founders, the embodiment of a passion and drive to achieve excellence—thus becoming the company’s most valued asset, “The Gourmet Family of Professionals.” In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Gourmet Services, Inc. began to place emphasis on identifying and servicing the “real needs” of each client. This “real needs” approach to institutional food service propelled Gourmet Services, Inc. into the forefront of the industry, and established a new standard in food service management. This standard became widely known and accepted as, “The Gourmet Way”.
Through years of experience and growth, the team determined that branded concepts would offer an excellent means of providing students with “what they want”, while also enhancing Gourmet’s program of variety and innovation. As a result, GSI began to forge relationships with companies such as Schlotzsky’s Deli, Cinnabon, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Domino’s, McDonald’s, Subway, Chick-Fil-A, Planet Smoothie, Popeye’s and Zero’s Subs & Pizza.
Today, Gourmet Services, Inc. maintains focus on the vision of its Founders while recognizing that the company is only as good as the last meal it serves. In the coming years, Gourmet will remain committed to its pledge to provide the finest in food service management for those who demand the best in quality and service, and to the select clientele who know the difference. For, this is indeed, The Gourmet Way.