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ABOUT US:

Main Contact Information:
Cermele's Corporate Caterers
520 White Plains Road
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Phone: (914) 325-1239
Fax: (914) 631-2260
email: mcermele@verizon.net


  1. Who are Cermele's Corporate Caterers?
    Cermele's Corporate Caterers is a full-service, off-premises catering company serving businesses and private individuals in the NY Metropolitan area and in particular, Westchester County. In addition to catering Westchester's finest private parties from 2 to 500 people, we also service various cafés of renowned corporations and are the primary caterers for their executive and staff events. Ours is an owner-operated, family-run business with over 30 years experience in the catering and deli business. The quality of our food, our attention to detail and our reasonable pricing has made us a favorite among the many companies that provide similar—but never the same—services.

  2. What can you tell me aout the owner of Cermele's Corporate Caterers?
    Cermele's Corporate Caterers is headed by Mario Cermele, who has been in the food service industry in various capacities for over 35 years. Mario hails from Sant’Elia a Pianisi, Campobasso, Italy and is fiercely proud of his Italian heritage and all that it embodies. As a result, his food and philosophy towards client service is imbued with the spirit of his native country and its rich culinary traditions. That's why freshness of ingredients, abundance of selections, generosity in service, beauty in ambiance and sincerity in hospitality are absolute essentials in every one of Cermele's Corporate Caterers' undertakings.

    Mario's professional culinary journey began as a cook in the armed forces, where he first learned to service large groups. He still remembers his first task, preparing 142 trays of cornbread for his regiment. His creative use of spicing won rave reviews from the men and he quickly progressed in the kitchen. After an honorable discharge he founded Cermele's Supermarket in New Rochelle, a family affair which he ran from 1975-1991. His next venture, owner of Buon Amici Italian Delights in Yonkers, brought in the catering element to corporate businesses in the area. In 2001, a new corporate client was so impressed after having had an event catered by Cermele's that they asked Mario to run their corporate café. Thus was born Cermele's Corporate Caterers.

    Today, Mario runs the day-to-day operations of a company that services nine corporate cafés in the southern Westchester area as well as the corporate and private catering end. On any given morning, you can find him at the markets, shopping for the freshest fruits, vegetables and meats available. The owner takes great pride in the fact that the company is still small enough to care about everything—not a large conglomerate where the corporate bottom line takes precedence over the client's satisfaction. Cermele's goal is always the same: to meet our customers needs, both in the quality of our food and service and to deliver our products at price points that everyone can enjoy.



FOR BUILDING MANAGERS/CORPORATE FOOD SERVICE MANAGERS:

  1. Why should I hire Cermele's to manage our corporate café?
    There are, of course, a number of reasons, but in a nutshell: Cermele's greatest strength lies in listening to their customers and going the extra mile to understand what they want. Yes, our food is fantastic and always fresh and yes, it is carefully presented and beautifully prepared, but that's not all of it. It's things like offering over 40 items on our salad bar because we know how important it is for café visitors to be able to control what they eat. It's using stronger, sturdier equipment that will handle almost any capacity order for corporate clients. It's being able to accommodate almost any request, even though it means saying that it's not something we do ourselves but will collaborate with one of our partners to get done. We want nothing more than for you to be able to tell your corporate clients that leasing space in your building is a smart move because it will almost certainly guarantee that their employees will be well-fed and sated—and thus happier and more productive.

  2. What can I expect to see at a café run by Cermele's?
    At a Cermele's café you'll see a multitude of flavors and varieties. For one thing, we do not believe that shredded carrots and sliced cucumbers make a salad. We offer the largest salad bar anywhere, averaging over 40 different items to choose from. Our selections are prepared fresh daily, on the premises, and they change every day. So every time you walk up to our salad bar, it's a new adventure in taste. We also offer a wide variety of sandwiches, wraps and paninis. We excel in our daily hot entrées and soups. We make our own pizzas and specialty calzones and pizza rolls every day—these are not pre-made products, but pizzeria-quality fare prepared by our own real pizza chefs. We have fresh coffee all day using Green Mountain® coffee products and for those who are on the run, we always have a wide variety of popular snacks in our vending machines. Our equipment and facilities are modern, neat, clean and welcoming, and are employees are always happy to help.

  3. Do you use trans fats?
    No, we are trans-fat free in accordance with the Westchester County (NY) Department of Health Sanitary Code.


FOR CORPORATE CATERING EVENTS/HUMAN RESOURCE/MARKETING MANAGERS:

  1. Some caterers seem to pull out all the stops with their food only for large fancy events. We need to cater to small groups of five as well as large groups. How do you compare?
    At Cermele's we treat every order with the same high level of professionalism. No matter what the size of the group, you can be assured that your request will result in food that rates very highly in taste, quality and presentation. No catering opportunity is too small or too large. We are capable of handling any event from small gourmet lunches to large 500+ people picnics.

  2. I want to have an outdoor tent event at our corporate location. Can you help?
    Not to worry; Cermele's is quite experienced at creating the perfect atmosphere needed for a tent event. We can supply all the items necessary from the tents to tables and chairs to BBQ grills and cooks. We can also help supply entertainment. You just need to let us know when and where. Cermele's is a full service catering company for all our clients—big, small private and corporate. We can help create an event that exudes elegance as well as one that is fun for children.

  3. We often have international corporate executives that visit us. How can Cermele's accommodate their preferences?
    The beauty of our food is that the great majority of what we serve in our cafés transcends most cultural boundaries. It is familiar and delicious fare whose makings are easily recognizable—there are no pretentious ingredients or complicated recipes. Also, if your visitor has a request for a special dish, we At Cermele's choose to rise to the challenge rather than pass up the opportunity. There is almost no cuisine that we have not mastered and we will do our best to prepare the dish. Should that dish be beyond our scope, however, we would certainly have it brought in through one of our catering partners who specializes in that particular cuisine. But we can tell you from experience that your visitors will most likely be able to eat very well with Cermele's and that you will impress them with your ability to handle their needs.

  4. We don't like to serve our visiting executives using paper plates and plastic. What can Cermele's do about this?
    We can certainly appreciate your desire to extend VIP treatment. To this end, we always maintain high-end dinnerware as well as china and silver service if requested. You are always welcome to speak with any of our catering managers for more ideas on accommodating VIPs.

  5. Wow, Cermele's Menu has so many choices, I'm having difficulty choosing the right menu for our business meeting. Can you help?
    Yes, we do have a number of menu choices on our main catering menu but we do so because we really try to please everyone's palate and well, we have a great passion for food! For your convenience, however, we've created our Specialty Menus and these can be downloaded on our Menus page. Our Specialty Menus consider the service and budget needs of your group and include selections that based on our experience will appeal to just about everyone. You'll see three levels of service (basic, fancy and gourmet) and we've divided them into five popular categories: Happy Hour, Pizza Party, Non-Executive, Executive and Executive Team. Of course, your café's manager is always available to help you with planning and menu selections as well.