LESSING'S EMERGENCY FOOD SERVICE

Lessing's Food Service is ready to deploy resources to help cope with any emergency food service situation due to a natural disaster, pandemic, or economic uncertainty. Lessing's has extensive experience in both dry and prepared food emergency meal service. Having recently partnered with New York City and Island Harvest Food Bank, Lessing's is committed to providing remarkable hospitality to those in need and who might be food insecure.

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KEEPING OUR GUESTS AND EMPLOYEES SAFE

CLIENT UPDATE ON COVID-19 (PDF)

At each of our Lessing's Food Service Management facilities, we are taking every precaution to ensure that we are providing a safe and healthy environment for our Guests. We have made procedural changes and increased our cleanliness and sanitation practices, in accordance with all State, County, and City regulations. In addition, we take the best practices and recommendations from the guidelines presented by the FDA, CDC, and National Restaurant Association:

  • Eliminating all self-service stations and replacing with pre-packaged options
  • Reconfiguring stations to ensure no cross-contamination
  • Increasing frequency of handwashing
  • Increasing frequency of sanitizing food prep and customer contact stations
  • Increasing frequency of janitorial services
  • Changing gloves frequently
  • Regularly sanitizing credit card machines and cash register surfaces
  • Briefing staff daily on techniques, updates, or changes

In addition, the CDC recommends that everyone adheres to certain guidelines to avoid contracting the virus. These include taking the following precautions:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes, with unwashed hands, as much as possible.
  • Practice social distancing. Maintain six feet between you and people who are not members of your immediate household.
  • Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in public settings where social distancing is not possible to maintain.
  • Avoid close contact (kissing or sharing eating utensils) with people who are sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside crook of your elbow.
  • STAY HOME when you are sick and do not return to school/work until you are fever-free for at least 72 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

As always, please know that the health and safety of our team and clients is one of our top priorities. We will continue to update you as additional information becomes available.


OUR HISTORY

Maxwell Lessing founded Lessing’s Food Service Management in 1890. The company began with the goal of providing services to coffee shops in lower Manhattan. The business grew, and by 1917 was operating a bakeshop commissary and other food services from a downtown location on Jones Lane situated near Wall Street. By the late 1920's, we were serving meals to New York's workforce in as many as 20 locations, among them the famous Woolworth Building.

Today, Lessing's Food Service Management portfolio encompasses over eighty accounts in the Northeast and Florida, serving more than 40,000 guests a day.

In today's climate where people are educated "foodies", Lessing's continues to be on the forefront of innovation in providing great food to our customers. It's at the heart of everything we do at Lessing's, and it's exactly what you would expect from a sixth generation, family owned-and-operated business. We do all this with the same commitment to quality and excellence that Maxwell Lessing founded the business on more than a century ago.


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EDUCATION

Colleges & Universities

When it comes to College Dining Programs, Lessing's has created an environment that suits any taste. From fresh-made pizza to customized salads and delicious hot foods, each student will find something to enjoy day in and out. It is important to us that the variety is kept fresh and new so all students have a memorable dining experience at each meal. We are committed to a great relationship with the entire student body, faculty, and staff. This includes creating a unique flexible program and listening to the needs of everyone we serve on a daily basis.

Schools

Coming from a huge family life, Lessing's knows the importance of good healthy meals for their children, and we pass this along to the students we serve. Our services include in-house dining programs, delivery service programs (to certain areas), catered events, and vending applications where needed.


CORPORATE DINING

Lessing's has been servicing the corporate dining world for over 60 years. It is always our pleasure to serve great food in almost any corporate setting. With our team of chefs, Lessing's keeps ahead of the culinary trends in the industry. We routinely streamline and improve our menus to the taste of the times and to our customers. It is important to us that everyone we serve walks in excited to eat our food, which has made our corporate dinning program a success.


BEACH, YACHT AND COUNTRY CLUBS

For the private or public clubs, Lessing's has a food service solution that is backed by our experience in this industry for over 50 years. We have some of the best and most experienced staff in the business when it comes to service in your club. From pool snack bars to full-service restaurants, Lessing's will ensure that you get incredible service and a dining experience every time you visit.


CONCESSIONS & VENDING

For more than 20 years, Lessing's served as an instrumental part of the New York State Parks foodservice system - providing valued services ranging from simple snack bars to multiple concession stand locations to large scale catered picnics in the parks. Working closely with both the NY State Parks department, Nassau and Suffolk Counties and many Long Island townships, Lessing's has helped provide innovative concession operations during these important years, helping to meet the growing needs of people visiting Long Island's state parks and working to attract people to these locations.

With a long history serving large accounts, from coffee in Manhattan to concession stands throughout Long Island, Lessing's is your answer to any vending needs. It is important to keep your employees energy up by providing great healthy choices and vending machines can do it 24 hours a day. Let us create a vending plan for you.


NUTRITION

As an experienced food service provider, we know how important nutrition is. We offer healthy options giving the opportunity to create great eating habits at any stage in life. Lessing's will cater to the special dietary needs including food allergies, gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian meals.

Our Nutritionist - Lisa Suriano

Photo of Lisa Suriano, our nutritionistLisa Suriano is a certified nutritionist holding a Master's degree in Nutrition and Food Science and specializing in school food service. She worked as both Director of Operations and Team Nutritionist for New York City based private school and corporate food service companies since 2005. Lisa founded a national nutrition education program, Veggiecation that introduces 1000s of American children to the delicious world of vegetables.

As a school food service expert, Lisa is on the board of directors as Secretary of the New York Coalition for Healthy School Food, a non-profit that works in partnership with New York City's Department of SchoolFood to improve the health of New York state students. Additionally, she consults for business and college level foods service programs, providing menu advisement and sports nutrition guidance for university athletics teams.

Lisa has been featured in a selection of national and regional media, including traditional print and broadcast as well as online news and social media outlets. Featured broadcast segments include NBC Weekend Today in New York and WPIX Morning News, where Lisa shared with viewers healthy, vegetarian recipes and discussed how viewers can incorporate healthy food choices into their diets. Lisa has also made broadcast appearances on The Wendy Williams Show, News 12 Brooklyn, News 12 New Jersey and New York.


QUALITY

Lessing's has been in the food service and hospitality business for over 130 years. Our business is successful because we believe in using the best products and brands. Our standards are second to none when it comes to quality.

Lessing's adheres to the following grading requirements for all graded cuts:

  • Beef, Lamb, and Veal shall be USDA Grade Choice
  • Pork shall be USDA #1
  • Poultry (fresh and frozen) shall be USDA Grade A
  • Provisions or variety meats shall be USDA Grade #1
  • Fresh fish and seafood shall be top grade; frozen fish and seafood must be a nationally distributed brand, packed under continuous inspection of the U.S. Department of the Interior

Dairy Products:

  • Eggs - fresh USDA or stated "AA"
  • Butter - USDA Grade "AA" 92 score
  • Cheese - USDA Grade "A" for all grated cheese
  • Milk and milk products - USDA Grade "A"
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables - USDA fancy to USDA number "1" are used for all graded fresh vegetables and fruit
  • Dry stored items and canned goods - Grade "A" fancy
  • Frozen fruits and vegetables - USDA Grade "A"

SUSTAINABILITY

As a family business, we are committed to helping preserve our world for our children. Lessing's is constantly finding new and better ways to manage waste and create more efficient systems of operations through training and education. This all starts with the management team and is a passed down throughout our staff.

Lessing's supports local business in all of its regions. Wherever possible we buy fresh, seasonal produce that is healthier and more sustainable. We also continue to create new and better ways to reduce our carbon footprint, one example is by ordering smarter and reducing the amount of deliveries from our vendors on a weekly basis.

Lessing's Food Service Management Announces a Renewed Commitment to Quality and Sustainability

Green Restaurant Certified

Lessing's is Green Restaurant Certified at the following locations:

  • Sunrise Business Center
  • Simons Center at Stony Brook University

MARKETING

Our goal is to customize a marketing strategy for each individual client that presents our products and services to accomplish their vision and expectation of food service. We strive to emphasize top quality food, brand recognition, menu variety, effective promotions, and clear communications aimed at target markets. By raising customer awareness through our marketing programs we strive to build revenue, enhance satisfaction and achieve measured success.


LESSING'S BRANDS

Lessing's has created the following brands to help customers recognize what is important to us. These brands help us keep our menus updated and relevant.

 

Just Grilling Logo

Just Grillin'
A combination of the best hot sandwiches including, black Angus burgers, chicken sandwiches, quesadillas and hot dogs.


Salad Central Logo

Salad Central
Our professional Chef will make a salad to your taste at the spin salad station. We can rotate over 25 different toppings for your eating pleasure. With all the freshest ingredients and some local flavors, our salads are refreshing and tasty at the same time.


The Home Zone Logo

The Home Zone
With over 2,500 recipes to choose from, our hot entrees will never grow old. We have the option of two week, eight and twelve week cycle menus where these entrees would never be repeated. With this type of variety, our customers will keep coming back for more.


Uncle Tony's Pizza Logo

Uncle Tony's Pizza
Uncle Tony's Pizza is great pizza with many combinations for the pizza lover in all of us as well as a mini Italian station where we serve calzones, garlic knots, pinwheels, sausage rolls and much more.


Sensational Sandwiches Logo

Sensational Sandwiches
Enjoy a variety of upscale specialty sandwiches on a daily basis. This is your New York-style deli! With an assortment of fresh baked breads and fresh local vegetables to top, you will never get tired of these delights.


View Restautant's Logo

View
Fresh sushi made daily at View Restaurant by our sushi chef. There are a variety of rolls that we offer as specials to our managed service clients. Availability limited to certain regions.


Soup's On Logo

Soup's On
Lessing's offers fresh, homemade soup on a daily basis. Everything is cooked from scratch for an authentic taste.


SATISFIED CUSTOMERS

Mercy College

Lessing's Food Service Management was proudly honored by Mercy College at the 2020 Virtual Trustees Scholarship event and received the Award for Community Partnership.


U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Air Marshal Service

On behalf of the women and men of the Federal Air Marshal Service, New York Field Office, I would like to thank you and your organizations for your most gracious accomodations during the federal government's most recent lapse in funding. As you may know, this was the longest lapse in funding in U.S. history - and, while associated impacts varied from individual to individual, our entire workforce felt the strains of delayed compensation and uncertainty - a recurrence we hope to avoid in the coming days. I am proud to say that, as a team, we pulled through this lapse in appropriations - and, while we still have yet to reach a state of normalcy, each day brings us one step closer to being in a position to engage in our all-important mission free from the uncertainties associated with a government shut-down. Please know that the services and support you provided to our workforce, on multiple occasions, helped us beyond measure - and, for that, I thank you. The men and women of the Federal Air Marshal Service are dedicated to the safety and security of this Great Nation, and those assigned to the New York Field Office are easily the best of the best. It is comforting to know that they have your support.

Thank you, again, for the dedication and support you have illustrated time and again. Your gracious hospitality is greatly appreciated - a sentiment shared by our entire staff.

William R. Hall, Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge, New York Field Office


St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School

"St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School has been working with Lessing's for the past 14 years. Lessing's offers the students a variety of healthy options (although they do not always choose this option!), and consistently provides quality food. Lessing's service is excellent, and they are always available to accommodate us, even on last-minute requests."

Walter Lace, Principal


Nikon, Inc.

"We have worked with Lessing's for over 17 years. We have had a wonderful relationship with them. Lessing's is responsible and reliable. Schmiddy is a gem to work with; he always gives us great input and never says he can't do something. They have been able to adapt to our very limited cooking space, and continuously offer our employees great menu items!"

Robert Teleisha


Long Island Business & Technology Center

"Lessing's Hospitality Group has been operating the River Café at the Long Island Business & Technology Center since 2004. They have come to be known for their variety of daily fresh foods and generous portions at reasonable prices. Their staff is organized and responsive with a can-do attitude from daily cafeteria operations to corporate events held within the center. We are very pleased with the changes they have brought to our food service since joining us in 2004. They are continuously innovative in bringing new ideas to the table!"

Mark Landstrom


CONTACT

Kevin Lessing
Executive Vice President


  • Corporate Headquarters

    3500 Sunrise Highway
    Bldg 100, Suite 100
    Great River, NY 11739
    631.567.8200
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  • New York City Office

    40 West 57th Street
    29th Floor
    New York, NY 10019
    212.764.3450
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