The Best Places to Get Patriotic this Weekend

It might be hard to focus this week, but the reward will only be sweeter once you do because it’s almost the Fourth of July weekend, y’all!

No matter where you’re from, or what your political beliefs may be, everything gets put that aside this weekend in honor of the red, white, and blue.

Whether you are looking to get stocked up for the barbeque circuit or you are looking to head out to the bars with your fellow patriots, check out our favorite spots to celebrate ‘Merica.

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ZeroCater Employee Spotlight: Virginia Barton

ZeroCater takes the time each month to recognize employees whose exemplary performance, professionalism, and leadership contributes to ZeroCater’s mission and core values.

Our employees are what makes ZeroCater a fun, challenging, and unique place to work. We have some pretty amazing people with different backgrounds and personalities who have a passion for what they do. It’s important we recognize every employee who is consistently exceeding expectations while embodying our company values, and honor them with ZeroCater’s Company Value Award. So, today we’re kicking off our first Employee of The Month Spotlight to give you a sneak peek inside how truly awesome our culture is.
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Vendor Spotlight: La Fromagerie

Around ZeroCater, cheese is not only an essential to any meal, but it’s more of a staple.

One of San Francisco’s best cheese-eries is La Fromagerie, a ZeroCater top-performing vendor. La Fromagerie offers charcuterie, wine, sandwiches, gourmet products, and party platters that will surely please the masses.

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Where to Find a Lunchtime Workout in D.C.


Ask any D.C. resident, and nine times out of 10 they’ll tell you they’re a workaholic.

We work long hours, we bring hotspots on the Metro, we type e-mails while walking through mobs of tourists. We also need to knock that shizz out.

No matter how long we feel compelled to stay chained to our desk, we eventually have to stand up and move around. Most of us work in a standard office environment (if you’re lucky enough to have access to a walking and/or standing desk, you best be using it) so hitting the gym is a daily necessity. After all, we are the healthiest city in the U.S. (holla!), and have a reputation to uphold.

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I know you’re thinking—”what the heck is an FTFO?”—welp, it’s the Food Truck Face Off and it happened yesterday at Chicago Tech Week. and ZeroCater co-sponsored the challenge at the Merchandise Mart in River North. In a beautiful marriage of food and tech, ZeroCater’s top Chi-town vendors came to throw down to win the first-ever Golden Burger. The battle was eventually drowned out by the rain, but ZeroCater’s very own Naansense reigned supreme.

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That ZeroCater Life Doe


In light of being the perfect day to be trendy, we’re going to throw it all the way back not only to Thursday, but to last week in its entirety. ZeroCater employees from Chicago, New York, and DC started trickling into the San Francisco HQ office for the much-anticipated team building adventure. Not surprisingly, ZeroCater’s office is filled with passionate and energetic employees who love working together to keep the company at the forefront of its field. Foodie love permeates all aspects of company culture, and throughout the office, the ZeroCater team can’t get enough of good food.

Food is a great source of bonding and camaraderie at the office—and bringing these relationships outside of the workplace to take on the not-so-intense rapids of the American River boosts teamwork and collaboration, which, in turn, boosts overall company success.

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San Francisco PRIDE

The best weekend of the year is officially here: SF Pride.

The San Francisco Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Celebration, usually known as San Francisco Pride, is a parade and festival held at the end of June each year in SF, to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their allies.

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Vendor Spotlight: Dirty South Deli

 Dirty South Deli is one of the most sought-after food trucks in D.C. Its sandwich, the “Mr. Chips,” was voted “Best of D.C.” by the City Paper. When they’re not feeding us at Farragut Square, owners Will and Jacob hold a pop-up café at The National Museum of Women in the Arts. We caught up with Will to learn a little more about Dirty South Deli, and what we can expect from this favorite D.C. food truck in the future.

First and foremost, where did you learn to cook? 

I went to college at the University of Florida and worked at a sushi place for a little beer money. When I moved to D.C. for grad school, I started at Sushi Co., then moved to American cuisine by working at Ted’s Bulletin and Matchbox. Jacob has worked throughout Memphis, Atlanta, and now D.C. for the past nine years. By working at different places and taking the best of attributes of each place, you kind of find your own voice. Er, own plate?

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How to Force Your Employees into Team-Bonding Activities (Without Having Them Know It)

There are three things the typical employee enjoys as much as working on a Saturday:

  1. Filling out an I9 and new-hire paperwork
  2. Meetings that don’t stick to the allotted timeframe
  3. Team bonding activities
  4. For all intents and purposes, let’s place fire drills and corporate jargon in the same category.

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