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Our Team

As the "Go - To" caterer in the Coastal Virginia area for more than 27 years, The Gourmet Gang has built an unmatched reputation for producing distinctive events and providing high quality, hand crafted menus that are as creative as they are delicious. Our gourmet lunch bistros offer imaginative flavors and top quality ingredients that delight our "regulars" and our new guests alike. In addition, our professional full service event catering has been in our area's most notable soirees, galas and corporate events. Our seven locations offer delicious menu items to be enjoyed on premise, events at home, at the office on a picnic or in any event that calls for eating a healthy alternative to fast foods. You can find our weekly chef specials of freshly made gourmet sandwiches, salads, hot entrees and more right here on our website or within any of our local eateries.


Inside The Gang

Employee Spotlight

Jason Doyle

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Employee Spotlight:
Jason Doyle

Title:
Chef & Event Stylist

How long have you been with The Gang? 
10 years

Describe Your Role with The GG and how does your position make The GG a better company? 
Aak! I don't like these questions! lol... I have lots of hats that I share with others, but I am a training & systems person and I have the capability of assisting with styles & themes and bringing them to fruition in the field.

Whats your favorite part of working for The GG?
Everyday is something new!

What your one moment of glory since you've been working for The GG?
Feeling validated and accomplished at the end of a long detailed busy day.

What's your favorite food that The GG has served? 
Crab cakes for now, but it will probably become the coconut shrimp

What kind of trends are you seeing for this upcoming season?
You'll have to get back to me on that! I'm too busy prepping for the upcoming weekend :)

What do you do for fun? 
I just joined a bowling league, I play softball and I love to cook!

Whats a funny story about The GG?
During a wedding reception for one of our co-workers at a local winery, the on-site event coordinator took quite the liking to me that our team had to create a CODE WORD in case I needed to yelp for help! RUBY SLIPPERS! RUBY SLIPPERS!

What else do you want our readers to know about you?
Clare, our General Manager only calls me by the name Jeremy. hahah.


Jason is pictured left while working in the kitchen.

 


Kathryn Griner

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Employee Spotlight: 
Kathryn Griner

Title:
Assistant Manager

How long have you been with The Gang?
A little over three years.

Describe Your Role with The GG and how does your position make The GG a better company? 
The pack station is my main gig but I kind of bounce around and help where it's needed. When I am on pack (most of the time) l'm usually the last person the customers interact with before they go their own way. I make sure they have everything they need and try to end their GG visit on a positive note. You never know what kind of a day someone is having and it's amazing what a smile and a friendly greeting/farewell can do.

Whats your favorite part of working for The GG? 
My coworkers. I work with some amazing people :)

What your one moment of glory since you've been working for The GG? 
Probably when I started managing weekends and they trusted me to not burn the place down ;)

What's your favorite food that The GG has served? 
The spinach and artichoke dip from the catering menu. *heavy breathing*

What kind of trends are you seeing for this upcoming season?
Hoverboards that actually hover (fingers crossed) and peekaboo cakes.

What do you do for fun? 
I absolutely love to bake. I've gotten really into cake decorating over the last few years. I also love reading, riding my bike and watching copious amounts of movies.

Whats a funny story about The GG? 
There was one day that we came in to find a shiny tacky substance all over the floor. It was sticky enough to make our shoes stick to the tile and had spread all over the dining room. It took us about 10 minutes to finally realize that one of our soda bags had exploded and we were all walking thru Sprite syrup. Clean up wasn't the easiest, but I like to look back on it as a bonding experience for our staff ;)

What else do you want our readers to know about you? 
That I'm a proud Gryffindor, have mad Bop It skills and hail from Washington state (where surprisingly, it doesn't rain all the time;)

 


Kat, as we like to call her is pictured with her pet plant, "Audry II" from "Little Shop of Horrors"; her hubby & some of her human friends!


Capri Alltop

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Name (First, Last)  

Capri Alltop

 

Title  

Phone Customer Service Representative

 

How long have you been with The Gang?  

About 3 years.

 

Describe Your Role with The GG and how does your position make The GG a better company?  

I am a phone customer service representative. I am the friendly voice on the other end of the phone that takes your order. My position makes the GG a better company because I am the direct link between the customers and our food stations. I am able to offer them recommendations on our amazing food and give them piece of mind knowing all of their needs are taken care of.

 

Whats your favorite part of working for The GG?  

My favorite part of working for the GG is working with my second family (aka my co-workers.) It is great to work so closely with so many amazing people :)

 

What your one moment of glory since you've been working for The GG?  

My moment of glory was when I was trained to work on all of the stations in the deli. It is nice to be able to help out wherever, whenever - kind of like a human swiss army knife. ;)

 

 

What's your favorite food that The GG has served?  

The eggplant parmesan is my favorite!

 

 

What kind of trends are you seeing for this upcoming season?  

With so much growth in the Hampton Roads area, I see more people becoming loyal Gourmet Gang customers!

 

What do you do for fun?   I love doing anything outdoors, going out to eat with friends, and playing with my pup.
Whats a funny story about The GG?  

One day our drivers were very busy and needed some assistance. I ended up going to deliver food to my old high school. I couldn't find anyone in the office and after wandering around for a while I walked right into the middle of a school-wide faculty meeting. I ended up reuniting with some of my favorite teachers that day, all thanks to the GG!

 

What else do you want our readers to know about you?  

I am a crazy dog lady, I have an unhealthy obsession with pizza, and I am a lefty in a world made for right handed people.

 

 

HISTORY

Through the leadership of our owner, Michella Guinan, The Gourmet Gang has grown from a small door-to-door sandwich vendor to having six gourmet lunch bistros with a 40,000 square foot commissary kitchen and a large event catering business. Employment has grown from one employee in 1989 to a hundred and ten employees today. We appreciate your interest in our company.

 

Our Clients

Our sole mission is to assist you with entertaining with grace and ease. Your event is always about you, not us. We want to assist you in creating something not soon forgotten and to take you and your guests away somewhere special, if only for a few hours.

Our Team

Our team of professional chefs, planners & managers create not only magnificent hand crafted cuisine but also truly spectacular events. We succeed by working together as a team. We value everyone in our firm, and take great pride in who we are are and what we do for you.

Excellence

In everything we do, we strive for excellence. We strive to be better, to learn, to exceed expectations and to evolve in our industry.

Craftsmanship

Entertaining is a craft and we hand craft everything ourselves, from our deli sandwiches to each locally garnished hors d'oeuvre. We support other local vendors, use our own herbs from our gardens and we support other professionals who strive to do the same.