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Nourishing Customer Relationships with Quality Food & Personal Service

Founded in 1979, Whitsons Culinary Group® provides dining services to consumers and public and private organizations throughout the United States. Our services include school nutrition, residential and healthcare dining, prepared meals, corporate dining, vending services and emergency dining; ranging in scope from consulting services to complete, onsite turnkey solutions. Whitsons is currently the 19th largest dining service provider in the U.S. (Food Management, March 2015) and leads the industry with its customized services, innovative programs, commitment to quality, focus on nutrition, local sourcing and community support.

A family-owned company, we operate our business with uncompromised integrity and an unwavering commitment to ensuring customer satisfaction in everything we do. Our extensive resources enable schools, residential facilities, businesses and other organizations to concentrate on their operational goals, while our team of dedicated professionals expertly manages their dining needs. Key to our successful partnerships is our ability to tailor our services to achieve each client’s unique goals.

Our mission is Enhancing Life One Meal at a Time™. We accomplish this goal by striving to exceed each individual customer’s expectations every day, with every meal we serve. This is the Whitsons difference and what enables us to truly make a difference in the lives of our customers!

A Family Legacy

The story of Whitsons begins with Elmer Whitcomb, a Huntington Long Island resident, who was a mechanical engineer at Sperry Corporation, where he worked since 1950. In 1979, at the age of 52, Elmer gave up a successful career at Sperry, cleaned out his savings account, re-mortgaged his house, cashed in his life insurance policy and, with his wife Gina, set out to start a family business they could leave as a legacy to their nine children. The caveat was to choose a business that would fit into their family life and that was centered on something the entire family would enjoy. Elmer was an experienced entrepreneur, and Gina was a fantastic cook, so it was only natural that they began to consider opening a restaurant.

With absolutely no foodservice experience, the Whitcombs purchased a pair of restaurants in Garden City: the Bon Bon and the Blue Chip. Elmer and Gina invested their entire life savings, and 100 percent of their time, to making the family business a success. To say that the early years were difficult is an understatement. While the Whitcombs had endless enthusiasm and dedication, experience and capital were limited. However, with the help and support of the family working together, the restaurants became successful.

Quickly becoming popular and highly prized local landmarks, the news of the restaurants’ success traveled fast. Soon, patrons began asking about food service for their own organizations. With the signing of the company’s first contract to manage the dining operation in a large office building, a new era began for the Whitcomb family.

Over the years, Whitsons has grown to become one of the largest and most respected food service companies in the country, with more than $150 million in sales and an extended family of over 3,000 team members. Whitsons now manages and operates dining programs for school districts, healthcare facilities and businesses throughout the Northeast. Our Healthcare and Prepared Meals programs serve thousands of seniors, youths and adults throughout the U.S., bringing them home-cooked meals each day; our Corporate Dining division serves business and industry clients throughout the Northeast and our retail food products are distributed in supermarkets and specialty stores around the country.

But Whitsons’ story is just beginning. “Our biggest asset is our family,” Elmer always said, and he was right. Members of the third generation of the Whitcomb family have joined the ranks of our 3,000 team members. Elmer’s legacy lives on, and the Whitcomb “family” continues to grow each year.