Clover hourly wages up 30% in just over 1 year

14 April, 2017: It’s spring. Finally. I snapped that photo at DTX today. 5 iced coffee on at a time! Winter is past. I’ve been working on a price/ pay change for a couple months, time to launch it. This journey started a little over a year ago. There was a lot of conversation about wages in our industry and… Read More

This sandwich was born 10 years ago in Mexico

31 March, 2017: Rob is one of our Area Managers. His wife Veronica is from Mexico. She taught Rob how to make her family’s recipes, we’re all jealous. Rob brought us a sandwich inspired by the fish tacos traditionally eaten in Baja California. Mexican crema, cornmeal-crusted blue oysters, a cabbage-carrot-daikon slaw with the last of the Western Mass roots, and a… Read More

Customer Survey March 2017

30 March, 2017: It’s that time of the month…survey day! If you were handed a card in line at Clover today (3/31),  first of all, a big thank you for helping us improve. Click “Read More” to take the survey… Read More

From the archives

The truck has been cut

27 September, 2008: The body shop has cut windows in the truck. I think they are going to be fantastic. You can see here the sinks I installed last week and a bit of my plumbing job. These guys also did a great job cutting down the rear door (to avoid collision with the awning when it is installed). More… Read More

From the archives

Scrapple in-testing at CloverHSQ

28 March, 2017: The first (and only) time I had scrapple was in Philly. I had taken an overnight bus from Boston. The bus had gotten lost and driven to NYC instead, and a new driver had to be brought in to complete the trip. When I finally got into Philly at 9am, my friends brought me to Sam’s Morning Glory diner, and… Read More

From the archives

I got sampled! Coffee geeks unite!

24 March, 2017: I was working with Jane and Evan and the rest of the crew at CloverDTX this morning. We’re testing this new coffee we’ve been working on with George Howell. As I was talking to one of our customers, Varun, he said “I know a little about coffee. I’ve been roasting my own coffee.” Which is awesome. He was… Read More

From the archives

What I was doing at the Panera Family Reunion

13 March, 2017: I’m on an airplane flying back to Boston from Nashville Tennessee. Ron Shaich, the CEO of Panera, has become important to Clover. Immediately after I quit my job I dug deep into my alumni networks. High School, MIT, HBS, McKinsey. I found every person who worked in Foodservice and reached out to them to request a meeting.… Read More

From the archives

Am I really the Massachusetts Limited Service Restauranteur of the Year?

10 March, 2017: Fin, a longtime customer who has been important to Clover, asked me the other day why I haven’t written much on blog. The answer is sort of long and boring. But Fin, you’ve inspired me to try to turn this around.   So what am I up to? Mostly I’m rallying amazing people to help make Clover happen.… Read More

From the archives

Platanos maduros

11 November, 2009: Chris brought us a case of plantains the other day. Who knows why he had them, Chris can be a bit mysterious. These are sweet, ripe. So we fried them up Monday, and sold all we could cut. We found the cut thickness makes a huge difference to how they turn out, if too ripe they don’t… Read More

From the archives

Watch the competition live

5 March, 2017: If any of you were graced with my ride to CloverFIN this morning in a Lyft, it’s because I was trying to test Youtube Live Events. I am thinking it would be fun for the partygoers to see the competition as it unfolds. I’ll be attempting to stream the competition tonight, so tune in to the Clover… Read More

From the archives

Chef competition tonight at Spring Staff Party

5 March, 2017: We are having a chef throwdown for our Spring Staff Party tonight. Chris vs Meg vs Enzo vs Jasper. The Secret Ingredients for tonight are from Russo’s, the best grocery store in America. Contestants will have 1 hour to cook an amuse bouche, appetizer, soup or salad. -French Smoked Garlic -Ice Cream Cones -Butternut Squash -Whole Wheat… Read More

From the archives

Dry bread

5 March, 2017: Everywhere we went in Southern Italy, there was dry bread. We saw it in grocery stores and bakeries by the side of the road that smelled of wonderful fresh yeast. We saw it spread out on platters at an outdoor bar where you could go up to a little table spread with olives, roasted vegetables, sardines, mushrooms… Read More

From the archives

Survey Day: February 23, 2017

22 February, 2017: Our last two surveys in January and December have had the highest response rates we’ve ever seen as a company. It’s so nice to feel such a big group of people helping make Clover better. If you received a survey card at a Clover location today, follow the link below to take the survey. And if you do take… Read More

From the archives

Plumbing is back!!!

24 May, 2009: When I built the truck I did a silly thorough job on the plumbing. We can carry 24 gallons fresh water, have a grey water tank, a full 3 bay sink and a hand washing sink. We have full house-hold pressure water, hot and cold on tap. But then winter hit, and I discovered there is no… Read More

From the archives

Mezze bar

13 February, 2017: Jenny has been researching ways for offices to eat Clover. She put together these Mezze Bars. I went with her the other day to set up one of our first orders, on the 27th floor of an office building next to CloverFIN. People were walking by and gasping. Since then, we’ve already sold 6. The Mezze Bar… Read More