Raquel Weiss Fusco Named Youngest Female SHFM President
Our Vice President of Operations & Client
Relations, Raquel Weiss Fusco, is the 2023-2024 President of the Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management. She's received much press in regard to this accomplishment from interviews to blog posts focusing on her goals for SHFM and why she's passionate about the organization.
October and November 2023
Garin Wong Promoted to Vice President, Consulting Services
elite|studio e is pleased to announce that Garin Wong has been promoted to Vice President, Consulting Services. In this role, Garin will continue to lead and train our foodservice consulting team, collaborate with architects and other project stakeholders, and develop strategies to further increase this division of the company.
January 20, 2023
Leadership in Crisis
A Podcast Interview
with Ivan Weiss
Tony Moore interviews our Executive Vice President & COO, Ivan Weiss, about his superpowers: organization, planning, leadership, and a calm sense during a crisis. These and many more great insights into the food trends shaping our industry await you in Episode 47 of Winning at Work, which features thought-leaders and go-getters in the industry.
Winning at Work
April 22, 2021
Seneca One's New Food Hall Offers Quick Service, Variety
The mechanics of offering onsite dining services in a post-pandemic world involve balancing a number of issues. elite|studio e is proud to have provided design/build solutions at One Seneca Tower in Buffalo, NY. The space provides a safe environment that is open to the public.
The Buffalo News
October 8, 2020
Our Team; Hotel Experience Foodservice Pioneering
Designers, architects, and creatives recently submitted relevant, revenue-generating ideas for the HX Foodservice Pioneering Concept (FPC) competition. Several members of the elite|studio e team collaborated with 314 DC on the winning entry, "G2". Learn about why it earned top marks from the judging panel.
August 9, 2020
Raquel Weiss Fusco Named to SHFM Board of Directors
Last week Raquel Weiss Fusco was named to the Society for Hospitality & Foodservice Management's Board of Directors. The organization is geared towards the needs and interests of executives in the corporate foodservice and workplace hospitality industries, and its annual conference attracts nearly 400 individuals from across the country.
September 17, 2019
elite | studio e
elite | studio e has crossed a major threshold
with our 50th team member joining the company
this month. Our Executive Vice President & COO
Ivan J. Weiss shares his thoughts on this milestone and discusses how the team is dedicated to remaining agile and innovative.
May 6, 2019
5 Reasons to Refresh
Your Dining Experience
If you own or operate a restaurant, corporate café or other foodservice concept, you may be looking for a way to transform the experience. If you’re on a tight budget or you can’t cease your operation for months, your dining location might be a candidate for a refresh. Ivan J. Weiss shares the most common reasons we see this method of renovation happen.
Total Food Service
March 20, 2019
SHFM Presents Rising Young Professional Award
Raquel Weiss Fusco, Director of Client Relations at elite|studio e, was recently written about in Total Foodservice. She is the proud recipient of the
Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management's first Rising Young Professional
Award, which was presented at its National Conference in Texas last month.
Total Food Service
November 1, 2018
Brand's Relationship With
Your Dining Space Design
Marcy Weiss, our Associate Director of Marketing, was given the opportunity to share how the process works when a client desires the incorportion of its brand into the design or a station features a national or local brand. Photos feature the end result of a few successful projects.
Total Food Service
September 10, 2018
Rising Star Spotlight
Our Director of Client Relations, Raquel Weiss Fusco, was interviewed by the Society of Hospitality
and Foodservice Management's newsletter
Food & Hospitality At Work. The article focuses on Raquel's role in the organization over the past two years as Chair of the Rising Stars Committee.
December 19, 2017
elite | studio e Named
Dealer of the Year
With almost the entire team present, Eric D. Weiss, President & CEO of elite | studio e, accepted the MAFSI Region 3 Dealer of the Year Award in Lake Success, NY. Acknowledged for its differentiation in the industry, family values and innovation in technology, Lynne Schultz of Tri-State Marketing proudly presented the award.
October 2, 2017
Design, Build Renovation
elite | studio e spearheaded the renovation of the University of Maine in Farmington's Beaver Lodge. From concept to completion our team was onsite to ensure the success of the project. Since February 2017, the students have an updated space to hang out in and dine in.
The Franklin Journal
February 17, 2017
Interview With Chad S. Weiss
"We keep customers happy by providing foodservice designs that are inventive and fresh, while functional and operator-friendly. When our clients have comments and concerns, we listen and deliver,"
said Assistant Vice President Chad S. Weiss.
He was interviewed in the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management monthly e-newsletter.
April 29, 2016
Full Plate on the
BOXX Technology Blog
BOXX Technologies Blog took America's obsession with food one step further and delved into who creates the environments that transform the idea of foodservice into a practical and pleasant experience. Members of our team spoke about our collaborative, creative process that allows us to design, develop, and deliver solutions.
October 1, 2015
Collaboration Fosters Innovation and More from SHFM Critical Issues Conference
Assistant Vice President Seth Prager said the conference focus was on consulting and space planning related to new spaces for the front of the house, dining room, and work spaces but what caught Seth's attention was the amount of lost opportunity clients miss out on when they keep their dining room only a dining room.
April 1, 2014
on the Internet
The difference between buying kitchen equipment from an internet dealer versus a company like elite is the customer service. A dealer like us will work with you to choose the product that’s right for your space and population, measure the location, ensure it fits through doorways, check electric and plumbing needs, arrange delivery, and more.
New York Food Review
January 1, 2013
Geoff Kwale Joins elite|studio e Consulting Services Team
elite|studio e is pleased to announce that Geoffrey Kwale recently joined the team as Vice President, Business Development for Consulting Services. In this role, Geoff brings more than 30 years experience in the foodservice and hospitality industries to this role . He previously worked on the manufacturing, rep and consulting sides of the industry.
June 19, 2023
elite|studio e Congratulates Annual Award Recipients
elite | studio e announced the recipients of its
2022 annual awards, including the company’s highest honor, Team Member of the Year. The award winners, which are named at the annual holiday party, represent individuals who have gone above and beyond in their role, leadership, dedication, and willingness to succeed.
December 9, 2022
The Art of
Designing a foodservice space is so much more than addressing the aesthetics, it’s also about designing for functionality. Raquel Weiss Fusco, our Managing Director of Project Operations visits The Feed, Vollrath's podcast. Fusco gave tips for designing for COVID, keeping up with the latest trends, and more.
November 3, 2020
HX Foodservice Pioneering Concept 2020 Winner Builds a Touchless Experience
G2 —short for Grains & Greens —is the 2020 winner of the Foodservice Pioneering Concept competition presented by HX: The Hotel Experience. The winning G2 concept touches on many elements that connect with current trends, including creating a touchless experience and offering locally sourced ingredients. G2 is the brainchild of elite|studio e and 3.14 DC.
Food Service Equipment & Supplies
October 1, 2020
A Delicious Treat for
Our team is proud to be part of the continuous transformation at Hudson Yards in Manhattan, New York. This brief spotlights a retail project we were part of -- William Greenberg Desserts. The iconic bakery was founded in 1946.
Landow & Landow Architects Newsletter
February 14, 2020
British Airways Performs Sweeping Renovation of JFK Terminal
British Airways’ $64 million renovation of Terminal 7 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) represents a premium upgrade — and not just for premium passengers. elite | studio e's role was to collaborate with the airline, Corgan architecture and VRH Construction to create a new Galleries First Lounge experience.
September 1, 2019
Eric Weiss to Receive
AJC National Corporate Innovation Award
Eric D. Weiss, founder, President & CEO, will be presented with the AJC’s National Corporate Innovator Award at its 2019 Food Service & Hospitality Division Dinner next month. "We pride ourselves on being ahead of the curve in talent, creativity, and knowledge, to best serve the needs of our clients,“ he said.
May 2, 2019
How Ambiance Initiates
the Dining Experience
There are many factors that influence an awesome dining atmosphere. And, these details should be aligned with your brand story so that the overall impression, and vibe you create work together and make sense. Members of our team shared some insight on creating ambiance and project examples, including Red Rooster Harlem and AON Chicago.
Total Food Service
December 3, 2018
The Importance of
a Design/Build Firm
The use of design/build firms is becoming increasingly popular in commercial construction.
The reality is having a single source handle a
project is often a better experience than the classic design-bid-build method. This also applies when renovating your corporate café, university dining hall, hotel, restaurant and other dining locations.
Total Food Service
October 22, 2018
Food Hall Opens in Atlanta's Tallest Skyscraper
elite | studio e is proud to have been part of the design/build team for Marketplace 600, a food hall located in the west wing of Bank of America Plaza.
From concept to completion, our team collaborated with the operator, interior designers and architects to create a state-of-the art facility located in the largest skyscraper in Atlanta, GA.
Atlanta Business Chronicle
March 26, 2018
Palate Pleasers: Café
Changes Add Variety
This year, elite | studio e had the opportunity to partner with Sodexo to create a flexible and functional café concept called Chef's Palette.
The concept rotates its core offering and the ambiance to coordinate too. The Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center is the first location to implement Chef's Palette.
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
December 5, 2017
Project Coordination Software
is a Tool for Success
With an increase in the size of our team, a higher level of coordination across departments was
needed to become more efficient. Once a project management system called Wrike was put into place our on-time project completion rate increased. As a result of our success with this software over time, our Ivan Weiss was interviewed for Wrike's blog.
June 13, 2017
elite|studio e Creates Casual Collisions for R/GA
When digital agency R/GA chose to move its offices to Hudson Yards, elite|studio e was hired to provide foodservice design and construction management for the cafe, kitchen, cold food service area, floor pantries and the lobby grab & go/coffee/juice bar concept. R/GA's office features many ways to create casual collisions.
January 16, 2017
Collaboration Fuels Innovation
When our NY headquarters gained an additional 2,500 square feet, we decided to renovate the space to create a work, play and live space.Our Executive Vice President & COO speaks to the process from conception to completion, which mimics the way our company's projects are handled.
April 25, 2016
Aaron M. Weiss
Our Assistant Vice President, Aaron M. Weiss, was interviewed on becoming a new member of the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management monthly e-newsletter. Involved with the organization, he has attended its national conference in New Orleans and serves on its Membership Committee.
September 1, 2015
The Power of Transparency
In Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management's Consultants Corner, our Assistant Vice President Seth Prager addresses his experience designing and building a catering commissary for a client in the tri-state area. The budget was tight and through value engineering exercises, we met the budget and were awarded the project.
August 1, 2013
Yale University's Slifka Center Undergoes Major Modernization
We're excited to have been part of the team that completed the first phase of the renovation for the Slifka Center For Jewish Life at Yale University.
A primary component of the renovation was the complete remodel of the lower-level dining hall
and kosher kitchens, which elite | studio e had the opportunity to design and build.
March 8, 2023
Ivan Weiss Named
elite|studio e President & COO
elite | studio e is pleased to announce that
Ivan J. Weiss, CFSP, has been promoted to
President & Chief Operating Officer. He brings an energetic entrepreneurial spirit to the position and nearly 25 years of industry experience.
March 1, 2022
American Express Reopens On-Site Foodservice with Increased Grab and Go, Robots and Apps
From concept to completion, our team was part of providing a safe and convenient dining experience for American Express employees returning to its Manhattan office. Its micromarket, 38 Express, was renovated and increased its offering as it is the only foodservice operation open to date.
October 12, 2020
Hydroponics & Culinary
Come Together For a
elite | studio e team members, Josh Mass and Jim Collins, are excited to see their winning concept, G2, come to life. From start to finish G2 provides a touchless experience creating a safe, user-friendly foodservice concept during COVID-19 pandemic.
Total Food Service
September 1, 2020
Transforming Corporate Culture Through Food
Known for designing and building creative foodservice project solutions, elite|studio e was recently published in Boss Magazine. The piece focuses on our work with a client and an operator elevating the workplace dining experience.
January 1, 2020
Eric Weiss Among Industry Veterans Feted by AJC
Long time design/build guru executive Eric Weiss
of Long Island’s elite | studio e was honored by
the AJC Food Service and Hospitality Division.
He was surrounded by family, friends and several members of the elite | studio e team, including the firm’s next generation.
Total Food Service
July 1, 2019
American Express Hosts Annual SHFM Conference
Several members of the elite | studio e team are featured in this piece about the 2019 Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management's Critical Issues Conference in New York City. Industry experts addressed leveraging the changes redefining hospitality and world-class service; and enhancing techniques for measuring customer satisfaction.
Total Food Service
May 1, 2019
Galleries First Lounge at JFK
British Airways is investing heavily in new lounges and passenger amenities, and Galleries First at
John F. Kennedy International Airport is among
the first spaces to undergo a drastic makeover. The
elite | studio e team is proud to have been part of
this transformation which provides a sleek and sophisticated experience for fliers.
Total Food Service
October 1, 2018
Former Boston Globe Building Envisioned as Innovation Park
elite | studio e is excited to be part of the redevelopment of the former Boston Globe building. The BEAT will become a hub for innovative business involving robotics, 3D printing and other futuristic endeavors. It will also feature a food hall, collaborative experiences and a beer garden. Rendered image provided by Stantec.
January 30, 2018
elite|studio e Honored at MAFSI Golf and Awards Dinner
Total Food Service recently covered the Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry
Region 3 Dealer of the Year Award. elite | studio e's
CEO & President Eric D. Weiss was among the award recipients and he was proud to share it with every member of the company's team. Weiss spoke about his career and the growth of the company since 2000.
Total Food Service
November 1, 2017
Innovation Does Not
Have to Mean New
There are many different ways products, presentations and services can be innovative.
This article challenges you not necessarily to find what is new, but to use things in a different way.
Ivan J. Weiss, our Executive Vice President & COO,
is a frequent contributor the monthly
March 31, 2017
Investing in Virtual Reality:
Small Business Tips
Virtual Reality is at the forefront of our industry.
It is revolutionizing the way we present and visualize design of projects. We had the opportunity to
speak with Forbes about this technology and how
we became one of the first companies to bring it to our clients.
May 10, 2016
Virtual Reality Does Real Marketing for LI Companies
Our work with virtual reality experiences was highlighted in a Newsday article focusing on how local companies are utilizing this innovative technology for marketing. Assistant Vice
President Chad S. Weiss, who is often looking for new presentation methods for our foodservice presentations, was interviewed.
April 1, 2016
Bringing Cafe Visions to Life
At the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and
elite | studio e design a space that would achieve these needs, including fitting room for double strollers, incorporating children's activities into the design and allowing flexibility for evening adult-only events. Our Associate Director of Marketing, Marcy Weiss, takes you through some of this process.
August 4, 2015
The View Finder featuring
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield
A total overhaul of the fifth floor cafe of Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc., (HHSI) headquarters might seem like a foodservice designer's dream. But there's always a catch. In this case, it was two long walls of panoramic windows, opening out onto the vista of downtown Newark, N.J. Read about our design/build process.
Foodservice Equipment Reports
May 1, 2013