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Northwestern Mutual to Add Public Convenience Store to Downtown Milwaukee Campus

An open-to-the-public convenience store with a beverage bar, sandwich spot and bakery counter is planned for the ground floor of Northwestern Mutual‘s Tower and Commons building on its downtown Milwaukee headquarters campus. elite|studio e is proud to partner with the company and its foodservice operator on this new office amenity.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 2024


Raquel Weiss Fusco Named Youngest Female SHFM President 

Our Vice President of Operations & Client
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. ⁠

Press Accolades

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.

News Release

January 20, 2023

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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
Concept Winners

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.

HX News

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. 

News Release

September 17, 2019

Your Employee Growth -5 Ideas to Conside

elite | studio e
Reaches Milestone

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.

News Release

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

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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

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Understanding Your
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.

SHFM Newsletter

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.

News Release

October 2, 2017


Design, Build Renovation
in Maine


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.

SHFM Newsletter

April 29, 2016

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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

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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. 

SHFM Newsletter

April 1, 2014


Buying Equipment
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


Announcing Team Member of the Year and Other Company Awards

elite|studio e announced the recipients of its
2023 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.

News Release

December 2023

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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.

News Release

June 19, 2023

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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.

News Release

December 9, 2022

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The Art of
Restaurant Design

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.

The Feed

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

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A Delicious Treat for
Valentine's Day

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

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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.

Airport Improvement

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.

News Release

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

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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

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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.

Wrike 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.

Office Snapshots

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


Interview with
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.

SHFM Newsletter

September 1, 2015

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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. 

SHFM Newsletter

August 1, 2013

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From the 2023 Educational Interiors Showcase: Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale

elite|studio e is proud to have been the foodservice consultant on the Slifka Center For Jewish Life at Yale University. This award-winning project, lead by Landow & Landow Architects, was honored with Outstanding Design - Interior Renovation from American School & University Magazine's Educational Interiors Showcase.

American School & University Magazine 

December 2023

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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.

Associated Press

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. 

News Release

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.

Food Management

October 12, 2020


Hydroponics & Culinary
Come Together For a
Winning Experience

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.

Boss Magazine

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

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elite | studio e
Thinking Green

elite | studio e was recently recognized by PSEG Long Island for doing its part to go green. Since the company renovated its headquarters in 2015, it has taken several steps to decrease its carbon footprint.


News Release

November 7, 2018

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British Airways
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.

Boston Globe

January 30, 2018

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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
Consultant's Corner.

SHFM Newsletter

March 31, 2017

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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

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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

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