Friday, November 27, 2020
The idea for this new concept arose after the second lockdown, in which many (youth) associations had to cancel their food festivals and other activities. Moreover, the end of the year days are approaching and alternative ways and menus for the celebration of the Christmas days are being searched for. Associations can offer this box during the month of December to their network, which can support them financially.
Yves Van den Brande, responsible for Solucious: "A good idea: that makes us enthusiastic as well. For us this was a great opportunity to act as a connector and logistics partner of this original initiative. Families, friends, colleagues, ... can celebrate separately, but still together. This can also be a solution for companies that are still looking for an alternative "end-of-year party on distance" for their employees”.
Musical and tasty party in a playpen
The "Dinner by Marcelo" - box was put together by top chef Marcelo Ballardin, who calls on Master Patissier Roger van Damme for the dessert. The box contains a cocktail, a festive three-course menu and a bottle of wine for 2 people. A nice extra is the playlist with music that completes the experience
Marcelo Ballardin, owner of the Ghent restaurants OAK and Door73 and known from television programmes 'Snackmasters' & 'My Kitchen My Restaurant': "With this initiative I combine two things I love: pamper people with delicious food and create connection between people, even in these challenging times".
Practical: easy online ordering, fast delivery
Solucious is the logistics partner in this story. Colruyt Group's food service company makes the boxes, brings them to the associations and, if necessary, organises a corona-proof collection point together with them. Van den Brande: "We also give them some digital tools so that they can easily sell the "Dinner By Marcelo" box according to the applicable corona measures. Because we deliver everything fresh, the association can change their order up to two days in advance, which gives them extra flexibility".
Youth movements can order their boxes via www.solucious.be/dinnerbox. There they will also find all the practical details. For companies, a different ordering process is provided; they can contact Solucious via www.solucious.be/dinnerbymarcelo.
It is not the first initiative in which Solucious is actively participating in these times of crisis. Already in the spring, the company delivered hospital workers' groceries to their work place, and since a few weeks, care workers have been able to have their groceries delivered to their homes by a Solucious driver under the motto "You take care, we deliver".
- Marcelo Ballardin: owner of 'OAK' and 'Door73' (Ghent), known from TV programmes 'Snackmasters' & 'My Kitchen My Restaurant', got 16/20 from Gault-Millau.
- Roger van Damme: awarded several times as best pastry chef in the world, manager of 'Het Gebaar’ (Antwerp), received 18/20 from Gault-Millau.
If you have any further questions, please contact us:
- For Solucious : Colruyt Group Press Office (email@example.com - Tel 0473 92 45 10 (NL) - 0473 82 27 15 (FR)).
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