As a part of our on-going series of employee spotlights we are recognizing the company value for September, Create Delight. Food is personal, brought in part by the people and service that go with it. We are obsessed with our customers, and make them our number one priority.
Name: Elaine Liu
Hometown: New York City
Job Title: Client Success Coordinator
What that means that I do every day: Besides the everyday duties of answering emails, fulfilling requests, slotting meals and putting out fires, I make sure my clients are happy and fed at the end of the day. Any issue that arises, I am their go-to person, there to make their lives easier—kind-of like a “food-life coach” of sorts.
Favorite food: Tripe! Organ meats! It’s my absolute favorite, and my dad makes it the best. Oh, and seedless grapes. I can eat those by the pound.
Favorite cocktail: I don’t drink a lot—everyone knows I’d be just as happy with a cup of hot water (hold the lemon). When I do, I prefer a Nonino Amaro on the rocks, a nice amaretto sour shaken with egg white to make it all frothy, or a glass of sparkling wine.
My favorite thing about lunch: Besides the actual eating? I like trying out all the vendors we have available. That way, when our clients ask specific questions or request a specific cuisine, I can pull from my experience and send them the best! It’s kind of like delicious research. We eat FOR our clients.
Favorite restaurant: Hong Kong Clay Pot Place or Ryoko’s
My most memorable dining experience of all time is: My best friend and me making Thanksgiving dinner for the first time over Thanksgiving break in college. We had never had a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner with our families, so we just decided to make our own at her parents’ apartment. We bought cranberry sauce in a can, made lumpy mashed potatoes and Stove Top stuffing, and roasted a chicken because a turkey wouldn’t fit in the oven. Her parents ignored us and made an additional dinner (rice, veggies and tofu) and we had an American-Chinese hybrid dinner of sorts.
My dream celebrity dinner date: Alive–Louis CK, Ellen Degeneres, Amy Schumer, Blake Lively because she is my woman crush, or The Rock because he is my man crush. Dead–River Phoenix, Aliyah, Selena, or Joan Rivers.
Why I love ZeroCater: Because I’ve met a lot of wonderful people here who make it worthwhile to come into work every day. And they don’t judge me for eating like a crazy mofo. At least I don’t think they do. #realtalk