K&W Family Feature: Claude McMahan

Claude McMahan has been delighting K&W customers for 17 years.  He has been a friendly, familiar face that patrons of the Cameron Village K&W in Raleigh have been seeing since 1998.

Cameron Villg Claude McMahan 10-12

Claude has a winning personality and is a favorite with customers in our dining room. His big smile, welcoming demeanor, and professional attitude make each visit a pleasure.  Cameron Village General Manager, Chris Costa says, “Claude is so popular that customers will wait in line just to sit in his section!”  We’re lucky to have him as a long-time employee, and are appreciative of his commitment to providing the best, most genuine customer service possible.

Employees like Claude just brighten your day, and we think he’s another reason why K&W is such a special place! If you know someone who works with K&W that deserves to be recognized, let us know. We enjoy showing our appreciation for the people who work so hard to keep K&W running.

Eat Seasonally This Spring

spring harvest fruits&veggiesWhile many of your favorite fruits and vegetables may be available in the supermarket, they might not necessarily be in prime season. At K&W we try to provide the freshest food possible, so we want to share with you popular items that are actually being harvested during the spring months! Stay tuned for which foods remain in-season for summer and see what new fruits and veggies are added.

 

 

Vegetable                        In Season                         Fruit                                In Season

Artichokes                          March-June                        Avocados                            March-June

Asparagus                          March-June                        Grapefruit                           March-April

Beets                                    March-June                        Lemons                               March-June

Broccoli                               March-June                        Limes                                  March-April

Brussels Sprouts               March-May                         Mandarins                          March-May

Cabbage                              March-June                        Oranges                               March-June

Carrots                                March-June                        Plums                                   May-June

Cauliflower                         March-June                        Apricots                               May-June

Collards                               March-June                        Rhubarb                              April-June

Kale                                      March-June                        Strawberries                       March-June

Lettuce                                March-June                        Blackberries                        May-June

Mushrooms                        March-June                        Blueberries                         May-June

Onions                                 March-June                        Cherries                               April-June

Radishes                             March-June                        Figs                                        June

Rutabagas                          March-April                        Melons                                  June

Spinach                               March-June                        Nectarines                          May-June

Turnips                                March-June                        Peaches                               May-June

Cucumbers                         June                                      Raspberries                        May-June

Corn                                    June

Eggplant                             June

Green Beans                      June

Okra                                    June

Peas                                     April-June

Sweet Peppers                  May-June

Potatoes                             June

Hot Foods To Keep You Warm This Winter

Keep cozy this winter! And not just with comfy sweaters and thick blankets. The food you eat during the cold winter days can make a difference in your ability to keep warm and stay in a happy mood. Certain foods can boost your body temperature and energy levels.

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Soups, Stews, & Chili

Who doesn’t love a warm, home-cooked pot of soup, stew, or chili? These are so simple to make, and one batch can last you for days. Trying to eat healthy but want to forego that salad for something heartier?  A good soup requires only fresh veggies, lean meat, and spices, slow cooked  or simmered to let all the flavors come together. It’ll warm you up and keep you feeling good about what you’re eating.

Hot Drinks

Seems simple, right? But sometimes obvious answers are overlooked. And not everyone likes hot beverages. But holding a warm mug of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate is like a small heater, and drinking the hot liquid gives you an instant warming sensation to relax you from the chilly air.

Whole Grains

Imagine a nice, creamy bowl of oatmeal maybe with some brown sugar, cinnamon, blueberries, or bananas. Good for your body in more ways than one. Eating hot, whole grains gives you instant warmth along with the complex carbohydrates to give your body the energy and fuel it needs to keep warm. In addition to oatmeal, quinoa and brown rice are also great whole grain options to keep your body temperature up this winter.

Cinnamon & Other Spices

Cinnamon, along with other spices, has been proven to boost your metabolism which generates body heat. Try adding some more spices to your meals, even if it’s just a little bit sprinkled on top. Other spices to try include: cumin, coriander, turmeric, cloves, paprika, nutmeg, and allspice. You may even be using some of these now, not realizing there are actual benefits. These other spices are great for your soups, stews, and chili’s; as well as a spice rub for meats. Also try a little nutmeg in your hot chocolate for a flavor filled double dose of warmth!

Ginger

Although it may be the least obvious contributor to you body’s warmth, ginger does, in fact, offer thermogenic properties. And there are many ways to incorporate fresh or ground ginger into your meals. Try using it in salad dressings, soups, cookies or muffins. You can also use it to make tea by putting thin slices or gratings from the fresh root into a mug of hot water, giving you instant warmth. Not only will it keep you warm, but it ginger has been known to boost your immune system, which can help battle those winter bugs.

We hope everyone is taking care of themselves and keeping warm this winter! If you don’t feel like cooking a meal, K&W is always happy to provide you with a delicious, home-style meal in the comfort of our dining room or we’ll pack it to-go. Either way, it’s sure to warm you right up.

K&W Family Feature: “A little hard work never hurt anyone.”

Concord - Ms Jo Walters 2-15Ms. Jo brought her wonderful presence to the K&W family in 1976! She started at the original K&W Cafeteria location in the Concord Mall, when an order of chicken and dumplings was only $1.10. When she started, Gerald Ford was president; and she has now seen 7 different presidents take office while working for K&W.

Ms. Jo has a wonderful spirit and is no stranger to hard work. She started out working for K&W six days a week. And she drove a school bus while also working full time at K&W in her early years as an employee. As she says, “A little hard work never hurt anyone.” And she is certainly a testament to that.

While serving on the line over the years, she got acquainted with many NASCAR superstars including Darrell Waltrip and his family. Ms. Jo says they loved K&W and used to come through the line several times a week, always looking forward to seeing her smiling face. Jo is also dear friends with the late Dale Earnhardt’s mother, Martha, who still dines at the Concord K&W on a regular basis. Outside of K&W, Jo and Martha also attend church together.

Just about everyone in Concord knows Ms. Jo, and we are so proud that she is still a part of the K&W family after all these years! She is just another reason why K&W is such a special place. If you know someone who works with K&W that deserve to be recognized, let us know. We love to show our appreciation for the people who work so hard to keep K&W running.

3 Ways K&W Can Help Boost Your Immune System

3 Ways

  1. Scratch Cooking

You may have heard us mention before that much of K&W’s food is made-from-scratch daily. We want to provide our patrons with the best food possible, so it’s no surprise we make fresh food daily from the freshest ingredients available. Real food is free of harmful chemicals and additives and is as close to its natural state as possible. Let K&W help you make the switch from processed foods to a healthier alternative.

 

  1. Make Healthier Choices

Help boost your immune system by not dragging yourself down with loads of fat and calories. We know with the holiday season, it’s hard to cut back. But a new year, means a fresh start and K&W can help start your new year off right.

K&W has partnered with the Heart Center Dining Program of Wake Forest Baptist Health to develop recipes lower in fat grams, sodium, and calories; just look for the little heart icon on the menu during your next visit. K&W also offers low-sugar desserts, so you can still satisfy that sweet tooth without all the extra sugar! We also make our nutritional information readily available for those wanting to find the best options.

 

  1. Eat More Fruits & Veggies

K&W is proud to say we buy local whenever possible to bring our customers the freshest fruits and vegetables.  In North Carolina, we belong to the state’s “Got To Be NC” Products program, promoting local agricultural products.   Many people don’t get enough of the fresh fruits and vegetables their bodies need. These essential foods contain fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, etc. that our bodies need to run properly. If you aren’t getting 5-13 servings of fruits and veggies each day, you are more susceptible to illnesses such as colds and the flu.

So, on your next trip to K&W, be sure to load up your plates with items like fresh collard greens, broccoli, crisp apples, juicy oranges, or various other flavorsome and healthy produce items that K&W offers.

K&W Family Feature: 29 Years and Counting

Cynthia Burt has been a long time member of the K&W team. Starting her career back in 1986, she has been at the Cameron Village K&W in Raleigh ever since. Her dedication shows just how important she is to the K&W family!Cynthia Burt - Cameron Vill

Cynthia’s daily routine consists of set-ups in the kitchen, preparing the restaurant for a day of serving delicious food to our patrons. Without her keeping everything on track in the kitchen, we wouldn’t be able to provide the quick, convenient service K&W is known for. She is the glue that keeps everyone and everything together, and we couldn’t get through the day without her! And when she’s not setting up the kitchen, Cynthia is also an excellent line server. Friendly and efficient!

Cynthia is a joy to work with and just another reason K&W is such a special place! If you know someone who works with K&W that deserve to be recognized, let us know. We love to show our appreciation for the people who work so hard to keep K&W running.

12 Foods Higher in Vitamin C Than Oranges

If all this time you thought taking vitamin supplements or only eating citrus fruits provided you with vitamin C, then think again! You could be eating these 12 foods without even knowing how they have actually been helping your immune system. See how these foods compare to the 69.7 mg of vitamin C in a medium orange.

1. Chili Peppers12 Foods High in Vitamin C

– ½ a cup chopped or diced delivers 107.8 mg of vitamin C.

2. Red Bell Pepper

– 1 cup chopped contains 190 mg of vitamin C. Nearly three times more than an orange.

3. Green Bell Pepper

– 1 cup chopped contains 120 mg of vitamin C. 200% of your recommended daily allowance.

4. Kale

– 1 cup provides 80.4 mg of vitamin C; as well as vitamin A and vitamin K.

5. Broccoli

– One serving provides 132 mg of vitamin C.

6. Papaya

– 1 cup delivers 88.3 mg of vitamin C; can also clear sinuses, brighten skin, and strengthen bones.

7. Strawberries

– 1 cup contains 84.7 mg of vitamin C; plus heart healthy doses of folate.

8. Cauliflower

– Eating a small head of cauliflower gives you a 127.7 mg dose of vitamin C.

9. Brussel Sprouts

– One serving contains 74.8 mg of vitamin C.

10. Pineapple

– A serving of Pineapple contains 78.9 mg of vitamin C; as well as natural digestive enzymes.

11. Kiwi

– Eating two kiwi fruits gives you a 137.2 mg dose of vitamin C.

12. Mango

– As serving of mango contains 122.3 mg of vitamin C; as well vitamin A, which aids immunity.

 

 

K&W Family Feature: Breakfast is Served!

We are proud to have so many long-term employees in the K&W family. They bring life and wisdom to the staff, and we appreciate them choosing to stay with K&W over the years.

Dave Lewis has been with us for almost 10 years, hired as a breakfast cook in 1995 at our Crossroads Mall location in Roanoke, VA.  Dave has only missed one day since he was hired, and he knows many of our customers on a first name basis. Having employees with such a responsible work ethic and keen attention to customers is the reason K&W is still proudly serving you today!Dave Lewis

In addition to cooking up delicious food for our patrons, he is actively involved in the community.  Dave coaches youth football, youth basketball, and is also very involved with his church. Community service is very important to K&W, and to have employees that share our values is wonderful.

If you are in the Roanoke area, be sure to drop in for breakfast and introduce yourself to Dave! And if someone makes your K&W trip special, we’d love to hear about it.

K&W Receives Business of the Year Award

The Arc of Cabarrus County has honored K&W Cafeterias with the “Business of the Year” award! For those who are unfamiliar with this organization, The Arc is the leading advocate for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their family members;  and supports everyone involved throughout the lifelong journey.  K&W is proud to be receiving this award for helping developmentally challenged persons find a place in the world where they can have meaningful work in a welcoming environment.  We greatly value what they do for us.

Business of the Year Award

Photo: Chad Vernile, K&W General Manager in Concord, NC, holds the award in center. With him are Parry Fisher (left), who has been with K&W for 20 years, and Harold VonCannon (right), who has been with K&W for 14 years.

“In good times and bad, in challenging moments and moments of immense pride, through a crisis or victory…The Arc is there.”

Interested in learning more about The Arc? Find out more information here: www.thearcisthere.org

From the Archives: A look into the history of K&W Cafeterias

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K&W Cherry Street location. Downtown Winston Salem, NC.

Years of hard work, dedication, and vision have gone into making K&W one of the most beloved restaurant institutions in the south. We are thrilled to carry the designation of NC Family Business of the Year. Presented by the Wake Forest University Family Business Center and Business NC magazine, this award recognizes the achievements made by family-owned businesses and their contributions to their communities. Family is one of our main values at K&W, and we always look for ways to take care of yours and ours!

K&W began as a small coffee shop named The Carolinian, in downtown Winston-Salem. Grady T. Allred, Sr. started working there on Thanksgiving Day in 1935; only to discover the business was not making much money. Through hard work, Allred managed to acquire one third interest in the business. Around 1937, the original investors (T.K. Knight and his brothers-in-law Thomas, Kenneth, and William Wilson) decided to change the name to K&W Restaurant, and over the next few years, business began to increase, leading to Allred becoming the sole owner of K&W in 1941.

Allred soon involved his entire family in this new venture. His wife, Vivian, worked as a cashier, and Allred’s brothers Ted & Coy joined the business as managers. And soon, a second location opened in High Point. In December of 1951, a fire forced the Winston-Salem location to close for several months – which lead to its reopening, with a slight twist, as a new restaurant/cafeteria combination. This style became so popular, that Allred converted both locations entirely to cafeterias. Thus, K&W cafeteria was born! Whenever a new location opened, Allred’s reputation for “good food at reasonable prices” followed. And so, the legacy continues to be passed down within the Allred family today.

Centered on a strong family foundation, we would love you to share with us how K&W brings your family together!

Allred Family early 1960's
Allred Family early 1960’s
Allred Family
Allred family photo.

K&W Family Feature: Award-Winning Dessert Recipe

Ann Whitley - Award-Winning Recipe

We are thrilled when our K&W family succeeds! Ann Whitley has been brightening people’s days as the cashier at the K&W on Healy Drive in Winston-Salem for 35 years.  Please enjoy this award-winning recipe for Ann’s delicious Pecan Bars, and be sure to share with your own family!

Pecan Dream Bars – Recipe of Ann Whitley

Makes 2 dozen.

Ingredients

1½ cups all-purpose flour

1¾ cups firmly packed (light) brown sugar, divided use

½ cup (1 stick) butter, cold

4 large eggs

½ cup light corn syrup

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1½ cups chopped pecans

8 ounces toffee bits

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13-by-9-inch baking pan. In a small bowl, combine flour and ¾ cup of the brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine eggs, remaining 1 cup brown sugar, corn syrup and melted butter, stirring until smooth. Stir in vanilla, pecans and toffee bits. Pour mixture over the hot baked crust. Bake 30 minutes, or until set.
  3. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

K&W Family Feature: Cooking With A Passion

K&W couldn’t provide our patrons with that delicious southern, home-style cooking everyone knows and loves without the help of the many talented people who enter our kitchens every day! Asheboro Robin McBride photo 3-13

Meet Robin, a chef at the K&W Asheboro who joined our family in May of 1984. Over the years she has provided excellent service and has developed not only her own skills, but has taken the time to help train many K&W cooks who have come into our family. Not only does she impart her cooking wisdom and techniques on aspiring cooks, but she also puts time into developing new recipes for our patrons to try. All her hard work, dedication, and attention to detail are many reasons why K&W is such a wonderful place.

If you’re in the Asheboro area, living or visiting, be sure to visit the location and try some of Robin’s delicious food! Maybe they’ll even be one of her new recipes available for you to try. We’d love to know what you love about our food, and we’ll be sure to pass it along to the chefs that make it possible!

Five K&W Fun Facts You Didn’t Know

1. K&W Buys Local | K&W buys locally grown ingredients whenever we can. No shipping in of stale, frozen food items. We work closely with North Carolina’s “Got to be NC” program and place a strong emphasis on purchasing freshness and quality from local growers.

2. Made-From-Scratch Daily | Ever wonder how long something has been sitting there? The delicious food choices we present to our customers are made from scratch in small batches throughout the day. This means it will be fresh when you get it and we can minimize waste and keep our costs down. It’s a smart way of doing business and you can’t get any fresher than that!

3. Providing Heart-Healthy Choices | Not all southern comfort food has to have a high butter and fat content to be delicious. K&W has partnered with the Heart Center Dining Program of Wake Forest Baptist Health to develop recipes lower in fat grams, sodium, and calories. Just look for the little heart icon on the menus when you’re looking for a satisfying healthy meal.

4. Nutritional Information is Readily Available | Keeping the health of our customers in mind, K&W provides nutritional information for our food items, online; with specific heart healthy items highlighted in pink. Curious as to what exactly you would be eating? You can always check out our Nutritional Charts.

5. Several Locations Serve Breakfast | Although not available at all locations, it’s sure worth a trip! Talk about variety! From farm-fresh eggs cooked to order, made-from-scratch daily biscuits, pastries, pancakes and waffles to in-season fruits and all the breakfast meats and sides you could want — a K&W breakfast is a scrumptious adventure! See if a K&W near you serves breakfast!

Customer Appreciation Day 2014

K&W celebrated its annual Customer Appreciation Day last week across all of your local locations. As a whole, K&W showed our appreciation by offering lunch or dinner for only $4.99. Throughout the day we met guests celebrating anniversaries and birthdays, some local leaders for locations and of course, our regulars out for lunch or dinner. We had a blast celebrating you, our customers, and wanted to share some of the moments with you.

 Thanks_ from our family to yours

Did you visit us on Customer Appreciation Day? If so, how was it?

K&W Family Feature: Community Service Close to the Heart

Our employees are a huge part of the overall K&W experience each customer receives when visiting. Many of these staff members have been with us over 30 or even 40 years, and because of them the mission and vision of K&W is kept alive. Because of their support, dedication, and excellent service they have become part of the K&W family.

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Meet Nancy, who was hired as a cashier and has worked at both our Crossroads and Salem locations in Roanoke, VA.  Nancy currently works as our breakfast cashier and she continues to help us out where help is needed.  Nancy is a dedicated employee who sometimes goes above and beyond her work at K&W.  She has been known to occasionally help our customers in need by purchasing clothing, food, and even school supplies when needed. Special “Thanks” to Nancy for all of her hard work and service to K&W and for caring about our customers.

 

Another interesting piece of information about Nancy is that she knows 8 out of 10 customers on a first name basis – share with us what cashiers you love and we will be sure to tell the rest of our K&W community!

K&W NC Family Business Award Video

On Thursday, May 8th, 2014, K&W Cafeterias received the North Carolina Family Business off the Year award at an awards dinner at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C.  K&W’s award was in the Large Business category and was presented by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  The Wake Forest Family Business Center and Business N.C. Magazine honored the Allred family in a video filmed at the K&W Home Office and Healy Drive K&W Cafeteria in Winston-Salem, NC.  K&W NC Family Business Award Video  Awards were based on a variety of criteria, including innovative business strategies and practices, business growth and development, contributions to the community and their industry, involvement by family members and generations, and commitment to family well-being.

 

 

K&W Receives “N.C. Family Business of the Year” Award

FBC46_ch_Badge_03_w-namesK&W Cafeterias has received the “North Carolina Family Business of the Year” award for 2013-2014 from the Wake Forest University Family Business Center and Business North Carolina magazine. After being nominated, a committee determines the award winners based on information submitted by applicants. K&W will receive the award in the Large business category. The award will be presented to the owners of K&W at an awards banquet at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C. on May 8, 2014.

K&W Wins National T.O.M. Award For Casual Dining

The National Turkey Foundation has named K&W Cafeterias the 2014 winner of their T.O.M. Award for Casual Dining restaurants.  Winners were announced at the NTF’s annual convention on February 13th.  The T.O.M. (Turkey on Menu) award honors a food service operation that successfully includes year-round turkey dishes on their menus.  K&W will be presented with a plaque that will also reside in the T.O.M. Award Hall of fame.

Jenine Deans Awarded “Employee of the Year” by City of Wilson

Wilson-Jenine Deans 10-13Jenine Deans of K&W in Wilson, NC, was awarded “Employee of the Year” at Wilson’s 2013 Disability Employment Awards Luncheon on October 17, 2013 at the Wilson Country Club.  Jeff Baker, General Manager of K&W in Wilson states “Jenine started working at K&W in 1979 and has been a loyal employee for 34 years.  She first began in the dish room, rolling silverware, and worked her way through various levels and is now in charge of the dishwasher and the cleansing of pots and pans.  She enjoys her job and has shown the ability to do any job in the building that is asked of her.  We are very proud to have Jenine as our employee and admire her dedication to her job.  Jenine has never allowed her disability to stop her from performing any and all responsibilities asked of her.”

K&W Cafeterias is very proud to have Jenine as our employee.  Congratulations on a job well done!

 

K&W Names New Catering Manager

K&W Cafeterias, Inc. is pleased to announce, as of October 1, 2013, Kimberly Kaiser has accepted the position of Catering Manager in the company’s rapidly growing K&W Catering division.

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Kimberly Kaiser, Catering Manager

Kimberly joined K&W in 1996 after ten years of service in the U.S. Navy.  She has held several positions within K&W, including General Manager of four different locations, most recently in Charlotte.

Regional Vice-President, Rob Cox says “Kim is one of the most organized people I know and has the potential to elevate our catering program to new heights.   Her communication skills will be useful as she represents the quality and value of K&W Catering in the marketplace.  We are especially excited to have her oversee our operations leading into the busy holiday season.”

K&W Chapel Hill Receives Award

K&W in Chapel Hill, N.C. has received an award for 15 years of involvement with the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service’s RSVVP event.  The event is held in November each year and restaurants donate a percentage of their receipts on the designated day toward fighting hunger in the community.  RSVVP benefits the Community Kitchen and the Community Food Pantry in the Chapel Hill area. 

K&W Cafeterias, Inc, President, Dax Allred, says “I am proud that we can be a part of this very worthwhile, high-profile event to fight hunger in the community.”  K&W continually takes a stand in the fight against hunger with donations and assistance to area food banks. 

Vice-President, Jeff Loken and K&W Chapel Hill General Manager, Jerome Solomon accepted the award on behalf of K&W Cafeterias, Inc., on September 10th, 2013, at a banquet held at the Sienna Hotel.

K&W Receives Prestigious Customer Service Award

K&W Cafeterias has received the 2013 Excellence in Customer Satisfaction award from Celebration Media U.S. and Talk of the Town News.  This is the third year K&W has received the award, which is given to businesses and professionals noted by their customers for excellent customer service through blogs, websites, and social networks.  CMUS Power Ratings are based on a multitude of resources, including consumer-review websites and blogs, social networks, and other rating services and industry resources to determine the top consumer-rated businesses throughout the United Sates and Canada.  CMUS is based in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

K&W Names Donna Neeley 2012 General Manager of the Year

 

K&W Cafeterias has awarded their prestigious “General Manager of the Year for 2012” award to Donna Neeley who manages K&W’s Winston-Salem location on Hanes Mill Road.  Donna joined K&W in August of 2006 and was promoted to General Manager in December of 2011.  Donna is one of thirty-three K&W General Managers.  Managers are evaluated using a series of performance benchmarks throughout the year.  

Bill Cockerham, General Manager of K&W’s Holden Road location in Greensboro, received the award for “Best Customer Service in 2012” based on customer feedback. 

 K&W Cafeterias is headquartered in Winston-Salem and has been family owned since 1937.  They serve made-from-scratch home-style food, and operate thirty-three cafeterias in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, employing over two thousand persons.

K&W Donates $10,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank

From L to R:  Todd Smith, Exec. VP of K&W; Clyde Fitzgerald, Exec Dir Second Harvest Food Bank, Bill Allred, Asst. Dir. of Purchasing for K&W; Dax Allred, President of K&W Cafeterias.
From L to R: Todd Smith, Exec. VP of K&W; Clyde Fitzgerald, Exec Dir Second Harvest Food Bank, Bill Allred, Asst. Dir. of Purchasing for K&W; Dax Allred, President of K&W Cafeterias.

 In a meeting on Monday, February 11th, with Clyde Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, K&W Cafeterias donated $10,000 in the fight against hunger. 

The Second Harvest Food Bank serves an 18-county area with nearly 300,000 persons who are at risk of hunger.  One third of them are children.  Food is a basic need – the fuel we need to survive and thrive.  Hungry children can’t learn and hungry adults can’t work and live productively.  Children are especially vulnerable to issues of hunger and poverty.  A child who is unequipped to learn because of hunger and poverty is more likely to be poor as an adult.  As such, the existence of childhood hunger in the United States threatens future American Prosperity. 

The owners of K&W Cafeterias believe strongly in supporting the community where they do business.  They are pleased to join the Second Harvest Food Bank in their efforts.

Friendly Center K&W Employee Wins Goodwill Award

Karla McSwain with K&W at Friendly Center in Greensboro has been awarded the “George E. Norman, Jr. Graduate of the Year” award by Goodwill Industries of Central North Carolina.  The award stated the following:  “Since obtaining a fulfilling position at K&W Cafeteria a year and a half ago, Karla McSwain believes she has finally found her way.  As a resident of Siler City, Karla made the trek from her home to receive job training services including Keyboarding, Customer Service and Job Prep courses at the Greensboro Community Resource Center.  Her perseverance paid off when she secured a job opportunity with K&W Cafeteria.

Goodwill’s Senior Director of Operations and Quality Assurance, John Totty, beams “Karla was very proactive throughout her training and job search and has now reached her goal to gain employment.  Her future can only get brighter.”

Bobby Eaton, General Manager of K&W’s Signature Place at Friendly Center says “We are very pleased to have an employee with the attitude, persistence and follow-through that Karla has put forth.  Her future is bright, indeed.”

K&W Introduces NEW Country Fried Chicken Box

K&W has just introduced their NEW Country Fried Chicken Box, just in time for football season.  K&W’s Country Fried Chicken uses an improved batter technique and it’s receiving rave reviews from customers!  The Country Fried Chicken Box will be available TO-GO at sixteen K&W locations.  It’s perfect for tailgating or picnics.  The box includes 8 pieces of white and dark meat chicken and 4 rolls, biscuits, or cornbread for just $9.99.  Customers will have the option to add 2 sides and a 1/2 gallon beverage for an additional $6.00.  The NEW Country Fried Chicken Box is now available in Asheboro, Burlington, Cameron Village in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Crossroads in Roanoke, Clemmons, Fayetteville, Greenville, NC, Greenville, SC, Hanes Mill, Winston-Salem, Healy Drive, Winston-Salem, Peters Creek, Winston-Salem, Norfolk, and Wilmington.

K&W Cafeterias Announces 2011 Management Awards

K&W Cafeterias has awarded their prestigious “General Manager of the Year for 2011” award to Ted Ruffin who manages the Fayetteville, N.C. location.  Ted is a 25 year employee with K&W and was promoted to General Manager of the Fayetteville location in January of 2001.  K&W Managers are evaluated using a series of performance benchmarks throughout the year.

Chris Costa, Manager of Cameron Village K&WChris Costa, General Manager of K&W’s Cameron Village location in Raleigh received the award for “Best Customer Service in 2011”, based on customer feedback.  This is the second year in a row that Chris has won this award.

K&W Cafeterias has been family owned since 1937, with headquarters in Winston-Salem.  They serve made-from-scratch home-style food, and operate thirty-three cafeterias in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, employing over twenty-four hundred persons.

K&W Receives “Employer of the Year 2010″ Designation from Goodwill

Read Goodwill’s statement below:

Helping people succeed is just part of the culture at K&W Cafeteria, this years Employer of the Year. K&W has partnered with Goodwill for several years to provide training opportunities for Goodwill clients and most recently participated in Goodwill’s Summer Youth Program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, by providing a site for youth in the Food Service program to gain work experience.

K&W’s commitment to Goodwill and the community as a whole does not stop there. A number of Goodwill graduates have been hired as K&W employees, where they have the opportunity to continue their careers with a company who sincerely wants to help them succeed.

Patrick Michaels, Goodwill’s President and CEO, does not underestimate the importance of companies like K&W to Goodwill’s job training and placement programs. Without the support of businesses in the community who are willing to provide employment opportunities, Goodwill would be unable to accomplish our mission.

K&W Receives Prestigious Customer Satisfaction Award

K&W Cafeterias has been honored by Celebration Media, US (CMUS) and Talk of the Town News as a recipient of their prestigious “Talk of the Town” award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction in 2011. The Talk of the Town Awards recognizes a host of businesses and professionals who have been noted by their customers through multiple websites, blogs, and social networks for their excellent customer service. CMUS is headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and the company’s mission is to uncover the most highly rated businesses and spotlight their achievements in customer satisfaction.

K&W in Raleigh Receives “Employer of the Year” Award

Congratulations to our Cameron Village and Tower Marketplace locations!

K&W was honored by StepUP Ministry of Raleigh with their “2011 Employer of the Year” Award, presented by Angela Coleman, Employment Manager of StepUp Ministry to Chris Costa, General Manager of the K&W Cameron Village location. Over the period of 2009 through 2011, K&W Cafeterias’ two Raleigh locations have hired over twenty-four Job Readiness Program Graduates from the StepUp Ministry, according to Ms. Coleman.

StepUp Ministry is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides individuals and families with a second chance in life, supporting them in their commitment to be independent, productive members of the community. The StepUp program teaches basic life skills and vocational training, and offers community support, including safe housing, and opens the door for life-sustaining employment.

Myrtle Beach K&W Goes Above and Beyond

Hats off to the employees of K&W’s 79th Ave. N. location in Myrtle Beach for going above and beyond.

We received the following note from a K&W Customer in Myrtle Beach:

Dear K&W:
Last Thursday my Father made the decision to go off of life support. Before he did, he had two requests of my Sister. One was for a piece of K&W’s coconut cream pie. His request came at a time when the K&W at 79th Ave. N, was in the cleanup phase between breakfast and lunch. My Sister was able to get someone to the door and explained the situation to them. They very graciously took the time to fulfilll Dad’s request.

Please pass on to the staff of that site and the management of K&W, our gratitude for the kindness they showed during this time of need.