October Recipes

October Unity Materials

Café Thompson

Chef Spotlight Materials


Additional Resources

October 2014

In this first full month of autumn, the fall harvest command lots of well-deserved attention. Cities and towns across the United States celebrate this important agricultural period by staging festivals large and small. From the Hood River Valley Harvest Fest in Hood River, Oregon, to the Great Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Americans turn out in droves to indulge in regional fare and frivolity.


Chef Spotlight Suggestions

To add excitement to any Chef Spotlight recipe when you offer it at a Chef Table, turn it into an action recipe. Most recipes can de deconstructed and assembled in front of the guest or add a creative side that can be cooked to order. Use a suggestion below or be creative and try your own idea! Also, A salad tossed to order is a great way to make any casserole dish into an action station!

Autumn Cultural Catering Menus

The Autumn Cultural Catering Menus are now available here.


Cashew Cream Vegetable Pot Pie

The pot pie finally gets a yummy makeover. Silky smooth with a creamy base, the cashew version is perfect for those who crave all things vegan/vegetarian and gluten-free.

Roast Pork With Fried Yucca And Mojo Criollo

Meat Protein

Pork Bahn Mi
With Spicy Mayo

A classic sandwich in Vietnam, bahn mi (also the word for "bread") features various cold cuts such as pork. Spicy mayo gives it a memorable flavor boost.

Meat Protein

Roasted Turkey Breast With Fall Vegetables

Here's a pre-Thanksgiving meal that cooks will covet as much as diners. This "preseason" feast is less labor intensive than the holiday version but just as savory.

Grains and Rice

Bangers and Sweet White Runner Mash With Guinness
Onion Gravy

Experiment with this adventurous salute to Great Britain's culinary staple. Although the beans are an atypical ingredient in the recipe, the signature libation is not.

Baked German Pancakes With Buttermilk Sauce

The operative word for this treat is "cakes." Topped with buttermilk sauce and baked – not cooked on a griddle or in a skillet – they’re sure to get a warm reception.


Obatzter (German Beer Cheese)

Connect with diners by providing our exclusive reading material at your location. Each month, Our Cultural Calendar and Entry Signs are filled with fresh, engaging information for your customers to enjoy. Add a little excitement by posting our monthly Cookbook Raffle sign at your location.


For directors and others making presentations to clients, the PowerPoint slides provide a quick snapshot of our diversity content.


Cultural Calendar

Cookbook Raffle Sign


Entry Sign


Guess Who

PowerPoint Slides

Café Thompson: The brand, usage and guidelines

Café Thompson is new culinary offering that will improve Thompson Hospitality's onsite presence. With the number of product and corporate brands that are featured in our daily operations, it's easy for the Thompson Hospitality brand to get lost. Café Thompson is a marketing tool that will help solve this challenge.


This is an easy and effective program to implement.

Café Thompson is a live cooking exhibition and is presented as an action station. All recipes come from the Thompson Hospitality recipe library. You can bookmark the Joint Ventures page and find the recipes there, and they are delivered via the monthly e-blast. Use this program at a minimum of once per month, or you can use it biweekly or weekly.


Your culinary staff will appreciate the opportunity to showcase their skills as Café Thompson does not use corporate or visiting chefs. This program is executed by on-site chefs and employees. This is one of the key features that differentiates Café Thompson from a Chef Spotlight event or a Chef's Table.


Café Thompson Marketing

You can find the materials you will need to market this program here. Download the posters and signs that will work best for your operation. Depending on the café station location and space, use a full size poster, an 11" x 17" sign or a regular letter-size sign. Recipes are displayed in a counter-top sign holder or on the poster as seen in the illustration to the left. Display your marketing materials early (when employees first arrive to open and prep) on the day of the event.

Also, the chef or employee working the action station must wear a black bib apron branded with the new Café Thompson logo, complemented by a black skull cap.


Questions and uniforms


Hispanic Heritage

Month Banners


Menu Templates (Word)

Celebrating Foods of the World

Chef Spotlight

Thompson Hospitality
and Compass Group's Partnership Signs

These documents come in handy when you need to promote an upcoming appearance by one of our chefs at your location.

Collaboration Poster for Morrsion JV Accounts
- West Coast

Dining Services by Chartwells and Thompson Hospitality

Chef Roenicke

Chef Mendoza

Chef McDonnell

Chef Abud

Chef Andrews

September Issue


As part of our joint venture with Compass Group USA, Thompson Hospitality produces a full-color, eight-page publication six times a year. It's perfect reading material for diners to pick up at your location or enjoy via the Web, tablet or smartphone. Our full-color corporate newsletter provides the latest behind-the-scenes news about Thompson Hospitality.

Unity Magazine

Unity is a cultural publication from Compass Group and Thompson Hospitality. Approximately 25,000 are distributed in Fortune 500 environments (IBM, Microsoft, Bank of America, Boeing, etc.), K-12 schools systems (Chicago Public Schools), colleges and universities (HBCUs), museums (Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian), and other influential venues in coordination with the official heritage months celebrated throughout the year. Stories are positive, inspiring, and focus on food, art and culture.


Read President and Chairman Warren Thompson's message
to all employees. And
get up-to-date info on current initiatives,
new accounts
and much more.

Thompson Hospitality

More Tools at Your Disposal

Café and cafeteria managers can make use of our Chef Spotlight Menu Templates (pre-visit) and Evaluation Reports (post-visit). And if you're in need of a vendor, check out our MWBE Suppliers List.

Our Promotional Table Setup document is a visual guide for setting up our marketing materials at client sites.


Menu Templates

(PDF Format)

Evaluation Reprorts

(Excel Format)

MWBE Suppliers

(Excel Format)

Promotional Table Setup

Instructions (PDF format)