locally sourced ingredients
brussels slaw ,
baked potato ,
carrots with salsa verte ,
ox hummus ,
roasted winter veggies
herb roasted chicken (antibiotic and steroid-free) ,
braised beef (grass-fed)
herb feta ,
Dressings are a great source of pride for the Ox Kitchen. Chef Abbie Gellman uses her dietitian training to reinterpret the classics, creating guilt-free dressings that can steer the flavor profile of your bowl toward sweet, savory, or creamy without relying on excess salt, sugar or processed alternatives.
locally sourced ingredients
braised beef (grass-fed),
w. pomegranate apple vinaigrette
carrots with salsa verte,
roasted winter veggies,
herb roasted chicken (antibiotic and steroid-free),
w. kale pesto
w. curried honey mustard
carrots with salsa verte,
roasted winter veggies,
w. herb roasted chicken (antibiotic and steroid-free)
"Ox Verte became a Certified B Corporation in 2017"
Ox Verte became a Certified B Corporation in 2017. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B ... (read more)
Ox Verte became a Certified B Corporation in 2017. B Corps are a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Corp certification is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk.
Ox Verte was certified by the non-profit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. We’ve evaluated how our practices impact our employees, our community, the environment, and our customers.
Today, there are over 2,000 Certified B Corps around the globe, including Etsy, Patagonia, and Warby Parker. We are proud to join them in redefining success in business, so that one day everyone uses business as a force for good.
"No vendor or restaurant generates as much buzz as ox verte"
“I work at a tech/finance start up and we offer catered lunch several times per week. No vendor or restaurant generates as much buzz as Ox Verte - my whole team is ... (read more)
“I work at a tech/finance start up and we offer catered lunch several times per week. No vendor or restaurant generates as much buzz as Ox Verte - my whole team is obsessed! We currently have the grain bar every other Friday, but most wish we had it every day. The food is high quality, healthy, and delicious! We love the seasonally-changing menu, which ensures we are getting the freshest ingredients possible. They source heirloom veggies and interesting ancient grains. The housemade dressings are incredible and everyone goes crazy for the sea salt and chocolate chip cookies! I've yet to find another catering vendor who is as great as Ox. I've spread the word to several other companies and will continue to do so. Team Ox!!”
Catie Case, Office Experience and Events Manager
"Able to meet a large array of dietary needs"
“As an organic food brand, our team is always excited to enjoy fresh and nutritious food. Everyone can craft their own bowl to fit their tastes, so when you order Ox, ... (read more)
“As an organic food brand, our team is always excited to enjoy fresh and nutritious food. Everyone can craft their own bowl to fit their tastes, so when you order Ox, you know you will be able to meet a large array of dietary needs. Jessie and her staff have always been on time and incredibly friendly, and our staff and visitors consistently rave about their meals.”
Marykate Maher, Office Manager
"Our employees returned to work feeling energized and good"
“I organize regular catering for my company, a tech startup that works with restaurants. Because of our work in food tech, our employees love food and are food ... (read more)
“I organize regular catering for my company, a tech startup that works with restaurants. Because of our work in food tech, our employees love food and are food experts. Our team is always looking for the best in taste, quality, and presentation. I was so excited when our VP handed me Jessie's card. I could tell right away by the website and mission that this would be a great fit for us! I love the company's focus on healthy food and sustainability, obvious commitment to quality, customer service, look and design, and I love the idea of convenient balanced food bowls. It was really easy for our staff to create many different bowls that work with all sorts of diets and taste preferences. They can easily enjoy at their desk or in our common spaces without any mess. And even better, our employees return to work feeling energized and good, instead of crashing as they would after eating something of lower quality.”
Lacey Althouse, Office Manager/Executive Assistant
"All around perfect choice for a big lunch meeting "
“Ox delivers the utmost pleasant and professional experience. Everything on the menu is fresh, delicious and enjoyable to everyone's desired taste. There are lots of ... (read more)
“Ox delivers the utmost pleasant and professional experience. Everything on the menu is fresh, delicious and enjoyable to everyone's desired taste. There are lots of different healthy options to choose from. All around perfect choice for a big lunch meeting - you can't go wrong with a healthy meal.
Paulie Tauzon, Administrative Assistant
"This Catering Company Wants to Reinvigorate Your Work Lunch"
This Catering Company Wants to Reinvigorate Your Work Lunch The sustainability-minded caterer already boasts over 80 regular clients all over Manhattan. By Ruth ... (read more)
This Catering Company Wants to Reinvigorate Your Work Lunch
Whether or not you do, Ox Verte cares about your lunch — a whole lot. Starting this month, they also happen to have their sights set firmly on boosting your breakfast, too. Why? Ox’s wholesome catering is designed to re-engineer the way businesses approach their midday meal.
Finding the traditional plethora of sub-par sandwiches and snacks not only unfulfilling but wholly inadequate for sustaining busy workers, Jessie Gould decided to launch a company whose roots go deeper than just serving tasty food (though she also does that in spades). The vibrant food entrepreneur, whose background includes a stint as Organic Avenue’s former VP of Operations, Brand and Marketing, felt the time was ripe for food that nourished a sense of community as well as its eaters. She also believed good food should be accessible to all, especially those in a work environment with limited kitchen resources.
The idea for Ox Verte, an emblem of slow, steady but positive progress (sidenote: the “e” is a deliberate addition for the gallic-inclined grammatical purist) follows the recent elevation of the plate to a metaphysical platform. Just as the Slow Money and Slow Food movements are blazing a global trail to rebuild local food systems and raise awareness for edible bounty at a community level, so Gould and her team decided the realm of office catering needed a little updating.
With her keen business sense, Gould set about exploring market trends and realized the rise of the “fast casual” hospitality segment was indicative of wider interest in healthy, organic and sustainable eats. Fast casual restaurants, for example, witnessed ten percent growth in spending and eight percent growth in foot traffic in 2013 according to the NPD Group. So together with Abbie Gellman, a culinary nutritionist and chef, and Kristen Cahill, whose background includes creative direction at Publics and Radical Media, Gould launched her concept to “get more people to eat real food every day.”
With their focus on reinvigorating midday menus at the workplace, the talented trio founded Ox Verte in early 2015 as a new way for businesses to give back to employees. The company now delivers anywhere in Manhattan and already boasts over 80 regular clients. According to Gould, “The most exciting thing about our customers is how excited they are about us. We’ve hit on something offices want.”
Growing steadily quarter on quarter Ox’s customer retention rate is nearly 90 percent, a deft accomplishment for such a new business. With a motto to “do better business,” the Ox team are also keen to be a better business unto themselves. The company is hoping to receive B Corporation status this year. By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability and performance Certified B Corps aim to rethink how corporations function from the ground up. Ox Verte is now part of a growing community of over 1,000 Certified B Corps across 33 countries and 60 industries.
As for its food, the company’s menu is a mix of seasonal and, where possible, locally-sourced ingredients that speak to the best of the colors and flavors available each season. For example this winter, Verte lunches will include einkorn, an ancient grain with a subtle, slightly sweet flavor from Lakeview Organics thanks to a partnership with Union Square Greenmarket. Local, free-roaming, antibiotic- and steroid-free chicken for the season will be sourced from Goffle Road Poultry Farm in New Jersey through their partnership with Local Bushel.
The flavor combinations emanate from a partnership with head chef Chris Owen, whose previous accolades include Pearl & Ash, (Sandy ravaged) Governor and Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill darling The Finch. Owen now works from Ox’ Greenwich Village kitchen. There his days range from poaching bright boxes of beets in apple cider vinegar to concocting new salad dressings, like tangy-yet-sooty smoked shallot vinaigrette. Owen states, “we keep our food simple and seasonal. The simple menu allows us to highlight the natural flavors of the ingredients and maintain consistently and quality.”
The results are bold but balanced; Ox ensures all dietary preferences are taken into consideration in its menus. Before each new menu sees the light of an office day, rigorous group taste tests ensure the catering is crowd-pleasing. Menu items are tested individually and in combination to ensure flavors match well together. The creative funk is then left to your own design.
Tasty food is one thing but the critical factor for Ox, arguably more so than for farm-to-table restaurants for example, is their goal to strike a balance between showcasing the best of seasonal with a menu that stays affordable. Spending the same on food as a high-end restaurant, additional daily covers, cost of containers and delivery must be factored in to every plate. Those plates must remain as appealing to a business’ bottom-line as their tastiness. Unsurprisingly therefore, the company’s prices are in line with other “market plate” menus catering to the well-heeled worker. Ox matches the local diversity and price range of Dig Inn or Sweetgreen with the convenience of GrubHub and Seamless, instead catered to your office on a regular basis so admin, ordering and queueing are kept to a minimum (unless you go back for seconds).
Ox Verte’s combination of people- and planet-minded business as well as its tasty office lunches has ensured strong growth and success in its first year of operation. 2016 is set to continue that trend, while bringing additional challenges in the form of an expanded catering line of breakfasts and lunches. With firm groundwork, a stellar team in place and lofty aspirations to reinvent lunch for other major metropolises in the U.S., this catering company will be one to watch in the coming year. Astrological and zodiac predictions aside, this could be the year of the Ox.
"noted speakers rave about Ox Verte"
Ox Verte is a staple at brunchwork events. Hundreds of our high caliber guests and noted speakers (top business leaders in the community) rave about Ox Verte & ... (read more)Ox Verte is a staple at brunchwork events. Hundreds of our high caliber guests and noted speakers (top business leaders in the community) rave about Ox Verte & eagerly await their healthy and delicious grain bowls brunchwork after brunchwork. Ox Verte is a favorite & highly anticipated meal among our community members!Jessie Gould and her team are an absolute pleasure to work with and deliver top notch service: responsive, reliable & friendly!Paulina K, founder
"a match made in business-catering heaven"
Jessie is a rare breed of CEOs/Founders; one who is very much involved in the process from beginning to end and who genuinely cares about the quality and service. ... (read more)
Jessie is a rare breed of CEOs/Founders; one who is very much involved in the process from beginning to end and who genuinely cares about the quality and service.
Since placing our first order, it's been a match made in business-catering heaven. Bringing delicious, high-quality, healthy foods to the catering sector is an ingenious concept we had yet to see from other caterers, and what sets Ox Verte apart is how mindful they are in their seasonal selections, ingredient sourcing, and food preparation/execution. We are excited to continue our relationship with Ox Verte and cannot wait to see what's next for them.
Carolina No, Executive Assistant / Office Coordinator
At Percolate, our values guide everything we do, and that includes how we plan the food in the office - from the snacks in the kitchen to the breakfasts and lunches ... (read more)
At Percolate, our values guide everything we do, and that includes how we plan the food in the office - from the snacks in the kitchen to the breakfasts and lunches we eat together. Jessie Gould and her team at Ox Verte have been ideal partners in carrying out those values and because of Ox Verte’s commitment to providing us with the most basic, but highest-quality input - healthy and tasty meals - we are able to create extraordinary outputs everyday.
"changed my meeting lunch game "
Ox Verte has changed my meeting lunch game. It has been received with open arms and makes my clients feel extremely special. It is such a healthy and yummy surprise ... (read more)
Ox Verte has changed my meeting lunch game. It has been received with open arms and makes my clients feel extremely special. It is such a healthy and yummy surprise for them to get something out of the usual boring sandwiches and wraps.
Additionally, I have been overjoyed at the level of service and customization offered when I need it in a pinch (custom purple napkins and logos painted on cookies to name a few). Ox Verte is truly an innovative catering partner in the space and I look forward to booking MANY MORE lunch meetings with them!
- Sarah Elliott, Account Director
"Ox Verte is our team's favorite lunch"
I know with certainty that Ox Verte is our team's favorite lunch of the month - we had to institute rules about who could get in line for lunch because of it! The ... (read more)
I know with certainty that Ox Verte is our team's favorite lunch of the month - we had to institute rules about who could get in line for lunch because of it! The ingredients are super fresh and healthy - qualities for fitness enthusiasts like our team - and the bowls are made to keep us satiated and fueled at once. Jessie and her team are amazing to work with - they're receptive to our feedback, accommodate all our change requests, and have a really good attitude that make working with them a total pleasure.
Mae Petra-Wong, Office Manager
"colleagues rave about Ox Verte's grain bowls"
My colleagues rave about Ox Verte's grain bowls and a lot of people say it's their favorite lunch. The food is always fresh and delicious, and more importantly, we ... (read more)
My colleagues rave about Ox Verte's grain bowls and a lot of people say it's their favorite lunch. The food is always fresh and delicious, and more importantly, we feel good after eating it. We've added Ox Verte to our regular rotation and my coworkers eagerly anticipate the grain bowls and, of course, the sea salt chocolate chip cookies.
Lucy Tang, Analyst
"we would pay individually to eat this everyday...."
Staff and partners are saying we would pay individually to eat this everyday....
Erin McGreevy, Event Management