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Guckenheimer is a premier on-site corporate restaurant management and catering company. We are proud to say that we are in our 4th decade of operation. Our clients include many of America’s most respected corporations and institutions.

We are a private employee-owned company of more than 2,400 associates, serving our customers in over 335 locations in 26 states throughout the country.

Building the American Dream.
Guckenheimer began with a single sandwich stand in the courtyard of Stanford Medical School. It all started in 1965 when medical student Stewart Ritchie and his nursing student wife Jeanie hit on a novel way to finance Stewart’s education. Dismayed by the bland lunch choices available at the school, they set about offering healthier, tastier alternatives. Students, faculty members and staff loved the fresh and delicious food, the friendly service and their openness to suggestions.

After completing their medical school training, Stewart, now an MD with a surgical internship, and Jeanie with Stanford RN, BS and MA degrees, focused on developing the company as a premium provider of contract foodservices.

Founded on Quality.
The Ritchies’ innovative sandwich business was born into a fertile period in America’s food history. “Health Food” was becoming more important to people, ideas and influences from other countries were starting to filter in, and Americans were beginning to develop more sophisticated palates and a love of fine dining.

Recognizing that America’s passion for diverse, healthy fare was only going to grow, they laid the groundwork to ensure Guckenheimer stayed ahead of the curve as a leader in the good food revolution, creating a benchmark for excellence in the corporate dining sector.

Yet true to their humble beginnings, they also made sure to run their company on what they call “heartpower”; which is to serve our clients and customers in the best possible way: with respect and responsiveness.

Pride of Ownership: It Shows.
The Guckenheimer Employee Stock Ownership Plan was originally adopted on July 1, 1987. The company’s founders believed that Guckenheimer’s success was based on the teamwork, positive attitude, diligent effort and devotion of employees at every level. It was their desire that all employees benefit from Guckenheimer’s prosperity and growth, and have the prospect of a more secure future.

Today, we are proud to say that 54% of our company is employee owned. Guckenheimer has the 27th largest ESOP in the United States and every employee participates in our Employee Stock Ownership Program at no cost.

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Our Corporate Culture of Excellence.
Our own corporate culture sets a high standard for excellence. Our highly trained chefs work in tandem with nutrition professionals to create menus that are not only pleasing to the palate but nutritious as well. While some companies rely on nutritionists, we prefer to work with registered dieticians who have a more extensive background in nutritional science, in order to offer our clients a more robust health and wellness program. We are extremely proud of the fact that our entire Company has embraced our high standards and commitment to environmental sustainability. This commitment allows our program to evolve and keep abreast of the latest innovations and techniques that are available. Guckenheimer consistently follows the highest standard of sustainability throughout each of our operations and we provide valuable resources to our clients that can be used in their efforts to meet high environmental standards. Last but certainly not least, we greatly value all of our employees and the daily contributions they make to satisfy our clients, and uphold our operational standards and reputation. We know that our employees are our greatest asset.


Experience the Guckenheimer Difference.
At Guckenheimer, we envision a world where nourishment in the workplace – and beyond – is a way of life.

Healthy eating and healthy lifestyles at work lead to better choices and beneficial actions at home, school, or wherever people gather for a meal.

That’s the vision we rally to every day, in workplaces across the nation.

Nourishing Inspiration in Everything We Do.
Our goal is to create an upscale customized dining experience to fit your unique culture by offering healthy, hand-prepared meals for employees and clients to enjoy together in bright and airy environments, sparking collaboration and creativity.

It’s a simple mission, but also, a powerful one.

Local Awareness, Global Vision.
We are also aware of our role as a responsible corporate citizen. Becoming familiar with our communities and supporting local economies have always been important for us as ways to further our responsibility and commitment to our clients.

As shifts in the global economy create new challenges for us all, Guckenheimer remains steadfast in our dedication to the highest-quality ingredients, food safety practices and nutritional considerations while being sensitive to providing good value to our clients and managing our resources responsibly.


Commitment to Our Community.
Guckenheimer has deep roots in the communities we serve. Support of our communities through charitable responsiveness is central to our philosophies and our client relationships. Guckenheimer endeavors to partner with clients who are committed to environmental sustainability, and who view foodservice as a benefit to the health and happiness of their employees.


How to Reach Us
Chances are that one of our six regional offices, in America, is close enough to you, that we can arrange for you to experience the Guckenheimer Factor.

We invite you to sample our cooking, meet our Employee-owners and feel the commitment of our dedicated professionals.

If you would like to contact us, please contact us here at

Corporate Office
Three Lagoon Drive, Suite 325
Redwood Shores, CA 94065
(800) 466-5303