The story of Spork Bytes Shop begins with the founding of Spork Bytes office catering back in April 2014. Christopher Diamond and Timothy Taylor started a restaurant catering delivery service with a very simple and clear goal - enhance the workplace experience with family-style meals from local restaurants delivered to the office. The belief was that amazing things can happen when you gather teams around a dining table to sit down and eat together.
Portland had long been a hub of amazing food and we believed that corporate Portland would be willing and excited to bring restaurants into their office to share. We also saw this as an opportunity to support and bring additional business to local restaurants, many of which are family-owned small businesses.
Over the next six years, many lessons were learned as we built the business. We partnered with more than 60 local restaurants and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to small businesses. As we scaled up, Spork Bytes hired more employees and created jobs in the community. We worked with a larger variety of corporate clients, eventually adding special events and weddings to the list of offerings.
Spork Bytes has always been very customer-focused. Attention to detail and personal relationships kept clients happy and returning. Things were looking pretty good.
March 2020 - The Pandemic
Orders vanished overnight. Corporate catering no longer existed. 99 percent of revenues disappeared. Friends were closing their restaurants. Extremely tough decisions were made with very little time. Spork Bytes needed to come up with a new plan in order to stay afloat. They took stock of what they still knew to be true:
Spork Bytes always had great relationships with clients and restaurant partners and wondered how they could continue to connect these two groups.
Meal Kits - Rethinking Food Delivery
Spork Bytes set out to create the most convenient at-home dining experience possible while also continuing to support local Portland restaurants.
It’s no surprise that food tastes best when it’s served right out of the kitchen, so Spork Bytes Shop meal kits are all delivered cooked and prepared, but CHILLED and ready to go directly into your refrigerator. When you are ready, simply heat the items up following the detailed instructions included with each order.
Allow the aromas of the restaurant to fill your home and enjoy a great family-style meal.
“A Spork Bytes meal kit is the difference between ordering a meal to be eaten on the couch or a meal enjoyed sitting together at the dining table.”
By delivering meal kits filled with quality food made by local restaurants it supports the Portland community and the incredible individuals and families who work so hard to create these delicious meals. And if there was ever a time to rally around and support the community it’s now.