About Us

Fabulous Food, Employee Owned

Meet Our Team

Alex Buc

Director of Dining Services

Alex’s 20 plus years of experience, from executive chef to director, create a profound understanding of all the ins and outs of the culinary industry. He has led a staff of 100+ in large scale kitchens, as well as improved customer satisfaction at government contracts. His infectious energy, strong leadership skills, and love of food are reflected in all aspects of his day-to-day. Alex is always striving to be the best partner, and his hands-on approach, team-building ability, and vast culinary knowledge and experience help him to do just that!

abuc@merig.com
202.295.6185

 

Khari Bell

Executive Chef

kbell@merig.com

 

Chris Blain

District Manager

Chris grew up in the Virginia Beach area and has held a variety of positions throughout his career. He got his start as a line cook in fine dining which later prompted him to attend CIA and during his schooling, he earned an internship at TheHerbfarm in Seattle. He first joined MG as a cook at the Virginia State Capitol and moved on to be our Retail & Sustainability Manager at Guilford College followed by Director at Beauvoir School, and finally General Manager at Virginia Theological Seminary. Between Guilford and Beauvoir, Chris had the opportunity to be the Executive Chef at the Virginia Governor’s Mansion for Governor McAuliffe. Chris has a thirst for world travel and experiencing different cultures. He continually seeks to absorb new practices, principles, and languages (6 to be exact), and, of course, flavors, ingredients, and techniques.

cblain@merig.com

Living & Working Sustainably

We take a holistic approach to being good stewards of our natural resources. Given that food services as an industry are notorious for waste, we start with a focus on not letting good food end up in the trash.  From there, we incorporate other important strategies: buying local foods, composting, recycling, etc. Doing what we can to take better care of our planet is the right thing to do. We also provide programs and information in these areas as well as nutrition awareness.

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

We are invested in creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate in and contribute to the success of the business. This means fostering and protecting an inclusive environment in which all employees feel respected, are treated fairly and their viewpoints, thoughts, and ideas are encouraged and embraced, regardless of position, age, race, religion, beliefs, socio-economic background, gender, who they love, how they identify and of course, other protected statuses. We proudly support vendors, partners, and suppliers who share these values of inclusion.

Our Culture

We recognize that people are our most important ingredient and we provide them with the best resources, from training and support to progressive systems, so they may find satisfaction in what they do and feel appreciated for their hard work. We cultivate an atmosphere where we learn, grow and improve, constantly. This people-first culture fosters a better experience for each guest.

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