About Us

Pickles

The Award Winning:

New York Deli / Caterer / Wholesale

Manufacturer / Contract Feeding

Professionals

Pizon Corporation / Jagmar Inc. / MCL Grand Inc.

Pickles Biography

Pickles was started back in 1998 by the Berner Family. Heirs of world renowned classical chef Woodrow Ingram as a tribute to the great chef and his life's work. In his day Woodrow was among the best chefs in the world showcasing his art in such places as the famed Waldorf Astoria hotel, Catering for the Queen of England & being one of the most in demand Chefs in New York. In the kitchen Woodrow was one of the greatest & to those of us who got to spend time with him out of the kitchen he was truly world class!!

It was just natural that Joyce was born with a cooking gene, growing up learning his philosophies both in and out of the kitchen. Alan who never worked with food before, joined the family in 1970, soon after he too entered the foodservice industry. Thirty-five years later Alan has worked in several areas of food service & is a food purchasing specialist. Greg followed in his grandfathers footsteps starting in the family business at a very young age & today is a Certified Corporate Chef with the honor of being the youngest restaurantuer to win the Top 25 Business award in Central Florida. Kim joined the family business in 2002 & has grown from an office assistant to the Catering Coordination manager.

Pickles original N.Y. Deli was started in an old convenience store in downtown Orlando. The concept was a true New York Style delicatessen that focused all of it's energies on servicing all of the Breakfast, Lunch and catering needs of the business community within Central Florida. Quickly, Pickles quality and service began to get a local buzz. Many business meetings began to take place in our dining room. People from all different income levels began to spend their lunch hours there discussing everything from sports to politics. (Syndicated Radio Talk Show Host Jim Philips reffered to Pickles as the Orlando version of the T.V. show Cheers.) Pickles quickly became the out of the way meeting place where everyone met for lunch. Then, Orange County Chairman Mel Martinez(Now Senator for the State of Florida), discovered us. Along with the majority of his colleagues, he frequented Pickles on a daily basis. Scott Joseph, The Orlando Sentinel Food Critic, wrote a full page article, on the food quality and level of service. After this article Pickles' popularity and business grew exponentially.

Now that Pickles retail operations were a success, it was only natural that catering would follow. The meetings that were taking place in the dining room were being moved to the Board room & Pickles followed suit. Pickles was now a caterer & still with the same focus. offering services to cover any need of the Business community. Pickles Catering was selected as the ONLY FOOD SERVICE PROVIDER TO WIN THE TOP 25 BUSINESS AWARD in 2000'. Then several months later the regional president of Boars Head Provisions named Pickles The "Flagship Food service operation" for Boars Head in this region. These humble beginings were the foundation for many of the Awards, Accommodations, Articles & Tributes we have been honored with by the Business community we service. By 2004 Pickles had grown to 6 Retail Restaurants 1 catering facility, over 100 vending machines & several large food services contracts. In 2007 Pickles purchased Deli Fresh Wholesale. A pre - Packaged sandwich & salad manufacturing facility in Longwood Fl. focusing on the private Label wholesale manufacturing of food service menu items. Deli Fresh became Pickles Express wholesale in 2008'.

Pickles Does It ALL! WHOLESALE ~ RETAIL ~ VENDING ~ COFFEE SERVICE ~ CONTRACT FEEDING ~ & OF COURSE CATERING. All handled as completely separate entities; yet all with the same focus. Handling any need of the Business community with each & every relationship founded on TRUST & RELIABILITY far beyond your expectations!!

Want Results?? Call Pickles. Just ask the many businesses we service every day. Our Advertizing is our client referrals. We proudly offer references in all areas we service.

Our "Award Winning" Pickles Catering division. Is Your company's HOSPITALITY STAFF! Our catering team spends a lot of time learning your needs, wants & desires. We take the time to understand the full spectrum of your needs & we custom design menus around those needs. Many companies like our quick & easy ordering system by where there specific specs. are saved to a data base. The client knows that we take the ball from there... To many other companies we are appreciated for our willingness to spend as much time as necessary to creatively design menus around their focus or budget for each event.

Our concierge services manager will get you anything you want from the most basic request to the most outrageous finds. We become a relied upon part of the team.

Each client gets a catering coordinator assigned to them. This coordinator takes the time to understand the specific needs of your company & then build menus & options specific to those needs. Our team understands that a Doctor's office sales rep. has a completely different set of needs then an executive board meeting. The only consistants are that the menu & presentation have to impress everyone attending, The cost has to please the accountants & Ultimately the caterer needs to be 100% relied upon at all times! We take both personal pride & personal responsibility in the success of your event. Our focus has always been corporate hospitality. We understand the importance of the relationship between caterer & client in the success of any event. From the most basic breakfast to the most extraordinary Black tie affairs ` Pickles knows what it takes to make any event a success.

Do you like what you are reading ?? .. Dont take our word for it ~ See the accolades section of this web site (or) call for references. many of our clients are willing to gladly share their experiences

We don't like to brag... ...but members of The Central Florida Business Community seem to think we are pretty special. Read what they have to say...

Alisha C., Eli Lilly & Company - "...Thank you and the staff of Pickles for doing an outstanding job in catering the numerous luncheons... Your willingness to deliver anywhere and take special orders has made our job so much easier. ...Especially nice to consistently be met by your pleasant voice...each time we place our orders...even on the weekends. Again, thank you for consistently good food and pleasant customer service."

Becky M., Gray Harris - "I just wanted to say thank you to your staff over there for their wonderful last minute help in getting a last minute lunch together for me. They really come through in a pinch whenever I need help!! Thanks again to your wonderful staff!

Wayne D., Orange County Government - "...I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Berner over the past several years. I can say with definite confidence that he is one of the most reliable, trustworthy and helpful individuals I have met. ...Greg is always there with his cool demeanor and flexible mindset ready to calmly solve any problems that may arise. Indeed, it is this very quality that helps set him apart from other upscale caterers in the downtown Orlando area..."

Steven H- Director JBU , Jet Blue Airlines - "Pickles is a valued Business Partner - one that goes above & beyond in meeting the needs of our students & faculty members. We rely on them for everything hospitality related !! They have become an important part of our Jet Blue Family."

Gary R. CCIM,SIOR, CRE, Commercial Net Lease Realty, Inc. - "I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the accomplishment of you and your staff to create a seamless dessert presentation for our milestone acquisition celebration. ...we wanted all components of our celebration to be something special to commemorate the event. ...Thank you for your continuing excellent service to our company"

Lynn R., Orlando Museum of Art - "I wanted to thank you again for the excellent service provided by Pickles during the large seminar... Both Breakfast and lunch were delicious, the food abundant and the service impeccable..."

Laura G., Building Codes Board of Adjustments and Appeals - "I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff for the good work you do in Orange County Government... The Customer Service you all provide is the best! ...You all do such an outstanding job in catering services..."

Barbara C., CMP, Meeting Makers Inc. - "Thank you so very much for your excellent and professional service for the Florida Public Library Technology Conference. ...your performance exceeded our expectations...impressed with the extra care and concern...be sure that we are already reccomending you to other clients and colleagues"

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida - "Thank you for the great food and wonderful service that Pickles has provided us! ...always a pleasure working with you and your staff... We especially appreciate the effort you put forth adapting menus for our particular needs... We look forward to a continued relationship with you and your staff!"

Ariane L., Longwood, Fl - "Well you've done it again!! Just when I thought you couldn't get any better, You Did!! ...It doesn't matter whether you are catering a small party, luncheon or large gathering, everthing is always impeccable. ...If you say you are going to take care of something, you do. Our worries are over, "Greg is handling it". It is truly a pleasure to do business with you..."

Mike E., CIT - "Thank you! ...Great Job to you and Pickles, I will recommend Pickles to all my colleagues and friends."

Mary Ellen F., Commercial Net Lease Realty, Inc. - "I want to take this opportunity to thank you and your wonderful team for the outstanding job you did for our Board of Director's dinner last night and our Board of Director luncheon today.

As we have come to expect from Pickles, everything was delicious and beautifully presented. I was delighted to observe our Chairman of the Board, Vice Chairman and President stop and compliment you on the meal. Needless to say this is not an ordinary occurence. The impeccable service, outstanding food, presentation, and graciousness of your staff made the event seamless from last night's dinner through today's luncheon.

It is wonderful to have an initial meeting with you and know that you will take the ball and run with it to score a touchdown for any event we plan. My level of trust in you as our caterer of choice is based on the knowledge that you take a level of ownership for the success of an event. I did not have to once worry or double-check on either your staff or any of the setup, etc. It was handled in a first-class manner. You are not a caterer who does the minimum in food quality, preparation, or service. You offer a concierge stand of performance.

As members of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce; Pickles is tied into the heart of the Central Florida Community. We are involved in many charities. We cater many of the United Way events. We feed the Harbor House committee monthly. We donate to many fundraisers including but not limited to: Make a Wish Foundation, United Way and Habitat for Humanity. The owner of Pickles was even awarded the Good Citizenship award for 1998 by the Orlando Chief of Police for playing a major role in a Shoes for Guns event that helped to remove over 100 illegal guns from the streets of Central Florida to help make our community safer.

Monique C., Habitat for Humanity of Greater Apopka - "...I would would to thank you for your donation... in support of our golf tournament. Thanks to the support of companies like yours we were able to raise over $27,000..."

Beth, Signature Flight Support - "Signature Flight Support would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support during our recent "Airplane For Wishes" campaign for Give Kids the World. Through your kind donation, we raised over $100,000 to help terminally ill children's dreams become a reality..."

Phyllis H., Boyle Engineering - "I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your support. As usual, whether it's catering one of our many company functions or responding to our requests for fundraising support, you've come again to our rescue with your great food!..."

George L., Kiwanis Club of South Orlando - "Thank you for your support of our area Youth Fund Raising Golf Tournament and Auction"

Commander Andy G., Orange County Police Athletic League - "I wish to extend to you our sincere appreciation for your support of the PAL Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament. Your contribution helped make this tournament a huge success..."

Sheriff Kevin B., Orange County Sheriff's Office - "The recent outbreak of hurricanes has wrought an immense amount of damage to our community. ...Times like these can either bring out the best or the worst in people. You have truly confirmed what can be done when "the best" is demonstrated. ...your generosity and unswerving dedication to the spirit of teamwork helped many... Thank you for your kindness and help. What a team we make when we work together!"

The Pickles Family has always earned it's uncomparable reputation by servicing all of the Breakfast, Lunch and Catering needs of the business community within Central Florida. Our formula has always been a 50/50 mix of top quality foods at fair prices and a guest-centered service level that far exceeds most peoples expectations. We offer contract feeding from meals delivered to your site to complete operation of your food service dept.

Food Quality

As part of our commitment to being a 1st class Business partner 1st & formost we offer many pricing programs to suit any contract feeding needs, however, our extensive restaurant background has enabled us to use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients and still keep prices low.

Customer Service

Customer Service is one of the 3 most important aspects of our facilities, in conjunction with the Food Quality and Sanitation. These are the fundamental items behind our entire reputation.

Customer Input

The only way that Pickles can take care of any and all of the Breakfast, Lunch and Catering needs of business community effectively is to have constant input from the people we serve. We do this in many different ways. Comment cards are placed on every table and at the to go counter. We also talk to every guest and find out their special requests. After every catering event we contact the host and find out if there would be anything to make their next event even better. We take all the information and constantly change things to fit these requests.

Sanitation and Cleanliness

At all of the Pickles Concept Restaurants we consider our Cleanliness and Sanitation habits to be the most important control factor that we have. All of Pickles Employees are Certified Food Handlers! Each facility has Certified Food Managers and the Owner is Certified in sanitation management with honors by the American Culinary Federation. At Pickles; sanitation habits are taken so seriously that we hire our own internal Board of Health dept. to ensure that we are always exceeding our own expectations. We clean and sanitize everything in our kitchens constantly. Every employee wears gloves whenever they touch any food products & they are constantly re-trained to ensure they are always operating at the highest standards. Hand sanitizer is next to every work station and every employee is required to wash and sanitize their hands every time they enter the kitchens. Our Manufacturing Facility is governed by the U.S.D.A & our production kitchens are "Clean Room Sanitized"

School Lunch Program

All staff involved with Children's Food Services are required to constantly be re-certified in sanitation, food handling and can meet all 4H requirements prior to working in these areas.

Experience and Training

All of the Pickles Staff are trained and certified by the State of Florida in Food Handling and Sanitation. The department managers are all certified Food Managers by the State of Florida. The Owner Greg Berner is a Certified Corporate Chef. He is certified by the American Culinary Federation and has a Food Service Degree and Restaurant Management Degree form Rockland College in New York. Greg has worked in some of the highest volume restaurants and catering facilities in the world, including but not limited to: managing several of the catering and restaurant kitchens at Walt Disney World. The Pickles staff are all experienced in many levels of restaurant work. Each area has a manager and several employees to handle all of the work load.

  • Phone (407)951-8662
  • 1891 West State Road 434 Longwood Florida 32750
  • Fax (407) 951 - 8665
  • Restaurant Hours: 8am-4pm Every Day (excluding holidays) --- Catering Hours: 24/7