Chop't names new VP of food and beverage

Staff Writer
Chop't names new VP of food and beverage

Chop’t Creative Salad Co. has promoted Catherine Lederer to the post of vice president of food and beverage.

Lederer, who joined the 15-unit salad chain in 2008, previously held the title of director of food and beverage.

In her new capacity, Lederer will be responsible for the 10-year-old company’s supply chain, quality assurance, menu management and green initiatives.

She also will serve as Chop’t’s representative to the New York-based nonprofit organization Wellness in Schools organization, which is focused on evolving and improving the food served in schools. The company donates $25,000 a year to the program and leads several educational sessions throughout the city’s school systems.

“Since her early days at Chop’t, Catherine has been instrumental in our menu development as we strive to create the Caesars and Cobbs of the future,” Colin McCabe, Chop’t’s cofounder and president, said in a statement. “She has helped execute our visions — that salads can be the center stage of any meal — and through our collaboration, we have had many successes in pushing the boundaries on variety, quality and creativity.”

Lederer previously worked for Le Pain Quotidien, the bakery-café chain, where she was responsible for brand management and sustainability initiatives. She also was business development manager for Niman Ranch.

Chop’t, which was founded in 2001 by McCabe and Tony Shure in New York, now also has locations in Washington, D.C.

Contact Paul Frumkin at paul.frumkin@penton.com.