When teams arrive to their Destination for a sports event, they need to do three things: play, sleep and eat. For the athletes, playing is automatic and sleeping just requires getting heads in beds at an available hotel. Whether you’re on the road or at home, eating is always the toughest part. More often than not, teams want to have a group meal after the game, and that’s where Team Mealz by Earl Enterprise comes in.
About Team Mealz
Team Mealz by Earl Enterprise provides group dining and onsite event catering to sporting events across the US, taking the stress of meal planning off of event organizers, coaches, parents and athletes’ plates. Earl Enterprise owns and operates over 200-250 restaurants throughout the entire country, including big-name beloved brands like Bertucci’s, Brio, Buca di Beppo, Planet Hollywood, Bravo, and Chicken Guy. Team Mealz enables sports teams to experience these restaurants without the hassle.
“What we have done that is really unique with our restaurant brands is we’ve created these sports specific menus for youth teams or even college and professional groups to come dine in and out with modified menus. We’re able to accommodate anything that they need from a youth sports perspective: last minute schedule changes, all inclusive pricing, you name it. The goal is to make it very easy for coaches or parents to put together a team dinner. It’s a very simple and automated booking process,” Zac Holbrook, Director of Sales at Team Mealz shares.
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Team Mealz was founded by sports parents who struggled to find a place to eat with their kids after tournaments. From youth sporting events to college sports, eating is always the biggest headache for a large group of athletes. Earl Enterprise set out to create a sports-specific offering for those teams that need an easy plan.
From the Restaurant to the Field
For those who would like to dine onsite, Team Mealz offers altered menus with all-inclusive pricing to simplify the large group meal experience. Coaches or parents can coordinate directly with Team Mealz representatives to set up reservations instead of working with the restaurant. Team Mealz also has the capability to cater directly to a facility or hotel. Their drivers deliver right from the restaurant to the field, so players can enjoy a post-game meal without the wait.
“We also know that things can come up last minute, and we can take those last minute catering options or individual meals to go, whatever it may be,” Holbrook says.
How Can You Get Started?
In many cases, Team Mealz works initially with the event organizer to set up a group dining option for their participants. From there, a custom website link is created for parents and players to book a meal. Parents simply enter their contact information, number of guests and preferred date and timing, and a Team Mealz representative will reach out to confirm their booking.
“It makes it very easy for them. They don’t have to worry about anything else. All they have to do is show up to the restaurant, enjoy their food, and leave,” Holbrook notes. For the event organizer, there is no cost unless they would like their events catered. For those groups dining at a restaurant, reservations are confirmed with a 50% deposit and the remaining balance is paid at the restaurant.
What’s in it for the Organization?
The key goal for Team Mealz is to bring extra value to sports events. Teams are looking for an end-to-end experience when traveling for tournaments, and offering meal services only boosts event value.
For Earl Enterprise, everything is about providing a full experience. Their first restaurant, Planet Hollywood, was created to celebrate entertainment through dining. Today, each of Earl Enterprise’s brands offer a distinct experience, not just a quick meal. With Team Mealz by Earl Enterprise, the company has taken that core mission to the sports market, adding a unique value to events across the country.
Take the work off your plate by connecting with Team Mealz. Learn more about their offering on their Playeasy profile here and reach out to Zac Holbrook at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
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