How pandemic bento boxes became care packages and a new business model

Growing up outside of Tokyo, Chef Kenji Miyaishi’s mother used to send him off with bento boxes of onigiri rice balls, karaage fried chicken, tamago-yaki egg omelets and vegetables from her garden.

Now, as he’s pivoted his upscale restaurant in Napa, California, to prepare and deliver bento boxes amid the pandemic, he says he aims to serve with the same values of precision, culture and care his mother did.

Chef Kenji Miayishi. Credit Bob McClenahan (Bob McClenahan)
Chef Kenji Miayishi. Credit Bob McClenahan (Bob McClenahan)

Bento boxes can be traced back to the Kamakura period in 12th century Japan, and this year — with restaurants relying on takeout and delivery — they’ve become a relevant and culturally authentic way for kaiseki chefs across the country to stay in business.

And some chefs say, at a time of uncertainty, the boxes have also come to symbolize nurturing and comfort.

“Bento is usually made by a mother for her children

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How pandemic bento boxes became their own care package and a new business model

Growing up outside of Tokyo, Chef Kenji Miyaishi’s mother used to send him off with bento boxes of onigiri rice balls, karaage fried chicken, tamago-yaki egg omelets and vegetables from her garden.

Now, as he’s pivoted his upscale restaurant in Napa, California, to prepare and deliver bento boxes amid the pandemic, he says he aims to serve with the same values of precision, culture and care his mother did.

Kenzo Napa Head Chef Kenji Miayishi.Bob McClenahan

Bento boxes can be traced back to the Kamakura period in 12th century Japan, and this year — with restaurants relying on takeout and delivery — they’ve become a relevant and culturally authentic way for kaiseki chefs across the country to stay in business.

And some chefs say, at a time of uncertainty, the boxes have also come to symbolize nurturing and comfort.

“Bento is usually made by a mother for her children

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Blindster Founder Kyle Cox Named Gold Winner for Executive Excellence: Business Role Model of the Year

HOUSTON, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Blindster, the leading online custom window coverings business, is proud to announce that the Customer Sales & Service World Awards®, the world’s top achievement awards program for sales, service, support and business development, has named Blindster’s founder and CEO Kyle Cox the gold winner for Executive Excellence: Business Role Model of the Year.

The Customer Sales & Service World Awards® is an industry and peer international competition honoring achievements in disciplines that create the best customer experience for business successes everywhere.

When the pandemic hit, Kyle stepped back to think about how he could continue to keep in close contact with their customers but also consider the bigger picture of how to be a servant during a time of immense need for his community. Because of this, Kyle launched the COVID-19 Program: with every product sold on Blindster.com, $2 was

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Business Role Model of the Year

HOUSTON, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Blindster, the leading online custom window coverings business, is proud to announce that the Customer Sales & Service World Awards®, the world’s top achievement awards program for sales, service, support and business development, has named Blindster’s founder and CEO Kyle Cox the gold winner for Executive Excellence: Business Role Model of the Year.

The Customer Sales & Service World Awards® is an industry and peer international competition honoring achievements in disciplines that create the best customer experience for business successes everywhere.

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Business Model Reengineering – CentralAmericaData :: The Regional Business Portal

The statistics, trends and projections that were used to analyze and define business models and strategies before the pandemic lost their validity due to the emergence of a new economic and commercial reality.

The pandemic that caused the spread of covid-19, forced the Central American authorities to decree severe restrictions on the mobility of people. These quarantines generated new consumption habits and modified to some extent people’s preferences.

Because most countries in the region are in the phase of reopening their economies and removing restrictions on consumer mobility, business leaders are busy understanding the current business reality.

Learn more about CentralAmericaData‘s consumer studies.

Martesfinanciero.com review that “… In order to have clients, talent, suppliers and allies, companies should focus on understanding the reality of each of their main audiences. The client cannot be seen as a link to achieve their goals, but as the center and

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Girl Scouts of Central Indiana launches new business model

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is launching a new service model.

CEO Danielle Shockey says this is a new community-centric model to serve their members more conveniently.

The organization will save around $312,000 annually with the new model.

Shockey says this will be reinvested back into Girl Scouts programming and camps.

She adds this move just made sense to better service their members.

“This new model takes really a two-pronged approach at getting our staff, but more than our staff, our resources, to more girls and more families way closer to them,” Shockey told us.

She says the current Girl Scouts office in Terre Haute will remain, but field staff will also be working out of the Launch Terre Haute location.

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College football odds, picks, predictions for Week 6, 2020: Proven model backing Florida, Notre Dame

Mike Leach’s Air Raid offense overwhelmed LSU in an upset two weeks ago, but fell flat in Mississippi State’s 21-14 loss to Arkansas last week. The Week 6 college football odds from William Hill list the Bulldogs as two-point underdogs at Kentucky as quarterback K.J. Costello and the offense try to get back in gear. Elsewhere in the SEC, No. 21 Texas A&M will try to get back on track after being blown out by Alabama last week, but the Aggies have another top-tier opponent this week in No. 4 Florida.

The latest Week 6 college football spreads show the Gators as 6.5-point road favorites in that matchup. Where is the value in college football bets in the SEC and elsewhere around the nation? Before making any Week 6 college football picks on those games or others, be sure to see the latest college football predictions from SportsLine’s proven model.

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Amazon Luna: Great Idea, Challenging Business Model, Says Analyst

Not one to miss an opportunity to go down a lucrative new path, last week Amazon (AMZN) announced it is launching a cloud gaming platform, Luna.

Luna will launch at an introductory price of $6 a month with a tiered subscription structure, and the new service will go head to head with other big players’ services such as Google’s Stadia, Microsoft’s xCloud, and EA’s Origin Access.

Powered by AWS and integrated with its own live streaming platform, Twitch, the aim is to have the service accessible to any device with a screen. Although users playing on TVs will need to connect a FireTV box or a FireTV stick. Gamers using phones, tablets or PCs already online will be able to access the service without FireTV.

One thing the service won’t have at launch is much content. To start off, only 50 games will be available, and with one

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Cryptic Studios interview: Surviving Atari, working with Wizards, and a changing business model

Cryptic Studios is entering its third decade in the massively multiplayer online game market, where it started (like everyone else) in paid subscriptions before moving on to the free-to-play model.

In that time, CEO Stephen D’Angelo has seen the company grow from working on one game (City of Heroes) to now maintaining three MMORPGS: Champions Online (Cryptic also owns the pen-and-paper IP after the deal it had with Marvel fell apart and the studio pivoted to another brand), Star Trek Online, and Neverwinter.

And for the first time since the early 2010s, Cryptic is getting ready to release a new game: Magic Legends, which is a more action-RPG take on its MMO model.

I spoke with D’Angelo over the summer about the studio’s history and how Cryptic approaches the business. We talked about how it’s thrived since partnering with Perfect World after the Atari meltdown, how it came to work

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