We have kept our doors open and our heads high, always trying to stay positive, but we’ll admit that 2020 nearly kicked our you-know-whats just like everyone else.
Taking a look back at the year, we’re focusing on the positive. We grew stronger as a team. We invested in ourselves. We dug down to the roots of what the Lilly’s legacy is truly about.
We are blessed to have kept our BOH staff and our doors open – amidst struggle and uncertainty, we still found ways to grow.
We experimented with launching pasta and sauce meal kits, and helping our customers develop theirs.
We too turned our focus to takeout and delivery – eager for the rise of the fresh pasta ghost kitchen!
We even took a stab at delivering our fresh pasta locally via GrubHub and DoorDash (not really our thing, but worth the try).
Despite all odds, we expanded our pasta family. We began partnerships with B+A Food Sales and Pacific Coast Marketing, passionate food brokerage teams who have become friends too. We brought on new team members to support our internal operations. And we pursued new distribution channels, reaching as far as Puerto Rico!
And of course, one of our greatest accomplishments this year was launching the Piancone® Epicureo fresh-frozen pasta line with our friends at PFG. It has been an honor to work with their brands teams on this project, and we’re proud and humbled to have sold over 5,000 cases together within just a few months of launch.
If 2020 is about finding silver linings, then we’ve found some big silver pasta forks somewhere in this giant pile of spaghetti.
What really inspired us to keep going each day was the passion and creativity of our customers and partners, and seeing hints of our beautiful restaurant industry recovering.
We’re hanging on to hope for a future that’s brighter than ever before; our hearts go out to those who have had to shut their doors and won’t be with us on the other side.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us during one of the most difficult years our industry has ever experienced, and let’s carbo-load for a 2021 COMEBACK
The Lilly’s Fresh Pasta Family
Special thanks to
Villa Roma Resort & Conference Center
B&A Food Brokers
Pacific Coast Marketing
Performance Food Group
Bread of Life
Trattoria Il Panino North End
Provender Kitchen + Bar
MidiCi Wood Fired Italian – Assembly Row
and of course our amazing staff, and our queen Mamma Lilly D’Alelio