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Sloppy Joes Travel the Distance

It’s the start of summer and what better way to celebrate than by going on a picnic. First step: deciding what’s on the menu. Maybe it includes your favorite sandwich, some chips and iced tea. 

Chances are you haven’t tasted Town Hall Deli’s famous “Sloppy Joe.” Piled high with roast beef, turkey and topped with their famous secret sauce, this sandwich brings joy to customers living near the deli in South Orange, N.J., as far as California and everywhere in between.

There are several ways to make a ‘Joe. It all depends on how you like it. “The original is made with tongue, ham, coleslaw and ‘secret’ sauce on top of thinly sliced pullman rye bread,” said Tony Wonski, owner of Town Hall Deli. Other options for those less adventurous include turkey, roast beef, tuna and egg salad.

Town Hall Deli Sloppy JoeSo how do these sandwiches go the distance? George Berkeley, owner of The UPS Store in South Orange, has figured out just the right recipe. “When I opened my location, Tony approached me about his shipping needs, including packaging, on-time delivery and tracking capabilities,” recalls Berkeley. “It took me several months to understand the product and how it was made, the importance of the product arriving fresh, and the ability to travel long distances.” 

The UPS Store associates use a cardboard box, plastic foam, packaging peanuts and ice packs to customize each order. Berkeley and his team ensure each package arrives at its destination on time and in good condition. “My job is to keep Tony making food and not spending time solving logistics issues.” Through this package design, Berkeleyis able to offer Tony a “freshness guarantee” on all of his products. 

Whether you are in the mood for a “Sloppy Joe” or a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a picnic is the perfect way to spend a lazy day in the summer.

Wonski offers these five tips to help keep your food safe from the summer heat:

  1. Wash hands and work areas before preparing food.
  2. Cook foods in plenty of time to thoroughly chill them in shallow containers in the refrigerator.
  3. Pack foods right from the refrigerator into coolers.
  4. Everyone loves leftovers, but to be safe you have to throw them out if you don’t have a place to cool and store them within two hours of serving (or just one hour if air temperature spikes above 90 degrees).
  5. Stock your cooler with plenty of ice or ice packs, freeze bottles of water and pack them around the foods (you can drink them when they thaw) and keep the cooler in the air-conditioned backseat of your car, not in the trunk.

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