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February 28, 2018
International Women’s Day

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights” – Gloria Steinem

March 8th, 2018 is International Women’s Day. First celebrated in 1909, International Women’s Day is both a celebration and a call to action. On International Women’s Day we celebrate the social, economic, political and cultural achievements of women across the world. The movement has made great strides toward progress in recent years but global action is a must to continue the acceleration of gender parity.

Robinson Hill’s CEO, Dee Robinson, is taking part in the movement in her community’s International Women’s Day celebration. Ms. Robinson will be part of a select panel of female executives and will speak on important topics such as equality, leadership and supporting other women.

International Women’s Day events across the nation will pose important questions such as: What will it take to create a workplace culture where men and women are equal? How can we continue to build an equal workforce at the leadership level and why is it important? What is happening in the workplace today? How can we create greater equality? What are you doing to bridge the gap?

October 29, 2017
Robinson Hill Team Participates in Hot Chocolate Run

Dee at the 2017 Hot Chocolate Run

Dee at the 2017 Hot Chocolate Run

Dee Robinson and Jen Zak of Robinson Hill, joined by Casey Robertson, Griselda Walls and Michele Rogers, participated in the 2017Hot Chocolate Run on Sunday, October 29th.

The Hot Chocolate 15k/5k, coined as America’s Sweetest Race, is brought to you by RAM Racing. Established in 2008, the inaugural Hot Chocolate 15k/5k ran through the streets of Chicago, Illinois. Since its inception, over 200,000 participants have run for chocolate, making it the fastest growing race series in the nation!

Make-A-Wish® is the official race charity of the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k! Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.

Jen at the 2017 Hot Chocolate Run

Jen at the 2017 Hot Chocolate Run

We invite you to join us next year.

October 16, 2017
Dee Robinson honored as 2017 Business Leader of Color

Every two years since 2003, Chicago united has released the Business Leaders of Color publication to serve as “a resource to increase inclusion of diverse candidates in Fortune 1,000 corporations’ boards of directors.” This publication seeks to accelerate the “inclusion of professionals of color in board governance.” Of 195 well-qualified candidates in a wide range of product and service industries, 50 leaders were honored in the 2017 publication. This year, Robinson Hill’s President & CEO, Dee Robinson was honored with this distinction.

“When we created the Business Leaders of Color publication in 2003, our goal was to highlight and recognize exceptional corporate and civic diverse leaders who were ready to contribute as board directors for Fortune 1,000 companies,” said Gloria Castillo, president and CEO of Chicago United. “It’s been remarkable to see the individuals who have been honored over the years as Business Leaders of Color evolves into a network of the most influential diverse leaders in Chicago. Since the beginning, we have identified and featured nearly 370 board-ready candidates who have served in more than 230 corporate directorships.”

“Past Business Leaders of Color members include former First Lady Michelle Obama; Valerie B. Jarrett, former senior advisor to former President Barack Obama; Adela Cepeda, managing director, PFM Financial Advisors LLC, and Board director, UBS Funds, Consulting Group Capital Markets Mutual Funds, Mercer Mutual Funds, and BMO Financial Corporation; Michelle L. Collins, president, Cambium LLC, and Board member of The PrivateBank, ULTA Beauty, and Health Care Service Corporation; Sonny Garg, solutions lead, Energy, Uptake; Aylwin B. Lewis, Board member, The Walt Disney Company and Marriott International Inc.; Lou Nieto, Board member of AutoZone, Ryder Systems Inc., and Fresh and Ready Foods; Luis Sierra, CEO – Global Aromatics, BP; and Don Thompson, founder, Cleveland Avenue, and former Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s Corporation.”

You can read the publication in full here.


June 23, 2017
Robinson Hill Catering Featured in Crain’s Chicago Business


Crain’s Chicago Business subscribers received some special insights into catering initiatives in a recent issue of the publication. Featured alongside other top Chicago Caterers, Dee Robinson, President & CEO of Robinson Hill Catering offered her perspective on creating “successful corporate meetings and events.” The 2-page spread, featuring catering advertisements and insights, appears on pages 18 and 19 of the June 12th, 2017 issue. If you aren’t a Crain’s subscriber, don’t worry; we will provide Dee’s advice to you here. Free of charge.

Robinson Hill Catering seeks to create unique, exciting and memorable experiences. We offer the brands that you know and love, served to you by our professional, fun and friendly staff. We work with clients to develop catering presentations that go beyond the food. It’s the experience that counts! We welcome the opportunity to discover ways to tap into a client’s core values, and find way to incorporate elements of their corporate identity. Let us bring the fun to you whether for an ice cream party, full-service breakfast, lunch or for any occasion.”

Want to learn more about Robinson Hill’s catering services? Click here!

March 31, 2017
Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day 2017!


Come Out to Support Easterseals on Free Cone Day April 4, 2017

Serves Fans, Fun Flavors and Supports Community

Chicago, Illinois—April 4, 2017–Ben & Jerry’s fans can mark April 4th on their calendars as the 2017 Ben & Jerry-est day of the year: Free Cone Day! For the past 38 years, Ben & Jerry’s has opened Scoop Shops to dish out free ice cream to fans, thanking them for being so uniquely awesome. The tradition has continued to grow, beginning in the small state of Vermont, and now spanning across the globe. Fans are invited to Ben & Jerry’s at Navy Pier, located at 600 E. Grand, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to join in on the company’s long-time tradition of thanking fans for their commitment and ongoing support.

Robinson Hill and Ben & Jerry’s were founded on the idea that business has not just the opportunity, but also the responsibility to give back to the community. Free Cone Day is a long standing Ben & Jerry tradition when it comes to benevolent acts, and as Jerry said, “If it’s not fun, why do it?” The annual anniversary merges the two founding principles and demonstrates that giving back to the community is just as sweet as free ice cream.

“We love getting involved with and giving back to our communities. It’s amazing what we can do together over shared values and several scoops of ice cream,” said Dee Robinson, President & CEO, Ben & Jerry’s at Navy Pier. Ben & Jerry’s has been a longtime advocate of social causes like marriage equality and climate justice, and ensuring that their ice cream is made in the best way possible which includes sourcing Fairtrade and non-GMO ingredients.


Ben & Jerry’s continues to deliver on the chunky and funky flavors fans have grown to love and expect. In addition to dishing out the chunks and swirls, Ben & Jerry’s at Navy Pier will partner with local organization, Easterseals, to spread the word about providing opportunities for people of all ages with a range of disabilities to achieve their full potential. Together, they’re changing the way the world defines and views disability within the community.

So the biggest question is, what flavor will you have on Free Cone Day?


As a social justice company, Ben & Jerry’s believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, non-dairy frozen dessert, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality, responsibly sourced ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community and became a certified B Corp (Benefit Corporation) in 2012.

For the inside scoop on Ben & Jerry’s visit


As part of its brand portfolio, Robinson Hill owns, manages and operates award- winning food & beverage and news & gift concessions in non-traditional locations such as airports and tourist destinations, hospitals and colleges.

At Robinson Hill, we merge brand leadership, operational excellence and a superior customer experience to achieve exceptional performance results. Robinson Hill’s main goal is to elevate the dining and retail experience. We raise the bar with top brands, great food and, most importantly, a relentless focus on customer satisfaction. We choose to uphold our core values of leading with conviction and integrity, advancing and improving our communities, building lasting relationships and acting with drive and ingenuity every day.

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For nearly 100 years, Easterseals has been the indispensable resource for people and families living with disabilities. Throughout all life’s moments – from the extraordinary to the ordinary and everything in between – Easterseals is here to help people and families realize and reach for their full potential.

Across the nation, we remove physical, cultural, attitudinal and legal obstacles so people with disabilities have every opportunity to live meaningful and productive lives, on their own terms. We exist to provide the best services and opportunities for people with disabilities in communities nationwide.

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Robinson Hill + Ben & Jerry’s + Easterseals = Community

February 17, 2017
Robinson Hill Referral Program

Can You Use $1000?

Robinson Hill continues to grow, and now we’re looking for experienced food-service & hospitality professionals to join our team of Rock Stars.

We are currently offering $1000 for General Manager or Assistant General Manager referrals. In order to receive your referral money, the applicant must list your name under the ‘Referral Source’ or ‘How did you hear about Robinson Hill’ section of our employment application, and remain employed with Robinson Hill for a minimum of 60 days.

Help us build our team. You’re a natural recruiter so let’s reward you for your efforts. If you know experienced and talented candidates, we want to meet them!

December 23, 2016
Dine While You Dash: Reagan National’s Holiday Restaurant Guide


December has a tendency to become frantic — fast. Among the parties, shopping, and hectic travel, it can be difficult to carve out time for a healthy, filling meal that isn’t 75% cookies. But you can still eat well (and affordably) this holiday season, even with only a few minutes to spare before a flight home. Reagan National Airport is full of beloved Washington, D.C. dining staples that have a variety of satisfying meal options, whether for pickup or a rare sit-down moment. Here are our picks for some of Reagan’s smartest (and tastiest) dining choices during the holidays.

Lebanese Taverna
Terminal B/C, Gates 23 – 34
Chicken Shawarma and Hummus
Get a taste of Capitol Region’s best Lebanese cuisine by picking up this delicious standout, served with mixed greens, feta, and the restaurant’s signature house dressing.

Read the full article here.

October 20, 2016
Dee Robinson to Speak at Crain’s Privately Held Breakfast


Robinson Hill’s President & CEO, Dee Robinson, has been invited to speak at Crain’s Chicago Business’ Invite-Only Privately Held Breakfast. The “event is exclusive to CEOs, owners and presidents of Privately Held companies, headquartered in Illinois with revenues of $20million+.”

The 3-hour event takes place the morning of November 17th, and the featured speakers include James Bodman (CEO, Vienna Beef), Jonathan Stein (Partner, SOM Chicago), Daniel Walsh (Co-chairman, The Walsh Group) and Robinson Hill’s own Dee Robinson, President & CEO.

Click here to register or for additional information on the event.

October 13, 2016
Dee Robinson Responds to Ben & Jerry’s Support of BLM


Simply stated, I love these two wonderful men. Not only because they are thoughtful, caring, and authentic, but because they happen to be genuinely nice guys. They are passionate about people and about social justice. I have been fortunate enough to spend time with them, which always gave me the greatest pleasure – and I state this from the heart. Jerry Greenfield attended my wedding, and in typical ‘Jerry’ fashion, he did far more than simply show up. He made the event all the more memorable by arranging to bring Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream to a place where none existed, and delighted our guests by serving the ice cream. He pulled a scoop out of his suit jacket pocket and the fun began!

I am blessed to know Jerry and Ben, and I am honored to associate with two guys who care deeply about the lives of all. Since it is them, Ben and Jerry, making this important and admirable statement – two well-known personalities in the business and social justice arenas – more people may hear it and take it to heart. History has repeatedly demonstrated this phenomenon; messages delivered by individuals with celebrity or authority have a larger impact. Indeed, we must stand together; our friends come in all colors.

Thank you, Jerry and Ben.

October 12, 2016
Ben & Jerry’s Supports Black Lives Matter



Our brand partner Ben & Jerry’s has taken a stance regarding the #BlackLivesMatter movement:

“Black lives matter.

They matter because they are children, brothers, sisters, mothers, and fathers.

They matter because the injustices they face steal from all of us — white people and people of color alike. They steal our very humanity.
Systemic and institutionalized racism are the defining civil rights and social justice issues of our time. We’ve come to understand that to be silent about the violence and threats to the lives and well-being of Black people is to be complicit in that violence and those threats.”

You can read the article in full here.