People to Know and Places to Go
Hal Langevin, Vice President of Street Sales, US Foods
Joe Bachul of Harrison House gave Hal his start in foodservice in 1984. Hal was one of just two reps at the time. He worked West Seventh Street near downtown St. Paul, and it was the beginning of a steady, successful career. Harrison House became PYA Monarch, then JP Foodservice, which bought Sexton Foodservice and Alliant Foodservice, finally becoming U.S. Foodservice, now US Foods. All along, the company helped define the term “full-service supplier” and Hal has been with them through it all, from street sales to district and regional manager, then VP of sales in 1994 when he accepted his Chicago assignment. In 1999 he returned to the Twin Cities as VP of Street Sales.
Hal’s longevity was born of his first career as a family counselor.
“The relationship-building is what I love,” Hal explained. “Several clients became close personal friends over the years.”
Hal quickly adds that several folks aided his success. Of those clients and colleagues, he particularly appreciates the loyalty and guidance from three legendary “7th Street” guys: Nick Mancini and son Pat, and Dave Cossetta.
“Nick often told other operators they had to call Hal. They were always looking out for me,” Hal said.
US Foods’ leadership is also a point of pride. “We have become a developer of talent and leadership for US Foods nationally. Many of our staff have been recruited elsewhere in the company,” he said. One example is Joe’s daughter, Tracy Bachul, who is a longtime manager for Hal, having worked with the company since she was 16.
Off the “street,” Hal is all about family. He and his wife, a nurse practitioner in pediatric oncology, have five children and 14 grandchildren! At the age of 5, each learns to hunt at “Hunt Camp” as Hal dubbed it, held at a lodge they have vacationed at for decades near the Canadian border. All but three of the 19 kids and grandkids have become hunters under Hal’s guiding wing. Favorite dining for Hunt Camp: Trails End in Buyck, Minnesota.
Les Dames d’Escoffier Returns April 30 With Dame It!
The Minnesota chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier throws a spotlight on women chefs in the Twin Cities with its Dame It! fundraiser Sunday, April 30. The event benefits local culinary students and the youth gardening project, Urban Roots. Dame It! is from 2-5 p.m. at Loring Social, 1629 Hennepin Ave. in Minneapolis Women chefs and local purveyors will offer a delicious array of small plates, wine tastings, cocktails, mocktails and sweets. Tickets are $85 for the general public; $45 is tax deductible. To order, visit www.dameit.info.