About Us:

Essence of Thyme and Cravings (ETC) — a unique business model

Essence of Thyme and Cravings (ETC) has been providing food services to schools, corporate employee cafeterias, child and senior day care centers with nutritious meals since 1988.  We operate three fully licensed commercial kitchens, two of which also offer a café and gift shop.  We provide breakfasts and lunches to day care centers, senior centers, private and charter schools, manage on-site school and employee cafeterias as well as provide lunches to off-site contract catering accounts.

ETC's employment delivers real opportunities, real satisfaction and excellent quality food

Our unique expertise is in providing excellent food, prepared by chefs with extensive culinary training and experience as well as providing a vocational training program for people with disabilities.  Both families and school management takes pride in partnering with TILL, furthering their educational mission.

Quality, presentation, service, taste and flexibility are the qualities which we insist upon for all our food service customers
Whether you are enjoying a break inside one of our cafés, dining at one of our catered events or choosing a healthy selection at a school or corporate cafeteria, we take great pride to ensure that all menus are nutritious and pleasing to the palate and eye.

ETC and TILL - Serving Great Food with a Greater Purpose

ETC is a division of Toward Independent Living and Learning (TILL), an innovative human service organization providing services for individuals with acquired brain injuries, mental health issues, developmental disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. We operate day and residential services throughout Massachusetts as well as family support, behavioral health, and autism services in a wide variety of locations throughout MA. We pride ourselves on being an agency which understands that peoples’ needs are not static, nor are our services.

TILL opened its first entrepreneurial business 22 years ago in a donated commercial kitchen. Since that initial start we grew to our own commercial kitchen, café and gift shop in our Hyde Park location.  In 1994, we expanded northward, opening Cravings in Nashua, NH.  In 2008, as part of our extensive renovation of a beautiful 100 year old historic building in Chelsea, we opened our sister Essence of Thyme Café (ETC) location.

We have developed an extensive clientele of accounts including school and corporate business cafeterias, elder centers, and charter schools in Massachusetts as well as southern New Hampshire. This has given our businesses, Essence of Thyme and Cravings (ETC) name recognition in the food service world and allowed us to compete with food service companies. Our customers can expect excellent quality food, competitively priced and delivered on time without fail.  Our unique business model offers the benefit of supporting others to become productive, contributing members of their community.


Actively Involved

"I just wanted to let you know that we had our visit today from DESE this morning/afternoon. The visit went really well. She was impressed by the meals and how actively involved you are with us. And I would like to thank you and let you know how grateful we are for all the help and support we've received from you through this whole process. You ensured that we were as prepared as possible for this visit and it definitely paid off! Once again, thank you!!"
Carol, Operations Associate

Contact Us

Cindy Anderson
Director of Food Services
Essence of Thyme and Cravings


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