Robert Kalt left his job as meeting planner for Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J., with a mission: He wanted to find a better way to dispose of all the extra food and goodies at the end of a meeting, rather than dumping them in the garbage. “The event industry has been historically a glut of excess when it comes to the social end of events,” he says. Kalt's solution is Special E, a small, but growing, business he founded in mid-2006 that arranges for the collection of leftovers ...

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