Episode 33 – Inside the Mind of the Independent Restaurant Operator

This weeks the IFDA released an in-depth 194 page report, prepared by industry research partner Technomic, about independent restaurant operators. It details market trends, challenges, economic outlooks, changing formats and a whole lot more. We’re sharing just a few of the many insights from it in this episode. We’ve also got this week’s new products, including a new fresh soup from Blount Fine Foods, which you won’t want to miss!

Recipe: Beef and Gouda Puff Pastry Roll-Ups

This recipe is a must try! Featuring puff pastry brushed with Raye’s Old World Gourmet mustard, topped with Great Lakes Cheese Co. smoked gouda and Steak-EZE® sliced sirloin steak. Then rolled and cut into rounds and baked until puffed, flaky steaky irresistible magic happens!

5 Lessons Millennials Taught Marketers

So, what is the big whoop about Millennials? Well, they are the largest generation in America, accounting for 80 million consumers, 11.6 million households with kids, and are expected to spend $200 billion dollars this year. And by 2020, Millennials’ spending power will hit $1.4 trillion a year and that will account for 30% of U.S. retail sales…

Are Your Restaurant’s Checklists Up to the Task?

It’s going to be a busy Friday at your restaurant. There’s the annual sports event in town and you’re going to be slammed. As a manager, you’re in the back early to make sure the team is ready for the volume that’s coming in. But as you walk through the door, you instantly start to worry…

Episode 32 – C-Store Foodservice, Food News and New Products!

When it comes to food from “c-stores” – even with convenience foodservice sales exceeding $34 billion dollars a year – negative consumer perceptions still exist around the category. Recent research has shown that there is plenty of room for continued innovation when it comes to foodservice in c-stores, and that putting quality first in certain areas can have a positive impact on food sales.

Episode 31 – Fall Kitchen Prep and a Wrap Rap

Foodservice operators take tremendous pride in their kitchens and equipment. Now that we’re through the hectic pace of the summer season now is a good time to clean equipment and ensure everything is in proper working order. And, if you’re looking for some fall-food inspiration we’ve assembled a list on our website featuring some of our favorite fall items. There’s even a section dedicated to all things pumpkin, with over a dozen different pumpkin related products.

Recipe: Apple Cider Beverages

With the fall on the horizon it’s time to start thinking about the comforting foods and beverages that customers crave as the season sets in. Fresh Maine apple cider is in season and in stock, so with that in mind, here are two apple cider recipes perfect for sharing seasonal flavor with your customers.

Episode 30 – “What’s new?”

For operators, raising the awareness of new items through any available channel — website, social media, in-house advertising or on the phone with customers — can have several benefits; including satisfying regulars who want to try something new, add-on sale opportunities, and attracting new customers. If a customer wants to know what’s new at your establishment, how available have you made that information for them? In this episode we’re going straight to the source to discuss “what’s new?” in foodservice.

Pile On the Flavor with Loaded Dishes

The “loaded” trend is making its way across dayparts, menu parts and segments, with everything from hot dogs to Bloody Marys to poke bowls piled high with offbeat and colorful ingredients. Whether it’s an Instagram-worthy smoothie bowl or made-to-order avocado toast, loaded dishes can add excitement and a signature touch to your menu offerings.

The 2017 Coffee and Tea Report

From premium options to iced and craft brews, specialty beverages have become a key focus for operators looking to maintain an edge over the competition as customers continue to embrace options beyond traditional hot coffee and tea… trends in coffee change in response to changing consumer profiles.

Episode 29 – Comfort Food with a Signature Twist & The Soups On!

The foliage will soon start to change, and with that will come consumer cravings for comfort food. Creating signature dishes inspired by comfort food has been gaining momentum in recent years, and with autumn on the horizon it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your unique comfort-inspired cuisine. On that same note, if you’re looking to add warmth and rich flavor to your menu, soups are a great way to do it. We’re ladling up the latest on our soup lineup.

Episode 28 – The Story of Deb the Innovator

In this inspirational episode of Dennis Knows Food, we’re sharing the story of a small town foodservice innovator who kept her business running, growing and adapting through all of the changes and challenges that were thrown at it. You won’t want to miss this one – so, connect your bluetooth devices, plug in your headphones and turn up the volume – it’s story time!

Menu Idea: Spicy Bleu Chicken Fried Chicken Sandwich

Featuring King’s Command 5.3oz Chicken Fried Chicken patties – Prepared with solid muscle chicken breast fillets, lightly marinated to perfection and then seasoned with a blend of flavorful spices. This delicious and mildly spicy southern-style chicken sandwich is the perfect addition to any lunch menu! Make it uniquely yours by varying the choice of dressings and sides!

Episode 27 – Tips for Marketing Campaigns, Peanut Allergies & AI Cookies

In Episode 27 of Dennis Knows Food we’re discussing tips for success in your next marketing campaign. Australian researchers have made a potential breakthrough in the fight against deadly peanut allergies. And Google now has a computer capable of making the perfect chocolate chip cookie. These topics and more in this week’s podcast!

Recipe: Cajun Beef & Bean Burrito

Tremendous Cajun flavor is wrapped into this beefy burrito, where tender sauteed steak blend perfectly with seasoned rice and beans. This quick-to-assembly dish is easily customized by varying RTU or your house-made ingredients.

Episode 26 – Five Ways to Boost Fall Sales, Calamari, Tarator Sauce and New Products

In episode 26 of our podcast we’ll be discussing five ways to boost fall sales. Autumn is a favorite time of year for many folks, and it’s an ideal time to adjust your menu to capture new sales opportunities. We’re also going to talk calamari, you’ll find out where the name came from, how it’s eaten around the world and learn about a sauce that pairs perfectly with it. The sauce we’re talking about is “tarator,” not to be confused with tartar sauce. And on a humorous note we’ve got a short punny story to share with you.

Honey Sriracha Cheese Sticks

Give guests the sweet heat they crave in a way they’ll love. These new sweet and spicy cheese sticks make a surprising addition to appetizers, sides and shareables menus.

Recipe: Smoked Pork Belly Sliders

Packed with bold contrasting flavors, these pork belly sliders bring a new level of “foodie” to any menu. Perfect alone as an appetizer, or as an entree try pairing with McCain IncrediCrisp french fries.

Social Media Becomes #1 Form of Restaurant Marketing

Eighty-two percent of restaurants in the United States devote at least part of their marketing budgets today to social media, making it the most popular channel, according to new research from TripAdvisor, the online travel guide.

Perfect Pairings Drive Profits

Two tastes are better than one. Suggesting food and beverage pairings can satisfy the 60% of consumers who are interested in pairings when dining out. The right pairings not only present ample opportunity to boost guest satisfaction, they can help grow checks as well: when guests order an entrée, appetizer and alcoholic beverage for dinner, checks are nearly 47% higher than average!

Spicy Battered Pickle Fries

You’ll be anything but in a pickle with new Anchor Spicy Pickle Fries on your menu! Crispy, tangy thin-cut dill pickle fries lightly coated in a premium cornmeal and spicy mustard batter bring major back-of-house appeal. Watch them fly off the menu as heat-seeking guests order them for snacks, appetizers, premium sides and more!

Episode 24 – Consumer Impact on Menu Development, Flat Iron Steaks and New Products

In this weeks podcast we’re focusing on growing your takeout business. I met an individual earlier in the week who shared with me some tips he’d written for restaurants looking to “ramp up” their takeout business, those tips are at the heart of this week’s episode. Hungry? How about digging into the world’s largest Creme Brûlée? This week’s foodie fact – What was the estimated calorie count for the world’s largest Creme Brûlée?

Beef Cuts for Foodservice

Created by the national Beef Checkoff council, see all the various cuts of beef, where they come from and their different characteristics in this handy guide. Available to download as a high resolution Jpeg or print-ready PDF.

Recipe: Flat Iron Steak with Peanut Sauce

Create a delicious entrée that will leave your guests asking for seconds and thirds. Tender-crisp veggies and peanut sauce give this dish a classic Asian flavor with plenty of room left to customize using just the right level of spice. Experiment with different noodle options for a unique texture and presentation.