5 Tips for Improving Communication in Your Restaurant

Usually, restaurant customers believe the restaurants they frequent run flawlessly. They place their orders and their meal arrives a few minutes later, well prepared and properly served. But behind the scenes, in the back-of-the-house, any semblance of flawless efficiency is hard to come by. For those who have never worked in a restaurant kitchen, the “dance” that goes on in the back-of-the-house likely will appear startlingly chaotic.

4 Ways to Appeal to Your Target Market

To identify a target market, operators often look to specific generations. Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Millennials, and Gen Z customers all have different food and dining attitudes, habits, and preferences. What we’re finding now is that many macro trends are shared across generations. They might just manifest in different ways in terms of specific needs and operational executions, but the trends are very applicable across almost all demographics. Once operators have a grasp on overarching themes, they can develop their menus, strategize, and market more effectively. Continue reading…

Episode 49 – Interview with Larry Geaghan & Lisa Sturgeon | Restaurant Marketing Deep-Dive

Subscribers to our podcast know that we discuss a wide variety of topics designed to help you grow and improve your business. In this episode, rather than just hear advice on how you can harness the power of your team, market through social media or think like an innovator… you’re going to hear how an actual foodservice operation has been successfully putting these tactics to use to grow their business and broadcast their brand to the world through social media.

Tips to Look Like a Pro on Camera

For many people, the idea of appearing on camera is enough to leave them a sweaty, panic-stricken, ball of stammering nerves. After all, you didn’t get into this business to be an actor. No one said anything about speaking in articulate sentences on a high definition camera and sharing that footage publicly! Well, not until now. It’s no secret the landscape of content marketing has shifted to video. The results are in, video marketing increases click-thru-rates, boosts conversions and keeps your brand relevant. So, let’s get over this fear and get you broadcasting.

September is National Biscuit Month

Customers dining out today still crave good ol’ comfort food. One avenue for serving up classic comfort foods resides in an American classic—biscuits! These hot, flaky, buttery rolls of goodness are popping back up on menus all across the country…

Appeal to a Growing Number of Tea Drinkers

Compared with the national obsession with all-things-coffee, the tea category has received considerably less attention. In spite of its growth, it is less understood in today’s market, leaving a large unmet need to educate consumers about this popular beverage option…

Original Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

Nothing says “Feast!” like a Philly cheesesteak. But when it’s not a party-of-one, one must share, right? So when the occasion calls for feeding multiple mouths, we’ve got the perfect fix for your customers: Original Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls!

Go Big on Breakfast

Breakfast is the fastest-growing meal of the day! In fact, breakfast visits increased 4% for the year ending in May 2015, according to NPD, while lunch and dinner visits were flat. Despite that, Technomic data indicate that it’s also the most skipped meal, due to consumer issues of time, desire for lighter options and affordability. Addressing those concerns and doing it better than the competition means more opportunity to build sales and satisfy patrons.

Five Ways to Boost Summer Sales

Longer days and warmer weather can mean new sales opportunities. After months of cold weather, people are eager to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. From al fresco dining to special summer menus, here are five ways you can take advantage of the changing season and drive sales this summer.

Ten Easy Ways Waitstaff Can Add $10 to Every Check

Adding $10 to the check can put another $3 or more of profit in your register—and when you multiply that by all the tables served during a shift, it can add up! Here are 10 different ways to add $10 to every check….

5 Ways to Improve Your Restaurant’s Curb Appeal

The curb appeal of any business is often the first impression that people have when driving or walking by. In a sense, your exterior serves as a 24/7 surrogate billboard that conveys many messages. And that’s where the process of enhancing your message should begin: What do you want people to think, feel, and expect when they see your establishment from the outside?

Top Restaurant Industry Trends to Watch in 2018

Despite industry wide growth for several years, restaurant operators face significant challenges keeping pace in an environment that is changing at a much faster rate than ever before. Evolving consumer tastes and preferences, work force constraints and intense competition will continue in 2018…

Episode 41 – BBQ Season & Google My Business

In this episode there’s info about our inventory additions for the week, Google advice to grow your business, and we’ve got BBQ on the brain! Joining us for our discussion on how you can use Google to help grow traffic to your restaurant we’ve got a special guest, foodservice operator and social media guru, Katrina Petersen. National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day was April 20th. For this week’s foodie fact, we’re asking – When was Pineapple Upside-Down cake first popularized in American culture? The answer at the end of the podcast…

Video: Eggs Benedict for a Crowd

Bon Appétit has approached every element of the classic eggs Benedict recipe to optimize it for a crowd. Poaching eggs in advance. A hollandaise that will stay luscious for hours. A tray of perfectly toasted, buttery muffins. Yep—it’s all here. This recipe comes together in under an hour and much of it can be prepped in advance.

Know Your Chicken Tenders

What is more tempting than crispy breading with juicy, white meat chicken? Not much. Breaded tenders and tenderloins are easy to handle and available in a variety of flavors and sizes making them a favorite among foodservice customers everywhere. Here’s a handy guide to understanding your options when it comes to chicken “tenders!”

SIZZLE® and SURFLEX® Oven & Grill Cleaner

Maintaining high standards of cleanliness with the flat iron grill in your restaurant or convenience store can be a challenging task. However, doing so will help you stand out with improved performance and appearance. Make maintaining clean cook tops more a bigger priority and a less demanding task with SIZZLE® and SURFLEX® Oven & Grill Cleaners!

The Mayo Mix-In Tool

Looking for inspiration? Lime? Saffron? Sure! Mix it up any way you like! Find the perfect mayonnaise flavor combination for your sandwiches and signature dishes in our downloadable “Mayo Mix-In” tool.

Lobster Mac & Cheese, To-Go!

Upscale dining meets New England down-home in this undeniable crowd pleaser. Featuring two widely popular ingredients, this dish perfectly merges rich sweet lobster meat with the savory contrast of white cheddar mac and cheese.

NEW: Bake & Joy Clean Label Brownie Batter!

Double chocolate gourmet brownie batter, made even better by using simpler ingredients. Kitchen Cupboard™ Clean Label Double Chocolate Gourmet Brownie Batter is so easy to use and made with simple, wholesome ingredients you would and in your own kitchen cupboards! Ideal for fresh baked brownies anytime! Create signature bar cookies or so scooped brownie cookies […]

Heroic Hams

Dennis Paper & Food Service stocks a wide assortment of hams, making it easy to bring the premium quality, irresistible flavor and tenderness ham lovers desire to your menu. Our hams are available in a variety of sizes and options, including bone-in and boneless, so you can select just the right fit for your operation.

Breakfast & Brunch Trends

The breakfast landscape is changing as competition for share of the morning-stomach heats up and operators innovate with new, unique ingredients and all-day breakfast programs. There is also opportunity to drive breakfast sales with premium to-go options for morning meals during the week, innovative and indulgent dishes on the weekend, and the growing popularity of brunch.

Beef, The nutrition customers want and the taste they love.

When it comes to beef and your health, your customers can rest easy knowing that along with being delicious, beef contains important nutrients they need. In just one 3 oz. cooked serving, they’re getting 10 essential nutrients, including about half their daily value for protein!

Custom Whoopie Pie Filling

With a few simple add-ins and a little creativity, you can create a tasty variety of whoopie pie filling flavors. Here are a few examples of quick and popular filling flavors!