Episode 36 – New Products, C-Store News & Wisdom from a Toilet Paper Salesman

In this week’s episode we’ve 13 new products, a report about c-store predictions for the future and sound advice from a toilet paper salesman. We’ve also got a decades old international Foodie Fact to stump you with, and our new Dessert of the month page is mentioned. Featuring seasonally inspired items in limited quantities.

Dressing up Donuts

Here are 9 easy ways to help you dress up your donut offerings! From “Coconut & Jelly” to “Mocha Sugar” these donut prep techniques add eye appeal and delicious flavor.

Episode 35 – Happy Thanksgiving!

This week we’re going unscripted with a reminder about new products, our foodie fact for the week and new developments in “local” social media exposure from Facebook. And a special guest with extensive small business, foodservice experience, joins the podcast to talk about tactics for driving sales during Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

Private Label Coffee Cakes

Sensationally-moist coffee cakes, succulent chocolate dessert cake and delicious pound cakes make up the award-winning products with the your private label on them!

Episode 34 – Brainy Blueberries, Independent Coffee & 2018 Restaurant Trends

Restaurant Business Online just published an article that discusses what restaurants can expect to see as influences in 2018. We’re going to discuss some of the insights they’ve shared, and we’ve provided a link to the full article. We’re also taking a look at a couple items making headlines recently, wild Maine blueberries and everyone’s favorite caffeinated beverage – coffee! We’ve got those topics and a slew of recent inventory additions to share with you in this week’s podcast!

7 Tactics for Holiday Marketing

We’re upon the season of holiday gift shopping, light hanging, tree decorating, and of course – a little bit of chaos… With all the stress that comes during the holidays, customers will be looking for a place to get a great meal that they won’t have to cook for themselves. To help you make the […]

Recipe: Braised Short Ribs with Red Wine Sauce

This recipe combines beef short ribs and mushrooms, braised in beef stock and red wine, for a rich and deep delicious flavor. Perfect for as a featured special or as a showcase protein on your holiday menu!

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.