3 Ways to Prepare A Trending Restaurant Food Service Item: Pork Belly

Posted by Scott Fadden

March 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM

WHAT IS PORK BELLY?
Pork belly is a boneless cut of fatty meat that comes from the belly of a pig. Its texture is similar to bacon, which also comes from the belly. You could think of pork belly as a very thick slice of bacon. Pork belly has become very popular over the past few years in the United States. You can find it popping up everywhere from fine dining to BBQ restaurants and anywhere in between. Pork belly makes great appetizers, center of the plate features, sandwiches and much more! People continually prove that they want to indulge when they go out to eat, and this trending item in your food service operation makes a great indulgence!

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Topics: Restaurant, Culinary Concepts, Recipes, Hot Dish!

New Rules Will Force Healthcare Staff to Prove Quality Dementia Care

Posted by Erika Kramer

March 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The new Requirements of Participation that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released in the fall of 2016 are forcing changes on the healthcare industry, specifically with dementia residents.

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Topics: Business Buzz, Senior Living, Martin Bros. News

Improved Digestion in Healthcare Helps Maintain Overall Health

Posted by Katie Wulkow

March 8, 2017 at 2:30 PM

As we age, many bodily functions slow down and don’t work as efficiently as they used to. This includes the digestive tract, resulting in a host of problems in healthcare, including diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis and reflux just to name a few. But you don’t have to let the digestive tract become a victim of age. Here are a few ways to protect it and improve digestion to maintain health.

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Topics: Senior Living, Health & Wellness

New Changes Coming to Your Food Service Nutrition Labels

Posted by Kyndra Hamblin

March 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM

You may soon notice changes to Nutrition Facts labels in your Food Service operation, if you haven’t already. These changes are occurring as we speak.
The new look, announced by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in May 2016, is based on updated scientific information, new nutrition and public health research and updated dietary recommendations from expert groups as well as input from the public. Manufacturers have until July 2018 to comply with the new guidelines.

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Topics: Restaurant, Schools & Universities, Convenience & Retail, Senior Living, Health & Wellness

12 Food Service Trends for 2017

Posted by Scott Fadden

February 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM

 

As we kick off another year, our chefs and specialists have taken the opportunity to reflect on some of the new trends that are presenting themselves in the food service world. While we know not all of these trends will have a place in your establishment, you may find one or two that you want to adopt this year. And so, without further ado, we present to the top 12 trends for 2017.

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Topics: Restaurant, Schools & Universities, Culinary Concepts, Business Buzz, Convenience & Retail, Martin Bros. News

5 Ways To Kick Off 2017 With A Healthy Food Service Menu

Posted by Gretchen Robinson

December 28, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Have you ever heard the expression “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”? The same can be said for “healthy.” The definition of “healthy” changes depending on the person you ask. To some people, healthy may mean serving a lot of greens. To others, healthy might mean whatever the current health trend is, such as gluten free. Not to mention every answer in between!

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Topics: Restaurant, Schools & Universities, Culinary Concepts, Business Buzz, Health & Wellness

6 Nutrition Tips for Healthcare Food Service Departments

Posted by Christy Edwards

December 15, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Nutrition plays an important role in healthy aging. However, many factors can lead to malnutrition and weight loss in older adults, including physiological, psychosocial and economic factors. In addition, the transition from an inpatient or skilled nursing facility to home can intensify the risk.

Many healthcare food service departments are developing creative ways to nutritionally support older adults before, during and after a transition to home. Offering these additional services makessense because nutritionally-balanced menus, food safety programs and food production equipment are already in place at the facility. Also, many facilities have seen added benefits such as a possible extra revenue source and an additional marketing tool for attracting new patients and residents.

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Topics: Senior Living, Health & Wellness

Comfort Foods Add Opportunity To Your Menu

Posted by Scott Fadden

December 1, 2016 at 4:15 PM

It's the holiday season – a busy time of year for everyone! This time of year all food service establishments are busy planning special menus to increase business at the end of the year while preparing for ways to bring in business in the coming year. Our culinary team has put together some terrific comfort foods that would be a perfect compliment to almost any menu. If nothing else, they may spark some additional great ideas for you and your operation. Enjoy! 

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Topics: Restaurant, Culinary Concepts, Recipes, Hot Dish!

Add Appetizers to Your Menu & Enhance Dining Experiences for Seniors

Posted by Katie Wulkow

October 4, 2016 at 3:15 PM

Everyone loves appetizers! These small bites are perfect for tiding people over until their meal comes, trying out new flavors without risking a total meal bust and offering the possibility for more fun and conversation during mealtime!

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Topics: Restaurant, Culinary Concepts, Senior Living

Bring Seasonal Flair to Your Food Service Menu

Posted by Scott Fadden

September 22, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Fall is a great time of the year to look over your menu, take some items off and replace them with new options featuring on-trend and seasonal flavors!  If you're recently reworked your menu, you can simply create a separate, small seasonal menu to accompany your full menu. You could also try featuring a new menu item certain days of the week, promoting in-house as well as on social media. No matter how you choose to freshen up your food service menu for fall, our chefs have created some remarkable ideas here to get you started! 

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Adapting Your Foodservice Dining for Dementia Residents

Posted by Mary Sell

September 9, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people, and the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple in the next 35 years.

As dementia progresses, many cognitive impairments can interfere with eating. It's important to have a foodservice plan to help these residents to continue to thrive in the midst of their disease. 

How do you know adaptations are necessary?
People with dementia may display some or all of these impairments to varying degrees:

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Topics: Senior Living, Equipment & Supplies, Health & Wellness

4 Ways to Deliver Versatility to Your Menu With Chicken Breast

Posted by Scott Fadden

August 30, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Bring excitement and variety to your menu offerings with J & B's Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breast. These portion-cut, boneless, skinless chicken breasts are trimmed to perfection and offer an economical center-of-the-plate alternative for your customers. Get inspired with some of these optional recipe ideas listed below.

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5 Ways to Successfully Offer Smoothies on Your Foodservice Menu

Posted by Kyndra Hamblin

June 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Smoothies continue to grow in popularity. Especially this time of year, on those warm summer days, who wouldn’t want a cool, delicious smoothie? Whether the smoothies you offer are for meal replacements or healthy afternoon pick-me-ups, there are endless possibilities! Try a variety of combinations and flavors that not only satisfy your sweet tooth but can also provide a fun and easy option for those you serve to get their five portions of fruits and vegetables into the day!

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Topics: Culinary Concepts, Recipes, Health & Wellness

4 Deep Cleaning Procedures To Help You Avoid Consumer Misperception

Posted by Roxanne Hassman

June 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Let's face it: first impressions go a long way. Dirty carpets in the entryway and mysterious odors in the bathroom can leave consumers with a distasteful overall perception of who you are and what type of service you provide. Here are four great cleaning procedures to help keep your operation looking its best. 

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Topics: Equipment & Supplies, Health & Wellness

From Simple to Stupendous: Foodservice Innovation At It's Finest

Posted by Scott Fadden

June 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM

Hamburgers and hot dogs get two thumbs up from customers during the summer months. But how do you take two basic items in the foodservice arena and dress them up to give them even more sizzle? Check out these innovative approaches to help you increase your profits!

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Topics: Restaurant, Schools & Universities, Culinary Concepts, Recipes

7 Tips for Hiring & Retaining Food Service Employees

Posted by Christy Edwards

May 31, 2016 at 11:00 AM

The food service industry employs one of the largest workforce segments in the United States. But, how do you find and retain the right employee for your business? Consider these hiring tips:

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Topics: Restaurant, Business Buzz, Senior Living

650 Calories or Less Recipes Deliver Healthy Options to Food Service

Posted by Scott Fadden

May 19, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Let's face it: the industry is changing. Consumers' food preferences are evolving, and the need for healthy menu options is more prevalent than ever. To help get you started, we've put together some great entrees that allow you to target these consumers and embrace their changing needs.

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Topics: Restaurant, Culinary Concepts, Recipes, Health & Wellness, Hot Dish!

Announcing 2016-17 School Year Food Service Updates and Regulations

Posted by Renee Greiner

May 10, 2016 at 4:00 PM

As the 2015-16 school year comes to a close, school officials are already finding themselves planning everything from schedules to food service for next year. The following guidelines and regulations will help to ensure that meals and snacks fit the new criteria. 

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Topics: Schools & Universities, Health & Wellness

Three Tips to Successfully Market Food Service to Students

Posted by Renee Greiner

April 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM

Marketing needs to be fresh and relevant when targeting today's savvy students. Use these three tips to help encourage healthy choices in your food service operation.

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Topics: Schools & Universities

Lavish Your Restaurant Customers With 4 Unique Lavash Recipes

Posted by Scott Fadden

April 25, 2016 at 4:00 PM

Add flexibility to your menu! These four Rich's Lavash recipes showcase a product that is pliable when thawed or crispy and crackery when baked. Perfect recipes for any restaurant.

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Topics: Restaurant, Culinary Concepts, Hot Dish!

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