Use These 7 Healthcare Menu Planning Strategies Like a Pro

Posted by Mary Sell

July 11, 2017 at 2:45 PM

Food service is a big deal for senior living facilities. Healthcare Menus are amenities that seniors and their families evaluate as they choose a facility to call home, and many look forward to dining as a time to enjoy a great meal and good company. Here are seven ways to ensure your community successfully plans your menu to attract residents and keep them delighted.

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Topics: Restaurant, Schools & Universities, Business Buzz, Senior Living

3 Recipes That Reinvent BBQ in Food Service

Posted by Scott Fadden

July 6, 2017 at 2:30 PM

These three barbeque recipes using burnt ends are extremely flavorful and sure to win over the crowd in any food service operation. Barbeque is also one of the top trends this year. The brisket pieces are the perfect size for anything from appetizers to basket meals and sandwiches. Grab a napkin and prepare for a mouthwatering experience!

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Topics: Restaurant, Culinary Concepts, Recipes, Sandwiches & Wraps

The Guide to Maintaining Your Cleaning Supplies and Saving Money

Posted by Roxanne Hassman

July 3, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Your cleaning supplies need to be cleaned and maintained just like the rest of your facility. By taking proper care of your mops, brooms, vacuums, extractors and other tools, you will have better cleaning results and help prevent the need to replace your tools early, which will save you money.

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Topics: Restaurant, Schools & Universities, Business Buzz, Senior Living, Equipment & Supplies

Healthcare Tips: Overcome Mealtime Challenges with Dementia Residents

Posted by Julie Halfpop

June 29, 2017 at 4:20 PM

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are on the rise, which also leads to an increase in mealtime challenges. As cognitive function declines in residents with Alzheimer’s, it can affect how and when they eat. They may even forget to eat altogether, become overwhelmed by crowded dining spaces and too many choices and/or have difficulty using cups and utensils.

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Topics: Senior Living, Health & Wellness

On-Trend Spicing Secrets For All Foodservice Operations Revealed!

Posted by Kyndra Hamblin

June 28, 2017 at 1:30 PM

The majority of meals would not be recognizable if we did not utilize the flavor of spices. It is of the utmost importance to explore spices and expand your knowledge of when and how to use them successfully.

Utilizing spices is important for food service in senior living facilities because taste buds tend to decline with age, so the more flavor we can give to seniors’ meals the better. Spice is important in other foodservice operations such as restaurants, because it's one of the biggest things consumers are asking for.

Spices are made from aromatic, dried buds, flowers, fruits, seeds, berries, barks and roots. They can add both flavor and antioxidants to foods and can play a vital role in weaning palates away from salt. Follow the tips and guidelines below, experiment and explore with a variety of spices, and soon you will be a spice expert in the kitchen!

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Topics: Restaurant, Culinary Concepts, Health & Wellness

Beyond the Burger: 4 Sandwiches That Stand Out on Any Restaurant Menu

Posted by Scott Fadden

June 22, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Consumers are driving new changes to the sandwich category as their demand for new flavors between two slices of bread continues to evolve. Technomic notes their continued desire to remain healthy with cutting-edge proteins, while developing new interest in using ingredients that may be mainstream in some meal categories, but unique and competitive when used with others. Here are 4 delicious sandwiches that may be a perfect fit for your restaurant menu this season.

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Topics: Restaurant, Culinary Concepts, Recipes, Sandwiches & Wraps

Valuable Food Service Tips for Attracting & Engaging Millennials

Posted by Erika Kramer

June 14, 2017 at 1:30 PM

The Millennial generation is one that has many operators scratching their heads. This is due largely in part to the differences in their interests and behaviors. Each generation sees the world a little differently which brings about new challenges when it comes to developing a marketing strategy that grabs their interest. This generation is no different in that regard. As the food service industry continues to change, it is imperative that operators look for unique ways to appeal to these young adults as both diners in their establishments as well as employees. If you like so many others are in this category of operators, we've got some tips that just might help you out.

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Topics: Restaurant, Business Buzz

Unlock Summer Foodservice Success

Posted by Krystle Kettman

May 25, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Top 10 All-Time Best Burger Recipes

Our culinary team has put their heads together to create a list of our Top 10 All-Time Best Burger recipes just in time for the summer season! Stylized burgers are on-trend this season...will one of these full-flavored patties end up on your foodservice menu?

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Topics: Restaurant, Recipes

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

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

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