The Smart Foodservice® Blog
7 Benefits of a Flexitarian Diet During the Meat Shortage & Beyond
June 29, 2020
As the U.S. faces a meat shortage, the benefits of a flexitarian diet are making headlines. More and more consumers are saving money, and reaping health benefits, by embracing a flexitarian lifestyle.
5 Tips for Home Cooks Who Want to Stretch Their Meat Budget
June 22, 2020
How can you save money when buying meat? There’s plenty you can do to slice your budget without sacrificing quality - and learn new recipes in the process!
Restaurants Innovate & Diversify Menus Amid COVID-19
June 15, 2020
Innovation is the cornerstone of restaurant ownership, and it’s even more important during difficult times. We invite you to learn how some food industry professionals are taking innovation to the next level to serve customers and generate revenue.
How Can Restaurant Owners Support their Staff During COVID-19?
June 8, 2020
As a restaurant owner, you know your staff is like family. They understand your vision, care for your customers, and ensure your business is running at its full potential. During this uncertain time, how can you best support them? Here are some steps you can take.
5 Trends That Will Shape the Restaurant Industry in 2021
June 1, 2020
What will the restaurant industry look like in the next year? The landscape is constantly changing and restaurant owners may need to pivot business practices to ensure continued growth. We take a look at what the future may hold.
Restaurant Owners Pivot Services Amid Loosening Alcohol Laws During COVID-19
May 7, 2020
Are you pivoting your restaurant’s services amid loosening alcohol restrictions? If not, you may want to consider it. Get details on how to help make ends meet as well as new services you can offer your customers.
8 Ways Buying Fresh Fruits & Veggies in Bulk Can Stretch Your Grocery Budget
May 6, 2020
Shopping for food on a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to skimp on fresh fruits and veggies! Use veggies and fruits for smoothies, make a delicious vegetable soup (portions can be frozen as well!), and pickle cucumbers and carrots. Got lemons? Make lemonade! This is a fun way to get the whole family in the kitchen together.
Free Drive-Thru Signs from Smart Foodservice and DaVinci Gourmet & Oregon Chai
May 1, 2020
Safely reopening in the era of COVID-19 is a challenge that most cafe and coffee shop owners are grappling with. A first step? Safe drive-thrus. However, letting customers know you’re open for business can be a challenge. To support those businesses, Smart Foodservice and DaVinci Gourmet & Oregon Chai are offering free printable assets to help you spread the word online and in stores.
Financial Relief Resources for Restaurant Owners & Employees During COVID-19
April 27, 2020
If you’re a restaurant owner or employee, you’re most likely looking for the most up-to-date, financial relief resources during this health crisis. Here we share some of the top go-to resources you can trust to get the latest information.
Can Wholesale Office Supplies Save Your Company Money?
April 22, 2020
Managing your office’s supply needs doesn’t have to take a lot of time out of your day - or money out of the budget! Learn how shopping at a bulk wholesale store can benefit your business.
4 Ways Independent Restaurants Can Compete with National Chains
April 15, 2020
How can local restaurants compete with national chains? We share four things owners of smaller dining establishments are doing to be successful.
6 Things Restaurant Owners Should Know About the Government’s CARES Act
April 9, 2020
As a restaurant owner, you may have questions about SBA loans, grants, and the government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security initiative (CARES Act). You may wonder if taking advantage of this will lead to debt. Get the answers you’re looking for from Smart Foodservice.
5 Ways to Increase Your Hotel’s Restaurant Profits
April 9, 2020
Hotel restaurants can be dining destinations for guests and locals alike. There are several unique ways to create buzz and boost your bottom line at the same time. Get details.
How to Start a Pop-Up Restaurant in Your Home
April 3, 2020
Want to share your culinary vision with the world, but not ready to open a restaurant? A pop-up may be a terrific choice. Learn how it works.
7 Questions to Ask in Your Restaurant Survey
March 23, 2020
Surveying your customers helps you understand where you excel and learn where there might be room for improvement.
How Can You Increase Your Restaurant’s Beverage Revenue?
March 12, 2020
Are your beverage costs within industry standards? Our restaurant food suppliers provide information and best practices so you can ensure a high gross profit margin.
5 Wholesale Grocery Shopping Tips for Large Families
March 12, 2020
Any parent knows that grocery shopping for a large family can be both exhausting and expensive. Start with a wholesale store and follow these tips from our team.
How Much Does a Restaurant Owner Make?
March 5, 2020
Restaurants vary widely, so restaurant owner salaries also vary. Our restaurant food supplier shares information on what impacts salary amounts.
5 Supplies New Restaurants Pay Too Much For
March 2, 2020
Opening a new restaurant? Looking to keep expenses in check? You may be overspending on supplies.
6 Steps for Organizing a Neighborhood Block Party
February 24, 2020
Looking for a way to connect with your neighbors? Want to throw an event that brings the community together? A block party is a wonderful way to do it! Get more details and download our block party planning checklist.
Can Selling Meal Kits Increase Your Restaurant’s Customer Base?
February 17, 2020
Meal kits are becoming increasingly popular. In fact, approximately 93 million U.S. consumers are interested in trying them. These kits provide all the necessary ingredients to prepare a hot and healthy meal at home.
How to Choose Your Wholesale Restaurant Supply Company
February 11, 2020
As a restaurant owner, you know high-quality ingredients are integral to the success of your menu. It’s your food that keeps customers coming back for more, so you never want to skimp on product.
Does Your New Restaurant Have a Food Safety Plan?
January 24, 2020
In the restaurant industry, food safety is a number one priority. Healthy hygiene in commercial kitchens prevents foodborne illnesses and keeps your staff and guests safe. Looking for food safety guidelines for your new restaurant? Get tips from our wholesale restaurant food suppliers.
Should You Update Your Restaurant Menu?
January 18, 2020
The success of every restaurant, from mom-and-pop eateries, to chef-driven bistros, depends on its dynamic menu. Edgy concepts, inviting decor, and a prime location are all crucial components to creating a lasting impression. However, it’s the menu that ultimately keeps clients coming back for more. Want to entice more customers and keep food costs in check? Consider updating your menu.
5 Quick Ways to Get Reviews for Your New Restaurant
January 17, 2020
Did you know that 90 percent of people research a restaurant online before making the decision to dine there? That’s more than any other business type. For new restaurants it’s crucial to start gathering online reviews fast to build up a client base. How do you stand out in the online crowd? Check out these five creative marketing ideas for your new restaurant.
How Much Do Food & Cleaning Supplies Cost a Family of Six?
January 16, 2020
Average food and cleaning supply costs for a family of six vary depending on geographical location and the age of children in the home. Want to know the average cost of cleaning supplies and groceries for your large family? Looking for tips to help keep food and cleaning costs in check? Our wholesale food suppliers share important details and how shopping in bulk can help.
How to Survive Your Restaurant’s First Year of Business
December 20, 2019
Your first year in the restaurant business can be an exciting and stressful time for new owners. How do you keep your restaurant dream alive and avoid the pitfalls some new businesses make? Setting some realistic goals and being open to change can help ensure growth and prosperity.
How to Stop Food Contamination in Commercial Kitchens
December 19, 2019
Food safety is serious business in the culinary world. It’s imperative that restaurant professionals ensure employees take all necessary precautions to prevent food contamination in the kitchen and dining room. Read on to learn more about food handling and safety protocols to keep your staff and customers out of harm’s way.
What Licenses & Permits Do You Need for a New Restaurant?
December 19, 2019
Opening a new restaurant is no small feat. You’ve poured your heart and soul into the perfect concept and created a delectable menu. However, before you even open your doors, there is the painstaking process of procuring all your licenses and permits. Permit and licensing requirements and fees vary by city, county and state, but there are some things every new restaurant needs to operate.
5 Unique Marketing Tips for New Restaurant Owners
December 10, 2019
With new restaurants popping up every day, it’s now more important than ever for restaurateurs to market themselves creatively in order to build a loyal client base and increase revenue. So, how do you stay competitive within the culinary world? By branding your business as a must-visit restaurant that uses inventive ways to attract customers and food journalists.
How to Choose a New Restaurant Supplier for High-Quality Produce
December 4, 2019
If you own an established restaurant, you may have been working with your food wholesaler for many years. Is it time for a change?
4 Ways to Make Your New Restaurant Profitable
November 26, 2019
These four business best practices can help make your new restaurant more profitable. Get details from our wholesale restaurant food suppliers.
9 Healthy Foods You Should Buy at a Wholesale Food Store
November 2, 2019
Wholesale food stores aren’t just for restaurateurs and catering companies. Any home cook can easily stock up on nutritious ingredients for a community event or even their personal pantry. Looking for the best wholesome food finds at your local restaurant supply store? Check out our top nine food item recommendations to create nourishing, delicious meals.
5 Ways to Keep Food Safe at Home
November 2, 2019
Each year millions of people get sick from foodborne diseases. In many cases, these illnesses could have been prevented through proper food handling and storage techniques. Below our restaurant food suppliers share five food safety best practices for home cooks.