Foodservice Opinions

Opinion pieces on the foodservice equipment and supplies industry from leaders and laymen from all aspects of the business, including dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators.

Connectivity and Convenience

The good news for the restaurant industry is that unemployment levels remain at historically low levels. Why is low unemployment good for the restaurant industry? The National Restaurant Association’s Hudson Riehle always reminds me low unemployment helps keep consumers busy and they subsequently crave the convenience that foodservice operators from all segments often provide.

Navigating Local Ordinances for Waste Management

With five states now either establishing diversion goals for food waste diversion from landfills or outright banning commercial food waste from landfills, restaurant operators and suppliers are sometimes curious about what options are allowed in their jurisdiction. Foodservice establishments may also voluntarily look for alternatives to landfilling their organic waste. Either way, they often inquire whether their jurisdiction allows disposers or pulpers.

A Pro You Should Know: Rommel Mendoza, Corporate Executive Chef — Retail Brands and Joint Venture Director, Thompson Hospitality

A self-described Army brat, Chef Rommel Mendoza has lived all over the world and continues to travel regularly for his job today. A passionate and trained chef (via Stratford University in northern Virginia), Mendoza has cooked in many restaurant kitchens, owned his own smoothie and deli shop and now serves as a corporate chef and educator for Thompson Hospitality. A division of Compass Group, Thompson Hospitality is a facilities management company in the business and industry, healthcare and college/university segments.

Experience Counts

Last month, home goods retailer Crate & Barrel announced plans to add a two-story, full-service restaurant to its store in Oak Brook, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. In doing so, Crate & Barrel became the latest in a series of retailers investing in adding foodservice to its brick-and-mortar locations.