Foodservice News

Understanding Sexual Harassment In The Restaurant Workplace

Frankly, sexual harassment has always been an issue in the restaurant industry. The dominant headlines are not a surprise to most of you.  But what will they actually mean within the workplace?

Hot Toddy Time!

We survived the holidays, now we need some comfort at the end of the day- or if you are exceptionally optimistic- first thing in the morning.  You see hot toddies are not just for the after dinner- before bed experience.  Some even are just as refreshing and calming for a breakfast slurp.  Not that I’m advocating morning drinking!

January 2018 – Total Food Service Digital Issue

Total Food Service's January 2018 Digital Edition features an exclusive Q&A Interview with Robert & Jason Tillis, as well as exclusive news and interviews from the Metro NYC foodservice community.

Robert & Jason Tillis Q&A

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Top 2018 Hospitality Trends for Restaurant Operators from Fourth

Fourth, one of the world's leading hospitality operations platforms, recently revealed its top 2018 hospitality trends and predictions for the industry.

The New Tax Bill Repeals The Individual Mandate – What Does...

The signing of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, signed by President Trump on December 22, 2017, has repealed the Individual Mandate, which is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that individuals maintain health insurance coverage, or face a penalty.


About half the work we completed in 2017 included customization. Believe it or not, every project our Business Development team is currently working on for 2018 includes custom dinnerware.

FBAA Gala in NYC Honors Trio To Benefit Future Industry Leaders

The Tenth Annual FBAA Gala Dinner Dance benefited the Food and Beverage Scholarship Foundation Inc. Edward Kane of Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel, The Hotel Association of New York’s Niki Franzitta and Daniel Lorusso of Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits headed this year’s roster of honorees.
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2018 IRFSNY Center Stage

Celebrity Chefs, Panel Discussions And Competitions To Be Center Stage At 2018 IRFSNY

Center Stage at the 2018 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, being held at the Javits Center from March 4 - 6, will feature some of the biggest names of television food personalities...
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2018 Art Of Food Presented By New York-Presbyterian Returns For Its Third Year At Sotheby’s

Our Town’s 2018 Art of Food presented by NewYork-Presbyterian is set to return to Sotheby’s next month. The ultimate event for food and art connoisseurs returns to Sotheby’s for its third iconic year on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
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Convenience Stores: A Growing Segment of Foodservice

Say hello to a growing segment of foodservice: they are called convenience stores and they recently held their meeting and trade show in Chicago.
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Original Soupman Sets Sights On Growth In ’18 With Dynamic New Leadership At Helm And Foodservice Pact

Gallant Brands, owners of The Original Soupman, the makers of the best-tasting soup in the world, have formed a strategic alliance with Island Fresh Foods LLC, a wholesale food and beverage distributor and manufacturer.
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2018 Seafood Co-Lab Competition Opens Call for Proposals

SeaWeb and the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions announced the opening of submissions for the 2018 Seafood Co-Lab Competition last month.
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Teaching Employees to Execute Customer Service Magic

So we'll call each of them the proverbial "Ace Up The Sleeve." They're not just a part of a winning hand. When executed together, they are a part of a winning strategy of customer service magic.
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The Menu Resolution

In addition to making a resolution to focus on being healthy during the new year, the month of January also presents the perfect opportunity for a restaurant to make a menu resolution of getting it into shape and make the health and diet options on it shine.
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The Importance of Recipe Costing Cards

The key to making money in your catering business is you must have accurate, up-to-date recipe costing cards. With recipe costing cards you will know not only how much you are making on a single item, you will be able to know how much money you made each month!
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Campbell’s Foodservice Delivers Diverse Portfolio Of Menu Solutions For 2018

Campbell Soup Company has a strong understanding of consumers, and has consistently responded to their demands. Recently, Campbell’s Foodservice has continued this evolution by updating their frozen soup line, which contains over 100 different recipes.
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Badia Spices Teams Up With Award-Winning TV Personality and Chef Andrew Zimmern

Badia Spices has teamed up with four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality and chef Andrew Zimmern. Badia Spices’ products will be featured and used by Zimmern in his all-new online cooking series, AZ Cooks...
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Importance of Minimizing Food Contamination in a Restaurant Kitchen

Unlike the Taco Bell incident, no definitive cause was confirmed for the Chipotle outbreak. These examples serve as a reminder of the importance of minimizing food contamination in your restaurant kitchen.
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Energy Pricing Increase And How It Affects The Restaurant Industry

There are many factors that influence electricity and gas prices. Electricity prices generally reflect the cost to build, finance, maintain, and operate power plants and the electricity grid.

New Year Resolutions for Foodservice Professionals

There are just too many operational costs in today’s hyper-paced world, so here are a couple of thoughts that you may want to incorporate into your corporate and personal planning goals and New Year Resolutions.

Liz’s 2018 Tabletop Trends

The first of these 2018 tabletop trends that pops as we look forward is the emergence of bold colors. But the look is very “handmade.” That look and feel gives the chef the flexibility to create those comfort food signature items on a restaurant, club or hotel menu.
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Commercial Rent Tax Reform

The NYC Hospitality Alliance helped deliver an important victory for nearly 400 restaurants that will now either be exempt from paying Commercial Rent Tax (CRT), or have their tax burden reduced.
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Is Location Overhyped?

Quite often you hear when it comes to commercial real estate sites its location, location and location. I beg to differ. I will take the side street almost every time rather than the more visible frontage assuming the concept does not rely upon impulse convenience buying which is propelled by visibility and easy access rather than the dining experience driven by quality food, competitive pricing and an overall great dining experience.
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LA’s Hedley & Bennett Produces Handmade “Proper Bad Ass Aprons” and Workwear

In this month’s installment of “True Treps”, we meet Ellen Bennett, the Founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett. Based in Los Angeles, Hedley & Bennett produces handmade “Proper Bad Ass Aprons” and workwear.
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Since When Is “Passing” Good Enough?

Although getting a letter grade is reminiscent of good ole school days, restaurant letter grades are way different.  Receiving anything other than an “A” is considered failing, it can cost a lot of money or worse your reputation. 
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Costas Spiliadis, Chef/Owner, Estiatorio Milos, New York, NY

The world-renowned Mediterranean-inspired seafood restaurant, Estiatorio Milos, founded by chef/owner Costas Spiliadis, was the 2017 winner of The Concierge Choice Awards’ International Cuisine category earlier this year.
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If You Build It, Will They Come?

An entrepreneur is a person willing to RISK LOSS to start a business with the intent to make money and going a bit further… “one who organizes, manages, commits resources and assumes the risks to start a new enterprise”. Yes!
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Holiday Food For Thought

Some of the merriest holiday food moments come from visiting one of our dynamic new eateries. ‘Tis the season to nosh all that is new and noteworthy. Here are some new City spots that shine as bright as the 57th Street Snowflake.

Les Amis d’Escoffier Society of NY Honors C-CAP’s Grausman, Chef Jacques Pépin, UFT’s Mulgrew

Richard Grausman, founder of the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), was honored as the Industry Leader, culinary luminary Jacques Pépin was named Chef of the Year, and the United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew was named Man of the Year. 
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The Perceived Nutrition Dilemma of Restaurants

Nutrition is often an afterthought when developing a restaurant menu. The opinion is that to focus on the nutrition of a menu is to compromise on the three things that are typically the most important: the taste of the meal, how the menu draws in customers and high margins.
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Looking For Financing? Know What You Are Talking About!

The email arrived with what looked like a well thought out and organized Restaurant Business Plan attached. It covered all the classic bullet points that someone tells you must be included. However...
Valiant Solutions Pay Stub Compliance

Valiant Solutions’ Kelly Mortimer Discusses Pay Stub Compliance

Improper or incomplete paystubs can result in heavy fines and legal fees and have been known to force business to cease operations. Valiant’s compliance team closely monitors updates to pay stub compliance to help keep our clients stay compliant.

NYSRA Active on Commercial Rent Tax, Fair Work Week, Bike Regulations

One of our primary government affairs’ priorities this year in New York City was to reform the commercial rent tax and raise the threshold for businesses that were subjected to the tax from $250,000 to $500,000.
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Are You Prepared for New York City’s Fair Workweek Laws?

New York City’s “Fair Workweek” legislative package took effect November 26, 2017, drastically changing scheduling practices for fast food operators and their employees.

Don’t Lose Your Restaurant Because of Unpaid Taxes: 3 Things You Need to Know

A recent article noted the high number of restaurants that shut down every year for unpaid taxes. Based on an analysis of media coverage, restaurants seem to be seized more often than other types of businesses.
Anchor Packaging

Anchor Packaging Set With Full Line Of Packaging Alternatives As City Implements Foam Ban

Anchor Packaging is a family operated, privately owned company that has been in business for fifty-four years. The focus has always been on packaging solutions, with special emphasis placed on customer service, customer retention, and providing products of the highest quality.
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Buyers And Sellers Turn To JZRM For Foodservice Financial Lifeline

Rockland County based JZRM Reports has emerged as a knight in shining armor for the foodservice industry. JZRM was launched in 2012, by a team of seasoned financial, collection, and foodservice professionals led by Randy Sarf.
Singer Equipment Facilities Services

Singer Equipment Acquires Foodservice Equipment Design And Distribution Business Of Facilities Services Inc

Singer Equipment President and Chief Executive Officer, Fred Singer, announced the acquisition of the foodservice equipment design and distribution business of Facilities Services, Inc. (FSI), located in Annapolis, MD.

27th Annual Harlem Community Thanksgiving Meal Fed 2,000 Residents

On this past Thanksgiving eve, renowned chefs from the city’s finest hotels and restaurants gathered at the Children’s Aid Dunlevy Milbank Center to prepare a fantastic meal for community members in central Harlem.

Mulligan and McGrorry Led Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages Acquires Local Tri-State Bottling Operation

Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, LLC announced last month that it has closed its deal to acquire territory from The Coca-Cola Company across the New York Tri-State Metro area.
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Meatball Madness Set As Theme For 2018 Rapid Fire Challenge At IRFSNY

In honor of March Madness, the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York is asking chefs to submit their best meatball recipes for Meatball Madness, the theme of the 2018 Rapid Fire Challenge, sponsored by Total Food Service. The chef with the winning recipe will be crowned Champion, receive $1,000, and gain exposure to over 100 media outlets as well as 20,000 industry peers.
Carbon Monoxide Leaks

Carbon Monoxide Leaks: Prevention & Crisis Management For Your Restaurant

Carbon monoxide (CO) leaks are not uncommon in restaurants. CO is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas, which interferes with the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood. CO is non-irritating and can overcome persons without warning.
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Industry Tech Maven Greenwald Returns to Roots with New Singer Equipment Post

Singer Equipment announced earlier this month that Michael Greenwald has joined the company as Vice President. The veteran executive will be reporting to Singer’s President and CEO Fred Singer.
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