Does your kitchen team have clean hands?  Scan ‘em!

Does your kitchen team have clean hands? Scan ‘em!

The PathStop  hand scanner detects invisible signs of bacteria and viruses on your hands in about two seconds — creating a simple way to prevent the spread of food-borne illnesses. The founders believe the scanner will particularly help kitchen staff ensure they’ve properly washed their hands.  Studies find a whopping 97 percent of Americans don’tRead more about Does your kitchen team have clean hands? Scan ‘em![…]

You can now tattoo your beer and coffee drinks… will customers care?

You can now tattoo your beer and coffee drinks… will customers care?

The foam on the beer and coffee you serve is the ideal canvas to brand your operation — or at least that’s what the Ripples printing machine is designed to do. You can personalize customers’ drinks with photos, logos or a few words by “printing” nearly any image onto the foam. Will tattooing your drinksRead more about You can now tattoo your beer and coffee drinks… will customers care?[…]

Custom, flavored water… yep, there’s an app for that

Custom, flavored water… yep, there’s an app for that

Pepsico is launching its “mobile-enabled hydration system” to meet growing demand to dispense flavored waters. OK, the system name might be a little over-the-top (it’s a new-fangled water dispenser).  But the goal of reducing the number of single-use plastic water bottles is admirable. For the truly obsessed, the system also includes an app to trackRead more about Custom, flavored water… yep, there’s an app for that[…]

Cajun restaurant with one chef, no menu and year-long wait list

Cajun restaurant with one chef, no menu and year-long wait list

Cajun cook Alzina Toups in Galliano, Louisiana likes to keep life simple and her Jambalaya authentic and plentiful for everyone who comes in to serve themselves. But you can’t walk into Alzina’s Kitchen — housed in a converted welding shop. You must make a reservation (by phone only). Plan on waiting a year for aRead more about Cajun restaurant with one chef, no menu and year-long wait list[…]

Restaurant’s wallpaper “draws in” crowds of customers

Restaurant’s wallpaper “draws in” crowds of customers

San Francisco’s Fiorella restaurant has always attracted a crowd for its amazing Italian food. But the restaurant’s historical-themed wallpaper honoring community dignitaries has become an Instagram hit. Original drawings of local heroes ranging from chef and food activist Alice Waters to football legend  Joe Montana bring pride to surrounding communities the restaurant serves.

Culinary students jump in to help flooding victims… with gourmet meals!

Culinary students jump in to help flooding victims… with gourmet meals!

Nobody had to ask. These culinary students from Green Bay, Wisconsin just got to work cooking meals for 50 people who were sheltering at the school during recent floods. The culinary instructor said it’s not a surprise the students quickly responded.  Teamwork and soothing the soul through a good meal is at the heart ofRead more about Culinary students jump in to help flooding victims… with gourmet meals![…]

Why DSRs don’t recommend your brand anymore

Why DSRs don’t recommend your brand anymore

Each quarter, AFDR issues its exclusive 1 Question Survey Report that provides important insights that impact how foodservice products are represented and sold to independent operators. In this podcast, Dave and Bill chat about a key question featured in the newly released Q1 2019 report… “What makes DSRs sell one brand or product over another.”Read more about Why DSRs don’t recommend your brand anymore[…]

“Micro batch” ice cream becomes April Fool’s hit

“Micro batch” ice cream becomes April Fool’s hit

Sometimes we just have to share the silly to take a break from the chaos of the food business. Australian-based ice cream store Messina broke the news (on April Fools, of course)  that they’re taking its most popular ice cream to the next level with“micro batching,”  But that means there will be only about 15Read more about “Micro batch” ice cream becomes April Fool’s hit[…]