RestaurantProductFinder.com launched its Homepage Hero initiative this week highlighting innovative independent restaurant operators and the local food blogs that write about them.
We’re believers that the biggest foodservice trends two-to-three years from now are already underway. And where you find these trends are in the hundreds of local restaurant review blogs around the country.
So our idea is to put these foodservice innovators and bloggers who cover them front-and-center as the “hero” image of RestaurantProductFinder.com’s main search page.
Some background: RPF is a search engine, as the name implies, that restaurant managers, school cafeteria directors, nursing home dieticians and others use to find products they need. RPF then links these users directly to the manufacturers who make the products. Think Google, but focused strictly on foodservice products.
RPF also is a popular tool for distributor sales reps who work closely with foodservice operators as they research ideas for new menu items.
Our inaugural Homepage Hero
Our first Homepage Hero is Ty Graham of Cape Fear Boil Company in North Carolina. The Port City Foodie blog recently featured Ty for his phenomenal fast-growing concept of delivering authentic seafood boils right to the door of vacationers (and others) in the Outer Banks area.
So kudos to Ty and Port City Foodie!
More heroes to come
We’re working with dozens of other blogs around the country to identify and name the next Homepage Hero. Nobody knows the local culinary scene better than, say, the Rock City Eats in Little Rock or Eating My Way Through Portland in Oregon. Bloggers like these identify trends and concepts long before they become mainstream These bloggers are often unsung heroes themselves!
Of course, we’re not limited to just commercial restaurants. Obviously, crazy innovation is going on in school foodservice, catering, healthcare and other segments. We’ll be tracking down these Homepage Heroes as well.
The initiative aligns well with RPF’s primary mission of connecting foodservice operators directly with suppliers who are developing new products every day to make “away from home” experiences ever-more exciting and delicious.
Do you have a favorite restaurant blog? Or do you know an insanely creative independent operator who deserves more recognition? Drop us a note.