Showing posts from August, 2021

Federal Disaster Recovery Resources for Foodservice

As we all assess the impacts of Hurricane Ida on our families, friends, homes, and businesses, we hope and pray that you and your loved ones are safe.  In case you need them, here are some important federal resources that may help you with your recovery efforts.   US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)  Food Safety and Cleaning Recommendations for Reopening Click here to learn more about food safety and sanitation recommendations for resuming your foodservice operation in the aftermath of a natural disaster. U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low interest loans to businesses, nonprofit organizations, homeowners, and renters located in regions affected by declared disasters. SBA also provides eligible small businesses and nonprofit organizations with working capital to help overcome the economic injury of a declared disaster. Click here to see eligible parishes and counties. Click here to apply: h

Wallin FSR NOLA Office Closure and Contact Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE   Due to Hurricane Ida, our New Orleans office is closed temporarily.  For assistance, please contact our Memphis office at 901-370-4724 or Brent Montgomery at 731-614-4635.

FREE Online Event September 1 & 2: Welbilt's Show Beyond the Show!

  We all recognize the difficult decision made by the NAFEM association to cancel the 2021 show, but we know it’s just as important to all of us to keep our newest products at the forefront of our businesses to keep pace with technology and provide timely solutions to today's operational challenges. So Welbilt is bringing the show to you!    We invite you to join this special  Live Stream Event  presented by Welbilt's brand experts of their newest products. You don’t want to miss this! Plus, you get a chance to ask questions live via Teams on Welbilt's social media platforms.     Be sure to bookmark these links to join Welbilt's Live Event: Welbilt | The Show Beyond the Show | Day 1 LIVE: September 1, 2021, from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Welbilt | The Show Beyond the Show | Day 2 LIVE: September 2, 2021, from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern

Day-brightening Ideas for Healthcare Foodservice

With the power to strengthen the body, improve mental clarity, and promote healing, food is medicine in its own right. The way it’s prepared and presented gives it the ability to also feed the soul.  Here are some of our favorite ways to spread a little meal and snack-time sunshine around your healthcare facility. Give staff and visitors a positive, low-stress way to refuel with colorful grab-and-go snack, beverage, and meal offerings. Rush University Medical Center Easy access to healthy, energizing foods is just what the doctor ordered for busy staff. Mobile vending carts are the perfect way to utilize available space and reduce cafĂ© congestion and wait times.  Earlier this year, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago implemented a mobile cart program with a Cambro Mobile Vending Cart to merchandise a core menu and weekly rotating hot and cold entrees.  This program has been so successful that it paid for itself in the first 6 months and was awarded the 2021 Food Management Bes

Tools for Retaining Top Restaurant Employees

One thing we can all agree on these days is that there just don’t seem to be enough people to get the job done, no matter what the job is. Never in recent memory has it been such a challenge to find and keep qualified employees. When it comes to retaining them, the first thing that usually comes to mind is paying them more. But given a moment to think about it, most of us could remember a time (or many) that we were given a job to do without the right tools to do it. It doesn’t take long for the feeling of frustration to bubble up with that memory. Yes, money is a big motivator, but respect and talent recognition also rank high when it comes to job satisfaction. Providing quality tools, along with giving employees a voice when it comes to choosing them, can be a meaningful way to show appreciation and respect. The work becomes more about using one’s talents, developing expertise, and building a rewarding career than just doing a job that pays the bills.   If you’ve got superstar

Back to School and Ready for Anything

Food. There’s nothing we need more, except water. No one understands this better than you, the school nutrition professional.  You have moved mountains to feed our children and communities through adversity and uncertainty. You are unstoppable!  There aren’t enough words to thank you for the heart and soul you’ve put into your work. As we prepare for another unpredictable back to school season, the good news is that we now have more tools to help you be ready for anything. None of us can know for sure what’s going to happen from one day to the next, but we can reduce the stress of sudden change with equipment that can be used in different ways on any given day. One of the positives of the last 18 months was learning the problems we can solve and the amazing things we can do when we put our heads together. This 96-meal set-up was created to support in-classroom feeding models. Implemented and proven effective last year by school districts in  Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas,  i