Food Service Radio Podcast

Child nutrition is one of the top food service trends, which means school food service is under significant pressure to serve healthier, mindful meals, while maintaining student participation.

In this Foodservice Radio podcast, we talk with Brian Finn of Sodexo about their award-winning Future Chefs program that got students involved in the menu development process. The program not only created better menu options, but also increased participation and take rates of the healthier items.


Direct download: Foodservice_Radio_Podcast_-_Sodexo_Future_Chefs.mp3
Category:Schools -- posted at: 10:32am EST

Most restaurants use social media as a tool engage customers. However, operators are learning that it can also be an effective tool for communicating and managing employees.

Janet Hoffman of Hoffman & Associations takes us through how saavy operators are using social media for recruitment, scheduling, and training in this Foodservice Radio pocast.

Direct download: Foodservice_Radio_Podcast_-Social_Media_as_a_Management_Tool.mp3
Category:Management -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In this Foodservice Radio podcast, Ross "Big Burrito" Resnick, founder of Roaming Hunger, the food truck tracking website, shares his insights on the street food movement and operating a food truck . Host Tom Andrews and Ross discuss:

- The biggest question you need to answer before buying a food truck

- The importance of the kitchen design in a truck

- The link to social media and how many operators miss important opportunities

- Why catering is the critical element of success

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Direct download: Foodservice_Radio_Podcast_-_Roaming_Hunger.mp3
Category:Food Trucks -- posted at: 8:00am EST

The purpose of Social Media is to put butts into your seats, but that takes strategy and execution of a social media plan.  In this episode, we talk with Melany Mullens of Polished Pig Media about how to develop and execute an effective - and ultimately profitable - social media program for your operation.

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Anywhere from 50-90% of new products and concepts fail, so your chances of failure are generally greater than your chances for success.  But, you can greatly increase the odds in your favor by following some basic fundamentals.   In this Foodservice Radio podcast, we talk with Martha Guidry, “The Concept Queen” and explore the key considerations around concept development and positioning – so that your next idea doesn’t become a statistic.


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Direct download: Foodservice_Radio_Podcast_-_Successful_Concept_Development.mp3
Category:Product Development -- posted at: 11:47am EST

Farm-to-table and locally grown are among the most talked about trends in food service.  For Uncommon Ground, a Chicago restaurant, farm to table means bringing produce down the steps from the Rooftop Garden.  

In this Foodservice Radio podcast, we talk with Dave Snyder about how rooftop gardening has made this eatery a hit and helped them fulfill their mission of promoting sustainability.

Direct download: Foodservice_Radio_Podcast_-_Uncommon_Ground.mp3
Category:Sustainability -- posted at: 10:35am EST

In this Foodservice Radio Podcast, Jon Wool of Finesse Cuisine, shows us the short path from contact to contract, when making catering sales.  Listen as Jon shows how you how to profitably grow your catering business.

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Direct download: Foodservice_Radio_Podcast_-_How_To_Grow_Catering_Sales.mp3
Category:Catering -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Getting financing for restaurant growth has always been challenging.  In this Foodservice Radio podcast, host Tom Andrews talks with John Hamburger of the Franchise Times Corporation about the three traditional methods of restaurant financing, some alternative ways operators are funding growth, and how to get your house in order before securing a loan.

Direct download: Foodservice_Radio_Podcast_-_Restaurant_Financing.mp3
Category:Financing -- posted at: 8:00am EST

Generation Y employees have a different concept of work from previous generations, which can be frustrating and challenging to traditional managers.  But, they also bring some unique talents to the industry.  In this Foodservice Radio Podcast with Oren Hertz, instructor at Johnson & Wales University, we examine the best ways to motivate and train Gen Y employees and keep your operation running smoothly.

Direct download: Foodservice_Radio_Podcast_-_The_Gen_Y_Employee.mp3
Category:Management -- posted at: 8:00am EST

If you accept credit cards, then you are vulnerable to credit card skimming.  In this Foodservice Radio Podcast, we talk with Libby Libhart of Loss Busters about how you can protect your guests and yourself from credit card number theft.

Direct download: Foodservice_Radio_Podcast_-_Credit_Card_Skimming.mp3
Category:Security -- posted at: 8:00am EST