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Foodservice Hero Profile - Lesley Samad - Sandy Springs, GA

 

We are honored to present our next foodservice hero from Atlanta, Georgia. Lesley Samad, along with her husband Jamal, own Samad Mediterranean Grill and Market in Sandy Springs, a city nestled inside Atlanta.

 

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Topics: Feature, foodservice heroes

Overcome 3 COVID-19 Foodservice Challenges with AcuVide™ and PrimaVac™

Tough times demand unfailing courage and hard work — as restaurant operators know all too well. Some days, it feels impossible to succeed when you’re facing rising expenses, unpredictable business patterns, and stressed-out staff.

But guess what? You can alleviate all of these challenges. All you need is a clever strategy for making the most of what you have. Hamilton Beach Commercial’s vacuum-sealing and immersion circulator solutions can help.

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Topics: commercial vacuum sealer, commercial immersion circulator

Foodservice Hero Profile - Chef Cody Anderson - Draper, UT

 

Today, we're sharing the story of Cody Anderson, a foodservice hero from Draper, Utah, a suburb of Salt Lake City.  Cody is the Food Service Director with Thomas Cuisine (@thomascuisine on Instagram) at eBay in Draper, Utah. He and his team have been preparing fresh meal kits to-go in conjunction with a local group called Citrus Pear (@citrus_pear on Instagram).

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Topics: Feature, foodservice heroes

What Does Restaurant Sustainability Look Like Now?

Restaurants everywhere were making their operations more sustainable — and then the COVID pandemic struck. Takeout took over, resulting in an avalanche of individually wrapped plastic cutlery, straws and disposable containers. Concerns about single-use plastic and food waste were eclipsed by the fear of germs.

But waste-reduction efforts can’t be abandoned, advocates say; they just need to adapt. Prior to the pandemic, one-third of consumers were actively trying to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics, says Nell Fry, Sodexo’s senior manager of sustainability. The threat of pollution and climate change has only temporarily been eclipsed, she says; “As soon as we have this pandemic under control, there’s going to be this whiplash… ‘What are you doing about plastics? We want this done yesterday.’”

Safety and sustainability don’t have to be at odds. We’ll look at a few ways restaurants and other foodservice operators are maintaining their commitment to green operations while adapting to the realities of business during COVID-19.

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Topics: restaurant sustainability, restaurant sustainability practices

Foodservice Hero Profile - Chef Bruno Serato - Anaheim, CA

 

Meet Bruno Serato of @caterinas_club, a #foodservicehero from Anaheim, California with a long history of service. 

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Topics: Feature, foodservice heroes

Foodservice Hero Profile - Chef Rex Hale, St. Louis, MO

 

Today, we are shining the spotlight on @chefrexhale for his work providing meals for those in need in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Topics: Feature, foodservice heroes

Foodservice Hero Profile - Priscilla Nesbitt, Best Western Hotels

 

This week's foodservice hero is Priscilla Nesbitt from Georgetown, Ontario. She is a member of the foodservice industry working as a Purchasing Director for Best Western Hotels.

[If she looks familiar, we featured her on our Instagram feed back in May -- but we felt we could highlight her again.]

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Topics: Feature, foodservice heroes

Foodservice Hero Profile - Bill Bracken of Bracken's Kitchen

 

This week we're highlighting a foodservice hero from Garden Grove, California. Bill Bracken is the Founder and Culinary Director of Bracken's Kitchen, a 501(c)(3) organization which has supported the community for several years by doing what it can to make sure children and families don't go hungry.

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Foodservice Hero Profile - Natalie DiBenedetto, aka Chef Figgy

 

Today, we're revisiting the story of a foodservice hero from Portland, Maine. Her name is Natalie DiBenedetto, but she is more recognizable to locals as  Chef Figgy, the owner of Figgy's Takeout and Catering. One of her claims to fame, in addition to her amazing fried chicken, is winning episode 39 in Season 8 of Food Network's "Chopped" in 2018.

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Topics: Feature, foodservice heroes

Five Ways Restaurants Can Stretch Food Budgets Further

Reducing kitchen waste and keeping food budgets lean have always been big challenges for foodservice professionals. Now more than ever, it’s essential to do both.  

Supply chains are being disrupted. Customers’ behavior is becoming harder to predict. Nevertheless, chefs and operators carry on the heroic work of keeping people fed in restaurant, healthcare and institutional kitchens. Hamilton Beach Commercial is here to help. With the help of expert chefs, we’ve found effective strategies for getting the most out of every ingredient.

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