Meet the Millennials

The biggest generation since the Boomers, the Millennial generation is changing how events are planned and executed By Deanne Moskowitz Representing the third generation of his family’s more than 30-year-old catering business, Keegan Gosik says he does his job very differently than his predecessor. That’s partly because Sensational Host Caterers in Maple Shade, N.J., now requires a full-time business development director, but is largely a … Continue reading »

OUTSIDE the BOX

Successful off-premise strategies helped these four caterers boost business and raise their profiles   By Sara Perez Webber   Often, it pays to take a leap of faith. Just ask the four companies profiled here. All branched out from the norm to build their businesses and establish their reputations—from serving dinners outside on area farms to buying a food truck or a food cart to … Continue reading »

Takin’ it to the streets

Roaming Hunger’s CEO Ross Resnick has positioned his company as the go-to source for food truck catering When Ross Resnick was a college student studying abroad in Hong Kong, he fell in love with street food. “I ate my way through the streets of Southeast Asia,” he says. A few years after returning to the States, he noticed food trucks popping up in San Francisco … Continue reading »

Hot Products

Event rental and sales companies reveal their most popular items—and why they’re flying off the shelves What’s trending at event rental and sales companies? To find out, we asked some of the industry’s major players which products are most popular and up-and-coming with their catering and event-planning clients. They clued us in to what’s hot, and explained the trends they reflect. A-1 Tablecloth Company a1tablecloth.com … Continue reading »

Only in New York

The city provides the perfect backdrop for a show that brings together thousands of foodservice professionals with exhibitors from across the globe Business was booming in the Big Apple during the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York, which took place March 8-10 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. More than 21,000 industry professionals attended the show—a 10% increase over 2014—including more than 500 … Continue reading »

The Sky’s the Limit

As event pros know too well, the risks are high with outdoor events—but so are the rewards By Sara Perez Webber There’s something about the open air that energizes an event, giving it an intangible quality that can’t be matched in an indoor setting. Yet outdoor events come fraught with logistical challenges, not least of which is the weather. Nevertheless, caterers and event planners take … Continue reading »

Facebook marketing primer

Tips for getting started and being productive on the most popular social networking site Are you using any social media channels to market your business? And if not, why not? One of the biggest social media marketing challenges we hear about is the fear of using Facebook. Many foodservice businesses say that the platform is just too social and not serious enough for them to … Continue reading »

Fighting Fire with Food

Where’s the fire? For member companies of the National Mobile Shower and Catering Association (NMSCA), it could be anywhere, and they’re prepared to pack up their gear and get to the site as quickly as possible. Under contract to the federal government, the NMSCA firms provide essential services to firefighters and other first-responders in all sorts of emergencies, including hurricanes such as Katrina. Continue reading »

Trends

When you eat lunch in a place that serves about 2,700 people a day, you may not expect to find ingredients such as honey that was harvested from hives onsite, or beets, kale and peppers that were grown on the rooftop garden. Yet that’s exactly the kind of fresh, local food served at the largest exhibition and meeting facility in North America, where SAVOR…Chicago at McCormick Place is setting the standard for sustainable practices in large-scale catering. Continue reading »

Basics

It’s not easy to outfit a professional kitchen. Not only are many types of tools and equipment necessary, if the tools and equipment aren’t performing well, the quality of the food you serve will be affected. Not only that, if you’re looking to upgrade or replace items in the heart of your business, the options can be overwhelming. Following is a roundup of some of the newest and most innovative products available, to get you started on your search for new kitchen gadgets and appliances. Continue reading »