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May 2020

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Is Now the Time to Eliminate Tipping?

Like it or not, the coronavirus has offered restaurants a reset button. And some local restaurateurs are considering taking advantage of this opportunity to eliminate tipping and go to a flat administrative service charge which benefit both front- and back-of-the-house employees.​ For more on this subject, check out our June/July issue.

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Restaurant Stats and Advocating for Parking Lot Dining

We all know that restaurant sales plummeted in April, but the trend is starting to reverse itself—slowly. And it all depends on getting dining rooms open and flexibility by local municipalities.


James Beard Foundation Taps Five Locals

The James Beard Foundation decided to go ahead and announce the nominees for its coveted 2020 awards as “a glimmer of hope to an industry looking for light in a very dark time.” Five local chefs and two members of the media are up for awards.


US Foods' Fanatics Beef Up Resources for Restaurateurs

There is no shortage of news, advice and tips for restaurant owners coping with closed restaurants during COVID-19, and yet the demand for more and more updates is insatiable.Broadline distributor, US Foods has been providing assistance to its customers in the guise of menu design and business operations for two years shy of a decade, and now they’re opening up their resources to noncustomers as well.


How Hennepin Healthcare's Foodservice is Handling COVID-19

Hennepin Healthcare regularly trains for major incidents. “We’ve trained for some nasty things, but I don’t recall training for a pandemic,” William Marks, director of food, nutrition and environmental services at Hennepin Healthcare, says.

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