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Dennis Knows Food

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Putting the Foodie Back in Foodservice!


55 – Everyone Leaves Happy, Restaurateur Joshua Kopel
Sep 16
“If you’re not making enough money, it’s because you’re not making enough money.”Joshua Kopel is an entrepreneur, restaurateur and environmental advocate from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During his 20-plus year career he’s managed everything from dive bars to…
54 – The Secret Social Sauce
Jul 19
Creating valuable content that will help build your brand, and inspiration for how to use it.Social media has exponentially increased the opportunity for people to develop an emotional connection with your brand. The Secret Social Sauce is a strategy that…
53 – The Great Pepperoni Debate
Jul 11
Two pepperoni experts join us to share their thoughts on the lay-flat vs. cup-and-char debate raging in America’s pizzerias.Pepperonis with edges that curl and crisp when cooked, leaving delectable pools of grease at the center, are most commonly referred…
52 – Dennis Invests in Foodservice & Tina Talks Dough
Nov 12, 2018
After a whirlwind month we’re back in the podcast studio, joined by Tina Parker of The Dough Co!Our team has been working downright diligently over the past few months to bring the Dennis Difference to more customers, in more places. Part of those…
51 - A “Hospitality” Convo with Steve Hewins
Oct 1, 2018
Steve Hewins, President & CEO of the Maine Restaurant Association and the Maine Inn Keepers Association has some big news… In this episode we’re getting details on the merger of these two organizations; a big focus at the Maine Hospitality Summit on…
50 - Looking Like a Pro on Camera, with Brad LaBree
Sep 10, 2018
In this episode we’re sharing tips for looking like a pro on camera with special guest Brad LaBree. If you get nervous even thinking about talking on camera this episode is for you! Video and cameras are playing an increasingly impactful role in our daily…
49 - Interview with Larry Geaghan & Lisa Sturgeon | Restaurant Marketing Deep-Dive
Aug 30, 2018
If you own or operate a foodservice establishment, you don’t want to miss this epic, self-aware restaurant marketing deep-dive with two strategic thinkers from Geaghan’s Pub & Craft Brewery.Subscribers to our podcast know that we discuss a wide variety of…
48 - News from the IFDA & Tips for a Smooth-Running Kitchen
Aug 21, 2018
In this week’s episode we’re sharing some stats from a new report published by the IFDA and we’ve got a few tips to help keep your kitchen running smooth.From the locally sourced products we proudly distribute, to the construction crews we’ve hired to…
47 - The Learning Never Stops, Foodservice Tech Trends, Plus - Kelly & Kelli on School Food Programs
Aug 21, 2018
With our school food show on the horizon, we’re putting an educational twist on this week’s episode - focusing on the importance of paying attention to advances in foodservice.The school of life is the greatest education of all, and in it the learning…
46 - Cold Coffee, Hot Pizza and New Edible Emoji!
Jul 23, 2018
By listener request we’re chilling out with cold brew. Plus, we’re sharing a MEGA pizza resource, and brand new from McCain - edible emoji!Just how popular is cold brew coffee? We’ve got the stats. What makes cold brew different? We’ll help you understand…
45 - Spotless Tabletops & Chemical Programs with Jesse Landry
Jul 3, 2018
In this squeaky-clean episode we’ve got tips for spotless tabletops and Dennis Account Executive Jesse Landry joins us for a chemical conversation!Cleanliness throughout an entire operation is an extremely important part of foodservice management. For…
44 - Down the Rabbit Hole with a Special Guest, Author and Salesman Michael Mirarchi
Jul 3, 2018
Our longest episode yet offers up valuable insights for today’s foodservice operators. Join us for an open-ended conversation with fellow industry professional Michael Mirarchi!A departure from our usual format - Episode 44 takes on a life of its own as…
43 - Discovering Your Brand Message and Protein Questions with Chris Caler
Jul 2, 2018
In this extra-long episode we’re talking about how to create the perfect brand message for your business, and we talk meat with our Protein Category manager Chris Caler!This week’s foodie fact is brought to you by our friends at Great Lakes Cheese…
42 - It Pays to Have Well Trained Servers, Memorial Day Facts & New Products
May 25, 2018
In this week’s episode we’re talking about how well trained servers can help your business grow, things to know about Memorial Day and our latest inventory additions.This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend, with Memorial day on Monday, May 28th. So,…
41 - BBQ Season & Google My Business
Apr 23, 2018
In this episode there’s info about our inventory additions for the week, Google advice to grow your business, and we’ve got BBQ on the brain!Joining us for our discussion on how you can use Google to help grow traffic to your restaurant we’ve got a…
40 - Tips for Outdoor Dining Spaces
Apr 6, 2018
Get your outdoor space ready for hungry patrons looking to take advantage of al fresco dining opportunities.In this week’s episode we’ve got tips to help keep your outdoor dining space pest free, an update on our 2018 food show, this week’s new products…
39 - A Simple Equation to Maximize Success
Mar 24, 2018
Challenge + Justification = Action. A simple equation to maximize the success.In this week’s episode we’re talking about the “who, what, why and how” important to success. Plus, we’ve got this week’s new products and there’s lobster news in the literary…
38 - From the Archives, The Missing Christmas Episode
Mar 9, 2018
We’re breaking from our usual format with this episode and pulling an unpublished segment from the archives!In this episode we’re sharing an unpublished portion of our Christmas 2017 podcast that, due to time constraints and bustling activity here in the…
37 - Salmon & Instagram’n - Plus Social Media in Foodservice with a Special Guest
Mar 3, 2018
After a brief hiatus we’re back in the studio! Our first podcast of 2018 is a double-length episode with special guest Katrina Petersen.Where has the podcast been for the last 2 months? Under construction! Since completing our most recent major expansion…
36 - New Products, C-Store News & Wisdom from a Toilet Paper Salesman
Dec 2, 2017
In this week’s episode we’ve 13 new products, a report about c-store predictions for the future and sound advice from a toilet paper salesman. For this week’s foodie fact, revealing the source of our inspiration would give the answer away… Do you think…
35 - Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 21, 2017
In this Thanksgiving episode of Dennis Knows Food we’re talking with a special guest about olfactory senses, the power of pies and more.This week we’re going unscripted with a reminder about new products, our foodie fact for the week and new developments…
34 - Brainy Blueberries, Independent Coffee & 2018 Restaurant Trends
Nov 8, 2017
In this episode of Dennis Knows Food we’ve got Maine food news, national coffee news and influences for restaurants in the coming year.Restaurant Business Online just published an article that discusses what restaurants can expect to see as influences in…
33 - Inside the Mind of the Independent Restaurant Operator
Nov 8, 2017
In this episode of Dennis Knows Food the IFDA is taking us into the minds of independent operators!This week the IFDA released an in-depth 194 page report, prepared by industry research partner Technomic, about independent restaurant operators. It details…
32 - C-Store Foodservice, Food News and New Products!
Nov 8, 2017
In this special unedited episode of Dennis Knows Food we’re talking about convenience foodservice and freshness to-go. When it comes to food from “c-stores” - even with convenience foodservice sales exceeding $34 billion dollars a year - negative consumer…
31 - Fall Kitchen Prep and a Wrap Rap
Nov 8, 2017
In this episode of Dennis Knows Food we’re sharing tips to help prepare your kitchen for the fall foodservice season. Foodservice operators take tremendous pride in their kitchens and equipment. Now that we’re through the hectic pace of the summer season…
30 - “What’s new?”
Nov 8, 2017
In this episode of Dennis Knows Food, hungry diners want to know “What’s new?” For operators, raising the awareness of new items through any available channel — website, social media, in-house advertising or on the phone with customers — can have several…
29 - Comfort Food with a Signature Twist & The Soups On!
Nov 8, 2017
In this episode of Dennis Knows Food, we’re cozying up to comfort!The foliage will soon start to change, and with that will come consumer cravings for comfort food. Creating signature dishes inspired by comfort food has been gaining momentum in recent…
28 - The Story of Deb the Innovator
Nov 8, 2017
Sometimes all it takes to be an innovator in small business is a willingness to not give up. In this inspirational episode of Dennis Knows Food, we’re sharing the story of a country store operator who kept her business running, growing and adapting - one…
27 - Tips for Marketing Campaigns, Peanut Allergies & AI Cookies
Nov 8, 2017
Robots are coming, and they’re bringing spatulas! This week saw the celebration of National Peach Pie Day, and our foodie fact for the week is inspired by peaches. We’re doing something a little different with this week’s fact, tune in to find out! In…
26 - Five Ways to Boost Fall Sales, Calamari, Tarator Sauce and New Products
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, August 17th, and today is National Vanilla Custard Day! Our foodie fact is not inspired by vanilla custard, but rather by one of this week’s new product additions, calamari. Find out where the word calamari comes from in this episode! In…
25 - Guests & Their Cell Phones, Menu Psychology and New Products
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, August 3rd, and today is National Watermelon Day! Our foodie fact is inspired by this Summer favorite. The United States is the world’s 4th largest producer of watermelon. How many pounds of watermelon are grown in the US each year? In this…
24 - Consumer Impact on Menu Development, Flat Iron Steaks and New Products
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Friday, July 28th, and this is episode 24 of Dennis Knows Food! Our foodie fact is inspired by one of our new products additions this week. This week we have a 2-part question: Jennie-O was founded in what year, and today they produce how many…
23 - New Products, Creme Brûlée and Tactics for Takeout
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Friday, July 21st, and today is National Creme Brûlée Day! We’re taking the theme for this week’s foodie fact from Creme Brûlée - What was the estimated calorie count for the world’s largest Creme Brûlée? The answer in this episode! This week we’ve…
22 - National French Fry Day, Coffee Health Benefits, Cold Brew Profits, and New Products!
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, July 13th, and today is National French Fry Day! Every July 13th, the nation joins in celebration of an culinary staple, French fries! That means our foodie fact for the week is inspired by French fries! During WWI, which army influenced…
21 - New Products, A Shout-Out for Cheese Makers, Engaging Millennial Diners, and the How America BBQs Contest
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, July 6th, and today is National Fried Chicken Day!That means our foodie fact for the week is inspired by chickens! What is the greatest height an unprotected egg has been dropped to earth without breaking? The answer in this episode! Three…
20 - Seasonal Business Tips and Fresh Lobster Meat with Two Special Guests
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, June 29th, and this is Episode 20 of the Dennis Knows Food Podcast! Today is National Almond Buttercrunch Day! This week’s almond-inspired foodie fact asks “What conditions do almond trees need to produce almonds?” The answer in this…
19 - New Products, Glaze can Amaze, Tomato Butter, Claim your Business, and Beefy Opportunities!
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, June 22nd, and this is Episode 19 of the Dennis Knows Food Podcast! Today is National Onion Ring day! This week’s onion-inspired foodie fact asks “What was the fastest recorded time to peel 50 pounds of onions?” The answer in this episode!…
18 - 12 New Products, New England Produce News, Veggie Perceptions, There’s Coffee in the Cocktails, and More!
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, June 15th, and this is Episode 18 of the Dennis Knows Food Podcast! In this weeks episode of Dennis Knows Food we focus some of the spotlight on New England, with 3 of our 12 latest inventory additions coming from right here in Maine. We’re…
17 - Routines, Marrow as a Condiment, It’s Test-Kitchen Time, New Products and More!
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, June 8th, and this is Episode 17 of the Dennis Knows Food Podcast! Here we are with another Thursday edition of our Podcast; the last few episodes have been recorded on Thursdays rather than our usual Wednesday schedule. This made me…
16 - New Products, Signature Burgers and the Popularity of Pork!
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, June 1st, and this is Episode 16 of the Dennis Knows Food Podcast! Our podcast is protein packed this week as we put the spotlight on creating new opportunities and dishes for your menu. Burgers are big and getting bigger, we discuss the…
15 - New Items, Arcadia Harvest Plus-Size, Maine Seafood, Beef Products, Custom Labeling and More!
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, May 25th, and this is Episode 15 of the Dennis Knows Food Podcast! In this weeks episode we share 10 new products that were just added to our inventory; including a larger size of our extremely popular Arcadian Harvest lettuce mix. We talk…
14 - A Fish Story, New Products, Social Media, UniPro Soups and More
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, May 18th, and this is Episode 14 of the Dennis Knows Food Podcast! We hope you had an opportunity to get outside for at least a few minutes today and enjoy a taste of this early Summeresque weather. I was able to spend all weekend outside…
13 - New Products, Safety Programs, Foodservice Headlines and More
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, May 11th, and this is Episode 13 of the Dennis Knows Food Podcast! It’s been an interesting couple of days trying to record audio for our Podcast, you’ll hear why in the episode. This week we’ve added 14 new items to our inventory spanning…
12 - Independent Operators #Winning, James Beard Awards, New Products and a Podcast Guest!
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Wednesday, May 3rd, and this is Episode 12 of our Podcast!This week’s podcast is a little longer than our previous, and that’s because we had a guest join us today! Travis Estes, or Frozen Category Manager talks about new products, several of which…
11 - Food Show Recap, New Products, Frozen Veggies and Big Brother is… Fishing?
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, April 27th, and this is Episode 11 of our Podcast!It been a busy week! We’re doing our Podcast a day later than normal to allow for a little catch-up after our Food Show on Tuesday. A big “thank you” to all of our vendors, customers and…
10 - New Products, Health News, Food Reformulation and Avocados!
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Wednesday, April 19th, and this is Episode 10 of our Podcast!Ten weeks have gone by since we shared our first podcast, but it really only feels like 10 days. Thank you to our listeners for the great feedback; your thoughts, ideas and support have…
9 - Coffee Health Benefits, New Products, Investment in Nutrition and Grilled Cheese!
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Wednesday, April 12th, and this is the 9th episode of our Podcast! Here we are on National Grilled Cheese Day, in the middle of National Grilled Cheese Month, and we’ve got a couple of yummy GC related ideas for you in this episode of Dennis Knows…
8 - New Products, New England Food News, Maple Goodness, Passwords and UniPro
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Wednesday, April 5th… and it’s still snowing?! We are back on our regularly scheduled podcast day! We know that changing that up for a couple weeks was rough on our listeners ;). Thank you to our podcast subscribers, and those using SoundCloud, for…
7 - New Products, Customer Service Strategies and Something Fresh in Fast Food!
Nov 8, 2017
Something a little different, a Fast-Foodie-Friday edition of our podcast!Our Podcasts typically go out on Wednesday, although the last two have been an exception. This past Wednesday we were down in Portland, Maine at the Maine Restaurant and Lodging…
6 - Making Time for Tech, 2017 Food Trends, Maine Craft Beer and New Products!
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Thursday, March 23rd and this is the 6th episode of our Podcast! Better late than never, this weeks podcast covers three products recently added to inventory, Maine craft brewing, internationally inspired menu items, and foodie news discussing…
5 - New Products, Daylight Savings Time Tips & Food News
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Wednesday, March 15th and this is the 5th episode of our Podcast!We almost had a good hold on Spring… almost. This wacky weather is affecting all of us in different ways. Add in the physical and mental impact from the recent daylight savings time…
4 - Record Sales for Maine Seafood, New Products, Foodie News
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Wednesday, March 8th and this is the fourth episode of our Podcast!The weather is making our thermometers swing radically up and down, but the trend is moving towards warmer weather! The rising average daily temperature is a sure sign that Spring…
3 - 2017 To-Go Trends and Health Headlines
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Wednesday, March 1st and this is the third episode of our Podcast!Spring is right around the corner and we are starting to get the hang of this whole Podcast concept, and from the feedback we’re getting it’s a welcome addition, so thank you! In this,…
2 - A New Protein, WWII Vet, Fake Food News
Nov 8, 2017
It’s Wednesday, February 22nd and this is the second episode of our Podcast!We are still learning the ropes, but we’re very excited about Podcasts as a fun and useful resource for our customers and employees. In this second episode we have a ‘protein’…
1 - The inaugural episode of our new “Dennis Knows Food”
Nov 8, 2017
Our First Podcast! February 15, 2017We are excited to share the inaugural episode of our new “Dennis Knows Food” Podcast! While podcasting has been around for quite awhile – this is totally new territory for us, so bear with us while we get up and…