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Do you need an agency-built website or is DIY for you? What other digital marketing opportunities should you consider? How does your social presence factor in? Why does design affect user experience? If your gears started turning following episode 67 part 1. If questions came to mind. If you’re now motivated to dive deeper… Well, you know what to, hit play on episode 67 part 2! Special thanks to the Portland Chamber of Commerce, Eaton Peabody, and Anania Bailey.For follow-up comments or questions please email us at podcast@dennisexpress.comFor more foodservice news, resources, products and business insights visit us online at www.dennisexpress.com.Subscribe to Dennis Knows Food on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Overcast, Castbox, and other top platforms!  
In this 2-part episode, host Luke LaBree talks with the website development and marketing experts Peter Anania and Dustyn Bailey about what goes into a well-branded website and how that can lead to better business across the board.The best practices covered in this episode go deep and apply to your business–whether you’re a multi-million dollar operation working with an agency or a small family-owned business going the DIY route. No matter the size of your business, your brand needs to put its best foot forward on the internet. It is quite literally a digital battleground for the hearts and minds of potential customers. And as we approach the busy summer selling season in New England, now is a good time to make sure your online presence is dialed in!Part 2 of episode 67 will include answers to questions received during the live recording of this webinar. Special thanks to the Portland Chamber of Commerce, Eaton Peabody, and Anania Bailey.For more foodservice news, resources, products and business insights visit us online at www.dennisexpress.com.Subscribe to Dennis Knows Food on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Overcast, Castbox, and other top platforms!  
Send questions and feedback to podcast@dennisexpress.com. 
Derek Fasset, Workforce Development Director at HospitalityMaine, recently took the reins of a multi-year workforce development plan. His top priority is building momentum by creating self-filling pools of hospitality workers across the state. As we know, these employees are essential. Whether you're a small independent business or a multi-million dollar resort, a successful season depends on your ability to fill job openings. In this episode, Derek shares how Maine's premier hospitality organization is working with its partners across the state to create a pipeline of employees. This system will be crucial to the success of Maine's hospitality-based economy for years to come.Upcoming HospitalityMaine Workforce Development Events:January 26HMEF- Maine Department of Corrections WebinarFebruary 2HMEF- Bureau of Rehabilitation Services & Maine Medical Center WebinarFebruary 15 [Updated Date]HMEF- Learning Works WebinarTo learn more about HospitalityMaine, or to become a member, visit their website at www.hospitalitymaine.comSubscribe to Dennis Knows Food on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Overcast, Castbox, and other top platforms!  
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Even though you couldn’t be there with us, I promise you’ll take something away from this talk. This episode has been edited down from its original length. Thank you to Chef Tim, he recorded the session on his phone. The video version includes the full discussion, minus round-table portions, and closed captioning for any parts that you might not be able to understand. To see a video recording of the session, find Dennis on YouTube at youtube.com/dennispaperfoodservice or visit dennisexpress.com/podcastSend questions and feedback to podcast@dennisexpress.com
Press Record Already!

Press Record Already!

2021-10-2739:37

Joining the conversation is the gang from Restauranttopia, a fun and informative podcast from Hillcrest Foodservice in Ohio. Get ready to take notes, there’s a wealth of wisdom piled into this pod! Like Dennis, Hillcrest is a member of the UniPro Foodservice cooperative. With over 850 member locations, UniPro Foodservice, Inc. is the largest food distribution cooperative in the United States. In fact, the cooperative of UniPro foodservice members is 4 billion dollars larger than the 4 “largest” national distributors COMBINED. Visit uniprofoodervice.com to learn more. In addition to greater buying power, being a UniPro member provides opportunities to collaborate with like-minded distributors around the country (as we’ve done in this episode) to discuss business-building insights that we can share with our customers and the restaurant industry at large. Subscribe to Dennis Knows Food on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Overcast, Castbox, and other top platforms! [Links available here] We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com.
In House Delivery

In House Delivery

2021-02-2628:26

In this episode we’re talking about delivery – getting food from point A to point B... from your kitchen to your customers. In mid 2020, with dining rooms across the country shuttered, the question of “how to get food to customers without a dine-in option” quickly became one of the foodservice industry’s top priorities. Stepping in to address this pandemic-driven problem were platforms like GrubHub, Postmates, UberEats and DoorDash. Otherwise known as third-party delivery platforms. The attraction was almost immediate. They had the means to get food from a restaurant to someone who ordered it. All an operator needed to do was sign up. And, sure enough, it was basically that easy. After all, the convenience of existing apps and the infrastructure to deal with delivery was already in place. Closed doors turned into open takeout windows almost overnight. Then, the honeymoon period began to wear off... Subscribe to Dennis Knows Food on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Overcast, Castbox and other top platforms! [Links available here] We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com.
Maine's statewide ban on disposable polystyrene containers takes effect on January 1st, 2021. UPDATE: The Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is delaying its enforcement of the "foam ban" until July 1, 2021. See the news release: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDEP/bulletins/2b2649b Given that the change is right around the corner. I thought you might enjoy hearing from someone with insider info… someone with intimate knowledge of Maine's foam ban. Joining me for this episode is Greg Dugal, Director of Government Affairs for Hospitality Maine. He's an expert in his field, and an advocate for foodservice and hospitality businesses across the state of Maine. Subscribe to Dennis Knows Food on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Overcast, Castbox and other top platforms! [Links available here] We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com.
The most valuable weapon you have in the battle for eyes, ears and engagement online is content. Content is as important to your digital presence and marketing efforts as the food you serve is to your dining room. It shows who you are, what you do and what you’re capable of – but most importantly – it can impact a visitor’s decision to return. Like a great meal, great content helps customers establish an affinity for your business and brand. This episode explores (what is in my opinion) the best way to be found, to be followed and to grow your foodservice business using the internet. I won’t be going into specifics on how to establish properties like your website, Facebook page and Instagram account. This is for foodservice owners and operators who already have digital properties and want to get better at using them to increase traffic. Subscribe to Dennis Knows Food on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Overcast, Castbox and other top platforms! We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com.
Six figure sales swings, last minute website launches, loss mitigation, oncological humility and a philanthropic culture… Paul Saval shares how his team never backed down from the pandemic and what he hopes is on the horizon.If you work in the food industry, provide distribution services, conduct sales calls or are at all curious about the chaotic world and persevering positivity of an independent businesses over the past several months this episode is a can’t miss. Foodservice distributors provide the food and supplies at restaurants, delis, bars, hotels, schools and institutions… basically the nations food operations. Their contribution to America’s dining and leisure time often goes widely unnoticed by the general public. In this episode a food distribution CEO, who never really wanted to work in the industry to begin with, shares his thoughts on the business of foodservice and maintaining a positive outlook during a challenging time. Subscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) Links relevant to this episode include www.savalfoods.com and www.dennisexpress.com. We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com.
A Full Comp Crossover

A Full Comp Crossover

2020-08-0450:30

Wisdom nuggets with a twist. We're cross-pollinating podcasts in this episode! Full Comp host Josh Kopel takes the reins and joins Dennis Knows Food host Luke LaBree to discuss some of their biggest takeaways from past interviews. Episode 59 reflects on the experiences and advice of several widely different foodservice professionals. Timeless and relatable wisdom; the ideas and insights flowing in this episode will get you fired up about finding unique opportunities in your operation. Subscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) Links relevant to this episode include www.joshkopel.com and www.dennisexpress.com. We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com.
A discussion about using restaurant reopening guidelines as a to-do list for marketing messages.In this episode of Dennis Knows Food host Luke LaBree talks with Cary Weston, partner at Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications. The idea at hand… What if foodservice operations used restaurant reopening checklists as a guide for marketing their businesses? Sharing your adherence to safety and sanitation practices will help build customer confidence at a time when the public seeks comfort and reassurance. Plus, adding a dash of personality and empathy to your messaging will help showcase your unique business and build an emotional connection with your customers. Episode 58 provides inspiration for capturing customer attention while reinforcing your foodservice brand during this challenging time. Subscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) Links relevant to this episode include www.sutherlandweston.com and www.dennisexpress.com. For the CDC’s restaurant reopening guidance click HERE. For COVID-19 related information click HERE. We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com!
The New Video Norm - Marketing During the CovidIn this special video and audio dual-edition of the Dennis Knows Food podcast, host Luke LaBree interviews Sal Marotta of SM Media Group on the creation and use of video in the foodservice industry. Video, especially social media video, is a powerful marketing tool that has become increasingly more potent and important during the coronavirus outbreak. Luke and Sal discuss how the restaurant industry can take advantage of video, tips and tactics for first timers and novices, best practices for marketing strategies and a lot more. There's a wealth of insight in this episode, which is available in video and standard podcast format. Enjoy, subscribe and share with anyone who could benefit from this information. Subscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) Links relevant to this episode include: dennisexpress.com and the Foodservice 411 Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/foodservice411 We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com!
Making the Most of Downtime [During the COVID-19 Crisis]The restaurant industry is in a chaotic and difficult situation due to the coronavirus outbreak. As a result many operations are seeing significantly lighter traffic, or have temporarily closed their doors, and are facing prolonged periods of downtime. In this episode podcast host Luke LaBree, and 4 other foodservice professionals share ideas and advice to help restaurant owners and operators make the most of this unfortunate situation. Topics discussed include reviewing menus to maximize profits, improving operational efficiencies, training staff, marketing and more. If you own own or operate a restaurant this episode, this advice, is for you. If you have any question or would like more ideas, please don’t hesitate to reach out, email Subscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) For the video version visit: dennisexpress.com/making-the-most-of-downtime We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com!
The Takeout Transition [During the COVID-19 Crisis]Following the need for many operations to transition from full service, dine-in establishments, to takeout and delivery only – I joined a Zoom call with 3 other industry experts to discuss 5 important topics pertinent to restaurants and the foodservice industry during this challenging time. The Transition to Takeout & Delivery OnlyWhat to Sell / Effective Menu PlanningTakeout PackagingEffective Messaging to Your CustomersMaximizing Your Labor & ResourcesSubscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) For the video version visit: dennisexpress.com/covid-takeout-transition We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com!
Constructive criticism is not a personal attack.In this episode Chef Tim shares one of the very first lessons he learned in foodservice. A story about teamwork from the unteachable point of view of a dish-pit newbie. Having worked in foodservice for over 31 years, Chef Tim Labonte has done it all and seen it all in professional kitchens... but, everyone starts somewhere. Subscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) Links relevant to this episode include: dennisexpress.com/dailyfoodie We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com!
"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 fine dining establishments. Today he runs two successful foodservice ventures in Los Angles, and has recently started broadening into the consulting and services side of the industry. Hospitality has always been where his heart is, but it hasn't always been easy or fun. In this episode Joshua shares his thoughts on growth, overcoming challenges, management and leadership, sustainability and the importance of culture in foodservice. For listeners that would like to ask Joshua more questions, or request his breakdown on strategies to grow business, his email address is: joshua@preuxandproper.com Subscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) Links relevant to this episode include: preuxandproper.com, southcityfriedchicken.com, justcallflo.com, thepineapplepost.org and joshkopel.com We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com!
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 will help you identify your brand’s unique marketable attributes for digital content and social media. Using the sauce will increase your creativity, improve your content and help your followers establish a deeper connection to your business. Subscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) Links mentioned in this episode include our website: www.DennisExpress.com For more on the Great Pepperoni Debate, check out Hormel's blog. We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com!
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 to as cup-and-char. Lay-flat has been the dominant pepperoni among pizza purveyors for decades, but the grease-chalices challenging the lay-flat throne are making a big comeback! Brody Swedberg and Anthony Panichelli of Hormel Foodservice share their thoughts on why the popularity of this old-world pizza topping is on the rise. Plus, they drop some news about pizza topping innovations coming in the very near future. Subscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) Links mentioned in this episode include our website: www.DennisExpress.com For more on the Great Pepperoni Debate, check out Hormel's blog. We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com!
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 pursuits includes the addition of new employees; team members who will help support our mission and our customer's businesses. We'll share a few updates on our recent efforts in this episode. Also in this episode, Tina Parker of The Dough Co. joins us to talk pizza dough, and about a big change they've made! We've also got a fresh Foodie Fact! This week's fact is brought to you by Island Made Ocean Clams. Hear a clam question and a clam answer in this episode! Subscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) Links mentioned in this episode include our website: www.DennisExpress.com and The Dough Co. website at www.thedough-co.com. We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com!
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 October, 29th in Bangor, Maine. Listen in as Steve shares his thoughts on one of Maine's largest industries and gives us a glimpse at what the future holds for supporting its businesses. Subscribe to the Podcast - Subscribe Now (Subscribe with iTunes) Links mentioned in this episode include our website: www.DennisExpress.com. The article the Maine Restaurant Association website [LINK], the Maine Inn Keepers Association website [LINK], and the Maine Hospitality Summit website [LINK]. We look forward to your feedback, send an email to podcast@dennisexpress.com!
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Nate Hall

great episode

Nov 15th
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Nate Hall

nice stuff Luke and Jesse

Jul 4th
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