Segment Spotlight

This section goes in depth on a selected foodservice and equipment supplies market segment. From commercial to institutional, from food trucks to correctional facilities, FE&S covers it all.

Q&A: Daphne K. Gulick, Senior Director of Food Services, Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, Elizabethtown, Pa.

When the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown opened its doors 102 years ago, the facility was a self-sustaining community for the frail and elderly. Over the years, it evolved into a skilled nursing, memory support, personal care and independent living community for seniors. The village now has more than 1,800 residents, 576 skilled nursing and personal care accommodations and 940 retirement living homes.

Mexican Foodservice Adds Some Spice to Restaurant Revenues

With consumers' maintaining healthy appetites for Mexican-inspired cuisine, fast-casual and quick-service operators continue to enhance their menus and expand their network of locations.

Case Study: TacoTime, Scottsdale, Ariz.

A testament to TacoTime's success is the longevity of its franchisees, many of whom have been in business for 30 to 40 years.

Q&A: Dave Syarto, Vice President of Operations, Lime Fresh Mexican Grill

When John Kunkel came up with the concept for Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in 2005, his goal was to create a fast-casual eatery that reflected the vibrancy and food-conscious culture of Miami's South Beach.

Teeing Off on Country Club Foodservice

In an attempt to retain existing members and lure new customers, country clubs continue to enhance their food-focused programming.

Case Study: Oxbow Country Club Oxbow, N.D.

What sets country club foodservice operations apart from traditional restaurants is their need to be multifunctional. While fine dining operations are fixtures at most country clubs, many clubs also offer foodservice in the form of snack bars by the pool and golf course, casual restaurants for quick bites and catering capabilities for special events.

Q&A: Gordon Maybury, executive chef PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is about as elaborate a country club as one can find. Located on 3,000 acres, the resort includes five championship golf courses, 19 tennis courts, a 33,000-square-foot health and racquet club and a 39,000-square-foot spa. The main resort features 339 guest rooms as well as 40 cottages. Condos and single-family homes on the property house 5,000 residents.

Salad Days

The popularity of salad items of all shapes and sizes has some players in this segment wilting. Despite the increased competition, resilient players in this segment are starting to bloom.

Case Study: Tossed, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

A concept with roots that go back to a New York City chef, Tossed has evolved into a thriving franchise with a menu based on salads made to order from a broad list of fresh ingredients.

Q&A: Stephane Raveneaux, corporate chef Salata, Houston

Salata, a restaurant chain that draws its name from the Latin origin of the word "salad", was created seven years ago in one of downtown Houston's tunnel locations. The concept is simple yet relevant due to the country's focus on healthier fare.

Casinos Up the Ante with Sophisticated Foodservice Offerings

When it comes to casinos, the overall goal is to keep the gamers playing for as long as possible, and diverse restaurant lineups have been successful in accomplishing this.