E&S Extra


Joe Carbonara

Opinion pieces from our editorial director and editor in chief. 

Are We There Yet?

"Operators are emerging from this unprecedented period in our country's economy smarter and more focused than ever."

Up with People!

“During my tenure as editor of FE&S, countless sources have told me it’s the people that make this industry so special and dynamic.”

Welcome Back!

What Makes Your Company Great?

If you and I were having coffee, how would you answer that question? At first, it may seem like a pretty easy and innocent question. But once you realize that your answer can mean the difference between winning or losing a customer, then formulating a response becomes more complex.

Driving Foodservice Innovation

Over the past several years, Apple’s iPhone has become the poster child for innovation. Consumers, from early adapters to dyed-in-the-wool Luddites, have found common ground in the iPhone. And why not? Its sharp design and flexibility allows users to morph it into whatever they want it to be. Its appeal spans generations. (Full disclosure: I do not own an iPhone.)

Redefining Smart Kitchens

The foodservice industry’s view of the smart kitchen is similar to society’s view of mermaids and unicorns: We all know what they look like but nobody expects to actually encounter one any time soon. It might be time, however, to adjust your definition of what actually constitutes a smart kitchen.

Expecting the Unexpected

Few people would argue that the current economic climate has been examined ad nausea. The mainstream media has spilled countless gallons of ink and talked until they are nearly blue in the face, trying to assess the blame for our economy’s most recent recession. And politicians on both sides of the aisle continue to prey upon consumers’ fears to drive home their ideological agendas.