Foodservice Opinions

Opinion pieces on the foodservice equipment and supplies industry from leaders and laymen from all aspects of the business, including dealers, distributors, design consultants and multi-unit operators.


All aspects of the foodservice industry love the romance of the entrepreneur. The story usually involves someone having a vision and the determination to see it through and applies equally to operators, consultants, dealers, reps and service agents.

By Any Other Name …

It is noteworthy that Mark Freeman, recipient of FE&S' 2017 Hall of Fame award, was the president of the Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management, (SHFM), when that organization took the bold step of changing its name and added the "H" for hospitality to its already well-recognized acronym of SFM.

Your Table is Ready

Regardless of the segment, food and beverage programs represent the operator's creativity. When thoughtfully curated, the tabletop and beverageware can serve as a canvas that not only showcases that creativity but also help drive profitability.

Killers Slay …

No, this isn't another all-too-familiar headline from the day's news, this is a shout-out to the closing party at The NAFEM Show 2017. The band The Killers won over a crowd that seemed pretty equally divided between enthusiasts, keenly anticipating the evening, and Baby Boomers who weren't too sure about what to expect. It turned out to be a bold choice and a home run for The NAFEM Show's Trade Show Advisory Council. Closing night capped off a great show. I would estimate the crowds to have been well over a million people, maybe a million and a half.

Tom Ferdinandi Guides Family Pizza Business

Tom Ferdinandi and his family have been involved with pizza restaurants since 1955. Starting out as Me-n-Ed's Pizzeria franchisees, the Ferdinandi family eventually grew the business to include a portfolio of concepts and the business evolved into Milano Restaurants International Corporation. In 1995, Ferdinandi and his brother John took over their family's Fresno, Calif.-based Milano Restaurant, which has blossomed into a multi-concept operation with 5 distinct restaurant brands and more than 70 locations nationwide.