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.

The Right Way…

If there was a common theme that emerged from FE&S2018 Dealer of the Year and Industry Awards Gala held on May 19th at the Four Seasons Hotel – Chicago, I think it was finding success through doing things the right way. From the Dealer of the Year recipient, The Boelter Companies, emphasis on empowering their employees to follow their entrepreneurial instincts to Hall of Fame recipient Kathleen Seelye building a stellar career based on a lifetime of collaboration and inclusion, the whole evening seemed to underscore examples of winning companies and individuals committed as much to how they succeed as they are to what they accomplish.

In a business world that sometimes seems to value only bottom-line results it was a refreshing celebration.

I hope that you will enjoy the pictorial review of the evening on page 56 of this issue. And if you need some inspiration, take a minute to view the acceptance speeches from our wonderful cast of winners at

Readers will also find a slew of refreshing ideas coming out of the college and university segment in this issue. Check out our coverage of some of the innovations shaping today’s college and university foodservice industry.

All of us at Zoomba Group (smiling faces below) truly appreciate the opportunity to be associated with these industry awards and the generous support of our growing list of sponsor companies.

The FE&S team: Nicholas, Rebecca, Joe, Amelia, Patty, Donna, Anne, Tracy, BG, Samantha, Dave, Maureen, Renee, Kris, Carol, Kevin and Eric (kneeling).

Flexible by Design

A Pro You Should Know: John Bornoty, The Big Salad, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.

Founded in 2008, The Big Salad offers countless customizable salad combinations as well as build-your-own sandwich, soup and wrap options. With locations throughout Michigan, the chain now plans to open 100 stores in metro areas across the country within the next 10 years. Growth will occur largely through its franchise model, in place since 2012.

Where is our Industry Heading?

Eatsa, founded in 2015, is a self-serve foodservice concept that allows customers to order their meals and, by code, access a food locker and pick up their pre-ordered meal. This amazing concept strives to meet the demands of on-the-go customers and a mobile marketplace.