Served up on MRM's Daily Bite is news of a convention postponement, online ordering and football, new White Castle uniforms and a lard recipe competition.
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Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show Postponed
Online Ordering Revenue Boost During Football
NCR and PFG Enter Strategic Partnership
NCR Corporation and Performance Food Group Company (PFG) entered into a strategic referral relationship to bring NCR SilverTM, the cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) solution, to more restaurants throughout the United States.
PFG will introduce NCR Silver to its 36 Performance Foodservice distribution centers nationwide, which deliver food and food-related products to regional and national restaurant operators. Restaurateurs will be able to purchase NCR Silver software and hardware under a subscription service model.
With NCR Silver, Performance Foodservice customers will be able to check out customers quickly and gain access to sales, inventory and employee scheduling reports. They will also be able to offer customers targeted loyalty discounts and promotions. Utilizing cloud and tablet technology, NCR Silver was designed to give restaurateurs the freedom to take mobile payments in their restaurant and be able to easily sell their products on the go.
“NCR’s deep-seated history in the restaurant space and the solution’s ability to drive efficiency makes this an ideal partnership for us,” said Fred Sanelli, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales Development at Performance Foodservice. “With NCR Silver, our customers will be better equipped to grow their businesses and maintain profitability.”
Solutions available through the relationship include NCR Silver core and NCR Silver Pro Restaurant Edition that are enabled on iOS and Android platforms.
PFG will soon expand its relationship with NCR by integrating its order management system with NCR Silver to further streamline restaurant operations. The planned integration will enable restaurant operators to not only ring up orders, manage inventory and employee schedules, but also order from PFG’s vast inventory of food and food-related products – all from one platform.
“The PFG team provides restaurant operators with dedicated service and high-quality products, and we’re confident NCR Silver will complement these efforts,” said Colin Armbruster, Director of Global Channel, NCR Silver. “Working with PFG supports our strategy to put intuitive and comprehensive technology in the hands of independent restaurateurs who need all-in-one technology solutions so they can focus on their customers.”
For Love of Lard
Coast Packing Company, a West Coast supplier of healthy animal fat shortenings, is holding the first-ever #LardLovers Recipe Contest. For more information, click here.
Have a favorite recipe that uses lard? Perhaps for a pie crust that people can’t stop raving about? Or a special bread or cookie recipe that friends and relatives swear by, thanks to the lard they may or may not know is in there? Maybe you’re the keeper of a family secret for a memorable fried chicken concoction or for mind-blowing tamales that never fail to wins hearts, minds and palates. Any unpublished lard-laden recipe – sweet and/or savory – is fair game.
Contest entries will be accepted online by midnight Friday, Nov. 3. To enter, contestants can use the online form posted at http://www.coastpacking.com/lardlovers/. Alternatively, entries can be submitted via Facebook: https://goo.gl/qCigJg.
The panel of judges for the contest includes Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s popular “Good Food” radio feature and longtime Los Angeles restaurateur; OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano, author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America; and LA Weekly food editor Katherine Spiers, host of the podcast “Smart Mouth.” The lineup of prizes, with identical awards in both the sweet and savory categories, includes the following:
- First place: KitchenAid® Professional 600™ Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer (estimated $600 retail value)
- Second place: Le Creuset Stoneware 6-piece Heritage Bakeware Set (estimated $250 retail value)
- Third prize: Gotham Steel Titanium Ceramic 9.5” Non-Stick Copper Deep Square Frying Pan (estimated $50 retail value)
Winners will be announced on December 8, the first (unofficial) National Lard Day. The first official observance is set for December 8, 2018, according to Chase’s Calendar of Events. The contest is open to those 21 and over and no purchase is necessary to enter.
Members of the Coast Packing Co. staff will determine the finalists in each category. Recipe finalists will be determined based creativity, visual appeal and ease of execution (how easy is this recipe to make by the average home cook). Recipes determined to be finalists will be prepared (cooked) by Coast Packing Co. staff. The top three winning recipes in each category will then be determined by the panel of food journalists based on creativity, visual appeal and flavor.
“Lard is the once and future king of the kitchen, the one ingredient that never fails to speak ‘flavor,’ even as it brings out the best in everything it touches,” said Ernest Miller, Coast’s Corporate Chef. “There’s a reason certain ingredients are traditional — they provide better taste and quality than the non-traditional alternatives. We at Coast relish the opportunity to sponsor this first-ever #LardLovers Contest, and we want to thank our judges and contestants in advance for joining us in praising the lard.”
White Castle Uniform Makeover
White Castle entered a wide-ranging partnership with fashion house TELFAR to reimagine and design original uniforms for White Castle’s nearly 400 restaurants and 10,000 team members, nationwide. Various extensions of the partnership are underway including events, consumer merchandise and more.
“Our partnership with Telfar Clemens and his creative partner, Babak Radboy, is an incredibly special one for all of us at White Castle,” said Jamie Richardson, Vice President at White Castle. “Our two brands may have started 84 years apart but they share a passion for originality and timelessness that we believe is unrivaled.”
White Castle and TELFAR plan to continue the partnership beyond team member uniforms with a capsule streetwear collection and launch event this October.