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Musings on the Foodservice Industry

4 Tips for Taking Delicious-Looking Photos for Your Restaurant’s Menu

Is there anything worse than visiting a restaurant, opening the menu, and seeing unappealing photos of their food? Probably not! As a restaurant owner, your number one priority should be selling customers on your food. You want everything to look appetizing and mouth-watering. One great way to do this is by including photos on your 



Cold-Brewed Coffee: It’s Hip, Cool and Very Profitable

Instead of asking what’s hot in the coffee world, it’s more appropriate to ask what’s cool!  Coffee connoisseurs throughout the world are raising their mugs filled with cold-brew coffee. There are so many options in the coffee world these days.  Just about every respectable restaurant serves a variation of espresso and cappuccino.  French roast is 



Make Halloween Pizza Sales a Frightful Good Time

Trailing only the Super Bowl, Halloween consistently drives the highest number of pizza sales in a single day. That’s quite a treat for pizzerias! But the trick is how to maximize the day? Pizza and Halloween have become the perfect match, as families want a quick, hearty dinner before heading out for trick or treating. 



Trash and Technology

Americans have grown accustomed to the steady march of new technology. Many challenges that face our country seem to be solved using new ways of thinking. Can technology resolve the problem of trash? The average American produces nearly 130 pounds of trash a month. A recent article in the magazine “Nature,” asks people to consider 



For Compostable Presentation, Brown Outshines White

Compostable containers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. The two most common colors are brown and white. At Bridge Gate, we believe that a natural or brown color is the best choice for the environment and for foodservice presentation. The truth is all compostable containers have some amount of color. The type 



Use Loyalty Programs to Build Your Success

Loyalty programs have been around forever.  We recall in our youth going to our favorite sub sandwich joint and collecting one of those punch cards that offered a free sub after 10 purchases.  The only thing is did we remember to use the card when we returned?  Could we even find it? Today’s loyalty programs 



Pizza and Football Yield Big Score

In a faraway place, long, long ago (around the 1970s), there were but a few football games on television. Monday Night Football was in full bloom yet there were still only regional Sunday professional games and a handful of college games available on Saturdays.  There was no NFL Network or Hulu or vast internet on 



Instagram: Don’t Be Left Out of the Picture

By this time, everyone (especially those in the food world) know that the people who use Instagram LOVE to show photos of food. You could say that Instagram and food are like bacon and eggs, pizza and cheese, hot dogs and mustard, ice cream and cake: not only do they belong together; they make each 



Ten Tips for an Eco Picnic

Picnics have always been the eco-friendliest of all ways to eat. You grab a blanket, pack some sandwiches, pour your favorite cold beverage in a Thermos and pack things you can eat, toss out or take back home.



Dried Salami: From the Streets of San Francisco

Over a century ago, when the Golden Gate Bridge was just a twinkle in an architect’s eye and the fog was constant and dense, something new, different, and ever-so spicy was concocted in the back rooms of San Francisco Italian grocery stores. Somewhere between the late 1800s and early 1900s, scores of Italian immigrants poured 



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