Entries by Olivia Kinney

Cinco de Mayo in Restaurants

Although not the most celebrated holiday in Mexico, Americans love to observe Cinco de Mayo. This year, the holiday falls on a Friday, increasing the likelihood of honoring the fiesta for most Americans. Since many individuals will not have to wake up early for work, they will celebrate longer into the night. Most Americans go […]

Going Green for Earth Day

From the beginning, Van Eerden emphasized fresh food, launching as a fresh produce market. As time passed, we’ve widened our scope and gained customers along the way. Now, almost 100 years later, we offer thousands of food products, different kitchen cleaning supplies and various tableware products. Although our range of products has vastly expanded, we […]

Proud Member of Grand Rapids Local First!

We joyfully announce our membership to the Grand Rapids division of Local First! Since first starting as a produce food truck back in 1920, we have always prided ourselves on local. Now, nearly 100 years later, we continue this commitment with our customers. In addition to our nationally-known products, we offer a wide-variety of local […]

Different Customers at Your Restaurant

In a restaurant, a customer is one of the most important aspects of the operation. Without the customer, business fails to exist. Depending on your restaurant’s concept, you may experience a different type of customers. While the customer might experience a different atmosphere, the treatment they receive should stay consistent. The service a customer receives […]

Food Allergies in Restaurants

These days, the restaurant industry must take major precautions against food allergies and food intolerance. The FDA estimates that one of every 25 people in the United States have food allergies. This number increases when a food intolerance come into the picture. To ensure that your restaurant does not induce a food allergy, pay attention […]

Traditional Easter Meals

Every year, Americans gather around to celebrate the Easter holiday. Although the holiday itself is Christian, many non-Christian Americans participate in some type of celebration. In fact, an estimated 80% celebrate in some way, shape or form. Most commonly, families and friends get together around a table, 15% dine out as well. Whether they gather […]

Van Eerden 2017 Spring Show

This year’s Van Eerden Spring Show was a huge success and an event to remember. With almost 1000 guests, over a hundred vendors and aisles of featured food, the show was a hit. The show took place in Grand Rapid’s own DeVos Exhibition and Performance Hall. Since this show would be the biggest in Van […]

Van Eerden sponsors the 2017 ProStart Competition

Last week, Van Eerden proudly sponsored the ProStart competition. Held in Frankenmuth, Michigan, the show gave young chefs a chance at scholarship prizes, while improving their culinary skills. The competition takes place over a two-day span with $1 million worth of scholarship money. Over 20 schools from around the state compete against each other. Preparation […]

Traditional St. Patrick’s Day Foods and Celebrations

Although not a national holiday, the United States holds huge celebrations around St. Patrick’s Day. This holiday, held on the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death, commemorates the famous Irishman. St. Patrick was known for his noble missionary work in Ireland and some historians believe he introduced the island to Christianity. Nowadays, many of America’s largest […]