Cinco de Mayo meal

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 food

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 […]

customers at a restaurant

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 […]

Easter

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 […]

motivating staff

Motivating and Retaining Employees in the Foodservice Industry

The restaurant industry is full of high demand and high turnover. According to the National Restaurant Association the turnover rate in the foodservice industry increased from 66.7% in 2014 to 72.1% in 2015. This rate soars almost 30% higher than the national average for all private sectors.   A variety of different factors impact the turnover […]

VE Spring Show

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 […]

St. Patrick’s Day Meal

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 […]

March Madness basketball

March Madness in Restaurants

March Madness begins this year on Selection Sunday, March 12th. With games running Thursday through Sunday until April 3rd, restaurants will likely see an increase in sales during this period of time.  Customers flock to restaurants and bars to watch teams play for the college basketball championship. Michigan’s own Spartans and Wolverines are on the […]

Serving Meat-Free Lent Meals

Although not a holiday, Lent brings major changes to the restaurant industry. During this 40 day period, menus see an increasing amount of fish and seafood. Lent is the period observed before Easter, where Catholics and many Protestants follow restrictive diets. During this time many “give up” foods such as chocolate or junk food, these […]

Mardi Gras

Celebrating Mardi Gras with Food

Mardi Gras has roots in Christianity, Roman paganism and French history. The Romans celebrated fertility with the beginning of spring, but early Christians transitioned the festival to mark the prelude of the Lenten season. These celebrations continued through the Middle Ages in France. As the French explored the New World, they settled and named the […]