Operating Safely

WEBINARS FOR RESTAURANTS AND FOODSERVICE OPERATORS

Below, you’ll find live and on-demand webinars that span a wide range of topics to help you increase revenue and operate safely. All our live sessions have Q&A sessions with our experts. If you’d like to schedule free 1-on-1 time with a Restaurant Operations Consultant, Food Fanatics® Chef or Specialist, you can do it here.

CARES ACT Guide

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CARES ACT/ PPP, ERTC AND FAMILIES FIRST (FFCRA) ACT


NEW! HOW TO GET FUNDING FROM THE RESTAURANT REVITALIZATION FUND, CARES ACT, ERTC AND PPP

Our team of experts has helped operators find millions in funding through COVID-19 relief-related loans and grants. Join us every Tuesday to get your questions answered, and click here to schedule a free 1:1 consultation.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2:00 PM CDT

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Tuesday, May 4, 2:00 PM CDT

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Tuesday, May 11, 2:00 PM CDT

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Tuesday, May 18, 2:00 PM CDT

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Tuesday, May 25, 2:00 PM CDT

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Tuesday, June 1, 2:00 PM CDT

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March 30, 2021

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Ghost Kitchens, TAKEOUT & DELIVERY


Promoting Delivery and Ghost Kitchens

Your ability this season to get your off-premise offerings in front of diners could make or break your business. Learn how to leverage your website and social media to make your brand stand out, and make ordering easy and profitable.

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Thursday, May 13, 10:00 AM CDT

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March 31, 2021

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Ghost Kitchens: Launching a Virtual Brand

Opening a ghost kitchen means establishing a new brand and menu that works with your existing inventory and appeals to your diner demographic. In this webinar, learn how to leverage your current ingredients, design the right menu for your audience and promote the brand digitally.

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Thursday, May 27, 10:00 AM CDT

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March 17, 2021

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Operator Roundtable: Feeding Customers and Community

We sit down with DV8 Kitchen, Hugs Cafe, and The Giving Kitchen to discuss how operators can incorporate giving back to their community into their business practices.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2:00 PM CDT

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Operating SAFELY, CLOSING TEMPORARILY & Managing CASH FLOW


NEW! Doing More with Less

Making your operation more efficient and profitable is a challenge. Our team outlines new tech trends for smarter staffing, online and handheld ordering, takeout, and the food tech trends you need to know to increase profit.

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Thursday, April 29, 10:00 AM CDT

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Thursday, May 20, 10:00 AM CDT

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Wednesday, June 2, 2:00 PM CDT

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New! Now Hiring?!

For the first time in a long year, you need to increase staff. Learn how to get back to recruiting, hiring, training and retaining an all-star staff while keeping the P&L in check.

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Thursday, May 6, 10:00 AM CDT

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Wednesday, May 26, 2:00 PM CDT

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How to Calculate and Manage Your Cash Flow

Our experts will show you how to assess and calculate your cash flow, address concerns and give ideas for new revenue streams to keep you profitable.

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Wednesday, May 5, 10:00 AM CDT

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Thursday, May 27, 2:00 PM CDT

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March 31, 2021

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CREATING A PROFITABLE KITCHEN & MENU


Adding it All Up with US Foods® Inventory

Take control of your food cost and inventory. Get a live demo on how to do inventory the right way with our free tool for US Foods® customers

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 10:00 AM CDT

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Build a Better Sandwich with Metro Deli®

Americans eat over 45 billion sandwiches a year. Boost your sandwich menu to increase orders and profits with premium meats and cheeses from our Metro Deli® brand.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 2:00 PM CDT

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Labor-Saving Kitchen Hacks

Streamlining your operations is a must – and that starts in your kitchen. Join our Food Fanatics Chefs to learn how to better use products that help cut prep time and reduce labor costs, while maintaining the flavor, consistency and integrity that diners expect.

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Wednesday, May 19, 10:00 AM CDT

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Thursday, June 3, 2:00 PM CDT

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Preparing Your Restaurant for the Summer Business Boom

Are you ready for a restaurant and foodservice boom this summer? Get prepared to handle increased volume both on- and off-premise, ramp up your staff, and meet diner menu demands.

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Wednesday, April 28, 10:00 AM CDT

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Wednesday, May 12, 2:00 PM CDT

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Thursday, June 3, 10:00 AM CDT

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NEW! What Consumers Want: Top 5 Menu Items to Add in 2021

Diners are finally back to dining in, but what do they want to eat? Get the top must-have menu items and trends from our culinary experts, and learn how to incorporate them in your existing menu.

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Wednesday, May 5, 2:00 PM CDT

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New! Disposables That Deliver: Monogram®

Disposables are more than just to-go vessels – they are an extension of your brand, help keep the integrity of the dish and can encourage repeat business. Learn how to choose the right disposables for your menu, and package food like a pro.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2:00 PM CDT

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US FOODS MENU PROFIT PRO™

Learn how to maximize your profits through analysis of your menu, which items make you the most money and how to create menu items your diners – and your bank account – will love.

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Wednesday, May 26, 10:00 AM CDT

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March 17, 2021

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US FOODS MENU

Your menu is the first impression of your brand. Our Menu Design team, with expertise in menu design and high-quality printing, can help you increase revenue.

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Wednesday, May 12, 10:00 AM CDT

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March 10, 2021

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MARKETING Tips, SOCIAL MEDIA & Google


DIGITAL FRONT DOOR TOOLKIT

Your website, social media and Google presence have never been a more crucial part of your business' success. Get a toolkit to help make your digital presence stand out from the competition.

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Thursday, April 22, 10:00 AM CDT

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March 25, 2021

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GET GOOD @ FACEBOOK

Love it or hate it, Facebook is here to stay – and you cannot afford to ignore it. Learn the tips and tricks that operators use to improve your social media presence and drive order traffic.

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Thursday, May 6, 2:00 PM CDT

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March 18, 2021

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Get Good @ Instagram

Instagram can be a restaurant’s best marketing tactic today, but you need a solid strategy to turn likes into loyal diners. During this session, you’ll get a content strategy and posting schedule, as well as tips to make your photos #instaworthy.

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Thursday, April 29, 2:00 PM CDT

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Thursday, May 20, 2:00 PM CDT

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Get Good @ Google

Today, diners begin their search on Google to find new go-to spots. Learn how to strengthen your presence on Google (for free!) by using Google My Business, as well as how to optimize your website to show up in search results. Want a bigger boost? You’ll also get an introduction to paid search options, so you can put your location at the top of the list.

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Thursday, April 22, 2:00 PM CDT

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Thursday, May 13, 2:00 PM CDT

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March 4, 2021

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MULTI-UNIT, C&U, HEALTHCARE & HOSPITALITY


MAKING THE CASE FOR GARNISHING – A HEALTHCARE APPROACH

We all know that we “eat with our eyes,” which is why Chefs place such focus on plating and garnishing in fine dining experiences. Join US Foods Chefs Kathleen and Jeremy to learn why these same standards can, and simply should, exist in healthcare settings. Learn how operators can influence the patient dining experience with inexpensive yet impactful garnishes, and plating styles appropriate for all diet types.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 1:00 PM CDT

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EMBRACING DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION (DEI):
A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE IMPACT IN FOODSERVICE

Have you looked at your foodservice team? Who are you managing? The foodservice industry is typically comprised of a very diverse mix of employees ranging in age, skill, education, gender, race and cultural backgrounds. Join a conversation with industry professionals to explore your own belief system, identify how that belief system impacts leadership ability, and learn how to crack the thinking code to embrace and support your diverse workforce. Lourdes Diaz, VP of Diversity and Inclusion for US Foods, and Toni Watkins, MS, RDN, System Director of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) for Riverside Health, will lead us through this thought-provoking and stimulating conversation and provide solutions to embrace and engage your diverse foodservice workforce.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021, 1:00 PM CDT

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Webinar Archives to Watch On Demand


Reopening Safely: What You Can Do to Prepare

As some states are releasing plans to reopen, our Restaurant Operations Consultants will review tips to help you prepare to reopen your restaurant accordingly. This will include guidance and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Restaurant Association.

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Run a Profitable Kitchen

From receiving to storage, from prep to plating, your kitchen is where a profitable operation starts. Our Food Fanatics Chefs will show you how to reopen with a profitable kitchen in the new normal. We'll discuss the keys to kitchen efficiency, streamlining your menu, and how to stand out from your competitors to give diners what they want now.

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Metrics that Matter

Most operators know how to calculate prime costs of the business, but you may be missing the numbers that really drive profit. In this webinar, we’ll look at critical metrics like table turns, server productivity, labor scheduling and guest count. It’s more important than ever to know the full scope of your cost-to-revenue ratio, so let’s uncover more profit in your business together.

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ENGINEERING A MORE PROFITABLE MENU

Our Food Fanatics Chefs and Restaurant Operations Consultants will show you how to crunch the numbers to create a more profitable menu that works for your business in the new normal.

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Resy: Reservations and Table Management

Re-opening for dine-in can present many challenges, but stressing over unpredictable walk-in traffic doesn’t have to be one of them. Our CHECK Business Tools partners at Resy join us to discuss how their platform can help streamline your front-of-house.

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BOOSTED: A SOCIAL MEDIA HOW-TO FOR RESTAURANTS

Our Restaurant Operations Consultants will walk you through the essentials of successful social media messaging – including how to boost posts, create an Instagram Story, set up a Facebook menu and more.

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Moving Forward: Calculating Cash Flow

To help ensure you can weather the COVID-19 pandemic, our Restaurant Operations Consultants will review tools and best practices to calculate your cash flow and manage your operations accordingly.

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Stay Connected Through Social Media

Our Restaurant Operations Consultants will share social media best practices, including how to create engaging content and stay connected to your customers during this COVID-19 crisis.

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Homebase: Team Management and Staffing

To help you manage the daily changes in the restaurant industry, Homebase provides tools to help you change schedules on the fly, streamline payroll, hire additional staff and get expert HR tips from live advisors. Join our experts to make staff management easy.

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BentoBox: Website Design

In a digital world, your website is your new front door. Website design, powered by BentoBox, can make sure your website highlights everything you have to offer, and makes updates a breeze. Build a better website and increase dine-in, takeout and delivery sales.

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Toast Point of Sale

Over 80% of restaurant operators know the right technology can increase sales, but most don't have the right systems in place. In this webinar, we take you through the Toast Point of Sale (POS) platform – designed to connect your systems, help you boost revenue, make off-premise a breeze and manage your staff.

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Recover and Reopen: C&U, Hospitality and Healthcare

Foodservice operators are dealing with unique challenges in the post-COVID-19 world. Learn how to reopen each zone within your operation safely, and how to rethink your business model to adapt to changing needs. Our Food Fanatics culinary experts will also show you how to leverage your existing food packaging to go contactless while maintaining a quality dining experience. As always, we will leave time for a Q&A session with panelists from your industry to answer any of your questions.

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CHOWNOW

Are you making the most of the online ordering boom? Our CHECK partners at ChowNow will help you show up everywhere. From Google search to Instagram ordering, they have the tools to help you break up with costly third-party apps.

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HOLIDAY PROFITS

This holiday season will look different for you and your diners – but our experts have you covered. Learn how to create a sought-after menu and maximize takeout, family meals and meal kits for your customers’ holiday events. In this session, we will also share great “gift” ideas for your restaurant to help you boost your profits this holiday season.

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SPEED SCRATCH

Streamlining your operations is a must – and that starts in your kitchen. Join our Food Fanatics Chefs to learn how to better use products that help cut prep time and reduce labor costs, while maintaining the flavor, consistency and integrity that diners expect.

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Accelerating Takeout

Learn from our Restaurant Operations Consultants and Food Fanatics Chefs how to quickly ramp up your takeout and delivery program.

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Molly's Kitchen®: Driving Check Average with Appetizers

Appetizers are a long-standing top profit driver for many operations. Get the latest in appetizer trends, and learn how to save time and money and increase revenue and profit, with trending starters.

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Operating Safely

Running a safe operation during a pandemic has been a challenge, to say the least. Join us to learn about the US Foods Operating Safely Guide. We'll answer the most common questions facing operators today. Should I invest in additional filtration for my dining room? What do I do if an employee gets sick? What do I tell my customers?

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Ghost Kitchens

What is a Ghost Kitchen and is it right for you? We dive into the benefits of adding a virtual, carryout and delivery-only restaurant concept within your existing kitchen. Learn how you can grow revenue fast and increase diner frequency while maximizing your current inventory and back-of-house.

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Operator RoundTable: Ghost Kitchens

Want to know what it’s really like to open your own ghost kitchen? Our panel of operators will discuss their experiences, share tips and answer your questions on how to bring this new revenue stream to life.

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Break Out Your TakeOut in 2021

With the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, takeout and delivery demand exploded, and it’s not going away as the nation opens. What used to be ‘nice to have’ is now a consumer standard. Make your takeout offering more competitive and profitable than ever.

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P.A.U.S.E.D. – Temporarily Shutting Down

Many operators are struggling to manage their operations safely, dealing with COVID-19 cases. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to handle common situations that keep you up at night. What do you do when an employee tests positive, or if you’re forced to close your indoor dining room? How should you communicate changes to your employees and customers? Get support from our experts.

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Spice Up Your Menu with Del Pasado®

Adding Latin flavors to your menu is easy with del Pasado®. Take advantage of global trends while saving time and labor in the back of house with on-trend products.

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At Home: Easter and Mother's Day

Get the latest trends and inspiration from our culinary team to build on-trend Easter and Mother's Day menus. We'll include marketing tips and tools to help you promote your offerings.

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Maximizing Your Web Presence

Are you getting the most out of your digital presence? With help from BentoBox, learn how to avoid top mistakes, collect data from your website, set up online and e-commerce ordering, and get best practices for digital menus.

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