Catering is Alive and Well in our Restaurant Community!


September 2015 was a whirlwind!  Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Consulting, Training and Software Implementations!

MonkeyMedia Software is humming along with more than 5000 restaurants using our solution, The Catering Institute is growing very rapidly and working with so many great teams and our readership at Catering Insights is growing exponentially.

I always knew in my own heart that catering out of restaurants was a HUGE opportunity for the brands that really decided to take it seriously.  And the data is presenting positively towards this belief.

Next year I will celebrate my 20th year since entering the foodservice space and I am just as excited and bullish about our industry as I was n 1996, when I acquired Tony’s Deli & Catering Company.

Catering was the force multiplier at Tony’s and was the catalyst that led to the work that I am doing today at MonkeyMedia Software, The Catering Institute and Catering Insights.  I am amazed to see how catering is also the force multiplier for so many brands that we are working with.

As I traverse North America and work with the greatest restaurant and foodservice companies in America, I am left with a feeling of optimism and hope.  In fact, I am so certain that the work we are doing is changing the way our community operates, that I can’t wait to see what the next decade brings.

It’s going to be a fantastic ride!

I am grateful today to the team members that I am blessed to lead forward, and even more grateful to the more than 5000 restaurants and their teams that have placed their trust in our organization and for believing in our dream of helping restaurants to feed their customers where they Live, Work and Play.

Catering is here to stay and I am so grateful to be part of it.

Professional Delivery Bikes – For Urban Restaurant Catering Deliveries

I’m always looking for cool restaurant catering ideas.

After all, at the MMS Catering Institute where we support MonkeyMedia Software with the implementation of MonkeyCatering, it’s world class restaurant catering technology, we have an obligation to share business improvement ideas with the 4000 restaurants currently using MonkeyCatering to increase sales and improve operations, when it comes to catering.

Our customers tell us that managing the logistics of deliveries can be challenging in these times of urban vehicle congestion. Not to mention the fact that acquiring typical delivery vans can be capital intensive and expensive to maintain.

In comes “Cargo Delivery Bikes”. I found these really cool products at one of our community trade shows. Here is a video that shows some options.

I spoke to the company’s representatives, and of course the cargo box can also be retro-fitted with shelving, coolers and hotboxes. The bikes are electric to help your catering delivery coordinators up hills as well. The cargo boxes themselves can be branded with your catering messages.

While this vehicle is not good for all catering deliveries out of restaurants, especially in rural communities, I can certainly see the benefits of using this kind of technology in congested urban centres. Lot’s of benefits to consider including savings on insurance, parking, fuel, repairs and good community marketing.

Get your company one to try out today!