Gerard Thompson, Executive Chef / F&B Director, Rough Creek Lodge

By Ashley Almodovar

Gerard Thompson

With his innovative interpretations and culinary talents, Chef Gerard Thompson has made a name for himself at Rough Creek Lodge & Resort and throughout Texas. His philosophy is simple, “make the meal memorable.” Using only the best locally grown ingredients and specialty products, his detailed cooking techniques bring out a perfect blend of superb flavors Read More

Vista Alegre Captures Innovation & Charm

By Ashley Almodovar

Vista Alegre Dinnerware and Ovenware

Serving culinary creations in a unique way is the aspiration of every talented chef. Our Vista Alegre line has just that, offering a variety of distinctive shapes, sizes and styles that truly display the vision a restaurant desires. The brand focuses on quality, excellence, innovation and design – all connecting with art and culture. Each Read More

Designing Healthcare Dining Spaces for Improved Patient Satisfaction

By Emily Royster

Dining spaces to improve patient and family satisfaction

Competition between healthcare facilities is on the rise.  Both patient and staff satisfaction is necessary to keep your operation moving forward.  Happy employees mean you’ll attract the best talent, which will then draw more patients.  And with patients come their families, sometimes spending weeks or months in the hospital.  Where does foodservice fit into all Read More

New Restaurants Debut in San Diego

By Ashley Almodovar

Herb & Wood Opens in San Diego

Herb & Wood Little Italy in San Diego has gained a new chic restaurant in the former Mixture Art warehouse. Herb & Wood, created by Brian Malarkey and Chris Puffer, offers a dinner menu fixated on roasted vegetables and proteins including Roasted Baby Carrots, Cashew Sesame Dukkah, Esplette Yogurt & Carrot Top Pesto and Grilled Read More

R.W. Smith & Co. Celebrates Our Culture

By Emily Royster

R.W. Smith & Co. Company Culture

With over 80 years of industry experience, R.W. Smith & Co. has grown into one of the largest foodservice supplies and kitchen equipment dealer in the United States. What makes us unique? We are an employee-owned company! Our Sales Consultants and Customer Service teams offer tailored services and profit-driven solutions for a variety of dining Read More

Texas Welcomes New Restaurants

By Ashley Almodovar

Jasper’s CityLine in Richardson Famous for its gourmet backyard cuisines, Jasper’s, a Kent Rathbun concept, is one of many exciting restaurants that have recently opened in the new CityLine development. The 7,600 square foot space portrays a crisp, contemporary aesthetic with a variety of elements from limestone to steel and walnut wood. Locals familiar with Read More

Pros & Cons of Offering a Delivery Service

By Emily Royster

The manner in which we are ‘eating out’ is rapidly changing, especially as more millennials enter the workforce.  While dining-in occurs on average 2-3 time a week, 74% of millennials report a preference for delivery service from traditional restaurants, according to NRA.  With this evolution in dining, restaurants should consider adding a delivery option for Read More

R.W. Smith & Co. Attends 2016 NRA Show

By Ashley Almodovar

2016 National Restaurant Association Show

One of the biggest foodservice shows is upon us and R.W. Smith & Co. is excited to see the new products launching at the 2016 National Restaurant Association Show (NRA). Starting on May 21st, McCormick Place in Chicago will be filled with emerging foodservice trends, new wares and food products, marketing tips and hot topics Read More

New Refrigeration Rules

By Ashley Almodovar

EPA New Refrigeration Rules for Foodservice

In 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued rules that ban some of the most commonly used refrigerants in the commercial foodservice marketplace including R-404A, R-507 and R-134A. These regulations were enacted to decrease the use of chemicals that contribute to greenhouse gas effects and global warming. Operators should become aware of the upcoming Read More

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