December 6, 2018
Secret menu burger

The Secret To Making A Secret Menu Work

Secret menus are all over Portland. Dutch Bros has one. Pip’s Original Donuts has one. Kenny and Zukes Delicatessen has one. And, here’s why you should have one: No news spreads faster than a secret. People love sharing a good secret with their friends and everyone loves feeling like they […]
November 26, 2018
menu engineering

Proven Menu Engineering Tips to Raise Profits Without Raising Prices

Did you know that the placement of items on your menu has an impact on how frequently they are chosen by your customers? With a few changes to your menu design, you can get customers to purchase what you want them to purchase and increase your profits without raising prices. […]
September 18, 2018
happy hour

How to Grow Your Profits with a Happy Hour and Late-Night Menu

Even for successful restaurants in Portland, filling tables in the late afternoon, early evening, and from nine to close can be a real challenge. The key to building your business during those hours is understanding what your customers are seeking. According to the National Restaurant Association, 77% of adults say […]
September 7, 2018
fast casual chef

5 Shortcuts to Help You Put the “Fast” in Fast-Casual

Fast-casual diners demand high-quality food fast and with so much competition in the market segment, it’s critical to keep wait time to a minimum so that your customers keep coming back. Use these shortcuts to cut down on kitchen time and get food out faster. Buy peeled garlic. Garlic is […]
July 17, 2018
restaurant delivery

Not Offering Delivery? Here are 3 Food Delivery Statistics That Might Change Your Mind

For many years, delivery has been synonymous with pizza. That’s not the case anymore. With the increase in demand over the last 10 years for more delievery options, restaurants around the country have been entering the delivery market at an incredible rate. Third-party food delivery services like GrubHub, Postmates, and […]
July 9, 2018
Fermenting Vegetables

Important Oregon Food Safety Rules for Pickling & Fermentation in Restaurants

Pickled or fermented vegetables are a staple element in many cuisines and can bring a delightful pop of acid to a dish. If you’d like to start making your own house-pickled vegetables, there are Oregon food safety guidelines for restaurants you should know before getting started. We’ll go over the […]
May 16, 2018
Elementary School Child Eating Lunch

School Food Procurement: Most Frequently Asked Questions Answered

School food procurement can be a complicated process with the various state and federal procurement regulations and requirements. McDonald Wholesale has been providing schools throughout Oregon with healthy and nutritious food options for nearly a century and our experienced bid team knows the ins and outs of navigating the bid […]
May 8, 2018

5 Grand Opening Ideas for Your New Restaurant

You only get one chance to open your new restaurant, so it’s important to do it right. The impression you make during the grand opening event will last, whether it’s good or bad. To help make sure it’s a good first impression, read these grand opening ideas for restaurants before […]
March 19, 2018

Do You Need A Signature Dish?

Have you tried the chicken wings at Pok Pok? You’ve got to go to Ox and try the clam chowder! Save room for the chocolate chip cookie when you go to Coquine. These signature dishes have a reputation around Portland and it’s no surprise why. One of the most effective […]
February 28, 2018

Keto Diet Menu Options – How to Take Advantage of This Low-Carb Trend

Dining customers are beginning to care more and more about the ingredients they are being served and rightfully so. “Is it organic?” “Is it gluten-free?” “Is it antibiotic-free?” These are probably questions you’ve heard before. This year, you’re bound to hear questions about Keto Diet menu options. The Keto Diet […]