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 […]
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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

From Food Truck to Brick-and-Mortar: How to Make It Work

In Portland and beyond, food trucks have become cultural icons for grabbing quick and easy, high quality bites. Some of the most well-known local restaurants started out as mobile food trucks, testing the market with innovative eats and finding loyal customers along the way. When you’re feeling the itch to […]

Pizza Day Fundraiser to Remember McDonald Wholesale Truck Driver

We are teaming up with Papa’s Pizza in Eugene and Springfield to host a Memorial Fundraiser on February 1st, benefitting the wife and three children of our driver and valued team member, Brian Brunscher. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Brian. According to the GoFundMe campaign […]

Food Photography Tips for Social Media

All good chefs know that diners eat with their eyes first and serving up dishes that look delicious is as important as how the food tastes. But did you know that how your food looks could affect your business even before customers enter your restaurant? Ask any food blogger or […]

5 Things Every Restaurant Yelp Profile Must Have

Portland locals and visitors rely on Yelp to help them choose their next place to eat out. In 2017, a local consumer review survey found that 97% of consumers read online reviews of local businesses and 85% of consumers trust online reviews as much as a personal recommendation. An optimized […]

Highlights from the 2017 Legislative Session and Other News

The Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association (ORLA) is the hospitality industry’s watchdog and advocate on issues and legislation affecting our industry. On the national, statewide and local levels, ORLA provides a voice for our industry. You can count on the ongoing efforts of ORLA’s government affairs team to advocate for […]