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Dimitra Rizzi

Dimitra Rizzi

Dimitra Rizzi is an accomplished leader in Foodservice Sales and Retail Operations with a successful track record in strategic sales planning and execution, training and development, retail design, systems and processes, and customer marketing. She is both customer and results driven with strong analytical, financial and performance management competencies. Dimitra’s specialties include business and financial, leadership, strategy and execution, Foodservice Operations and menu design.

Recent Posts by Dimitra Rizzi:

How Long Does Melamine Dinnerware Last in Commercial Foodservice?

As a foodservice operator, understanding your long-term investments (e.g., equipment, smallwares, etc.) can help your overall budget planning. Here at G.E.T., we're experts in alternative material dinnerware, so let's focus on that part of your operation. Many operators invest in dinnerware made from melamine because it’s one of the most durable food-safe materials on the market. 

But how long will your melamine dinnerware actually last before you need to replace it?

The truth is that a few factors play into this answer. And you actually have quite a bit of control over how long your pieces last. We'll tell you why.

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants

8 Tips for a Profitable Salad Bar

Consumers' demand for healthy dining options isn't likely to go anywhere anytime soon. When there's demand, supply is typically not far behind, hence the proliferation of salad concepts, including self-serve salad bars. 

While you may earn repeat customers with salad bars, operators often find them expensive with low returns. As a veteran restaurateur with more than 2 decades of experience with salad bars, I've put together my own list of 8 Ways to Increase Profits at Your Salad Bar that will keep you guests coming back for more. Any operator can benefit from these tips whether you're installing your first salad bar or enhancing a legacy system. 

Topics: Campus Dining Serveware For Restaurants

Cost of Plastic vs. Glass Drinkware for Foodservice

All foodservice establishments need drinkware for guests, regardless of the style or volume of service. If you’re a foodservice operator, you may have been faced with the decision of whether to purchase glass or plastic drinkware. But with so many options, the choice can be difficult to navigate or even know where to start.

You have your bottom line to consider, as always, but what other areas of operation might be impacted by the material you choose? Most importantly, how will your decision impact your bottom line beyond the initial investment?

Here at G.E.T., we’re big fans of our customers getting the best bang for their buck, but also finding the perfect product to fit brand and service style needs. We’ve put together some key cost points to consider when deciding between plastic or glass drinkware.

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Drinkware For Hotels For Restaurants

Drinkware for Foodservice: Key Attributes to Consider When Buying

Whether you're a first-time foodservice operator opening your premier location, or you're a 30-year veteran  who's interested in overhauling your drinkware program, taking a few key attributes into consideration can help you make the best drinkware purchase for your establishment. Generally, knowing what you want in terms of ounce capacity, material (PC, SAN, or Tritan™ plastics, or glass), and segment use cases will help guide you to the best products for your needs. 

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Drinkware For Hotels For Restaurants

Resin-Coated Aluminum: Care and Maintenance

You’ve smartly decided to invest in resin-coated aluminum serve ware and cold bar systems for your foodservice operation. Now when your guests look at your cold bar, they're greeted with clean lines, sophistication, and bold vessels drawing them into their dining experience. Your old stainless setup could never attract the crowd you’re winning with resin-coated aluminum, especially if you're using G.E.T.'s Bugambilia® collections, Classic and Fit Perfect™.

To keep your pieces looking out-of-the-box new, you’ll want to follow some basic care and maintenance. Here at G.E.T., we’re huge fans of our customers getting the very best out of their investments, so we’ve assembled a resin-coated aluminum care and maintenance guide just for you.
 

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Serveware For Hotels For Restaurants

Salad Bars for Commercial Foodservice: Benefits and Setup Options

We first heard the now-iconic phrase, "You don't win friends with salad," borne of a The Simpsons episode, nearly 22 years ago. But we're willing to bet that a modern-day rewriting of the phrase would be just the opposite.

Today's diners are more health-conscious than ever. The restaurant industry has responded by adding salads to their menus, in turn leading to more salad bars. Recently, Ruby Tuesday touted their salad bar, and Sizzler upgraded their look in the last few years. Restaurants aren't the only ones incorporating salad bars. College, university, and corporate dining campuses, casinos, and hotels all embrace the healthy self-serve option.

Indeed, you do win friends with salad.

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Serveware For Hotels For Restaurants

Bugambilia® Cold Bar Systems for Foodservice: Tiles vs. Fit Perfect™

Salad bars, ice cream bars, and frozen yogurt bars may occupy different ends of the health food spectrum, but they all have one thing in common: Ingredients need to be kept below at least 40°F to stay within the temperature safety zone. Bar-style service often goes hand in hand with refrigerated cold wells. Cold wells allow you to use different sized food pans to get just the right configuration of your products depending on what you're serving. 

Foodservice operators have a few options regarding systems that hold food pans in place on cold wells. Two popular options made by Bugambilia® are the Tile and Fit Perfect™ systems, which feature unique, resin-coated aluminum food pans. We're going to compare these two systems to give you an idea of which one might be best for your cold well service because here at G.E.T., we always want our customers to know their options. 

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Serveware For Restaurants

Review of Bugambilia® Fit Perfect™: The Easy Setup Cold Bar Solution for Foodservice

Plenty of foodservice operators know cold bars (aka cold wells) are wonderful tools for accommodating salad, ice cream, frozen yogurt bars, and pretty much any kind of cold food you'd want to mix and match to delight your guests. They're especially popular and useful in very high-volume foodservice at college, university, and corporate dining facilities because guests often serve themselves. 

But what if you want to rearrange your cold bar setup? Historically, this has been  cost - and time-prohibitive for operators due to the way a lot of cold bars are set up. 

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Serveware For Hotels For Restaurants

Plastic vs Glass Drinkware for Commercial Foodservice: Which is Better?

From intimate dining rooms to service for thousands, every foodservice establishment needs beverage service to accompany their menu. Drinks can be as commonplace as tea and water or as complex as craft cocktails. Regardless of your beverage service style, you can't serve drinks without drinkware. 

But do you go with plastic or glass? These days plastic drinkware often looks just as sharp, shiny, and clear as their glass counterparts. And it's super easy to add custom branded logos and designs to plastic drinkware. So how do you choose? 

Both excellent choices, these two materials can impact service flow and your bottom line in different ways. We're going to take a look at plastic and glass drinkware to see how they stack up. We'll cover a few key areas that can have the most impact on foodservice operations: costs, aesthetics, and broken glass' affect on operations. 

Topics: For Dealers Banquet Dining Campus Dining Drinkware For Hotels For Restaurants

How to Estimate the Cost of Melamine Dinnerware for Foodservice

When trying to figure the actual price of something, most folks don't want to hear “It depends.” However, when our customers here at G.E.T. ask about the cost of melamine dinnerware, the truth is several variations come into play. As much as we would love to have a straightforward answer, it really just depends. Our 30+ years' experience with melamine dinnerware puts us in a great position to help foodservice operators estimate the cost of their investment. 

In the spirit of helping foodservice operators plan effectively for dinnerware purchases, we're going to review some of the variables you'll want to keep in mind to estimate the cost of melamine dinnerware for your establishment. 

Topics: Banquet Dining Campus Dining Dinnerware For Hotels For Restaurants