Use the S.E.R.V.I.C.E. model to help pick a food service vendor

Food Service Provider Tips to Hire

There are so many factors that can go into choosing the right business to partner with for food service.

How many people will be eating? What size is the venue? What’s your budget? Do you require certain dietary needs? How important is it for the company to be local?

We pride ourselves on being knowledgeable, on knowing our customers’ needs inside and out, and on offering services just like larger companies but with a more personalized approach.

It’s served us well as we serve others.

But what if you’re looking to hire a food service company and don’t know where to start? 

Food Service Warehouse has a good idea on how to hire individual employees that you can also apply for hiring food service vendors: Use the S.E.R.V.I.C.E. acronym:

For example, a restaurant business might outline ideal characteristics for their people with an easy-to-remember acronym:

Service acronym

When interviewing someone, a manager can look out for these character traits, or even use them as questions. For example, “What does it mean to be engaged with a customer?” or “How are you responsible in the workplace?

Make a spreadsheet and rate vendors on how they stack up. You want a food service company that’s great with communication and is excited to work with you. They should hold themselves responsible and seem like they are flourishing rather than just treading water. They should be knowledgeable of their industry, treat you fairly, and always helpful.

A food service vendor shouldn’t be a headache. It should be an asset!