Branching Out: Jeff Gentling on the Importance of Customer Service, Technology & Listening

With a territory sprawling from Auburn to Burien to Northgate, Elliot Bay, and Snoqualmie Pass, a food scene exploding with new restaurants, chefs, and influencers every day, and a staff of 44, Seattle General Manager, Jeff Gentling, has a lot of exciting opportunities on his plate. In our latest Branching Out feature, Gentling opens up about one of his most inspiring customer moments, the importance of listening, and the simple joys of working in the foodservice industry. Read his interview below. 

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Branching Out: Spokane General Manager, Tami Kennedy, Talks Success and Empowerment

With a management style respected and admired by her entire team, General Manager, Tami Kennedy, has helped the Bargreen Ellingson Spokane branch reach tremendous success. Covering all of Eastern Washington from the Canadian border to the Idaho Panhandle, Pullman, Moses Lake, Spokane and beyond, the small team of fifteen brought in 8 million dollars in sales in 2015, and has helped grow the "meat and potatoes town" into "a vibrant, multicultural" city with an ever-growing food scene. Read Kennedy's interview below to learn about her journey to success - a journey that she pursues every day with a positive attitude, determination, diligence and dedication to her team and herself. 

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Branching Out Part 4: Kauai - Sauteed Ho Farms Rainbow Swiss Chard

Our final destination takes us to beautiful Kauai for our special four-part Branching Out blog series. Last week, Chef and Restaurateur, Kevin Hanney shared his recipes for Sweet Potato Hash and Lamb Shanks. This week we are sharing his recipe for Sauteed Ho Farms Rainbow Swiss Chard - a colorful and flavorful side to compliment a variety of entrees. Try out this quick and easy recipe, and then be sure to check out the exciting plans in store for our Kauai branch later this year!

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Branching Out Part 2: Maui - Guri Guri

In this week's Branching Out blog post, we travel to beautiful Maui to bring you a favorite recipe from the locals - Guri Guri! Read below to make this icy treat, and then meet our Maui branch team. This is part 2 of our 4-part Branching Out blog series, so be on the lookout for another special Hawaiian-inspired post next week!

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Branching Out Part 1: Oahu - Kevin Wilkinson on Living the Aloha Spirit

On Wednesday, October 12th and Thursday, October 13th, Bargreen Ellingson will be hosting the Hawaii Foodservice Show - the company's largest event of the year on Oahu. Helping lead the charge is General Manager, Kevin Wilkinson. Wilkinson manages over 50 employees and four of the major islands - Maui, Kauai, Oahu and the Big Island. With over 6000 foodservice licenses on Oahu, over a million full-time residents, and 3 million people on the island at any given time, Wilkinson is a busy man. Despite a full schedule, however, Wilkinson still finds a way to stay committed to his team, his family and living the Aloha Spirit.

In this special four-part Branching Out blog series, we will be island-hopping to each of our branch locations to share with you why you should know our Hawaii ohana. Keep a look out for interviews, recipes and more through the month of September! Continue reading Wilkinson's interview below.

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Branching Out: Why Jeff Pugh Never Stops Learning


With a staff of eight and a territory that is 2,261 miles wide and 1,420 miles long - that's 1 employee per 83,000 square miles - Jeff Pugh, General Manager for Bargreen Ellingson in Alaska certainly has his plate full (pun intended). In our latest Branching Out interview, Pugh takes us from the beginning of his career to the present, letting us in on his secret recipe for success while sharing some wisdom and wit along the way. Read his interview below and discover why maintaining a desire to learn throughout life can bring more opportunities than you can imagine. 

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Branching Out: Adam Deutschmann on Adaptability, Advocacy & Loving an 'Industry Rooted in Change'

We recently sat down with Adam Deutschmann, Sales Manager for The Restaurant Source in Denver, CO to talk about what drives his passion for the foodservice industry, challenges and rewards he faces on a daily basis, and what life is like living in the Rocky Mountain region. 

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Branching Out: An Interview with TRS President, Michelle Friedman

Last week we introduced you to Arnie Schatz, owner of The Restaurant Source in Denver, CO. This week we are excited to introduce you to TRS President, Michelle Friedman. This is the second post of our four-part Branching Out blog series featuring TRS. Join along as we introduce you to our new Denver family! 

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Branching Out: An Interview with The Restaurant Source Owner, Arnie Schatz

We sat down with Arnie Schatz, owner and operator of The Restaurant Source in Denver, Colorado to welcome the TRS family, and learn more about the history of the company. This is the first post of our special four-part Branching Out blog series featuring TRS, and we hope you join along with us as we introduce you to our new Denver family! 

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Branching Out: Bargreen Ellingson Welcomes The Restaurant Source into the Family

David Ellingson, President of Bargreen Ellingson, announced today Bargreen Ellingson’s acquisition of The Restaurant Source, a foodservice equipment, supply, and design company headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Restaurant Source is privately owned and operated by Arnie Schatz and his children, Michelle Friedman and Linda Schatz.

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