EPISODE 23 – Brent Murray, Dairy Haus, Rockton, IL, a conversation about our industry, COVID, social media, and going forward.

George Dunlap, I had the pleasure of getting to know Brent Murray around April of 2016; by that time he had already figured out how he was going to serve his customers with the best quality homemade ice creams available, supported by an awesome team of excited employees,

I had the pleasure to catch up with Brent this week and hear what he is up to for 2023. If you are a newbie or an old war-horse like me, I know you will find our conversation about our industry, covid, and his vision going forward exciting.

Brent Murray uses a Taylor ice cream machine for blizzard type treats, and an Emery Thompson Batch Ice Cream 24 quart machine for his Homemade Hand Scooped Ice Cream.

Brent is very excited about 2023 listen and enjoy!

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PECK FOOD SERVICE, 2023 FOOD SHOW – IN PERSON

GEORGE DUNLAP, 1/16/2023, The PECK FOOD Service, 2023 in-person Food Show is this Feb, 2/4-5/2023. This is one of the Best Ice Cream Trade Shows in the Mid-West for new and experienced operators. You will find ingredient and equipment vendors; available to help you with new products and equipment for the 2023 season. I have had the pleasure to attend this show throughout the years since the 1980’s. The Peck Family is always welling to help you with your retail ice cream needs.

The LINK BELOW WILL TAKE YOU TO THE REGISTER PAGE.

LIVE – PECK FOOD SERVICE FOOD SHOW, FEB 4TH AND 5TH, 2023

PECK FOOD SERVICE 2/4-5-2023 FOOD SHOW WEB-PAGE LINK

Ice Cream in Sarasota Florida – November 2022

After a few busy weeks visiting with many great customers around Southern USA and Florida, my wife Nancy and I meet up with our daughter and her family. The best part of that week was sharing ice cream with my grandson Oliver. We hit all the great shops in the Sarasota area. One in particular is Orange Octopus Ice Cream, with 2 locations, our favorite is located behind Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar on Siesta Key, Florida. Oliver loves all their Homemade Ice Creams.

I have had the pleasure to serve Moncef Bennaji and his wife with both their stores. If you are in the Sarasota area, stop by, they make some of the best tasting Ice Creams. My grandson Oliver says so!

MID-AMERICAN Restaurant EXPO Show 2022, Columbus, OH.

George Dunlap, with over 49 years serving the Ice Cream Retail Industry, managing the Perry’s Ice Cream Booth, with Setup and equipment logistics. Mid-American Expo 2022.

I have the pleasure to support the Perry’s Ice Cream Team at the 2022 MID-AM Restaurant Show Columbus, OH
Setting up Booth Perry’s Ice Cream
Stoelting Ice Cream Machine running Perry’s Custard Mix

ICE CREAM EQUIPMENT; DELIVERY, WAREHOUSING, INSTALL, AND STORE LAYOUT SERVICES, WITH OPERATION & SERVICE SUPPORT.

This past summer has been our busiest summer with installs for new and existing retail ice cream shops. If you are in need of our services contact George Dunlap 24 X7 @ 614-378-8466.

California soon to control; Fast-Food Hourly $ minimum wage and other benefits.

George Dunlap, 9/4/2022. Are you involved in your State Organization? This is coming East my friends, may I suggest you join your state and local organizations today and prepare for “them” controlling your business. Leaving your head in the sand is not the solution, prepare today, Government is looking to be your controlling partner.

California’s Fast-Food Bill Whopper

Sacramento finds a new way to put small business out of business.

By The Editorial BoardUpdated Sept. 2, 2022 6:49 pm ET

California is a leading exporter of progressive policy and businesses. So it’s worth paying attention to a bill heading to the Governor’s desk that would let the government fix fast-food worker wages and micromanage restaurants. Sayonara, McDonald’s dollar menu.

The bill passed by the Democratic Legislature this week creates a 10-member council appointed by the Governor and state legislative leaders with nearly carte blanche authority to fix wages, benefits and working conditions at most fast-food restaurants. This is a recipe for higher restaurant prices and lower business and job growth.Opinion: Potomac Watch

The state’s $15 an hour minimum wage is already among the highest in the U.S., but the council could raise it as high as $22 next year and an additional 3.5% every year after that. It could also require that employers provide paid vacation or “protest days” off as some tech companies do. A bill establishing a 32-hour work week stalled in the Legislature this year, but the council could impose one for fast-food workers. Its orders would take effect without even a rubber stamp by the Legislature. Democrats have delegated sweeping powers to avoid political accountability.

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Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl & Joe Baker, Making great Ohio Ice Cream.

Joe Baker and I meet early 1980’s at an Ohio Restaurant Show in Columbus, Oh. Ever since then Joe Baker told me he would someday own Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl. My good friend is the proud owner and legacy of Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl & Hemmer Ice Cream of Zanesville, OH. Below is Joe Baker’s awesome story from Spectrum News.

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl celebrates state honor, tradition

By Dennis Biviano Zanesville UPDATED 2:25 PM ET Aug. 05, 2022 PUBLISHED 9:45 AM ET Aug. 05, 2022

ZANESVILLE, Ohio —  When you have a long family history in the ice cream-making and restaurant industries like Joe Baker, you know where your destiny lies. 

Joe Baker, Proud Owner and Ice Cream Maker at Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl

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Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream opens in Northwest Austin, TX.

George Dunlap, Serving the Ice Cream Retail industry since 1973. I had the pleasure to work with Mrs. Handel, back in the late 70’s, at her shop in Youngstown, OH. She served up some of the greatest naturally flavored ice cream around. Having had the pleasure to serve the on-going Handel’s company, I am not surprised to see them continue to grow throughout the USA. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream serves great ice creams, try some today.

Popular Creamy Ice Cream Chain Opening in Northwest Austin

This will be the first Austin location of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream by Erin Russell Aug 17, 2022, 10:02am CDT, from EATER Austin

Ice Cream from Handel’s.

Popular Ohio-based ice cream chain Handel’s is opening its first Austin shop in northwest Austin. It will open in the Plaza Volente shopping center at 11521 North Farm to Market Road 620, near Anderson Mill, sometime in October or November.

Handel’s is known for many flavors of ice cream, all of which are made on-site daily. Look for offerings like salty caramel truffle, cotton candy, and Graham Central Station (graham ice cream with a graham cracker ripple and chocolate crunchy bits). Handel’s serves ice cream in scoops and cones, as well as shakes, chocolate-covered pops, and Hurricanes (blended ice creams).

Handel’s opened in 1945 in Youngstown, Ohio, when Alice Handel started serving ice cream out of her husband’s gas station. It has expanded to over 70 stores in 10 states, including stores in the Dallas and Houston areas. Austin shop owner Chad Hughes hopes to open more locations around the city soon.

MID – AMERICA RESTAURANT EXPO, SEPT 25 – 26, 2022, STOP BY THE PERRY’S BOOTH AND ENJOY THE ICE CREAM.

MID – AMERICA SHOW IN COLUMBUS, OH. Stoelting Ice Cream Machine by Barilla Refrigeration serving Perry’s Ice Cream soft ice cream mix. Stop by for a refreshing ice cream treat.

George Dunlap @ 614-378-8466

Looking forward to seeing you all in September in Columbus, OH.