Now in Stock! Black and White Alpha Carafes

Heat retention meets durability at a price that's just right.Stylish & Economical The

New Year Brings New Products in Buffet, Table and Serviceware

We're excited to start the new year with the introduction of our Service Ideas Book 2017 featuring 11 new product lines! We worked hard to develop a new layout to create a great experience for you

Square is in! Stainless Steel Square Drip Tray

A New Drip Tray from Service Ideas Stainless in Square Keep your buffet and countertop clean from coffee and other liquids that drip from your large beverage containers with this heavy-duty Stainl

Just In! Sugar and Creamer Set with Tray

A New Condiment Set from Service Ideas A Charming Addition Outshine your competitor's coffee and tea service with our new polished read more >

13 Weeks of Summer Saving

Lucky you! You found our exclusive list of summer serviceware specials. These products are on sale for a limited time only, so act fast. Order online

Top 5 Spring Products for Outdoor Dining

The snow has melted, the trees are budding, and most importantly, outdoor patios are open! Here's our list of our favorite products to give your customers the ultimate outdoor dining experience.

5 Fascinating Facts About Coffee

Happy National Coffee Day! If you're anything like us, you love a good cup of joe in the morning! And at lunch. And after lunch. But today is not a day to dwell on our mass consumption of coffee, it's

Just In! GIU1G Thermal Container

Winner of FER’s 2015 Smallwares and Tabletop Contest The new GIU1G with GIU Timer Kit from Service Ideas was recently announced a winner in the Smallwares portion of Foodservice Equipment Report

Steelform is Now MOD18 Steelworks

Steelform has been rebranded! This stylish tableware has re-emerged as MOD18 Steelworks by Service Ideas, Inc. Along with this rebranding is a new price point that works with any budget. MOD18 Stee

We're More Than Just Coffee

Here at Service Ideas, we love coffee; it is our livelihood. But as much as we love coffee, we also know how refreshing an ice-cold beverage is on a hot summer day. Sometimes even a tall glass of

Muh muh muh My Marsala!

Another year, another catalog, and this year is one for the record books. As has been the tradit

Off to the Races!

My last blog started with this sentence… "How

Meet Magisso

We are pleased to announce that effective immediately, Service Ideas has partne

Green Uses for Your Used Coffee Grounds

Since coffee is such a huge part of our industry, and a big hit here at our office, I decid

We're Thankful for Thanksgiving

Foodies unite & rejoice, for Thanksgiving is once again upon us. Is there anything bet

We're "nuts" for the new Harlequinn Trolley

In case you are unfamiliar, our partners at Ze

#IHMRS2014 - We Came, We Saw, We Conquered

We don't know about you, but there is just something about New York in the fall that gets us all ex

From the President - A Reason To Slow Down

How can it possibly be “this” time of the year already?! It is so cliché to say days just

Service Ideas in the Wild

If you've been following our blog for a while, you are probably familiar with our "Service Ideas At.

A team, company to honor!

With my mind swimming from another busy day (juggling opportunities, tasks, appoint

What a remarkable industry!

I don’t know about you but I blinked and July was over – and now here we are closing out the summer.

Cool off this summer with Service Ideas

July marks prime summer seasonal favorites: barbecues, bridal showers, baby showers, famil

We. Service. Ideas. - Brew It

Our main focus for July & August is “Brew It.” Now we don’t mean that in the tradit

From Our President...Happy Birthday U.S.A.

Happy Birthday USA! As we approach the Fourth of July week-end, how do you celebrate? Perhaps you are already on vacation with family/friends or maybe you like to stay home and do the local events;

Space Savings with Stackable Buffetware

We’ve been talking about our read more >

The Importance of Breakfast

Your mother was right: breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. People are beginning to u

From Our President - I'd Rather Be Fishing!

Image courtesy of Justin Simonson One of the most special reasons to live in Minnesota is the changing o

#NRAShow Recap - How did YOU enjoy the show?

As May comes to a close, we bid adieu to another successful National Restaurant Association Show i

We. Service. Ideas. — Celebrate Alfi®

Sophie & Carl Zitzmann If you are a frequenter of our blog, then you

#NRAShow, here we come!

There’s nothing quite like springtime in Chicago – the tulips are blooming, the view of the lake is

From Our President - And may the best team prevail!

You could say that May is blooming…Good weather is returning, the annual National Restaurant Association show is held May 17th – 21st and perhaps a favorite team is in the playoffs!  I may

Go Green - With Tea That Is

Earth Day may have been April 22nd, but there are ways that you can go green throughout the year. And a surprising number of ways that involve beverages that you probably drink at least once a day.

We're on YouTube!

We are pleased to announce our first YouTube video that introduces our company. We hope you'll let us know what you think! [

See you at #SCAA2014!

Even the infamous April showers can’t damper our excitement for this years’ read more >

Meet... Viviyan & Keith

Viviyan Kennedy Name: Viviyan K

Will we see you at #CSES2014?

It’s crazy to think that next week is already the annual Catersource Tradeshow & Confer

We. Service. Ideas. - Accessorize It

Our main focus for March & April is: Accessorize It. At read more >

From the President - In like a Lion, out like a Lamb!

Isn’t that what they say about March? I know we blogged last week about the

Is it spring yet?

CNN reporter Stephanie Elam outside the Mississippi River in Minneapolis If someone were to come up to you today and ask how your winter’s going so far, would you laugh it off or perhaps have a

Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid

For the past 3 years, you may have noticed that our catalogs have featured a new “color” s

Big 2014 Catalog News

You’ve waited patiently for it, and your patience is about to be rewarded because our brand span

From the President - A Month to Show We Care

Wow, here we are already starting February and my next opportunity to invite you to join us in answer

Smart Customization Ideas

Our focus for January & February is Customization. What does that mean? Some places, what you see are what you get: a plain carafe or airpot. At Service Ideas, we offer a little bit more.

From the President - Happy 2014!!

Happy New Year! It’s still January so I am still counting it an opportunity to extend wish

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt:A New York City subway tra

From Our President

Thought I would carry on the theme of the yearly calendar…can you believe it is November?  I am thinking – how appropriate in a year that seems to be moving so quickly, it is time to celebrate a

Service Ideas wins Table Service & Buffet Supplier of the Year Award

During its recent Fall Conference held at the Crowne Plaza read more >

New Ways to Label Your Buffet & Coffee Service

Service Ideas recently announced two new products that allow you to label your contents. Available in a variety of flavor options for buffet & coffee service. The new ID Tents provide a styl

Steelform - A Service Ideas Exclusive

Effective 10/15/13, Service Ideas, Inc. is now the exclusive provider of Steelform tableware. Ste

From Our President

Blogging – this can be tougher than I thought sometimes! Not because I do not enjoy the opportunity t

Acai - Pantone Color Feature

Fall is definitely here, and one thing that's for certain is that it's a time of rich, vibrant

Up, Up and Away with Service Ideas

Earlier this week we hosted a couple of special guests here at Service Ideas, and as an added treat we took half of the office along on a read more >

Introducing the Mason Jar Tumbler!

Service Ideas could not resist (we hope you feel the same way) the timeless style & fresh function the 20 oz read more >

Introducing the Brushed Urn!

Ever feel like you had it all but not the variety you desired. Now you do! Urns are now in stock in all sizes & both finishes; brushed & polished. read more >

From the President

Back to School…Back to Routine…Back to Basics…  The simplicity of September! An ad fro

Women Rock Half Marathon 2013

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3 Back to School Must Haves

As August comes to a close, it marks that special time of year that can only be known as “BA

Everything you need to know about Laserforme

If you visited us at NRA this year, you may have been introduced to our newest offshoot program with Steelforme: Laserforme. But what is it, and how does it work? This blog post will hopefully ans

From the President

Partnership …. I read often that is it one of the most overused words in business. How many times d

Linden Green - Pantone Color Feature

It's hard to picture summer without the vibrance of green: the grass, the trees - the water d

Triple Threat Challenge

If you follow us on Twitter

Give Back with Service Ideas

At Service Ideas, we firmly believe in giving back to our community and to those in need. Each year we put together several donation and giveaway baskets: from door prizes to silent auction items,

Mykonos Blue - Pantone Color Feature

This month's featured Pantone color is read more >

Run Happy – The Color Run Minneapolis 2013

Image Credit: The Color Run On July 14th, 2013, the “Happiest 5K On The Planet” once ag

Introducing...The Smart Choice Server!

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”    

From the President

My first blog – where to start and what to focus on?? As we approach the Fourth of July holiday I am reflecting on a few sentiments that offer a starting conversation - as it will be my privil

In Case You Missed It: June 2013

We're introducing a new blog feature here at Service Ideas: the monthly blog recap. Here is wher

Meet... Heidi

Heidi Krzebietke Name: Heidi Krzebietke<

It's Hip to be Square!

Branch out, try something new and think outside the box with our newest addition, the Square Server - because now, it’s Hip to be Square! read more >

What is Agion®?

You may have noticed a new logo amongst some of our Stainless Stee

SPOTTED! Service Ideas At... Point Reyes Seashore Lodge

SPOTTED! Great find! Eco-Air™ airpots (far left), SteelVac™ carafe for cream (center) a

The Show may be over, but the fun is just beginning

The show may be over, but the fun is just beginning for us at Service Ideas. Did you stop by our booth at the show? Did you see what was new? What fun innovations did you find at the show? Did

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2013

This past Mother’s Day, thousands of Minnesotans & their rel

Poppy Red — Pantone Color Feature

Spring is finally in "bloom," and what better way to rejoice in that fact than by utilizing

2 Weeks To Go: Will We See You At The Show?

Booth #3624 The National Restaurant Show is fast approaching – have you double and triple checked everything yet? We’re pleased to announce that this will be our 56th year of attendance at

QR Codes: What Are They, and Why Are You Using Them?

As many of you may have noticed, this year we have incorporated QR codes in our <

Dusk Blue - Pantone Color Feature

Another of Pantone's Spring Colors is read more >

Pour Some Coffee On Me

Okay, so I took some artistic liberty with

Stay Caffienated with Service Ideas

It’s hard to believe that it’s April already, but spring is here and it is time once again for the Specialty Coffee trade show & symposi

What is NSF and Why do I want it?

You may have seen this little guy at some point in time, but you may be unclear on what it stands for. NSF (

Meet... John

John Sivertson Name: John Sivertson (See-Vert-son) Title: Quality Technician Years with Service Ideas: 2

Get Lucky 7K & Half Marathon 2013

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Style meets function with our 981 carafe

If you’re a fan of Service Ideas, then you are probably familiar with our read more >

Catersource 2013

It doesn't seem like March already, but here we are, and it is time once again for the annual Catersource Conference and Tradeshow. read more >

Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald

As you've no doubt noticed by now, Pantone's Color of the Year has been announced — Emerald (PMS 3268C

Walk to Cure Diabetes 2013

This past weekend, on February 23rd, Team Service Ideas took part in the JDRF read more >

Coming up Green in 2013

You've waited patiently for it, and your patience is about to be rewarded for our new <

Take control of your tea with Finum®

Finum® has revolutionized the concept of table

The NAFEM Show 2013 Recap

We had a great time at The NAFEM Show in Orlando last week — were you there? If so, did you follow the read more >

Meet... Susan

Name:  Susan Schaberg Title:  Supply Chain Specialist Years with Service Ideas:  10 months Being

Do you want to be a featured artist?

That may seem like a silly question given that a) our industry is hospitality, and b) it has nothing to do with Service Ideas, right? Wrong! This year’s theme for our website, as well as our cat

Happy New Year!

The world didn’t end (yay!), but the year is coming to a close. It’s been a crazy year, both f

Give the Gift of Service Ideas!

It's that time of year again! It's the season of gift giving, and we at Service Ideas love doing our part by putting together custom Gift Baskets for customers and organizations alike. Below are a f

Meet... Ron Ellsworth

Ron Ellsworth with Service Ideas products Name:  read more >

Gobble Gait 8K

As we have mentioned in the past, Service Ideas has started to sponsor races & events that our employees take part in throughout the year. One recent event is the Gobble Gait 8K that took plac

Minnesota Restaurant Association 2012 Holiday Party & Awards Ceremony

Tim Murray and his mother, Joyce Murray As members by extension of the Murray family, we are happy t

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving will soon be upon us. Are you traveling this year or hosting it at your place? If you are hosting this year and looking for some recipes, we at Service Ideas have compiled a list of som

The City That Never Sleeps

New York City is truly a marvel: even after the tragic damage of Hurricane Sandy,

Drink to Your Health: Part Four

Most teas contain antioxidants that are good at cleansing the body of

Hurricane Sandy & How You Can Help

Many people and businesses have been affected by the devastating damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. As a company with many friends & colleagues that live & work on the East Coast, we send out

Monster Dash 2012

This past Saturday, October 27th, Service Ideas sponsored racers for the event Monster Dash in Saint Paul, MN. The read more >

Color Trends - Fall Focus (Part 3)

Have you started to winterize your wardrobe yet? With the temperatures dropping, coffee & tea sales will start steadily increasing. One way you can make your serviceware stand out this season

Meet... Neil Puterman

Neil Puterman Name:

Think Pink

October is Breast Cance

Best Brewed Coffee Practices (Tips & Tricks)

In case you haven't noticed, we like coffee here at Service Ideas. It's kind of our thing. And since it is such an important part of our business, we want to be sure that you're getting the most out

Don’t Just Go With the Flow – Control It

One problem that businesses of all types face is serving hot coffee. You want a server that has a slower pour to leave table-side for safety, but you also want a server that has a faster pour when

Service Ideas At... Chester's Kitchen

Whenever my family would travel down to Rochester, MN to visit my sister-in-law, we would usually stop in at Chester's Kitchen and Bar to visit

Service Ideas Trivia Contest!

It just occurred to me that we haven't done a blog contest in a while. I think it's time we fixed that, don't you? Get your thinking caps on: it's time for some Service Ideas Trivia! The first 10 pe

Color Trends - Fall Focus (Part 2)

Fall is officially here. Who else is excited for Coffee & Tea season to get in full swing again? As I've read more >

Meet... Bob Cymbolin

Bob Cymbolin Name: Bob Cym

Stand Alone or Group Together

We know that your beverage service may change from time to time. Some days you may want to serve 3 different types of coffee, and others you may only want to have the one. This also brings up the

SPOTTED! Service Ideas At... Duluth Grill

SPOTTED! Megan posing next to our Teaballs (TB600CC) While out to dinner with her fam

Put a bird on it!

If any of you have seen Portlandia, you’ll recognize the title of this post for what it is. For those of you that haven’t, b

Meet... Laura

Laura Name:  Laura Title:    Customer Service Rep / Barista Years with Service Ideas: 11 ½ What big

Back to School: Beverage Must-Haves

Back to School is upon us: are you prepared? For those of you who may be heading to college for the first time (or returning for another semester/year of higher education), do you have what you need

Clearly the Better Beverage Dispenser

Last year we introduced you to our Infuser Beverage Dispensers. Since that time, we’ve expanded and improved upon t

Color Trends - Fall Focus (Part 1)

It doesn't seem like it, but fall will be upon us before we know it. Each year, Pantone puts together a color trends pamphlet for both Spring and Fall showcases the trends they notice in the fashion

Meet... Mike Miguelez

Mike Miguelez Name:  read more >

Service Ideas At... Nye's Polonaise

Minneapolis boasts a bevy of restaurants and bars that date back all the way to the early 1900’s – when eating out was a treat to be savored and saved for. One great establishment worth expe

Dress Up Your Salads

There is nothing more refreshing than a good summer salad, and to make it all come together you need a great dressing. read more >

Meet... Hugh Karpeles

Hugh Karpeles Name: Hugh Karpeles Rep Group/Areas Covered: E

The Choice is Crystal Clear

In our travels for trade shows & conferences, we’ve noticed that various hotels have been offering water stations for their guests. A majority of these stations are utilizing the heavy-duty

The Color Run — The Happiest 5K on the Planet

We at Service Ideas like to give back to our community, and one way that we recently started giving back is by sponsoring entries in races & events throughout the year for our employees. This

Drink to Your Health: Part Three

Tea contains catechins, a type of antioxidant which has been found to reduce people's risk of heart di

Service Ideas At... Kitchen Window

SPOTTED! Megan Q. is on fire (or she's got eagle eyes when it comes to our products). She had another sighting in Minneapolis. read more >

Look to Glassware from Tuscany

As has been mentioned on our blog in the past from various interviews we’ve done with our sales representatives, chinaware is the heavy hitter in the tabletop industry and there are a wide variety

Think Outside the Box - Part Two

What did you think about some of our creative reuses from a few weeks ago? There were so many that we couldn't fit them all into one blog post. Below are a few more examples of alternative use

Meet... Lori

Lori Guenther Name:  Lori Guenther Title: Director, Information Technology Years of Service: 9 What wo

Service Ideas At... Prima

SPOTTED! Megan Q. was out & about in Minneapolis and found one of our products in action. Here's what she had to say: read more >

You Stay Classy...

It seems that a majority of the servers that coffee shops & coffee dispensers use all look the s

Meet... Sandra Puebla

Sandra Puebla Name:

Think Outside the Box (Part One)

Have you ever looked at our products and wondered how else you could use them besides the obvious? Here at Service Ideas, we like to think that our products are versatile enough that they could ha

Meet... Tony

Tony Name: Tony Title: Shipping Years of Service: almost 7 years What's one change you've noticed in your

We Have Rebuilt It — We Have The Technology

The Internet is an ever-changing part of our everyday life, and it is the digital “face” of your company when you cannot be present to introduce yourself. So it’s important to look your best, w

Drink to Your Health: Part Two

Green tea is perhaps the second most popular tea variety, behind black tea. As well as a very refres

Meet... Skip Casper

Skip Casper Name:  S

NRA Recap: Tweets, Greets & Deets

The National Restaurant Association Show is now over, but we hope that everyone had a great time! Attendance seemed to be up from last year, which is very encouraging for the industry at large. As

Word to Your Mother

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and what better way to show her that you care than to give her the gift of caffeinated goodness? At Service Ideas, we'd love to help! We read more >

National Restaurant Association Show 2012

New Booth Location: #3418 The Show to see & be seen is coming this Saturday — will you be t

Meet... Ryan

Name: Ryan Brandt Title: Receiving Years of Service: 4.5 When people ask you about our company,

Meet... Lenny Hendricks

Lenny Hendricks from Roller & Associates Name: Lenny Hendricks Rep Group/Area Covered: Rol

See us at SCAA

This year the Specialty Coffee Association of America symposium & trade show event is at the coffee Mecca of the US — Portland, OR. Will we see you there? read more >

What do YOU think?

We’re revamping our website layout and want YOU to be a part of it. We’re looking for testimonials f

Transform your table with SteelForme

We are pleased to present SteelForme Design from Service Ideas. As of April 1, 2012, we are the official distributor of this modern tableware line in the United States, Mexico & the Caribbean. W

Spring Has Sprung — Part Two

With summer just around the corner, this post will contain the second and final part of our Pantone Spring 2012 collection ideas. Let us know what you think! read more >

Rethink how you Rehydrate - Recipe Ideas

We’re all supposed to drink what seems like an excessive amount of water each day, and the problem is that we don’t always want to. Why drink water when you can have coffee? Why drink coffee

Service Ideas At... Hazel's NE

You’ve heard me talk in the past about how I enjoy supporting Minnesota Local when I can. I think it’s important to support your local small businesses as much as possible, doubly so because t

Meet... Vely

Vely Xiong with his daughter, Jayestine & wife, Pang Name: Vely Xiong Title:

Color Me Coffee Service

Color is everywhere, and the spectrum of colors for this season is no exception. From orange to pink, blue to yellow, spring has definitely hit the scene (even if the weather tries to tell us otherw

Meet... Katie Stowe

Katie Stowe Name: Katie Sto

Spring Has Sprung — Part One

Most people wouldn't think that fashion trends would have anything to do with restaurants and the hospitality industry, but they couldn't be more wrong. What better way to stay current then by keepi

We Want To Hear From You!

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Service Ideas At... Emily's Lebanese Deli

If you are a fan of the Food Network, the name "Emily's Lebanese Deli" may ring a bell. Can't place it? It was once featured on "

Leaping into Catersource 2012

Did you know that this year is a Leap Year, giving us an extra day this month? How would you like to spend that special once-every-four-years day in Las Vegas? I know I would! If you're interested i

Meet... Glen Turner

Glen Turner receiving the "Significant Contributor" award in 2011 from Tina Brandt at our Annual NRA

Drink to Your Health: Part One

There is a debate between the coffee & tea drinkers of the world as to which of the two is the sec

Swirly, whirly & stainless

The Scalloped Wire Basket - BKSCRD9 When creating a table setting, it is best when you have a focal poi

Put a Pin in It

If you pay attention at all to the latest & greatest in the Social Media stratosphere, you h

2012 Catalog

It doesn't seem like it should be, but yes, it is catalog time once again. We're pleased to announce that our new 2012 Catalog is here! read more >

Meet... Kevin

Kevin (left) with Billy McLaughlin Name: Kevin Title: Shipping Supervisor Years of Service: 16 1/2 Wh

Press to Im-press

If you remember, back in October we posted about how to use

Meet... Joe Fleming

Joe Fleming, painted by his partner-in-crime Name: Joseph Aloysius (yep, that’s right) Fleming Jr.,

Chill Out (Literally!)

The New Year has begun — have you set up any Resolutions for yourself? Some of the most popular resolutions that people make (and sadly, the majority of us end up breaking) involve losing weight a

Service Ideas At... Taste of Rochester

Like many states, Minnesota hosts a bevy of events throughout the year to feature different foods & music to get people outside and interacting with one another. read more >

Meet... Michelle

Michelle Name:  Michelle L Title:  Package Handler?  But I

Happy New Year!

Can you believe the year is over already? Time really does fly when you're having fun. It has bee

Happy Holidays!

Anniversary Series: Flame Free Thermo-Urn

Ad from August 2010 Anniversary Series: Flame Free Thermo-Urn An innovation in the making for 3 years, o

Are you sick of sales yet?

'Tis the season to be shopping, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. If you're like everyone else this time of year, you're probably knee-deep in holiday shopping. In addition, you probably are eager for a

Together in Perfect Harmony

You all know the song… so I won’t start it and get it stuck in your head. But the adage holds true — some things just go together perfectly: peanut butter & jelly, milk & cookies and

A Tisket, a Tasket...

... a Service Ideas Gift Basket! With the holidays upon us, I'm sure some of you are scrambling for gift ideas for that special someone, or maybe a gift for a company you did business with this year

Are you IN?

Like many of you, we at Service Ideas are connected on LinkedIn — the world’s largest professional

Anniversary Series: Custom Cart Creations

Ad Circa March 2010 for The Board Room magazine Anniversary Series: Custom Cart Creati

SPOTTED! Service Ideas At... Iron Fork

SPOTTED! Service Ideas products on the left. 98210BS (Brushed Server), H100B (Black) and an F

Meet... Lisa

(not pictured) Name: Lisa Gaetke Title: Returns/Shipping/Trade Show Order Prep Years of Service

Create an Experience... Wedding Reception

Wedding season may be slowing down, but that doesn't mean that there won't be plenty of weddings to look forward to in the spring/summer next year. If you work for a company that caters to large rec

New York, New York…

It’s that time of year again! The International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show is

Finum® — Brings out the best in tea & coffee

At Service Ideas, we offer you a variety of partnerships to ensure that we’re providing some of the best products possible to our customers. One such partnership is our tea service line from

Anniversary Series: 982 Series

circa 2009 — 982 Ad Anniversary Series: 982 Series Sleek and stainless, the read more >

How To... Use a French Press

If you’re anything like me than you may have noticed that at coffee shops, and an increasing number of restaurants, the use of the French Press is becoming more and more commonplace. If you are al

You Want It, We Got It

As a consumer, what qualities do you look for in a product that you use? Do you want it to be safe? Do you want it to be sanitary? Do you want to be sure that if something breaks, or gets lost, th

Service Ideas At... Mercury Mosaics

When you see the word “mosaics,” what do you think of — tile, grout, airpots? I’m sure I now have you horribly confused. Airpots? Yes, airpots. You see, on a recent trip to NE Minneapolis

Meet... Dave

Dave Schmidt Name: Dave Schmidt Title: Warehouse Manager Years of Service: 18+ years As Warehouse Manager

How To... Brew Tea

As a purveyor of teapots, you can imagine that a great deal of the questions we get asked have to do with the proper way to brew tea.  It’s a little difficult to answer this question accurately,

Create an Experience... Continental Breakfast

If you’ve ever stayed at a hotel, you’ve probably experienced the Continental Breakfast at least once. Looking to create a statement with yours? We at Service Ideas would love to assist you in t

Meet... Greg

Greg Poul Name: Greg Poul

How to Choose the Server for You

If you are a reader of our blog, you’ll notice that we mention the term “heat retention” often when talking about servers. But what does that really mean? And how do you know which type of s

Service Ideas At... Delta Airlines

It is amazing the types of people you meet when traveling to trade shows. Generally you will find yourself sitting next to someone who is attending either the same show as you, or something else i

Anniversary Series: Aeroserv

circa 2005, ad for the Aero-Serv Anniversary Series: Aeroserv Small and unassuming, the Aer

6 Ways to Serve it up Hot

One thing I’ve noticed, in the admittedly short time that I’ve been with Service Ideas, is that most server collections are only available in a set number of color combinations. Generally you do

Bulwark or Bust

When it comes to insulation for a product, you may have heard the terms “single wall” and “double wall” thrown around. But what do they mean? Below are the differences between the two. •

Bredemeijer® — Quality of Taste

One of the brands that we distribute is Bredemeijer® — a Dutch company founded in 1914 that specializes in high quality, deluxe tea and coffee products. A partner with Service Ideas since 2004,

Anniversary Series: Cold Beverage Dispenser

Ad from May 2010 — Catersource Magazine Anniversary Series: Cold Beverage Dispenser First introduced

3 Ways to Enjoy Life

Summer is still sticking around, which means it’s the season of grilling, family gatherings and fun in the sun. Besides making sure you have lots of sunscreen (protect your skin people!), you need

You're Creating an Experience... Modern Restaurant

Looking to create a modern oasis with a look and feel that sets you apart from the rest? We at Service Ideas would love to assist you! We've noticed that lots of restaurants today will pick certain

Meet... Janna

Janna Larson Name: Jann

Service Ideas At... Around Town in Brainerd

This spring, we attended a Seminar at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd, MN. We arrived and immediately noticed they had Service Ideas’ ABC Exclusive servers on each table for water. It made for qui

SPOTTED! Service Ideas At... Rustica

SPOTTED! SB100 - 1 Liter Black Creamer One of our Purchasing Agents, Megan Q., spotted our SteelV

Anniversary Series: Hot Solutions™

Flyer from 2009 Hot Solutions™ Platter Originally designed in 2005, the Hot Solutions™ platter has

Service Ideas At... Denny's

I don't know about you, but I like breakfast. I realize that without prefacing that in any way, that statement is a little funny — let me explain. I'm one of those people who likes to enjoy brea

They call me Mello Yellow...

Create something cool with Service Ideas! Pair our new Corkscrew (CSCRM2S) with our Square Ice

Same great server, 2 different looks

When it comes to servers, usually you have more than one at your establishment. Perhaps you have one you use for coffee, and one you use for decaf. You want to be sure both fit in with the theme of

Meet... Megan Q.

Megan Quinn Name: Meg

There’s nothing like an Alfi®

One of the brands that we distribute here at Service Ideas is Alfi® — the leading global brand for vacuum flasks. Alfi® has been in production since 1914 when it started as the Fischbach Aluminu

Drinks you can toast to

If you've ever gone out for drinks during the summer, you'll notice that many places offer a variety of "infused" drink options (with or without alcohol).  If you were looking to recreate some of t

Anniversary Series: Roto Rack

Original Roto Rack Design — ad circa 2009 Roto Rack Originally designed in 2007, the Roto Rack

Introducing our New Website!

We at Service Ideas are EXTREMELY pleased to present to you our revamped company website. Take a look! read more >

Meet... Melissa

Melissa Barnes Name: Melissa Barnes Title: Accounts Payable Years of Service: 8 1/2 years As a member

The ol' switcher-roo

You know the saying “What you see, is what you get?” I’m sure this is yet another song reference that you will be silently cursing me for later when it’s stuck in your head (sorry). The re

Service Ideas At... About Town in Minneapolis

Spring is in full swing here in Minnesota. The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, the road construction is everywhere... it's the perfect time to spend a day about town enjoying one of my fav

Orange you glad I didn't say Banana?

Construct a dream-like motif with Service Ideas! Pair our Alfi® Kugel Ball server (0175 971 0

Anniversary Series: Eco-Serv® Series

Eco-Serv® ad circa 1998 Eco-Serv® Originally designed in 1998, the Eco-Serv® line is a great ad

SPOTTED! Service Ideas At... Red Mesa Grill

SPOTTED! Hot Solutions™ Platter One of our Sales Reps from Mid-West Associates, Michael Lacou

Flip Your Lid

Everyone knows that coffee and tea are the most consumed beverages in the world after water. The one thing you don’t really think about when you hear this is that creamers and dairy products to

We're taking NRA by storm

Every year the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, IL is THE show of the year to s

Service Ideas At... Matchbox Coffeeshop Gallery

At the tail-end of January, I was invited to attend a gallery closing of my good friend Sasha Landskov's work. For those of you who don't

I'm Blue, Da Ba Dee...

Create a unique look and feel with the help of Service Ideas! Our Nuvola 3 Compartment Dish (180

Anniversary Series: New Generation®

Ad for New Generation® Servers - Circa 1993New Generation® Originally designed in 19

Come see us in Houston!

Get your caffeine fix at this years' Specialty Coffee Association of America event in Houston! Joe a

Meet... Megan S.

Megan Smith Name: Megan Smith Title: Accounts Receivable. (I would say Accounting Guru… but some pe

Take me with you

Champ 0.7 Liter Vacuum Bottle — SVB700 Spring has sprung, and I'm looking forward to getting outside w

You're Creating an Experience... Wine Bar

Wine has been around for thousands of years, and the concept of a “wine bar” can be traced back to the time of the Romans, when you could find wine bars on every street. Although the concept of

Service Ideas At... Key's Cafe

In October of last year, my husband’s parents treated us to brunch at Key’s Café in Spring Lake Park to celebrate my

Anniversary Series: Non-Slip Tray

Original Non-Slip Tray introduced in 2007 Non-Slip TrayDesigned in 2005, our Non-Slip Tray has been

Meet... Jordan

  Jordan Thompson Name: Jordan Thompson Title: Customer Service Rep. Years of Service: 4 years A

Picture Perfect in Pink

Let Service Ideas add the finishing touches to your look! Use a Plastic Teapot (TS612MV) or one

Service Ideas At... The Cosmopolitan

We were recently in Las Vegas for the Catersource show at the Convention Center, and we were able to enjoy the accommodations at the Strip’s newest hotel — The Cosmopolitan. read more >

Ice, Ice, Baby

No, I don’t mean Vanilla Ice (even though I’m sure you have the song stuck in your head now); I’m talking about Ice Buckets. I’m sure you’re saying to yourself: Why should I care about ice

You're Creating an Experience... Outdoor Patio

If you’re a restaurateur, you already know what look and feel you want your customers to experience when they enter your establishment. At Service Ideas, we’d like to help you with the minute de

Simply Ceramic

When you think of a teapot, what do you see? Do you see a large, metal teapot that you place on the stove, or do you think of a cute little self serve teapot that you can use when entertaining guest

Meet... Julie

Julie Siverling Name: Ju

Chat us up at Catersource 2011!

Looking for something fun to do while in Vegas this March? If you're interested in catering, you should check out the Catersource Tradeshow March 1-2 at the Convention Center. Tina & Lindsay wil

Anniversary Series: Thermo-Plate®

Ad from 1993 — Features Different Colors Thermo-Plate® Originally designed in 1948, the

Service Ideas At... Habitué

I'm one of those people who has become a bit spoiled by the Starbucks and Caribou Coffee's out there, having not 1 but 2 different locations within 5 minutes of my house that I could stop at sho

What's Hot/What's Cool® — NAFEM Focus

Flame Free Thermo-Urn I’m sure everyone at some point in time has been at a large event, meeting or

Introducing our newest partners — Stanley® Commercial Products

If you have ever seen a Stanley® server, you would recognize it anywhere. Their distinctive design makes them easy to pick out from a crowd, and we are so excited to be the sole distributor of th

2011 Catalog

You've been patiently waiting for it, and now the wait is finally over. Our new 2011 Catalog is here!

Service Ideas At... Murray's

Front sign of Murray's Restaurant in Downtown Minneapolis If you're unfamiliar with the Servic

Service at the Push of a Button

As we work through the last few months of winter, it’s not unusual to find ourselves wanting to stay in with friends and family. The cooler months are usually a great time to host events like jewelr

Anniversary Series: Thermo-Serv® Flip Top Server

An ad from 1988 Thermo-Serv® Originally designed in 1956, the Thermo-Serv® carafe has been a

Serve Up Style in 6 Different Ways

Service Ideas is excited to announce our reinvented Wire Basket line. With great new options available, we’re certain you’ll find something to suit your style. read more >

Meet... The Murray Family

  Chris(tina) Brandt, President, 31 Years of ServiceMegan Blohowiak, Vice President & HR Mana

Happy New Year

Can you believe the year is over already? It seems like only yesterday that it was January 2010. It has been a great year here at Service Ideas. We have so many great successes and accomplishments t

Reasons We Love... Purple

Purple is royalty. A mysterious color, purple is associated with both nobility and spirituality. The opposites of hot red and cool blue combine to create this intriguing color. It also happens t

Service Ideas At... Lafayette Club

SPOTTED! Service Ideas products seen in action by one of our blog readers. Our PWLA SteelVac™

3 Ways to Keep Cool

Service Ideas is excited to announce our expanded Wine Chiller line. Now with more options to choose from, we’re certain you’ll be able to find something to suit your needs. read more >

It's Not Easy Being Green

In the famous words of Kermit the Frog: “It’s not easy being green.” But it can be real easy to incorporate shades of green in your dining experience. The color green is often associated wit

What's in the Bag — Contest Winner

Congratulations to Diane Stangl of LeMars, IA on being the 50th subscriber to our blog and the winner of

Service Ideas At... Hell's Kitchen

Downtown Minneapolis offers a wide array of eating establishments, from the more traditional dining experience to the off-the-beaten-path eclectic. One such staple that is a Minneapolis must-see i

Infuse Something Great Into the Every Day

I know what you're thinking: what are these crazy things and why should I want one? Well my friend, I'll be happy to tell you. read more >

One-of-a-Kind Holiday Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for something unique for someone for the holidays, here are just a few ideas of items we have on hand that are the last of their kind — the last of our more >

Modern & Metallic

Metal has been used in fashion for decades. From jewelry to accents, prints to handbags — metal is everywhere in the fashion industry. It also happens to be everywhere in the hospitality industr

Meet... Brandon

Brandon Korgel Name: Brandon Korgel Title: Quality Control TechnicianYears of Service: 5 months

What's in the Bag? Find out now!

Subscribe to our blog and you can find out! Be the 50th person to subscribe to our blog and you can receive a tote bag full of goodies. FOR FREE! What kind of goodies you ask? read more >

Tea for Two, Two for Tea

Wedge Blue teapot (10 and 16 oz) read more >

Create Something Custom

The holidays are just around the corner, and many of us are scrambling to come up with gift ideas for our loved ones. Not everyone enjoys trudging through the masses of last-minute shoppers during

Service Ideas At… Café Ile St Louis

My first time in Las Vegas was March 2010 when I joined my coworker Joe at t

What's in the Bag?

Subscribe to our blog and you can find out! Be the 50th person to subscribe to our blog and you can receive a tote bag full of goodies. FOR FREE! What kind of goodies you ask? You'll have to win the b

Come see us in NYC!

Christina Brandt & Megan Blohowiak You've been learning about us for the last couple of months

What You Should Know About... Camel

Color is everywhere. You can't go anywhere without seeing the latest and greatest color trends of the season. With this thought in mind, we bring you one of the 6 color trends of fall: Camel

Meet... Joe

Name: Joe Krawczyk Title:

Service Ideas wins ABC Supplier of the Year

ABC HONORS SUPPLIERS OF THE YEAR & SUPPLIER SALES EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR During its recent Fall Conference held at the Westin Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL, Allied Buying Corporation recognize

How to present something stylish

Service Ideas, Inc. is excited to announce a great addition to our dishwasher safe product line: our new WES series servers. For years we have heard that the industry is looking for an elegant ser

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot!

Red is such a strong color, it's hard not to notice it. It can convey any number of things: passion, hate, caution, heat, etc. Red also is a great compliment to some of the other colors of the fal

Good Things Come In Pairs

As the holiday season approaches, we can look forward to parties and hosting friends and family. If you’re anything like me when it comes to planning a large get-together, the first thing you go t

Watch for us on QVC

  TB600CC — Tea Ball   Throughout the year  Service Ideas will pop up on read more >

Service Ideas At… EPIC

I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people where if I go somewhere to eat and it leaves an impression on me, I’m going to tell everyone I know to go there. One such place is

Why so blue?

Blue is one of those colors that seems to pop up in every season in a variety of incarnations. Sometimes it's a deep, rich blue like midnight, and other times it's a greenish aquamarine. For the f

Meet... Andy

Name:Andy Krawczyk Title:

Change How You View Dishwasher Safe

Service Ideas, Inc. is pleased to announce a great addition to our dishwasher safe product offerings: our 982 series server in a new brushed finish. Originally introduced in our 2009 catalog, th

Service Ideas At... Hampton Inn and Suites

SPOTTED! Service Ideas products seen in action by one of our blog readers.   Our WP Series

Meet... Lindsay

  Lindsay Valenty Name: Lindsay Valenty Title: Social Media Specialist Years of Service: 4.5 Y

Serve Yourself Something Smart

Clockwise from top: Emerald, Quartz, Sapphire & Ruby I love tea. I don’t know about you, but t

Service Ideas At… IHOP

  Madyi pouring herself a cup of coffee before enjoying her Crispy Banana Caramel Cheesecake I

Flame Free and Super Hot

Flame Free Thermo-Urn “Everything that can be invented has been invented.” - Charles H. Duell N

Meet... Dawn

  Name: Dawn Mondry Title: Customer Service Lead Years of Service: 17 Years (and counting!) As Custome

Service Ideas At... The Depot

While out and about this last weekend in Hopkins, MN, my friend and I decided to stop at read more >