News and Events

The Surprising Reason Americans Are Obsessed With Pumpkins

    Friday may officially mark the first day of Fall, but retailers have been getting into the spirit of the season for weeks: pumpkin-flavored items started hitting shelves in August, and some Starbucks locations have been… Read More >

September is Mushroom Month

September is National Mushroom Month and we are encouraging you to add locally sourced mushrooms to your menu! Mushrooms are a great flavor solution, bringing added value, consumer appeal, health benefits and versatility… Read More >

Packaged Facts Examines Flavors & Ingredients In New Culinary Trend Tracking Report

What a flavorful world. From posh fine dining restaurants to trendy food trucks to aromatic residential kitchens, flavors and ingredients originating from lands far and wide are spicing up meals in every corner of our nation.… Read More >

Santa Barbara High Celebrates Athletics History With First Hall of Fame Ceremony

On Thursday, January 26th, 2017, Peter and Gerd Jordano were amongst the 77 honorees in the first induction class of Santa Barbara High School's Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame includes three categories of inductees:… Read More >

East Beach Grill to Close Doors December 2017

Goodbye, East Beach Grill After 33 Years, Owner Francisco Aguilera Is Leaving with a Twisted Arm and a Broken Heart Francisco Aguilera was 14 years old when he set off from Durango, Mexico, eventually ending up in Santa Barbara,… Read More >

Flavor and Menu Trends

At Jordano’s, we’re continually searching for the best new trends — we scour new local restaurants and taste test the finest products on the market. Overall, we found healthier, more convenient, and more eye-catching foods… Read More >

The One Thing You Must Learn to Survive a Minimum Wage Increase

Because you cannot overcome minimum wage increases with labor cuts alone. Let me start off by saying this is not a political soapbox article. I don’t care what side of the political fence you live on, my goal is to teach… Read More >

How "Free" Marketing Could be Killing Your Bottom Line

The concept of digital marketing is easy to embrace. The internet provides a seemingly endless supply of free (and low-cost) marketing solutions that provide unique opportunities to engage directly with customers and drive… Read More >

Four Key Areas to Improving Your Restaurant

Managing a restaurant, of any size these days, is a constant juggling act of service and quality, with success being determined by word-of-mouth recommendations and online reviews from your patrons. It’s one of the few industries… Read More >

Bike to Work Day 2017!

On Friday, May 19, 2017, a few of our awesome employees traded in their cars and biked to work for Bike to Work Day!   Read More >

Business Marketing and Social Media

7 Best Social Media Channels for Business Marketing Facebook - With Facebook set to break the 2 billion user marker in 2018, the odds are favorable that your client base is using the social media channel. When posting on… Read More >

Top 10 Concept Trends 2017

Hyper-local sourcing Chef-driven fast-casual concepts Natural ingredients/clean menus Environmental sustainability Locally sourced produce Locally sourced meat and seafood Food waste reduction Meal kits Simplicity/back to… Read More >

Jordano's Celebrates 102 Years!

What is today a multi-million dollar corporation with more than 595 employees began in 1915 with four brothers, a family loan, and a little grocery store in Santa Barbara, California. From the very start, its guiding principle… Read More >

Chuck’s of Hawaii Celebrates 50 Years in Santa Barbara

When I was in college 20 years ago, Chuck’s of Hawaii was the place to take both your dates and your parents. The dimly lit, low-ceilinged, torch-touting upper State Street steakhouse was simultaneously comforting with a… Read More >