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Savory Comfort Food: Reuben Pot Pie

Designer Creative - Thursday, December 08, 2016


The Reuben sandwich is served in delis across the nation for one reason: It's delicious. 


The air is growing cooler by the day, though, and a sandwich -- no matter how good -- just doesn't hit the spot when the brisk wind has torn at your clothes and the dark has settled in for the night by the time you get home. Instead, most crave a plate of something thick and warm that requires a fork to really enjoy. 


For a meal that brings the taste of the Reuben sandwich to the family table, our culinary team says you cannot go wrong with this recipe. 


Reuben Pot Pie

Servings: 4 pot pies

5 medium-sized red potatoes

2 ounces butter or bacon fat

2 ounces flour

2 cups heavy cream

1 pound corned beef, cut into 1/4 - inch cubes

5 ounces sauerkraut, liquid squeezed out

2 ounces Swiss cheese

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

4 pot pie ramekins or small ceramic bowls

4 puff pastry sheets or crescent roll dough


Cut potatoes into fourths, boil until tender and set aside. 


In a medium stockpot, melt the butter or bacon fat and add flour to make a roux (thickener). Add the heavy cream, bring to a boil and reduce to a low simmer. Stir constantly to prevent scorching the cream. If this happens, start over. 


Let cream simmer for about 10 minutes. Add corned beef, sauerkraut and cheese. Cook until cheese melts completely. At this point, the mixture should be about the consistency of a chicken pot pie. If it is too thick, add more cream. If it is too thin, you can either add more roux or more Swiss cheese until the desired thickness is reached. 


Gently mix in potatoes, salt and pepper. Turn off heat. 


Preheat oven to 350 F. Evenly distribute pie filling among 4 ramekins. Top each one with puff pastry or crescent roll dough. Place pot pies in oven for approximately 5 to 8 minutes or until pastry top is golden brown. 


Note: If desired, the same amount can be used to fill 1 large pre-made pie crust instead. 


In the mood for something a little lighter? Check out this new recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus with Orange Hollandaise here:




Wow Without Guilt: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Orange Hollandaise

Designer Creative - Saturday, December 03, 2016


Stickting to a diet during the holidays can feel impossible. Workdays are irregular, and plans to eat healthy are foiled by the smell of home-cooked rolls and hot apple pie. 

The solution? Pair your favorite temptations with food as healthy as it is tasty. 


Our culinary team has prepared the perfect recipe for keeping the holiday spirit, serving a delicious meal to friends and family and staying on track with most health goals. And the best part, you ask? It's even low in carbohydrates. 


Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Orange Hollandaise

Servings: 12 pieces

3 quarts water

12 asparagus, trim 1 inch off stalk ends

9 ounces clarified butter (see directions below)

3 egg yolks

1 ounce white wine

1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice

1 teaspoon cayenne or chipotle pepper powder

1 teaspoon Tabasco

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

12 bacon strips, raw


In a medium saucepot, bring 3 quarts of water to a rolling boil. Fill a large bowl with ice water; this is to cool the asparagus once removed from the boiling water. Boil asparagus for about 1 to 2 minutes or until it turns bright green. Place asparagus in ice bath to cool, then remove from ice bath and set aside.


To make clarified butter, place 1 pound of butter in a microwave-safe container and melt to liquid in the microwave. Carefully pour the clear liquid oil into another container, leaving the foamy butter solids behind. Set aside liquid oil for later use. 


To make hollandaise sauce, place egg yolks in a medium-sized steel mixing bowl. Add all ingredients except butter, bacon, salt and pepper. Bring a small pot of water to a medium simmer. Set the steel mixing bowl on top of the pot of water so the steam can heat the bowl. Whisk the egg mixture quickly, but not fast enough to make it foam up, and cook over the steam until it reaches the consistency of thick gravy. Remove from heat. 


While constantly mixing with one hand, slowly drizzle in the liquid butter. DO NOT add the butter too quickly or the sauce will break apart and you will have to start over. Once all 9 ounces of butter are mixed in, the sauce should be just a little thinner than mayonnaise. It it if too thick, add a few drops of cold water and mix until desired consistency is reached. Season with salt and pepper. 


To finish, preheat oven o 350 F. Cook bacon for 5 minutes you want it to be partially cooked but still flexible. Allow bacon to cool enough that it can be easily handled. Wrap bacon around the asparagus spears, then arrange bacon wrapped asparagus on a baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until bacon is crisp. 


Remove from oven and serve. Hollandaise can be drizzled over asparagus or served on the side as a dipping sauce. 


Give this recipe a try this holiday season and make sure to share your photos on your Facebook page


Why We're Thankful This Thanksgiving

Designer Creative - Friday, November 18, 2016

This holiday, we’re sharing moments of thankfulness from the Burch Food Services’ team. From our family to yours, happy Thanksgiving.



Steven H. Burch, President/CEO

For over four decades now, we’ve been proudly delivering food service solutions to the Midwest’s workforce. I’m incredibly thankful for the continued opportunity to fulfill that mission, and for the wonderful people we’ve met along the way.


Shannan Burton, Regional Manager

I’m so grateful for connections I’ve formed over the years with customers and team members alike. Working alongside such strong, driven individuals is an amazing experience, and seeing the end result of our efforts makes everything worthwhile.


Valada Harp, Human Resources Director

In my role, I have an opportunity to see firsthand the importance of teamwork and positive thinking. Working alongside goal-oriented people who give their best is an amazing experience that I am thankful for each day.


Steve Edmaiston, Compliance Manager

Seeing how far we’ve come as an industry and as a company is incredible to me. It motivates me to continue striving for the very best results, and I’m grateful for a career that allows me to do that.


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Three reasons employees should eat together

Designer Creative - Thursday, November 10, 2016



Food brings people together. It’s true with family. It’s true with friends. And it’s true with coworkers as well. But if your employees are leaving the building as soon as lunch begins, it may be costing your business in more ways than one – including decreasing efficiency and productivity.


Providing a friendly break room environment with convenient access to great food has been proven to boost bottom lines. Here’s how.



It builds relationships, and helps decrease turn over

When employees eat together, they’re likely to fill the time in between connecting over personal stories. This off-work communication creates camaraderie amongst your team, building meaningful relationships that help reduce employee turnover in the long run.



It improves communication and efficiency

Becoming more comfortable and connected off the line leads to more positive communication and better problem solving on the line.



It can increase productivity

Research shows that employees who stay onsite during lunch take shorter breaks and reach higher levels of productivity faster than those who leave the workplace for meals.


Interested in learning how you can better keep employees onsite during breaks? Ask us how here.


Our Employees are Vital for Our Success

Designer Creative - Tuesday, October 18, 2016


Every day, our employees work hard creating the food that keeps us and our clients going. It's because of valuable employees like you that Burch is well-respected amongst breakroom vendors.


Here are the top five qualities we love about our employees: 


5. Dependable

We know we can count on all of you to effectively showcase Burch. Time and time again we're impressed with the work all of you continue to expend and the quality of service we continue to see. 


4. Prized Integrity

Burch is glad we have such trustworthy employees that demand our food production reach the high standards for which we've come to be known. 


3. Versatile

Most of you have many tasks and show us many times the level of expertise you are able to quickly develop. We highly value your ability to quickly switch responsibilities and adapt as our production changes and grows. 


2. Positive Attitude

We understand that sometimes work can be overwhelming, but Burch employees never let is how. 


1. Great Representatives

Our community knows and respects Burch because of your engagement with the area. We continue to value your dedication to Burch's local identity. 


As always, we're thrilled to see how our employees will continue to represent us as Burch represents their work. 

Thank you for your continued support and outstanding service! 


Fall into Healthy Eating Habits

Designer Creative - Wednesday, October 12, 2016


As the weather cools off, robust and delicious foods come into the limelight. 


During the autumn months, a large array of fruits and veggies are ripe and ready for the taking. Some of our favorites not only taste great, they're good for you as well: 


Apples: The perfect fall crop. Apples are rich in vitamin B, a key component to energy production in the body. If you're feeling sluggish, combine sliced apples, celery, walnuts and peanut butter with a bed of lettuce to make a quick and easy Waldorf salad. 


Pumpkin: There's more to pumpkin than spice! Pumpkins are classified as a super food, and can pack a healthy punch in meals. Rich in fiber, loading up on pumpkin will make you feel full longer. Pair a homemade pumpkin soup with a jalapeño pimento sandwich from your breakroom Micro-Market for a healthy lunch. 


Broccoli: Everybody's favorite little trees. Broccoli has been a staple food in American for a long time and is a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin E. If you're craving some comfort, try Cream of Broccoli soup from the Culinary Center at Burch Food Services.


Carrots: Did you know that just a handful of baby carrots counts as one serving of vegetables? Try a side of carrots and zesty ranch for a delightfully crunchy snack. 


Looking for more food inspiration? Check out this month's Chef's Select featured foods from Burch Food Services at www.burchfood.com/fresh-food

Full of Service, Full of Solutions

Designer Creative - Thursday, October 06, 2016


When is a full-service dining center right for your workforce?


On-site dining centers provide a wide range of benefits to businesses of all types - from manufacturing to healthcare to higher education. These full-service solutions offer advantages beyond great food choices, including:


Increased Productivity

Employees take less time than eating off-site, hold meetings and exchange ideas during onsite meals. 

Recruitment & Retention Benefits

Quality food service is an amenity; studies have shown it can directly contribute to workforce job satisfaction. In addition, it offers employees a wide variety of food at a better value than outside competition. 


Improved Security & Safety

Provides a safer and more secure work environment than off-site dining options.


Enhanced Employee Camaraderie & Morale

Provides a place for the workforce to socialize, building a rapport and sense of team.


Multi-Functional Space

Dining facilities can serve as a communications center for organization-wide activities, showcasing new initiatives and programs, hosting celebrations and more. 


Health & Wellness

Allows organizations to promote healthy food choices and bolster internal wellness initiatives, which can lower healthcare costs and lost time from illness. 


Burch Food Service's Dining Centers offer a versatile suite of food service options, including: 

                 -Fresh, nutritious menu options

                 -Restaurant quality selections

                 -Health-conscious programs to support wellness initiatives


Schedule a free demo and learn more today!  


5 Health Benefits of an Easy-to-Find Yellow Berry

Designer Creative - Monday, September 26, 2016

You knew bananas were a fruit, but did you know they are botanically classified as a berry? (Strawberries and raspberries actually are NOT berries in the botanical world!) This isn't the only surprise these yellow berries have in store either. In addition to being an easy grab-and-go meal addition, bananas come with a host of health benefits. 


Fiber fiend: The fiber in bananas helps lower cholesterol, control blood sugar and regulate bowel movements. 


Antioxidant expert: In humans, Carotenoids, selenium, vitamin C and vitamin E help bananas protect against some cancers, normalize immune system operations and support the prevention of some diseases. 


Digestible carbs: Upset stomach? Bananas are easier on the digestive track then other similar-sized foods. 


Muscle therapy: Bananas are a great source of fuel for a workout to strenuous activity, and the potassium for which bananas are known can help relieve some muscle discomfort. 


Calorie friendly: Coming in at a little over 100 calories, bananas are weight-loss friendly while still being a satisfying and nutrition-dense treat. 


Snacking Tip:

Combine a banana with two tablespoons of peanut butter for a well-rounded snack of protein, fats and carbs. Use a whole-wheat tortilla for a flavorful wrap. 


Find bananas in your Burch Food Services Micro-Markets or contact Burch today to learn how we can customize your breakroom with healthy and nutritious snacks like bananas. 







Healthy Flavor

Designer Creative - Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Kick your next meal up a notch by adding a little spice to your diet - you'll enjoy more than just enhanced flavor. 


Spices like chili peppers, cayenne, turmeric and red pepper flakes pack a healthy punch of vitamins and antioxidants. In addition, spicy food has been shown to: 


Act as a natural pain reliever

The spicier your food, the more endorphins your body will release to combat the burn. Endorphins can ease pain in joints and muscles, making them great for pain relief all over your body. 


Boost weight loss

Spicy food may help burn calories and suppress your appetite, which can lead to weight loss. This effect varies by person, but if you're looking to lose weight, spices are usually low- to no-calorie but give food an extra kick of flavor.


Suppress allergies

Ever hear people sniffle after eating a hot wing? Spicy food can act as a decongestant, naturally loosening clogged nasal passages and making it easier for you to breathe. 


Wondering how to take advantage of these spicy benefits? 


Red pepper flakes go great with pizza and pasta, and turmeric, found in curry powder and some mustards, pairs well with chicken and rice. And for a fast and easy lunch fix, check out Burch Food Service's Spicy Chicken Breast sandwich, Homemade Chili or Jalapeño Charbroil with Cheese. 


Ask us how you can spice up your employee breakroom today with custom, spicy options. 



Pay your way

Designer Creative - Wednesday, September 14, 2016


Employees now have more convenient access than ever to great food in the workplace with expanded payment options. 


At Burch Food Services, we're committed to breaking the break room stereotype. We understand the role food service plays in the day-to-day success of a business - from employee satisfaction, to productivity to health and wellness. That's why we're proud to bring not only delicious, nutritious food options to your workforce, but also even easier ways to access it. 


Our Fresh to You vending program and Micro-Markets offer a variety of payment options, including: 


          -Mobile phone wallet pay

          -Debit/credit cards

          -Kiosk-based solutions

          -Traditional cash/coin


What does this mean for your business? Cashless payment options make onsite food service faster and more convenient, allowing your employees to enjoy delicious, healthy options without leaving the workplace. Burch Food Services innovation, powered by USA Technologies. 


Interested in new payment options for your break room? Contact us today