Monthly Archive for: ‘February, 2014’

National Chili Day is February 26th

chili with peppersAs part of our series on food holidays, we’d like to give you some tips on how to celebrate National Chili Day. Chili, or “chili con carne”, is a classic Southwest American dish combing meat, beans, chili peppers and other ingredients. Chili also just so happens to be a favorite dish of Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers’ own Dave Nelson. Below is Dave’s “New Year’s Day Chili” recipe. Hope you all enjoy!

Dave’s New Year’s Day Chili

Serves 10-12


–          2 lbs of London Broil Beef

–          1 Large Can of Chili Beans

–          1 Large Can of Whole Mexican Tomatoes

–          1 Medium Size Can of Tomato Sauce

–          Shelby’s Chili Mix

–          Cayenne Pepper

–          Small Packet of Masa Flour

–          1 Brown Onion

–          1 Green Pepper

–          8 ounces of beer


  1. Cube and brown the London broil in a skillet. Add pepper to taste.
  2. In a large pot add the following ingredients:
    1. 1 cup of water
    2. Chili mix
    3. A pinch of cayenne pepper
    4. Chili beans
    5. Tomatoes
    6. Tomato sauce
    7. Brown onion and green pepper (both chopped)
    8. Beer
    9. Cook on stove on low for 1 ½ hours. Add Masa flour to thicken chili and continue cooking for an additional half hour.  Serve with cornbread/grated cheese/tortilla chips.

 For more information about TMIB you may wish to visit


3 Ways To Help Reduce Staff Turnover At Your Restaurant

employee training websiteAccording to the US Department of Labor, the accommodation and food services industry has the highest rate of staff turnover of any industry in the US. Whether it is someone going back to school after a summer job bussing tables or an employee moving on to a higher paying job, you will likely have many employees cycling through your restaurant. However, there are ways to reduce the turnover. Having consistent employees will improve your restaurant’s safety, efficiency and brand recognition. Below, Tegner-Miller Insurance Brokers has listed 3 ways you can help reduce your staff turnover. 

  1. Offer raises/provide competitive wages: According to the US Department of Labor, approximately 1/3 of all employees who voluntarily leave a position do so for a better-paying job. Always make sure that you are offering competitive wages to your employees, based on industry standards. If an employee has been working for your restaurant for a while and has distinguished himself or herself, consider offering them a raise.
  2. Foster communication: Another common problem in restaurants is lack of communication between management and staff. This communication breakdown can lead to a lack of trust and understanding between you and your staff. You can improve communication in several ways. First, you can try to interact with each of your employees on a daily basis. Even a simple “hello” can make your employees feel more comfortable. Also, you can schedule regular staff meetings not only to improve communication but also improve the operations of your establishment.
  3. Properly train employees: It is important to train all employees from day one. Well-trained employees will feel more comfortable at your restaurant and be less likely to leave.

 Please call your knowledgeable broker at TMIB if you have any questions or we can be of assistance.  We can be reached at 310-828-9662.  You may also want to visit our main agency website at for additional information and insurance options.