National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

National suicide prevention and awareness month is in September, but we should always be aware of the people around us who may need help.  We can all help prevent suicide.  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 

Call 1-800-273-8255

Healthy Options Meeting

We are excited to announce a Healthy Options Meetings to be held at the Thorp Public Library with Terre Retzlaff, certified Life Wellness coach.  This week’s noon meeting held Tuesday, April 19th; will raise the question “Are you healthy now?”  Future meetings will continue to discuss healthy eating, relaxation, and topics that are raised by you.  Have a health issue that you need answered, please send an email to Cheryl@ThorpFoods.com and Terre will respond to your questions. 

Thorp SuperValu cares about the health and well-being of our customers and we are excited to start this new chapter of customer service.   

10 Things to Ask Yourself About Catering

1.          Make the party as special as the person you are celebrating.  Think about what you are celebrating and why.  Will the guests be arriving hungry because they have been traveling, or thirsty because they have been sitting?  Is pleasant conversation and handshaking more important than the food?  Is there one thing that the guest of honor loves or dislikes?  Are guests "party hopping" because of Christmas or Graduations?  You will not need as much food because of these circumstances. 

 2.          2015 was the first year that people ate outside of the home more often than cooked meals at home.  Think about that.  What is the one food you miss eating?  Because we eat so many meals "out" a good "old fashioned" meal cooked "in" may be the hit of the party.  Is there an old recipe that your grandmother used to make?  Share it with me and I would love to make it for your next party.

3.           Meat prices fluctuate and affect the price of entrees.  Consider having two items, one lower priced to balance your budget.  Have one higher priced item off set by something budget friendly.

4.          Be honest with your caterer about all the food that is being purchased or served.  If "Aunt Betty" is making Betty Butter Beans you will not need as many secondary hot vegetables.  If Uncle Bob works at the cheese factory and is bringing 20 pounds of curds you don't need an 18 inch cheese platter.  A wise caterer is looking for your business forever, not abusing your budget once and never to be seen again.  I always say, "I want your business forever, not just once." 

5.          People are very food safety conscience.  The days of the turkey sitting on the counter from noon until midnight are long gone.  I always encourage customers to purchase 2 or 3 small veggie or cheese trays instead of one large one if the party is small and people will be "nibbling" more than two hours.  It is better to put out a fresh tray ever couple of hours as we are all conscious of food temperatures and contamination.   This is also a consideration before the party.  Put the soda in the cooler, not in your refrigerator; so that you have room to store extra party trays and leftovers.  Soda can remain warm and served over ice if necessary.  The price of an extra bag of ice is much cheaper than the cost of a food borne illness.   

6.          The most important reason to hire a caterer is so that you can enjoy the party.  What is the one thing that you enjoy doing?  Making drinks, desserts, planning activities, cleaning?  Think honestly and talk openly with your caterer about these things so that you can spend your time and money wisely. 

7.          Little touches are a big deal.   Do you have dishes that you would like your food served in.  Bring them to me for I would love to make your special salad or dessert in your bowl, or have a hot entrée ready in your crock pot.   My job is to make you look good. 

8.          Never underestimate the power of a garbage can or a dish pan for used plates and utensils.  Most guests want to help.  After the party has started, set out a new or nice looking trash bin and guests will be happy to recycle or toss their used disposable plates and cups.  A larger clear plastic tote filled partially with dish water can be set on a back counter for glassware, plates and silverware. 

9.          Do the math, seriously.... take a calculator to the party store and figure out the cost of special plates, silverware, etc.  It may not be worth the money.  The same applies to the life time supply of paper plates and forks from the Club stores.  Are you feeding 500 or 50, buy accordingly. 

10.          If your caterer doesn't ask these same questions, call me, I would love to be a part of your next special event.   

Fresher, Faster, Friendlier

Well here it is, our new website, a Fresher, Faster, Friendlier Experience.

There are two things that I wanted our new website to portray.  One, that we are a small local grocery store that cares deeply about its community and the people that work to keep it that way; and two, that we are constantly trying to improve this store and give the customers and community what they need and want.  We live in a fast-paced world, and our customers expect us to stay current with what is happening around us.

This new website has been designed by a former employee of our Mosinee store, he knows the marketing business and the grocery business.  We are proud of many of our former employees, but Steven was extra special.  As soon as I saw that he had a new business on Facebook, I asked him to contact me to get started on this, and I couldn't be more pleased.

So take a look, what do you think?  How can we keep it a fresher, faster, frindlier experience?

Welcome to Thorp Foods online!

We are so excited to announce the launch of the new online home of Thorp Foods! We've worked so hard over the last several months to make our store as inviting and useful to our customers as possible, and we think this new website will give you the same experience - online.

Let us know what you think about the new site by going to the contact page or come see us in the store!