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Restaurant Consultants

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Moeller Mar 31, 2012. 1 Reply

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Martinez Jul 22, 2009. 5 Replies


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Mark Moeller replied to Alyson Mar, RD's discussion Restaurant Consultants
"Hi Alyson:   I just saw your post and not sure if you are still looking for restaurant consultants. I am based in CT but have done work across the US. I'd be happy to speak about youir needs. My website is and my…"
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Alyson Mar, RD commented on Eric Rodriguez's blog post Why do Daily Deal Customers Leave Harsher Yelp Reviews?
"Thank you for bringing light to this subject Eric.   Deal sites are getting better about protecting both the restaurants and their wait staff by adding conditions like required reservations for redemption and the automatic…"
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I am looking for people to refer to for two projects: one for an operations consultant in the Bay Area, and a culinary consultant in the DC area.  If anyone knows of anyone who does good work please contact me.  See More
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Jammie Mountz commented on Alyson Mar, RD's blog post Cutting Calories in Artisan Sandwiches
"I have a love-hate relationship with restaurants that have the calorie content right up there next to the menu item (think Panera and some KFC's that I've seen).  The worst is McDonalds... They let you order blind, then have stats on…"
Dec 19, 2011

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Cutting Calories in Artisan Sandwiches

Posted on December 14, 2011 at 1:36pm 1 Comment

Fresh baked bread, imported meats, house-made spreads...what’s not to love about an artisan sandwich?  Well, the calorie count may be an issue to some people.  With New Years and Resolutions just around the corner it’s not a bad idea to start thinking about ways to cut calories for those diners on a weight loss mission.  Sandwiches provide an easy platform to make simple changes that will lower their fat and calorie contents.  Here are some ideas to help get started:




Happy Holiday Season!

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 7:18am 5 Comments

Today marks the start of December, and the countdown to Christmas.  To get us into the holiday spirit I have compiled a list of some of our favorite holiday treats and of course their calorie counts. 



Eggnog, a sweetened dairy-based holiday drink made with cream, eggs,…


Different Diners, Different Dietary Needs

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 7:07am 1 Comment

No two diners are the same, but like any groups, different styles of diners may have similar nutrition needs during dining.  Here are some of the groups and trends that I have observed: 


The Business Lunch Crowd: 


  • Who they are:  If you operate in a metro area you know them well.  Smartly dressed, they either come in to grab a quick desk meal, or come in and sit down for a business lunch/meeting.  Whether in a group or on their own, one thing is…

Nutrition on Hotel Menus

Posted on November 2, 2011 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

A few years ago the National Restaurant Association reported that48% of the average American household food budget is spent dining out.  That’s pretty high for an average, but some of us eat out far more than the average person, in particular those of us on the road.  Those of you who I see around the restaurant trade show circuit know what I am talking about; eating three meals a day (at least, sometimes there are happy hours and parties) either in…


Evaluating America’s Top 10 Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

I recently stumbled upon this article from Health magazine: America’s Top 10 Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants.  As a secret lover of fast food (a treat that I only enjoy on road trips) I was intrigued. Surprisingly, there were more restaurants listed that I haven’t I have never even heard of, much less visited.


Time to investigate.




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At 4:35pm on July 22, 2010, Clovia said…
Hello Alyson, thank you for the nice comment on my graphic design work for restaurants. It was a long overdue thank you, I didn't see it. I am continuing to create more restaurant graphics. But I'd also like to commend you on your blog postings that I get. They are informative, thanks. Keep it up. Best, Clovia
At 7:35am on June 18, 2010, Sybil Presley said…
Hi from Sybil1
I enjoyed your blog!
Please be my friend! I am a coffee drinker and I found a healthy coffee and tea
made with ganoderma mushrooms. Hot chocolate and capsules are avaiable
I also drink Jus-23 superfoods in one juice,

I am thankful for health food stores and organic foods!
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At 7:57pm on November 20, 2009, Tony Lyons said…
thanks for the invite to foodcalc
At 4:44pm on October 22, 2009, donald Anderson said…
Alyson, it looks like your group is doing or has done some research related to calories/nutrition/restaurants./obesity.. Interesting. I am currently working on one as well. I've assembled some other research from the milken institute with my own to try and hypothesis on why obeseity has increased, what are the causes of this effect, and what are possible angles to offset those trends. I'll assemble some of the data for you and if you check it out. If you have any good stuff on that focus that please share as well. If you also let me know what areas your working on now, I will keep you posted on anything I run into as well. Nice checking out your message board.
At 11:11am on October 15, 2009, Richard Pitman said…
Hey Allison, its Richard your next door neighbor from the Western Show. Yes we have sign up for Raves & Faves program on The Food Channel site. Hope you are well and need to talk about the Food Calc with some of the Noble clients. Add me to your contacts.
At 8:55am on October 9, 2009, Mindi Cabe said…
Hi Alyson, the 60% - 85% range is a fairly conservative combination of a few data sets as I felt it was more accurate to provide a range rather than a definitive number. The first source is the AIS Media’s 2007 National Restaurant Consumer Internet Usage Survey, which showed that 89% of people did some form of research online prior to eating out and 57% viewed the restaurant's website prior to dining there. The other source is a tool that Google offers, Google Insights, which displays how many searches have been done for a particular term, relative to the total number of searches done on Google over time. In 2009, restaurants searches range from 82 - 94. Thanks for your comment!
At 7:55pm on October 6, 2009,
Carl Carbone
Thanks for the connection. I'm a consultant as well, but more in the operations and labor management end of the industry.

Look forward to learning more about you and FoodCalc.

Carl Carbone
At 3:12pm on September 28, 2009, Libby Tucker-beer2buds/promobomb said…
Hi Alyson,
Thanks for connecting! We learned about FoodCalc at the ORA Convention last week.
Looking forward to seeing and hearing more!
At 11:29am on September 24, 2009,
Jennifer Hayden - FoodserviceDashboard
Alyson - Not sure why I never saw your comment from some time ago, but I apologize, nonetheless. If you have any suggestions for content, know of any blogs we should link to or reports we should offer, just let me know and I'll do my best to get it on the site!

Again, my apologies for not replying sooner!




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