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Restaurant "Dirty Jobs" Training Online? This is so cool.

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Walker Feb 1, 2013. 5 Replies

You wouldn't believe how many restaurants are producing their own in-house training video!  Simple cameras, simple editing, and upload.  Blam!  Front, Back, and in this case.. the not so glamorous of…Continue

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Trout for Dinner

Started this discussion. Last reply by Travis Martin Aug 29, 2011. 3 Replies

You have a propane stove, 12" skillet, and 3 freshly caught trout.   If you could have any 5 ingredients to prepare the trout, what would they be?…Continue


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Restaurant Industry Update - March 2014

The National Restaurant Association's Hudson Riehle provides an update on the latest Restaurant Performance Index and other economic indicators. Visit http:/...
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At The Whiteboard With John Cunin: No Time For Training?

"With so many things going on, we just don't have time to train the way we would like to." Have you heard this before? We hear it more than you might think. ...
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How to Run a Pre-Shift Meeting in Your Restaurant: by John Cunin

If you manage a restaurant, you don't want to miss this video. John Cunin, one of the world's leading restaurant training experts, breaks down the practice o...
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Kevin Brown commented on James's blog post Staff Training in 2013. What to Look For
"What you are talking about is communication. Speaker to audience. I have not seen any problem with trainers or workers ever lacking product or procedural information being presented or conveyed. More often however, great training begins with…"
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Paul Paz replied to James's discussion Restaurant "Dirty Jobs" Training Online? This is so cool.
"Been producing short in-house videos for an assortment of repetitive tasks commonly shared by staff. Easy to do and brings consistency to product presentation and service. It also allows for training supplement for home study with new hires. Also…"
Jan 2, 2013

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"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
Senior Vice President of Sales, with 12 years experience as a training specialist, as well as designer and producer of media content. In my previous work, I implemented a number of programs which have been used in industries from manufacturing to hospitality. I worked to help large companies streamline their classroom-based training efforts by helping them transition from paper to data.

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I Don't Have Time to Train My Staff

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"You see James," Bill said with a nervous energy in his voice, "we have so many big projects going on right now, and Spring Break is just around the corner. I've got new people coming in the door, it's going into our busy season, and we're developing a new menu. It's been downright crazy, and well, we…


Restaurants: The No Cold Call Zone

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 7:15pm 1 Comment

To suggest that restaurants are busy is like saying college football is loud. Whether they're serving delicious food at breakneck speed or struggling with random and unexpected dilemmas, restaurants shed new light to the term-busy. The phone rings in the background, with potential customers inquiring about the hours, or calling to reserve tables. In the perfect world, this…


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Is anyone from Waitrainer attending the 2012 ORLA Convention?


At 5:22pm on November 22, 2010, Marcus Guiliano said…
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Congratulations on joining FohBoh! This is a wonderful online restaurant community with lots of great postings. Enjoy the site and keep active with pictures, comments and postings.

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TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

TED: Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - Norman Spack (2013)

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

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The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

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