Jeff Elsworth
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Jeff Elsworth - Hospitality Business Entrepreneurship

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Associate Professor of Hospitality Business Entrepreneurship
The School of Hospitality Business, Michigan State University
Discovering new wines, Consulting, Networking, Gaining Knowledge
Personal Quote
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy
Jeffery Elsworth, Ph.D. is the associate professor of Hospitality Business Entrepreneurship in The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. He comes by his interest in foodservice operations honestly as he was a manager, general manager and franchise trainer of managers for 20 years before turning to academics. Jeff’s experience in the restaurant industry gives him a unique perspective, which he uses in the classroom to teach his students the essential skills needed for success in the foodservice and hospitality industry.
Dr. Elsworth is the leader of the Hospitality Business Entrepreneurship specialization program in The School of Hospitality Business. He presently teaches Introduction to Hospitality Business Entrepreneurship, Advanced Hospitality Business Entrepreneurship and the Food and Beverage Management course in The School of Hospitality Business.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Science, Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.
Years in the Industry

Jeff Elsworth's Blog

Think Like an Owner: Identifying the Characteristics that are Important for Ownership-like Thought in the Hospitality Industry

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 12:24pm 3 Comments

Think Like An Owner FIU Review.pdf

(To read the article select the web link above)

Three members of the faculty of The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University have had research published in the FIU Hospitality Review, Volume 26, Number Two, Fall 2008… Continue

A new semester for The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University

Posted on August 26, 2008 at 7:47am 5 Comments

It's the start of a new semester and everyone is excited about new classes, new friends and new activities.

If you're in one of the classes in The School of Hospitality Business you might notice more friends in your classes. We've grown to over 950 students this year and I think we're still getting students transferring into our program.

The hospitality industry is still one of the strongest, most economically stable industries in the US. We are one of the few industries… Continue

Beverage Inventory Turnover Rate

Posted on March 7, 2008 at 8:10am 0 Comments

I have a question for eveyone. A colleague and I have been doing some research in the area of inventory turnover rates for restaurants and clubs. We have not been able to uncover any numbers for a good average beverage turnover rate. Our research has come up with a number between 2.4 and 4.8 (annually) for some clubs we surveyed. That number sounds low to us and likely is due to higher than normal wine inventories. My question is does anyone have a figure, set of figures or a rule of thumb for… Continue

FohBoh, The School of Hospitality Business and Hospitality Business Entrepreneurship

Posted on March 2, 2008 at 6:33pm 12 Comments

Well if you are reading this you have either joined FohBoh or are at least curious enough to check it out. I believe that FohBoh can become a very valuable asset for networking and communicating with people interested in the restaurant and hospitality industry.

I have created a group for The School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University. I would encourage any student of The School, alumni, students interested in learning more about hospitality business as… Continue

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At 9:46am on June 19, 2010, Sybil Presley said…
Hi from Sybil-Lifetime waitress!
Please be my friend and visit my group Be Kind To Food Servers.
I created the Be Kind To Food Servers Month.
At 8:15pm on March 13, 2009, Rick Greene said…

Hello Jeff,
I would like to personally invite you to my!! Its a place where you can advertise your business, promote your special events & invite your customers there to blog about food related events. You customers will also be able to exchange recipes, join groups and interact with other food customers from around the world!! It's a different concept, but I think that's the draw. I am very excited about the future of this site. My company (Goins Enterprises) is currently launching a national campaign to promote this website. We feel that as we are promoting nationally, our members should promote to their own customers. I think that this site will give "Ellen Giminski" of Denver, the opportunity to experience your establishment & browse your menu and pictures. This will entice Mrs. Giminski to visit your establishment during her next trip.

We have also designated a place on the Home Page where we will doing "Close Ups" on Restaurants, Chefs & Special Events. Please stop by and take a look. I would love to create a page on our site representing your establishment. All I would need is an email address and a current web address (for pictures and Content). Please contact me with any comments or constructive criticisms.

Thanks for your time and I look forward to hearing from you

Rick Greene
240.691.2068 Link Email
At 12:39pm on May 1, 2008, Stephanie Lamerato said…
Thank you Dr. Elsworth! This will be a good way to keep in touch while I'm out of town this summer.
At 1:19am on March 6, 2008, Roy MacNaughton said…
Thanks, Jeff:

I will wait to hear from you then.
Happy Spring Break!

At 5:53pm on March 3, 2008, Roy MacNaughton said…
Hey Jeff: I believe Don smith is in College Station; but I have lost contact info for he and Jackie.

Would you happen to know how I might contact him? I want to catch up and share some neat stuff with him.


At 12:20am on March 3, 2008, Roy MacNaughton said…
Hey welcome aboard FohBoh Jeff.

I go back to the days when Don Smith was in charge of the
program at MSU. Always enjoyed my trips to East Lansing!


p.s. I am working on a couple of very intearesting projects; please drop me a line when/if you can.
At 4:58pm on March 2, 2008, Jim Rees said…
Hey Jeff - you got it right. Someone sent me this web site the other day and as an independent restaurant owner I thought it looked interesting. Looks like you are doing well and out of the day to day - good move! I own a restaurant with a couple of partners in Las Vegas called Hash House a Go Go ( - really cool concept that I got out of San Diego and we own the concept for the country except for Southern CA. We'll se if we can run with it - it's never easy but it's still fun. Once I get a little time maybe I'll spend a little more time on this web site - it could be interesting. Here's my email and contact information - let's stay in touch:

Jim Rees
Cell - 619-246-8011

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