January 2008 Blog Posts (196)

Tipper Rankings.

I know most of us in the industry know how to tip or even tip too much but here is a list of the WORST and BEST Tippers from Bartender Magazine. Agree or disagree? Share your thoughts because of course, there is always exceptions.

The best tippers:

  • Restaurant People
  • Regular Customers
  • Small Business Owners
  • Hairdressers
  • Liquor Salesmen
  • Limo Drivers
  • Salesmen

The…

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Added by Thomas Shackelford on January 31, 2008 at 11:33pm — 5 Comments

Stupid Snow

Thursday nights are normally bad already since i am first cut,but on top of that God has to mix snow into the mix. Oh well you have one good day follow by a bad day. You just get used to it. Well hope tonight got better for everyone else that had to stay longer. I can't wait till summer time and itis always busy and we won't have to worry about trying to make fifty bucks during the week. Well im done venting for now God Bless you all you know we need it sometime.....in this industry

Added by Becky on January 31, 2008 at 8:16pm — No Comments

The ultimate espresso machine?




The Victoria Arduino Venus Century Espresso Machine costs $20,000.

Only 100 of these machines were produced. The first Machine was presented to the Pope for his personal use.

Added by Mark McKellier on January 31, 2008 at 3:13pm — 1 Comment

UK diners care more about locally sourced than organic food

From CatererSearch, UK by Kerstin Kühn





Consumers are more concerned about reducing their carbon footprint and place more value on locally-sourced produce than organic food, a

new survey has found.



The poll, which was commissioned by shopping mall Westfield London, found that nearly two-thirds of diners… Continue

Added by Mark McKellier on January 31, 2008 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Hospitality operators are ignoring sustainability issues

From CatererSearch, UK by Jo Chapman



High-street hospitality operators are “way off the pace” compared to food retailers on promoting ethics and sustainability, experts have

warned.







Pointing to the success of the Whole Foods Market store in London’s Kensington,… Continue

Added by Mark McKellier on January 31, 2008 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Chilling News: Energy Drinks Banned in Kentucky

This just in from BevNET.com. So what are the implications of this for our industry? If non-alcoholic drinks can be banned for the safety of our children, what's next? The Big Mac? Coffee?

From BevNET.com: "Kentucky youths may have to turn to another source for their morning caffeine jolt if the state's legislature passes a bill introduced Friday that would ban energy drink sales to minors. Beverage and convenience store industry professionals say the proposed bill unfairly targets…

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Added by Matt Urdan on January 31, 2008 at 2:36pm — 4 Comments

Advertise your restaurant *within* Google Maps!

For about the last week or so, we have been experimenting with using Google Adwords embedded inside Google Maps. The typical CPC (cost per click) Google Adwords campaign is extremely expensive to run. Try to be one of the top sponsored results for "pizza" or "…

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Added by David Harris on January 31, 2008 at 2:10pm — 3 Comments


Non-Operator
Unique selling points - vol. 2

See "Unique selling points - vol. 1"

I hear all the time from owners and operators that companies like Applebee’s are successful because of their big advertising budgets. I say “bull”. Applebee’s, for example, is successful because of it’s branding. It’s the effectiveness of their marketing that gives them their competitive advantage, not the number of…

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Added by Brandon O'Dell on January 31, 2008 at 7:59am — 6 Comments

Cool!

I just noticed that FohBoh is kind of like a Myspace and a Facebook page. Which of course I have both. Actually I have three myspace accounts and I have 2 facebook accounts. Gosh. I have no life come to think about it.



Well I just had to get that off my chest. Plus I love blogs! I have a personal one and a work related one but haven't updated that one in like forever! I need to do that come to think about it. I guess I better get back to work. Take care…
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Added by Charlotte Greene on January 30, 2008 at 10:07am — 1 Comment

Google's Local Search Rocks!

Of course, that depends on who you ask. As a hungry consumer, I applaud Google’s recent decision to include more local business results. Check out this search for restaurants in my town:…

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Added by Restaurant Guru on January 30, 2008 at 9:56am — No Comments

Entrepreneur Magazines Women in charge conference in Miam Fl

The conference was very exciting there were a lot of women business owners there who were networking like crazy!! I was amazed by the turn out there was one woman there that came all the way from Hawaii(sp) I did a lot of networking myself and they provided a lot of tools for building your business with class sessions and books written from the experts themselves. MSNBC and American express were there with their cameras rolling asking women questions about their business and how they got… Continue

Added by Jennifer on January 30, 2008 at 7:35am — No Comments

Networking 101



It occurred to me tonight after I attended a local industry, social (I assumed networking) type event that people need to improve their networking skills. I belong to numerous networking associations and try to learn as much as I can about everyone I come into contact with. That's what I'm there for...right? I mean I can huddle with my friends (and I have many) and we could gossip about this and that, but truly my time is valuable...this is my opportunity to expand my horizons. I love… Continue

Added by Jeni Michelson on January 29, 2008 at 11:12pm — 4 Comments

FOH BOH Members: I need your help!

I am looking for a source that will print mint chocalate discs- looks like an m&m but not- the common name is lentils.
I need 5,000 lbs of them in red and blue with a white imprint.
Can someone in Foh Boh help me find a source?
All leads are greatly appreciated!
Cheers!

Added by Matt Urdan on January 29, 2008 at 2:41pm — 5 Comments

Help is on the way....

Finding the best job out there isn't easy when you're on your own. Let our 10 years+ of restaurant and hospitality experience and our over 500+ restaurant and hotel clients be your guide to the career you've always wanted. Delete Comment

Added by Joseph Hoyt on January 29, 2008 at 1:58pm — No Comments

HOW NOT TO DO TRADE SHOWS

Last week I visited a large mining and oil & gas trade show. This was probably one of the biggest showings of mining, oil and gas, new energy, commodities and fuel sources. It’s the kind of show where you, as a potential investor, get to walk around and talk to and meet up to 400+ different companies, wanting you to buy their stocks. I’m sharing this experience since, luckily, it was NOT a hospitality…

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Added by Roy MacNaughton on January 29, 2008 at 1:47pm — No Comments


Non-Operator
Square Meal for the Square Mile

Introducing London's most expensive set menu:

At £1000-a-head, a seven-course culinary extravaganza - a snip for bonus-engorged bankers in the City of London - the Square Mile.

The menu was designed by Farringdon Street wine bar Vivat Bacchus after customers asked for a special tasting menu to celebrate the bonus season. Co-owner Neleen Strauss said: "Some of our regular customers

are always up for fun. I asked them how much their bonus was and how

much they were…

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Added by Alan 'Brand' Williamson on January 29, 2008 at 12:24pm — No Comments

One Sure Way to Lose My Business

And One Surprising Way to Triple My Morning Order!



I don’t like a lot of acknowledgment when I go out to eat. Maybe it’s the Yankee in me. Keep your distance, please. Some people want to go where everybody knows your name. Not me. A smile and a bit of friendly talk is more than enough. I get uncomfortable when it’s more than that—it’s like I’m being watched. It happens occasionally when I’m out shopping, too, but not nearly as often as at…

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Added by KellyE on January 29, 2008 at 11:28am — 4 Comments

Career Advancement





Restaurant Management Recruiters, LLC (RMR) is a specialized career recruitment agency that was created specifically to advance the careers of

qualified, restaurant industry professionals. It’s the only thing we

do, and we do it well.…

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Added by ed marentette on January 29, 2008 at 10:59am — No Comments

Champagnes - taste at the TOUR DE CHAMPAGNE

I was fortunate to be invited to the last Tour de Champagne in Atlanta. It was at the Ritz Carlton Downtown. The whole room was enlighted with so many Champagne houses that were pouring their best cuvees. For a minimal fee to enter the 3 hour event, you could enjoy POMMERY, KRUG, RUINART, VRANKEN, HEIDSIECK MONOPOLE (the "Blue Top" was the only Champagne featured in the Wine Spectator top 100 wines) as well as many other main brands but also small producers like HEMART, GOERG...

It…

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Added by Herve Pennequin on January 28, 2008 at 7:22pm — No Comments

I know where you are right now because I’ve been there. I‘ve been in the restaurant business for over 25 years with hands on restaurant management experience. I’ve worked for chain and independent co…

I know where you are right now because I’ve been there.

I‘ve been in the restaurant business for over 25…

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Added by Marty Tarabar on January 28, 2008 at 2:25pm — No Comments

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