Featured Blog Posts – January 2008 Archive (152)

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

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


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


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

Using Facebook with results within expectations...

We have had a facebook profile for several weeks now.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1010831635

We experimented with several uses:

Job Opporunities: Using the facebook marketplace, we posted our open positions and had a couple of decent candidates apply.

Facebook only promotions: If someone came in and said that they found us on Facebook, we would give them…

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Added by David Harris on January 28, 2008 at 11:38am — 10 Comments

The Danger of NOT Eating Tuna

Sora Song of Time Magazine this week fleshes out the complete story beyond the NYT investigative report into mercury levels in bluefin tuna sushi in New York City.

In recent years, the last word on the dangers of eating mercury-rich fish seemed to be the government's well-publicized 2004 advisory, which recommended against eating too much higher…

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Added by Matt Urdan on January 28, 2008 at 9:28am — No Comments

Trading Exercise for Alcohol?

Interesting article from A. Chris Gajilan

Medical News Senior Producer - edited January 14th.



We all know that exercise is good for your heart. In addition, most of you probably already know that drinking moderately is better than no drinking at all when it comes to your health, and more specifically your ticker. But did you know that exercise and drinking alcohol lower your coronary heart disease risk in similar ways?



Exercise and alcohol drinking… Continue

Added by Herve Pennequin on January 28, 2008 at 7:25am — 5 Comments

Social Network Fatigue

It might be time to break out that pillow—are you starting to suffer from “SNF”? Social networking is exploding beyond the confines of the massive walled gardens of MySpace and Facebook to embrace smaller vertical or “niche” networks that better cater to specific areas of interest. BusinessWeek talks about this new phenomenon in this article. At what…

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Added by Ted Cohn on January 28, 2008 at 6:09am — 10 Comments

Two Cups of Coffee

Moment of Euphoria, Moment of Happiness!… Euphoria - A State of Mind & Body!

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Added by Euphoria Smoothies on January 27, 2008 at 7:22pm — 2 Comments

The Three Challenges of the Entrepreneur

Moment of Euphoria, Moment of Happiness!
Euphoria - A State of Mind & Body!

The Three Challenges of the…

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Added by Euphoria Smoothies on January 27, 2008 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Genetically Modified Tomatoes are Healthier

After the recent discussion of cloned meat, I thought this article from medicinalfoodnews.com was fascinating.



It was considered a major breakthrough when the possibility of improving on nature by using molecular biology was first introduced. However, enthusiasm was replaced by anxiety and fear when it was suggested that food also could be improved using this new technology. The composition of any food is controlled by the genetic makeup of the plant, and so it was only a matter of…

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Added by Matt Urdan on January 27, 2008 at 3:10pm — 1 Comment

Gentlemen's Cabret's / Steakhouses

I have a friend of mine who is a manager at a premire gentlemen's cabret in Manhatten. It's called The Penthouse Executive Club. There is a five star steahouse inside on the top floor called, Robert's Steakhouse. Do you think these places are legitamite locations for a fine dining estalishment. Well I do, in fact the restaurant is absolutly fantastic. Some of the best kobe meat you'll ever have. It also has the largest liquor inventory in New York City. Great for us bartenders and those… Continue

Added by Robbie Crews on January 26, 2008 at 11:29am — No Comments

FINE DINING, FUNKY JAZZ & FRIENDS....

I invite you to the Wood Fire Italian Trattoria, in Dowagiac, MI for a fine dining experience! This independent restaurant comes closest to many Chicago's upscale restaurants and is only 1:45 minutes from downtown.



A little history on Wood Fire: It was going to be opened by Muhammad Ali's chef, who lived with him about 25 miles away. But, at the last minute, the chef decided to back out and go in another direction. Reconstruction of an 1875 hardware store had begun and the city of… Continue

Added by Bill Higgins on January 26, 2008 at 8:47am — No Comments

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