Have you heard the term Coopetition? If not, you'll hear it soon. It is causing quite a stir in the marketing circles.
So in case that you are not familiar with the term, let's start by defining coopetition. If we look at Wikipedia, we find the following definition:
"Coopetition or Co-opetition is a neologism coined to describe cooperative competition. Co-opetition occurs when companies work together for parts of their business where they do not believe they have… Continue
Added by Jose L Riesco on January 31, 2009 at 11:03am —
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
Added by Jeff Elsworth on January 30, 2009 at 12:24pm —
If President Obama is contemplating what to do with accommodations at Guantanamo Bay after the suspected terrorists exit, I move it be used as a motivational retreat for FDA officials. A waterboarding re-enactment, a little sleep deprivation, maybe a luau or karaoke—then a come-to-Glory debriefing about what the hell happened with the peanut butter situation.
Unless you’ve been blindfolded beyond radio range in a sealed cave near the earth’s core, you’re probably aware our designated… Continue
Added by Peter Romeo on January 30, 2009 at 6:00am —
Churros are a popular Spanish dessert that has become popular around the world. This snack derives its name from its shape, which resembles the horns of the Churro breed of sheep reared in the Spanish highlands of Castilla.
One can often find churro stands in Spain, where these delicious snacks are prepared on customer’s requests. Some tiny shops are called churrerias. Alternately, churrerias can be portable trucks or wagons that are used for local festivals or events.… Continue
Added by Wine and Food tube on January 29, 2009 at 5:04pm —
Hi everyone! I'm new to FohBoh and am currently out of work. My background and experience opens up to me many different avenues and facets of today's restaurant industry. But I've come to a crossroads where my heart and my needs are at opposite spectrums.
I live in NJ and it seems as though the profession of Chef is diminishing. I met with a Chef of a national theme restaurant last week, she doesn't cook at all anymore. I didn't get into details of why she left the white tablecloth scene… Continue
Added by Brandon Wilborn on January 29, 2009 at 1:50pm —
Randy Caparoso is an award winning wine professional and journalist, living in Denver, Colorado. For a free subscription to Randy's Organic Wine Match of the Day, visit the… Continue
Added by Randy Caparoso on January 29, 2009 at 10:27am —
First off, I'm not saying that culinary school is a waste of time. Education is never a waste. I don't regret my education, I enjoyed learning, even it wasn't for the Culinary field.
I can understand an employer seeking a culinary grad if they've been burned too many times by some Mel's Diner chef. But if you have a substantial amount of progressive experience with reputable institutions, then why push the "you're not a culinary grad, do you even know how to cook?"… Continue
Added by Brandon Wilborn on January 29, 2009 at 10:09am —
Recently, my former boss and friend (who was also termed at the same time as myself,) had an audition for a prospective employer who is looking to replace his current Chef and Sous Chef. The place seems good for someone who wants to keep creating and be inspired by the trends, rather than a "Chef Manager" who is just following the orders of his masters, more or less.
I was invited along to his audition either to have an interview with the CEO and his GM, to aid my friend in his… Continue
Added by Brandon Wilborn on January 29, 2009 at 8:52am —
Have you instilled such a rigid procedure for interacting with guests that your staff doesn’t think for themselves?
I went to a new hair cut place that opened today by my home. There was a small wait since they just opened and when the person asked for my name, she asked, “Have you ever been here before?” How could have I been here before if today was their opening day? Why do we push our staff to follow such a rigid outline when interacting with our guests? Why not give them the… Continue
Added by Robert Dominguez on January 29, 2009 at 8:31am —
This is a GREAT article about a restaurant in Houston called The Coffee Groundz that is capitalizing on the power of Social Media. Are you using Social Media? If so, how?
How one local coffee shop used Twitter to double their clientele.
Added by Robert Dominguez on January 29, 2009 at 8:19am —
Added by Robert Dominguez on January 29, 2009 at 8:15am —
So you have a nice restaurant with good food and service, and yet the dining room is not always full. You spend quite a lot of money in marketing and wonder why it’s not working for you.
Well let me tell you, there are many other restaurants with good food, good service and a nice ambience, so your place might not be as special in the eyes of your customers as you want it to be.
Put yourself in the shoes of your customers. Why should they come to your restaurant rather… Continue
Added by Jose L Riesco on January 29, 2009 at 8:09am —
Thank you New York City, you banned smoking from all the restaurants and bars that I visit. It's so hard to believe that the patrons and employees don't care that smoking is bad for you. But you care. Also thank you for making the Dunkin' Donuts down the street post the calorie counts for the donuts. I used to think that donuts were okay to eat now and then, but thanks to the sign, I now see that there are just too many calories for me. Finally, thank you for… Continue
Added by Jeff Schacher on January 29, 2009 at 7:52am —
From The Register
The environment secretary Hilary Benn today announced
an extra £4.3m "to safeguard and undertake more research into the health of bees".
The Department for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (Defra) explains: "Over the last two years Britain's bee colonies have suffered significant losses due… Continue
Added by Mark McKellier on January 29, 2009 at 5:40am —
What do you do if you have a boss that isn’t engaging your strengths, recognizing your true value, giving you the direction you need to move forward, or in general being the true leader that you would be if you were doing his job? Yeah, ok. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone got caught in the trap of not taking responsibility for their own career advancement. Waiting for your boss to figure it out and create an environment conducive to your… Continue
Added by Andy Swingley on January 28, 2009 at 4:33pm —
Just wanted to take the time to give a shout-out to all the fantastic members of the restaurant industry who braved the frigid conditions to go into work today.
Outside my window, a blanket of snow 12 inches deep covers the ground. All area schools are closed today, as well as many doctor’s offices and day care centers. People don’t expect their kids to have school today, and many have opted to work from home rather than endure the freezing temperatures, slick roads and mounds of… Continue
Added by Dani on January 28, 2009 at 12:10pm —
I've never been fired from a job before. Since I was 15 I haven't had more than two consecutive weeks off. Now I've been out of work for 7 weeks, and it's driving me crazy.
How much can you do in a trying economy, where your experience and marketability is high, but no one is looking....?
At least, no one that can exceed your expectations, and those that do are hesitant to take you on because you got fired from your last place...no matter that people are terminated all the time. It… Continue
Added by Brandon Wilborn on January 28, 2009 at 11:28am —
Yes, you’re losing business. You’re losing customers. I have members who have lost anywhere from 10-50 percent of their sales in the last few months.
A large portion of this loss is the economy.
But let me pose that some of it could be because of your training (or lack of) and service (poor).
It reminds me of a study I read a while back that catalogued the top six reasons why customers don’t come back. The study was called “The Spirit of Service” done by the… Continue
Added by David Scott Peters on January 28, 2009 at 2:00am —
I had not logged on here for a long time and remember when it was just a new site.....well you have done well. I am just getting back into the working world again and since I am a foodie I wanted to try to make some connections here at FOHBOH.
I will be relocating to Cincinnati, Ohio in a few weeks. I would love to find a small Mom & Pop restaurant that would enjoy my down home cooking and my restaurant attributes. I'm not looking for big pay just an honest weeks pay and in… Continue
Added by Chef Rox on January 27, 2009 at 7:45am —
This is a follow up to my last post about the top 5 things that restaurants should be doing online
. There are several good reasons for using online applications or software as a service (SaaS) as it's sometimes called.
- Save Money - First, you'll have lower IT costs since you no longer need to employ people to worry about servers and software. Second, there are economies of scale at work.…
Added by Jeff Schacher on January 27, 2009 at 7:45am —