January 2009 Blog Posts (115)


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Congratulations America



"There's a new Sheriff in town". A new era starts today in a country that needs change and fresh leadership. Congratulations America.



This is the age of collaboration in a hyperconnected, hyperinteractive culture. New rules apply to how we all… Continue

Added by FohBoh on January 20, 2009 at 8:13am — 2 Comments

2009 BE the CHANGE you wish to see.

It was the week before the election. I left Lexington, KY and made my way to Dayton, OH. The gang was late. I waited anxiously, texting to confirm ETA's and yelling for Nicole to hurry up. Slowly but surely the crew arrived and, finally, Nicole strolled out looking like "Obama Girl"…



Including bright blue heels.



I asked, "You sure you want to wear those shoes??!! Then, I decided to drop it. We were late and I figured what the hell, maybe it will work to our… Continue

Added by Amanda Hite on January 20, 2009 at 6:45am — 1 Comment

Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop Gets Reviewed by Barack Obama

Here’s the restaurant Barack reviewed: Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop in Chicago’s Hyde Park… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 19, 2009 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

Too much coffee can lead to hallucinations

According to a study by researchers at Durham University people with a higher caffeine intake, from coffee, tea and caffeinated energy drinks, are more likely to experience hallucinatory experiences such as hearing voices and seeing things that are not there.



This is a great excuse for ignoring your GM or District Manager: "What? You did? I'm sorry, I must have had too much coffee and thought I was hallucinating and hearing voices.… Continue

Added by Matt Urdan on January 19, 2009 at 11:31am — 3 Comments

10,000 members and getting stronger



So cool, the FohBoh community has over 10,000 members now. Congratulations! Why is this such a big deal? Well, this is the first time that we have a shared place to meet, discuss, learn, share, connect, communicate, vent and network 24/7/365. The restaurant industry is a true community and we needs a place to hang and call our own.



The NRA created this video last year for the industry, as well as for those not part of the industry… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 19, 2009 at 8:52am — 12 Comments

Leading by modeling change

This may come off as an ad for a high end, local catering company. Making an ad for them wasn't the idea, but if this video does promote them I'm OK with that.



Because - when the rules change, when the predictable doesn't work, leadership matters. And maybe leadership is most effective when people, like Out To Lunch Catering in Vancouver, quietly lead with their conviction and example - effectively modeling change for the rest of us.



Sustainability is still a significant… Continue

Added by John Dumbrille on January 19, 2009 at 6:28am — 2 Comments

Don't be a Blockhead

Don't be a Blockhead.





Are you one of those kind of managers who would rather do everything yourself, rather than spend the time training someone else to do the job?



I admit it, I used to be that way.



Sometimes I still find myself managing certain situations that way,

even though I know I should be developing my subordinates.



Just last week I was reminded of this very shortcoming.

I often use… Continue

Added by Bill Baumgartner on January 19, 2009 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

A funny thing happened today...

Many of us experience some funny encounters at work. I would like to think the Food Service Industry members have more than their share, probably right up there with DMV workers, since we deal with people face to face more frequently than other industries.



There's a great blog I recently read on Foodservice.com

It was written by Roy Bergold, former CCO of Mssr's Ronald, Hamburglar, Big Mac and Fries w/ That.



He shared some personal comedic encounters during his… Continue

Added by Steve Paterson on January 17, 2009 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

Need Your Thoughts on Chili . . . and more

Note: I'm sharing my space today with Trip Kadey, one of our Food Channel development chefs. All Fohboh members are invited to respond to his inquiries!



The Food Channel is working on both its editorial calendar and some recipe ideas. Fohboh chefs and members could help by answering the following questions or discussing your opinions in this forum. Feel free to respond to any or all of the thoughts below. Thanks for participating!



1. How big do you think the opportunity is… Continue

Added by Kay Logsdon on January 16, 2009 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

Dairy Cows and Milk Prices

The chart of the week is Wisconsin Dairy Cow for Slaughter Prices.





As mentioned in previous issues of the Weekly Commodity Report and Daily Commodity Bulletin, depressed milk prices are pinching milk farmer margins. To put this in perspective, the February 2009 milk futures contract is currently trading well below $10. A year ago the February 2008 contract was trading at $17.00. Feed costs are lower, but not low enough to offset the… Continue

Added by David Maloni on January 16, 2009 at 6:31am — 2 Comments

The top stories of 2009

The New Year is barely underway, but a few trends in the business are already emerging. Some are a considerable surprise. Most underscore what a challenging year this will be for restaurants. And one or two might as well be death sentences for places that can’t or won’t adjust.



The casualty list could be a long one. Thursday brought disclosure of a bankruptcy filing by the parent of the venerable Black Angus steakhouse chain, where DineEquity’s Julia Stewart first rose to prominence.… Continue

Added by Peter Romeo on January 16, 2009 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Google Placed Second in Alexa Rankings, Live.com Fast Catching Up!

Google has moved up in the Alexa rankings and is now placed in the second position behind a very consistent yahoo.com. Google has replaced MSN.com which is now placed at the third positions. However, the traffic reach of live.com is rapidly increasing and Microsoft is seemingly putting all its attention in Live.com. One need not be surprised if Live.com conquers the top position in the near future.

Added by Martin Lock on January 16, 2009 at 2:25am — No Comments

India’s 2nd largest Property Developer Plans to Sell its Hotel in Gurgaon!

Indian second largest property developer, Unitech is putting on sale its budget hotel in Gurgaon, Courtyard by Marriot for an expected 300 crore rupees. Though it is not clear who the buyer would be, the company is selling this hotel and many of its commercial and official properties to pay up a debt. Of late Gurgaon along with the other NCRs have emerged as… Continue

Added by Martin Lock on January 16, 2009 at 2:21am — No Comments

Hospitality Giants Taj, Opens its 5th Hotel in Bangalore!

Bangalore, often termed to be the Silicon Valley, holds a major chunk of the responsibility of transforming India into an economy to reckon with that it is now and a prospective superpower in the near future. The excellent weather, the warmth of the people, and the beauty of nature have always put Bangalore on the high ranks in a travelers’ book. In the past decade or so Bangalore has become the IT capital of India and immediately the city saw a phenomenal spurt in its tourism sector. Bangalore… Continue

Added by Martin Lock on January 16, 2009 at 2:20am — No Comments

Hotels in Hyderabad Permitted to Serve Liquor Round the Clock!

There are very few cities in India that can boost of a rich legacy and unique and exciting diversity as that of Hyderabad. Be it the fascinating and captivating forts and ancient monuments, the inimitable existence of the age old culture of the Nawabs, the delicious and mouth watering Hyderabadi cuisine, or the new born hard core business aspect, every facet of this city is a persona in itself. Emerging like a phoenix as the next big thing in the Indian business circle, the… Continue

Added by Martin Lock on January 16, 2009 at 2:19am — No Comments

Hot Italian in Sacramento

Andrea Lepore is the co-founder and principal of the still under-development, all-Italian pizzeria concept coming soon to Sacramento, California. "Hot Italian" is a new, hip all green restaurant and scooter shop near downtown. They are getting a lot of buzz and based on what I have seen and tasted, they will change the way we think pizza should taste. No kidding!



Pizzaiolo is a pizza chef; a passionate pizza craftsman and pizza-maker that is incredibly focused and dedicated to honing… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 15, 2009 at 3:38pm — No Comments

History of the humble pie

The history of the meat pie can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians. The bakers to the pharaohs incorporated nuts, honey, and fruits in bread dough, a primitive form of pastry. Drawings of this can be found etched on the tomb walls of Ramses II, located in the Valley of the Kings.

Historians believe that the Greeks actually originated pie pastry. The pies during this period were made by a flour-water paste wrapped around meat; this served to cook the meat and seal in the juices. These… Continue

Added by Wine and Food tube on January 15, 2009 at 3:20pm — No Comments

A Must Read Article....Food Trends for 2009

http://www.jsonline.com/features/food/37510499.html



I follow food trends pretty closely and this article is spot on.



In my opinion, the first national chain that rolls out the Denver Steak will set itself apart in the Steakhouse category.



I am also intrigued with the upcoming Peruvian influence predictions.



I think that seafood consumption will continue to grow at both Foodservice and Retail and I would offer that the new emerging specie for North… Continue

Added by Steve Paterson on January 15, 2009 at 1:52pm — 1 Comment

Omoma Cafexotico: El Salvadoran Coffee Rivals Kona

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It's not good enough anymore to have a great product. You have to get the word out. Which is why I'm doubly pleased to be able to make this post. Most of my readers know that I love 100% Kona Coffee. I drink it. I write about it. I make updates on facebook on looking forward to brewing it. Well if you brag about something long enough, others will… Continue

Added by Matt Urdan on January 15, 2009 at 12:19pm — 3 Comments

Give your customers a big hug

Today's the day to hug your customers!



At the Cowen and Company Consumer Conference in New York recently, financial analysts heard presentations from leading restaurateurs, both chain and independent.



Steve Hanson, founder/president of B.R. Guest, a good-sized restaurant group with operations in New York and beyond, reported plans to close two restaurants when leases expire, rebrand another and convert a fourth to a different concept. He expressed the view that in tough… Continue

Added by susan holaday on January 15, 2009 at 8:24am — 2 Comments

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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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