I recently changed my professional tag line from “Restaurant Consulting” to “Customer Service Training Program for Restaurants”. There were a number of reasons for this. One was so that I could replace the word “consultant” with the word “program”. “Program” implies a specific purpose, as well as a finite time frame and price. I’ve encountered too many managers who felt threatened by the presence of a consultant and uncertain about where the consultant’s responsibility and authority would end.… Continue
Added by James Kohn on February 18, 2009 at 3:34pm —
In the world of casual dining, the segment has enjoyed more then a decade of uninhibited growth. The consumerism of the Baby Boomers as well as the rise in interest in culinary arts (enter the Food Network and all the culinary reality shows) have driven the restaurant and food service industry in general to almost unimaginable heights. The current estimate is that the industry will see $566 Billion in sales this year that’s approximately $1.5 Billion of sales per day. But if were honest we’ve… Continue
Added by Jerry A. Heilpern, CFBE, FMP on February 18, 2009 at 12:52pm —
Just how much is $787 billion?
David Herszenhorn, a NY Times reporter, noted the mathematical calculation that Senator David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana, offered in historico-religious terms: "This is so much money that if someone had begun spending $1 million a day -- $ 1 million every day -- when Christ was born, we would not yet be in 2009 to the full cost of this bill."
I still can't fathom this amount. I wager future generations will be footing the bill.
Added by Michael Albert on February 18, 2009 at 9:18am —
Some folks here in Fohboh were a bit put out
by Suze Orman's suggestion that consumers avoid restaurants for a month. Put out, murderous--it's a fine line.
But the TV star's recommendation is nothing compared to a new public service campaign being waged by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and The Advertising Council, two well-known trade groups. Their… Continue
Added by Peter Romeo on February 18, 2009 at 8:04am —
In light of the fire and brim stone Jim Sullivan recently laid out regarding the comments of Suze Orman, it prompted me to revisit some ideas I put forth in an article I did for a publication last year on how to step up our game in this industry and get hungry bellies in our doors, especially with the economic climate being a little on the cloudy side.
It’s tough out there my friends. I am the Director of Marketing for a rather large QSR… Continue
Added by Ty Sullivan on February 18, 2009 at 7:08am —
I know we are all trying to figure out ways to increase profits and cut costs. Some restaurants have come up with very creative and ingenious ways to do these two things. But there are some restaurants out there that are choosing to do this by either passing the cost on to the guest or cutting labor in ways that affect service. Even worse, some restaurants are sacrificing quality for lower costs. I am not a fan of the band-aid approach and that is… Continue
Added by Robert Dominguez on February 18, 2009 at 6:12am —
To watch the video part visit Restaurant Branding
7 Important Aspects Of Great Restaurant Brands:
When you talk about a restaurant brand, it is a trade mark or identity of a company that reflects the quality of it’s product or service. For example Starbucks is a brand. Starbucks- it’s name and the logo embodies the… Continue
Added by Nash on February 17, 2009 at 10:04pm —
I cannot believe what I just read. I have just been 'WOW'd'...and not in a good way.
"Today's plan is significantly more aggressive because it has to be," Wagoner told reporters Tuesday night. "We have taken stronger actions, we needed to."
In December, GM said it might need a total of $18 billion in government financing but only got a commitment of $13.4 billion, including $4 billion that the automaker received Tuesday.
GM predicted it could run… Continue
Added by Steve Paterson on February 17, 2009 at 6:06pm —
I realize that I have commented on many others' blogs, stating my point of view relative to opinions already stated. But, I have not initiated any new thoughts or questions of my own. Fear, I believe, has been my barrier. I am not lazy. I dig discussing topics with those who both agree and disagree with my thoughts. At times I change my perspective after thinking what other folks have stated. I like that about myself. But, it's time for me to pony up and start something… Continue
Added by Michael Albert on February 17, 2009 at 1:27pm —
Catering Builds on Your Existing Business.
For the past few years, you've invested a considerable amount of time and energy building your retail clientèle. You're still around, meaning you've been able to deliver a consistent and predictable experience. And you have nailed down the service, quality and experience equation. You've got some customer retention and have built up your brand equity.
Especially in these times, it's good to characterize your… Continue
Added by Erle Dardick on February 17, 2009 at 9:29am —
The recruiting game is changing fast are you keeping up? Here are some tips from your friends at Talent Revolution (tips we got from our friends and experts leading the game).
Nothing is Hotter than Employment Branding. Paradigm Buster: Recruiting is not a sales function it’s a marketing function! Focusing on the candidate experience and impacting the employment brand.
• Revitalize your corporate job pages.… Continue
Added by Amanda Hite on February 17, 2009 at 6:54am —
People are still eating out, albeit maybe not as much as before, but they are still doing it. Make sure that you are not giving them a reason to NOT visit you again. Guests are basing their decisions on where to eat out at on three general areas.
Value – are they getting more than they expect for the money they are spending. Some guests are looking for small prices and big portions; others are looking for adequate portions but great service.
Service – Some people are ok… Continue
Added by Robert Dominguez on February 17, 2009 at 5:38am —
From The Washington Post
By Jennifer Huget
I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners. I don't care for the way they taste, and one variety in particular gives me headaches. So imagine my dismay when I recently shopped for my favorite chewing gum and found its tiny but satisfying amount of real sugar had been replaced with aspartame, one of the leading fake sweeteners on the… Continue
Added by Mark McKellier on February 17, 2009 at 2:56am —
Our partnership with Ideal Media and MonkeyDish, also allows FohBoh to leverage their relationship with the Culinary Institute of America to bring you hundreds of educational videos at no charge. We love free, as I am certain you do.
As the restaurant industry's largest and fastest growing peer-to-peer knowledge bank, our commitment continues to be to you, the restaurant professional. In connection with this, please look out for more rich media content in the future.
Added by FohBoh on February 16, 2009 at 4:22pm —
Like Jim Sullivan and Paul Green, fellow FOHOBOHists, I"m mad as hell- I heard a brief comment on CNN this morning that was about opponents of the new stimulus package, complaining that it was a terrible "giveaway" because it includes billions of dollars for schools
Schools! That means some of the money in that package may benefit the nation's youth - the future of our country. Wow - isn't that terrible!
School foodservice in many schools across the U.S.… Continue
Added by susan holaday on February 16, 2009 at 8:40am —
Napoleon said, “Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious than to be able to decide.” Strategies, careers, companies, they’re all made of decisions the way glass is made of sand. The quality of your decisions is what makes you valuable. It’s been said that the toughest decisions are the ones that can’t be delegated.
You would think people would give serious thought to such a serious business. Are you serious about decisions? Start with the Latin decidere. It means… Continue
Added by David Hottle, CPC on February 16, 2009 at 7:57am —
"There is a phrase I want to share with you, that I think will help you." These are the words my friend and mentor, Mike Litman, recently shared with me, and now I want to pass on to you.
First, allow me to say this. 'All of you have had "moments of brilliance" in your life'.
You may have run the perfect shift. (Your people were working as a team, your food quality was excellent, your service times were… Continue
Added by Bill Baumgartner on February 15, 2009 at 11:01am —
Every year for the past 40+ years, the Schmidt family bakery in Batesville, Indiana has produced these unique cherry delights called Cherry Thing-a-lings
™. Thing-a-lings have an almost cult-like following with shipments being requested months in advance.
It started out to honor George Washington and his fondness for all things, well, cherry. Clem Schmidt, founder and owner… Continue
Added by Michael L. Atkinson on February 15, 2009 at 10:44am —
The desire to build business in a challenging economy is leading operators to come up with all kinds of creative ideas and promotions. Beyond the three-course prix fixe we've been seeing lots of here in the Northeast this winter, is a clever campaign from the New Jersey Restaurant Association called, appropriately, "Dine Out Often."
Jimmy Thornton, chairman, says "the messaging is simple:
The scripts read:
Dine Out Often --- It creates jobs, brings friends and family… Continue
Added by susan holaday on February 15, 2009 at 8:21am —
(Part 6 of a Labor Management and Scheduling Series, read part 5 here
In many businesses, employees are perceived as a required evil – payroll is a liability that is necessary to be in business. Unfortunately, in many service oriented industries (such as food-service), this attitude harms the business by increasing turnover, deflating morale, complicating… Continue
Added by Anthony Presley on February 14, 2009 at 2:38pm —