Would anyone buy a bottle of Corona if it didn’t come with a lime? Isn’t Stella Artois a lot like many other beers on the market except that it’s served in a Belgian Chalice. What about Guinness? Doesn’t the two part pour make it unique? And wouldn’t Crispin Cider be just another standard cider if it wasn’t for the fact that it has a ritual of being served over ice?
Rituals are what separate these products from their competitors. The… Continue
Earlier this month, nearly 100 high school students descended on Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Sacramento for the eighth annual Boyds Coffee Culinary Cup competition. Teams competed in culinary and management events, which involved preparing a three-course meal in 60 minutes and presenting a new restaurant concept, respectively. The students… Continue
It’s the end of an era in Ireland. Guinness, whose best-known advertising campaign proclaimed that its stout “was good for you”, has scrapped the long-standing tradition of providing free drink to blood donors.
Diageo, its parent company, has decided to abandon the tradition of providing complimentary bottles of Guinness to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS). “We felt this style and type of donation was not best suited to us… Continue
BEVINCO, an independent profit control and revenue enhancement service for the hospitality industry, is announcing its partnership with TheBarBlogger.com. The new alliance will foster growth and enhance information sharing throughout the hospitality community.
Barry Chandler, aka The Bar Blogger, is known for his bar and nightclub management Web sites that provide online resources for bar operators.… Continue
The world today seems to be filled with people who call themselves "food writers," which may in itself be a catchall phrase for people with lots of time to write about their personal views of service, recipes, food/restaurants/etc.
We find many (too many?) blogs these days with lots of comments about food, recipes, restaurants, etc. - some bright, informed and well-written, others rambling, not particularly perceptive and sometimes very uninformed about the world those of us in the… Continue
Ok, I realize this is hypothetical and idealistic because unfortunately, we’re never going to change them all…
Nonetheless, I’m curious to know where you stand.
As I’ve been receiving emails and questionnaire responses from readers, I started thinking, Would customer service industry workers be willing to give up some of their compensation if they were guaranteed that all of their customers were good people? Is respect more important than money?
We have meetings regularly at FohBoh to discuss the state of the community. As you can imagine, managing a network of nearly 14,000 members is tricky. We spend hours brainstorming ways to revitalize the network. We noodle various content strategies and outreach measures. It's all very exciting, actually. But we're just a handful of people with administrative access and fancy titles at FohBoh. In a community this big, our voice is but a… Continue
If you run a bar and have any intention of making a little money while you do, you’ll probably want to advertise your promotions locally in magazines/newspapers, online on social media channels as well as on your own website.
One of the most important things to consider with print/online advertising is the photography. In an age where we have become immune to advertising and scan pages quicker and quicker, it is even more important… Continue
It’s an employer-driven marketplace. Despite how determined and confident you are, as a candidate, you have little control over the hiring process. That’s why I decided to help you get a leg up on the competition.
Following, please find 5 things that every candidate should know before embarking on a career search:
Grammar matters. We’ve grown accustomed to short hand. We use abbreviations, acronyms, numbers and characters in our daily life texting, tweeting, or… Continue
We like what we know and we eat what we like. The idea of “comfort food” is based on what is familiar to us, particularly from our childhoods. My friends find it strange that my idea of comfort food involves anything that comes from the freezer and is re-heated, but that’s what I grew up eating with two working parents. Fish sticks and tater tots were a very common meal along with Marie Calendar’s Pot Pies. I would think that a lot of kids these days will associate comfort food with the fast… Continue
There has been a resveratrol craze with wine. Resveratrol is an anti-oxidant found in wine, and most significantly in red wine. With all the talks and customer awareness on health this wine component is getting lots of attention. Here is a video that I did that talks about different resveratrol levels in red wines.
Faultline Brewing Company
1235 Oakmead Parkway
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
Join FohBoh and our partners for an informal mixer event. Meet Michael Atkinson, co-founder and CEO of FohBoh, Inc. and guest speaker at the Restaurant Leadership Conference, MEG and many other foodservice industry events.
I am conducting a study to see the effects of peanut allergies and how they are affecting the restaurant industry. Restaurant owners, managers, sous chefs please help me out by filling out a quick 6 question survey. This survey will not reveal anything about a restaurant. No names will be used, unless you want them to be.
Added by Colin Trievel on March 17, 2010 at 12:45pm —
First Lady Michelle Obama has started a new campaign to end childhood obesity. Let's Move! focuses on four primary principles one of them being serving healthier food in school cafeterias. She has chosen to start this campaign with the hope that the next generation of children will reach adult life at a healthy weight.
This campaign was launched during President Obama's… Continue
I am a server in the year 2010. All around me, every day, I hear of restaurant failures, rising unemployment, foreclosures, economic pain, and general unrest. A prolonged recession has morphed this industry into something entirely new and foreign. It has reshaped my guest's expectations, placed more pressure on my coworkers, and raised the level of tension and uncertainty in the kitchen.
At the same time, I serve incredible food sourced…
By: Patrick Maguire
Book Chapter: Confronting without Confrontation
Opening and operating a successful and profitable restaurant takes an extraordinary amount of hard work. If you’ve never been part of opening a new restaurant, it is a frenetic, frightening and fantastic experience. Everything is in a constant state of flux, and you’re always a phone call or moments away from disaster. (Licensing delays, kitchen meltdowns, delivery issues, construction catastrophes, and… Continue
Employee feedback surveys often identify the need for more one-on-one time between employees and their managers. An easy way to fulfill this is to hold regular one-on-one feedback meetings. This simple idea gets overlooked or bumped by supposedly more important priorities. Yet making time for one-on-ones can eliminate communication problems, boost morale and productivity, and guarantee higher scores on your next employee feedback survey. Here are a few reasons why this tool is so… Continue
Added by Jim McGinty on March 16, 2010 at 8:13am —
I have seen two approaches to placing a new manager into a restaurant. The first angle is train them fast, throw them in the deep end of the pool and they either drown or they tread water long enough to find the edge of the pool and get out safely, learning never to be allowed to be thrown in the pool again, but it takes a lot of time and money to get them out of the pool. Some drown and don’t make it. The second approach is train them effectively, put them in a learning environment, and foster… Continue
If you're like me, no one can do the job quite as well as I. I know what I want and I don't feel like wasting a bunch of time trying to show somebody else what I need done. So of course, I DO IT MYSELF.
Well, it's easier. At least I used to think so.
So, what's the harm?
Who will know?
Who really cares?
I can think of at least 5:
1.) Me. While I'm running around trying to accomplish… Continue
You know the drill - money is tight so your spouse tells you to not spend too much money. So you start 'brown-bagging-it' to work. You feel a little foolish, maybe a little humiliated, that you’re forced to do this but you have no other choice. So you make up some story for your co-workers like, 'I’m trying a special diet' so you don’t look like a cheap-skate.
Anthony’s Fish Grotto, San Diego’s oldest family-owned and operated seafood restaurant company, is embarking on an ambitious effort to rebrand and remodel its restaurants, including the North Embarcadero flagship location that houses Anthony’s Fish Grotto, Anthony’s Fishette and Anthony’s Star of the Sea Event Center.
If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.
Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment.
Vending machines generally offer up sodas, candy bars and chips. Not so for the one created by TED Fellow Gabe Barcia-Colombo. This artist has dreamed up a DNA Vending Machine, which dispenses extracted human DNA, packaged in a vial along with a collectible photo of the person who gave it. It’s charming and quirky, but points out larger ethical issues that will arise as access to biotechnology increases.
Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what's to come.
What does the future of business look like? In an informative talk, Philip Evans gives a quick primer on two long-standing theories in strategy -- and explains why he thinks they are essentially invalid.