Featured Blog Posts – June 2008 Archive (28)

Appell Pie Look Around

Look Around



I think we all are feeling the pinch by now from the economic downturn. I truly believe that those of us who can think outside of the box or just go with the flow rather than fighting it will survive and grow when it turns around. Stop wringing your hands and crying over how bad business is or could get in the coming months. Get smart and strong now to be successful later. Don’t be fooled into all the gloom and doom. People make fortunes in economic downturns and you can… Continue

Added by Howard Appell on June 18, 2008 at 7:00am — No Comments

Food blog of the day

There are so many great food blogs out there that it's really tough to select just one to feature. So I'll be highlighting some of my favorites from time to time here.



Since I'm known for my unrelenting sweet tooth (which my dentist claims he doesn't appreciate... but it gives him more business, right?), my food blog of the day is Cupcakes Take the Cake (… Continue

Added by restaurantdotorg on June 18, 2008 at 5:56am — 2 Comments

Social Networking & New Employees

One of the things I've seen that makes a person want to stay or leave a restaurant or any organization, is their ability to establish their own social network at work.



People who establish these stick around -- friends don't want to leave friends -- even if the boss is less than stellar or the work isn't the most interesting.



Those new to the workforce might not understand this dynamic. The "old timers" might not understand how important it is to let the new folks "in" and… Continue

Added by Sandra Spivey on June 13, 2008 at 8:37am — 2 Comments

Group Dynamics In Kitchens

I am having a hard time. A lot of people I know are having a similarly hard time and so maybe it's time to be having a hard time. I am trying to see and understand where I fit and don't appear to fit in my job, the kitchen, among cooks, with chefs, in the industry as a whole, and all the invisible crevices in which ickinesses take up residence if we're not careful.



I attempt to be as honest with my weaknesses as I can, without creating a ladder from which to climb over the bridge on.… Continue

Added by Shuna fish Lydon on June 6, 2008 at 12:01am — 3 Comments

Beef Buying Opportunity Knocking?

The chart of the week is the weekly USDA choice boxed beef cutout which is an index of choice beef prices. The choice boxed beef cutout has hovered at relatively inflated levels for roughly 8 weeks after trading at historically low levels earlier this year. As noted in the Weekly Commodity Report, the USDA choice boxed beef cutout is anticipated to depreciate during the next few months. Why? Well weekly beef production typically rises into the deep spring remaining relatively strong well into… Continue

Added by David Maloni on June 5, 2008 at 10:08am — No Comments


Non-Operator
How to teach in 10 easy steps

One of the primary reasons that some businesses training programs work, and some don't, is in the method their managers and trainers use to teach new skills. This seems to be especially true in restaurants and food services, due to the prevelance of leaders without formal educations. Sorry if that offends anyone, but it's true.



While proper teaching technique is not something that comes naturally to everyone, it is easy to learn following a simple multi-step… Continue

Added by Brandon O'Dell on June 4, 2008 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments


Non-Operator
Big-mouth chef Gordon Ramsay missing from his opening night

Reprinted from RESTAURANT JOURNAL

June 4, 2008



Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has made his reputation on his outsize personality as much, it seems, as his food. On his numerous television shows, he is loud, profane, in control -- and very much in-your-face.



So when the volatile host of "Hell's Kitchen," "Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares" and, most recently, "The F-Word" opened his first Los Angeles restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood, last Tuesday night,… Continue

Added by FohBoh on June 4, 2008 at 10:27am — 2 Comments

Is your Company sexy enough to attract the Talent of the future? When Hite was on the Market post 5 of 9.

What’s sexy about the jobs your company has to offer…. For me the match is about who I am and who you are, not what I do or what you do. Change your focus from title’s and tasks and onto values, passion and purpose and now you have my attention… If you want to appeal to candidates today, especially younger workers, you have to drastically change the way you think and behave when it comes to attracting talent.



Things that will differenciate a Company and attract the Talent of today… Continue

Added by Amanda Hite on June 4, 2008 at 7:43am — 1 Comment

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