July 2008 Blog Posts (128)

I can't imagine my Career Lifestyle without my Career Coach.



One of the coolest perks that came from working for T&K was having my own Executive Career Coach, Susan Fawcett. To the benefit of all their Director and Executive level employees, T&K hired Susan as a coach and mentor. (Testimony to the company’s commitment to People Development!) The Assessment,… Continue

Added by Amanda Hite on July 22, 2008 at 8:12am — 14 Comments

Guinea Pigs Dress Up For Dinner

From Sky News









Guinea pigs dressed up in fedoras and frilly skirts have been the unwitting participants in a fashion show at the third annual Festival of… Continue

Added by Mark McKellier on July 22, 2008 at 7:11am — 1 Comment


Operator
Career Portfolios for chefs and food service professionals

Career portfolios are used to plan, organize and document education, work samples and skills. People use career portfolios to apply to college or training programs, get a job, get a higher salary, show transferable skills, and to track personal development. They are more in-depth than a resume, which is used to summarize the above in one or two pages. Crucial for portfolios in educational environments is a degree of reflection to take place on what is in the portfolio file.



Career… Continue

Added by Mike Erickson on July 21, 2008 at 4:35pm — 2 Comments

Dining and discounts

Visit any news site, and you'll see stories regarding our nation's current economic woes everywhere. The stories come from both sides of the cash register — business owners and consumers both are feeling the stings from higher energy prices, inflation, plummeting property values... you get the idea. I'm just repeating what experts, talking heads and the like are telling all of us all the time.



NYMag.com's Eat… Continue

Added by restaurantdotorg on July 21, 2008 at 2:08pm — 3 Comments

America's Most Expensive Hamburgers



Ok, this is cool and exactly what we need to help fix this economy. We all need to be spending more on hamburgers and dining out in general. The more we spend, the better it is for all of us.



I saw this article on Yahoo and couldn't resist relaying it to you… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on July 20, 2008 at 2:20pm — 2 Comments

Oklahoma City Restaurant People

From district managers to dishwashers and bartenders to bussers, an open discussion of the business in Oklahoma City and surronding towns. Networking, carear building, receipe exchange or just a good story are all encouraged. Let's have some fun!

Added by Ralph 'Poppie' Martin on July 20, 2008 at 7:27am — 2 Comments

The Cat's Out of the Bag!

After I wrote the previous post, How to Market Your Restaurant Using Garbage, I received many comments. One such comment, by FohBoh member, Debra Straka, struck a very responsive chord, so I share it briefly just below, then expand more from there..

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Debra said:



“Many of the bigger grocery chains have begun selling branded canvas tote bags for $1.00 to replace plastic and paper bags. The bags themselves are easier to use and are much more car worthy than… Continue

Added by Roy MacNaughton on July 19, 2008 at 11:19am — 1 Comment

Email Marketing has arrived

The continuing rise in postage rates makes direct mail increasingly less affordable for the restaurant community. Until recently this was one of the best options available for individual locations to market in their own backyard. But now email marketing has finally matured, is easy and affordable to execute and the response rate may just shock you.



How effective is email marketing? Companies like www.mUrgent.com that provide a full range of email marketing services are full of… Continue

Added by Garrick Arnold on July 19, 2008 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Coffee and Food

in search for spreading my offer in my caffe ( i'm a coffee geek ), im interested in coffee and food mixing. is there any idea, your own recopies that you are willing to share, whats your touts and whats the taste? can be grounded coffee, espresso, filter...just to use coffee. with chocolate i tried some stuff, with some alcohol also, but its all to simple and im not into cooking long and mixing many stuff but if any idea that you like to share, please...

Added by nik orosi on July 19, 2008 at 8:41am — No Comments

Recording events at the POS with free cameras...

We recently started including cameras free with all of our new systems that record important events as they occur at the POS. To view the video, all the owner does is go to a POS report, double click on any item on the report to pull up the video of the transaction occuring.



Any action that you would normally see on any type of audit report such as clock ins, voids, discounts, bad password entry, etc are all included. So, for example, if you were suspicious that a particular employee… Continue

Added by Alliance POS on July 19, 2008 at 8:23am — No Comments

How to break into the food photography business

By pure coincidence I bumped into the fohboh site and find it highly interesting. I am a photographer from the Netherlands. I currently do a lot of different types of photography ranging from weddings to product photography for a major cable manufacturer. While I like to do various things my true passion lies in foodphotography. Being quite new in this field I wonder if there is anyone out here who might be able to give me some tips on how to proceed in the right direction.



I am… Continue

Added by Junglefrog on July 19, 2008 at 2:07am — 3 Comments

How To Market Your Restaurant Using Garbage

‘Interested in a unique new way to both market your restaurant and generate a halo effect over your outlet for your good work in your community?



In these days of “going green”, this is way to take advantage of the sky-rocketing prices for recycled goods that you can get your own customers to bring into your restaurant for ‘donation’.

Here’s a differentiated – and if you move fast – preemptive way how to make this happen.



The economy is taking a big toll, even on your… Continue

Added by Roy MacNaughton on July 18, 2008 at 1:01pm — 6 Comments


Non-Operator
Lenders, Investors, and Restaurateurs -- Can't Live With'em, Can't Live Without'em

Hello, all --

I'm Rod, an Advisor to FohBoh (and other companies), and an active lender, investor, and advisor on the subject of restaurants and capital for many years. From time to time I'll be posting thoughts here on how the money side and the magic side (operations -- where the magic happens) can get along with each other, and the tensions which sometimes make such coexistence difficult.

I'll look forward to your comments and questions. Together, perhaps we can bring some light to… Continue

Added by Rod Guinn on July 18, 2008 at 12:57pm — 2 Comments

we do good things for people

what charities you ask?!



http://www. shareoursuzy. org/



TO HONOR THE SPIRIT OF SUZY MCGRANE

BY RAISING MONEY AND RESOURCES TO

ASSIST AND SUPPORT BREAST CANCER

PATIENTS FROM DIAGNOSIS TO REMISSION







http://www. lowcountryfoodbank. org/



It’s a common myth that white potatoes are fattening and unhealthy. The truth is that white potatoes are a good for you because they are: a good source of Vitamins B & C; high in iron,… Continue

Added by jimihatt on July 18, 2008 at 9:17am — No Comments

Something Might Happen!

I have FohBoh to thank for this, my first foray into blogging. It's a culmination of a few things actually.



I love technology. I grew up with it. My first real computer was a time-sharing system. Dial up? Yes, but the "keyboard and monitor" were a clunky teletype system. On a good day you might even hear me tell some stories about DARPAnet. I've played with mainframes, minicomputers and PC’s starting with DOS 1.0.



I’d giggle inside my head when visiting friends and I saw… Continue

Added by Mark D. Dion on July 17, 2008 at 8:15pm — 1 Comment

What would you tell me I need to do to improve Domino's Pizza?

Give me your ideas. I am all ears!

Added by John Gani on July 17, 2008 at 7:24pm — 34 Comments

Viral Marketing At Its Finest



There are few things in marketing that can deliver results of a good viral campaign. Witness this: my name on your Presidential Ballot this… Continue

Added by Nathan on July 17, 2008 at 6:22pm — 4 Comments

Corn still dancing with ethanol?

It’s a fear for just about every guy; you take your date to the dance and she leaves with somebody else. Do you think ethanol has been feeling a little slighted lately? The chart below is a rough estimate of ethanol producer margins. The chart illustrates two major particulars regarding the ethanol industry. First, ethanol producer margins have waned from a year ago which has been well documented. Second, when the corn markets had their latest run up it became very difficult if not impossible… Continue

Added by David Maloni on July 17, 2008 at 11:12am — 2 Comments

Sauvignon Blanc

What is it?

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape that primarily produces medium bodied, citrusy dry white wines. It is also a component in the luscious desert wines of Sauternes, France. Sauvignon Blanc is usually consumed young as its characteristic crispness and fruitiness tend to dissipate over time. Some exceptions include some Sauvignon Blancs from Bordeaux, France and others from California crafted in a similar style which are blended with other varietals and can maintain… Continue

Added by Caitlin on July 17, 2008 at 8:42am — No Comments

FOHBOH makes the world a little smaller!

Every Thursday my To Do List includes calling any new manager that is starting with our company to talk to them about Manager Orientation with us.



I welcome them to The Rose Group, give them lots of information, answer questions for them and make sure they are all set for their first day with our company.



Today I was doing my normal calls and I had a name, Mark Dion on my list. A funny thing happened when I contacted Mark. Not even a minute into the phone conversation he… Continue

Added by Amanda Vroom on July 17, 2008 at 8:35am — 7 Comments

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Casual chains aim to take menus up a few notches

Casual-dining chains including Tony Roma's, Olive Garden, Carrabba's Italian Grill and Smokey Bones are getting creative with -More

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Enjoy a taste of the Himalayas with these flavorful cubed Idaho® Potatoes seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander and chile flakes. For this and more great recipes, visit foodservice.idahopotato.com/recipes.

Crumbs debuts the Crumbnut

Cupcake chain Crumbs Bake Shop is offering the Crumbnut, a croissant-doughnut combo product, in BJ's Wholesale Clubs in addit -More

Restaurant sales rebounded in March, report says

Restaurants saw same-store sales growth of 0.7% in March, the first increase since last November, as warmer weather melted wi -More

JOBS & CAREERS

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National News

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. Announces CFO Departure in May

The company has commenced a search for Mr. Hope’s successor, reviewing both internal and external candidates. Mr. Hope will assist in the transition of duties to an interim CFO and will remain a consultant to the company through the summer.

Fuddruckers Reenters New York State With Restaurant In Middletown

introduces its first company-operated New York State site today at 340 Route 211 East in Middletown, which is located in the Hudson Valley approximately 60 miles from Manhattan.

Giardino Gourmet Salads Announces Nine Consecutive Quarters Of Positive Comparable Sales

Giardino Gourmet Salads announced that it has experienced nine consecutive quarters of positive comparable sales after posting an eight percent increase throughout the first quarter of 2014.

Organic Claims Declining on US Restaurant Menus

According to Mintel Menu Insights, while 'organic' is still the leading ethical claim on restaurant menus, its usage declined 28% between Q4 2010-13.

The Habit Burger Grill Opens Fourth Utah Location In May

The Habit Burger Grill is opening its fourth Utah location on May 1st in Sandy, Utah. The California-based restaurant known for its popular Charburgers opened its first Utah location in Sugarhouse in 2013, and has since expanded to include three more locations.

CROWD FUNDING

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.

TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

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.

TED: David Brooks: Should you live for your résumé ... or your eulogy? - David Brooks (2014)

Within each of us are two selves, suggests David Brooks in this meditative short talk: the self who craves success, who builds a résumé, and the self who seeks connection, community, love -- the values that make for a great eulogy. (Joseph Soloveitchik has called these selves "Adam I" and "Adam II.") Brooks asks: Can we balance these two selves?

TED: David Sengeh: The sore problem of prosthetic limbs - David Sengeh (2014)

What drove David Sengeh to create a more comfortable prosthetic limb? He grew up in Sierra Leone, and too many of the people he loves are missing limbs after the brutal civil war there. When he noticed that people who had prosthetics weren’t actually wearing them, the TED Fellow set out to discover why — and to solve the problem with his team from the MIT Media Lab.

TED: Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world - Louie Schwartzberg (2014)

We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled "Mysteries of the Unseen World," which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

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