August 2008 Blog Posts (132)

Still I Rise

My Favorite poem by a great poet Maya Angelou.



You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I'll rise.



Does my sassiness upset you?

Why are you beset with gloom?

'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells

Pumping in my living room.



Just like the moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hope springing high,

Still I'll… Continue

Added by Jason D. Valdez Sabo on August 22, 2008 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Forgive me when I Whine

Today, upon a bus, I saw a girl with golden hair. I envied her, she seemed so gay, and wished I was as fair. When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle. She had one leg and wore a crutch. But as she passed, a smile. Forgive me when I whine, I have two legs the world is mine.



I stopped to buy some candy. The lad who sold it had such a charm. I talked with him, he seemed so glad. If I were late, it'd do no harm. As I left, he said to me, "I thank you, you've been… Continue

Added by Jason D. Valdez Sabo on August 22, 2008 at 12:51pm — No Comments

The Art of Service by Ian Maksik,”Professor of Service”

I’ve been writing for Print Magazines and E-zines for years and Catering Magazine even published a digest version of my book The A to Z’s of Professional Table Service over a two year period, but it’s really a sincere pleasure to be addressing my peers at FOH/BOH. I apologize to all of you at FOH/BOH for being out of touch for such a long time but I’ve been so busy working there’s been little time to work. For the last 33 months I’ve been working on a consulting basis for a large… Continue

Added by Ian Maksik on August 22, 2008 at 12:35pm — 9 Comments

Forthcoming Dairy Market Expectations

The chart of the week is January through July milk per cow yield growth. Milk production is a key monthly statistic that enables analysts to anticipate changes in forthcoming milk and dairy product supplies. Milk per cow yields, or the average amount of milk a cow produces during a particular time period, makes up half of the equation of milk production. Typically, milk per cow yields grow about 1.8% each year. However, the initial estimate for July’s… Continue

Added by David Maloni on August 22, 2008 at 8:34am — 4 Comments

Carmel's - Nostalgia is way overrated

Michael and I went to Carmel's day before yesterday. The place looks mostly the same since I worked there in the 1980's. While the menu has a few of same things, it is mostly different. Also, while pretty clean, it isn't spotless like it was when Vickie had it.



Michael ordered the Bronco Burger. It was hand pattied, not one of those hard frozen circles from Sysco. It had cheese, barbecue sauce, and onion rings on top. It came with fries which were not salted. This is one of my hugest… Continue

Added by Shelly Van Kirk on August 22, 2008 at 7:36am — No Comments

Loyalty



How do you honor loyalty? By posting a blog about loyalty and adding a very nice photograph that tells the story far better than I could.



While Steve was not a participant in the Beijing Olympics, he is a proud FohBohite...with a kayak.



Say hi to… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on August 22, 2008 at 7:31am — 11 Comments


Non-Operator
D is for Dilution

In our continuing exploration of the world of capital, a relatively brief introduction this week to a topic which will probably come up repeatedly.



Dilution is neither the fault of which I sometimes accuse my local tavernkeeper, nor the affliction of those who regularly see dead people, although both may prove relevant along the way. This week’s thrilling episode is intended to both define and demystify a term which is often thrown about, sometimes inappropriately, in… Continue

Added by Rod Guinn on August 22, 2008 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Thank you

I would just like to extend my gratitude and thanks for the kind greetings I've received so far welcoming me to the site. I will just leave this brief for it's late at night and I'm trying to get out of the restaurant and catch at least a little sleep. I am the General Manager for India's Pearl indiaspearl.com a new and exciting Indian fusuin restaurant on Old South Pearl Street in Denver, CO. please visit our site and if your in the area please stop in for… Continue

Added by WADE T BAIRD on August 21, 2008 at 10:18pm — 1 Comment

Hello Everyone...

Just discovered I had a blog today, I should be working but it has been fun hanging out on FOHBOH this evening. Just saying hey, Hey!

Added by Abie on August 21, 2008 at 9:58pm — 3 Comments


Non-Operator
Opening a Bottle With Your Bare Hands

Okay, so you are at a party and snatch an import in front of a hot girl. Of course, there is no opener in sight. You want to look cool in front of the girl. What to do?



Are you wearing a ring? Great. Slip the ring on your middle finger and rotate it until the thickest part faces down.



Grasp the bottle firmly with the hand without the ring and bring your ring hand over the top palm flat. Tilt the neck of the bottle slightly away from you, position the outside portion of… Continue

Added by David Hottle, CPC on August 21, 2008 at 11:11am — 2 Comments

Coffee Carts, Kiosks and Mobile Cafés

It was the winter of 1993 and I was 15 minutes late to work, opening shift at the small espresso cart I worked at part-time located in front of a large grocery store. It was cold out, but I was eager to start working. I loved that little cart. This was my first job as a barista and I often think back to my days slinging coffee at the carts and kiosks where I got my start in this industry with fondness.



In the early 1990s in the Pacific Northwest there seemed to be an espresso cart on… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on August 21, 2008 at 10:20am — 1 Comment

When the past haunts you online.

The Web has been a great way for former friends and coworkers to find me and vice versa. And I'm not talking sites like classmates.com or even MySpace. Plenty of folks need only Google me to find me and sites like FaceBook and LinkedIn are what's helping me reconnect with those I'd long admired and adored but with whom I just lost touch.



The downside? There are folks with whom losing touch wasn't such a bad thing. Anyone from ex-flings to idea-stealing-corporate-mongers have… Continue

Added by Judy "the foodie" Asman on August 21, 2008 at 10:16am — 14 Comments

The Root Beer Stande

Michael, Maria and I went to the Root Beer Stande for dinner last night. maria had never been there, so it was a new experience for her. I ordered the footlong basket with onion rings, Michael had a double burger with fries, and Maria had the pork tenderloin with fries. We all had root beer in forsty mugs, which is the primary reason for going to the Root Beer Stande. All of the food items were frozen products, but it was decent junk food. The service was quick and friendly, but I think they… Continue

Added by Shelly Van Kirk on August 20, 2008 at 3:55pm — 4 Comments

Los Reyes

Michael, Mary, Maria and I decided to try Los Reyes for lunch, and it is my new favorite Mexican joint. We all chose lunch combinations except for Maria who had the chicken fajitas. Everything was delicious! The enchilada was cinnamon free, which made me happy. The service was very good and friendly. The restaurant was clean. Will definitely go back even without a coupon.

Added by Shelly Van Kirk on August 20, 2008 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Which old cookbooks are ripe for reprint?

Tim Hayward blogging on The Guardian website today asks 'Which old cookbooks are ripe for reprint?'



"Like many lovers of food and words I'm left rather high and dry by the supposed bounty in bookshops today. Sure there are plenty of cookbooks on the bestsellers list but they all seem to come with a glittery-toothed sleb on the front cover and bear more resemblance to a 60,000 word, lavishly… Continue

Added by Mark McKellier on August 20, 2008 at 9:33am — 1 Comment

Recognition

"The best minute you spend is the one you invest in someone else."





Behind every great leader is a group of outstanding leaders, operators, executors, communicators, and all around phenomenal people. I have the privilege of writing every week about the areas of leadership that produce the most results within your business and people. I only get that privilege because of the people who represent me, our brand, and work the front… Continue

Added by Andy Swingley on August 20, 2008 at 12:30am — 6 Comments

As your last impression..

Most of the time I just shrug it off but lately it has been getting to me. Picture this:



We call and get reservations weeks before we go. We plan out our every move in anticipation for the night - well dressed excitement really. The night finally rolls in and we head out. We arrive just in time dressed in our best and walk to the stand. Yes, we are here - table for two.



The wine is fantastic, the service educated and intelligently pleasing and the food is speachlessly… Continue

Added by Jason Duncan on August 19, 2008 at 3:49pm — 3 Comments

Come Run w/ Nike and Support the Lance Armstrong Foundation

Come run with us in Austin and around the World and help support The Lance Armstrong Foundation.



Nike Human Race 10K

11th and Congress, Austin, TX, US

Sunday, August 31, 2008

6:30 PM Race 8:30 PM Concert



Nike Human Race 10K



What is the Nike+ Human Race?

On 08.31.08, Nike is making a statement like no other before. Nike is putting on the World’s Largest Running Event. The 10k event will be the ultimate runner experience. By… Continue

Added by Robert Hale on August 19, 2008 at 7:49am — 1 Comment

Corporate BS, terms to 86 from your vocab.

Ever since I relocated my office in walking distance from my bedroom I've been working on detoxing my tongue from corporate linguistics. Here are 10 of the many played out terms ( and what they really mean) from the Dictionary of Corporate BS. If you want to be relevant and authentic in your leadership I recommend 86ing them from your vocabulary.



The 'tone' is all in fun, enjoy..



I’ve… Continue

Added by Amanda Hite on August 19, 2008 at 4:51am — 175 Comments

Going Green With Your Coffee Program - Part 1

As a coffee house owner or coffee retailer, there are many decisions that one can make to offer sustainable coffees, environmentally friendly products and to create a culture within your business that is socially responsible. I have seen an exponential growth in customer education and social awareness in the past few years and am excited to see coffee houses and coffee roasters/green coffee buyers focusing not only on quality but also developing direct relationships with coffee… Continue

Added by Matt Milletto on August 18, 2008 at 8:59pm — 3 Comments

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