August 2012 Blog Posts (60)


Non-Operator
(Recap) Sustainable Saturdays: Preserve The Harvest

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

At my parent’s house in Denver we are lucky enough to have apple, cherry and peach trees, along with…

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Added by Foodem on August 31, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments


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The Other Side Isn’t Always The Enemy; Sometimes, They’re Cleaning Up Your Messes

Think of this as part two of my prior posting on legal documents ...

In two transactions recently, I’ve had the following experience.  (In each case, it was an investor and an operator, but it could just as well have been lender and investor, or lender and operator.)  As the parties drew near to the final signing of…

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Added by Rod Guinn on August 30, 2012 at 8:53am — No Comments


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Is Modern Mixology Worth the Hype?

Midnight Mary #3 - The Aviary, Chicago

 

Modern Mixology:  Profitable?  Maybe not.

 

No longer referred to as a mere bartender, the current “Mixologist” has lately risen in esteem practically to the level of Chef.  Restaurant owners bid competitively for the services of these Stars-of-Cocktails to the extent that entire public relation campaigns have been built around one leaving someplace to move to another.

 

Cocktail consultants…

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Added by Jerry Prendergast on August 29, 2012 at 8:18am — No Comments


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LinkedIn: Top Social Platform For Professionals and Recruiters

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

Many companies and professionals alike utilize social networks for marketing, branding and spreading the word about their products and services. No matter which platform is used, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest or Google +, they all have similarities in that they give everyone a voice. But, there is one social network that is valued slightly higher than the rest in…

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Added by Foodem on August 29, 2012 at 7:00am — 2 Comments


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Who Says There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch?

When David and Luca Carteni were young boys growing up Macerata, Italy, they had dreams of becoming successful in America. Their mother, Ione, always encouraged them but had one request.  When -- and if -- they ever realized their dream, they must share their success with those who are in service to others.

Two decades later, the brothers along with their partner, Stefano Procaccini, are living the American Dream with four successful restaurants.  Now, they want to honor their…

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Added by Groff-Hinman on August 27, 2012 at 4:49pm — No Comments

Restaurant Manager Career Development Tutorial - Part 5 How To Develop a Restaurant Manager Career Strategy?

  • What type of manager will you be?
  • Will you be a team leader or a coach?
  • Will you be the motivator or the analyst?
  • Will your focus be on team management and horizontal management, or will your focus be marketing.
  • Will you study profit margins or team…
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Added by Robert Krzak on August 27, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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A Hot? Sauce.

At Sanford’s Kitchen we took an old family recipe, played with it, and made a hot sauce.  We didn’t go into the process like a lot of hot sauce developers and enthusiasts.  Most people set goals right out of the gate, such as making a hot sauce that is screaming hot, the hotter the better in these cases.   Another choice might…

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Added by Nate Sanford on August 27, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments


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Trouble shooting your food service | What causes low employee morale in a restaurant?

Low employee morale is one of the most devasting issues any business can face. Unhappy employees steal, don’t show up for their shifts, don’t upsell your products, don’t clean and generally don’t care about your restaurant. They feel that if you don’t have their back, then why should they bust their humps for you.

Making your employees happy takes a lot more than paying…

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Added by Brandon O'Dell on August 27, 2012 at 12:57am — No Comments


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Raising Up the Next-Generation of Buyers & Sellers

This rant started as a running joke between foodservice buyers and sales colleagues: “we’ll never lead a normal life, and our friends outside the industry don’t understand our level of commitment for just average wages.” But even during my “golden age of foodservice” procurement , when we worked hard, we defended the utmost importance of God, family, and country even harder.   

How are we raising up the next generation of foodservice professionals? Are we…

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Added by Fred Favole on August 26, 2012 at 11:01am — 1 Comment

Restaurant Manager Career Development Tutorial - Part 4 Am I Ready To Be A Successful Restaurant Manager

Once you understand yourself it is time to understand the worktype. Then determine how you can fit into the worktype. One of the most effective tools to understanding your strengths and how to leverage these is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). 

This tool explains the…

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Added by Robert Krzak on August 24, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments


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Food Labels Translated, Grocery Shop With Ease

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

With the onslaught of new food buzzwords, food labels remain confusing to most consumers. There’s ‘organic’, ‘cage-free’, ‘kosher’, and ‘natural’ just to name a few. No wonder…

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Added by Foodem on August 24, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Restaurant & Hospitality Execs: Half of Your Managers Are Planning to Resign. What Are You Going to Do About It?

More than 50% of your managers are unsatisfied and looking for a better opportunity.

The  overall US economy may be lagging, but your industry has been hiring new staff at a time when the average manager is unsatisfied and looking for a change. The paradigm shift to a “candidate’s market” is most certainly underway. If you want to win the war for…

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Added by Joseph D'Alessandro on August 23, 2012 at 11:43am — 1 Comment


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Taste Perceptions - The Miracle Fruit

Foodservice product development technologists have studied the action of so called Taste modifiers that can give you a better understanding of how our taste system works.             

My connection with a new product starts with the plate presentation, followed by an aroma high, which builds to a taste crescendo expectation that lasts…

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Added by Fred Favole on August 23, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

What is your Real Rate for card acceptance?

Information is more readily available today than at any time in the past. Yet making smart decisions based on that information is not always easy. One problem is separating the useful information from the hype.

For example, what are the average monthly credit card merchant fees in the restaurant industry?  Are your merchant card processing fees above average or below average?

At myrealrate.com you will find valuable information on the cost of accepting card payments using free…

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Added by Ty Hardison on August 22, 2012 at 7:37am — 1 Comment


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Healthy Shopping – On a Budget

Reported by foodem.com, the online wholesale food marketplace-

It is becoming more and more evident that maintaining a healthy diet has a huge effect on our health. We all know people with diabetes – and most of us have friends or family members…

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Added by Foodem on August 22, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments


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When Restaurant Leaders Become Changers of Commerce

Remember Live Aid back in 1986?

 

Remember seeing Queen give one of the best performances in rock history? Phil Collins playing both London and Philadelphia?

 

Remember how it made us all fell to be a planetary communality that day?

 

You want to feel that feeling again? Well you can by helping out and getting involved and being a…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on August 21, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

3 Keys To A Successful Digital Agency Review

Throughout my marketing career, I have participated in countless agency reviews, both as a member of agency teams as well as on the client side of the table.  Digital agency reviews, brand agencies reviews, shopper marketing agency reviews, PR agency reviews.  For as long as I can remember, the review process has been one that leaves clients exhausted, agencies frustrated, and both parties…

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Added by John Harris on August 21, 2012 at 10:49am — 2 Comments


Non-Operator
Social media success is about the wizard, not the wand

By Jay Baer, president of Convince & Convert, a leading social media strategy consultancy. Jay will be a keynote speaker at Foodservice Social Media Universe 2012.

Last year, thoughtful research genius Tom Webster wrote an interesting post about…

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Added by FSMU on August 21, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments


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Expectant Expert Helps Pregnant Women Avoid The "Terrible 10"

While having a baby is the ultimate high, the ultimate low for many new moms is the "Terrible Ten."  On average, women gain 25 - 35 lbs. during pregnancy but never lose 10 of those pounds.  To make matters worse, they can expect to pack on an additional 10 lbs. for each child born thereafter.  Much of that weight is gained because of a change in diet dictated by cravings for high fat, high calorie snacks,  which makes shedding the pounds particularly difficult.  To reverse the tide, one…

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Added by Groff-Hinman on August 20, 2012 at 4:27pm — No Comments

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