September 2008 Blog Posts (134)

Ready for menu transparency?

First it was trans fats; today Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill that enforces the posting of calorie information on menus and indoor menu boards throughout California.



Already, services like Calorie Count(TM) provide web access to nutritional information; some establishments like chicken restaurant chain Koo Koo Roo are using nutritional transparency as a selling point.



As of July 1 2009, chains with… Continue

Added by John Dumbrille on September 30, 2008 at 9:54pm — 12 Comments

The Importance of a Smile

"A SMILE costs you nothing, but gives much. It enriches those who receive, without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he can get along without it, and none is so poor but that he can be made rich by it. A smile creates happiness in the home, fosters good will in business, and is the countersign of friendship. It brings rest to the weary, cheer to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and is nature's… Continue

Added by Merrili Jones on September 30, 2008 at 9:33pm — No Comments

Rookie manager has the first ever CRAZY day, and did NOT freak out........

Have you ever had one of those days when you woak up and just thought " Hmmm, I'm up earlier than my alarm, I'm kicking some ass today, and then one thing leads to another......



Well today was one of those days for me! I was out of my house at 6:15, and excited because I left my house before my ONTIME, and excited to check in my first ever truck order. So I am driving to work and when I am about almost half the way to work I realized, "S***, I forgot my ^&^&*$$ keys". ( I'm… Continue

Added by Cindi Digiantonio on September 30, 2008 at 9:05pm — 5 Comments

Start going green and saving green tomorrow

Tomorrow NRA Conserve hosts a free online seminar, 'Go Green to Save Green,' tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET. Vaughan Lazar of Eric Haley of Pizza Fusion and Matthew McLaughlin from The Rockfish will share their stories about how they made their restaurants more sustainable. Conserve project manager Chris Moyer will also chime in with some of the latest… Continue

Added by restaurantdotorg on September 30, 2008 at 1:23pm — No Comments

Blind Squirrel Syndrome



“Even a blind squirrel finds a nut sometimes."



Last week's first blog in my series, "Myths of Advancement" was about getting everyone to the promised land in results and keeping that hungry bear from eliminating any from your team. This week's blog drills down more to how you can advance by ensuring others around you understand fully what THEY… Continue

Added by Andy Swingley on September 30, 2008 at 12:22pm — 7 Comments

THE ARCHITECTURAL RENAISSANCE IN EUROPE

Around 1500, European architecture outside Italy remained traditional. The first buildings inspired by the Renaissance of architectural design occurring in Italy were not in Western Europe, but at the continent’s eastern fringes. In the second half of the fifteenth century King Matthias Corvinus encouraged the

development of humanism in Hungary, and brought to his kingdom a small group of Italian artists and archi

tects to remodel his castles and to build several new projects. In… Continue

Added by alello on September 30, 2008 at 10:06am — No Comments

Are Facebook, Myspace pages hurting job hunts?

Hundreds of students are having their job-hunting hopes dashed because of their pages on sites like Facebook and MySpace. Why? Companies are googling candidates and finding a page with pictures from last Friday (remember that party?) and tales from friends on Facebook walls.



"That's not the sort of person I want to hire," they say as they hit the delete button on the candidate's resume.



Declining privacy + Employers pretty savvy at Google leaves you with this to… Continue

Added by Amanda Hite on September 30, 2008 at 8:29am — 8 Comments

Spray Can Safety, Part 2

Ever notice the fine print on the side of a whipped topping can?



WARNING: Contents Under Pressure. Do Not Expose to Temperatures Above 120° F. Do Not Puncture Or Incinerate Can. Keep Out of The Reach of Children. Choking Hazard, Cap Contains Small Parts.



I've already explained why all that pressure isn't such a good thing for your desserts and hot beverages. Now let's… Continue

Added by OnTop(r) on September 30, 2008 at 8:27am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Stay Home ?....And Do What ?...Watch the (Bleak) News ?

I saw the news that the House of Reprsentatives has turned down the $700 billion "rescue" package (Congress doesn't want to use "bailout"). Some officials have said the wording is "obscure" and that there was too quick a turn around.



Before I heard this news, I heard something equally disturbing, over the

weekend. This is "National Stay at Home" week. Is this a new tradition ?

This means what, exactly ? No restaurants ? No weekend getaways ?

No movies ? No "guys night… Continue

Added by Keith Bernhardt on September 30, 2008 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

Wine 2.0 - a Webster Hall Wine and Technology Extravaganza

When I first heard of Wine 2.0, with its unabashed tongue-in-cheek reference to Web 2.0, I knew that the audience would be a decidedly "wired" crowd. Indeed, walking into cavernous Webster Hall in the East Village, a venue that is ideally suited for dance parties, burlesque shows, and the hippest New York crowds, I expected that almost anything could happen. Attractive models and self-described "sexy sommeliers" walked the floor, hawking wines from such companies as Raymond Vineyard &… Continue

Added by Emiliano De Laurentiis on September 30, 2008 at 4:33am — 1 Comment

"Another Brick Closer"

Regardless of what rung of the management ladder you are standing on, you undoubtedly have some plan of where you want to go next.



At least, I hope so.



If you were like me, you're chasing a job title,

a new pay level,

or the next promotion.



It would seem that these intentions should keep you or I adequately motivated

to move our careers forward.



If I wanted to be the next general… Continue

Added by Bill Baumgartner on September 29, 2008 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Laying the Foundation

"What's your Dream?"



Unless you just stumbled onto this post by mere chance,

my guess is, you clicked here for one of two reasons:



1) You have a strong desire to advance your career

2) You want to make more money.



Most likely, you want to learn more about how to accomplish both.



You may have found this information because of a letter you received, an email, a business card or a personal invitation from myself.



Regardless, you are… Continue

Added by Bill Baumgartner on September 28, 2008 at 6:53pm — 2 Comments

Stop blaming the economy

I’m sure getting sick of hearing that our problems are caused by the economy. Everyone keeps talking about the “economy” and how it has caused this massive mess we’re in right now in our industry. Others keep asking if the sky is falling…or not.



I believe that if you think this is just a ‘temporary economic trough’ we’re in…and it will pass just like all the others in the last 50 years….this time, you are sadly mistaken.



As Don Henley and the Eagles say in their… Continue

Added by Roy MacNaughton on September 28, 2008 at 6:46pm — 23 Comments

Free sample tables....no gimmicks, see below.

At Precision Burn Contracting, we've found that reaching out to our potential customers in the restaurant industry with a hands on approach has played the key role in establishing B2B relations. We actively take orders from restaurant owners and top management who are interested in optimizing their in house advertising as well as finding the resource for top of the line dining table and bar top overhauls. Contact us and we will send you a 24 in round pub table for sample use only, with your… Continue

Added by Travis Tompkins on September 28, 2008 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Is the sky falling?

Is the sky falling? Should we all be playing "Chicken Little" and panicking as one might think if they read too much news and listen to too many TV commentators?



Or is this a time to step back, take a deep breathe, and focus on some age-old realities?



The securities industry in New York is said to account for five percent of its jobs but more than 20 percent of wages. There will be repercussions from the loss of jobs on Wall Street, to be sure. Making the pain a little bit… Continue

Added by susan holaday on September 28, 2008 at 5:46am — 6 Comments


Non-Operator
POW + WHAM = WOW

You do not have to be a Super Action Hero from the Classic Comics to appreciate the impact of these words: POW, WHAM and WOW. They are usually displayed as some nefarious dark character is dismissed, paving the way for goodness and light. This is a bit like we would wish to accomplish with our Brand, reflecting energy and passion, as we deliver on the promise.



The crux of being a successful brand in the Experience Economy revolves around orchestrating 'Branded Moments of Truth', not… Continue

Added by John R. Hendrie on September 27, 2008 at 9:58am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Comparable Worth - What Would You Pay For The Experience

We all know E-Bay. Many of us have attended those Charity galas with silent and loud auctions. We in Hospitality are always asked to contribute to educational, fraternal, civic and special interest events - a room night here, a fine dinner there, a basket of goodies, a trip on the Morning Dew vessel, a condo exchange, a day of skiing - you name it. We try to establish a value for these goods and services, helpful to the organization and our deductible Charity budget.



Let's turn the… Continue

Added by John R. Hendrie on September 27, 2008 at 9:50am — No Comments

So Long Paul.............

Well Today the world lost a friend, not only an actor who was nominated for 10 academy awards and was seen in some GREAT Films of our era. But also a foodie who not only developed all kinds of products but then give the profits to charities to date these donation depending where you look are from 175 to 200 million dollars, that doesn't seem very Hollywood. But Paul Newman wasn't, he starred in some of my favorite movies " The Hustler" " Cool Hand Luke" "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid"… Continue

Added by The Tortilla Guy on September 27, 2008 at 8:47am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Offering Crushed Pepper Before Tasting the Entrée; The Decline of Restaurant Service Etiquette

As we move along the "food chain" (types of restaurants), we have certain expectations of service, courtesy, discourse. But, what I find remarkable is the lack of regard for the customer and the guest by the Service Staff, often unwittingly disrespecting my patronage. Sadly, they have been trained no better. To echo Rodney Dangerfield, "I get no respect".



It begins with the greeting, "Hello, guys, my name is XYZ, and I'll be your server tonight". Firstly, the lovely lady sitting… Continue

Added by John R. Hendrie on September 26, 2008 at 2:25pm — 3 Comments

Presentation!

What distinguishes casual catering from regular sandwiches or takeout is an element of presentation. In practice, the added edge can be very subtle, like nice distinct boxes, delivered by a polite staff member. But it has to be there.



Odd build up maybe for this video that shows the CREATIVE MAGIC of presenting food

...and food is, if not magical, pretty wonderful. Easy to lose sight of that. And easy to lose sight of the importance of the sensual side of presentation - in this… Continue

Added by John Dumbrille on September 26, 2008 at 2:06pm — 4 Comments

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