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I had this disturbing discussion with a potential customer that has me both frightened and laughing at the same time.
We discussed the importance of the guest experience and how tough it is to find the right resources to represent a brand appropriately. We outlined that measuring a resource's success can be even tougher. Here’s what had me falling off my chair – the management team of this small chain doesn’t want resources measured – especially not by the customer and not while in… Continue
Whenever I mention Virgin America, the first thing I am bound to hear from a few friends and family who have traveled with them, is how great it is to fly on this relatively new airline. Actually not new, but new to the United States, Virgin has operated in Europe for the past 15 or so years but on in America for the past 2 years. In the past 25 years, I have flown on a myriad of different airlines. the very first flight I ever took was on Continental Airlines, I flew from Philadelphia to San… Continue
If you are contemplating on attending the 2009 Gilroy Garlic Festival I have a few things to tell you; first off and importantly you already missed it. Second, you really missed an incredible gourmet event including what I like to call a pyromaniacs’ dream. For the past 31 years Gilroy, California, also known as the garlic capital of the world, has hosted the Garlic Festival at Christmas Hill Park. What I am going to do is try and describe what you missed. There was so much, so I hope I don’t… Continue
The chart of the week is the value of the Australian dollar (versus the US dollar) and the US 90% beef trimmings market. What does one have to do with the other? Good question! First we remember that beef processors utilize trimmings to make various beef products including the ever popular hamburger. Typically, a hamburger processor will mix 90% beef trimmings with a fattier trim, say 50% trimmings, to make their product. In the US, we produce at lot of fattier beef trimmings. So much so that… Continue
The San Francisco Chronicle had a post last week that caught my attention. It regarded appropriate percentages to tip on high-end wine purchases in restaurants. (Seems an interesting time for such an article, but it appears that some are still spending). The amount used in this article as an example was $300, however I can see that what qualified as a premium or super…
The San Francisco Chronicle had a post last week that caught my attention. It regarded appropriate percentages to tip on high-end wine purchases in restaurants. (Seems an interesting time for such an article, but it appears that some are still spending). The amount used in this article as an example was $300, however I can see that what qualified as a premium or super premium would vary with location, and be somewhat in line with the menu… Continue
Added by Margie Tosch on September 23, 2009 at 2:24pm —
Green wines have become more plentiful and better than ever, which is good news for all of us, and the environment.
One of the unseemly aspects of this inexorable movement, on the other hand, is the public sniping between the various sustainable, certified organic, and Biodynamic® camps; and I have to say, what’s even more disappointing are sides taken by individuals… Continue
Here’s the lowdown on some of the more notable – if not fantastic – organic, Biodynamic®, and sustainably grown wines tasted during (and just after) my most recent jaunt (August 2009) through the West Coast. For an explication of the green delineations, please refer to previous pieces on… Continue
(RTTNews) - A sustained growth in the agriculture sector is needed to guarantee global food security in the future, a Deutsche bank study has found. The increasing need for consumers to switch to a more balanced and healthy diet is also stressed by the German firm, observing that a more expansive diet has several adverse implications for both human and environmental… Continue
I had a fascinating discussion with a group of employees yesterday morning that I just had to share with you. During a pre-shift meeting I asked my team why they work. To a person everyone said money. After inquiring further I discovered that really it was about taking care of their bills and providing for their families.
Once we established this as their primary reason for working I asked them about their work environment and how much they enjoyed it. The consensus was that the work… Continue
Recently, a story entitled “Burgernomics” appeared on ABC’s Nightline. The title was meant convey the connection between America’s growing consumption of hamburgers and the current economic recession. Josh Ozersky, the Restaurants Editor for Citysearch remarked “the burger is omnipotent…it is the single most powerful force in the food universe”. As it turns out burgers may also be the most powerful force in the international currency universe as well.
City Cafe seemed to me to be the go to place for a morning meeting in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood. My assumption came from two meetings I had there and never looked beyond the café area. Who knew, there was a bar and lounge as well as a restaurant in the back.
Read the whole story, watch the video and view the slide show at the Dining…Continue
Added by Dara Bunjon on September 21, 2009 at 2:20pm —
So it's time for the leaves to turn, the weather to get cooler, and the food to get heartier. You look forward to new foods, techniques, and menus all year to broaden your abilities and skills. Then why is it that right now I am having a huge creative block. A week ago my Chef said that it was time to get ideas together for a new Fall menu...the last time this came around I had a list waiting in my hand for 3 months. Maybe it's the unbalance in the kitchen right now...the banquet chef left for… Continue
"I haven't worked a shift since last Wednesday. I'm only here a couple days a week; how can I be expected to know when things change? I have no idea what these new menu items are. Since when did the chopped salad have broccoli? We have 5 new wines by the glass? What are these new desserts all about?"
I've said or thought them all.
If we come to the line up unprepared, if we are expecting to use the time to learn… Continue
Two weeks ago, Chalkboarder.com surveyed 2200 restaurants in fourteen major metropolitan US markets, to assess the Ease of Entering the Virtual Door. As a break from that labor, we did a quick study of how many state restaurant associations are using social media and discovered that about 6% do.
The Taco Maker (TTM) has reported a 21 percent same-stores sales increase in the first quarter of 2009. The company has credited its success to a new mobile marketing strategy that spotlights their new flagship product, “The Maker” burrito, a one-pound burrito stuffed with up to three kinds of meat, beans, enchilada sauce and Monterey Jack Cheese in a warm tortilla.
“We knew in a slowing economy that our marketing approach had to be focused on value for the customer,” said Carlos Budet,… Continue
On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina, which was recently acquired by Border Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of Argonne Capital Group, today announced the appointment of Ward Whitworth as President of On The Border.
Restaurants, Inc. announced today that it is actively seeking franchisees to expand its presence throughout the Lone Star State, naming El Paso and Houston as target markets for future franchise development.
Encore Restaurants, LLC, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Encore Enterprises, Inc., has announced the purchase of eight existing Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurants across central California including Elk Grove, Fresno, Lodi, Natomas, Roseville, Stockton, Tracy, and West Sacramento.
For many Americans, hotel room service is considered a travel luxury; however, data from PFK Hospitality Research1 suggests that room service revenues fell 9.5 percent from 2007 to 2012, with some hotels shuttering unprofitable operations altogether.
Yesterday the National Restaurant Association (NRA) praised the House passage and Senate Commerce Committee markup of the Travel Promotion, Enhancement and Modernization Act of 2014. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes Brand USA, the nation’s first global marketing campaign, to promote the United States as a destination for international travelers.
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Inspired by biological design and self-organizing systems, artist Heather Barnett co-creates with physarum polycephalum, a eukaryotic microorganism that lives in cool, moist areas. What can people learn from the semi-intelligent slime mold? Watch this talk to find out.
When he was young, artist Shih Chieh Huang loved taking toys apart and perusing the aisles of night markets in Taiwan for unexpected objects. Today, this TED Fellow creates madcap sculptures that seem to have a life of their own—with eyes that blink, tentacles that unfurl and parts that light up like bioluminescent sea creatures.
Surgeons are required every day to puncture human skin before procedures — with the risk of damaging what's on the other side. In a fascinating talk, find out how mechanical engineer Nikolai Begg is using physics to update an important medical device, called the trocar, and improve one of the most dangerous moments in many common surgeries.