Featured Blog Posts – September 2010 Archive (21)


Non-Operator
Elizabeth Warren Is My Hero

Remember that the person writing this is a former banker. Remember also the whole point of this blog from the day I started it, which is that (at least in our restaurant industry) all parties in any financial transaction and subsequent relationship would be much better off if they understood not only each other’s motivations and needs but how each party gains and…

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Added by Rod Guinn on September 30, 2010 at 3:00am — 2 Comments


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Taming the Savage Beast: Dealing with Guests Acting Like "The Terrible Twos"

My daughter has been going through the “terrible twos”. Actually, I don’t know why they call it the terrible twos. They seem to start at about one year & four months into that “second year”. Now, Skylar’s not in that cute “ oh she is having a mild snit” phase but rather the rolling around the floor, I can’t hear a word your saying, eyes wild, scorched Earth, call an exorcist or the British woman from “The Nanny “ kind of “terrible two’s.…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on September 28, 2010 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments


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Bring Your Own? Please Don't.

Back in March, I posted 64 Suggestions for Bar Customers. Number 36 declares, Bringing in beverages from outside of the restaurant is a no-no. My long-standing conviction about this practice led to a spirited discussion on Yelp Talk (Boston) recently when I posted the following:

I’ll…

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Added by Patrick Maguire on September 27, 2010 at 11:38am — No Comments

DAWG Talk: Speak Softly, Make the Message Count

I recently conducted an interview with a soft talker. He was a fantastic candidate. He possessed the skills and experience necessary for the position I was interviewing him for. He had a great employment track record, a professional demeanor and a positive attitude. We presented the candidate to our client and facilitated a telephone interview.



Prior to the interview, I spoke with the candidate and offered some suggestions to guide him through his interview preparations. He… Continue

Added by David Rose on September 26, 2010 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Ok, Restaurants – It’s Time to Join the Social Game

As I wrote in my post last week, restaurants are the original social networking site. So, why is it that only 25 percent of us are on Facebook,…

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Added by Amanda Brandon on September 24, 2010 at 5:33pm — 1 Comment


Non-Operator
Why Make a Mountain Out of a Fountain?

I like to work out. I like it so much I joined a gym and I actually use it – 5 days a week since the Talent Revolution 30 Day Challenge, thank you very much! I don’t want to mention any names but the gym I joined is huge – it has all the amenities you’d expect in a workout facility. Free weights, every machine you can imagine, big mirrors to watch your biceps inflate with every pump of iron (yours not mine), TV’s,…

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Added by Bill Campion on September 24, 2010 at 7:11am — 2 Comments

Host A Blood Drive At Your Restaurant!

Restaurant Owners or Managers. Please join me in my Be Kind To Food Servers Awareness Month

National Blood Drive. This is to celebrate the food servers awareness month in January.

January is also National Blood Donors Month. The food servers blood drive will be from January to March,2011.

March is American Red Cross Month.

I am asking for food servers to volunteer and donate blood at the blood drives.I am contacting restaurant

owners and managers all across…

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Added by Sybil Presley on September 20, 2010 at 7:11am — 1 Comment


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Start with the basics, the business basics...

Independant operating restaurants are constantly surprising me with their business operations. I would be interested in doing a research profile on how many of my customers actually do a monthly inventory (weekly?), track their labor costs related to sales (revenue/labour hour), or even understand their margins item to item.



This is a common theme among restaurant dreamers.



"I know how to cook & I have alot of friends & my husband can operate the foh because he…

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Added by Joel Lazeski on September 17, 2010 at 11:33am — No Comments

Help End Childhood Hunger

I was reading a blog about Share Our Strength and my 13 year old Julia is hanging over my shoulder with curiosity. I asked her, "Did you know that there are more than 17 million children, nearly 1 in every 4, that struggle with hunger? When you are home having your daily bowl of ice cream there are other children that may not even have access to a meal of any sorts." She…

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Added by Michael Minichello on September 15, 2010 at 11:58am — No Comments


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I've Got Your Back

Business owners and managers talk a big game when it comes to supporting their employees, but unfortunately, many of them cower during moments of truth when customers are dead wrong. Smart leaders treasure great employees because they are much more valuable than horrific customers.…

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Added by Patrick Maguire on September 15, 2010 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

How to Find a Healthier Burger | Omega 3 Rich Beef









The burger craze is everywhere. But doctors are saying to stay away

from all that saturated fat that comes from red meat. And now I found

this website that listed the top 40 healthy burgers in America. But I

think it is a joke. In this video I reveal what makes a burger healthy.



My facebook…

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Added by Marcus Guiliano on September 14, 2010 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Support for Be Kind To Food Servers Month Bill

Hi from Sybil Presley-Lifetime waitress!

I am asking for FohBoh members to send me an email of support for my

Be Kind To Food Servers Month to be nationally recognized by Congress.

Congressman Steve Cohen is helping me to get this Bill passed.

My email is sybilpresley@bellsouth.net

You can call me at 251-656-5613

I need to hear from individuals,businesses,restaurants,associations and social…

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Added by Sybil Presley on September 14, 2010 at 6:00am — 2 Comments


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Once Again It's On - Like Donkey Kong!

I’ve been a little lost the last couple days without a bucket list. Today is September 13, 2010 and it’s time to start anew. Hmmm… So I guess my life is going to be a continuing series of 30 day bucket lists. I’m sitting here thinking that’s a good thing. Several quick things I learned over the first 30 days:…

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Added by Bill Campion on September 13, 2010 at 3:48am — 3 Comments


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Lessons from Leaders - Five Secrets to Business Success

One of the things that I like to do when I I travel is to devour a diverse portfolio of books, magazines and websites. I clearly have some favorites magazines and sites; Success, Fortune, Forbes, Pink, Franchise Times, Nation's Restaurant News and the vast majority of trade magazines and websites. This week I came across a great article by Richard Branson, the founder of the mega brand Virgin. I thought this article was so powerful because of his amazing job of synthesizing 40 years of…

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Added by Kathleen Wood on September 12, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

DAWG Talk: The Great American Dine Out

It’s disturbing to learn that nearly 17 million children in the United States struggle with hunger. That's almost one in four kids in America who don't always know when their next meal will come. We’re not talking about a growling stomach before lunchtime. This is serious.



We can all do our part to help end childhood hunger. Through its No Kid Hungry Campaign™, Share Our Strength is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting at-risk children with the nutritious food… Continue

Added by David Rose on September 12, 2010 at 1:50pm — 1 Comment


Non-Operator
Strategy? What a concept...

So your interested in placing your business presence online through social networking sites? Do you realize that its not just about making a page and letting it sit there stagnant and boring? How your business is perceived online is just as important as how they perceive your business in direct interaction.


The best SMM campaigns are the ones that are…
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Added by Joel Lazeski on September 9, 2010 at 4:11pm — 2 Comments


Non-Operator
Cutting Portions, Not Profits

In the world of American cuisine, size does matter. We are a big people obsessed with big food. And, while plentiful and delicious, this “healthy” American appetite is taking its toll on our waistlines and overall health. After all, more food = more calories = more body mass.


The trend of giant portion sizes also takes its toll on restaurant operations and costs. When you serve more food food costs obviously increase which can cause operators to order lower…
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Added by Alyson Mar, RD on September 8, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Status Quo is a State of Mind

I have heard these a lot lately……how about you?



This recession is killing us…..

Some people just complain to get a free meal….

People are spending a lot less…..

I am in a tough labor pool and it’s hard to find good people…..

This generation doesn’t have a strong work ethic…..

I have had to cut back in…
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Added by Andy Swingley on September 6, 2010 at 7:12pm — 3 Comments


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What can you commit to for 30 days?

This month I joined Amanda Hite, Founder and CEO of Talent Revolution in her company’s 30 Day Personal Revolution Challenge. The 30 Day Personal Challenge is a public commitment of creating positive change to improve yourself, your life, your business or anything else that is important to you.

I love that quote by Ghandi, “be the change you want to see in the world.” I happen to be one of those people who love change for the positive. I have found in my life that I can not speak, ask or…

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Added by Kathleen Wood on September 6, 2010 at 2:25pm — 1 Comment

Choose Foods, Not Nutrients









Organic, Free-Range, vegetarian fed & cage free eggs, whats the difference. There can be a drastic difference, but you really have to be an educated consumer. On my latest video I try to shed some light on eggs.



Why Buy Organic?

The feed given to the hens may include organic supplements like flaxseed meal, which increases vitamin A and omega-3 acids and improves taste. The birds are better treated too, with more room to move… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on September 3, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

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