Featured Blog Posts – October 2010 Archive (18)

How is your restaurant getting in the Halloween spirit?

Yesterday, a few of us from FohBoh ventured down to Orange County to visit one of our clients. For lunch we went to Houston's, located in Irvine, CA. Upon entry we we're greeted enthusiastically by Britt, one of their bartenders. "Hi there! Did you guys check out my pumpkin yet??" He explained to us that their staff was each given a pumpkin to carve and then guests would vote on which they liked best.


I must say this guy had serious pumpkin carving skills. He made his…
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Added by Emerald Reilly on October 29, 2010 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

Rounding it Up



Two of my passions in life are the industry in which I work and giving back to my community. I'm even more excited when I get to combine the two. Throughout my years at FohBoh I have had some tremendous opportunities to work with some amazing organizations that raise money and give back to their communities and to those less fortunate. The restaurant industry has a unique opportunity to accelerate this effort in a good economy or a bad because lets face it, we all dine…
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Added by Sarah on October 28, 2010 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Top 7 Reasons to Consider a Mobile Website

1. Follow the Stats

Mobile phones are ubiquitous. 5 billion of the world's 6.7 billion people are mobile users. A record 77 million smartphones… Continue

Added by Matthew G on October 27, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment


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Customer Service So Good It Was Scary!

“Wonder Woman!”

“I thought you said a Tinker Bell fairy?”

“No. Wonder Woman!”

“Ok, you have 4 parties to go to.… Continue

Added by Ty Sullivan on October 26, 2010 at 8:30pm — 4 Comments


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Are all the links in the value chain pulling their weight?

As a supplier and distributor I find it frustrating to be working diligently with my clients to help them build a solid marketing platform so they can drive sales. If they sell more food then I move more boxes right? Well recently I have been thinking "maybe I should just skip the marketing training and go straight to the consumer?". This way I can drive demand from the real source.



I find many restaurateurs are just too busy working in their businesses trying to…

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Added by Joel Lazeski on October 26, 2010 at 3:25pm — No Comments


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Want to be a FohBohist?

FohBohist…

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Added by FohBoh on October 25, 2010 at 2:25pm — No Comments


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Is Customer Service Gone?

I went to a fast food chain for dinner with my six year old son this evening, and for legality purposes, the name of the restaurant will be withheld. My son found a table in the dining room next to the TV- unfortunately it was playing some eerie TV show about haunted houses, and because I did not want my son to be exposed to that type of…

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Added by Peter J Malinis on October 23, 2010 at 11:19pm — 1 Comment


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8 Foursquare Promotion Ideas for your Bar

I came across this great post by a friend of mine Cheryl Harrison and I begged her to allow me to republish it here for you! It didn’t really take much begging; she was delighted to help! I think you’ll find some great ideas for your bar:



8 Foursquare Promotion Ideas for your Bar

by Cheryl Harrison



Yesterday, I posted a… Continue

Added by Barry Chandler on October 14, 2010 at 5:41pm — No Comments


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One Investor’s Trash ...

I’ve received several calls in recent weeks along the lines of the following:…



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Added by Rod Guinn on October 14, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

Social Media Terms & Definitions



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Added by Phil Pearlman on October 13, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments


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A League of Their Own

I love technology and I have no clue how computers work. I don’t know how to back up my files and I don’t know a bit from a byte. I’m not exactly sure where computer viruses come from and I’m baffled by how these viruses can become debilitating to a computer. And I must admit I am bewildered by the thought that there are fake “spyware” programs…

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Added by Bill Campion on October 13, 2010 at 6:00am — 5 Comments


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Wonder Woman & Superman & Customer Service: OH, MY!



I’m a Geek.

Let me clarify that: I was an UBER Geek who was downsized due to age, responsibilities and a wife who didn’t understand that…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on October 12, 2010 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments


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Three Reasons Why Your Social Strategy Is Failing

I looked down and smiled at the finishing touches I had just made to a new flyer promoting my bike taxi business located on the sandy beaches of Ocean City, MD. I was proud of the work that I had done on this particular marketing piece and was eager to start handing them out to hotel concierges, restaurant managers and other service providers to foster new affiliate relationships.



My business partner looked over my work, gently smiled and then asked me, “You’ve got…
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Added by Brooks Briz on October 11, 2010 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Achieving a Healthier Diet with a Whole Food Newsletter

A healthy diet is easy to maintain. You just need to understand one thing – a healthy diet has to consist mainly of whole foods. Now, if you do not know what they are, you might want to subscribe to a whole food newsletter. You will find many of these newsletters online. You just need to look for a comprehensive one. Of course, you can always just opt for a newsletter that has practically everything, so you do not need to subscribe to many issues from different sites.



Understanding… Continue

Added by ChefBlogDigest on October 10, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments


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Five Key Strategies You Need To Dominate Local Search

Bryan Harris, the managing partner of Outback Steakhouse in Durham, NC, doesn't know what a slow night is. He doesn't worry that he's overstaffed or whether the tomatoes that he just chopped will spoil. He doesn't need to.



And it's not because of Outback's brand equity, his restaurant's location or even his latest direct mail campaign. It's because he has a killer local strategy. The bottom line is that if…
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Added by Brooks Briz on October 9, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

What Does the Ilinois Restaurant Association Think About Food Trucks?



I have always loved food trucks and flirted with the idea many times myself, wondering why "roach coaches" haven't gone upscale. They have. My good friend Ray Villaman is CEO of Mobile Munch, a food truck provider. I am sure he and you may have some thoughts on this blog post by Mike Sula on Mon, Oct 4, 2010 from the Chicago Reader.…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on October 8, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment


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5 Tactics to make an unprofitable Groupon campaign successful

The effectiveness of Groupon has been questioned in the press recently. A number of merchants have complained about too… Continue

Added by Eli Chait on October 7, 2010 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Filling Up our Tank



In a recent meeting, one of our best customers referred to FohBoh as an A380 waiting to be fueled and take off. Recently my cousin David had a chance to be among the first people to fly on the A380. For those of you who are not airline savvy, the A380 is the world's largest commercial jet, holding up to 600+ passengers and designed for long haul routes. Seeing as the first 747 was delivered in the late 1960's isn't it amazing that we haven't seen a truly new jetliner in almost… Continue

Added by Richard Heaps on October 6, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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