December 2010 Blog Posts (74)

Tuscaloosa, Alabama Food Safety Training Classes

Food Safety Manager Training Classes

Monday, January 17, 2011

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Huntsville, Alabama Food Safety Training Classes

Food Safety Manager Training Classes

Friday, January 14, 2011

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Atlanta, Georgia Food Safety Training Classes



Food Safety Managers Training Classes

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

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Restaurant Management Training - Strive Hard For Cultural Diversity Understanding and Harmony

Cultural diversity is everywhere you look in the restaurant service business and has to be discussed with employees immediately whenever problems are beginning to mount. The "employee tension factor" must always be gauged judiciously over the course of time during the running of daily operations. This concept must be taught in every restaurant management training program. Anticipation and forethought of this type will keep a pressure cooker atmosphere from exploding, so it won't be too late…

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Added by Richard Saporito on December 31, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments


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2010 Chain Restaurant Sales Momentum....and the winner is....

We thought it appropriate to take a close look at the 2010 chain restaurant same store sales year over year gains. This year on Seeking Alpha, we published about restaurant same store sales “pops”, that magical moment where the sales trend materially moved. In our opinion, a 1000 basis points improvement from trend is a real indicator…

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Added by John A. Gordon on December 30, 2010 at 1:57pm — No Comments

The Ultimate in Wine Cellar Wood Flooring

The Ultimate in Wine Cellar Wood Flooring



Does your wine cellar floor make a statement?



What better statement can you make than to have your custom wine cellar flooring made from real original Napa Valley Oak Barrels? How would you like your wine cellar flooring to be not only exceptional but unique? Having it make the ultimate statement like no other flooring can truly be easy.



So how are Wine Barrels turned into beautiful wine cellar flooring that…

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Added by Jerry Wilson on December 30, 2010 at 8:45am — No Comments


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10 Things You Need to Know About the New Hospitality Wage Order Issued by the New York State Department of Labor

The New York State Department of Labor has issued new wage regulations applicable to employees in the restaurant and hotel industry. The new Hospitality Wage Order, effective January 1, 2011, brings significant changes that both employers and employees in the restaurant industry should be aware of.

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Added by Louis Pechman on December 29, 2010 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Is Your Website An Ugly Duckling?

I was reading through some of my news-y blogs today and came across a post from The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan titled "Awful Restaurant Web Sites". He referenced a post by a Julian Sanchez, a D.C.-based writer that covers the interesection of privacy, technology, and politics.

 

His entire article is centered around the question:…

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Added by Josh Hersh on December 29, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

If You Have Nothing to Say, Discount?

I’m old enough to remember not only that there once were just three main broadcast television channels but also that programming wasn’t always 24/7. If CBS or NBC didn’t have a program to fill the 8 p.m. slot on Tuesday night, the network simply went quiet and blank. But television, like nature, abhors a vacuum and the broadcast channels and cable channels that later joined them quickly understood there’s no…

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Added by Scott Hume on December 29, 2010 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Putting Social Media on the Front Burner

I have been asked to present a seminar for Bargreen Ellingson called "Putting Social Media on the Front Burner".  Every year Bargreen has an Foodservice show for their customers and an Annual Meeting for their sales staff.  This year the show is on January 20th, 2011.  (wow - 2011!  time flies...)  Both Bargreen and I are excited to…

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Added by Jennifer Hancox on December 28, 2010 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Breakfast Raw & Living Smoothie | Goji, Ginger Avocado & Coconut



Here is one of my favorative smoothies. In fact I am addicticted to this one in fact. It's so simple, avocado, ginger, coconut & goji berries. 

Marcus Guiliano, Chef and Owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in Ellenville, NY in the scenic Hudson Valley. Aroma Thyme is know for their "stealth health"(Zagat). The Bistro has an award-winning wine list from Wine Spectator Magazine and over 200 beers. Aroma Thyme is certified green by The Green Restaurant…

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Added by Marcus Guiliano on December 28, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments


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The Perfect Restaurant Storm: 47 Separate Checks

I’ve often described working in a restaurant as Improv Theatre. Every shift presents unique circumstances and challenges, and even the most experienced professionals can be taken aback by the audacity of the human condition.

A seasoned general manager of a popular Boston restaurant sent me a text last week requesting to meet. Based on his extensive hospitality industry experience, I knew his story would not be an every-day tale of woe. When we met for breakfast the next day, he did…

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Added by Patrick Maguire on December 28, 2010 at 7:09am — 7 Comments


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Menu Labels Debunked

 

While most restaurant owners know and agree that offering full nutritional information as a part of their menu is a good thing, many are quick to point…

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Added by Menutrinfo on December 27, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Chicago Local Guide Mobile Application

The Chicago Local Guide Mobile Application can now be downloaded from the Google Android Market:
The Chicago Local Guide mobile application will help you on your visit to Chicago and find: 
- interesting places and points-of-interest around you 
- deals, the best shopping options near…
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Added by Todor Krecu on December 27, 2010 at 5:30am — No Comments

A Quick Guide on Text Message Marketing

When it comes to mobile marketing, one of the most understood and available mobile technologies is text messaging. It reaches iPhones, Android phones, Blackberries, Windows phones, and Palm phones (unlike an iPhone app that only works on an iPhone). New York Times says it's the closest thing to a guaranteed read. It's instant, and it's great for your loyal audiences.…
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Added by Matthew G on December 27, 2010 at 1:53am — No Comments


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"Local" Demystified: Transparency in Menu Offerings Gets Close To Home

We hear the term local tossed around pretty loosely now a days.  While it’s popping up on just about everything with a price tag (local business, locally owned, locally operated, locally whatever), there is

no place more popular to tout the term local than in food.

And with good reason.  The demand for local food has exploded in the…

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Added by Menutrinfo on December 24, 2010 at 6:37am — No Comments

Restaurant Marketing Part 4: I Built It - Come And Get It!

This is Part 4 in a series.  We will look at the traditional sales cycle as it relates to restaurant marketing and examine a full-scale plan to fill all the points on the cycle.  In this part we talk more

about Closing The Sale.

In this series we are looking at the traditional sales cycle and how it relates to restaurant marketing.  My premise here is:

Many believe that restaurants don't follow the traditional sales cycle, and the same rules don't apply…

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Added by Karl Koelle on December 23, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Restaurant Marketing Part 3: I Built It - Does Anyone Want It?

This is Part 3 in a series.  We will look at the traditional sales cycle as it relates to restaurant marketing and examine a full-scale plan to fill all the points on the cycle.  In this part we talk more

about Need Recognition and Formulating Solutions.

Need recognition and Formulating Solutions

In parts one and two of this series, we looked at the traditional sales cycle and how it relates to restaurant marketing.  My premise here…

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Added by Karl Koelle on December 23, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Restaurant Marketing Part 2: I Built It - How Do I Tell People It's Here?

This is Part 2 in a series.  We will look at the traditional sales cycle as it relates to restaurant marketing and examine a full-scale plan to fill all the points on the cycle.  In this part we talk more

about Establishing Relationships - creating awareness of your business

and starting a new customer's cycle.

In we talked about examining your current and desired customer base.  As I said, this is key to determining how you need to move forward - not

just who…

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Added by Karl Koelle on December 23, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

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Dunkin' Brands Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth of 1.2% - Added 96 net new restaurants worldwide including 69 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S. - Revenue increased 6.2%

Hurricane Grill & Wings Signs Franchise And Multi-Unit Development Agreements For Additional 22 Units

Hurricane Grill & Wings, a restaurant franchise known for its never-frozen jumbo wings and more than 35 signature flavors, announced today the signing of five multi-unit development agreements, representing 22 new locations. The Florida-based brand opened two locations in early 2014, with plans for a total of 14 new units by the end of the year.

Dunkin' Donuts Announces Plans For 20 New Restaurants In South Orange County And The San Fernando Valley

Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two new franchise groups to develop 20 new restaurants in South Orange County and the San Fernando Valley area over the next several years.

Brinker International Reports Increases In Third Quarter Fiscal 2014 EPS And Comparable Restaurant Sales

Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased 16.7 percent to $0.84 compared to $0.72 for the third quarter of fiscal 2013

Togo's Inks Deals In Idaho And Utah To Develop 13 New Restaurants

Togo's Eateries, Inc. announced it has signed franchise agreements to develop five restaurants in Eastern Idaho and eight locations in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2014, the brand will also mark its entry into Colorado, Idaho, and Utah with restaurant openings planned over the next few months.

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TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: James Patten: The best computer interface? Maybe ... your hands - James Patten (2013)

"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer and TED Fellow James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral, physical way to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in the digital world, taking the computer interface off the screen and putting it into your hands.

TED: Hamish Jolly: A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think) - Hamish Jolly (2013)

Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.

TED: Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion - Michel Laberge (2014)

Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.

TED: Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win - Sarah Lewis (2014)

At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?

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