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Red Seal test

Hey everyone I just wanted to share my good news! I just found out that I passed the red seal test! woohoo!!!

Added by Sarah Fitzgerald on June 2, 2008 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

The Bright Side of Social Networking...of Course

I agree with the Interactive Advertising Bureau; if you are not on a social networking site in 2008, you are not on the Internet. I view networking, be it online or in person, to be critical in forming, maintaining and growing relationships, both personal and professional. It is about communication, connection and collaboration...and may even lead to commerce.



Sorry, but there is no dark side without a bright side. There is risk in walking across the street, in choosing a mate, the… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on June 1, 2008 at 10:01pm — 4 Comments

One Long Day--downpour in DC

(this piece was written in response to discussion forum post located here.) Check out post #2984 and scroll down.





Today's series of weather events was really quite invigorating. Around 1:40 pm I began a drive from columbia pike to dupont circle. By the time I arrived to work at 2pm it was a downpour that poets write about and others dream of, and it looked as if it were 9pm or so and going to rain all… Continue

Added by Julia Rose on June 1, 2008 at 12:42am — 2 Comments

Sow Slaughter and the Pork Markets



The chart of the week is US weekly sow slaughter. As reported in the latest issue of the Weekly Commodity Report, the percentage of sows slaughtered during April compared to total hog slaughter was the largest in 9 months which indicates that swine breeding herd liquidation likely accelerated during the month. Why did this occur? Well, inflated feed costs have pinched hog farmer margins for some time now with Iowa State estimating losses since… Continue

Added by David Maloni on May 30, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments


Non-Operator
Are you overloading your kitchen stations?

Long ticket times are a common problem in restaurants, and nothing will scare a potential regular customer away like having to wait 45+ minutes to get their food.



There are many factors that can increase ticket times. In this post, I would like to cover one of those issues, overloading a kitchen station.



Part of designing a menu that works is making sure you are not overloading one station in the kitchen, or one piece of equipment. Your menu needs to be designed with… Continue

Added by Brandon O'Dell on May 30, 2008 at 12:09pm — 7 Comments

Marketing for Restaurants

Comming soon! Just testing out this blog feature!

Added by scott on May 30, 2008 at 8:24am — 1 Comment

Victory Gardens: War on Waste

From Treehugger.com







It's not quite war time, although sometimes it feels like it... Endless articles on the "credit crunch", cutbacks and soaring food prices are putting a chill in the air. During WW2 the British were digging Victory gardens in squares and public parks across the country. They were growing their own food in very tight compact spaces as a response… Continue

Added by Mark McKellier on May 30, 2008 at 6:45am — 5 Comments

A Tasting Buzz

When a certain west-coast based coffee chain opened it changed the way Americans look at coffee. No longer was the drink just a quick way to get a caffeine boost in the morning; the well-known company helped turn coffee into a way of life for people.



This is evident by the number of coffee shops that have opened all across the county. Some of these shops even face each other (as a few do where I live). It is becoming increasingly easier to find a cup of coffee that fits your… Continue

Added by Restaurant Supply Guru on May 29, 2008 at 2:04pm — No Comments

How Human Resources and Recruiters Can Do Their Fair Share To Help In This Economy…

By: Robert Krzak

President, Gecko Hospitality

robert@geckohospitality.com





There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the cost of high gasoline is here to stay. Just recently, futures analysts on Wall Street predict the price of a barrel of gasoline to skyrocket up to $250.00 by the year 2012. As a professional recruiter in the hospitality industry we are constantly fulfilling the obligations of our clients in scheduling meeting after meeting with talented… Continue

Added by Robert Krzak on May 29, 2008 at 6:56am — 4 Comments

CMN Video: Pizza Throwing Championship

CMN Video: Pizza Throwing Championship



It's another video from the New York Pizza Show, where we see the championship round of the pizza throwing competition. These guys really know how to sling their pizza! Keep in mind that this is real dough, not the rubber… Continue

Added by Chef Mark Tafoya on May 28, 2008 at 10:54pm — No Comments

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Added by Chef Mark Tafoya on May 28, 2008 at 1:01pm — No Comments

ReMARKable Palate #145: Marsala Wine

ReMARKable Palate #145: Marsala Wine



Today's show is an audio soundseeing tour of Florio, the legendary producer of Marsala wine, in the town of Marsala, in the province of Trapani, on the far western coast of Sicily. Our guide Marcello tells us about the history… Continue

Added by Chef Mark Tafoya on May 28, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

CMN Video: D'Artagnan's Duckathlon

CMN Video: D'Artagnan's Duckathlon



Video coverage from our visit to D'Artagnan's "Duckathlon" at Chelsea Market. We learn about the competitive events, from crepe flipping, testicle identification, rapid milkshake drinking, and more. We also speak with several of the… Continue

Added by Chef Mark Tafoya on May 28, 2008 at 12:59pm — No Comments

ReMARKable Palate #144: D'Artagnan's Duckathlon

ReMARKable Palate #144: D'Artagnan's Duckathlon



This week, we attend the 4th Annual "Duckathlon" hosted by fine food purveyor D'Artagnan. The event brought together teams from some of the top NY restaurants to compete in food related identification and… Continue

Added by Chef Mark Tafoya on May 28, 2008 at 12:58pm — No Comments

ReMARKable Palate #143: Finger Lakes Wine Region

ReMARKable Palate #143: Finger Lakes Wine Region



This week, it's all about the food and wine of the Finger Lakes Wine Country, just a few hours north of New York City. I attended a tasting at New York's Astor Center, the state of the art tasting room above… Continue

Added by Chef Mark Tafoya on May 28, 2008 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Chef Mark on the cover of Personal Chef Magazine

PC Magazine Cover



I'm so honored to be the coverboy of the latest Personal Chef Magazine. It's the main magazine for our industry, and it's amazing to have been chosen for it. The article tells my story and the circuitous way I came into being a personal chef.



More images:



Happy man



peppers



Photos by Kelly… Continue

Added by Chef Mark Tafoya on May 28, 2008 at 12:55pm — No Comments

ReMARKable Palate Video #40: Taste of the World

ReMARKable Palate Video #40: Taste of the World



Video of the Cystic Fibrosis A Taste of the World event at New York's Chelsea Market. Over 25 restaurants and 20 wine and spirits producers gathered to raise money for CF. We speak with Arlene Weston of Maroon's and "Spike"… Continue

Added by Chef Mark Tafoya on May 28, 2008 at 12:54pm — No Comments

ReMARKable Palate #142: Cystic Fibrosis Taste of the World

ReMARKable Palate #142: Cystic Fibrosis Taste of the World



I attend a special benefit tasting for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, A Taste of the World, at New York's Chelsea Market. Over 25 restaurants and 20 wine and spirits producers gathered to raise money… Continue

Added by Chef Mark Tafoya on May 28, 2008 at 12:53pm — No Comments

ReMARKable Palate #141: Hall Wines of Napa Valley

ReMARKable Palate #141: Hall Wines of Napa Valley



I speak with Kathryn Hall of Hall Wines in the Napa Valley. She's pursuing her dream of making fine Cabernet Sauvignon which expresses the terroir of the Napa Valley. I attended a guided tasting of the Hall… Continue

Added by Chef Mark Tafoya on May 28, 2008 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Culinary Roundtable #21 (Video): Chef Thomas Keller Keynote, Part 3

Culinary Roundtable #21 (Video): Chef Thomas Keller Keynote, Part 3





The final installment of our 3 part series: Chef Thomas Keller of the French Laundry and Per Se gives the keynote address at the Ferdinand Metz Foodservice Forum at the NY International Restaurant… Continue

Added by Chef Mark Tafoya on May 28, 2008 at 12:51pm — No Comments

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Ward Whitworth Named President for On The Border Mexican Grill

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.

The Melting Pot Targets Houston and El Paso, Texas for Franchise Expansion

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 Purchases 8 Existing Five Guys Restaurants, Plans to Develop 45 More

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.

Takeout Orders to Hotels Jumped 125% in Popularity in Last Three Years

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.

National Restaurant Association Praises House and Senate Commerce Committee Passage of Travel Promotion Act

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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TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: Ze Frank: Are you human? - Ze Frank (2014)

Have you ever wondered: Am I a human being? Ze Frank suggests a series of simple questions that will determine this. Please relax and follow the prompts. Let's begin …

TED: Heather Barnett: What humans can learn from semi-intelligent slime - Heather Barnett (2014)

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.

TED: Shih Chieh Huang: Sculptures that’d be at home in the deep sea - Shih Chieh Huang (2014)

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.

TED: Nikolai Begg: A tool to fix one of the most dangerous moments in surgery - Nikolai Begg (2013)

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.

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