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Web Strategy: Are you a smart operator in the new world of online orders?

Recently an online portal pitched something similar to the following offer:



“Give 20% discount to online orders coming from our portal and we’ll promote your restaurant to 70,000+ of our customers”.



As a restaurant owner, you:



a) Sign-up (what’s there to lose?)

b) Ignore the promotion because you already get PLENTY of orders from the portal

c) Ignore the promotion because you get VERY FEW orders from the portal

d) Wonder what the right… Continue

Added by Atul on May 21, 2008 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Making Money With The Media

Making Money With The Media



Howard Appell Publisher of Today's Restaurant News



Whether you are a restaurant owner, a foodservice equipment dealer, a food broker or a manufacturer you can make more money by using the media skillfully. The media is a tool which if handled in the proper way can increase sales, increase your target market's awareness of your product and lend credibility to your business.

When I had my equipment dealership on New York's Bowery I advertised… Continue

Added by Howard Appell on May 21, 2008 at 10:33am — No Comments

Where is Your Back-Up?

WHERE IS YOUR 'BACK-UP'?





We like our customers. We really, really do. But I have to say that some of them, not all, but some are like our children.

We really have to wonder if anyone out there listens to us or reads our email. How many times do we have to repeat "Make sure you are Backing Up your data"?



It reminds me of the time my son, who was 4 at the time decided that Dad didn't understand how great it would be to climb the tree in the backyard. After he got… Continue

Added by ACT-POS on May 21, 2008 at 5:01am — 1 Comment

JUNE 2008 Food & Wine Festivals, Shows and Events

I just wanted to give a listing of June's Food Events across the World

Enjoy !!!!







May 28-June 1, 2008 Mondial de la Biere

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal Beer Fest.



May 28-June 2, 2008 Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival

Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada



May 30-June 1, 2008 Good Food & Wine Show

Melbourne, Australia



May 30-June 1, 2008 World Tea Expo

Las Vegas, Nevada



May 30-June 1,… Continue

Added by The Tortilla Guy on May 21, 2008 at 4:23am — 2 Comments

SERVSAFE ALCOHOL Summer Promotion

Just announced the National Restaurant Association ServSafe Alcohol Program has extended its 2008 NRA Show Special. What does that mean for you?



Purchase 10 Pack of ServSafe Alcohol Books for $160 thats a 25% savings, order using product code FMX10PACK



Purchase ServSafe Online Courses for $24.95 each. Use coupon code 2495onl



Both products can be purchased on www.servsafe.com



If you have any questions feel free to email me at… Continue

Added by Sam on May 20, 2008 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Hell's Kitchen 5/20 FIRE THEM ALL CAMPAIGN

So What Happened to Matt’s finger?

They cooked it~

What another poor showing but at least I am laughing.

I have the answer for their undercooked food~
A thermometer, time and temperature, basic cooking 101

Has anyone noticed that no one washes their hands and no one has a thermometer?

With such a poor showing the chef should give them ServSafe 101.

What are your thoughts?

Added by Sam on May 20, 2008 at 7:12pm — 3 Comments

My steps to finding a gig? How talented folks find jobs, Hite on the Market 4 of 9.

When I made the decision to change careers I knew what I wanted to do and who I wanted to work for. Feeling the urge to do the responsible thing, I decided I should at least look at what else was out there.



Here are the not so random steps I took….



Went to my family and loved ones. My favorite 6 year old (hottest guy I know) offered me his 5 dollar bill. We seriously considered starting our own rock band but he has kindergarten and I have a BMW… Continue

Added by Amanda Hite on May 20, 2008 at 12:54pm — 5 Comments


Non-Operator
How Green Is Your Restaurant?

Here's a recent posting from Tim Sander's blog:



"Today I read an article about Ted Turner's chain of 'green restaurants'.



He's got the right idea -- clean up one of the biggest eco-offenders in business America, the eateries. They produce incredible amounts of solid waste, bring food in from long distances and purchase products produced in unsafe or unsustainable manners. For decades, we've focused on the nutritional issues… Continue

Added by Alan 'Brand' Williamson on May 20, 2008 at 1:22am — No Comments

IWSB (Alcohol Show) at the NRA Show

Greetings All,

Today was the first day of the first ever International Wine Spirits and Beer Show held in part with the NRA Show in Chicago.



I thought this a GREAT event. A tremendous amount of positive energy filled the room. The NRA did an outstanding job of prequalifing attendee in part to match buyers with sellers.



In addition there were two great sessions. My favorite was moderated by Donna Hood Crecca from Cheers Magazine with a great panel discussing how you… Continue

Added by Sam on May 19, 2008 at 8:36pm — No Comments

Changes, people moving on, how to we cope and move on?

This year has just been plain crazy for me! I'm not talking since January, but since a year ago, at least for myself in my professional surroundings. It seems like every time I turn around, someone who I work for or with is gone. In some cases, they have sealed their own fate... being late, being lazy ( scamming my company I work for out of money), or just not performing to the standards that they need to be. In better cases, they are or in the process of making their own dream a reality, which… Continue

Added by Cindi Digiantonio on May 19, 2008 at 8:25pm — 4 Comments

Talent Management is an Oxymoron!

I have heard this buzzword a lot recently and I get it but how do you “manage” talent? Talent can’t be managed, it has to be lead! As soon as one starts managing talent, it will go away. Here are some tips on what “talent” needs to stick around in your business!



Development – if “talent” isn’t getting constant direction and a clear path to the outcome, “talent” will leave you. Look for ways to help them improve their skill sets. If you don’t, they, or someone else… Continue

Added by Andy Swingley on May 19, 2008 at 7:48pm — 2 Comments

Coffee Drinking Habits

I was wondering about the recent statistics and opinions that were tossed about at the recent Specialty Coffee Association trade show.



FOHBOH may be a great place to research a few opinions of restaurant and foodservice folks......



Are you seeing a change in drinking habits from coffee drinkers? Less cappucicno and cafe latte's and more drip brew orders?



Are you still reeiving inquiries from consumers for cappuccino, espresso and cafe latte?



Are your… Continue

Added by Spencer on May 19, 2008 at 3:26pm — 1 Comment


Operator
Blogging from the NRA Show

Hi fellow bloggers,



I just joined the FOHBOH community today at the NRA Show!



We're blogging about all the interesting attendees and innovative exhibitors at the Show, as well as speakers, education sessions and the International Wine, Spirits and Beer Event.



Tell us what about the trends you've seen on the floor, whom you think we should meet and what ideas you're taking back from the Show. Check us out at www.restaurant.org/blog.



And have fun… Continue

Added by blog-grrl on May 19, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

It's Tea Time

With people starting to be more aware of what they are putting into their bodies now is a great time to offer health conscious beverages to your customers. One choice that is seeing an increase in news coverage and popularity is tea.







According to an article by United Press International a new study shows that green tea, a popular variety of tea, has been found to… Continue

Added by Restaurant Supply Guru on May 19, 2008 at 1:46pm — No Comments

MEETING ON MAY 25th CANCELED

Sorry to announce we had to postpone this meeting, because of the holyday.
As soon as we have a new date, I will be posting it….
Thanks for your understanding.

Carol

Added by Carolina Brook on May 18, 2008 at 5:17pm — No Comments

Read me!

Hey All! Im very new to this site. I was hoping to connect with some other cooks in NYC area. I am looking to work alot more than I am right now.
I work for Hudson Yards Catering in NYC, I love what I do, so I want to do it more. If you are in catering and know of any companies looking for prep cooks or cooks for parties please let me know! It would be much appreciated!

Thanks
Signe

Added by Signe on May 18, 2008 at 2:05pm — No Comments

NRA Show in Chicago

May 17-20, 2008. Well this was fun! Setting up the booth and gearing up for the over 73,000 that are expected to visit McCormick Place in Chicago from May 17-20th.



We met a lot of FohBoh members and added quite a few new ones as well today. Attendees were generally excited to know about FohBoh and delighted that we have a global audience. Our goal for this show is simple: Meet current members, make new friends and connections, promote the FohBoh brand while learning what our members… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on May 17, 2008 at 7:38pm — 7 Comments

Another Chef & Author




The Tortilla Guy & Chef Craig W. Priebe

Added by The Tortilla Guy on May 17, 2008 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Who are these Guys ?






Having some fun at the NRA 2008

Added by The Tortilla Guy on May 17, 2008 at 4:11pm — 1 Comment

Tell me Leadership isn't the most important business practice....

Check out this week’s Leadership group “Best Practices” on our continued search for your best ideas in the area of Leadership.



You would pay $1,000’s of dollars for this kind of advice but you get it free here in the Leadership group.



Thanks to… Continue

Added by Andy Swingley on May 17, 2008 at 5:57am — 2 Comments

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TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

TED: Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - Norman Spack (2013)

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

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