I attended a food show yesterday and spent some time discussing the current state of the industry marketplace with many industry experts, vendors, brokers and successful operators. The most common insight I received from them was that this “down season” was going to end, and that it was important that operators emerge from it in as strong a position as possible. Now is the time to explore how to bring more profit to the bottom line. How they suggested accomplishing this took many forms, some of… Continue
Added by DJ Tryba on March 29, 2008 at 9:53pm —
I am in the middle of a two-day Wilderness First Aid Class. As part of the class, we finished the two-year certification from the American Heart Association on CPR, AED Use, and Choking.
One of the most interesting stats in the group, and one that our instructors validated, is that just about everyone either knows someone who was choking or was involved in administering what was then known as the "Heimlich Maneurver," and which now is referred to as… Continue
Added by Matt Urdan on March 29, 2008 at 6:01pm —
If I ventured to guess, I bet a large percentage of us got into the restaurant biz because it was a place to earn some extra cash while we worked our way through school to find a “real job” As time wore on, we soon discovered this was a dynamic business that engaged us with all kinds of people from all walks of life and that was exciting! Make good money; meet some great people, and next thing you know it is in your blood. Heck, you may have even ventured out to another industry to see if the… Continue
Added by Andy Swingley on March 29, 2008 at 9:52am —
FohBoh is thrilled to announce that it has hired Diane Cohn as VP Community Development starting April 1, 2008. Diane brings her passion for and experience with community management, having worked successfully at Apple managing its worldwide user group community. Last year she was one of Reno, Nevada's top producing Realtors®, and is one of the country's most recognized and prolific real estate bloggers (see her… Continue
Added by FohBoh on March 28, 2008 at 8:37pm —
In Part 2, I blogged about how Cuzini, a Sri Lankan restaurant, got out the vote for the Restaurant of the Year award, voted for by the readers of the local newspaper.
Well, I've just heard that Cuzini has won the runner-up spot and was beaten to the top spot by just a handful of votes. Not bad for a restaurant, that just a few months ago, wasn't sure how it should be positioned in the over-crowded UK curry house market place.
Here's the key guerrilla marketing strategy in… Continue
Added by Alan 'Brand' Williamson on March 28, 2008 at 8:52am —
Hi there: I am such a lover of Music. So much so, that I have
uploaded songs from my favorite groups from the Portland, OR area.
This is not your mainstream music. It's regional and very fun.
What's on your iPod, Car Stero, 8-Track Tape Player and playing in your Restaurant, Wine Cellar and… Continue
Added by Adam R. Cox on March 28, 2008 at 1:39pm —
Yes, the favorite holiday of Practical Jokers everywhere is just around the corner. I've been compiling these favorites from email spam, over the years, and the time is ripe to share. If any of you use these wonderful little pranks in your office, please be kind enough to come back here to MTMD and comment on how they turned out!
Flip Screen… Continue
Added by Matt Urdan on March 28, 2008 at 7:19am —
Registration for Tales of the Cocktail opens on April 1, 2008. Visit http://www.talesofthecocktail.com/2008/index.php to learn more about this amazing event!
ServSafe Alcohol is an official sponsor of Tails of the Cocktail and we would love to see some of you in New Orleans! Come join us for an education in trend setting alcohol service and responsible alcohol service!
Added by ServSafe Alcohol on March 27, 2008 at 4:55am —
One of the premier alcohol events is right around the corner. If you are planning a new beverage menu or looking for creative ideas this is one of the shows to be at. Tales of the Cocktail is in New Orleans July 16-21. ServSafe Alcohol has just been named the Responsible Alcohol Service Program of Tales of the Cocktail.
If you have any questions please feel free to email me. In addition if you are planning on attending lets gather together and toast this great event.
Added by Sam on March 27, 2008 at 7:43pm —
My plan is to use this blog to promote activities and information surrounding Responsible Alcohol Service and Beverage Alcohol Related Issues such as Ignition Interlock, Alcohol Menu Labeling, Alcohol Drink Taxes etc. Please let me know if you have questions or need additional information.
Added by Sam on March 27, 2008 at 7:38pm —
The chart of the week is sow slaughter during the first two months of the year. First we remember a sow is an adult female pig and slaughter levels are an indication of what farmers might be planning with future pork output levels. Why? Because we need female pigs to produce pigs for slaughter. An increase in sow slaughter would suggest that hog producers are contracting the sow or breeding herd which would limit pork production growth in the future.… Continue
Added by David Maloni on March 28, 2008 at 5:41am —
As the person in charge of all that is creative here at the Heilpern Group
, I’m often tasked with helping emerging brands - and albeit established ones as well - determine their position on advertising, marketing, the whole nine yards. That said, I’m often surprised by the common idea, that marketing is seen as something we do just when we need customers, or clients, what have you.
The fact is, any kind of product or service - or dining… Continue
Added by Jeremy A Heilpern on March 27, 2008 at 9:19am —
I find some restaurants still do not understand the various types of vegetarians therefore are unable to offer suggestions on what that particular vegetarian diner would like to eat. Most, I am pleased to say, go out of their way to provide a tasty meal with the result that the vegetarian concerned visits regularly.
Excludes the consumption of all food of animal origin including honey, and the wearing of any item of animal origin like wool and… Continue
Added by Jackie on March 27, 2008 at 1:50am —
For those of you who know the infamous Dexter Volpe....
I added some pics of him yesterday that will definitely start your day off right! There are also a few of our little Training Team and a few others.
Please enjoy them.
Added by Amanda Vroom on March 26, 2008 at 5:30am —
We all know what websites are and we all know we need them, but have you considered adding a BDA, or Branded Desk Top Application to your site?
You know what they are. If you've been to the Weather Channel and downloaded their desktop weather application, that's a BDA. But BDA's are growing more and more sophisticated. They are the tool you need to interact with your guests, keep them coming back to your site, and to engage in play and information exchange with your… Continue
Added by Matt Urdan on March 26, 2008 at 9:39pm —
I have been thinking about how to present this idea to the members here.
Based on what I've seen, we have Owners, Operators, Chefs, Producers, Marketing People, and possibly some Broadline Distribution types as well.
I suspect that the entire membership food spend is probably in the 10's, if not 100's of millions of dollars. Obviously, groups like the Thomas and King members have much of their procurement and distribution streamlined and consolidated, but what about the… Continue
Added by Steve Paterson on March 26, 2008 at 1:49pm —
This is really interesting.
With jukeboxes going digital, so invites more opportunities for advertising. And Wendy's was wide awake for this one. I'd like to see how this plays out. But kudos to them for playing off of the post-party munchies angle. I smell subliminal attraction.
Interactive Jukeboxes Will Make Pitch as Patrons Browse Music Selections
By Emily Bryson York
Published: March 25, 2008
CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Out drinking and… Continue
Added by Judy "the foodie" Asman on March 26, 2008 at 9:57am —
In my day to day recruiting activities there are a few phrases that I find myself repeating over and over again. I am painfully aware that I do sound like a broken record, but I just can’t seem to find better descriptions of what it is we do. One of those phrases is, “Think of us as a dating service for our industry”. I must say that twenty times a day. The truth is that this phrase describes perfectly the approach that we take to recruiting at Talent Edge Solutions. I have interviewed dozens… Continue
Added by David Hick on March 26, 2008 at 10:27am —
Everyone has heard the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, right. Well it is true it is and even more. A photograph placed in the correct spot of your restaraunt can increase the sales of the one product by over 600 percent.
That being said there are several factors that also help to make this into a reality and some of them are the quality of the photograph and the pos presentaation of the photograph. I personally reccomend that when you are thinking about placing… Continue
Added by Thom LaRussa on March 26, 2008 at 9:53am —
Hi all, this is a late night post here on the west coast after an impromptu dinner with my wife Kim at Boulevard, in the City tonight. It started innocently enough having appetizers at another awesome San Francisco restaurant with Chris Condy and Executive Chef Laurent Manrique. Laurent is Executive Chef at famed Aqua in San Francisco and is advising Executive Chef at the recently re-opened Fifth Floor, also in San Francisco. I find it amazing what Chef Manrique is able to create. It’s even… Continue
Added by Michael L. Atkinson on March 26, 2008 at 12:30am —