Happy Monday to everyone on FOHBOH! Last week, new President Stewart Anderson introduced himself and discussed an upcoming revamp of FOHBOH. This "relaunch" has been planned for a long time, and we are now mere weeks away from seeing it live on the web. Every Monday leading up to the relaunch, I'll be writing about important information regarding the new platform - new features, major changes, the transition, etc. Today, I'd like to give everyone an overview of the new platform so you all…Continue
Added by FohBoh on May 13, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
By Aprons & Smocks
American sports fans are passionate about their teams. Because of this strong alliance between athletes and their admirers, restaurants have a great opportunity to partner with teams and leagues to create positive brand images that ultimately increase customer sales.
Several restaurant chains have already taken advantage of the benefits that come with team association. These…Continue
Added by Aprons & Smocks on May 10, 2013 at 11:32am — No Comments
You might have the best food in town, but if customers don’t order it, your restaurant is doomed. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your menu is the best it can be. Taking a few simple steps to plan, organize, and design your menu can make a world of difference to your restaurant’s success. Here are 20 ideas that can help you take your restaurant menu to the next level.
Don’t make your customers perform a…Continue
As many of you already know, I took over as President of FohBoh last week from Michael Atkinson, the founder of FohBoh and my mentor. Michael has worked extremely hard to make FohBoh what it is today and his contributions to FohBoh will play a large part in FohBoh's future as well.
Today, I want to introduce myself to those of you I haven't had a chance to interact with yet. I've been on the community for several months, under this profile as well as the main FohBoh profile,…Continue
A few months ago, I found a natural gas leak in my basement. While I watched my local gas company pull out and test my appliances and various gas lines in and around my house, I realized I could’ve taken some preventative measures. Because not all leaks are large enough to be detected by smell, it’s important to periodically test your restaurant equipment that is fueled by natural gas. The two most common ways to test for a leak is through a bubble test and using an electronic leak…Continue
Added by Jessica Arnal on May 3, 2013 at 7:03am — No Comments
Dear FohBoh members, friends and colleagues,
What an incredible journey it's been since November 2007 when we first launched FohBoh. The social web has changed everything and FohBoh has played its part. However, after 5 1/2 years creating, developing and passionately growing the leading B2B platform and brand for social networking engagement in the foodservice industry, I have decided to step down as President and CEO of FohBoh effective today. In…Continue
These days, more and more diners are turning to mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to quickly find information about nearby restaurants, bars and reservations. But did you know that the majority of restaurant websites are not designed or optimized for mobile use? According to Google research, over 60 percent of people using mobile devices return to Google in order to find…Continue
Trying to simplify the restaurant industry is like trying to simplify surfing. It takes time and requires experience while being surrounded by sharks and errant waves one can't easily anticipate. The restaurant business is hard. Want proof? Ask any owner, operator, chef, bartender, manager or food industry corporate executive. It's a scrappy $650 billion a year business with a total economic impact greater than $1.7 trillion. But, while there may be hundreds of thousands of restaurant…Continue
Added by FohBoh on April 28, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments
Deciding which food slicer to purchase for your food service establishment can be confusing. Let Burkett Restaurant Equipment help make it a little easier. Before you shop, do your homework. Commercial slicers make the task of…Continue
Added by Jessica Arnal on April 22, 2013 at 12:27pm — No Comments
Creating a unique signature cocktail that sells takes the right mix of creativity, ingredients and craftsmanship.
Mixologists are continually striving to put a new spin on popular cocktails that will make them a stand-out crowd pleaser on the menu. So what are some of today’s top bars and restaurants shaking or stirring up at the bar?
According to a recent National Restaurant Association’s…Continue
Added by Barry Chandler on April 22, 2013 at 12:41pm — No Comments
Legendary Baking, the Demonstration Stage Sponsor,
Will Serve Up Delectable Pie Throughout the Festival
What is four feet wide, more than 200 pounds and made from scratch? A pie at the 12th Annual American Pie Council (APC) Great American Pie Festival, of course! To kick off this year’s festivities, Legendary Baking, a national…Continue
Added by Molly Koch on April 19, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments
Sometimes it is best to stick to what you know. Why change what’s worked for you for so long? However, sometimes making some changes can be beneficial for business and increase profits. Here are twelve improvements to consider:
Is the vinyl on your booths and barstools well-worn or ripped? Have you updated your decor since your grand opening? Investing in updating your bar or restaurant’s appearance can make a huge difference that will pay…Continue
This is a guest post from Location3 Media's SEO Manager, Tarla Cummings (@Tarla)
Selecting a Search Engine Optimization partner, especially when working with smaller agencies or consultants, is a difficult thing if you yourself do not know all the best practices or the most recent changes in the constantly evolving search engine landscape. Many people will say they know how to do SEO, and while…Continue
Added by John Harris on April 18, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments
In today’s health-conscious world, people are trying harder to eat better. And restaurants have the ability to offer meal choices that are high in nutrients. It isn’t just about cutting calories anymore. Now restaurants should consider providing food items that use power-packed ingredients for the benefit of their patrons.
Fats Can Be…Continue
There is a great article on mobile apps written by Noah Glass, CEO of prominent online ordering software company, OLO. Incorporating online ordering and mobile apps into your restaurant or chain's digital strategy is an excellent way to increase sales and…Continue
It’s no secret, tips motivate your staff.
Without them, you have to cover the rest of your employee’s hourly wage. This means it’s best to get your servers to realize service is service, regardless of who they’re serving.
And that includes generation Y (and even parts of generation Z, now).
Younger consumers are…Continue
Added by Michael Adams on April 16, 2013 at 9:14am — No Comments
Our users have continually generated fantastic content for the FohBoh community, and we can't wait to see what everyone submits next. In order to ensure that only the best content reaches our users, we will be approving all blog posts before they are published to the community. This will not affect the 99% of our authors who submit valuable substantive content - your blog posts will be approved swiftly and show up on the community as they always have. This…
Added by FohBoh on April 15, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
In 2012 alone, more than 770 million smartphones were shipped. That number is projected to increase by 30% in 2013. It seems as if almost everyone from your 10-year-old niece to your 70-year-old grandma knows the ins and outs of operating a smartphone. With that being said, one of the most enticing aspects of having a smart phone is the use of applications. As of October 2012, Android had more than 700,000 apps and as of Jan. 2013, Apple had 775,000. Keeping these astounding figures in mind,…Continue
Check out this interesting story - restaurant manager decides to shame reservation no-shows on Twitter, resulting in a backlash on Yelp. Is this fair? More importantly, is this even a good idea, regardless of fairness?
Added by FohBoh on April 9, 2013 at 3:48pm — No Comments
Thinking about franchising your restaurant? While the risks are big, the reward can be enormous. Franchising takes a lot of planning to pull it off successfully. Determining the best time to franchise – while your product is in demand, but not over-saturating the market –can be a daunting task.…Continue
Added by Jessica Arnal on April 10, 2013 at 10:13am — No Comments