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Eat Your Drink: The Rise of the Edible Cocktail

There’s a growing trend in the bar and restaurant business that we’re really excited about.  It’s a little something called “edible cocktails”, and, trust us… it’s awesome.

So what is an edible cocktail? It’s exactly what it sounds like… it’s a drink you can eat. (Think Jello Shots, but much more exciting.) Restaurants across the country are adding these sweet treats to their menus, and the response appears to be validating the decision.

Now, there are purists who don’t…

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Added by Barry Chandler on June 2, 2013 at 2:16pm — No Comments


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The Quick Guide to Food and Wine Pairings

Just about everyone loves a nice glass of wine to complement their meal, right? With so many bars or restaurants now offering food and wine pairing menus, this certainly seems to be the case. But how should you actually go about creating a winning food and wine pairing experience for your customers?

With so many complex flavors it may seem complicated, but it can be quite easy when you get down to thebasics. If you…

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Added by Barry Chandler on May 28, 2013 at 11:02am — No Comments


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The New FOHBOH Platform - New Features

Today, we'll be continuing our series on the new FOHBOH platform by discussing some of the new features we're adding - in addition to the new look and feel. We have a number of fantastic new features in the works for FOHBOH members that will make the FOHBOH experience even better:

Business Directory

The new FOHBOH will launch with a brand new business directory accessible to all members. Vendors and service providers can create descriptive listings…

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Added by FohBoh on May 21, 2013 at 11:11am — No Comments


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The New FOHBOH Platform - An Overview

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…

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Added by FohBoh on May 13, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments


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How Restaurant Brands Can Team Up with Athletes

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…

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Added by Aprons & Smocks on May 10, 2013 at 11:32am — No Comments


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20 Tips and Tricks for Making the Most of Your Restaurant Menu.

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.

1. Organize your menu logically.

Don’t make your customers perform a…

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Added by Barry Chandler on May 8, 2013 at 10:50am — 1 Comment


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A Message from the President of FohBoh

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,…

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Added by Stewart Anderson on May 6, 2013 at 11:06am — 6 Comments


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Restaurant Resource: How to Test for Gas Leaks in Your Kitchen

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…

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Added by Jessica Arnal on May 3, 2013 at 7:03am — No Comments


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FohBoh CEO to Step Down after 5 1/2 years at the helm

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…

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Added by FohBoh on May 1, 2013 at 7:21am — 6 Comments


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Top 3 Reasons Your Restaurant Needs a Mobile Website

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…

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Added by Barry Chandler on April 30, 2013 at 8:42am — 4 Comments


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Twitter founder is simplifying the way customers pay at the restaurant counter

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…

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Added by FohBoh on April 28, 2013 at 11:00pm — No Comments


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Buyers Guide: Choosing the Best Commercial Slicer

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…

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Added by Jessica Arnal on April 22, 2013 at 12:27pm — No Comments


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How to Create a Winning Signature Cocktail, Shaken or Stirred

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…

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Added by Barry Chandler on April 22, 2013 at 12:41pm — No Comments


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Legendary Baking to Create Four-Foot Wide Pie at the 12th Annual American Pie Council Great American Pie Festival

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…

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Added by Molly Koch on April 19, 2013 at 10:22am — No Comments


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12 Ways to Reinvent Your Restaurant

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:

Update your surroundings.

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…

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Added by Barry Chandler on April 19, 2013 at 9:25am — 1 Comment

Selecting An SEO Agency To Support Local Franchisees

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…

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Added by John Harris on April 18, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments


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How Restaurants Can Integrate Healthier Food Into Menus

By Aprons & Smocks

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…

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Added by Aprons & Smocks on April 17, 2013 at 7:22am — 1 Comment


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Great Article on Mobile Apps in the Restaurant Industry

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…

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Added by FohBoh on April 16, 2013 at 11:56am — 1 Comment


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Three Reasons Gen-Y is Your Secret to Bigger Tips

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…

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Added by Michael Adams on April 16, 2013 at 9:14am — No Comments


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New Policy - Blog Posts Will Require Approval Before They Are Published

Greetings, FohBohists!



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…

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Added by FohBoh on April 15, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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Kids LiveWell atwitter over Twitter party

In its continuing effort to promote more nutritious and flavorful children's menu options, the NRA will hold a Twitter party  -More

Starbucks could become top on-premise wine seller in U.S.

Starbucks is planning to slowly expand its evening sales of wine, beer and small plates to thousands of selected stores throu -More

The evolving nature of snacks

Snacks have shifted from an after-school treat to a meal alternative as meal times become more fragmented.  -More

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National News

Wahlburgers Announces Expansion Plans Including Franchise Agreement in Philadelphia

Wahlburgers has signed a franchise agreement with Hingham Associates, LLC that will bring five Wahlburgers to the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. The franchise group is actively looking at sites and is targeting a late 2014-early 2015 opening for its first restaurant.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. First Quarter 2014 Revenue Up 24.4%

Comparable restaurant sales increased 13.4% - Restaurant level operating margin was 25.9%, a decrease of 40 basis points

Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening of New St. Louis, MO Location

Jamba Juice Company announced the brand’s continued expansion in the St. Louis market with the opening of a Jamba Juice® store at 11477 Olive Blvd. on April 16, 2014.

Expert in Real Estate Analytics Joins Luna Grill

Luna Grill, the San Diego-based Mediterranean restaurant chain, is welcoming retail real estate industry veteran Greg Thorburn to its leadership team. Thorburn has been brought on board to fill the newly created position of Vice-President of Real Estate.

Rita's Italian Ice Awards Area Development Agreement for Kansas

Rita's Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Pat Reilly.

CROWD FUNDING

If you are looking for capital to start or grow your restaurant, create the next 501c3, develop and launch the next app for the restaurant industry,or want to help your peers in some meaningful way, we want to know about it.

TED TALKS VIDEO

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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