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5 Ways Restaurants Can Leverage The New Instagram Videos

Just last week, Instagram introduced its new video feature. Users of Instagram can now take videos up to 15 seconds long.

This was released In hopes of competing with Vine, a video clip sharing app, which was released on January 24th by Twitter. Just like with Vine, the…

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Added by Barry Chandler on June 26, 2013 at 6:15am — No Comments


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Choice Beef Cuts Increase in Cost

Now that summer is here, many people look forward to enjoying grilled meats. But the price of wholesale beef has gone up at least 5 percent and there’s no indication that this cost will decrease any time soon. The higher costs are a growing concern for both consumers and the restaurant industry.

 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the latest numbers show ground beef at an average of $3.31 per pound. This is a 32 cent increase per pound from May of 2012. However,…

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Added by Aprons & Smocks on June 27, 2013 at 9:09am — No Comments


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Does Your Restaurant Marketing Have A Rainy Day Fund?

Last night I went out for dinner to a local restaurant and had my meal on their outdoor deck. It was a great night, about 70 degrees, no wind and just a great night to sit out and enjoy a meal. During the course of the night, the owner “Dutch” stopped by our table to see how everything was going. My wife had mentioned to him that dining on the deck was such a wonderful experience and that it was probably a great thing for his business. Dutch’s reply was one that hit a chord with…

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Added by Joe Welsh on June 22, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments


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6 Things Restaurants Can Learn From The Amy’s Baking Company Nightmare

As many people are well aware, social media, specifically Facebook and Yelp, have become helpful tools for restaurants and bars to utilize.  They allow owners and managers to easily communicate and market themselves directly to their customers and receive feedback. However, as …

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Added by Barry Chandler on June 11, 2013 at 12:23pm — 1 Comment


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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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National News

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.

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: 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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