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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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35 Popular Restaurant Apps You Need to Know About

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,…

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Added by Barry Chandler on April 15, 2013 at 8:00am — 1 Comment


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Calling Out No-shows on Twitter - Fair Game or Going Too Far?

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


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Ready to Franchise? Read this First!

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.…

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Added by Jessica Arnal on April 10, 2013 at 10:13am — No Comments


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A Homemade Hot Dog Recipe

Confession: I’m a hot dog snob. I think it started after reading Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. In recent years I've found myself meticulously reading the ingredients of hot dog packaging, opting for the kosher all-beef franks for our annual summer barbecue  This small obsession of mine, widely known around my family,…

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Added by Jessica Arnal on April 4, 2013 at 10:27am — No Comments


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The Secrets to Hiring a New Bar/Restaurant Manager

Along with factors related to location, concept and marketing, one of the keys to determining a restaurant or bar’s success is the quality of its staff. How well a kitchen and dining room functions on a daily basis impacts just about everything the business is trying to accomplish.

Since that process starts with the management team, it’s probably a good idea that those hires are some of your strongest assets. Hiring a solid manager means targeting specific strengths that will give the…

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Added by Barry Chandler on April 5, 2013 at 8:37am — No Comments


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Positive vs. Negative

Do you have one of those friends? Everything bad seems to happen to them. They get sick more often. They have troubles in life and work. They complain about anything they can. It’s like a cloud of negativity is constantly hanging over them.

Sometimes you feel bad for them. It seems…

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Added by Matt White on April 3, 2013 at 5:17am — No Comments


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5 Ways to Increase Sales on Foursquare Day

The fourth annual Foursquare Day is approaching quickly, and you would be crazy not to get in on the action. According to MomentFeed, customer engagement was up 275% last year on April 16. So how can you celebrate in your bar or restaurant? Follow these five tips for promoting sales on Foursquare Day.

Do more than a discount

To…

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Added by Barry Chandler on April 3, 2013 at 11:17am — No Comments


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How to Use Social Media to Drive Customer Loyalty Programs

With the explosion of social media, there has never been a better time than now for bars and restaurants to get on board with a customer loyalty program.

According to an article by Fast Company, researchers tallied more than …

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Added by Barry Chandler on April 1, 2013 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

Career Development: Are you Motivated by your Dream or Your Passion?

Restaurant Managers rarely want to remain in their current position for the rest of their career. There is always another horizon to venture, a new challenge to accept, and a new mountain to conquer. The smart manager may not move from one company to another, but they will have developed a strong career path that will move their career in the direction they want to go.

The question that most career coaches ask is ‘why?’  What motivates you? Most people understand what they want. They…

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Added by Robert Krzak on April 2, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Hot Dot Steamers, Rollers and Broilers: Which is the Best for You?

Here’s to the hot dog; an American classic synonymous with baseball and summer. With opening week upon us, we've decided to take a closer look at the hot dog and the equipment necessary to serve the best sausage around.

Whether you’re a hot dog cart veteran or…

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Added by Jessica Arnal on April 1, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

50 Ways to Kill Your Cook Staff

The kitchen is a very dangerous place. 

I was reminded of this recently while breaking down a trade show.  Four weeks afterwards, and I’m still recovering from painful second and third degree burns from hot deep-fryer oil.   There’s no doubt about it.  If you want to maim or kill somebody, the commercial…

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Added by Joe Ferri on March 30, 2013 at 4:30am — 1 Comment


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Customer Engagement on Social Media Sites

So your business has a Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn account, etc. Now what? Social Media experts from all over have set etiquette guidelines, content strategies, tips for building a following, and tips for keeping them. There’s a lot of information out there, so I’m going to try and make it easy for you by summing it all up.

Let’s start from the beginning. First, Social Media Consultant Jeff Bullas says you need to ‘define and understand the target market.’  Ask yourself…

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Added by MenuDrive on March 27, 2013 at 12:05pm — 1 Comment

Restaurant Management: Managing Motivation in Employees

Career coaching at the management level can be enlightening for both the coach and the manger. I recommend that everyone pursuing a restaurant management position take a few courses in life coaching and career coaching. The basic fundamentals of coaching provide the tools needed to understand yourself, your motives, and your strengths. It also provides the structure needed to manage a team successfully.

One core element teaches managers to understand the difference between a ‘want’…

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Added by Robert Krzak on March 26, 2013 at 7:00am — No Comments


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Four Hot Cocktail Trends for 2013

I found myself in a precarious position this weekend while celebrating a friend’s birthday. I was at a loss for what drink to order. I venture from the grape so infrequently that I spent a good five minutes staring blankly at the bartender and another 10 minutes scavenging for a drink menu and asking my…

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Added by Jessica Arnal on March 21, 2013 at 11:54am — No Comments

How The New Facebook Newsfeed Design Will Affect Your Restaurant or Small Business Page

While Facebook began as primarily a social network for college students, it has grown into a booming marketing hub for restaurant marketing and small businesses. New job titles such as “social media marketing expert” and “social media marketing ninja” have also surfaced. But what does all the social…

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Added by Ola Ayeni on March 20, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments


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5 Ways to Make Your Restaurant Kid Friendly

This weekend I met some friends out for lunch at a local restaurant.

Much to my delight, they brought along their adorably chubby, 14 month old son. Of course, it is MY delight to have a cute baby for me to snuggle while I’m enjoying a nice meal. However, anyone that has actually…

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Added by Jessica Arnal on March 19, 2013 at 8:20am — 2 Comments

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The Melting Pot Targets Houston and El Paso, Texas for Franchise Expansion

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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.

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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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