Marcus Guiliano is the chef & owner of Aroma Thyme Bistro located in the bountiful Hudson Valley of New York. Chef Guiliano has been an advocate for over 10 years on healthy, sustainable, local & real food. He found his mission in cooking when he reversed over a handful of medical conditions including 28 years of asthma. For more information visit… Continue
It looks like health advocates are going back to old fashioned techniques for combating childhood obesity. The old reward or penalize method is the latest tactic proposed Santa Clara County California for fast food restaurants who offer free toys with kids meals.
The toy ban would only allow restaurants to offer toys in kid’s meals if the meals meet nutritional criteria (less than 485 calories, no more than 35 percent of calories from fat or 10 percent from added sweeteners, or have… Continue
Life, for many people, is about the pursuit of happiness. In fact, the Declaration of Independence is very clear. It states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
We spend our lives seeking out what brings us joy. Just thinking about certain experiences can bring a sense of comfort and well-being. You know the… Continue
I was asked this week what makes a good happy hour? I touched on this topic before, but I thought it would be helpful to list what I think makes a good happy hour. Feel free to add to the list with your suggestions and examples in the comments at the base of the post:
A. Happy Hour should never be just for an hour….You want to make sure… Continue
Happy new year everyone. At the beginning of each year we all make resolutions. I would like to recommend one to business owners in all industries. If your response to not investing(spending) money on your company is either you are too slow or too busy, just say the following to salespeople. "I have no idea what I should be doing to keep business coming in the door."
Business will always fluctuate. One day you hear crickets and the next you have no time to think. Look at seasonal… Continue
It's a game everyone is playing today. Most marketing is a repeat of someone else. What ever happened to originality? Today we all have Twitter and Facebook. Is yours really that much better? The fact is we are all becoming white noise to our target audience. Although it makes sense to keep up with the Jones', it's only a matter of time before they are ahead again. Remember to ask yourself one question. "How do I stand out from the competition?"
2010 could be the year you become the new… Continue
Chances are you're excuses for not marketing are the same reasons you should be. Whether you are too busy or hurting for business, advertising strategies should always be in progress. Have you ever seen McDonald's or TGI Fridays taking time off from being in the public eye?
There is an old expression I'm sure you're familiar with. "Out of sight out of mind". As soon as a patron leaves your establishment no matter how great you're food, amenities and servers are, you are out of their sight… Continue
First there was Happy Hour which oddly enough lasted for an hour, then there was what I call Irish Happy Hour which is an hour that lasts three hours, usually around 4-7pm Monday to Thursday. But these days, every bar has a happy hour (now banned in Ireland incidentally).
So apart from the usual half off draft beers and $3… Continue
It’s always a good to look back and reflect on what your year was like. Some people seem to look toward December 31st as a way to say hello to a new year or say good-bye or even good riddance to last year. I guess it depends on the events that occurred and the goals you had as well as the things you can’t control.
Jack Canfield and Brian Klemmer, among other life coaches, like to say… Continue
It's been 180 days since Ted and I ventured into the social networking business by launching fohboh.com on January 1. 2008. I remember when I was the only blogger posting. So lonely was I that I nearly left comments for myself ;-). In just 6 months we have changed and learned and made a ton of new friends and business colleagues from around the world. We are now excited to move into the next phase of development that will make FohBoh even… Continue
Happy chefs...what a concept. Actually, it's a concept that the industry, management and ownership should embrace. Happy chefs and happy cooks make a happy FOH. While the takes FOH and BOH to bring it all together, the BOH is the horse. If the horse is not interested in water, you cannot make it drink.
I've been in enough kitchens to witness chaos, organized chaos or not...it's chaos nonetheless. But, a happy line is a good, efficient line… Continue
The National Restaurant Association has released three new DVDs that offer best practices in dealing with harassment and discrimination, customer service training, and the first of its kind video guide on the use of social media.
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Hamish Jolly, an ocean swimmer in Australia, wanted a wetsuit that would deter a curious shark from mistaking him for a potential source of nourishment. (Which, statistically, is rare, but certainly a fate worth avoiding.) Working with a team of scientists, he and his friends came up with a fresh approach — not a shark cage, not a suit of chain-mail, but a sleek suit that taps our growing understanding of shark vision.
Our energy future depends on nuclear fusion, says Michel Laberge. The plasma physicist runs a small company with a big idea for a new type of nuclear reactor that could produce clean, cheap energy. His secret recipe? High speeds, scorching temperatures and crushing pressure. In this hopeful talk, he explains how nuclear fusion might be just around the corner.
At her first museum job, art historian Sarah Lewis noticed something important about an artist she was studying: Not every artwork was a total masterpiece. She asks us to consider the role of the almost-failure, the near win, in our own lives. In our pursuit of success and mastery, is it actually our near wins that push us forward?
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.