This post was originally created by FohBoh member Barry Chandler. You can visit his profile here.
Mobile devices and smart phones have become an integral part of our society, which for the restaurant and bar industry, the ability to connect with consumers and enhance the overall customer experience like never before.
Thanks to everyone who supported Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry this September, we’re going to beat our fundraising goal of $5 million, and that means many more kids will get the food they need to learn, grow and be healthy.
A year ago that goal seemed impossibly high to some—it was double what we’d achieved in 2011, and the restaurant industry was predicting modest growth in a slowly…
After two years of little to no growth, the restaurant industry added more chain and independent establishments this spring.
That’s according to “Spring 2012 ReCount,” a new report from The NPD Group. The increase in restaurants is attributed to people eating out more often and spending more money on eating out, both of which are positive signs.
Overall, 2,872 new restaurants were opened between March 2011 and March 2011, marking the first positive growth rate for both…
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign got a huge boost recently when our fabulous longstanding partners, the National Restaurant Association, committed to enhanced long-term support for our campaign.
At the Association’s Leadership Affairs Conference Gala on April 17th, National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney announced that the organization’s commitment to work together with Share Our Strength to triple the funds raised for Share Our Strength’s No Kid…
Who says that eating out can’t be low cal? I say as long as you have the information available, you can make healthier decisions at any eatery. Working the San Francisco Financial District (or as we locals call it the FiDi) I have a lot of dining options at my fingertips. Here is an example full day of restaurant-purchased meals complete with calorie counts in my healthy eating range:
The "Tip-Out System" is a very important part of hospitality service improvement for many different reasons. Tips are the basic salary for most hospitality service employees, and must be divided with utmost respect and care. The staff's reputation, morale and income depend on a proper and fair tip-out system.
There are certain factors that must be taken into consideration, before deciding on a correct and fair tip- out system. The most important concept…
I can’t stop thinking about the comments that I received after a blog I wrote a few months ago about how menu labeling was not having the desired effect on some restaurants in low income areas. A lot of you brought up some really good points about consumer responsibility and education, but I was really intrigued by the comments that I got about lack of cooking skills and less in-home food preparation.… Continue
Tonight I am serving this young couple when the guy finishes ahead of her and ask me to pack the leftovers for him. She hasn't yet finished but he doesn't seem to care so I pack up his leftovers. Normally I let them pack it but it was slow so what the heck. He had an air about him that I didn't like at all. He was just full of himself.
Well she is still eating when he sees me and ask , can I see a dessert menu? You know if that is one thing that bugs me is when someone will not wait… Continue
Added by Steve Nicolle on January 8, 2010 at 12:00am —
A recent open letter from the National Restaurant Association in Nation's Restaurant News seeks to rally the industry around a proposed campaign to "debate the notions currently going unchallenged in the public forum" - notions suggesting consumers can save significant sums by eating at home.
While it's true that the mass media - TV, talk show hosts, etc. - has promoted this theory, it's not clear how well their message has resonated with consumers. According to NRA, research shows… Continue
Share Our Strength’s Great American Dine Out®, Sept. 20-26, 2009, rallies thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers for a week of dining out to end childhood hunger in America. More than 12 million children in the U.S. are at risk of hunger – that’s one in six children in the wealthiest country in the world and this number is on the rise! Visit www.greatamericandineout.org to find participating restaurants in your area and eat out… Continue
Added by FohBoh on September 16, 2009 at 11:41am —
A few weeks ago, Laurie Ruettimann wrote a blog onPunk Rock HR asking the community to provide tips for job seekers on how to get the job. My advice was to approach getting the gig in the same way you would attempt to get into an exclusive club.
Here's an example from my "clubbin days".
I remember the first time I tried to get into an… Continue
A friend of mine and I were having dinner last night in a Vietnamese restaurant in Boston when he inadvertently told me exactly why restaurants are going to survive this recession...at least those that are doing a good job and offer value to the customer.
"Restaurants," he declared, "are my kitchen."
Brilliant - and so true!
Several generations have now been raised in this country that do not know about cooking. However, many of them are dedicated "foodies" -… Continue
The old year is winding down and here in the northeast, it's really cold and blustery - the wind is howling down my chimney as I write. Will Santa bring us a better New Year and an end to the drumbeat of bad news, commentators who can't stop commenting on it, and grumpy detractors who want to connect the President-Elect to the very belligerent and possibly criminal Illinois governor.
What lies ahead is up to us! I began a column on my website early this year called "Value Vault,"… Continue
Added by susan holaday on December 22, 2008 at 12:31pm —
After knocking on hundreds of doors working to get the vote out last night after a hard days work we ran into Dave Chappelle at PF Changs. I asked him what he was doing in Ohio. He said "I flew into vote, I guess my vote is pretty damn important." I told him I was getting up early to drive back to Lexington to vote, turning right around to head back to the buckeye state to knock on more doors. I told the Talent Revolution team that joined me this was good training for recruiting, it was like… Continue
Visit any news site, and you'll see stories regarding our nation's current economic woes everywhere. The stories come from both sides of the cash register — business owners and consumers both are feeling the stings from higher energy prices, inflation, plummeting property values... you get the idea. I'm just repeating what experts, talking heads and the like are telling all of us all the time.
Taco Bell will test a new fast-casual concept called U.S. Taco Co. -More-
Avocados From Mexico: All New Recipe Brochure Looking for the sweet spot between indulgence and fresh appeal? Say yes to fresh Avocados from Mexico, all year long. So rich and creamy, use them as a substitute for mayo to create a craveable crab salad sandwich that will make others green with envy. Discover more culinary inspirations and recipes here!
Hurricane Grill & Wings, a restaurant franchise known for its never-frozen jumbo wings and more than 35 signature flavors, announced today the signing of five multi-unit development agreements, representing 22 new locations. The Florida-based brand opened two locations in early 2014, with plans for a total of 14 new units by the end of the year.
Dunkin' Donuts announced today the signing of multi-unit store development agreements with two new franchise groups to develop 20 new restaurants in South Orange County and the San Fernando Valley area over the next several years.
Togo's Eateries, Inc. announced it has signed franchise agreements to develop five restaurants in Eastern Idaho and eight locations in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2014, the brand will also mark its entry into Colorado, Idaho, and Utah with restaurant openings planned over the next few months.
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.
"The computer is an incredibly powerful means of creative expression," says designer and TED Fellow James Patten. But right now, we interact with computers, mainly, by typing and tapping. In this nifty talk and demo, Patten imagines a more visceral, physical way to bring your thoughts and ideas to life in the digital world, taking the computer interface off the screen and putting it into your hands.
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?