All Blog Posts Tagged 'restaurants' (205)

How to Buy Sustainable Seafood | Bycatch and Trawling method of Fishing









All fish are not created equal. For example the price difference of $3 a lb for Mahi Mahi is well justified if it is handline caught. The catch method can make a big difference in the over catch. If I have learned one thing over my career as a professional chef it is that you need to pay more. When you pay less you will end up paying more in the long run. This is so true for seafood. Good seafood will cost… Continue

Added by Marcus Guiliano on August 15, 2010 at 7:00pm — No Comments


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FOHcus: Change Your Mindset

At various stages throughout the year, restaurant employees from Portland to Pittsburg suffer from the same condition. Like an epidemic, it sweeps the entire industry, taking no prisoners.



It's called complacency. And no, frequent hand washing won't make it go away.



Servers stop doing their sidework. They forget to reset a table between courses, or say goodnight to guests. They pour tepid coffee, or stroll past a dropped lemon… Continue

Added by FohBoh on August 5, 2010 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments


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Local Potatoes

I had the opportunity to meet with one of my communities most accomplished owner/chef's yesterday afternoon, and to be perfectly blunt I learned a lot. I don't know if I feel that he taught me anything new necessarily, but he did prove to me that some of our local restauranteurs are doing it "right". Now, by doing it right its not that he was maximizing his food costs, or minimizing labour but instead he focused on the things that idealists preach will help a restaurant run profitable and…

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Added by Joel Lazeski on August 4, 2010 at 9:31pm — No Comments

FohBoh Is...

I came across a blog post the other day written by the former Community Manager at LEGO. In looking back, he describes LEGO as being 'a fantastic meme'. Well, I wasn't entirely sure of what a meme was, so I clicked over to Wikipedia to get even more confused:



A meme…
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Added by Michael Biesemeyer on August 2, 2010 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments


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Here We Grow Again!

FohBoh has moved from its humble digs in a converted carriage house on a historic strip of old San Jose to an office park on Technology Drive just minutes from the new San Jose International Airport.



In true start up fashion, we subsisted for nearly a year in a space too small, too hot, and too funky for all our tastes. It's the Silicon Valley way; take an idea, find a garage, and tinker around until you find the right mix.…
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Added by FohBoh on July 12, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Connections that make a difference

We hear a lot these days about connecting. Today, social media has raised the art of connecting to new levels - but does this represent progress?


Back in the '50's when neighbors chatted over the clothesline in the backyard, reaching out and sharing tales of their daily lives, hopes and fears, they often related one-on-one in a more than superficial way.


Today, we have hundreds, even thousands of 'friends' and followers on Facebook and Twitter…
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Added by susan holaday on July 2, 2010 at 7:10am — 2 Comments

Restaurants Newsletters: Helping You Stick to Your Diet

Dining out can be challenging if you are trying to stick to your diet plan. A restaurant meal can create a huge damage on your diet. This is particularly true if you are going out with friends. You can find yourself eating foods that are not part of your plan. You may give in to your cravings and order a bucket of hot wings and a couple of bottle of beers. It helps to subscribe to restaurants newsletters, so you…

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Added by ChefBlogDigest on June 19, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

New New York Restaurant Gets Socialized



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Added by Sarah on June 16, 2010 at 2:31pm — 3 Comments

Floating Adrift Somewhere in the Specific Ocean

Young and Innocent



"Que the music..."



...This is the end

Beautiful friend

This is the end

My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end

Of everything that stands, the end

No safety or surprise, the end

I'll never look into your eyes...again

Can you picture what will be

So limitless and free

Desperately in need...of… Continue

Added by Steve Paterson on June 15, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Social media factoid (social media and smartphones)

35% of respondents to a recent Technomic survey say that they access social media sites on a mobile phone or smartphone at least once a day. (Source: Technomic's Leveraging Social Media & Mobile Technologies 2010 study)

Added by Erik Thoresen on June 10, 2010 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Social Media and Restaurants

This week at the NRA Show there was a lot of chatter about the future of social media and how it will be used in the restaurant world. Right now most, like myself, are just trying to find our way. Youtube is five years old and growing up fast. Facebook, twitter, and all the rest are changing by the day if not minute. There is a new tool being created constantly. So how do you figure out what, how and when? Who cares, stop over thinking this and get in on the action before it is too late.…

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Added by Michael Minichello on May 26, 2010 at 2:00pm — 22 Comments


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Be FOHnomenal



Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve what one has to offer.

-Rick Pitino





Take heed, all front of house staff. Today's diners are armed with powerful tools that give them access to dynamic, richly presented information about your restaurant's food, wine, ingredients, service reviews, and more. They are connecting through social… Continue

Added by FohBoh on May 13, 2010 at 11:00pm — No Comments


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Chain Restaurant Disclosure and Analysis Can Improve

Chain Restaurant Disclosure and Analysis Practices Can be Improved

In April, we had…

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Added by John A. Gordon on May 3, 2010 at 3:31pm — No Comments

It IS Easy Being Green: Part 2 – Restaurants Going Green

There are several foodservice companies that have made the jump to be green not only because it seems to be what customers want and because it is “what’s right” but also because of the money savings associated with going green.…

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Added by Kelly on April 27, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments


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FOHcus: Sci-Fi Server

Technology is changing the way we behave. I'm still not fully adjusted to the site of another driver blowing by me on the freeway, their eyes shifting up and down from their mobile device. When did we suddenly become so attached to these devices that we'd actually risk our lives to use them?



About 15 years ago, I was given a copy of William Gibson's 1994 sci-fi thriller, Virtual Light. If you're unfamiliar, it's the story of a San… Continue

Added by FohBoh on April 23, 2010 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

Restaurants With Ears: Listen To Your Customers!

In working with my main restaurant client, the highlight has been interacting with customers and responding to each and every individual. Whether positive, negative, or off-the wall, this is what it takes to build a loyal community.



It is time consuming to build a loyal following say on Twitter or Facebook, but the payoff will be worth it in the end. Here are 5 tips to get you started.



1. Find Your Voice:…
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Added by Josh Hersh on April 21, 2010 at 10:41am — No Comments

Is the high-end in for a backlash from its own clientele?

A very weird thing is happening this Spring. I know of two high-end restaurants, one recently opened and another about to open, that seem to be drawing a bit of a negative backlash reflective of the growing dichotomy between haves and have nots.


Commenting on one, which opened this Spring with a prix fixe menu with two options - tasting ($95) and full dinner ($145) and a high priced wine list, a friend confessed that he was upset by the excess in a time when "we're still in…
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Added by susan holaday on April 15, 2010 at 9:07am — 1 Comment


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Video: What Onr Thing Consistently Made Money for Bars in 2009?

After listening to a range of bar owners, hospitality consultants and beverage industry suppliers at the conference sessions at the Nightclub & Bar Show, the one constant in every business that grew in 2009 was how social media drove that growth. Let me… Continue

Added by Barry Chandler on March 14, 2010 at 11:34pm — No Comments

Why service matters so much

Sometimes we think people eat out because of the food - and certainly that's oftentimes the draw that brings them away from their kitchens.



But it's clear to me that service sets the tone, enhances the experience and can contribute to the desire to return.



Yesterday was set-up day for the New England Food Show. A friend and I went over to set up my booth, a relatively simple thing to do as it's pretty uncomplicated.



Going to the registration desk to pick up my… Continue

Added by susan holaday on March 14, 2010 at 5:55am — 8 Comments

I'll stand up for the facts any day!

I got mad yesterday at a Grub Street report of Uno Chicago Grill's closing of its Porter Square (Cambridge, MA) restaurant. They noted that lease negotiations were cited as a reason for the closing but went on to imply that it may have been a sign that the chain was going "the way of Brigham's," the ice cream concept that wound up going out of business.



In response to what I felt was a snide and unfair implication (not to mention uninformed), I commented (or tried to) that chains may… Continue

Added by susan holaday on March 5, 2010 at 5:05am — No Comments

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Restaurants may feel the pinch of pricier coffee later this year

Prices for arabica coffee futures hit a 26-month high amid a drought in Brazil, which produces a third of the world's coffee  -More

McDonald's rules out all-day breakfast in push to simplify

McDonald's breakfast menu accounts for 25% of the chain's U.S.  -More

Easy ways to use 5 uncommon spring greens

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National News

National Restaurant Association Offers Training DVDs on Harassment Prevention, Social Media Use, and Customer Service

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.

Yum! Brands Reports First-Quarter EPS Growth of 24% Excluding Special Items

China Division System Sales Increased 17% with Operating Profit Growth of 80%; Yum! Reaffirms Full-Year Guidance of at Lea

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes Certified As Nation's Largest 'Green' Restaurant Chain

National Group Salutes Country's Only Large Restaurant Group to be 'Certified Green Restaurants®'

National Restaurant Association and EatStreet Release Online Ordering Guide

The National Restaurant Association and EatStreet have released a free educational guide focusing on online ordering and emerging restaurant technology trends.

Boyd's Coffee Launches Single-Cup Coffees For Retail And Foodservice

The coffees come in a variety of roast levels and include organic and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ options: French No. 6®, Red Wagon® Organic Coffee, Good Morning™, Hi-Rev® (delivers more caffeine), and Lost Lake™ Decaf Organic Coffee.

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: Hamish Jolly: A shark-deterrent wetsuit (and it's not what you think) - Hamish Jolly (2013)

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.

TED: Michel Laberge: How synchronized hammer strikes could generate nuclear fusion - Michel Laberge (2014)

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.

TED: Sarah Lewis: Embrace the near win - Sarah Lewis (2014)

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?

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.

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