I've seen several television ads for Coleman Camping's campaign for the "Original Social Networking Site" over the past couple of months. These spots talk about how they were the original social networking site provider with lanterns, tents, etc.
I dare say they have a good point, but it’s wrong. Restaurants…
It's what we all want. It's what we all need. It's what drives achievement and connects the dots to success. Commitment is dedication and in business, without it, you are dead in the water. Three years ago this October, I committed my full time and a fair amount of resources to create FohBoh. My goal was and still is, to connect all industry stakeholders so we can be a stronger, more successful industry. Shared experiences, collaborative thinking, collective intelligence. Powerful stuff.…
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
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…
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:
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.… Continue
Added by FohBoh on July 12, 2010 at 11:00am —
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…
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…
...This is the end
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
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)
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.…
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 —
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.…
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
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.
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…
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
You know the drill - money is tight so your spouse tells you to not spend too much money. So you start 'brown-bagging-it' to work. You feel a little foolish, maybe a little humiliated, that you’re forced to do this but you have no other choice. So you make up some story for your co-workers like, 'I’m trying a special diet' so you don’t look like a cheap-skate.
Anthony’s Fish Grotto, San Diego’s oldest family-owned and operated seafood restaurant company, is embarking on an ambitious effort to rebrand and remodel its restaurants, including the North Embarcadero flagship location that houses Anthony’s Fish Grotto, Anthony’s Fishette and Anthony’s Star of the Sea Event Center.
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.
Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment.
Vending machines generally offer up sodas, candy bars and chips. Not so for the one created by TED Fellow Gabe Barcia-Colombo. This artist has dreamed up a DNA Vending Machine, which dispenses extracted human DNA, packaged in a vial along with a collectible photo of the person who gave it. It’s charming and quirky, but points out larger ethical issues that will arise as access to biotechnology increases.
Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what's to come.
What does the future of business look like? In an informative talk, Philip Evans gives a quick primer on two long-standing theories in strategy -- and explains why he thinks they are essentially invalid.