All Blog Posts Tagged 'restaurants' (205)

Sunny Side Up! Very Clever Denny's!

Sunny-Side Up?



A FREE breakfast for everyone in America? Are you kidding me? How many Denny's managers now have the marketing reps picture on a dart board? What the hell were they thinking? Just how did the board meeting go at executive headquarters when the marketing/ad rep guy stood up and said, "how about a free grand slam breakfast for everyone in America"....The CFO, accountants and controllers all passed out with dollar signs floating above their heads....regional managers… Continue

Added by Ben Martinez on February 3, 2009 at 8:13am — 6 Comments


Non-Operator
Customer Service Training: the "Diet and Exercise" of profitable restaurants

Funny the way different people approach similar challenges. Think about weight loss, something all too many of us are challenged by these days. The solution is relatively simple, very powerful, and straight forward, BUT YOU HAVE TO DO IT. Want to lose pounds, the answer is diet and exercise. You can talk about it, read about it, even pay to join a gym. At the end of the day, all your body knows is calories consumed vs. calories burned. Nothing fancy, nothing complicated. Now, some folks have no… Continue

Added by James Kohn on January 25, 2009 at 5:11pm — No Comments

10,000 members and getting stronger



So cool, the FohBoh community has over 10,000 members now. Congratulations! Why is this such a big deal? Well, this is the first time that we have a shared place to meet, discuss, learn, share, connect, communicate, vent and network 24/7/365. The restaurant industry is a true community and we needs a place to hang and call our own.



The NRA created this video last year for the industry, as well as for those not part of the industry… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 19, 2009 at 8:52am — 12 Comments

Hot Italian in Sacramento

Andrea Lepore is the co-founder and principal of the still under-development, all-Italian pizzeria concept coming soon to Sacramento, California. "Hot Italian" is a new, hip all green restaurant and scooter shop near downtown. They are getting a lot of buzz and based on what I have seen and tasted, they will change the way we think pizza should taste. No kidding!



Pizzaiolo is a pizza chef; a passionate pizza craftsman and pizza-maker that is incredibly focused and dedicated to honing… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 15, 2009 at 3:38pm — No Comments

France's Tasted Magazine Winter 2009 Edition Sums Up The World's Best Vodkas Andrew Larsson, Best Sommelier of the World blind tasted several high quality vodkas, which included Level 1 Vodka, Grey G…

France's Tasted Magazine Winter 2009 Edition Sums Up The World's Best Vodkas

Andrew Larsson, Best Sommelier of the World blind tasted several high quality vodkas, which included Level 1 Vodka, Grey Goose, Wybrowa, Finlandia and Naturally Ikon True Russian Vodka " IKON TRUE RUSSIAN VODKA: BRIGHT WITH A LOT OF SPICINESS ON THE NOSE, CARAWAY AND FENNEL, ALMOST AKAVIT-LIKE, SPICY AND WARM PALATE, NICE PEPPERY… Continue

Added by Sveta on January 14, 2009 at 11:59am — No Comments

Starbucks to settle NLRB case in Michigan

This story was plucked from Associated Press, but powerful enough to re-post nonetheless.



NEW YORK - Starbucks Corp. said Wednesday it will settle a dispute with the National Labor Relations Board over a Michigan barista who said he was fired for participating in union activities.



The settlement allows Starbucks to avoid an administrative trial that was scheduled to begin today. More of the story



As many of… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on January 8, 2009 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Mexican Restaurant Serves "Hilli-rellanos" and "Bar-Taco" Obama's?

During the hype of the campaign, I had such a blast re-naming some of our favorite dishes after the candidates, that it actually caught the attention of the media...who would of thought that taking my Chili Rellanos and naming them Hilli-rellano's ,would of excited the media enough to come to my restaurant to cover my restaurants political campaign?



It all began with a simple email blast asking my guests if they would vote for one of the following candidates....or as I wrote,… Continue

Added by Ben Martinez on January 6, 2009 at 10:03am — No Comments

Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon A Sipping Good Holiday Gift

Christine Sismondo's Gift Giving Guide in Gremolata Magazine Warms Up To Corner Creek Bourbon Regarding bourbon, which was never well stocked in my province in the first place, I really don’t know what to tell you. It’s almost disappeared, but for an interesting recent addition: Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon ($46.95) from Bardstown, Kentucky. At 88 proof, it’s incredibly smooth and refined; gets the job done without being harsh. It’s a totally… Continue

Added by Sveta on December 19, 2008 at 2:09am — No Comments

Be Of Good Cheer! Happy Holidays From Ikon True Russian Vodka

All of us at Ikon True Russian Vodka would like to wish you and yours a Happy and Safe Festive Season. And a very Happy and Prosperous New… Continue

Added by Sveta on December 17, 2008 at 2:31am — No Comments

BLOG-Humbug

Okay, so I not only love to do restaurant marketing, but now I love to blog. I just love sharing and reading ideas. But have you ever sat down to blog and you just can't think of what to write? I guess I could say that I have 'writer's blog'....(yes, I sit here and crack myself up)....writer's blog comes to me, but I can clear it exactly the same as I do when I work on marketing pieces....I talk to my customers. I get up, get out of my office and go out and talk to my customers. They share… Continue

Added by Ben Martinez on December 15, 2008 at 12:44pm — No Comments

The Weatherman Got It Wrong Again – Where Are My Customers?

Have you ever noticed how the weather affects your restaurant sales? What is worse is when the “Local Weatherman” broadcasts for days the pending doom of severe weather and every one on the news jokes about how they are “staying in to avoid the “weather”.”



Then you sit in your empty restaurant on a bright sunny Saturday morning and wonder how many ways you can get back at the weather or the weatherman for sensationalizing the weather and not taking responsibility for the losses you… Continue

Added by Abie on December 13, 2008 at 3:16pm — 7 Comments

Job and career strategies for the economy.

Strategies for a Strained Economy



from http://www.chefsprofessional.com/strategies.html

Nov. 2008



We’ve been through a few years of ever better good times in the industry, and now again, we are paying for it. While two years ago the options for restaurant professionals were endless, they are now..well less endless.



You know the problems: Rising prices, some municipal administrations like San Francisco passing ordinances which take hundreds of thousands of… Continue

Added by Jo Lynne Lockley on December 9, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments


Non-Operator
9 Ways To Guarantee You're Still In Business When The Recession Ends

1. Your Menu



Is your menu -- the best sales tool you have -- designed to generate the highest profits possible? Or, are you continuing to sell low profit products that should be making more money? Analyze your complete menu right now. From my experience, a proper analysis of your menu has the potential to increase your profits 15% to 35%.



2. Your People



Is your staff on your bandwagon? Explain to them that you are building a hospitality… Continue

Added by Joel Cohen, RestaurantMarketing.com on November 14, 2008 at 4:03am — 7 Comments

Want To Survive? There Is A Way........

I was going to include this as a response to Steve Paterson on my previous blog post: "How to Stop the Waiter From Spitting in Your Food".



I wrote it, got all steamed up; then thought you might want to read it too, so I decided to make it a separate post by itself.



It started out being about how we got ourselves into the short-staffed mess we're in; but when I really thought about it, it seemed to me that there were a lot of other reasons why too.



Moreover, I… Continue

Added by Roy MacNaughton on November 2, 2008 at 8:45pm — 6 Comments


Non-Operator
Opportunity Amidst the Chaos - One Business Broker Explains Why Now is the Time to Buy a Restaurant

“Given the Choice of Parking your Cash at the Mercy of Wall Street or Washington, Most Entrepreneurs Simply Prefer to Bet on Themselves“



Washington Post headlines saying “The end of American Capitalism? Predictions of the Dow to slide further and differing opinions on what each person should do with their 401K. Economic bad news is the common theme of every headline.



The focus of this media attention is on giant businesses wreaking havoc on the overall structure of the… Continue

Added by Eric Gagnon on October 28, 2008 at 12:20pm — No Comments

What your barista won't tell you

I went to a Taco Bell the other day… ok there I said it, I went to Taco Bell and the funniest thing happened to me, no I didn’t get screwed in the drive thru as Joe Pesci so eloquently put it. What happened was this: after placing my order I noticed a miniature trash receptacle on the counter; when I say miniature I mean it stood about 6 inches from top to bottom. There was a sign on the micro trash can that said if I made you smile please leave a tip. Oh give me a break! Is that what it’s come… Continue

Added by Stanley E. Roberts on October 11, 2008 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

They Might Bring Hanging Back...

Recently I mentioned how some restaurant review sites, like Yelp in particular, have been used to bludgeon the unsuspecting restaurateur.



The way this allegedly works is if (and when) a restaurant gets a negative review there is very little s/he can do about it…unless they respond (positively) to a sales rep who coincidentally contacts the restaurateur, shortly after that negative review appears on the site. (I won’t even go into the idea of “who” is writing such reviews….and… Continue

Added by Roy MacNaughton on October 5, 2008 at 12:33pm — 7 Comments

Too much star power

Whatever

I've never understood all the hoopla surrounding The Hills, that show on MTV that features some people I'm supposed to know but not sure why I should. However, I have a couple of gal pals who swear by it, so perhaps there's some reason why the show is popular. But I don't get that channel on my cable system, so I guess I may never find out what… Continue

Added by restaurantdotorg on September 2, 2008 at 8:02am — No Comments

When Too Much Inside Information Clouds Your Judgment

As someone who does a fair amount of writing about food and drink, food media and restaurant culture, it's imperative I have as open a mind as possible. It's easy to do when reading press releases and links to reviews: the main job of PR reps is to sell the sizzle.



Occasionally I receive media advisories from the city health department announcing shutdowns of restaurants throughout the city. As a blogger, they make nice quick posts, especially if the restaurant is well-known.… Continue

Added by Chuck Sudo on August 25, 2008 at 10:58am — 4 Comments

Albariño, the Gastronomic Grape

USAGE, COMPARISONS, DISPUTED ORIGINS



I first began working with Albariño in Hawaii in the mid-‘90s, finding its combination of tropical perfume, dryness, citrusy acidity and minerality to be a perfect match with dishes incorporating the briny tastes of island fish (especially moi, onaga and opakapaka) and fresh sea vegetables (like limu and ogo). Albariño responds particularly well to tart ingredients (especially in seviches and adobo style… Continue

Added by Randy Caparoso on August 17, 2008 at 6:06pm — 5 Comments

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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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