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Time to Shine: How to Train Your Staff on Selling Wine


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Great owners and managers know how much alcohol sales impact sales for restaurants with bars— and particularly wine. At the same time, seasoned servers know what effect wine sales can have on the success of a shift! Not only does a bottle of wine added to a meal mean a larger check (which can lead to… Read more »

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Slow it Down: Incorporating Artisanal Preservation Techniques


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At the core of the slow food movement is the rejection of processed food as a standard. Slow food restaurants are all about locally grown ingredients, meat from locally raised and fairly treated livestock, and making as much of your menu from your restaurant’s own kitchen as possible. Another way to incorporate the slow food… Read more »

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The Cost of Doing Business: Food Prices in 2016


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Restaurant operators know better than anyone: it takes a lot of money to run a your business. Labor, rent (or mortgage), utilities, marketing, incidental repairs, and cost of upkeep all factor into how profitable you can be in a given month. The cost of food and beverage alone can add up to one-third of your… Read more »

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Labor Law and Your Restaurant: What You Need to Know


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Of the many requirements in running a business, labor law is one of the most critical to honor and complex to administer. The US government understands the challenge and requires employers to post the labor laws on your premises in plain sight for employees to read and access. But once they’re up on the wall,… Read more »

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What the What? Definitions of 15 Mexican Food Menu Items


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  Mexican food is inarguably one of the most popular cuisines in the US. In fact, 1 out of every 10 restaurants in the United States sells some Mexican-inspired items. It’s also a cuisine that uses a lot of the same ingredients (tortillas, meat, salsa, rice, etc.) repeatedly with different preparations and variations on presentation…. Read more »

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10 Tips to Balance Business While Remodeling a Restaurant


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Remodeling or renovating your restaurant can be an exciting endeavor, especially once you’ve secured the necessary financing or saved the money needed to upgrade your business. Upgrades, of course, will hopefully bring in more sales and keep current customers coming back — a critical part of your restaurant’s marketing plan and strategy. But how do… Read more »

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Restaurant Promotion Ideas for February and March


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Let’s be honest: not everyone is gaga for Valentine’s Day, and even leprechauns agree that green beer is reserved for St. Patrick’s Day. While these holidays can bring big sales for your business, there are still 58 other days worthy of great restaurant promotion ideas for February and March. If you’re looking to boost your… Read more »

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Meet Our Employees: Kim Andrews


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From television studios to the hottest restaurants, Los Angeles is undoubtedly the place to be to see stars, eat well, and make your mark. And no one represents that opportunity better than our own account manager, Kim Andrews. Stationed in the shining city (as well as Las Vegas, for the rest of you adventurous types),… Read more »

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Filing It Down: 10 Tax Tips for Restaurants


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It’s one of the two things you absolutely cannot avoid in life, but federal and state tax filing can be a source of stress for a restaurant owner beyond that of the average taxpayer. Accounting for all of your potential deductions is exponentially more complicated than when you file as an individual and making sure… Read more »

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Look Sharp: Honing and Sharpening Your Kitchen Knives


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Whether you’re cooking at home or in a restaurant kitchen, knives are some of the most important tools in any kitchen. Extremely versatile and constructed in a variety of sizes and styles, different knives are used by cooks for everything from chiffonading basil to breaking down a chicken to delicately fileting fish! If you know… Read more »

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Does Your Restaurant Have the Right Insurance?


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Getting your restaurant running can be an exciting time for a new owner. Every decision seems like a new adventure, and one step closer to achieving your dream. However, it’s easy to become overwhelmed when it comes to your new restaurant’s insurance. And it’s just as easy to push off setting up the right insurance… Read more »

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Pay to Play? Paid Online Advertising for Restaurants


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The Internet has expanded the ways small businesses can reach out to potential new customers, and in no way is that more true than with social media. Restaurants who succeed with online marketing use social media to attract new customers and engage with past guests. 51.2 percent of Rewards Network restaurants reported that social media… Read more »

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Next Level Food Photos: 5 Tips to Improve Your Restaurant Images


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How often have you looked at your website or one of your social media pages and thought, “I wish I had better photos. My food/dining room/restaurant is better than that.” We know it is. Despite its widespread popularity, photography as a skill takes practice and focus to master. That said, we’re here to make your… Read more »

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For Pho’s Sake: Exploring Traditional Vietnamese Noodle Soup


Blog Consumer Featured Post Food & Drink

As the weather turns chilly, you’re probably craving those lobster rolls less. Gelato doesn’t have the same appeal on a cold and rainy winter evening as it would on a sun-soaked afternoon. You definitely aren’t checking for that coleslaw that you devoured by the gallon at every BBQ this summer. No, now is the time… Read more »

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Inside the Mind of a Restaurant Server: Getting to Know Your Guest


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In part one of this interview, expert server Christopher Stark shared thoughts on training staff he’s developed over 17 years as a fine dining establishment server at California Grill in Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. In part two of this generous and candid interview, Christopher now details his experience serving guests, the process… Read more »

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Inside the Mind of a Restaurant Server: Training for Success


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Christopher Stark knows a thing or two about how to be a successful server. Having moved through various parts of the restaurant industry, only to spend the last 17 years as a fine dining establishment server at California Grill in Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, he has possibly one of the best pedigrees… Read more »

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What They Want: 5 Restaurant Consumer Trends for 2016


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If there’s only one thing that’s certain in any type of business, it’s this: even if you have the best product, the strongest team, and the most efficient process, it’s all for nothing without the customer. As we begin 2016 and are looking at trends that affect your restaurant business plan as an owner or… Read more »

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Make It Work: 4 Restaurant Operations Trends for 2016


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There’s a lot out there for today’s restaurant proprietor to consider in terms of how to run their business, draw in customers and improve their bottom line. From technology innovations to revamping wages based on a non-tipping environment, restaurant owners will be faced with a multitude of choices, challenges, and opportunities. Some of these could… Read more »

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On the Rise: 8 Restaurant Menu Trends for 2016


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When determining your goals for the upcoming year, it’s important to consider how trends will influence key aspects of your restaurant. As a cornerstone of your business, your menu is also the key to tapping into current food trends. Incorporating trends into your menu can help you appeal to consumer tastes and drive their dining… Read more »

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Finding Your Match: How to Pick the Right Champagne


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There’s a Champagne that’s right for any occasion — whether it’s celebrating a milestone, ringing in the New Year, or thanking a host for dinner. While the name itself already tells us that the wine was produced using a particular method (the “traditional” method) in a particular place (the Champagne region of France), there are… Read more »

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