July, 2021


Culinary Cues

Look around – they’re slowly, but surely coming back.

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Why Truth in Advertising Matters

Indoor Media

Truth in advertising is of crucial importance. You’ve likely heard people talk about it before — it’s common sense.


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New Age Recruitment Marketing Channels for Today’s Competitive Restaurant Hires

Modern Restaurant Management

In today’s tight job market, to be competitive and stay top of mind of potential hires, it’s important to launch a holistic recruitment marketing strategy to support basic recruiting functions.

How to Open a Coffee Shop: The Ultimate Guide

7 Shifts

So you want to open up your very own coffee shop. We're all here for it! Coffee shops can be so much more than a place to grab a cup of joe and a croissant. They are places where friends and family gather, where ideas are formed and spread, and where important work gets done.

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The Restaurant Technology Buyer's Checklist

Evaluating new technology for your growing restaurant enterprise tends to be a long, murky, burdensome process. After helping dozens of companies on their restaurant management solution selection journey, we’ve identified the common factor in finding the right fit: precise, thoughtful research. In this simple guide, we highlight the twelve most essential research areas that technology evaluators need to include in their evaluation journey. Download the guide today.

Why Bar Inventory Management is Crucial to Post-Pandemic Success

Sculpture Hospitality

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, bar owners around the world have learnt a number of lessons about managing their businesses during challenging times. Perhaps no lesson, however, has been as important as understanding cash flow. Restaurant Operations Restaurant Inventory Bar Inventory

5 Effective Ways to Increase Profit Margins at Your Restaurant


Reading Time: 5 minutes. The pandemic has exacerbated the restaurant labor crisis and there is only one way out – offering staff higher wages and improving benefits. To achieve this while still staying in the black, restaurants need to significantly increase profit margins, but how?

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Why Physical Advertising is Still Important

Indoor Media

It’s 2021, and the world is well into the digital age. The internet rules the world — people live on social media. For example, there are about 2.85 billion monthly active users on Facebook, which is a little more than a third of the world’s population.

Ambient Tech Is The Future of Restaurants

Modern Restaurant Management

Restaurant technology adoption has accelerated throughout the pandemic, shifting digital tools from futuristic nice-to-haves into critical components of day-to-day operations.

Danny Meyer on How to Hire the Right People For Your Restaurant

7 Shifts

How do the world's best restaurateurs hire their teams? We got a pretty good idea when we had the pleasure of hosting Danny Meyer in our office (virtually, of course!) for a fireside chat with 7shifts CEO, Jordan Boesch.

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How to Manage Your Restaurant Inventory for Greater Profitability

Sculpture Hospitality

Your restaurant inventory is the backbone of your business. The stock you buy is an asset that directly impacts how profitable your business is, yet so many restaurants aren’t building inventory management strategies that protect those assets. Restaurant Inventory Bar Inventory

Dive Into Your Inventory Data (and Add Substantial Profits to Your Bottom Line)

Speaker: Ian Foster, Sculpture Hospitality Regional Director West Coast

In this seminar, Ian Foster will discuss the basics of inventory management, including tips on how to get inventory right and how to evaluate your food and pour costs. Ian will examine the best ordering practices from our clients. Finally, he’ll share some case studies showing how well designed inventory control can uncover hidden losses from over-pouring and lost sales that will result in several thousand dollars of extra profit every month.

6 Effective Ways to Increase Profit Margins at Your Restaurant


Reading Time: 5 minutes. The pandemic has exacerbated the restaurant labor crisis and there is only one way out – offering staff higher wages and improving benefits. To achieve this while still staying in the black, restaurants need to significantly increase profit margins, but how?


Culinary Cues

Yes, I get it. It has all been about survival for restaurants over the past 16 months and survival has not been easy.

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Who is the Audience for Grocery Store Advertising?

Indoor Media

Planning a marketing strategy without understanding your audience is no different than taking a shot in the dark. Without a target, how will you hit your goals? If you don’t focus your messaging and place your advertisements strategically, how will you drive business growth?

How to Invest for the Future When Profits are Down

Modern Restaurant Management

When six years of growth for the restaurant industry are wiped away in a year, it’s no surprise that the National Restaurant Association is saying that 2020 was the worst year for restaurants. With more vaccinations, restrictions are lifting and diners are returning in droves.

Changes in Consumer Habits: Looking Back Over the Last 12 Months of Retail

This large-scale North American survey explores changes in expectations over the last year. You’ll learn what consumers expect, how habits are solidifying, and where to focus to drive the greatest impact.

How to Improve Team Communication with Restaurant Staff and Management

7 Shifts

You would think something as second nature to people as communication would be easy to manage in the workplace. After all, there are so many more pressing problems that need to be dealt with.

12 Best Chinese Food Restaurant Chains

Restaurant Clicks

Chinese food is the ultimate take-out food, its sweet, sour, tangy, and spicy sauces make marinating vegetables, meats, and seafood more perfect the longer it sits.

Why Customers Love Smaller Menus

Restaurant Engine

You’ll find offering your customers a smaller menu, they’ll order more because it’s easier to decide. When it comes to the restaurant menu , many restaurant owners tend to think bigger and longer is better.


Culinary Cues

Well, I suppose desperate times call for desperate measures. If there is stability in the restaurant business – I’m not quite sure where it is.

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Maximize Your Profit Margins

Speaker: Shawn Imbeault and Geoff Loukes, Sculpture Hospitality

In the past year, we've learned that maximizing margins can determine whether your restaurant stays afloat when times get hard. Join Shawn Limbeault and Geoff Loukes, in this master class that will take you through the best practices of maximizing your margins, From FOH to BOH.

Librandi Wines of Calabria

A Wine Story

Librandi Wines of Calabria. Librandi: Authentic Wines of Calabria Recently I discovered several delicious wines of Librande. This is a new-to-me brand from an Italian wine-growing region, Calabria, with historical significance.

Hiring Professional Security to Protect Your Restaurant

Modern Restaurant Management

Hiring a security firm can help protect your restaurant from disgruntled customers and crime, but which firm do you hire and what should you look for in a security team? When trusting someone else to protect your restuarant, it is important to find the right firm for the job.

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How Kaldi’s Coffee uses 7shifts to schedule and connect with 100+ team members

7 Shifts

Kaldi's Coffee was founded nearly 27 years ago in St. Louis and has been providing great coffee from all over the world to the masses ever since. And in those years, they've grown considerably, adding 12 locations across St. Louis and even into Atlanta, Georgia.

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Meeting Off-Premise Demand While Rebuilding In-Restaurant Sales to Boost Profitability


The pandemic has undeniably changed the restaurant industry. Some restaurant trends may already have been in motion, but the restrictions and adjustments caused by the pandemic accelerated the changes.

Restaurant Management Masterclass

Speaker: Harlan Scott, Founder of Harlan Scott Hospitality and Industry Restaurant

Due first to necessary staffing cuts, extreme safety protocols, and now the need to rehire against outsized government stimulus, unemployment benefits and wage requirements, managing and staffing have become the most urgent conversation in restaurants today. This, adding on to the lynch-pin management style restaurants often have, has made restaurant cultures more vulnerable and volatile than ever. If your restaurant is suffering from cut staff, low morale, or ineffective training, you've come to the right place. Join Harlan Scott of Harlan Scott Hospitality, learn how to get back in control of your restaurant and your operation back on autopilot.

29 Restaurant Marketing Tips To Win Your Market


Restaurant marketing has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. With the rise of the internet and the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets, the vast majority of marketing efforts are concentrated online. But there are still effective marketing channels available offline too.


Culinary Cues

Let’s face it – we are prisoners of our own emotional package. Some of these emotions are visible and some are not; some are more pronounced in certain individuals, and some are barely noticeable in others, but the fact remains that our emotional package can be, and in many cases is: in control.

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?? Alto Adige Wines

A Wine Story

Alto Adige Wines. Alto Adige Wines. Alto Adige is one of Italy’s smallest wine regions. You may hear the German language here, or see a German surname. The reason is that for many years (at different times) the region was under Italian and German rule.

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Turning Pain Points into Strengths: How to Create a 360-Degree Dining Experience

Modern Restaurant Management

The pandemic has devastated the restaurant industry, with profitability and staffing levels down for the vast majority of restaurant operators.

What I Wish I Knew Before Buying A POS System

For multi-unit restaurant operators, poor technology decisions have disastrous, rippling consequences. Whether you have twenty locations or two hundred, the decision of which POS system to use can define your operation, team culture, growth potential, and profit margins — either by unlocking opportunity, or holding you back from it.

12 Best Ways To Get Your Restaurant Noticed

7 Shifts

With plenty of restaurants to choose from, you want to make sure yours stands out from the rest. You may have the finest ingredients, the friendliest staff, and a picture-perfect venue, but if your restaurant isn't getting noticed, all that hard work will go to waste.

What is an Angel Shot and When to Order It

Restaurant Clicks

As lockdowns continue to lift across the country, excited patrons are returning to bars and restaurants, eager to find fun. However, for women who haven’t been in a bar recently, it’s important to never forget basic safety techniques. Enter the angel shot.

How Restaurants Are Using Data and Analytics to Increase Profits

The Eat Restaurant

As digitization reshapes the functional and operational outlook of the restaurant industry, major independents and franchisees alike are clinging to data in the hope that it’ll help them succeed in this modern business landscape. Guest experience

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Reduce Prep Work & Increase Profit Margins with Pre-Cut Foods


Reading Time: 3 minutes. In the kitchen, time equals money. Restaurant operators need to cut back on any activity that isn’t directly increasing profit margins, and prepping is a major one.

Insight Into the Post-Pandemic Restaurant

This pandemic has brought permanent changes to the market and consumer behavior. But like all things, the crisis will pass, and people will start to explore how to resume normal activities. It’s crucial to ensure that your restaurant is ready to adjust and kick-start once the pandemic has passed. Here’s how to adjust your business model in order to get your restaurant back on track.