Culinary Cues

The restaurant industry has been plagued with problems for decades – this international crisis has brought everything to a head. How many times have restaurateurs and chefs proclaimed that they couldn’t simply stop their current model and re-invent themselves?

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7 Tips for Hospitality Marketing During COVID-19

Social Hospitality

As worldwide markets continue to feel the pain of COVID-19, companies of every size are suffering from the effects. However, no one understands the consequences more than the travel and hospitality industries. The impact of Coronavirus on restaurants and hotels has been insurmountable. .

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Making Customers Happy, One Eatery at a Time


Successful restaurateurs open new eatery that's part lounge, part NYC pizzeria and part Happy Hour Haven. The owners of Valley staples The Woodman and Jalapeño Pete’s really know how to make people happy. Their generous “Happy Hours” seem to keep customers coming back.

The Coronavirus Isn’t Your Fault, But How You Ran Your Restaurant Before Is!

Embrace the Suck

The Coronavirus Pandemic is unlike anything we have ever experienced. Times like these bring out the best in some people and the worst in others (a shout out to all the toilet paper hoarders out there). Now, it’s easy to blame your restaurant closing down due to the Coronavirus.

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Trending Ways to Boost Profit Margins on the Dessert Menu


Boosting sales in your restaurant doesn’t have to be complicated. By analyzing your profit margins with an integrated POS, and combining that knowledge with these tips, you’ll start to see profit margins boost in your restaurant. Add value, cut what doesn’t work, and use savvy marketing tips.

Top 5 Hospitality Trends for your Business — the Inside Scoop


The hospitality industry is fuelled by people’s obsession with food. This fixation has driven innovations like self-serve kiosks and kicked off fads like ramen burgers.

How to Handle Temporary Restaurant Closure during COVID-19

7 Shifts

Due to the volatile situation caused by COVID-19, restaurateurs across the globe are having to temporarily close their businesses to support social distancing. In some areas, they are even being legally required to do so. The uncertainty of how long these closures could last is frightening.

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Checklist for launching a successful delivery business


Delivery isn’t simply an extra revenue channel – it’s also in high demand. But before you start packing your delicious meals in boxes and sending them out into the world, it’s best to begin with a strategy rooted in sound business and marketing principles.

How Cold Brew Captured The Millennial Market

Perfect Daily Grind

Cold brew is a popular drink in many specialty coffee shops around the world. This is in large part thanks to demand from millennial coffee drinkers, who make up a sizable amount of the world’s coffee consuming population.

Financial and Operational Implications of Moving to Restaurant Delivery/Takeout Only During COVID-19 Outbreak


With the sudden elimination of dine-in options, many restaurants are either shifting to a takeout/delivery only model or implementing a delivery option for the first time. Deciding whether to add delivery, and how, is a particularly difficult decision for restaurants during these times.


Culinary Cues

Mr. President – I will state up front that I am not one of your supporters and never have been, but as history has demonstrated time and again – during a time of significant crisis our country looks to and stands behind our leader as he or she makes decisions of life and death and stands to carry the nation through and beyond the calamity of the moment. We did this with Roosevelt during WWII and the Great Depression, Bush through the first Iraq crisis, George W. Bush through the tragedy of 9/11 and the initial phase of the war on terror, and Obama as we scratched our way through economic collapse. We (myself included) crave to support you in the process of leading us through Covid-19. The country is willing to put aside political and philosophical differences and unify behind you to show us the way through a daunting health crisis. You have the advantage right now – it is yours to keep or lose. There have been significant stumbles so far, and actually the country will still set those aside as long as you do the right thing in this moment. Put aside the mistakes – we need to know what will happen today because the time to move is in the moment. We do not have the luxury of too many tomorrows or the luxury of ignorance of the challenges. The country needs an all out mobilization of the military, Congress, the medical community, manufacturing, international partners, transportation, public offices and private business, the banking industry, education, and anyone who has the ability to contribute in some way. Everyone is ready for you to lead – the buck does start and stop with you. We need the federal government to set the tone and establish a clear strategy. In the absence of this – individual states and communities will make their own decisions based on what they know. This is human nature in the absence of a master plan. Independent decisions like this will lead to further isolation of ideas and loyalties and more distancing from the common good. The ball is in your court. History will tell a story, but the story can be changed right now. How will others remember you and the government’s leadership as a whole? The only focus right now must be an all out, pull out all the stops, mobilization of everyone and everything to stop this virus. We need measurement through testing, limitless medical supplies for caregivers, economic support that ends up in the hands of the average American, a way to help businesses- especially small businesses survive and recover, thousands of temporary hospital beds, and an all out effort to develop, test and approve a vaccine. Our healthcare workers need to be safe and feel supported. To not have sufficient testing so that benchmarks can be managed, and to not have the supplies necessary to keep these workers safe is beyond comprehension for the wealthiest democratic country in the world. How could this happen? I am a member of one of the most important industries in the country. I have, for five decades, been a part of the hospitality industry, particularly the restaurant business. This business employs more people than any other except the government, is the portal industry for first jobs for a majority of Americans, and an essential industry that not only feeds our people, but also provides rewards, positive interaction, laughter, and emotional support for guests from coast to coast. There are countless times throughout a typical year when the restaurant industry steps up to support those who are suffering – no one needs to ask – when needed, we are there. We are an industry that like many of its employees lives financially in the moment. Our staff members cannot afford to survive without next weeks’ paycheck and tips and the restaurants where they work are close behind. This shutdown, although necessary and one that all restaurants understand and support, will immediately cripple those associated with the business, and if longer than a few weeks will likely result in business failures. Recovery will be questionable for thousands of restaurants who will find it impossible to find loans from banks, and will struggle to pay rent, re-hire employees, re-invigorate relationships with vendors, and work to bring customers back through their doors. This industry needs help. The same can be said for retail businesses, private colleges, ground transportation, and a multitude of smaller businesses that have always been the lifeblood of our country. We need immediate leadership to combat the virus TODAY, not next week, and we need a realization that any stimulus for the future must include small business and the average American worker – NOT just big business. Mr. President – this is your opportunity to do the right thing and mobilize the country, to inspire confidence, to view this as a war that must be won, and to demonstrate to the world that America is as great as we profess to be. I stand ready to support you in this regard, but am losing hope hour by hour. You are the President – BE THE PRESIDENT NOW. Harvest America Ventures, LLC. Restaurant Consulting. PLAN BETTER – TRAIN HARDER. [link] BLOG. Uncategorized Mr. President

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How Much Does It Cost To Open a Restaurant? 2020 Restaurant Startup Costs

Restaurant Clicks

Being a restaurant owner is hard work, but it’s rewarding. If you’re considering getting into the industry, there’s one big question you’re probably wondering: How much is this going to cost? Restaurant startup costs can be seriously expensive, which is an obstacle to many would-be restaurant owners.

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The Other Side of the Cork - Winemaker Spotlight: Alicia Wilbur


Alicia Wilbur, assistant winemaker at Herzog Wine Cellars, approaches wine on a spiritual level to deliver stellar wines. By Yael E. Geller, MPH. There are many types of friends that people acquire throughout their lives.

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The Top 10 Things Learned from Working with 1000+ Restaurants

Embrace the Suck

I keep detailed coaching notes from every client I have had over the past 11 years as The Restaurant Coach™ Some of those stories make it into my books, speaking gigs, podcasts, or just as a solid warning to new clients about what not to do!

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How the Tech Industry is Shaping the Future of Dining


The words “restaurant management system” rarely cause excitement. Food is fascinating, and dining out often leads to cherished memories, but a restaurant’s transaction system does not make it into those memories.

Great Service in an Era of Labour Costs and Technology

Future Food

Customer Service at Mcdonalds (Image via Bustle). Great Service in an Era of Labour Costs & Technology. Will Guidara, one of the owners of Eleven Madison Avenue in New York, has been quoted as saying that it’s “compassion and passion [that] gives a fantastic dining experience.”

Employee Engagement Best Practices for Restaurants

7 Shifts

What is the key to success in the restaurant industry? While a delicious menu and an inviting ambiance are critical components of a restaurant’s success, staff are the lifeblood of a restaurant. The people you hire to run your restaurant can make or break the business.

Restaurant Technology: It’s All About the Customer Experience

Restaurant Technology Guys

Think about restaurant technology and you probably think immediately of your restaurant POS system – and these devices are certainly wonderful tools for maximizing your productivity and hence your profits.

7 Creative Valentine’s Day Marketing Ideas for Your Restaurants


Welcome Reader You are here so probably you’re willing to dig into ideas, which can easily implement to increase your restaurant sales on this valentine’s day… So let’s begin, here will be discussing the trending ideas using by the successful restaurant owners which is simple to execute and provide the best result. Also Read: How to become a successful restaurant owner? Valentine’s Day is a productive way to attract a bunch of customers outside your restaurant. It’s a day where people celebrate love. A study shows that only 12.9% of restaurants offer an experiential dining experience for their guests including entertaining activities and romantic music. Create a Productive marketing campaign is your task on priority. The National Restaurant Association shared the most popular criteria for choosing a Valentine’s Day restaurant- 1. The Most favourite restaurant of one partner. 2. Restaurant with a romantic atmosphere. 3. Places that have a special menu or promotion. 4.Restaurant with a good loyalty program , that increase chances of visiting by 22%. Research shows that almost 34.67% of people prefer dining out on Valentine’s Day. So, this is the best time for a restaurateur to make their customer feel special and spread love in the atmosphere. Read the exciting valentine’s day marketing ideas for your restaurant that your guest will definitely love : Intrigue the couples with an unnatural touch? Valentine day is about candlelight dinners, romantic mood or love-themed foods and Valentine’s Day restaurant specials. Many Restaurants are pre-booked for V-day so you need a winning marketing strategy. Following are wonderful ways to make February 14 special for your guest – 1. Valentine Special Menu. Special Day known for a special menu, Conduct a meeting with your chef and create a valentine special menu with a catchy name. Try to be innovative with plating, For example, you can present red velvet pastries in the pattern of hearts as well as with the red rose leaves. Be sure to keep your menu according to your audience convenience, do not keep it over-priced. 2. Capture Special Moments. Who doesn’t like to capture the moment right? Couples will love to picture the lovely moments they Spend together. Most people find the day best to propose their loved one. Catch those beautiful moments and send to your customers, which they can appreciate for life. Share a picture on your page and tag your customer, this will gain customer attraction to you. 3. Make this day Special for Singles also. Valentine’s day is for couples but don’t neglect the single crowd. Let them feel that you are caring for singles also. Golden tips- Offer Special delivery option for those relaxing at home for an evening, thus you can take it to another level completely. Also, the Restaurant loyalty program is a good way to make your customer feel appreciated. 4. Social Media is the best stage for promotion. Go for creative Valentine’s day promotion ideas for restaurants. Facebook videos are the best, make an engaging video or host a live video on this day to grab the attention of the audience. Some tips for social media. • Content is a king so provide high-quality content. • Try to nourish a relationship with your target customer. • Go for personalised marketing/ email marketing. 5. Host Happy hour for February 14. This year Valentine’s day is falling on weekdays so one thing you can arrange is to offer happy hours. Plan something for Working couples, they would enjoy if you provide happy hours after 7 pm, whereas youngsters lovers would love happy hours during lunch. 6. Themed Table arrangement. It is an important part of your valentine’s day special idea, come up with a special table arrangement. You can set napkins in the heart shape. You can organise an Event a day before or on the same day and give a personalised photo frame or personalised Valentine’s gift to the couple so they will feel good at the time. 7. Powerful Marketing. You must develop an awareness among your targeted customers what you will going to do on this day, what special you are offering to them. Ask a question with you, why will people choose to visit yours? Here comes the importance of promotion of your restaurant. Give them a special reason to choose your restaurant. You should go for something unique while marketing valentine’s day on social media like You can post couples stories, their short messages to grab the attention of others. Try to be uncommon as much as possible because everyone is doing the same thing so you should think out of the box. So, Above are the amazing promotion ideas for Restaurant, hope this valentine’s day your Restaurant will be full of Reservations and bookings. You can also read these 6 ways to attract new customers to your restaurant. The post 7 Creative Valentine’s Day Marketing Ideas for Your Restaurants appeared first on Bingage Blog. Restaurant Marketing & Management marketing ideas for restaurant restaurant marketing ideas valentine's day 2019 Valentine's Day Marketing Ideas for Your Restaurant

How to Profitably Serve Cold & Sparkling Drinks in a Coffee Shop

Perfect Daily Grind

The market for cold drinks is growing rapidly. From sparkling teas and lemonades to cold brew coffee, customers are increasingly thirsty for a more refreshing beverage than the traditional coffee shop offerings. And businesses that don’t serve these risk losing out to competitors.

What is the Average Profit Margin for a Restaurant?


What is the average profit margin for a restaurant can be an essential, but tough, question to answer. While profit margin may be a widely known metric, it can be difficult to fully understand everything that affects the calculation.

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Culinary Cues

We have all had those moments (some of us more frequently than others) when we question what we are doing, the level of commitment required, and the price to pay. As chefs we all are aware of the time, physical stress, and emotional trauma associated with running a busy kitchen.

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Pivoting from Cafe to Provisions: A COVID-19 Success Story

Xtra Chef

As restaurateurs in the U.S. waited with bated breath for details of a stimulus package from Congress, some dove into action. Jason Hoy is one of those people.

Family Ties Unite Hospitality Industry During COVID-19 Outbreak


Author(s): Stacey Sears. Teaser: Many hospitality establishments team up to raise funds for staff during time of need. Restaurants around the globe have been shuttered, with the exception of takeout and delivery orders, in an effort to flatten the curve of coronavirus infections. While the hospitality industry is suffering as a whole, restaurant owners maintain the potential to earn some income despite operating restrictions.

How To: Social Media Marketing in the Restaurant Industry

Modern Restaurant Management

We get it, you’re busy. The idea of using social media marketing to attract customers, all the while managing inventory and payroll, can be exhausting. But millennials and Gen-Z are quickly becoming the largest generation, overtaking baby boomers in 2019.

2 Simple Ways to Boost Productivity


Your staff is hard-working and diligent—but tensions are high, and sales are lower than expected. Is it your staff? Or could it be the systems in place?

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Improving the Sustainability of Your Restaurant During Challenging Times

Future Food

Good Luck Hot Pot Restaurant Empty due to the effects of the Coronaviris. Image via Good Food). Improving the sustainability of your restaurant during challenging times – a lesson for everyday trading.

By restaurateurs for restaurateurs: Advice for opening in 2020

7 Shifts

Are you opening a restaurant in 2020? Congrats! ?? And good luck. It’s going to be the ride of your life. As you plan out your concept, location, menu, staffing, and marketing, take a read through the advice left by hundreds of restaurateurs to ensure you’re set up for success in 2020.

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Managing Inventory in the Days of COVID-19

Hot Schedules

Managing Inventory in the Days of COVID-19. Whether you are closing temporarily or switching to a takeout/delivery model, here are some tips to help. U nprecedented times call for creative solutions. We don’t have all the answers. But we do know that creativity abounds in this industry.

Best Restaurant POS Systems for 2020

Restaurant Clicks

A good point of sale system can help streamline your restaurant’s processes, from payments to inventory and much more. Today, some of the best POS systems for restaurants incorporate a host of useful tools that can efficiently integrate various processes all on one platform.

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Onboarding New Baristas: What Café Owners Need To Know

Perfect Daily Grind

A thriving specialty coffee shop environment revolves around consistently crafting and serving bespoke, high-quality beverages – and your staff’s performance is essential to being able to do so.

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How to Conduct a Restaurant Sales Forecast with POS Data


Accurate restaurant sales forecasting can fuel more informed decision making in nearly every aspect of restaurant operations.


Culinary Cues

The tasks of the chef are fairly universal: planning menus, putting your signature on each dish, hiring and training staff, ordering product and building vendor relationships, controlling costs and adhering to budgets, maintaining a clean and safe kitchen environment, etc.

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Food Haven CEO José Fabregat’s take on food delivery and cloud kitchens in Spain


Founded in Barcelona in 2018, Food Haven is one of Spain’s most ambitious and innovative cloud kitchens. The business was created to elevate the customer’s food delivery experience - a mission which Food Haven takes very seriously.

Mama Lion – A Continuing Evolution


The creation of a destination. Emiliano De Laurentiis. A progressive evolution that has allowed Mama Lion to manage renovations and to react to evolving markets.

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Protect your kegs during COVID-19 shutdowns

Sculpture Hospitality

COVID-19 has disrupted more than our businesses at this point – it has disrupted our way of life. As the hospitality industry shuts down in various areas, people are asking what they should be doing to protect their draft systems.

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Ultimate Guide to Restaurant Management Software


Understanding Restaurant Management Software. The restaurant industry has been evolving consistently over the years. From the introduction of point of sale (POS) systems to accounting systems, technology is changing the ways restaurants operate today.