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The power of promoting from within

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When Elana “Lani” Hobson was a part-time fry cook at Jack in the Box in 1977, she never dreamed of rising to senior vice president of operations. Through the years, Hobson climbed the ranks, first within a Northern California unit, then to district [...]

As food costs are rising, small measures can help ease pressure

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About one-third of sales in a typical restaurant goes to food and beverage purchases, making cost management in the kitchen critically important to maintaining profitability.

During the last five years, average wholesale food prices rose roughly 25 percent. Operators can [...]

Serving up the whole animal: Nose-to-tail cooking

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Move over, pork chops. Nose-to-tail cooking, in which chefs use the whole animal, continues to be trendy. At Chicago’s Publican, adventurous diners can savor everything from crispy pigs’ ears to pigtail terrine. “There’s only so much you can do [...]

Capitalize on millennial traits to gain business advantage

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Take notice of the next generation, and learn to “LIKE” them.

“Millennials present the greatest competitive advantage in our business,” says Kathleen Wood, founder of Suzy’s Swirl frozen desserts and Kathleen Wood Partners. Millennials, those born after 1980, represent [...]

Restaurants upgrade coffee offerings as consumer tastes mature

Coffee is America’s favorite hot beverage, and it’s getting hotter, with new consumers starting to drink it at a younger age and restaurants upgrading their coffee offerings. Learn more in this article from Nation’s Restaurant News, written by Bret Thorn.

Coffee by the numbers

According to a study conducted last year by menu [...]

Wage hike debate continues on both coasts

As Seattle began to phase in its $15-per-hour minimum wage this month, pay for hourly workers has been a top issue in other parts of the country, including California, New York and Massachusetts, according to a new article from NRN written by Lisa Jennings.

In Los Angeles, both city officials and the Los [...]

Take the worry out of weekly food inventories

Most independent restaurants calculate their food cost only once a month, but virtually all of the major chains calculate theirs each week.

According to industry averages, chain restaurants ‑ before corporate expenses ‑ are two to three times as profitable as independent restaurants. While weekly food costing isn’t the entire reason for that [...]

7 steps to successful cardboard recycling

Many restaurant owners want to recycle but don’t know how or where to begin. Follow these 7 steps from the National Restaurant Association to get started.

Starting with a big, complex recycling program can be difficult for a several reasons:

Different cities and counties take different materials. Training staff can be time consuming. [...]

Guidance for Industry: Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments; Small Entity Compliance Guide

This guidance represents the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) current thinking on this topic. See the original post here. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if the approach satisfies the [...]

Does it pay to buy used equipment?

Buying used commercial foodservice equipment can save you a bundle in the short term. But is it a good investment? Tackle these 10 questions from the National Restaurant Association before deciding whether to buy new or used.

1. What are your equipment requirements? Start by determining your operation’s needs, recommends Joseph Carbonara, editor-in-chief [...]

Create memorable dining experiences for guests with food allergies

What are you doing to improve the dining experience for guests with food allergens? Most people’s best memories are shaped by food and beverage occasions, and diners with food allergies shouldn’t have to have different expectations, says Chef Gary Jones. Learn more in this article from the National Restaurant Association.

Jones, the culinary [...]

Coffee at the tipping point

Just as this generation of coffee shops has made “venti” and “Frappuccino” part of the American vernacular, the newest foodservice coffee concepts are putting terms like “tasting notes” and “cold-brewed” on the radar.

Consumers’ growing interest in artisan craftsmanship has taken hold in the coffee category, as high-end independents lead a migration [...]

Toast is a flavor: Incredible food trends in 2015

Toast is popping up all over. It’s one of the hot new tastes of 2015, along with seaweed and chocolate dark enough to resemble a black hole. In this article from USA Today written by Elizabeth Weise, learn what new trends of 2015 are making headlines.

All were on display at this year’s [...]

Reading labeling: FDA regulations

By Sara Rush, Senior Associate Editor, Restaurant Business Online

They’ve been kicked around since the idea was first given life in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Now, at last, the Food and Drug Administration has released final menu-labeling rules for chains, and operators have a year to fall in line. [...]

Restaurant groups seek to change definition of ‘full time’

A coalition of restaurant, retail and franchise groups has expressed confidence that they could push changes in the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time workers in the new Republican-led House and Senate.

Industry groups seek to revise the ACA’s definition of a full-time workweek from the current 30 hours to “the more historic [...]