Yearly Archives: 2015

To Close or Not To Close for Christmas

  A popular debate this year involves the decision for businesses to remain open or to close for holidays. Retailers and restaurants alike face the challenges of making the right decision for their business and their soul on major holidays.

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How Winter Can Warm Up Your Menu

  No matter your climate, the winter months are colder and darker. From December through March, more than any other time, diners are looking for dishes to warm their souls. Planning a menu inspired by winter foods and feelings will

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Planning for the Party Crowd

As December hits, the masses have jumped into the holiday spirit. This means everyone has a few common things in mind; gifts, charity, cookies, cards, and parties. As businesses, families, and organizations prepare to celebrate the holidays together, your preparations

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How to Get in the Holiday Spirit

December is a month filled with holidays and seasonal celebrations. As a business, it can be difficult to get in the holiday spirit without fear of offending or excluding patrons. From Hanukkah to Christmas and Winter Solstice to Kwanzaa, your

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Not Your Grandma’s Thanksgiving Dinner

The mere thought of a Thanksgiving meal can make any sane person salivate on command. Those iconic dishes that we look forward to all year are finally within reach. For some, nothing beats grandma’s mashed potatoes served up at her

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The Right Apron for the Job

Uniforms worn by front of the house staff are one of the first things guests see in any restaurant. As with signage, decor, and ambience, every detail of these uniforms helps diners formulate their first impressions of your establishment. Aprons

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The Tasting Spoon Controversy

Chefs can all agree on one thing, the importance of tasting dishes as they are made. This simple act gives chefs and cooks all the information they need to be sure guests receive their best work. In recent years many

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Kooky Culinary Concepts

Millions of people around the world eat at restaurants every day. Some people are looking for a break from cooking, others want to celebrate with a special meal, but many are looking for a totally unique and entertaining event. While

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The Science of Ambience

The feeling, or mood of a particular place is known as ambience. In common usage, this term often conjurers up images of romantic candle-lit dinners. To restaurateurs, the meaning goes a lot deeper. Although some would argue it’s not an

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Talk the Talk: Popular Chef Lingo

As a customer in a restaurant, you aren’t likely to hear a whole lot from the kitchen. But, chefs and dishwashers alike know the kitchen has a language all its own. Popular television shows chronicling everything from food trucks to

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