Off-Sites: 6 Ways to Make Events Work For You

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As we approach event season, now is the perfect time to answer the burning question: As a restaurant owner or chef, how often should you say, “yes” to event participation invitations? You know the drill. As soon as April rolls […]


Unexamined Waiting

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It was immediately clear to me that the best possible use of my philosophy degree was waiting tables. Late nights and later mornings spent drinking and reading philosophical texts really prepared me for customer service. My education was very handy […]

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How to Sharpen a F*#%ing Knife

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We may not be the sharpest tools in the shed, but even we know a dull knife is one of the most dangerous things in a kitchen. Any professional should know how to take care of their knives, so here’s […]

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Blogger Events made Simple

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If you’ve ever used Facebook, Instagram or even just the Internet, you’ve probably seen photos of restaurant hosted blogger events. You know, that seemingly crazy PR tactic in which chefs dish out free meals and endure the flash of iPhone […]


How to Fold a F*#%ing Napkin

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Everyone hates side work. And worse, everyone does it wrong (at least according to everyone else.) So in an attempt to settle the eternal argument about how to fold a fucking napkin, we thought we’d offer this definitive tutorial.   […]


The New Kings of Poutine

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The Results are in! Bar Takito was the winner of the Judges Choice, while Frontier walked away with the Crowd Favorite. How will be the next Kings of Poutine? Contestants have a year to prepare!    


Poutine Fest 2015

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Poutine Fest is back! Now running its third Installment, Chicago’s Poutine Fest is delivering on its promise to feature Canada’s popular late-night fast food favorite. For those unfamiliar with this particularly Northern North American delicacy, poutine is french fries and […]


5 Ways to Deal with Bad Yelp Reviews

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Let’s face it: restaurateurs have a contentious relationship with Yelp. While we’ve discussed the benefits of using Yelp for Business, we thought we’d explore some other options…  Option 1 – Own it: Laughing Planet Café, a chain based in Portland, […]


Daddy Issues

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Once upon a time all chefs were huge assholes. They preyed upon the young and inexperienced to become their interns, working for free, stuck in overcrowded dorms with insufficient heat sources.  Chefs smashed plates against walls and made staff eat […]


Trend Watch – Shake Shack Moves the Market

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It seems like something is always happening in the food world. The last few weeks, however, have been particularly busy for restauranteurs… and investors. While everyone expected Danny Meyers’ Shake Shack to have a big impact on Wall St with […]