Best Restaurant Shoes

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My first job was washing dishes at a small regional chain in Ohio called Bill Knapps (which still exists… sort of.) I didn’t have much of a clue about washing dishes, much less working in restaurants, so I just wore […]


Zen and the Art of Prep

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Every cook has a war story. It might be about how a 17-top managed to order 20 steaks at 5 different temps. Or it could be the classic ‘I cut myself on the Hobart slicer and just super glued my […]


One Reason 2017 is Going to Be Better: You.

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Let’s face it, 2016 did not go as planned. We lost so many greats (Prince, if you can hear me, I love you), witnessed so many tragedies and felt the crush of so many defeats. And just as a final […]


The Shift Before Christmas

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  ‘Twas the shift before Christmas, when all through the kitchen A line cook was stirring the stock made with chicken; The mise was laid out by the expo with care, In hopes that the guests would soon all be there; […]


Food Costs Don’t Matter

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Food cost percentage is an indicator of raw product cost. That’s it. It is one number that holds a spot upon the pedestal of all that is sacred in the restaurant world – and that pedestal is on a very […]


The 5 worst gifts for restaurant workers

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  For Your Chef Since chefs love food and chefs love tattoos, what’s better than an industry themed tattoo? And what would best go with their collection of farm to table themed tattoos than a Food Services of America tatt? […]


Trend Watch 2017

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2017 is almost here! Few businesses are as reactive to trends as restaurants. Every year restaurant consultants Baum + Whiteman put out a list of the biggest trends in restaurants.  To save you 21 pages of reading, we’ll boil it […]


3 Types of Holiday Big Tops

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The holidays are here! And hopefully that means many of you are looking at full dining rooms and booked out reservations. For those of you looking forward to some lucrative big-tops, here’s a handy holiday guide of the kinds of […]


How to Write a Money Making Wine List

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I’ll admit it – when I was given the job of writing a wine list I had no idea what I was doing. I had studied my wines, sat for tastings, traveled to meet wine makers, and learned the basics […]


Holiday Reservations: Make a list, check it twice, and only cry once

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The holiday season brings a lot of “gifts” and “joy,” not the least being large-party reservations. Holiday season reservations can make or break your holiday revenues, so here are a few suggestions to get you prepared for some holiday “cheer.” […]