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Keeping Your Restaurant On Its Toes

When you run a business like a restaurant, it can be easy to get complacent about the details. Your employees might be used to you checking in on them during certain times of the week, or you might get comfortable with your same old menu. Unfortunately, if your place stays exactly the same, customers can lose interest—which can be bad for business. I want you to know what you need to do to make your restaurant beautiful, functional, and relevant, which is why I made this site. Here, you will learn key strategies for perfecting your business, so that you don't end up with a mess on your hands.

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Keeping Your Restaurant On Its Toes


Gourmet Menu Ideas For A Small Wedding

According to a popular wedding planning website, the average cost of a wedding in America is over $31,000 dollars. While that's great if you can afford it, realistically, many couples cannot. Some can afford it but simply prefer to save money towards a home. Others still prefer a small, intimate gathering, where they truly have the time to spend with all of their guests. With a larger wedding, oftentimes corners are cut at the reception as this comprises 40-50 percent of the overall wedding budget.

3 Cool Catering Ideas For Halloween

As Halloween approaches, there are fun parties and events that need to be catered. Whether it's for a corporate event or a child's party, the right catering techniques, food and decorations make a difference. Here are three ideas for catering parties for adults, kids and others.  Create a Spooky Bar Scene Adults love a drink or two, so creating a Halloween-themed bar scene is sure to draw a crowd. Consider using dyes to color cocktails or liquor red, use dry ice to create smoking drinks, or use accessories like eyeball toothpicks to make any beverage stand out.

4 Delicious Vegetarian Entrées To Try At An Indian Restaurant

If you're not a meat eater, then you will really enjoy eating at an Indian restaurant. Indian cuisine is great for vegetarians because there are many entrees that don't include meat. Some meals are rich with cream sauces and cheese, while others are more appropriate for the health conscious people who want to avoid dairy. Below you will find four really tasty meals. Two are rich and have dairy, while the other two are great choices for people looking for healthy meals that don't have cream or cheese.

Two Delicious Pasta Recipes That Are Great for Catered Parties

Pasta is a popular choice for catered parties and banquet-style meals since it appeals to an array of tastes and is easy to keep warm in a chafing dish. But the traditional choices, like spaghetti and macaroni and cheese, can get a bit boring. Here are two delicious pasta recipes that make enough for a large group. These dishes are also easy to transport if you're catering off-site. Baked Ziti Alfredo with Bacon and Green Onions

Three Tips for Stretching Your Pizza Budget When Ordering for a Party

Pizza from a pizza restaurant such as Tony & Joe's Pizzeria can be the perfect thing to serve at a party. Lots of people like it, and ordering pizza doesn't require any cooking or stress. Pizza is easy to serve and eat while socializing, and it's an affordable option for feeding a crowd. Even though it can be a relatively affordable choice, however, the cost can still add up when you're feeding a large group.

Eating Vegan At An Italian Restaurant: Tips For You

When you decide to take the step to change your lifestyle and become a vegan, you know that dining out will be a bigger challenge than it was before you made the change. However, being vegan does not have to mean that you can never enjoy a nice meal out with friends or family. If you are invited to a dinner at an Italian restaurant, you may be hesitant about accepting out of fear that you will not be able to find any vegan options.

Enjoy Your Favorite Pizza Even When You Can't Have Gluten

About 18 million people in the United States suffer from a gluten sensitivity. The best way to determine whether you have a gluten sensitivity is through a skin prick from your doctor. A medical diagnosis can determine how severe your gluten sensitivity really is. For a more severe allergy, you could end up in the hospital with major pain. A milder allergy could result in stomach pains. While the best way to avoid experiencing any of these symptoms is to stay away from foods with wheat, this means you cannot always enjoy some of your favorite meals.

Unique Authentic Mexican Dishes

American Mexican restaurants typically serve up popular fare like chips and salsa, burritos, or taco salads. But in Mexico, there are plenty of traditional dishes that families eat you might not find in most US Mexican restaurants. If you're planning to visit Mexico or you're looking for a restaurant that is authentic, take a look at these beloved Mexican dishes and try them for yourself. Chilaquiles This dish is a popular breakfast dish made of corn tortillas topped with eggs and either green or red salsa.

3 Ways to Limit Choices & Save Money On Your Next Catered Business Event

If you are throwing a catered business event but don't want to break the bank, you need to plan your event carefully in order to save money. Here are a few ways to limit choices and save money on your next event while still throwing a great party. #1 Pay Attention to Time One of the easiest ways to keep your catering costs down is to pay attention to the timeline of the event.

All About Ravioli

The humble ravioli has been a part of traditional Italian cuisine for centuries.  It's also popular in the United States, where many people associate it with the canned varieties found at the grocery store.  But there's a lot more to this pasta dish than meets the eye.  Here are some little known facts about ravioli: Ravioli has been around at least since the 14th century: Ravioli is mentioned in some documents and letters dating back to the 1300s.

Two Fall-Inspired Chicken Recipes To Include On Your Menu

Are you looking for ways to jazz up your menu for the fall season? Adding a few new chicken entrees is a great place to start, since chicken is versatile, easy to prepare, and a favorite among customers. Here's a look at two chicken recipes that use fall ingredients. Include them on your seasonal menu, and your guests are sure to be pleased. Grilled Apple Cinnamon Chicken Ingredients: 4 pounds chicken cutlets 1 cup applesauce 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce a pinch of cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil Combine all of the ingredients, except for the chicken, in a refrigerator container.

One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others: The True History Of 3 Italian Breads

When you go to a better Italian restaurant in your neighborhood, you expect to be served authentic Italian bread. You also might imagine that the chewy, delectable Italian bread that accompanies your meal has been handed down from fornaio to fornaio (baker to baker) for many generations. In most cases, you'd be correct. But there's one impostor loaf that isn't really old at all. Focaccia: pizza's renowned ancestor. Since ancient Roman times, panis focacias has been a staple in the area we now call Italy.

The Best Bar And Grill For Family Dining

If you want to take your entire family out for a fun meal with great entertainment and delicious entrees, then going to a bar and grill may be a fun option for you. You may not think that your family can take on a rowdy bunch, but this may be just the atmosphere you need. Learn what to look for when taking your kids out to dinner at a bar and grill restaurant:

Blind Date? 3 Reasons To Meet At A Bar And Grill

You've been set up on a blind date and you are having a tough time trying to pick a location for your date. You know you want to enjoy dinner and drinks, but you aren't keen on the idea of reserving a table at a formal restaurant.  You are excited, but a little nervous, and you want to choose a place where you will both feel comfortable, have a conversation and have a good time.

Heart Healthy Indian Meals

If you love Indian food, but you are concerned about your heart, don't worry. There are plenty of options on the menu that are heart healthy. While many Indian dishes include ghee (clarified butter), paneer (cheese), or fried ingredients, there are alternatives. Below is a list of some of the healthy options on the menu. Try Naan Or Chapatti Instead Of Poori Especially at an Indian restaurant, you are going to want bread with your meal.

Three Restaurant-Quality Chicken Wing Sauces To Make At Home

If you're making chicken wings at home, the secret lies in choosing the best sauce. These three homemade sauces will remind you of those served at bars and pizza joints across the country. Whether you prefer sweet or spicy, there's a wing sauce on this list that will please your taste buds. Each recipe makes enough sauce to coat about 3 pounds of wings or 24 individual wings. Honey Lime

This Heirloom Tomato Pizza Sauce Will Delight Your Taste Buds

Who said homemade pizza had to be boring? With this delicious sauce made from heirloom tomatoes and fresh herbs, your homemade pizza will be delightfully flavorful. It might even rival that at your favorite pizza restaurant. To make this sauce,  you will need: 6 large heirloom tomatoes (any sweet, plump variety will do) 1 medium onion 2 cloves of garlic 1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, chopped 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

5 Ways Tableside POS And Ordering Helps Restaurants

Want to know more about one of the newest tricks of the trade that's helping hot new restaurants to turn a profit? If you're trying to run a restaurant in a competitive area, read on to see how mobile tableside point-of-sale can help your business. Dealing with the Waiting Puzzle In one sense, tableside POS can be one tool for controlling the wait times that customers experience. Some restaurants using conventional bill systems do this by training servers well, and that's okay, but POS that is portable can also be an additional tool.

Buying In Bulk: Can Your Commercial Refrigerator Handle It?

It is a very popular thing to buy in bulk these days. All kinds of businesses get special privileges with their bulk store memberships. As a restaurant, this may be a trickier thing to do, since you have to keep your bulk meats and produce in your commercial refrigerator, like one from Hy-Point Restaurant Equipment & Supplies Inc.. Here is how to save money by buying bulk foods and get your walk-in fridge to keep it all fresh.

A Whole Grain Pizza Crust Recipe That's Light And Crispy – Not Tough

Whole grain pizza crust always sounds like a good idea – it's healthy, after all – but it's often disappointingly tough when you bite into it. This whole grain pizza crust is different. Made with whole oat flour, it has a softer texture and develops that crispiness you crave when baked at a high temperature. Use it as a base for your favorite homemade pizzas. You won't be disappointed (or tempted to reach for the white crust instead) again.

What To Do When You Realize A Customer Has Had Enough To Drink

As a server, you are responsible for the alcohol that you serve to your customer's. If you notice that a customer has had too much to drink, it is your responsibility to address the situation. Here is what you should do as soon as you realize that a customer has had enough to drink. Don't Bring Them Any More Alcoholic Drinks The first thing you need to do when you suspect that a customer is drunk is stop serving them alcohol.

Tips for Eating Gluten-free at Mexican Restaurants

When someone asks you to go out to eat a Mexican restaurant, do you instantly get anxious because you're not sure if they will have gluten-free food? If so, you should instead educate yourself as to what you can and cannot eat at a Mexican restaurant. Here are two tips to help you learn what to order and eat at a restaurant that serves Mexican food. Appetizers Almost all Mexican restaurants serve chips and salsa as an appetizer, and you don't even have to ask for these things.

5 Reasons To Host Your Office Party At A Banquet Hall

If your office is like many, you probably host parties every now and then to celebrate holidays or big company achievements. Many companies host these parties at the office itself, but a better option is to rent a banquet center. These are a few reasons why you should consider renting out a nice banquet hall and relocating your group for the next office party. 1. Enjoy a Better Atmosphere Your employees probably get tired of spending so much time at the office, so they might not want to celebrate and have a good time is at the same office.

Fishy Fightin' Words: 2 Beloved and Contested Seafood Dishes

Wherever you find an iconic seafood dish, you'll find controversy. Generations will engage in heated debates over the correct way to prepare it, historians will argue over which culture first created the specialty, and various regions, restaurants, and cookbook authors will claim bragging rights to the only "authentic" version of the given dish. These two seafood dishes are steeped in controversy, as you can tell by the statements that have been made about them:

The Different Categories Of American Food To Try

America is a melting pot of different countries that brought cuisine from their native lands. American food is influenced by cultures that hail from all over the world. Although our food is born out of all the different people who settled here, there is a lot of food that was created here in the United States and is uniquely American. Beyond just hamburgers and hot dogs, there are several other categories of American cuisine to be explored.

How Can You Tell If Your Mexican Food Is Inauthentic?

Although Americanized Mexican cuisine can be delicious in its own right, many diners long to experience authentic, traditional Mexican food as it was meant to be eaten. But how can you tell if your taco is the best Mexican food money can buy, or simply a hollow approximation? These five tell-tale signs all point to Mexican food that has been given a less-than-traditional, American spin.  Your Food is Served on Flour Tortillas