Champagne and New Year’s Eve

Champagne and New Year's

Champagne and New Year’s Eve have long been linked together. Celebrating the end of the year past and the start of the New Year on the horizon with a glass of the bubbly just seem to go together. So why do we do it? According to Bloomberg’s “Why Do We Drink Champagne on New Year’s […]

Craft Beer Diversity

craft beer diversity

There’s no denying the popularity of craft beers, and now there’s a move from microbreweries to nanobreweries and an increase in craft beer diversity. The demand for diversity is driven by palettes that parallel those of wine drinkers, where it’s far more than selecting red, white or rose. Some brewers are ignoring the idea of […]

Culinary Forecast for 2014

Culinary Forecast for 2014

What will be on your menu next year? The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has completed its culinary forecast for 2014. To make the prediction, NRA surveys almost 1,300 chefs who are members of the American Culinary Federation. In a nutshell, it’s time to look in your own backyard if you aren’t already doing that. Healthy […]

Inaugural Restaurant Finance Summit

NRA Restaurant Finance Summit

Economic and financial indicators in the restaurant industry have shown positive trends, and the National Restaurant Association (NRA) will hold its inaugural restaurant finance summit next May. The conference, slated to be held on May 19, 2014 at McCormick Place, Chicago, will feature discussions regarding the fiscal health of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries. […]

Work Life Balance for Restaurant Owners

Work Life Balance

When you own your own business, you get to work half a day, and because you’re the boss, you get to choose which twelve hours it will be. For restaurateurs, those twelve hours may occur seven days a week, but achieving work life balance for restaurant and pub owners is not impossible. You spend the […]

Christmas Cocktails

Christmas Cocktails Eggnog

While eggnog can get old as quickly as Christmas music that starts before Thanksgiving, there are plenty of ideas for Christmas cocktails with a twist (no pun intended). Here are a few to consider: Peppermint Stick: White crème de cacao and peppermint schnapps. Christmas Cookie: A shot of peppermint schnapps blended with Kahlua and Bailey’s. […]

Office Christmas Parties Are Up

Office Christmas parties are on the rise

‘Tis the season, and the number of firms holding office Christmas parties are up. In fact, according to BattaliaWinston, a leading global executive search firm, corporate holiday parties are near an all-time high. That’s good news for restaurants and pubs. The 25th annual survey of corporate America’s holiday party plans show promising numbers: “An astonishing […]

Restaurants Looking for Ways to Cut Costs

Saving pennies, nickels and dimes turns into real dollars in a year.

Rising food costs continue to be a top concern for the restaurant industry, and that concern is spread across all types: family, casual, and fine dining establishments. That concern and the pressure rising food costs place on the bottom line has many restaurants looking for ways to cut costs. According to the Wall Street Journal […]

Restaurant Sales Up in October

Restaurant Sales Are Up

Black Friday (with its start on Thanksgiving night in many stores this year) is in the record books with industry predictions lower than last year, according to USA Today. However, the food service industry looks brighter, and restaurant sales were up in October. According to National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) “Restaurant sales surge to record high […]

Social Media Success for Restaurants (Part 3)

Restaurants Success with Social Media

Earlier this week, in the first two blog posts on the topic of social media success for restaurants, we looked at a few flops and successes as well as some ingredients for social media success. Now we’d like to look at a few real world examples of how other restaurants are leveraging social media to […]