Author Archives: Katie Ayoub

So Sweet!

Amaretti Cookies

Creative desserts boost check averages   Gaining a competitive edge in today’s crowded market is more crucial than ever. Diners expect the moon and the stars — preferably locally sourced, homemade and at a great price. Desserts offer a great way to distinguish an independent from the chain restaurant down the street — or fromMore »

2011 October: WHEN PIGS FLY

2011 October: WHEN PIGS FLY

Pork is media’s darling right now, and operators across the country are happily placing swine in the spotlight. Pork belly. Pork shoulder. Lardo. Speck. Prosciutto. Pancetta. And bacon … always bacon. Pizza is no stranger to pork, showing unadulterated love to salty ham, crisp bacon and meaty sausage. But a brave, new porcine world begsMore »

2011 June: PRESSED FOR TIME?

2011 June: PRESSED FOR TIME?

Labor costs typically account for 20 to 30 percent of restaurant sales. With the right tools and equipment, operators can increase productivity, lighten workloads for busy employees and decrease the cost of labor. Today, the supply of ergonomically friendly, easy-to-use equipment is abundant…but the price tag can cause sticker shock. What products offer labor-saving benefitsMore »