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Landing School Accounts

I want to get involved with local schools more. How do I approach them to team up with them somehow? Landing school accounts to provide pizza on a daily or weekly basis is an awesome thing, but it helps to first build a relationship with the local schools. Being a business partner with a schoolMore »

Food Styling

Marketing Home Plate There’s more to serving than simply slapping food on a plate By Jeff Freehof From parsley and Parmesan to lemon slices and dustings of powdered sugar, plating food is an art form that delights guests. I want to teach you some plating techniques and let your passion for food shine through. I’mMore »

Handling Disruptive Children

I’m buying an existing dine-in pizza parlor. My challenge is diplomatically dealing with loud and out of control kids — without offending the parents and making a touchy situation worse- trying to keep all the customers happy. It’s frustrating when parents don’t care at all if their children are being disruptive. In that situation, asMore »

Food Photography

Food photographs are worth more than words — they’re worth money. Don’t believe it? Try adding some colorful, appetizing photos to your menu. Just like Romano cheese, however, a little goes a long way. In other words, don’t add a photo to accompany every menu item. When that happens, customers simply ignore the graphics. They’reMore »

Salad Bar Safety Tips

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• Start in the back of the house by washing fruits and vegetables, using designated cutting utensils and wearing gloves. • Keep cold foods at 41 F or below; hot foods at 140 F or above. Be sure your equipment can hold these temperatures over long periods of time, and check temperatures every few hours.More »

Server Approach to Children

Your servers may hate it when a table comes in with four kids in tow — but big families mean big money, both for the restaurant and the server. A waiter who knows how to work the kids is a waiter who goes home with a bigger tip from mom and dad. Paul Paz ofMore »

Food Booths

Have you ever participated in local festivals by setting up a food booth? Is it worth the trouble and expense? Do you actually make a profit, or is it just more to get your name out there in the community? I participate in those as often as I can. There are definitely a couple thatMore »

Identify Profitable Menu Items

The average customer spends less than 40 seconds looking over your menu. In that time, the brain kick-starts into overdrive and a purchasing decision is made based on emotion, comfort zone, curiosity and cost. Some of your menu choices contribute lots more cash to the bottom line than others. Some of your menu items areMore »

Turning Tables

Have you ever participated in local festivals by setting up a food booth? Is it worth the trouble and expense? Do you actually make a profit, or is it just more to get your name out there in the community? I participate in those as often as I can. There are definitely a couple thatMore »

Jumpstart Lunch Sales

On a typical consulting assignment, I rise and shine early in the morning. I hook up with my client and we usually travel to their location. I can get a lot of work done before the phones start ringing and the lunch shift arrives. Imagine my awe when I arrived at a store at 8:30More »