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2011 August: Ask Big Dave

2011 August: Ask Big Dave

Hey Dave, I currently own a counter service joint and am looking to open my second location. This location I’m looking to do more sit-down. So my question is, is 30- to 35- percent labor cost reasonable for this type of restaurant? Ryan Olson Montana I think in a full service operation, 30- to 35-percentMore »

2011 August: CHOP IT UP!

2011 August: CHOP IT UP!

In the Kitchen // Ingredients CHOP IT UP! Herbs and spices add panache across your menu By Pasquale “Pat” Bruno Photo by Josh Keown Familiarity breeds intent, and those of us in the food business are quite familiar with that duet of herbs: basil and oregano. Generally, our intent is to use them in everyMore »

2011 July: GREASED LIGHTING

2011 July: GREASED LIGHTING

For some folks, that layer of grease that drips down your arm as you eat a slice of pizza is welcomed. For others, it can be a major turn-off and a reason to go somewhere else for dinner. The challenge here is to create a healthier pizza by eliminating some of the grease (fat) onMore »

2011 July: FABULOUS FETA

2011 July: FABULOUS FETA

Aged a minimum of three months, feta is a brind curd cheese that’s renowned for its flavor and versatility. An all-star performer in Greek cuisine, the product crosses over nicely into the Italian realm. In fact, feta offers operators a variety of options when used on pizza or in salads, pasta dishes or sandwiches. InMore »

2011 July: Dough Doctor

2011 July: Dough Doctor

I’ve heard that there is a way to calculate the amount of dough needed to make any size of pizza. Can you explain how this is done? A: What you are referring to is the use of our old friend “pi” to calculate the surface area of a circle, and then using that number toMore »

2011 June: Dough Doctor

2011 June: Dough Doctor

My pizza dough gets too soft to hand toss after only two days in the cooler. What do I do? A: In reviewing your dough formula and management procedure, I see that your dough formula contains nearly 10 percent oil in addition to 60 percent water. This is much more oil than the two toMore »

2011 May: Dough Doctor

2011 May: Dough Doctor

Dough Doctor Mix it Up The Dough Doctor explains mixing time, oven decisions By Tom Lehmann What will happen if I mix my dough less than the normal time? A: If you mix your dough in the 15- to 20-minute range, you probably won’t see much change in either the dough or the finished pizza.More »

2011 May: Valued Partner

2011 May: Valued Partner

Imagine this: never asking your sales representative the cost of cheese or the price of any other ingredient ever again. You quit the weekly dance we call placing the order. In fact, you personally delegate that task to an employee. You stop writing a check for deliveries. And finally your food cost drops 3 toMore »

2011 April: Ground Days

2011 April: Ground Days

Good, old-fashioned hamburger has adorned pizza across America for decades now. Using ground beef is simple, but bear in mind that there are different levels of leanness to consider when purchasing the ingredient. The leaner you go, the more expensive it gets. It’s important to figure out how to cross-utilize all the ingredients on yourMore »

2011 April: Ask Big Dave

Dave, I just opened my first pizzeria a couple of months ago. Labor has consistently been running between 20-22 percent. At times, I feel short-staffed, but I really can’t afford to hire new help right now until I get sales higher. Do you have any suggestions for me? Is my labor where it should be?More »