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rest rantWhat's with waitresses and waiters these days? Nowadays, you're lucky to get that last bite in before your waiter snatches your plate and silverware. We all love an attentive waiter; one that refills your drink as needed or takes the time to answer any pressing menu questions. But, these days, attentive has become overbearing and annoying. Check out this latest restaurant rant via The Washington Post for more insight.

filippo-logoSoups, salads, desserts, spreads, and grilled meats, veggies, and fruits make summer one of the best seasons for food. And yes, you cannot have a conversation about food without talking about the seasonal brews, cocktails, and specialty drinks that help quench your thirst in the melting temperatures.

Oftentimes filled with ingredients such as fresh fruits and veggies, edible flowers, herbs, and trending protein, summery entrees and dishes tend to be simple, light, and versatile. But, there is one ingredient that transcends all seasons. Olive oil.

Referenced as "liquid gold", olive oil is overflowing with health benefits, not to mention its added culinary uses. Did you know the "gold" stuff can be used in everything from salad dressings to cocktails? For more non-traditional uses of olive oil, check out a few summertime tips offered by the makers of Filippo Berio Culinary Selection Olive Oil and Olive & Vegetable Oil Blends. If you're intrigued, be sure to grab the Filippo Berio Culinary Selection Olive Oil rebate offer to boost your summer menu (good thru Sept., max rebate $1500).

OO-TOYL-Horizontal-logoWhether you are surfing the internet, checking your Facebook newsfeed, or watching the news, food fads continue to dominate our attention. In the past, more emphasis was placed on “must try” diets, but nowadays nutritionists, dietitians, and food bloggers are more apt to tout superfoods and supergrains to their listening audiences.

Olive oil is not just for cooking. It is known to have several health benefits and is by far one of the most researched, talked about, and consumed superfoods. In fact, at the close of 2013/14 crop year, the United States (the world’s top olive oil importer), imported a total of 312,600 tons, according to the International Olive Council. Among the various grades of olive oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is the most nutrient dense, as it is of the highest quality and is not refined.

Liquid gold, as it is sometimes referred to, olive oil has more healthful Omega 9 fatty acid (oleic acid) than any other common cooking oil or fat.  It is also packed with vitamins K and E, and inflammation-fighting antioxidants. Additionally, studies have shown olive oil to be effective against diseases and ailments such as Alzheimer's, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and various cancers, just to name a few. 

If olive oil is a topic of interest to you, your customers, and your bottom line, register ( discount code: spendwisely15) for the upcoming Spend Wisely on Olive Oil conference in Chicago, August 25th and 26th. Valuable to everyone from chefs to consumers to researchers, attendees will take part in topical sessions, cooking demonstrations, channel workshops, as well as gain firsthand experience tasting a wide range of extra virgin olive oils, and learning about best practices in sectors such as online sales, boutique/specialty retail, grocery, foodservice and manufacturing. Attendees will also be in the presence of awesome presenters, including celebrity guest speakers Seamus Mullen, an award-winning New York chef, restaurateur and cookbook author, and Dr. Connie Guttersen, a nationally and internationally renowned registered dietitian and culinary professional, New York Times bestselling author of The Sonoma Diet, and a sought-after instructor.

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What do you eat for breakfast? Perhaps an omelet or maybe a frittata? What about an egg sandwich from your favorite coffee shop?

bird fluWell, if you have not noticed, egg prices have nearly tripled due to the avian flu outbreak. Per the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, over 46 million birds are affected. This has not only spawned the rationing of eggs, it has also spiked wholesale prices. According to USA Today, "wholesale prices, the price a warehouse pays, for a dozen extra-large eggs are up 3 to 22.5 cents across the USA last week." In the Northeast prices rose from $2.41 to $2.63; the prices are likely to continue rising.

Right now, the hardest hit are restaurants and commercial operations that use hard-shell eggs and egg products, such as bakers and pasta makers. But, the everyday consumer is starting to feel the wallet strain, due to purchasing eggs and egg products for their home, and consuming food items containing eggs when they dine out.

What's to come of this egg shortage? What do you plan to do differently to ensure eggs are a part of your breakfast?

 

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card-swipeIt's Friday evening and it's packed. There are guests waiting to be seated, tables that need to be cleared, and checks that need to be paid. A guest signals you, she's ready to pay; you grab her bill and credit card. What happens next? You go to "ring" her up, but the card isn't reading. What do you do? Here's a quick hint, it involves thermal paper.

Watch this video below for the full hack.

 

 

 

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Dishes and entrees that include prepping small fruits and veggies (spherical ones such as cherry tomatoes, grapes, blueberries...) can be a pain. Talk about time-consuming! Why hasn't someone designed a gadget that can cut prep time, as well as cut the produce in one fell swoop? Until that gadget is available, here's a great hack that just might save the day.

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SmoreIt's time enjoy the great outdoors; tis' the summer season! Grab an ice cream cone to cool you down, throw a few "dogs" and burgers on the grill to fill your belly, and satisfy your sweet-tooth with a couple of s'mores. Yes, s'mores, but not just any s'mores. This is a hack for "indoor s'mores" (no campfire needed).

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Peelin potatoesWe are not sure how well this can translate to a commercial kitchen, but it sure is a cool food 'hack'! What do YOU think? Please comment!

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zazie article - nbc news

For decades, the restaurant industry has suffered from high turnover rates, due to low wages and the lack of employee benefits.

While health and dental insurance, along with retirement plans have been far-fetched ideas, the owner of one San Francisco bistro is bringing change to the forefront. Jennifer Piallat, owner of Zazie and one time waitress, understands the plight of the restaurant worker and has taken controversial steps to keep her staff on board and happy. Piallat has added a surcharge of $1.25/person on all checks, which is stated on every menu, in order to provide her staff with full benefits.
Regardless of their title, each staff member receives full health and dental insurance, paid sick leave, and is offered various 401(k) plans.

Have you taken any steps to incentivize your staff to build their careers at your establishment? What are your thoughts about adding a surcharge to help provide employee benefits? How do you think your patrons would react?

This article contains information from a NBC News article

 

   

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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 20:01

Done with your coffee? Eat the Cup!

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In celebration of its 50th anniversary, KFC partnered with experimental food experts The Robin Collective, to sweeten the deal and woo their coffee-drinking customers with something other than Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Lucky customers in select UK KFC restaurants will be able to indulge in a cup of Joe, but not just any cup of Joe. The cup is actually a cookie wrapped in edible sugar paper, lined with white chocolate that slowly melts over time; it secretly sweetens your coffee and prepares your cookie to be devoured.

 

 

So what do you say? Do you think the U.S. is ready for edible coffee cups? Would you try one? Why/why not?

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This article contains information from a Cnet article

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