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“Buy a Burger, Give a Burger”. TGI Fridays have made it possible to share a unique offer on social media that allows one of your friends or followers to claim a FREE burger at one of their locations. With every burger you buy you receive a code that can be redeemed for a special link. Share the link and the first person to claim the offer eats for free!

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There are many restaurant server training manuals claiming to help with becoming a better server. But are they adequate in preparing servers to make highly satisfied guests and make above average tips? Corporations spend absurd amounts of money training up on sales techniques that leave waiters and waitresses frustrated and leading to eye rolling guests. These manuals are being written with an assumption that the servers are not intelligible enough to understand anything more than simple lines to recite to customers. The article makes a good point about the value that a server can add to (and take from) a restaurant where service has become a commodity. It suggests that perhaps the best way to be a better server is to watch people who were. This is a task for servers who are willing to take charge of their own training as the demand for better servers increase in today’s restaurant industry.

 

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A 2012 Study found that 72% of US consumers would recommend a brand that supports a charitable cause over one that doesn’t. In another 2014 survey which asked diners what causes they would like to see their local restaurant support, 48% said helping the hungry, 41% said helping the poor and 28% said helping children.

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Restaurant Hospitality has published 5 important tips for deliveries from the importance of realistic arrival times to branded packaging. As the article states, you may have the best food in the business but your reputation can be tarnished through poorly prepared, presented and late orders. Read more to find out how you can enhance your delivered-dining experience by following 5 simple steps.

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Brooklyn-based chic pizza franchise Posh Tomato is hoping to recruit franchisees across the United States. The company, which boasts locally sourced natural ingredients and a casual dining environment, has teamed up with retail redevelopers Triple Five Worldwide to offer their unique dining experience in prime locations across the country “to meet guests’ demand for a uniquely tailored meal made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.”

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Kari Vanardoy, a waitress in Largo, Florida received the greatest surprise of her life – a $1000 tip on a $29 check. Kari had originally thought that the tip was for $10. “That would have been a nice tip on that tab,” the 22-year-old college student told the press. Thanks to a generous customer who told her that it was to help her 2 year old toddler son, she can now move out of her studio apartment and into a one-bedroom apartment with her boyfriend. In her five years of working at The Winghouse Restaurant, she had never served the generous tippers before. Furthermore, one of the customers even told Kari that she would always look out for her. “She actually told me she was my guardian angel if I ever need anything,” Vanardoy told the press. “I didn’t do anything for them ever, so it was just a sweet act.”

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Food innovators and restaurants alike are interested in adding more Asian flavors to the mix. Whether or not your restaurant’s concept works with Asian cuisine is irrelevant since many Asian flavors are already part of our culture. Just look at Sriracha! This article from FSR Magazine describes how this trend is impacting the food service landscape.

Read the full article here: Adding Asian Flair to Modern Menus

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When you work at a restaurant you become part of a team, a family of sorts. You learn a lot from each other, too. Sometimes seasoned staff like to play a few initiation tricks on new hires, but it’s all in good fun. It’s how they say “welcome aboard!”

This article from Shiftgig has a number of real jokes and pranks played on new servers and other food service staff, and some of them are truly genius. Asking them to get a bucket of steam or borrow a left-handed spatula from the restaurant next door are great, but how about mopping the parking lot? Hilarious!

Of course you’re going to be nice and stop your new hires from doing anything dangerous or spending too much time on ridiculous made-up tasks, but they are certainly moments they’ll never forget!

Have you ever been on the giving or receiving end of an initiation prank like these?

Read the full article here: 10 Restaurant “Initiations” You Have Probably Been Through

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Food waste is a hot button issue, and restaurants are doing their part to combat it. Statistics from the Environmental Protection Agency show that 40% of food in America goes uneaten while one person goes hungry for every six. Some restaurants believe this needs to change and are donating excess food to charities.

Read the full article here: Trash Talk, Part 2 – Donating Surplus Food

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Water heating costs represent a big portion of restaurant operating costs. New technology has been implemented in EcoThermal Filters by Next Step Living that captures waste heat and uses it to preheat water, which could save you thousands of dollars each year as well as reduce your carbon footprint. You may also be eligible to receive a rebate from your utility company.

Read the full article here: Filter aims to reduce kitchens’ carbon footprint, operating costs

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