Some Local Zest

Last week, Johnson & Wales University in North Miami inaugurated its Zest awards at a private reception. The university in partnership with Miami Magazine gave awards to local restaurants, chefs and other food and beverage professionals in five categories; culinary innovator, best restaurant 2012, newcomer chef of the year, baking and pastry innovator, top beverage professional and community nominee.  Winners were chosen by culinary instructors from the university, members of the university’s epicurean society and a food writer from the magazine. Continue reading “Some Local Zest” »

Branding With Mugs

Do you have Another Broken Egg mug from your favorite location?  With 20 locations this Destin, FL based breakfast and brunch specialist sell 22,000 mugs per year.  Each specially made coffee mug is branded with Another Broken Egg’s logo and an emblem of the town that is home to each individual restaurant. Customers have taken to collecting them from each location, paying $18 per mug. Continue reading “Branding With Mugs” »

Toppings for Passover

Yogurt Mountain, the ultimate self-serve frozen yogurt is offering two new specialty toppings to commemorate Passover — Chocolate-covered Matzo and Coconut Macaroons.  All yogurts and sorbets are certified kosher.  Many toppings (candies, cereals and sauces) are also kosher certified by various unions and organizations.

“Yogurt Mountain is excited to celebrate Passover with our customers by adding the two new kosher toppings, reinvented from the traditional fare of matzoth and macaroons,” said David Kahn, president and founder of Yogurt Mountain. “We are continually developing diverse products that accommodate and satisfy the overall needs of our unique customer base, while also providing a fun, family friendly environment.” Continue reading “Toppings for Passover” »

Rocketown is Rocking the Youth

Rocketown Florida, a 12,000-square-foot Pompano Beach youth center, which opened in 2009, merges several outreaches: music, refreshments, fun ‘n’ games, homework help and counseling.  The mission of Rocketown is to share Christ’s love with youth through creative programs and mentoring relationships that are culturally relevant and eternally significant. Music is the real success story for Rocketown: More than 50 bands — local and national — appear every few months there.  On a recent Friday night, Rumors of Silence, a misnamed “post-hardcore” group, played, along with soloist Lindsay Jo Dydek; Blues Muse, a blues-rock group; and Edge of Reality, a fiery prog-rock band. The show drew about 100 listeners, most of them ages 13 to 18. Six bands are booked for the next show, on April 21. Continue reading “Rocketown is Rocking the Youth” »

Feedback = Improvement

The best way to improve customer service is to improve your employees. Sounds simple but often managers do not know how to give an employee feedback.  Giving feedback both positive and negative is one of the most important things you can do for your employees both individually and for your team as a whole. Employees need specific direction to do their job and to provide the customer service you want your restaurant to be known for. Continue reading “Feedback = Improvement” »

Stevi B’s Pizza is Expanding

Stevi B’s Pizza was founded in 1966 by two brothers, who loved pizza and wanted to create a great family atmosphere to enjoy it in. They talked about how they’d use only fresh, quality ingredients to create an assortment of original pizzas, unique desserts, and a fresh salad selection.  They realized that this menu, with a game room for the kids, and exceptional service would create a place that everyone and their family could enjoy. Continue reading “Stevi B’s Pizza is Expanding” »

Slip and Falls Losses

A new study commissioned by Cintas Corporation and conducted by Harris Interactive, found that nearly one in three American adults are unlikely to dine at a restaurant where someone they know had slipped and fallen.

David Collette, director of marketing and strategy for Cintas Foodservice, says slip-and-fall accidents aren’t just costly in terms of losing customers, but they can also potentially be costly in legal expenses. This is especially true for mom and pop restaurants or small chains. If a small restaurant gets sued for a slip and fall it can wipe out all of their profits for a year or more.

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