September 7, 2018
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5 Shortcuts to Help You Put the “Fast” in Fast-Casual

Fast-casual diners demand high-quality food fast and with so much competition in the market segment, it’s critical to keep wait time to a minimum so that your customers keep coming back. Use these shortcuts to cut down on kitchen time and get food out faster. Buy peeled garlic. Garlic is […]
June 19, 2017
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5 Burger Trends to Try on Your Menu This Summer

Burgers are a summer staple, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. There are many ways you can jazz up a burger to make it a new, exciting, must-have menu item. Let’s take a look at some current trends on menus around Portland and some fun, new ideas […]
May 22, 2017
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How to Manage Rising Food Costs

Have you noticed your monthly food costs rising even though your menu and supply list hasn’t changed? The problem of rising food costs can be particularly challenging and difficult to identify. Whether it’s due to inconsistent portions, employee theft, or food waste, there are ways to detect where the problem […]
March 20, 2017
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Sous Vide: Oregon Food Safety Rules You Need to Know

The sous vide method of cooking is wildly popular among chefs in Portland and chefs all over the world. With benefits including even cooking, faster fire times, fewer orders returned to the kitchen and overall reduced waste, it’s easy to see why the sous vide has become one of our […]
December 23, 2016
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5 Reasons Why a Wholesale Supplier Is Better Than Restaurant Depot

As part of one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing industries, businesses in the foodservice industry have a ton on their plate (pun intended). Menu development, supply orders, employee training, food-cost plans, marketing and promotional materials — the list goes on. Whether you’re a local school with strict nutrition and […]
October 21, 2016
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Your Restaurant

Restaurants usually see an increase in profits during the holiday season as people celebrate during time off and enjoy the seasonal festivities and food. While the increase in business is definitely a positive, the holidays are also the most hectic time of the year. Seasonal inventory and holiday menu changes can throw off […]
September 16, 2016
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How Analyzing 2016 Dessert Trends Can Make You Money

As National Dessert Month comes around this October, you might consider what sweets are on your menu and how you can follow the latest dessert trends of 2016. Customers will be looking for popular desserts after a good meal at your establishment, and staying on top of the latest trends […]
August 29, 2016
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Switching It Up For Fall: How Pumpkin Spice Lattes Can Boost Sales

Either you’ve been waiting all year for pumpkin spice everything, or you’re deeply offended by the very notion. Whether you like it or not, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back again this fall and it’s sure to be as profitable as ever. As you come up with menu ideas throughout […]
July 27, 2016
Restaurant

Why Your Customers Aren’t Coming Back and How to Fix It

Getting customers in the door is one challenge. Getting them to come back is another. The truth is that repeat customers are vital to the success of your business. According to Restaurant Engine, a minimum of 1/3 of a restaurants revenue comes from repeat customers, and they cite a Harvard […]
June 30, 2016
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8 Easy Ways to Maintain Food Safety in Your Restaurant

Food safety should be the number one priority for all restaurants. Food poisoning can severely hurt, and in some cases, kill individuals who’ve been affected by it. Beside the personal cost to individual customers, even one case of food poisoning reported in your restaurant can destroy your business over night. […]