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How A Food Service Manager Can Improve Your Restaurant

Posted by on Mar 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How A Food Service Manager Can Improve Your Restaurant

Are you thinking about shutting your restaurant down although it hasn’t been opened very long? If your reason for wanting to close down the restaurant is due to not knowing how to run it properly, contracting with a professional food service manager might be a good option. Below, discover some of the ways hiring a contract food service manager can improve what goes on in your restaurant. Menu Preparation The menu that you serve is one of the main things that will determine if your restaurant is able to attract and maintain regular customers. A food service will examine the menu that you have in place and find areas that could use improvement. He or she will make sure a satisfactory serving size is served and that the meals are presented in a professional manner when served to customers. The manager will also have a general idea of which food items in other restaurants are popular in the same cuisine as yours. The key will be to make your menu completive so customers will keep coming back. Improve the Dining Experience The comfort level that your customers experience when dining in your restaurant is one of the key aspects of keeping a restaurant going. A food service manager will observe the dining table, chairs, decorations and overall environment of your restaurant to get an idea of how customers feel when they are dining. He or she may recommend that you make a few changes to the dining area to make it more enjoyable for customers. Another aspect of the dining experience that the manager will observe is how soon customers are served after placing an order. The manager will make sure that customers are receiving meals fast and that the food served is fresh. Satisfy Unhappy Customers How the situation is handled when unhappy customers file complaints can make a big difference in how well you are able to maintain a regular customer base. A food service manager will know how to listen to angry customers and speak with a professional tone when responding to their complaints. He or she will do everything possible to calm the customers down before they leave the restaurant, which can protect the reputation of the business. For instance, unhappy customer might be offered a free meal or a discount. Hire a contract food service manager like one from New Horizon Foods for your restaurant so it can be improved and able to remain in...

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Sides, Sweets, And Sips For A Perfect Barbecue

Posted by on Jan 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Sides, Sweets, And Sips For A Perfect Barbecue

If you’re in charge of planning your next company picnic or family reunion, why not celebrate with an old-school Southern barbecue? Traditional barbecue food is a beloved American classic that has something for every palette. Following are just seven of the many delectable delights likely to be featured by top-quality event caterers that specialize in Southern cuisine.   Sweet Tea Southern-style sweet tea quenches thirst and perfectly complements all traditional barbecue fare. Be sure to let your caterer know that you want the tea prepared in authentic Southern style — there’s a delicious difference that you don’t have to be southern to understand and appreciate. As Dolly Parton’s character in ‘Steel Magnolias’ stated, sweet tea is the house wine of the South. Summer Punch Summer punch is another beverage staple of summer barbecues. For the adult punch bowl, consider a classic Sangria made with fruit, red wine, sparkling wine, and club soda. A traditional fruit punch will make children happy — both versions should be served ice cold, particularly if the day is warm. Corn Casserole Corn casserole crafted with creamy cheddar cheese is a classic barbecue side dish. Bacon adds extra, over-the-top decadence to corn casseroles, but if your main barbecue dish is served with a particularly sweet honey-based sauce, you might want to consider asking your caterer to go light on the bacon in the casserole. Cornbread Cornbread made with fresh sweet corn is another popular southern barbecue side dish. Different recipes exist, but they all have the same basic bones — always insist that the best available stone-ground corn bread be used, for instance, and that buttermilk be used rather than plain milk. Potato Salad A barbecue isn’t a barbecue without a good potato salad. As with other barbecue-friendly foods, the old ways are still the best. Tell you caterer that you want a traditional potato salad crafted with old-fashioned russet potatoes, real mayonnaise, and sliced boiled eggs. Peach and Plum Salad Because standard barbecue staples can be rich and filling, be sure to include at least one dish that provides significant sweetness and light. Fruit salads fit this bill perfectly, and peaches and plums are symbolic Southern fruits that combine perfectly with one another. Watermelon-based salads are also a good option because melons are light, sweet, and serve as palette cleansers. Banana Pudding Every good barbecue ends with at least a small serving of classic banana pudding. This sweet treat consists of creamy vanilla pudding over slices of ripe banana and topped with freshly whipped cream and a vanilla wafer. Talk to various caterers in your area, like Bassett Caterers, to see what traditional barbecue selections they have to offer for your next...

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It’s Football Season! 3 Tips To Help You Throw The Perfect Tailgate Party

Posted by on Oct 19th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on It’s Football Season! 3 Tips To Help You Throw The Perfect Tailgate Party

It’s football season. Time to get ready for the games and the parties. Whether you watch the game at home or head to the stadium, tailgate parties are an important part of any football game. Tailgate parties don’t have to be extravagant, but they do need to include lots of delicious food and plenty of cold beverages. Here are five food and beverage ideas that will make your tailgate party a fan favorite. Single-Serving Bean Dip Cups You know your guests aren’t going to sit in one place during the entire football game. Make it easier for your guests to eat and mingle with other guests by creating single-serving bean dip cups. Supplies You’ll Need 8 ounce plastic cups Refried beans Sour cream Guacamole Shredded cheese Tortilla chips Directions Begin by placing one spoonful of beans at the bottom of each cup. Next, add one scoop each of sour cream and guacamole. Repeat by adding another layer each of the beans, sour cream and guacamole. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the top of each cup. Serve with tortilla chips Football Sandwiches If you’re trying to avoid serving boring sandwiches at your next tailgate party, try these mini football sandwiches. Use sandwich rolls to make your favorite sandwiches. Next, you’ll make the footballs. Supplies You’ll Need Brown construction paper White craft paint Small craft paintbrush Tape Scissors Directions Cut your construction paper into 3″ wide strips. Paint football stitching down the middle of the paper strip. Wrap the strips around your sandwiches and secure them with a piece of tape. You now have football sandwiches for your guests. Craft Beer Your party won’t be complete without the beer. Don’t settle for those ordinary big-brewery beers for your tailgate party. Instead, include a variety of craft beers for your guests to choose from. Craft beers provide you a distinctive taste that are unique to small, independent breweries. Craft beers come in a wider assortment of flavors, which means you’ll be able to give your guests the opportunity to enjoy new tastes. Football games aren’t just about the football. They’re about about gathering with friends and having fun. If you’re planning on having tailgate parties this season, you want them to be the best parties ever. Luckily, you don’t have to stress-out over the planning. The ideas listed above will help you throw the perfect football season tailgate party without all the work and...

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Fun History And Trivia About Garland Stoves

Posted by on Apr 6th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re waiting for Garland stove parts, consider yourself lucky. Yes, lucky. If you had lived just a short time ago in history–as recently as the early 1800s–you wouldn’t have even had a stove. Fortunately the Garland stove and its manufacturer paved the way for stoves in the US and throughout the world. Here’s a bit of fun trivia and some history about the Garland stove to keep you entertained until your repair can be completed. Before Detroit Was Known for Cars Before Detroit, Michigan, became known as “Motor City,” it was known for producing stoves. In 1861 the enterprising Dwyer brothers saw the need for something more efficient and attractive than an open hearth for heating and cooking. They opened the Detroit Stove Works, which later merged with the Michigan Stove Co. and built stoves made out of steel to suit both purposes. The early Detroit stoves were immensely popular, and the four companies producing stoves at that time designed hundreds of models, with elaborate floral designs, themes, and carved scenes on them. During the 19th Century, Detroit manufactured ten percent of the entire world’s stoves! New Recipes with Stoves The new stoves weren’t just aesthetically pleasing; they gave people much more control over the cooking process as well. Cooks had the ability to adjust the flame and to use coal as fuel, not just wood, which burned hotter and faster. The puddings, pies, souffles, and cakes you now take for granted were brand new to the average home baker in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries due to the advent of Detroit stoves. The Giant Garland Stove Stoves were such a big deal at the time of their invention that they were common inclusions for displays at state fairs. By the time of the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition (AKA the World’s Fair), stoves were still in demand by the public as a novelty item. The Michigan Stove Co. had a giant 25-foot high replica of their popular Garland brand stove carved out of wood and painted to look like metal for the fair. Afterward, it graced the company’s factory roof for a number of years before becoming part of the Michigan State Fair Grounds. Another Famous Garland Stove There’s another famous Garland stove on display, and that’s at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. In 2002, the famous six-burner Garland stove used by television chef and cookbook author Julia Child was taken from her home in Cambridge, MA, and installed in the national museum. The beautiful stove served her well for over 40 years and was one of her treasured items. If you are the proud owner of a Garland stove, you can see you’re in good company. And now that you know a little more about the history of your appliance, hopefully that wait for parts will seem well worth it, and you’ll get decades more use from your stove. To learn more, contact a company like K & D Factory Service Inc. with any questions or concerns you...

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Hunting Can Help Feed Your Family

Posted by on Mar 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When the economic times get tough, the tough go hunting — for dinner. It may seem like a return to the olden days, but hunting is actually an excellent way to feed not just your family, but other families, as well. According to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, one deer can provide 50 pounds of venison. That’s a lot of protein for families that may not be able to afford more traditional types of meat, such as beef, pork or chicken. Before You Head Out To ensure that the meat you serve from your hunt is safe, it’s important to locate a wild game processing facility like Custom Butcher & Smokehouse before you head out into the woods. It is best not to leave the processing of meat for consumption to an amateur. Improper handling of the meat or a delay in processing your game could cause someone to get food poisoning. The following are some of the things that a wild game processor will do for you: Check your meat to ensure that there are no fragments from your bullet or your broadhead arrow. Meat that has suffered excessive shot damage will be discarded to minimize the chance that it may be contaminated with, say, lead from a shotgun pellet. Create select cuts of meat and also grind less desirable portions for burgers or sausages. A good wild game processor will try to utilize most of your animal for food. Package your meat for easy storage. Proper packaging allows you to freeze some for later.   Precautions You Need to Take To ensure that the meat on a deer you kill will be ready to take to a processor, it is very important you to field dress your kill immediately by:  Cutting away the animal’s testicles if it is a male and the mammary glands if it is a female. Then cut around the anus so that it is loosened. Next cut lightly from the pelvis to the deer’s breastplate. You do not want to cut deeply as you can puncture the stomach and contaminate your meat. Carefully, remove all of the deer’s organs. Try not to allow the contents of the intestines or stomach spill out onto your meat.  Hang your deer by its head to let it drain. If possible, splash cold water into the cavity to clean it out.  Once you have field dressed your kill, you can then safely transport it to your game to the facility you have chosen for processing. Happy...

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