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Food freshness, transparency increasingly key to many consumers

Growing ranks of restaurant customers want more fresh food with a pedigree. 

Cut food waste; cut food costs

Sustainability is becoming center of the plate for restaurateurs looking for solutions to reduce rising food costs, new National Restaurant Association research finds.

Restaurant Health Inspections: How to Make the Grade

Learn how to prepare for health department inspections through employee training and self-inspections.

Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series 2015: Local Chefs Battle for the State's Top Toque

Single-elimination battles are underway. For tickets and information, click here.

Marketing Strategies

8 Examples of Awesome Restaurant Social Media Marketing

Posted by Kendal Peiguss  Social media is an inevitable part of running a business. Whether your business is active on social media or not, you can be sure that your guests are tweeting, posting and Instagramming about your restaurant online.

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Best Practices

10 steps to avoid employee lawsuits

Source: Hans Nilges  Small business owners often expose themselves to employee legal action simply through lack of awareness about federal, state and local labor regulations. Restaurant operators can help reduce the likelihood of a lawsuit by proactively establishing consistent, legally sound employment practices. Before developing those practices, consider the following steps:

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Service

10 tips to polish your front-of-house service

In early 2013, uberchef Marc Vetri and his partners were kicking around the idea of opening a pizza shop in Philadelphia. Fast-casual pizza concepts were just stepping into the spotlight, and someone floated the idea of eliminating the server staff to save on labor costs. 

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Social Media

Sensible Social Media Checklist for Business v3.0

If you find yourself stumped at the prospect of using social media marketing to promote your business, our simple guide can help. Follow these easy suggestions to create a consistent social media internet marketing presence on multiple channels.

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Foodservice News & Trends

How Fish Could Change What It Means For Food To Be Organic

When it comes to organic certification, food producers must follow strict guidelines. For an organic steak, for instance, the cow it came from has to be raised on organic feed, and the feed mix can't be produced with pesticides, chemical fertilizers or genetic engineering. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is considering a set of rules for organic farmed fish.

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The Bottom Line

7 factors consumers consider when choosing a restaurant

For consumers, choosing where to eat is a complex decision. Today’s diners are concerned about the quality of the food they’re eating, but they’re also looking at factors beyond food, like technology and a restaurant’s environmental impact. 

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Business Innovation & Ideas

Embrace change or embrace failure

Adam Weiner in View from the Kitchen  I am frequently asked to advise foodservice facilities on ways to improve their profits. Unfortunately, when I make my recommendations I am frequently bombarded with: “But we’ve always done it this way,” or the flip side of the same coin, “But we’ve never done it that way before.”

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