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How To Listen To Your Employees

Do you listen to your employees? Really listen? Letting employees talk is not the same as listening. You have to work at it, the same way you work at anything else you want to succeed at. Here are five things to remember that will make you a better listener: - Put your work away. As soon as an employee comes to you and wants to talk, put whatever you're working on away. Remove all temptation to do anything other than give your full attention to the employee. Listening means really concentrating - and for many, that's hard! - Bite your tongue. One of the first signs... read more

The Human Equation

We conferred endlessly and futilely and arrived at the place from whence we began. Then we did what we knew we had to do in the first place, and we failed as we knew we would. - attributed to Sir Winston Churchill Whether the opening quote is accurate or not, the thought behind it deserves consideration. Are we becoming incredibly adept at ineffective procedures? Have you ever thought that there had to be a better way to run a restaurant? Does the idea that you have to work 60-80 hours a week to succeed in foodservice strike you as a suspicious notion? Most operators... read more

Interview With Chef Jonnie Boer

At the age of twenty-four Jonnie Boer took on the position of chef at the Restaurant De Librije. A few years later Jonnie and his wife Thérèse bought the restaurant and soon after they received their first Michelin star. Four years ago the restaurant received its second star making Jonnie at 33 the youngest two star Michelin chef in Holland. Jonnie's style can be described as eclectic, daring and fearless. He has received notoriety not just for his great cooking but also for his commitment to using local commodities along side the more traditional goose liver and... read more

Oregano

Oregano Also called ORIGANUM, flavourful dried leaves and flowering tops of any of various perennial herbs of the mint family (Lamiaceae, or Labiatae), particularly Origanum vulgare, called wild marjoram in northern and central Europe, widely used to season many foods. The name is derived from the Greek oros, "mountain," and ganos, "joy." Oregano has long been an essential ingredient of Mediterranean cooking. Pliny the Elder thought it a remedy for bad digestion. The Greeks used it as a poultice for wounds, and Pliny recommended it for scorpion and spider bites. The... read more

Enduring Olives

The olive is a truly amazing food; there's no question about it. The age, history and uses of this fruit are so magnificent they almost seem inconceivable and made-up, like a myth. It's been around forever, well almost-olive oil and its seemingly miraculous qualities have been appreciated since the birth of western civilization, especially in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean. Cultivation of the olive tree is said to have started more than 5000 years ago and it was an olive leaf that a dove brought to Noah, indicating there was dry land ahead. What's even more... read more

My Evening With Durangojo

My husband and I took off on a month long car trip to celebrate our benchmark wedding anniversary.  As we were driving back home, both of us commented on how much we enjoyed ending our adventure with Durangojo, also known as Joey.  It was the perfect way to round out our month. We like Durango Colorado very much; we’ve been here a few times now, but this visit was something special.  First off, there was the hair-raising experience just to get there. We came in from Cheyenne Wyoming, through Wolf Creek Pass, over the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains.  Wouldn’t... read more

Q And A Forum With Sara Moulton

Click here to go to the Q&A forum with Sara Moulton Sara MoultonChef, Cookbook Author, Television Personality One of the hardest-working women in the food biz, Sara Moulton has been juggling multiple jobs for years.  Admired by millions as the host of "Cooking Live,"  "Cooking Live Primetime," and "Sara's Secrets," Moulton was one of the Food Network's defining personalities during the outlet's first decade.  In addition to her work on the Food Network, the energetic Moulton has been the Executive Chef of Gourmet Magazine for the last twenty-three years.  She is also... read more

Time With The Kids Vs A Home Cooked Meal You Can Have Both

Believe it or not, today's mothers spend more hours focused on their children than the mothers of the 1960s did. While we like to hark back to the Leave It To Beaver halcyon days of mothers greeting kids after school with milk and cookies as an ideal for raising happy children, the reality, according to a University of Maryland study, actually looks better these days. Based on detailed time diaries kept by thousands of Americans, mothers in 1965 spent 10.2 hours a week focused on their children in activities such as reading with them, feeding them or playing games.... read more

Is Customer Service Getting Worse

When it comes to customer service, everyone has a story: the airline attendant who had no record of your seat assignment; the restaurant server who forgot you were allergic to walnuts; the telephone rep who swore at you when you called to check on an overdue order. These stories are fun to tell but infuriating to live through. Certainly, examples of bad service have been easy to come by for years but after awhile, you start to wonder why so many of us are fuming at front-line employees everywhere. After all, we live in a society that devotes billions of dollars to... read more

Does A Publicist Make It Taste Better

Whether we realize it or not, we are all publicists. We represent and promote ourselves and our businesses every time we interact with other people. The image we project is our brand, and our brand dictates how customers feel about our products and services. In any industry, but particularly in the restaurant/hospitality market, a powerful brand is the key to long-term success-especially in a highly competitive market. Public relations is not just for large organizations. In the long run it's far less costly and often more effective than print or broadcast advertising. A... read more

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