• Ethiopian Catering Voted Outstanding Food Service by a Carrier in Africa - nazret.com

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    Ethiopian Catering Voted Outstanding Food Service by a Carrier in Africa
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    Ethiopian Airlines Inflight Catering, the largest single in-flight catering facility in Africa, has won Outstanding Food Service by a Carrier in Africa Awards on PAX International Readership Awards 2017 held in Hamburg, Germany, on Wednesday 5th April ...
  • Elsie's Kitchen's Reuben Ang: There is more to catering than beehoon and curry chicken - The Straits Times

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    Elsie's Kitchen's Reuben Ang: There is more to catering than beehoon and curry chicken
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    The catering sector is making great effort to jazz up its image in the food and beverage scene. Take it from Mr Reuben Ang, 30, who has grown up with catering company Elsie's Kitchen - his family's business for three generations since 1954. Growing up ...
  • Dean & DeLuca launches gourmet catering service in Charlotte - Charlotte Observer (blog)

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    Dean & DeLuca launches gourmet catering service in Charlotte
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    The gourmet food store's catering can be for intimate for large-scale events, such as a business luncheon or a wedding. Dean & DeLuca said executive chef Brian Bistrong created “elegant menu options with unique flavor combinations, quality ingredients ...
  • Illegal bar catering to Filipinos raided in Central - Asia Times

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    Twenty-two people were arrested, aged between 25 and 60, by police in an unlicensed bar targeting mainly Filipino customers in Central in Hong Kong Island on Friday. At around 6pm, police officers from the anti-triad squad in Central district raided an ...
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  • Ten tips when catering your own party - News - The Daily Reporter ... - Coldwater Daily Reporter

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    Summertime is time for outdoor parties. If you like to cater your own parties you know that it takes a significant amount of planning and time to have a successful ...and more »
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    Ten tips when catering your own party
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    Summertime is time for outdoor parties. If you like to cater your own parties you know that it takes a significant amount of planning and time to have a successful event. First think about how many people might be coming. Remember that even though you ...and more »
  • Working Lunch: Restaurant servers look to save tipping

    On this week's episode of Working Lunch, the Align Public Strategies crew explains a twist in the wages debate. This time it is restaurant servers coming forward to lawmakers on their own to save their tipped wages. Plus, the White House is pushing Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act before President Trump's 100th day in office. Find out what this means for restaurant operators and how much should they count on this. Those stories and the legislative scorecard with all the top items affe
  • Investors put their faith — and money — in McDonald’s

    This post is part of the On the Margin blog. 
    McDonald’s Corp. stock rose on Friday, at one point hitting an all-time high of $133.88 per share.
    McDonald’s has quietly been on a roll all year. Its stock is up more than 11 percent so far in 2017, enabling the Oak Brook, Ill.-based burger giant to hit a string of all-time highs. By comparison, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 3.5 percent.
    It appears that investors are putting their faith in McDonald's before it reports
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  • Restaurants seek a distinctive chicken

    If you want to impress customers with chicken these days, you’re going to have to do more than market it with a few clean-sounding phrases. 
    In order to stand out from others in the now crowded space of food from animals not treated with antibiotics, independent restaurants and small chains are turning to heritage breeds and specialty producers. Non-commercial operations are exploring the possibilities of slow-growing chickens that supporters say are less illness-prone, live better l
  • Why multiunit leaders are like head coaches

    “Coaching is not doing, and it's not telling people what to do. It's guiding, questioning, prompting and encouraging forward movement. Most important, it's inspiring people to take ownership of their own careers.” —Simon Sinek
    Some choose it, some lose it, many pursue it but never do it, most earn it and others never quite learn it. But no matter how they came to the role, there’s no denying that Multiunit Leaders — the manager of managers — are the linchpin
  • How restaurants compete with alternative meal sources

    Meals eaten away from home and those eaten at home have historically had a negative correlation. When meals eaten out are up, meals eaten at home are down, and vice versa.
    But according to the latest research from The NPD Group, both have softened, in part due to consumers getting more meals from a growing bounty of sources, including meal kits, online grocers and food trucks.
    “People are getting meals, food from other sources,” said NPD analyst Bonnie Riggs. “We didn’t
  • Dean & Deluca 'catering' to a new audience in Charlotte - Charlotte Business Journal

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    Dean & Deluca 'catering' to a new audience in Charlotte
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    Corporate Executive Chef Brian Bistrong has created catering menus — with a mix of classic and inventive dishes — in partnership with the culinary team in those markets. Offerings focus on unique flavor combinations, quality ingredients and presentation.
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  • KFC enlists Rob Lowe for the next colonel

    Rob Lowe is going to send a Zinger into space.
    The actor will be the newest version of KFC’s Colonel Sanders in ads featuring the Zinger sandwich.
    In the ads, the veteran actor and funnyman will wear a spacesuit, talking about sending KFC’s Zinger out into space. The ads are set to start on Sunday.
    “My grandfather was the head of the Ohio chapter of the National Restaurant Association in the 1960s and took me to meet Colonel Harland Sanders when I was a kid,” Lowe said i
  • Headquarters Officially Debuts In Houston, Catering To The City's ... - PR Newswire (press release)

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    HOUSTON, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- A year and a half after formally announcing their vision for a former derelict warehouse at 3302 Canal Street in ...and more »
  • Self-catering worth £300m to Scots economy - BBC News

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    Self-catering worth £300m to Scots economy
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    Visitors who rent self-catering properties are thought to be worth almost £300m to the Scottish economy, according to new economic research. The trade body that represents the sector published research suggesting more than 10,700 jobs were directly ...and more »
  • Pink Taco gets a second wind under Z Capital Partners

    The owners of Real Mex Restaurants are planning to expand nationally the once-controversial Pink Taco concept, the company said Thursday. 
    Private-equity firm Z Capital Partners acquired Pink Taco last April. The firm plans to leverage Real Mex’s infrastructure to grow Pink Taco. Z Capital is the majority shareholder of Cypress, Calif.-based Real Mex, parent to the El Torito, Acapulco and Chevys Fresh Mex brands.
    By early 2018, Pink Taco will debut in Chicago’s River North
  • Luby’s calls new Fuddruckers unit ‘vision of future’

    Luby’s Inc. has opened a new Fuddruckers restaurant near Houston that showcases the brand’s “vision of the future,” an executive said Wednesday.
    Peter Tripoli, Luby’s chief operating officer, said the new unit in The Woodlands, Texas, is “an exciting new location for us.”
    The new location has three self-ordering stations, in addition to a cashier-operated point-of-sale, Tripoli said during a call after releasing second-quarter earnings. 
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  • CoreLife names Scott Davis president

    CoreLife Eatery has named restaurant veteran Scott Davis to the new position of president, the company said Thursday. 
    Photo: CoreLife Eatery
    Davis most recently served as chief concept officer of St. Louis, Mo.-based Panera Bread Co., from 1996 to 2015. Davis was responsible for such Panera innovations as free Wi-Fi in the stores and catering as well as menu development.
    Vestal, N.Y.-based CoreLife Eatery, which opens its 10th location this week in Ithaca, N.Y., features a single-line ser
  • Activist investor asks Buffalo Wild Wings CEO to resign

    Saying that the company has “significant operational and financial deficiencies,” activist investor Marcato Capital Management on Thursday urged the resignation of Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith.
    The request came along with an extensive presentation, some of which included comments from current corporate employees and former executives that were highly critical of existing management at the Minneapolis-based chain.
    “CEO Sally J. Smith should resign, so that the company can
  • Struggling Silver Spring Office Building Could Turn Into 177 ... - BethesdaMagazine.com

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    The Guardian building, a mostly vacant office property in downtown Silver Spring, could be reborn as a 11-story apartment complex with businesses on the ...and more »
  • Higher minimum wages lead to more restaurant failures

    This post is part of the On the Margin blog.
    Don’t want to go out of business because of rising minimum wages? Get your Yelp score up.
    A study published this month by the Harvard Business School has found that, as business leaders have long said, rising minimum wages do indeed lead to more closures in the restaurant business. Every $1 increase in the minimum wage, the study found, leads to a 4 to 10 percent increase in restaurant closures. 
    And higher minimum wages also deter entrepr
  • Knox County Finance Committee forwards new catering license - Galesburg Register-Mail

    Knox County Finance Committee forwards new catering license
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    GALESBURG — Businesses and organizations will be able to return unopened alcohol they buy for events if the Knox County Board approves a catering license that the board's Finance Committee approved at its meeting Wednesday. The committee ...
  • Buffalo Wild Wings North American president retires

    Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. said on Wednesday that Judith Shoulak, the company’s executive vice president and president of North America would retire effective June 30.
    Shouldak’s position will not be filled and her team will report to the company’s chief operating officer.
    Shoulak had been with Buffalo Wild Wings for 16 years. Her departure continues a string of changes for the Minneapolis-based wing chain, which is facing a fight with an activist investor, Marcato Capital. The c
  • Subway names Karlin Linhardt head of North America marketing

    Subway has named Karlin Linhardt senior vice president of marketing in North America, the company said Wednesday.
    “Karlin will be a critical member of our leadership team as we strengthen our brand and grow in a way that best supports our North American franchisees,” Subway CMO Joe Tripodi said in a statement. 
    Linhardt will be responsible for brand management and guest experience for more than 30,000 Subway restaurants in North America. He will oversee advertising, media plann
  • Restaurants see weakest quarter in years in 1Q

    The restaurant industry did not get off to a good start in 2017, according to the latest MillerPulse survey
    “The first quarter was the worst quarter in seven years,” said Larry Miller, co-founder of the survey.
    Same-store sales fell 0.4 percent in March, the fourth straight decline and the ninth decline in the past 10 months. Traffic declined 2.5 percent, the 13th straight monthly drop.But there are some bright spots as the industry looks to recover from what has been the worst peri
  • Noodles terminates COO

    Troubled fast-casual chain Noodles & Co. on Wednesday said it has terminated its chief operations officer, Victor Heutz.
    The one-line announcement in a Securities and Exchange Commision filing said only that Heutz was terminated “effective immediately.” There was no explanation for the move, or mention of a potential replacement.
    “Effective immediately, Victor Heutz has left his role as chief operations officer,” company spokeswoman Danielle Moore said in an email. &
  • Habit Restaurants names Douglas Branigan CDO

    The Habit Restaurants Inc. has named Douglas Branigan chief development officer, the company said Tuesday.
    “We are pleased to welcome Doug to the Habit team, who brings with him more than 20 years of leadership in restaurant operations and development,” said Russ Bendel, president and CEO of Habit Restaurants. “His experience will be a valuable asset to us as we continue to expand throughout the U.S.”
    Before joining Habit, Branigan was chief development officer at Black
  • UPDATE 2-Lufthansa in talks with Iran Air over catering ... - Reuters - Reuters

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    DUBAI, April 19 Lufthansa is in talks with Iran Air to provide catering, maintenance and pilot training as it seeks to take advantage of emerging business ...
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  • Freddy's Frozen Custard opens in Opelika - Opelika Auburn News

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    Freddy's Frozen Custard opens in Opelika
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    Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Opelika location that opened Sunday. Among those pictured are Dozier Smith T, Opelika City Councilman, third from left; Anissa Sanders, senior regional training manager, ...
  • Mic Plans To Slay With Content Channels Catering To Audience Passions - AdExchanger

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    Mic Plans To Slay With Content Channels Catering To Audience Passions
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    Scale gets digital publishers noticed by advertisers, but audiences increasingly want content addressing niche interests, not broad ones. Some digital pubs, like Vox Media, build out a portfolio of completely separate brands, while others develop sub ...
  • The Turn-Key Catering Experience - Chattanooga Magazine

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    The Turn-Key Catering Experience
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    “We are different from other catering companies because we are a one-stop shop so to speak,” says Tara Plumlee, CEO and owner of A Silverware Affair. “We can provide all the food, linens, and venue space. We are also one of the only companies in ...
  • Torchy’s Tacos receives investment from General Atlantic

    Since being founded a decade ago, the fast-casual chain Torchy’s Tacos has earned quite a reputation for its food, as well as its irreverence — beginning with the chain’s “Damn good tacos” tagline.
    For General Atlantic, the reputation was simply too good to ignore. So the New York based private-equity group made a minority investment in the fast-casual taco chain.
    “Folks that know it raved about it,” said Shaw Joseph, who leads General Atlantic’s
  • This CEO is paid more than anybody else

    This post is part of the On the Margin blog.
    Sardar Biglari’s total pay package as CEO of Biglari Holdings, the parent company of Steak ‘n Shake, is technically just $900,000. That’s relatively low. It’s also not his entire pay package.
    Biglari Holdings also paid $31.6 million in incentives to Biglari Capital, an investment fund in which Biglari is the sole owner. Biglari Capital makes investments for Biglari Holdings, which then pays Biglari Capital an incentive based o
  • Subway debuts Facebook Messenger ordering

    Subway customers can now use Facebook Messenger to order and pay for meals, the company said Tuesday. 
    The Milford, Conn.-based quick-service chain said the Messenger bot can be used at all 26,500 Subway restaurants in the United States, both online and through mobile devices.
    Subway and its digital partner, Agilitee, made the announcement at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Jose, Calif. 
    “This is a new initiative in the ongoing quest to enhance the guest experience,&
  • Pizza Hut to debut new pizza builder

    Pizza Hut is updating its pizza builder for digital customers, continuing its efforts to make ordering pizza faster, easier and more convenient. 
    The Plano, Texas-based division of Yum! Brands Inc. said the enhanced pizza builder function expands on other advances it is making to compete successfully in the digital marketplace.
    “We’re taking a mobile-first approach,” Pizza Hut chief e-commerce officer Chris Dargis told Nation’s Restaurant News Tuesday. 
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  • Hakkasan Group names Nick McCabe CEO

    Global restaurant and nightclub operator Hakkasan Group has promoted Nick McCabe to CEO, replacing Neil Moffitt, who resigned on Monday after five years at the helm, the company said. 
    McCabe has served as president and chief operating officer for the group since 2013, following its acquisition of Angel Management Group.
    He plans to continue Hakkasan’s growth trajectory and will lead the group through its proposed merger with Los Angeles-based hospitality company SBE. When compl
  • Ceviche finds a place on menus year-round

    Ceviche — the Mexican and South American dish of chilled, citrus-cured seafood — typically shows up on restaurant menus during the warmer months of spring and summer, but many chefs now serve the dish year-round.
    “Most of our diners enjoy starting their meal with a ceviche,” said Faiz Ally, chef de cuisine at Del Campo in Washington, D.C., where ceviche has been a year-round offering since the restaurant opened in 2013. “It’s light, refreshing and a great way
  • 6 tips for incorporating applied analytics into business decisions

    Alexander Cairns is an econometrician in research and development for Revenue Management Solutions. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation’s Restaurant News.
    The adoption of more advanced POS systems in restaurants has led to data becoming more accessible than ever before. In today’s data-driven world, restaurants frequently want to capitalize on this by incorporating analytics into their decision-making.
    When done correctly, an
  • Starbucks targets social-media set with Unicorn Frappuccino

    Here’s the thing about Starbucks’ latest drink: If you don’t like the color or flavor, just give it a stir.
    The Seattle-based coffeehouse giant will sell its new Unicorn Frappuccino blended drink tomorrow through Sunday, or as long as supplies last.
    The drink starts off as purple, with a bit of blue swirls. At first, it tastes sweet and fruity.
    Give it a stir, however, and the drink’s color changes to pink. The flavor also changes, to tangy and tart. The more you stir, t
  • Must-see videos: Starbucks hires 10,000 veterans and military spouses

    Starbucks reaffirmed its commitment to supporting service members and military spouses by increasing its hiring commitment to 25,000 total hires by 2025. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store teamed up with Country Music Artist Lauren Alaina and Portland’s Youth Music Project for a special in-store music education experience. McDonald's is now serving 100-percent sustainably sourced espresso in 14,000 locations. Pizza Hut says that new employees can "unbox their future."&nb
  • Kitchens pinched for labor

    In this ongoing in-depth investigation, NRN looks at how the current political environment could affect immigration and what it means for restaurant operators.
    The challenge of filling back-of-the house restaurant positions and keeping workers in them has become increasingly intense in today’s tight labor market, experts and operators say.
    More line cook, busser, dishwasher and prep chef positions — many taken by immigrants, both legal and undocumented — go unfilled as manager
  • 5 Tips for Saving Major Cash on Wedding Venue and Catering Costs - Brides.com

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    5 Tips for Saving Major Cash on Wedding Venue and Catering Costs
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    Typically, wedding venues and caterers will offer two prices per head: those for adults (over 21) and those for children. Often neglected are teens, the in-betweens, and nondrinkers. Most of the time, adult head counts will include alcohol in all ...
  • Wingstop tests delivery in Las Vegas

    Wingstop Restaurants Inc. has launched a delivery test at nine units in the Las Vegas, Nev., market, the company said Monday.
    The Dallas-based fast-casual wing chain said it will be evaluating the test to see how it works and if it can maintain the quality of its food through the delivery process.
    Wingstop is using “multiple third-party service providers” in the test, said Charlie Morrison, the company CEO and president, in answer Monday to emailed questions. He said the company was
  • Successful wine lists focus on the customer

    David Flaherty has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry and is the marketing director for the Washington State Wine Commission. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation’s Restaurant News.
    Beverage sales are one of the most lucrative revenue-generators for any restaurant.
    A well-managed wine program in particular can mean the difference between financial success and failure. Like driving a fine-tuned Ferrari, masteri
  • Shoney’s reports credit card breach at 37 locations

    Shoney’s has been hit with a credit card breach involving 37 restaurants since December, the company acknowledged late last week. 
    In a release, Best American Hospitality Corp., the Atlanta-based company that operates Shoney’s, said the data breach started in December and was contained in March. The security blog Krebs on Security first reported the incident.
    Shoney’s did not respond to a request for comment. 
    The 37 affected locations are across the South, many
  • Restaurant sales slow again in March

    This post is part of the On the Margin blog.
    Restaurant sales rose 2.8 percent in March, according to federal data, slowing for the second straight month as the industry faces its weakest environment in more than three years.
    The result was a slowdown from the 3.7 percent growth in February, and was the lowest since December. Yet, outside of a 6-percent growth rate during the weather-aided month of January, sales since December have been at their lowest rates since 2013.
    That was the year
  • KFC launches Zinger chicken sandwich in U.S.

    KFC is launching its Zinger sandwich, popular in more than 120 countries, to its more than 4,300 U.S. locations, starting April 24.
    First introduced in Trinidad & Tobago in 1984, the sandwich is made with a marinated chicken breast double-breaded in the chain’s Extra Crispy Breading with a proprietary spice blend that includes cayenne pepper and other chiles. It will be available as a “$5 Fill Up” with potato wedges, a cookie and a drink. 
    Corporate chef Bob Das indic
  • Employment pressure builds

    In this ongoing in-depth investigation, NRN looks at how the current political environment could affect immigration and what it means for restaurant operators.
    Today’s debate over immigration is being waged against a backdrop of intense employment pressure in the restaurant industry.
    “This is an extraordinarily difficult time to get staffed and stay staffed, both in the hourly and the management ranks,” said Bob Rycroft, managing director at TDn2K, the Dallas-based industry ana
  • From the editor: NRN lifts curtain on foreign-born workers

    In this in-depth special report, Immigration Impact, the Nation’s Restaurant News editorial team shines a light on the role of foreign-born workers in the foodservice industry. 
    Whether it’s people working in kitchens, running sophisticated franchise companies or picking the vegetables you serve your customers, it’s not a secret that the industry relies on foreign-born workers. Yet the extent to which immigrants are part of the fabric of the food economy is surprising &md
  • Catering to the 'creative class' may be the wrong strategy for cities ... - STLtoday.com

    Catering to the 'creative class' may be the wrong strategy for cities ...
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    Since publishing the best-selling book "The Rise of the Creative Class" in 2002, Florida has used his considerable speaking and writing heft to push mayors, ...and more »

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