Many foodservice professionals often refer to the tabletop as the most important three feet in the house. That's because the tabletop represents the aspect of the foodservice operation that diners interact with most. So it would seem logical, then, that most restaurant and foodservice operators would put in plenty of thought, minding every detail, when developing their tabletops (page 18). Unfortunately, the opposite is often true.Read more...
The concept of co-branding, meaning having two restaurants share the same space, is nothing new. Sometimes it works. Other times it does not. So what’s the difference between successful and unsuccessful co-branding initiatives?Read more...
The Commerce Department reported weak September retail sales but restaurants enjoyed a fair increase. First-time jobless claims fell to a 14-year low. The Sysco/U.S. Foods merger may have hit a stumbling block. Malcolm Knapp is optimistic about casual restaurant sales. McDonald’s is still searching for answers.Read more...
As the 2014-2015 school year draws to a close, I'd like to share the final outcomes of Nardin Academy's new self-operated foodservice program.Read more...
Richard Young is a Senior Engineer and the Director of Education for the Food Service Technology Center, based in San Ramon, California.
Richard Young: I work with the best group of folks in the world. We act as a team, have a flat hierarchy and everyone gets everyone else's back. And, I'm always learning from my colleagues. It doesn't get any better than that!
Richard Young: ...think cappuccino is the greatest invention of all time!
Richard Young: I still play music and am slowly growing my own band with my kids. I also practice yoga but I suppose my favorite thing to do is to seek out and enjoy the best chocolate on the planet.
Richard Young: To make friends wherever I go!
Richard Young: I meet so many great people, it's hard to pick just one but I can say that I really admire Chef Chris Koetke, who is the Vice President of Laureate Universities International Center for Culinary Excellence (recently promoted from Dean of Kendall College's School of Culinary Arts). Chris is a leader in sustainable education for culinary students. In addition, he is a leader in bringing sustainability to the ACF while also running an excellent culinary program and he still has time left over to host a healthy cooking show called Let's Dish as well as make many other public appearances. And, he truly loves food! We first bonded over a simple but excellent meal of locally grown food in Rhode Island and later sealed our blood-brotherhood over a plate of the world's hottest BBQ ribs in New Mexico.
Richard Young: My first job (before I was even legal to work) was in the kitchen of a small Italian restaurant. It was a new restaurant with a beautifully laid out kitchen and we kept it spotless. The food was great and, besides the fact that it was well over 100 degrees in the summertime, I really had loads of fun and learned a lot.
Richard Young: I wouldn't change a thing - I've been very lucky!
Richard Young: "Don't put a sharp knife in a dirty dish tub!" Which is another way of saying, "Be thoughtful of the people around you and they will reciprocate!"
Click here to read part one of the interview with Richard Young.
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