Category: Restaurant Industry Insights


Food Product Development in Indonesia {Photos}

Members of the FDR Culinary Team recently traveled to Bandar Lampung in Indonesia for a food product development project and had a chance to explore some of the food scene there. Katie Sutton, FDR Chef and VP of Culinary Innovation, and Ric Scicchitano, Managing Partner, grabbed these photos at local restaurants. Could some of these flavors be coming to a table near you? We think so. Continue reading

Meet the Chef: Peter Coffey of Cuisine Solutions

Here on the FDR blog, we’re starting a new article series featuring our friends, clients, and colleagues who are also chefs. To start us off, meet Peter Coffey, Culinary Business Development Manager for National Restaurant Chains at Cuisine Solutions. We recently talked to Peter about the ways FDR and Cuisine Solutions work together (see the full case study). But, today, we’re talking to Peter about his work views as a chef.

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Restaurant Training Tip: Train in Person

…and do it over and over again.

Many multi-location restaurants rely on one-time video training during employee orientation. That simply doesn’t make sense. Wait staff have a tremendous responsibility to wow your customers and create a memorable experience. That’s why a consistent, in-person training program is vital for any restaurant looking for long-term success.

A great approach to training is through the buddy system. For example, pair each new employee with an experienced employee and create a way to test progress (like they do at Crabby Bill’s Seafood in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida). Low marks in improvement should result in a thorough investigation into both the trainee and trainer. Continue reading

Increase Restaurant Profits With Menu Engineering

Many restaurant companies struggle with stagnant sales, reductions in traffic, and lower margins than they’ve had in the past, all because costs never seem to go down. These companies reluctantly accept lower margins as a way of life (or death). In some cases, restaurants will blindly raise prices to try and remedy the problem, but over and over again we’ve seen that result in an even deeper erosion of traffic.

Menu engineering is somewhat complex and time-consuming, but a well-engineered menu can be a game changer with regard to increased profitability. In this post, we’ll show you how. Continue reading