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Perfect Pizza Party to Celebrate Summer

As the end of summer approaches, the number of days left to gather friends and family for one last summertime party is rapidly shrinking. Refreshing drinks, catchy music, great company, and favorite bites to be enjoyed outdoors complete the bash. While barbecuing is inherently regarded as the classic cuisine at functions for this time of year, pizza parties are another delightfully savory option. Barbecuing is often a one-person job, with …

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The Undeniable Influence of iPhones on the Restaurant Business

A few weeks ago yours, mine and just about everybody’s favorite accessory/necessity celebrated a big birthday: the iPhone turned 10. There’s no arguing that the iPhone has transformed our lives. Ten years after the first iPhone entered the market surrounded by unprecedented hype, Apple’s seemingly untouchable innovation just keeps steamrolling past barriers. Paving the way for the era of new communications devices, iPhones have radically changed how businesses operate. Whether …

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Grilled Pizza is Hot!

It’s a hot debate whether grilled pizza began in Memphis or Rhode Island. Some say, owners Johanne Killeen and George Germon served the first at Al Forno restaurant in Providence, RI. Others swear it was Coletta’s in Memphis. Whether Northern roots or Southern, what is true is that the flavor and smokiness from grilling pizza on real charcoal cannot be beat. If you then add pepperoni on the pizza, you …

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Why Tech and Food are not the Same

By Elliot Begoun  At its core, food serves a very basic purpose to sustain life, to nourish. But, it’s so much more than that. Food is how we celebrate, love, explore, gather, comfort. Personally, I have an odd relationship with food. It is both my passion and my nemesis. Food has been my life’s work. 



All Natural and Organic Options Emerging for Pizzerias

When people picture the perfect pizza, they might imagine a deep-dish Chicago slice covered in various meats, a thin crust Margherita slice straight out of Italy, or a massive folded-over slice of Brooklyn pie. Regardless of personal preference over the ideal pizza, most consumers can agree that they’d appreciate their slice to contain quality ingredients. Which for today’s pizza lovers means natural or organic ingredients. European consumers have always associated …

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126 EXPERT IDEAS FOR YOUR RESTAURANT BUSINESS PLAN

The fact that everybody needs food and that this need occurs every day, makes running a food business fun, exciting, and so full of possibilities. But just because food is a universal need doesn’t necessarily mean every food business is bound for success. With so much competition in the food business industry today, it’ll all 



New Product Development – A Recipe for Success

“9 out of 10 products are introduced, to fill a void in the company’s product line, not to fill a void in the market.” Al Ries & Jack Trout- authors of “Positioning”. Not much about new product development has changed since 1981, when the marketing classic, “Positioning”, introduced a generation to the concept. This was 



All I Needed to Know I Learned on a Saturday Night

From our friend and colleague – Bill Marvin, The Restaurant Doctor – These were taken from a list of 101 sent to me by Bob Hayes of Chart House years ago. Thanks, Bob! It doesn’t seem like much has changed about life in the restaurant biz! Not all birthdays really are. No dishwasher enjoys classical 



Ukraine’s Vesuvio Pizzeria

What can show better the economic and social development of a nation than a thriving pizza business? Myron Spolsky, a Canadian of Ukrainian descent, moved to Ukraine 29 years ago and in three decades built a successful pizza brand in the country’s capital of Kyiv. Today it has two locations, unique takeout and delivery services, 



Big Brands & Businesses Are Listening to Millennial ‘Likes’

There’s a new world on the street and savvy business leaders and marketers are paying attention to what the young generation likes and how it behaves.   Specifically, the focus is on millennials, who at 18-31 years of age are considered today’s generation. This age cohort is dictating how the business world must change its 



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