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How I Became a Restaurant Consultant

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How did you decide to become a restaurant consultant? After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and working at Windows on the World Restaurant in the North Tower of the original World Trade Center, I had the opportunity to meet and ultimately work for Joseph Baum, who at the time was the most prominent and renowned restaurant consultant in the world who created many iconic New York restaurants. My exposure to Joe and his team of industry giants who traveled the world helping organizations create new and exciting restaurants and unique dining experiences that changed how people used…

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McDonald’s Plans Upgrades To Wal-Mart-Based Restaurants

McDonald’s plans to upgrade hundreds of its restaurants inside Wal-Mart Stores Inc. locations to boost sales and profits for a group of lagging stores. McDonald’s proposal would add fruit smoothies and frappes—their highly popular icy, coffee drink–to these stores. McDonald’s also plans to update technology at these stores, with the goal of helping profitability by…

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Meatless options now available at a restaurant near you

The Yard House Restaurant chain plans to step up its healthy menu options by preparing 25 of its most popular dishes using fake meat believing it will appeal to both meat eaters and vegetarians alike. At its Irvine Spectrum, CA restaurant, the chain recently began using a vegetable protein from gardein, a brand of plant-based…

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iPad finds a clever place in restaurants

It is without a doubt the world’s latest technological craze — the iPad’s opening day sales alone hit over 300,000! But besides being a handheld cross between a PDA/smartphone and laptop, what other creative purpose can it serve? Interestingly enough, the iPad is creeping its way into restaurants as a menu and ordering device!  …

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Even McDonald’s can be healthy!

Healthy eating at McDonald’s is not an oxymoron, says the registered dietitian who oversees nutrition at the company’s 14,000 fast-food restaurants in the United States. Cindy Goody, U.S. director of nutrition for McDonald’s, concedes nutrition used to be “a dirty word” at McDonald’s, but now the chain is seeking to be a leader in nutrition…

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Could “skinny” adult beverages be the next big thing?

It’s no surprise that consumer tastes are more on the lighter, healthier side these days. This healthy trend is not just limited to food, however. I’m sure you’ve seen all the light, low-calorie beer commercials. But now you can get low-calorie “skinny” adult beverages at your favorite restaurants, too. Check out Fleming’s Steakhouse’s new 99…

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Careful Menu Selections Part 1

As an informed restaurant owner, you can help customers make healthier choices and still enjoy the convenience of a restaurant. Over the next series of blog posts, we will discuss what restaurant owners can offer both on and off the menu to create healthy choices for guests. This creates a sense of care and concern…

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