Monthly Archives: June 2010

Taking the bar to the table

Many restaurants, especially those with limited bar space, are turning to tableside cocktail service to provide more customers with the hand-crafted drink experience. Toby Maloney of Alchemy Consulting turned to an old-fashioned solution as he developed the bar program at New York's Bar Seven Five, which does not have a standard bar setup. Inspired by the cocktail service on the historical Pullman Company trains, in which bartenders created drinks and had them finished tableside, Maloney ordered custom-made cocktail caddies for Bar Seven Five. "When you don't have a bar itself, so much of the show and experience is the sound…

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McDonalds Global Sales Rise in May

McDonald’s Corp. cited new products and value offerings for a 4.8-percent increase in global same-store sales for the month of May. In the United States, where same-store sales rose 3.4 percent in May, McDonald's pointed to the success of a $1 beverage program in some markets and the Frappe, the newest addition to the McCafe line now in most U.S. stores. The operator or franchisor of more than 14,000 restaurants in the United States also cited its ongoing efforts to reimage several hundred units this year. In addition, McDonald’s touted a promotion tied to “Shrek Forever After” that was selling…

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Arbys may make the move into retail

Arby's, which has struggled to drive sales in its restaurants, may extend its reach by offering branded products in grocery stores. The 3,700-unit chain said Friday that it had signed a deal with Nancy Bailey & Associates Inc., an Atlanta licensing firm, to begin fielding offers to sell packaged Arby's items on supermarket shelves. Arby's spokeswoman Kathy Seifert confirmed the chain would seek to sell its products in retail settings, but she declined to offer details on what would be sold. She noted that the brand previously had licensed its sauces for retail. The leveraging of restaurant brands in the…

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Supermarkets Mimic Restaurants

This article was released by the Associated Press and is so much on-target.  I personally have seen this type of concept popping up in the Baltimore/Washington area. This is another case in point of what I have always said - food is here to stay!  In America people will always eat out.  They may not get on an airplane and stay in a 5-star hotel, but they will go out eat. There may be more items on the $1 menu or more on the Happy Hour menu - but this industry will always rebound. Adults don't pack their lunch to go…

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview process with my CEO management opportunity. Karen helped and coached me to prepare myself for the interviews. With Karen's help and my experience I feel that it was a perfect fit for Me.  It's pretty awesome to come back to work in my home town and connect to the community again 2o years later.  It awesome to be close to my family and old friends. I'm happy and proud to say that I'm working for a company that values and cares for there employees. I feel like this is a great opportunity that will open doors for my future. Thank you for your time And big thank you to Karen, she is amazing! Ron G Karen was amazing and very helpful through the interview processChief Experience Officer, BC
  • I am grateful for my experience working with Cara, she was awesome! Always easy to reach via texts, emails and phone. It felt like Cara was on my side and wanted what was best for me. Wrote an amazing resume. She helped set me up with all my interviews, provided interview coaching to help me land the job. She also checked on me completely throughout my whole experience. The best part is how she kept in constant contact with me throughout the process, so I was never left wondering and was very supportive throughout the interview process. I'll definitely highly recommend her in the future! Sincerely, Andrea I am grateful for my experience working with Cara, she was awesome!
  • "I was very lucky to get recruited by Cara and the Patrice and Associates team. From start to finish Cara made me feel like I was the right person for this new step in my career. She was very easy to talk to and brought the best out of me when it came to preparing for my interview. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition and this great opportunity would never have happened without Cara. Thanks!!" - Chuck Amiss I couldn't have asked for a better person to help with this transition
  • I must say at first I was a little skeptical on what Stephanie was doing with my resume but now after seeing the results I am so glad listened instead of reacting. I will definitely continue with this company and I've already started to recommend Stephanie and what she can and is more than willing to do for each individual.

    Eddie Zepeda I've already started to recommend Stephanie
  • During my 20+ years career in hospitality I had the opportunity to work either directly or indirectly with several recruiting firms and individuals. My most recent job search lead me to Bruce Leininger with Patrice and Associates. Bruce is one of those rare individuals who combines needs of the employer with knowledge and skills of the job seeker. He sees both perspectives, analyses where there is common ground between employer’s culture and applicant’s strengths, then delivers a candid assessment to both parties. Bruce was relentless in pursuit of job opportunities and in finding the “right fit” for my career profile. EVERYTHING that Bruce said and promised in his introduction to me was delivered, and even MORE! Most importantly I truly felt that Bruce was genuine, understanding and caring in regards to my specific needs and goals. As far as I am concerned when it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else. Ned Mirkovic, Hospitality General Manager When it comes to recruiters, there is Bruce and then there’s everyone else.
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