Monthly Archives: May 2014

Digital Menu Boards – New Trend

Digital display menu boards continue to grow in popularity. Why? The technology keeps improving while prices keep coming down. Today’s digital menu boards offer operators the flexibility to change the content by day segment, change prices, and add nutritional information. The ability to include calorie counts will be especially valuable to restaurants as the new federal menu labeling law is implemented.

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Tech Trend – Online Ordering

There's no more valuable real estate these days than in a customer’s pocket, according to John Valentine, vice president of sales, at LevelUp, which builds mobile payment and loyalty apps. Diners are increasingly interested in ordering and paying for their food online and through their mobile devices. NRA research shows that a third of all adults and more than half of 18- to 34-year-olds say that they would use mobile or wireless devices to pay restaurant tabs at full-service restaurants if given the option. LevelUp’s system integrates with most point-of-sale systems, allows customers to pay via mobile device, and integrates…

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Restaurants try to push through confusion on health care

Many of the restaurant operators who met with insurance experts at the NRA’s Health Care Knowledge Center had taken at least some steps toward meeting the requirements of the new health care law, but confusion about the law remains. Most of them are concerned about how to calculate whether they are over 50 full-time employees, and if they are, how to comply,” said Jeff Koch, one of the health benefits consultants who met with operators during NRA Show 2014. “There’s a lot of confusion about how to calculate who’s a full-time employee and who’s a part-time employee.” The 2010 health…

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Healthier Kids Fare featured at NRA Show

Restaurateurs found ingredients, advice and recipes to enhance the nutrient content of kids’ meals at the NRA Show. Nearly 50 companies offered products identified as Healthier Kids Fare, and others offered nutrition analysis services. Several education sessions offered tips to create tasty, healthful menu items. And the recipients of the NRA’s Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge offered samples and recipes of their winning creations. Here’s a look at some of the products and services related to kids’ nutrition: Chef Robert Irvine recognized the NRA Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge winners in a brief ceremony at the NRA Booth. The “Restaurant Impossible” host…

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Restaurants to add 508,000 summer jobs

The National Restaurant Association's chief economist presents the summer employment forecast. Restaurants are expected to add 508,000 jobs this summer. This summer's forecast is the second largest on record behind 2013. In his latest commentary, the National Restaurant Association's Chief Economist Bruce Grindy presents the 2014 summer employment forecast.  Restaurants are expected to add 508,000 jobs this summer season, which will rank only behind 2013 as the largest number of summer jobs on record. Restaurants are expected to add 508,000 jobs this summer season, according to National Restaurant Association’s 16th Annual Eating and Drinking Place Summer Employment Forecast.  The projected…

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Career Advisor – June

In today’s job market, there is really no job security. The only way you can achieve job security is to keep your knowledge and skills current, to consistently improve your marketability and value. Employers will do their best to attract and retain entrepreneurial overachievers. Commit to a lifetime of learning starting immediately. If you want to be successful in your job search, you must articulate your value. You must conduct research beyond the job description and understand the needs, challenges and expectations of your potential employer. It is only then that you can explain your value to an employer. Often…

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Cocktails featuring tropical fruit, berries garner buzz

If you want to get customers buzzing about your cocktails, try adding tropical fruit, berries or pear to them. And don’t be shy about putting beets in your Mojitos. That’s according to the latest data from social media intelligence firm newBrandAnalytics. The Washington, D.C.-based company monitors online reviews from websites such as OpenTable, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Twitter and Facebook, and determines which items get customers talking online and vowing to come back for more. “More people are talking online, and they’re getting very specific about their experiences,” said Susan Ganeshan, newBrandAnalytics’ chief marketing officer. That includes praise of specific wines, beers,…

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5 Food Trends from Charleston, SC

Though a relatively small city of about 125,000 people, Charleston, S.C., is a hotbed of culinary creativity. A robust tourism trade, a rich cuisine of its own, and a cadre of talented and creative chefs have helped the city reap the benefits of the growing national interest in what we eat and drink. As a pillar of the distinctive Lowcountry cuisine of the coastal region between Charleston and Savannah, Ga., visitors and locals have long enjoyed local seafood and grains cooked in ways influenced by Western Europe, the Caribbean and West Africa. But the city’s chefs and restaurateurs are adopting…

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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 A 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.