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Great News for Chocolate Lovers!

As the summer season officially checks out and the weather is starting to cool off, restaurant managers and chefs say that diners are warming up to rich, decadent chocolate. “It’s a fact that chocolate sells more in the cold months than in the warm months,” says celebrity chocolatier Jacques Torres of Jacques Torres Chocolate, based in New York. “Also, chocolate sells better in New York than in Florida or Los Angeles. People eat more chocolate when it is a bit cooler, and chocolate products like hot chocolate also sell better when it’s colder.” For David Carmichael, executive chef of Gilt,…

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Show Enthusiasm during your Interview

Everyone likes the feeling of being wanted. Show enthusiasm! Don’t appear to be what we in the business call a “shopper” or a “tire kicker”. The “What can you do for me?” approach to interviewing, even in this full-employment economy, gets you a quick exit to the front door. (Sometimes the back door, if you’re particularly offensive). Always make certain that the company with which you are interviewing feels like they are your first choice, no matter what other companies are involved in your job search. Be certain you have researched their website, have recently eaten in their restaurant and…

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Jobs for Restaurant Managers week ending 9/11/09

Check the Job Openings on our website for a complete listing of the 237 newest positions that became available this week. Casual dining restaurant manager needed in Palm Bay FL for large local concept. Major national corporate chains needs senior level casual dining restaurant managers in Indianapolis, In; Taunton and North Attleboro, MA. Huge national fast food chain needs Area Supervisors  throughout NNJ, Eastern PA and CT. Base salary to $75K, plus car allowance, laptop, cell phone and bonus. Seafood casual concept needs restaurant manager in Durham, NC and South Lake TX. Corporate casual restaurant chains needs restaurant managers in…

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More Consumers Plan to Increase Restaurant Spending

  Despite another jump in the national unemployment rate and conflicting economic indicators released last month, a new survey shows that consumers' plans to spend at restaurants are only improving as confidence in the economy grows.   Looking out over the next 90 days, 16 percent of respondents said they planned to spend more on dining out, up from the 13 percent in May and just 8 percent in February who responded similarly. A reduced 33 percent of respondents said they planned to spend less on dining out during the next 90 days, down from 39 percent in May and 50…

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Preparing for the Interview

Your recruiter can help you with many aspects of preparing for your management interview. As restaurant management recruiters we know the requirements of each position, the interview process you can expect, and we are there to coach and provide you feedback throughout the process. When preparing for an interview, you want to thoroughly discuss the position and company with your recruiter. Investigate the corporate website to be familiar with the opportunities available for growth. If you are required to test or apply on-line, make sure you thoroughly read and understand all instructions. Allow yourself plenty of time in a quiet…

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Jobs for Restaurant Managers Week Ending 9/6/09

Check the Job Openings on our website for a complete listing of the 124 newest positions that became available this week. Assistant restaurant manager needed in Huntsville, TX for full service corporate chain. Salary to $60K. Casual dining restaurant assistant manager needed in Manassas, VA. Salary to $50K. 2 assistant restaurant managers needed in Kerrville, TX for buffet concept. Salary to $60K. Restaurant manager needed for southwest concept in Bellefontaine, OH. Salary to $40K. Casual dining restaurant manager needed in popular new concept in Richmond, VA. Salary to $45K. Largest casual dining concept needs restaurant managers in Birmingham and Huntsville,…

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NRA Operator Survey Paints Optimistic Picture

This is great news for everyone and it's the kind of article we are seeing more and more. I think it's a tribute to entrepreneurs and restaurant managers in all concepts. From innovative menu restructuring to creative customer development restauranteurs have weathered the storm and have reason to celebrate. Read entire article   The latest National Restaurant Association survey of operators showed that although same-store sales remained negative in July, restaurateurs reported an improvement from June’s soft performance. In addition, more operators reported a positive future economic outlook than had three months earlier. The optimism moved the NRA Restaurant Performance Index,…

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Hidden Camera Penny Prank in Restaurant

Many times I've been shopping and had the clerk look at me strangely when I paid my bill in cash. Better yet, buy an expensive item and put $5K cash on the counter and people think you are a drug dealer! It says something about our country when cash is the exception not the norm...and our National Debt is up to what now!

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NYC Restaurant Chains Post Calorie Info

Just when restaurants are starting to recover from the economy they have to post the calorie count on all items on their menu. A TGIF appetizer with 3330 calories! Frankly I'm tired of the government thinking they have to "take care of us".  We can't decide for ourselves if we should wear a seat belt - the government has to decide and punish us with a fine if we don't obey. Now the government feels like they have to fix the obesity in the country.  We pitiful humans cannot be responsible for ourselves.  We are unable to make decisions about…

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Dare Restaurant

I think I would pay for my own food!

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • This was my first time using a recruiter to find a job but I was not disappointed. Liz kept in constant communication with me and listened to what I was looking for. She was also very knowledgeable in the interview process and extremely nice. The process for me went by fairly fast and smooth! Having been out of the interviewing process for a while Liz really helped me regain my confidence and gave great pointers for interviews! I would definitely recommend Liz and Patrice and Associates for anyone that is job hunting and needs a helping hand, you can’t go wrong! Alba E Castellanos Liz helps Alban find a job!
  • “Finding job is always a long and complicated process for any professional, especially when you are trying to make a big career move. Fortunately, I found Patrice & Associates to assist me in this process. I worked with Ian Dietrich throughout this process and he was always there with all the necessary information and it helped me a ton. My entire experience with Ian Dietrich was that he was very transparent and always supportive. I would really recommend Patrice and Associates, Ian Dietrich to anyone searching for a hospitality job.”   Thank you, Abhishek Pandya I would really recommend Patrice and Associates, Ian Dietrich to anyone searching for a hospitality job.
  • Margo is the combination of Consistency and Awe-inspiring Impact in human form. Margo took me on as a client and to be quite honest I cannot remember a time in my life where I felt more coached and prepared for what was ahead of me. From the very beginning she was extremely clear and concise on what the role entailed and the demands that should be met. From pre-interview and post interview phone calls, to texts and emails she never skipped a beat. Not once!!! Not only did I have the best recruiter in NYC, I had a life coach. The type of coaching Margo does cannot be taught, she is the very best that there is. Her advice was direct, honest and unwavering. Her emails and plans of action were thorough with no room for misunderstanding. Her uncanny ability to isolate your strengths and have YOU build on them has you asking yourself "who knew I was this awesome?"!! As I have progressed into my new role, Margo has been there every step of the way, as I stated before the consistency is unmatched. I am forever grateful for the part she has played in my career growth. I truly believe I will continue to work with Margo as I move forward in regard to any major career decisions. More importantly she establishes a trust between herself and her client that is needed the most when one is in the midst of a major transition. With Margo on your team, I assure you that you will have no other choice but to level up and succeed. Cherri Parks-Taylor, Senior Guest Service Manager at Club Quarters Hotels   Margo goes the extra mile for Employers & Job Seekers!
  • After weeks of applying to positions, I found Ty Clifton's posting and heard back from him in less than a day. Ty went above and beyond to make sure I understood exactly what the position and company were about and most importantly, how I could make the best first impression. After providing great insight and advice on interviewing, I felt confident to show off my skills and received an offer! Not only was Ty's professionalism exceptional, but his commitment to making sure I was comfortable with every step of the process was amazing. I cannot thank Ty enough for his help and for placing me with this great company and team! Tiffany Meehan   Ty helps Tiffany get a job!
  • I have an amazing job as assistant chef manager for a high volume scratch kitchen doing what I love and I have Mike to thank for that. His professionalism and helping me every step of the way as well as putting me in the right position and in touch with the right people got me where I needed to be. I was actually on the verge of accepting another job until meeting with my present company. I couldn’t be more excited or thankful. Jordan Salsbury   Mike Buterbaugh, a top recruiter working with George & Sue Wooten, VA Regional Developers, helps Jordan get a job!