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The Secret Ingredients of Hospitality – as Told by Danny Meyer

danny meyer

Being a “hot new” restaurant doesn’t guarantee being a successful one. After all, what’s hot today is cold tomorrow. But does anything guarantee success? A secret recipe? A stunning location? A celebrity chef? Here at Maines, we were inspired by Danny Meyer, featured speaker at the 2014 Maines Food Show. After our interview, it was clear why companies clamor for ...

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How to Pair Wine with Seafood

how to pair wine with seafood

Pairing wine with fish or seafood can be daunting. Yes, white wines are generally the right choice—but which ones? From flaky tilapia to steak-like swordfish, there is a range of potential wine pairings. Beyond just the choice of fish, the sauce and fish preparation affects what tastes best when pairing wine with fish. Here are some quick rules when serving ...

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When to Menu: Fresh Seafood

Seafood Menu

Adding fresh fish to any menu can become complicated due to what’s happening in the industry. Here is a helpful guide with information provided by Indian Ridge on when the best time to menu certain types of fish is based on availability, seasonality, and regulations. Keep this chart handy when planning your menu and feature items to maximize your menu ...

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Seafood Outlook for 2015

2015 Seafood Outlook

2014 was a very challenging year in the seafood industry. We saw reductions in fresh quotas, challenging cold weather patterns in the beginning of the year that greatly reduced the growth rate of farmed fish and shellfish leading to shortages. Here are some of the most popular fresh items found at mid to high end restaurants and what the industry ...

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Revival of Brunch Infographic

Brunch Infographic

Don’t miss out on one of the most profitable daypart opportunities for restaurants: Brunch. Check out these brunch facts and stats to see what’s popular in the Brunch Daypart. EMBED THIS INFOGRAPHIC: <a href=”http://freshideas.maines.net/revival-of-brunch-infographic/”><img title=”The Revival of Brunch Infographic” src=”http://freshideas.maines.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Brunch-infographic.png” alt=”The Revival of Brunch Infographic” width=”600″ height=”1604″ /></a><br /><br /><br /> <a href=”http://freshideas.maines.net”> The Revival of Brunch Infographic</a>

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Tips from Our Specialists: Proper Hand Washing for Restaurants

Health inspections are a regular part of life in any food service business, but too often it’s easy for a restaurant or commercial kitchen to fall into the trap of just passing the inspection rather than regularly practicing good food safety procedures. As Chemical Specialists for Maines, it is our intention at ServiSolutions to help your business improve food safety ...

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How to Handle Negative Reviews

Negative Reviews

With the popularity of review sites, it is inevitable that your restaurant is going to receive some type of negative review at one point or another, no matter how great your food and service are. So, what are you supposed to do when you get a pesky, negative online review on a website such as Yelp? Here are a few ...

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Restaurant Formula Video 7: Restaurant Review Sites

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Gerry O’Brion dives deeper into how review sites can be a great asset for your restaurant. Review sites give restaurant owners a very valuable tool – customer feedback. A 2014 study showed that 88% of consumers used reviews to determine the quality of a local business and also said they trusted reviews from a review site as much as a ...

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8 Brunch Ideas with Brickfire Bakery

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The resurgence of Brunch is more prevalent now than ever.  A simple internet search on “Brunch ideas” provides you with plenty of pictures, websites and recipes. If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of information, try using just a few key words to focus in on a specific topic.  These easy recipes and ideas are great for any restaurant who serves ...

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Markon Winter Trends 2015

markon winter trends 2015

These are the top trends in the foodservice industry according to the Winter 2015 Markon Trend Report: 1. Produce Hybrids Farmers have been cross-breeding fruits and vegetables for centuries, but today’s suppliers have the added benefit of nutritional research to naturally create exciting, delicious new ingredients. • Kalettes are part kale, part Brussels sprouts; chefs are falling in love with ...

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