Now Serving – February 2014 – 10 Tips to Interview Like a Pro

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

FEBRUARY 2014 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 62
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It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means an abundance of flowers, chocolate, and dinner reservations. With an increase in dining out this time of year, now is the perfect time to upgrade your restaurant equipment. If you are looking to purchase a new piece of equipment, be sure to click here and check out the Gen2 closeout specials we are currently offering. With a variety of items to choose from, you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Did you know over $1 billion worth of chocolate is purchased for Valentine’s Day in the United States alone? What’s your favorite type of chocolate-y treat? Stop by our Facebook page and let us know! While you’re there, make sure you take a look at our one-day only deals! And if you review a product online, you will be automatically entered into ShortOrder’s monthly giveaway. Please join us in congratulating this month’s winner: John Holsonback!
Don’t forget to check out our clearance section. We have a wide variety of discontinued, and scratched and dented products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty.

In this month’s issue: 10 Tips to Interview Like a Pro, Valentine Milk Shake as a tasty Valentine’s Day treat, and our featured products: a Hamilton Beach Blender, a Beverage-Air Milk Cooler, and an Eagle Drainboard Glassrack.

Do you have any suggestions for us? We are always ready to hear from you. Please drop us a line anytime!

Ann Marie Hillier

10 Tips to Interview Like a Pro

How to Determine Which Candidates are Right for Your Company

Given that your staff is your top resource, it is important to make the most out of your interviews with potential candidates. In her article “10 Tips to Interview Like a Pro,” Dawn Cacciotti, senior vice president, human resources of the National Restaurant Association offers guidance for interviewing job candidates.

 

  • Conduct the interview in a quiet spot which allows you and the candidate to focus on the conversation.
  • Always show the same respect to candidates that you expect from them.
  • Include a variety of questions in the interview, asking candidates yes/no questions, as well as questions that require a more lengthy response.
  • Try to learn more about the candidate’s personality through questions that ask them to provide examples from their past work experience.
  • Make sure to ask follow-up questions which demonstrates genuine interest in the candidate’s answers.
  • If the position requires specific certifications, make sure that the candidate has the necessary background to qualify.
  • Focus on behavioral-based interviewing. Think about the common characteristics of your top performers and ask questions to determine if candidates also possess these traits.
  • Always pay attention to smaller details, such as non-verbal cues from the candidate. Did they come in and smile? Did they dress appropriately for the interview and the position?
  • Consider a test run, giving candidates the opportunity to work half days with their potential team (with pay). This will be a great way to reveal the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • Allow job candidates to ask you questions which can reveal their preparedness as well as enthusiasm for the opportunity.
  • Have closing comments prepared. Always thank the candidate for their time and interest. Even if you’re not interested in hiring the candidate, it is always important to remain courteous.

 

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Valentine Milk Shake
Check out this tasty Valentine’s Day treat from food.com.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Strawberry Ice Cream
  • 1-2 Cups Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Strawberry Jam
  • 2 Ounces Cherry Kijafa Wine

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients until the shake is thick and creamy.
  2. Serve the milk shake in a tall glass topped with whipped cream.
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Now Serving – January 2014 – The Power of Saying ‘No’

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

 

 
JANUARY 2014 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 61
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It’s the start of a new year! Now is the best time to inspect and take inventory of your current restaurant equipment. If you are in the market for a new piece of equipment, be sure to click here and check out the Gen2 closeout specials we are currently offering. With a wide variety of equipment to choose from, you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.

January is National Soup Month. What’s your favorite soup recipe? Stop by our Facebook page and let us know! While you’re there, make sure you take a look at our one-day only deals! And if you review a product online, you will be automatically entered into ShortOrder’s monthly giveaway. Please join us in congratulating this month’s winner: William Pingree!

Don’t forget to check out our clearance section. We have a wide variety of discontinued, and scratched and dented products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty.

In this month’s issue: The Power of Saying ‘No’, Roasted Dates with Bacon as a no-fuss appetizer, and our featured products: a Hatco Heat Lamp, an APW Hot Plate, and a Beverage-Air Deep Well Bottle Cooler.

Do you have any suggestions for us? We are always ready to hear from you. Please drop us a line anytime!

Ann Marie Hillier

The Power of Saying ‘No’

Not All New Opportunities are Good Opportunities

Throughout your business life, there will be times when saying ‘no’ to new opportunities is the best decision to make. Brian Moran outlines five different circumstances in which every business owner should learn to say ‘no’ in his article “The Power of Saying ‘No’.”

1. The Opportunity Doesn’t Get You Closer to Your Goals - If you already have a set plan in place with specific, measurable goals, it will be much easier to determine good opportunities from wild goose chases. You must ask yourself if the presented opportunity will get you closer to reaching those set goals.
2. Your Own House Isn’t in OrderBefore you start adding new concepts and ideas to your own business, make sure that your foundation is solid. If you are still in the process of establishing your business, focus on that and hold off on taking advantage of new opportunities until your business is more stable.
3. The Opportunity Siphons Off Valuable Resources from Your Own Projects - As a business owner, you have a finite amount of time, money, and human capital to help you reach your goals. Before taking on a new opportunity, you must ask yourself if you can still achieve your goals while giving this new opportunity access to your finite resources.

4. You Have the Wrong PartnerBefore taking on a business partner, make sure that all expectations have been clearly understood and that you have thoroughly researched this person’s background to ensure your long-term goals are compatible.

5.

The Opportunity Doesn’t Align with Your Core Offerings
- Before you say yes to a new opportunity, ask yourself if it will cause any confusion among your customers. If you think it might, be sure to take a second look at the upside potential versus the downside risks.

 

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Roasted Dates with Bacon
Check out this no-fuss appetizer from bhg.com.

Ingredients:

  • 16 Fresh or Dried Pitted Dates
  • 16 Smoked Almonds
  • 8 Thick Slices Apple-Smoked Bacon

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut a slit in each date, and place almonds inside slits.
  3. Press dates together to close slits, and wrap each date with a piece of bacon.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until bacon is crisp.
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Now Serving – December 2013 – 5 Best Hires for Boosting Holiday Sales

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

 

DECEMBER 2013 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 60
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The holidays are upon us. How is all of your equipment holding up during this very busy time of year? If you are in the market for a new piece of equipment, be sure to click here and check out the Gen2 closeout specials we are currently offering. With a wide variety of equipment to choose from, you should be able to find just what you’re looking for.

Throughout the winter holiday season, over 1.8 billion candy canes will be made, along with over 150 million chocolate Santas. What’s your favorite holiday treat? Let us know on our Facebook page! While you’re there, make sure you take a look at our one-day only deals! And if you review a product online, you will be automatically entered into ShortOrder’s monthly giveaway. Please join us in congratulating this month’s winner: Colin Wood!
Don’t forget to check out our clearance section. We have a wide variety of discontinued, and scratched and dented products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty.

In this month’s issue: 5 Best Hires for Boosting Holiday Sales, Blood Orange-Pomegranate Mimosas for a holiday drink, and our featured products: an Eagle Pizza Cut and Pack Table, a Hobart Mixer, and an InSinkErator Garbage Disposal.

Do you have any suggestions for us? We are always ready to hear from you. Please drop us a line anytime!

Ann Marie Hillier

5 Best Hires for Boosting Holiday Sales

Hiring the Right Type of Workers Can Make All the Difference

For many companies, the holidays represent the busiest time of the year. Consequently, many companies are in need of seasonal workers to keep up with the demand. As Barry Moltz discusses in his article, “5 Best Hires For Boosting Holiday Sales,” hiring the right type of workers is critical for maximizing sales as well as ensuring that customers return in the new year. Read below to learn about the different types of seasonal employees you can hire to best fit your needs.

1. StudentsStudents are a great hire for seasonal jobs that require a large amount of physical activity. And if they are hired when they are 16 or 17, chances are they can come back for several years in a row.

2. MillennialsFor seasonal work that requires quick learning and technical knowledge, millennials are a great hiring choice. It is especially important to tell them about the mission of the business and how they fit into the holiday rush. Although millennials tend to be very efficient workers, do not leave them with nothing to do as they get bored quickly and are used to multitasking.
3. Baby Boomers - For seasonal positions that require detail-oriented tasks, consider hiring baby boomers. Not only are they reliable, but they generally come back to work for the same company year after year.

4. Moms and DadsParents who have extra time during the day have become a perfect fit for the holiday workforce. Generally, they have a great work ethic and especially love to work in a business that’s making a difference in the community. The next time you need reliable, seasonal help, try advertising job openings at the local PTA group or community center.

5.

Retirees
When hiring for a seasonal position that involves a great deal of customer interaction, look no further than retirees. They are very reliable and pleasant to work with because they’re not working just for money, but also to get out and socialize.

 

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Blood Orange-Pomegranate Mimosas
Check out this festive, holiday drink from eatingwell.com.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups Chilled Blood Orange Juice
  • 3 Cups Chilled Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 750ml Bottle Chilled Sparkling Wine
  • 1/2 Cup Pomegranate Seeds

Directions:

  1. Combine blood orange and pomegranate juices in a pitcher.
  2. Divide among 10 glasses.
  3. Top each with sparkling wine.
  4. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.
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Now Serving – November 2013 – The Changing Face of the Children’s Menu

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

 

NOVEMBER 2013 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 59
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Thanksgiving is almost here. Is all of your equipment in tip-top shape, ready for the busiest time of the year? If you do need to order a new piece of equipment, be sure to click here and check out the Gen2 closeout specials we are currently offering. With several different types to choose from, you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Speaking of Thanksgiving, did you know the average weight of a turkey purchased for Thanksgiving dinner is 15 pounds? With that big of a turkey, there are sure to be lots of leftover. What’s your favorite way to serve up leftover turkey? Let us know on our Facebook page! While you’re there, make sure you take a look at our one-day only deals! And if you review a product online, you will be automatically entered into ShortOrder’s monthly giveaway. Please join us in congratulating this month’s winner: Nathan Robinson!

Don’t forget to check out our clearance section. We have a wide variety of discontinued, and scratched and dented products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty.

In this month’s issue: The Changing Face of the Children’s Menu, Pineapple Shrimp in Endive Leaves as a light and refreshing no-cook appetizer, and our featured products: a Gen2 Fryer, a Stoelting Soft Serve Machine, and a Luxor Utility Cart.

Do you have any suggestions for us? We are always ready to hear from you. Please drop us a line anytime!

Ann Marie Hillier

The Changing Face of the Children’s Menu

Bring in More Business with an Updated Kid’s Menu

 

Nicole Granese discusses the strong influence today’s children have on where parents choose to dine out in her article, “Want Fries With That? Kids Say ‘No Thanks’ To Boring Kid’s Menus.” She also lists four things restaurants need to focus on on in order to create a kid- and parent-approved experience:

1. Better-for-You OptionsMore attention is being paid to the childhood obesity epidemic than ever before. Consequently, kids are being taught the importance of making healthy eating choices in schools across the country. 80% of 5-11 year olds surveyed by KidSay agreed that healthy eating is considered to be cool. Why not attract more customers with healthier options that both the kids and parents will approve of?

2. Larger SelectionAlthough the traditional fare of chicken fingers, mac and cheese, and grilled cheese still dominate most kid’s menus, it has been proven that at least 41% of parents prefer a larger variety of both entrees and beverages for their children to choose from. And if the extra options are nutritious, even better.

3. More Sophisticated FlavorsToday’s kids are seeking more sophisticated and exotic flavors than before. Chef’s throughout the country have an increased focus on developing recipes for kids that expand their palettes. Another common trend is to take traditionally “adult” dishes and transform them into kid-friendly options as well.

4. More Entertaining Dining ExperienceIn the past, children have wanted to order off of the kid’s menu for the toy. In recent years, both parents and kids have started to recognize that the majority of those toys are junk, and would instead prefer to receive some type of free activity. This can be achieved by providing free online content, game apps, or even expanding the kid’s menu to contain more activities.

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Featured Recipe
Pineapple Shrimp in Endive Leaves
Check out this no-cook appetizer from wholefoodsmarket.com.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Lb Cooked, Peeled Shrimp
  • 1 Large Cucumber, Peeled, Seeded and Diced
  • 2 1/2 Cups Diced Pineapple
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 3 Heads Belgian Endive

Directions:

  1. Chop shrimp and place into a large bowl.
  2. Add cucumber, pineapple, cilantro, and lime juice and stir to combine.
  3. Separate endives into individual leaves and arrange on a serving platter.
  4. Spoon approximately 2 tablespoons of shrimp mixture into each endive leaf and serve.
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Now Serving – October – Unexpected Time-Saving Tricks

Friday, October 11th, 2013
OCTOBER 2013 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 58
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It’s October, which means the holidays are right around the corner! Now is the time to inspect all of your equipment to make sure you are ready for this upcoming busy season. If you do need to order a new piece of equipment, be sure to click here and check out the Gen2 closeout specials we are currently offering. With several different types to choose from, you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Did you know that the most Halloween candy is sold on October 28th? What are your favorite Halloween treats? Let us know on our Facebook page! While you’re there, make sure you take a look at our one-day only deals! And if you review a product online, you will be automatically entered into ShortOrder’s monthly giveaway.

Unfortunately we did not have any new reviews this month, so you could have been the big winner!
Don’t forget to check out our clearance section. We have a wide variety of discontinued, and scratched and dented products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty.

In this month’s issue: Unexpected Time-Saving Tricks, Pumpkin Veggie Tray as a healthy alternative for Halloween, and our featured products: a Scotsman Ice Machine, a Gen2 Range, and a Wolf Salamander.

Do you have any suggestions for us? We are always ready to hear from you. Please drop us a line anytime!

Ann Marie Hillier

Unexpected Time-Saving Tricks

They Shouldn’t Work…But Actually Do

 

Feeling bogged down by all of the responsibilities that come with running your own business? Check out these 4 time-saving tips as discussed in Rohit Bhargava’s article, “4 Time-Saving Tricks That Shouldn’t Work (But Actually Do).”

1. Open SchedulingDid you know that most of us waste a lot of time scheduling, and often rescheduling, meetings? There is a mistaken perception that you need to have complete control over setting up your own meetings, or that hiring an assistant may be too expensive. Consider hiring a virtual assistant instead to save both time and money.

2. Forced InterruptionsThere is a common misconception that in order to work the most effectively, you must eliminate all interruptions. Although frequent interruptions can make it hard to concentrate, changing tasks throughout the work day can provide a mental break and ultimately help you to be more productive.

3. Going OfflineTake time each day to turn off your phone and computer. Going offline will force you to actually think about solutions to problems instead of thoughtlessly typing a query into the search bar. Being offline also challenges your mind and may help lead you to new ideas and innovations that you may not have otherwise developed.

4. Taking a VacationDuring busy times, the thought of a vacation may seem almost impossible. Instead of saving your work until you return, try delegating it to colleagues or employees. When you return, instead of resuming all of your old duties, watch how your tasks were performed while you were away and ask yourself if it’s really necessary to take those tasks back.

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Featured Recipe
Pumpkin Veggie Tray
Check out this healthy alternative for a fun, Halloween treat from tasteofhome.com.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Bag of Baby Carrots
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Head of Broccoli
  • 1 Carton of Your Favorite Veggie Dip

Directions:

  1. Create an outline for your pumpkin by laying some of the carrots out in an oblong circle on your serving tray.
  2. Fill in the circle with the rest of the carrots.
  3. Remove enough of the carrots to create a cucumber-filled smile.
  4. Place small bowls in the carrots for a nose and eyes and fill with dip.
  5. Slice off the stem of the broccoli head and place at the top of the pumpkin.
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Now Serving – September – Using Sports-Related Marketing to Your Advantage

Monday, September 16th, 2013

 

SEPTEMBER 2013 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 57
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The beginning of fall is less than two weeks away which means football season is here. Football games tend to bring bigger crowds into restaurants and bars, so now is the time to inspect all of your equipment and make sure it’s in tip-top shape. If you do need to replace something, be sure to click here and check out the Gen2 closeout specials we are currently offering. With several different types to choose from, you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Here’s a fun fact you can share with your friends at your next football gathering: did you know that the total, average play time in a football game is 11 minutes?

Which team are you rooting for? Do you watch college football, or stick to the NFL? Let us know on our Facebook page! While you’re there, be sure to check out our one-day only deals! And if you review a product online, you will be automatically entered into ShortOrder’s monthly giveaway.

Please join us in congratulating this month’s winner: Colin Wood!

And remember to visit our clearance section. We have a wide variety of discontinued, and scratched and dented products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty.

In this month’s issue: Using Sports-Related Marketing to Your Advantage, To-Die-for Crock Pot Roast to fix before the big game, and our featured products: a Gen2 Char Broiler, a Hobart Dish Machine, and an APW Cheese Melter.

Do you have any suggestions for us? We are always ready to hear from you. Please drop us a line anytime!

Ann Marie Hillier

Using Sports-Related Marketing to Your Advantage

Make Your Restaurant the Place for Fans to Gather

 

Welcome to the start of football season! Now is the time to attract customers to your restaurant with these great sports-related marketing suggestions featured in the BuzztimeBusiness.com article, Why Sports-Related Marketing is a Must for Your Bar or Restaurant.

1. It’s year-roundRegardless of what time of year it is, there’s almost always a sporting event of some type on television. If you go the extra step and choose to show a pay-per-view event, you will attract even more customers that may not want to purchase the event in their own homes.

2. It makes you part of the community If you promote your restaurant as a supportive place for fans to gather after a local high school game, you will gain lots of loyal customers. Or, take it one step further and sponsor a local team!

3. You can attract college fansCollege fans are among some of the most devoted. Entice these loyal fans to watch the game at your restaurant and you can almost guarantee their repeat business week after week. For an added bonus, consider partnering with a local university which will establish your bar or restaurant as the official place to watch the big game.

4. Fans can engage with each otherMake the sports watching experience for your customers interactive by offering sports-themed trivia games during half time.

 

5. There are endless promotion ideasGet creative and think of all the different ways to tie your promotions into the games. Why not offer a discount for every fan that shows up in a jersey? Or, if the local team scores a certain number of points, free appetizers for everyone!

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To-Die-for Crock Pot Roast
Serve up this recipe from food.com at your next football party!
Yield: 8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 (4-5 lb) Beef Roast
  • 1 Package Brown Gravy Mix
  • 1 Package Dried Italian Salad Dressing Mix
  • 1 Package Ranch Dressing Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Directions:

  1. Place beef roast in crock pot.
  2. Mix the dried mixes together in a bowl and sprinkle over the roast.
  3. Pour the water around the roast.
  4. Cook on low for 7-9 hours.
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Now Serving – August – How High-Tech Culture is Changing Dining

Friday, August 9th, 2013

 

AUGUST 2013 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 56
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Can you believe summer is almost over? It’s that time of year to start thinking about fall and to take advantage of the back-to-school sales. Speaking of sales, be sure to click here and check out the closeout specials we are currently offering on all Gen2 products. With several different types to choose from, you should be able to find exactly what you’re looking for.

This time of year is often referred to as the “dog days of summer.” Not to be confused with dogs themselves, this term actually originated from the Romans. During the month of August, Sirius, the Dog Star, would rise at the same time as the sun. Consequently, the hot weather was then associated with this star.

schoolbusHow are you preparing for fall? Let us know on our Facebook page! While you’re there, you can also find out about our one-day only deals! Don’t forget to review a product online and you will be automatically entered into ShortOrder’s monthly giveaway.

Please join us in congratulating this month’s winner: Daniel Reitzell!

And remember to visit our clearance section. We have a wide variety of discontinued, and scratched and dented products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty.

In this month’s issue: How high-tech culture is changing dining, ABC Melt to get your day off to a good start, and our featured products: a Robot Coupe food processor , a Gen2 fryer, and a Wolf stock pot range.

Do you have any suggestions for us? We are always ready to hear from you. Please drop us a line anytime!

Ann Marie Hillier

How High-Tech Culture is Changing Dining

Stay Current with these Great Points

 

It was only a matter of time before the Internet would play a role in the way people dine out. Although restaurants have been among the businesses least effected by technology, the same is not true for its consumers. As food critic from San Francisco, Michael Bauer, observes in his article How the High-Tech Culture Has Changed Dining, he lists the top 5 ways in which the dining scene has been altered by the overwhelming presence of social media.

1. Living life publiclyDue to the effect of websites like Facebook and Twitter, consumers are much more comfortable living their life publicly. Consequently, restaurants across the country are adopting an open-air concept.

2. Bigger, open spacesRestaurant interiors are inheriting the industrial look at a record breaking rate.

3. Casualization of the dining experienceIt is no longer the norm for a four-star restaurant to have an equally upscale atmosphere. It is becoming much more common for fine dining establishments to have dining tables set up next to a bank of stainless steel refrigerators.

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4. Restaurants as barsIn an effort to accommodate the high-tech crowd, restaurants are merging the dining and bar area into one. Although an emphasis still remains on cocktails, bar patrons now have access to the full dining menu.

 

5. Smaller menus and wine listsWith the allowance of 160 characters or less on Twitter, restaurants are following the trend and shortening their menus. While an average menu used to have over 30 food items to choose from, it is now down to an average of 13.

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ABC Melt
abc melt
Get the day started right with this recipe from tasteofhome.com
Yield: 2 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 English muffins, split and toasted
  • 2 Tsp prepared mustard
  • 4 slices Canadian bacon
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

Directions:

  1. Place muffin halves on baking sheet
  2. Spread with mustard and layer with all remaining ingredients
  3. Bake at 350 for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted
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Now Serving – July – How to Use Credit Card Processing to Your Advantage

Friday, July 12th, 2013

JULY 2013 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 55
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I hope that you all had a great 4th of July! I know I did. How is your kitchen equipment holding up in the heat? I know that ice machines tend to take a beating during the summer months. You should make sure to inspect them, and give them a good cleaning to keep them running at their optimal level. We have over 200 ice machines to choose from, so if you happen to be needing a new one click here. thermometer

I am sad to say, this will be my last newsletter with y’all, as I am moving onto something new. ShortOrder.com has been amazing! Great boss, fantastic co-workers, and wonderful customers like yourself. It has been a privilege to be a part of this company. Ann Marie will be taking over our newsletter, and I’m proud to pass the torch to her.

How are you staying cool this summer? Let us know on our Facebook page! That is also the place to find out our one-day-only deals! ShortOrder does a random giveaway each month to someone who has reviewed a product online. Please join us in congratulating this month’s winner: Karen Hulett!

When in a financial crunch but needing to buy some new equipment, make sure to visit our clearance section first. We have scratched and dented, and discontinued products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty.

In this month’s issue: Change your way of thinking about credit card processing, Orange-Banana Smoothie Pops to keep cool, and our featured products: a Manitowoc ice machine, a Gen2 griddle, and an Advance Tabco cabinet base work table.

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Meghan Jarrell

How Processing Credit Cards Can Help Your Sales

It’s time to shift your way of thinking

 

Have credit card fees got you down? Do you feel like you are wasting money? Well, that’s probably because you are. You are now most likely thinking this is an article about some magical way to make those fees disappear, but it isn’t; sorry! According to Dan Simons’ article in The Kitchen Sink, he suggests that it is all about how you look at the situation.

The percentage of customers using plastic over cash is on a rise and not slowing down anytime soon. In 2012, 81 percent of money spent in the US at full-service restaurants was charged to debit, credit or pre-paid cards, which is an increase from years past, and quite a high percentage. Therefore, you cannot fight customers paying with credit cards. Times have changed and this is just how things are, but what you can do is use that information to your benefit.

Each time a credit card is swiped you immediately have stats such as: the customer’s name, how much they spent, how much they tip, what time of day they visited, etc… That information can be remarkably beneficial. There are new, innovative companies out there that will provide that information for you, and help you put that data to good use. Your credit card processor usually will not share this information for various reasons, so you have to find a “payment marketing” company that will.

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For example, there is an upscale-casual dining restaurant in Washington, D.C. that has put this marketing tool into effect. Through an online dashboard they were able to implement a frequent buyer program after learning how many return customers they have. They now are able to keep notes on their returning customers and personalize their experience each time they return. It is time to switch your negative feelings about credit card processing over to positive ones, and start utilizing all of the data that you have right in front of you.

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Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 7 Oz. greek yogurt
  • 2/3 Cup thawed orange juice concentrate
  • 2 Large bananas
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice

Directions:

  1. Puree all ingredients
  2. Pour into six 3 ounce molds
  3. Freeze for 4 hours, or until solid

Tip: To release pops, dip molds into hot water until pops loosen and slide out.

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Now Serving – June – Preparing for the Heath Inspector and Nachos for Father’s Day

Friday, June 14th, 2013

 

JUNE 2013 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 54
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Technically summer doesn’t start until June 21st, but with the heat that we are having in Texas, it sure does feel like summer has arrived. Here are some fun (and somewhat useless) facts about the month of June: the flag of the United States was adopted in 1777, it is National Candy Month, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th this year (that’s this weekend!), and lastly, June has the longest daylight hours of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the year in the Southern Hemisphere. There you have it! You are now prepared for your next June trivia night. candy month

We want to take this opportunity to remind you about our low price guarantee that a lot of our customers have utilized. If you find a unit that is cheaper elsewhere,

we will gladly match the competitor’s price and beat it by 10% of the difference on an identical item from another dealer (including all freight charges.)

Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page from time-to-time, as we do random daily promotions. We also do a random giveaway each month to someone who has reviewed a product online. We did not have any new reviews this month, so if you would have submitted one, you would have been our winner!

Are you looking to save some money? You can always check out our clearance section as it contains scratched and dented, and discontinued products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty. In this month’s issue: Tips to be prepared for a surprise health inspection, bacon nachos for dad and our featured products: a Franke espresso machine, a Hatco countertop warmer, and a Beverage-Air glass chiller.

We want to hear from you! Please don’t hesitate to contact us about anything good or bad. We are here for you, so give us a shout!

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Will You Be Ready For An Inspection?

Tips to help prepare for the dreaded health inspector

 

A couple of months ago we talked about doing a spring cleaning overhaul on your restaurant. Now, let’s look at the best way to be prepared for a health inspection. You may, or may not, know when they are coming, so stay ahead of the game. Managers can and should conduct weekly inspections to be proactive. Here are some things to look at that were highlighted on the National Restaurant Association Blog Article – “Nine tips to prepare for a health inspection”:

1. Use the Same Form – Locate the form that your health department uses and go through as if you are the health inspector

2. Walk into your establishment – Get an outsider’s perspective entering the building

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3. Review problems post-inspection – Once you have gone through and made your assessments, make sure the kitchen staff and other staff members understand the importance of food safety

4. Ensure staff are on the same page – This is especially important if you have any employees that speak English as a second language, be sure to get a translator to clarify all of the findings

5. Know your priorities – For kitchen employees it should include: food time and temperatures, personal hygiene, and cross contamination. Temperature guidelines are to check the products when they arrive, when they are stored and when they are served

6. Reinforce hand washing – Post signage at all sinks and restrooms and discuss with employees

7. Train your managers – Make sure they are up to date with all of the latest food-safety techniques

8. Review health codes – Check for any special local requirements

9. Get involved politically – Provide a restaurateur’s perspective on local committees

These simple steps should help you and your staff be prepared for a health inspector to arrive at any moment, and for your restaurant to pass with flying colors.

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Yield: 4-6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Lb ground beef
  • 4 Cups tortilla chips
  • 1/4 Cup bacon bits
  • 2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 Cup guacamole
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream
  • Chopped tomatoes and green onions (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cook beef over med. heat, drain
  2. Place chips on microwave safe plate and layer beef, bacon and cheese
  3. Microwave on high for 1-2 min until cheese is melted
  4. Top with guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes and onions (if desired)
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Now Serving – May – Strawberry-Mint Limeade and How to Deal with Whiners

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

MAY 2013 A monthly newsletter showcasing the taste of cookware ISSUE 53
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It’s that time again, school is out (or almost out), the sun is shining brighter and longer – that must mean that summer is almost here! Do you have any big plans for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend? Don’t forget that ShortOrder.com has everything that you need to get your restaurant ready for all of the summer fun that is rapidly approaching – ice machines, kegerators, hot dog

warmers, fryers, the list goes on and on. Inspect your equipment now, and make sure that it is ready for your summer business!

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Last month we announced that we are now accepting phone orders. It has been going very well, so if you don’t have time to set-up your account and place an order, call us at (800) 211-0282 and we will take care of it for you. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page from time-to-time, as we do random daily promotions. This month David L. is the winner of our monthly drawing for submitting a product review on our site. He won a $50 Gift Certificate towards his next purchase with ShortOrder.com! Keep submitting your reviews. You could be next month’s winner!

Our clearance section is a great place to start on our site as it contains scratched and dented, and discontinued products that are all covered by the full manufacturer warranty. Check it out! In this month’s issue: How to deal with whiny workers, a refreshing Strawberry-Mint Limeade in honor of National Strawberry Month, and our featured products: an Amana microwave oven, a Beverage-Air undercounter refrigerator, and an Advance Tabco sink .

We always encourage your feedback, as that is the only way to know what we can do better for you, our great customers.We really do want to hear from you! Please, give us a shout!

Meghan Jarrell

 

Do You Have Whiny Workers?

 

Productively Deal with Them with These Four Tips

Every company has one… a whiner. I know because in a previous job, years ago, I was that whiner. It can happen in any company – from an office to service industry to retail and beyond. It is easy to manage if it is a legitimate complaint here or there, but if it is one employee who continuously expresses their grievances, it can truly be contagious and drag down the mood of your other employees. Sometimes they are doing it intentionally and sometimes they are not. I was not the “intentional whiner”. I was just not aware of how often I was verbalizing my frustrations about the company. Kevin Daum points out four tips for handling these types of employees in an article on www.inc.com“4 Ways to Productively Deal With Whiners”.

The first is this, confront them. They might be like I was, and be completely oblivious of the impact they are having on their fellow co-workers. Call them in for a meeting, or (if it is appropriate) take them to lunch and discuss their actions. Directly explain how it is negatively affecting the environment at work. If you are not comfortable doing it in person, you can send an email or place a memo in their employee box, either way, it needs to be brought to their attention.

Secondly, as an employer you can attempt to resolve their complaints. They might be consistently whining because they have real complaints and feel that they are not being heard and that changes are not being made. You can help them take ownership of their problems by asking for them to come up with some solutions. You can also work with them to come up with a plan to resolve the situation. This may or may not stop the complaining.

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The third option of how to handle a whiny worker is by removing them. The employee might just be truly unhappy and not fit in with the culture that you have set up for your company. As the supervisor, you will need to provide them with feedback and give them a specific period of time to make a change, if they do not meet that time period then you have legitimate reasons to let them go.

In the event that the employee has a necessary position in your company, and is too valuable to be lost, you can isolate them. Assess the nature of your business; is telecommuting, a private office, or satellite office an option? If not, how about a cubicle away from others? If your company is a team-like atmosphere then the problem may be unavoidable, other than again attempting idea number one and be very direct with them.

No one wants to spend a majority of their time at a job where there is constant negativity. Everyone has bad days, but there is no way that every day is a bad day. It’s your job as the boss to be aware of these grumblings, and stop them before they start. Once, you have multiple workers on the whiny side, it is a much bigger problem to deal with.

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Try this refreshing beverage from www.myrecipes.com
Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 Cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 Cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 1/4 Cup agave nectar
  • 1 (750 ml) Bottle chilled sparkling wine – (OR substitute 3 Cups club soda for non-alcoholic)
  • Whole Strawberries (optional garnish)

Directions:

  1. Blend the first five ingredients until smooth (about 1 min)
  2. Pour about 1/2 cup mixture into each glass (6 glasses total)
  3. Slowly pour about 1/2 cup of wine into each glass
  4. Gently stir to combine
  5. Garnish with whole berries if desired
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