How to Become a Bartender in Texas

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) regulates the Texas alcoholic beverage industry and certifies courses for seller/server training. The licensing division processes applications for all phases of the alcoholic beverage industry. To sell and serve alcoholic beverages in Texas, you… Continue Reading

5 Tips to Make Food Purchasing a Snap

In the restaurant business, investing in food products is by far one of the more challenging aspects.  The number one priority in every situation should be avoiding waste, but there are also price and quality considerations that come into play.… Continue Reading

Ultimate Guide to a Career in Alcohol Serving and Selling

Selling alcoholic beverages goes way beyond the simplistic task of selling goods for cash. The jobs in the beverage business require a greater understanding of its various aspects. Without knowledge of all the dynamics of an alcohol serving job, it… Continue Reading

As a Bartender, How Do You Handle Intoxicated Customers?

Bartenders enjoy some of the best job benefits, like participation in the nightlife and getting to collect hefty tips. But the job also has challenges like confronting and managing tipsy customers. While it is hard play the momma role with… Continue Reading

10 Sandwiches that will Keep Them Coming Back

Who doesn’t love a sandwich? It’s a meal you can hold in your hand and so satisfying! Looking for ways to keep your customers satisfied week in and out? Take a look at this list of sandwiches that are bound… Continue Reading

The Anatomy of a Food-borne Illness

What is Foodborne Illness? Foodborne Illness is an illness resulting from the intake of contaminated or spoiled food. Commonly referred to as food poisoning, foodborne illness is generally caused by pathogenic bacteria, norovirus, pests, and parasites. These bacteria, virus, and… Continue Reading

5 Catering Tips for a Healthy Summer

Catering is challenging business. Taking food from point “A” to point “B” and keeping it safe can be a challenge on a normal day.  Planning for serving equipment, utensils, plates, napkins, drinks, table cloths and every other item you will… Continue Reading

Record-Keeping for Health Inspection Success

Keeping a clean and healthy environment all the time is paramount to restaurant management. A failed health inspection can do irreparable damage to your establishment’s reputation.  The key to success getting every employee on board with thorough and frequent record-keeping.… Continue Reading

Top 5 Food Illness Offenders and How to Avoid Them

Did you know nearly 48 million Americans become ill after eating contaminated food every year? Of those, about 128,000 ending up in hospital. Food-borne illness outbreaks have become widespread across the country and food safety has become a major policy… Continue Reading

10 Drink Recipes that Shout “Spring”

Spring is in the air. It’s in the trees. It’s in the very blades of grass. And it’s time to celebrate spring with some yummy cocktail recipes! Hummingbird You know it’s spring when the hummingbirds are about. And what better… Continue Reading

Get Ready for National Salsa Month with 5 Easy Recipes

“In the orchestra of a great kitchen, the sauce chef is a soloist.” So goes a quote that probably best describes the importance of a sauce to a dish. One sauce that’s very much in the spotlight this month is… Continue Reading

Why Keeping Up with Allergens is Vital in the Restaurant Business

  If a customer suddenly complains that his eyes and ears are itchy, his nose is runny, his throat feels like it’s swollen, and he’s coughing and wheezing, do you apply the Heimlich Maneuver? To the untrained eye, the poor… Continue Reading

Food Merchandising Basics and How They Can Help You

If our sense of smell determines how tasty our foods are, our sense of sight determines if the food is worth sniffing in the first place. We are visual by nature: we are excited by the things we see, and… Continue Reading

How to Avoid Cross-Contamination with 5 Basic Steps

  Wonder why the salad you served gave your customer an upset stomach when you know for a fact that all the ingredients were fresh and thoroughly washed during preparation? There could be a simple explanation: cross-contamination. When raw foods,… Continue Reading

Four Dangers to Food Safety and How to Prevent Them

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 48 million Americans are sickened by food-borne pathogens every year, with 128,000 ending up hospitalized and 3,000 eventually dying from their food-borne infection. It’s a tragic situation made even more so… Continue Reading

Menu Planning: The Recipe for Restaurant Success  

  To get ahead you must stay ahead. That in a nutshell is how the better-run restaurants can serve their customers every day and in style. No super-duper secret management formula needed. Just ask any kitchen-savvy manager and she (or… Continue Reading

Keeping Ahead of the Restaurant HR Curve

Any restaurant or bar manager will tell you: it’s a dog-eat-dog world in the Food and Beverage Industry. Fluctuating supplies, grouchy customers, never-ending messes and constant HR challenges.  Owning or operating a food and beverage establishment is a demanding, time-consuming… Continue Reading

Food and Beverage Industry Outlook for 2017

Annual food and beverage trends tend to be like pizza: essentially the same every year with one or two new spices. However, with a new administration in the White House, the food industry outlook (and that goes for the beverage… Continue Reading

Dining Out SXSW Style

The 31st annual SXSW (South by Southwest Conference) is officially underway here in Austin, Texas and we’re happy to host the world’s leading music, film and interactive event. Each year, over 51,000 people converge on Austin to attend the conference… Continue Reading

5 Things to Know About Serving Wine

I like my wine like my women—ready to pass out. The late inimitable Robin Williams naturally was joking when he said those words, but passing out wine to customers does indeed need a certain flair as wine serving has a quality… Continue Reading