I would like to start a restaurant business. Will A La Carte Training work for me?

Yes.  Without help, it’s easy to make many mistakes that cost you a lot of money and wasted time.  But with A La Carte Training you have a proven ‘recipe for success’.  With a recipe, you’re much more likely to create something perfect first go.  But without one, you may end up with disappointing results.  In short, we will help you start up your business using our ‘recipe for success’ 4 ingredients: Business, Marketing, Operations, and Ideas.

So, why not check out our face-to-face Workshops and easy-to-use eGuides…and don’t forget to subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter.

Nothing happens unless you make it happen!

Taste success!

I have been in the food business for a number of years. Will A La Carte Training work for me?

Yes, for owners like you who have been in business for a while, we can give you marketing ideas, eg how to find a new target market or some new ‘cooking for cash’ ideas, together with lots of restaurant business tips to help you grow your business.

So, why not check out our face-to-face Workshops and easy-to-use eGuides…and don’t forget to subscribe to our ‘free’ Recipe for Success’ Newsletter.

Nothing happens unless you make it happen!

Taste success!

What restaurant and cafe courses do A La Carte Training offer?

A La Carte Training offers lots of information so that you know exactly what to do to start and grow your restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, catering…and other food businesses.

Our Workshops and eBooks cover areas such as legal aspects, business plan, food hygiene & food safety, marketing, customer service, menu planning, food purchasing, staff management, finance management, waitstaff management, function management, buffet management, cooking for cash – ideas, wine knowledge, and wedding knowledge.

So, why not check out our face-to-face Workshops and easy-to-use eGuides…and don’t forget to subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter.

Nothing happens unless you make it happen!

Taste success!

DO YOU OFFER FACE-TO-FACE WORKSHOPS?

For over 20 years, A La Carte Training has operated workshops training hundreds of new owners of a restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, catering business…in fact any type of food business.

A La Carte Training workshops have small numbers so lots of interaction with like-minded people. You’ll gain knowledge and skills from firstly, a hospitality and business expert and secondly, from each other at the workshop.

Our focus is on how to apply the content by using case studies, examples and restaurant management activities.  At the end of the workshop, you will go away with the knowhow to implement what you have learnt immediately into your own food business.

For a schedule of A La Carte Training workshops please go to eventbrite.com

Testimonials:

“A La Carte Training workshops were very informative and encouraging. Linda’s style of teaching and knowledge of the food industry is second to none. I feel confident to put into practice all I have learned in my new cafe! Thank you.” (Andree Bell, Cafe/Coffee Shop).

“Wonderful and very educational.  Tailored to my business and requirements.  The trainer had a wealth of knowledge.”  (Danielle Hicks)

“This is my first food and restaurant course.  I learnt lots about catering and food costs from Linda as well as from the lovely group of people who shared their experiences. I recommend Linda who will guide you through all the areas of setting up and growing a food service business. Thank you, Linda.” (Muniamma Rao (Bobby), Bobby’s Indian Cuisine)

DO YOU SELL RESTAURANT & CAFE MANAGEMENT EBOOKS?

A La Carte Training eBooks

‘Recipe for Success’

4 Ingredients:

Ingredient 1: Business

Ingredient 2: Marketing

Ingredient 3: Operations

Ingredient 4: Ideas

Method:

www.alacartetraining.com

(See eBooks listed below)

A LA CARTE TRAINING EBOOKS - INGREDIENT 1: BUSINESS

  • Restaurant Management training for Beginners eBook
  • Food Safety and Hygiene for Beginners eBook
  • Restaurant Business Plan for Beginners eBook

Do you have a Restaurant Management Training for Beginners eBook?

You’re thinking of starting a restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, catering business but don’t know where to start?

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Keep Within the Law’ eBook to provide you with the essential restaurant management elements to start and grow your own food business. 

 

Do you have a Food Safety and Hygiene for Beginners eBook?

You have a restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, catering business, but need to know more about food safety and hygiene management?

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Be Food Safe‘ eBook to provide you with the essential rules to ensure your food is safe for your customers.

 

Do you have a Restaurant Business Plan for Beginners eBook?

You’ve decided to start a restaurant & cafe business, but don’t know how to start writing a business plan?

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Write a Business Plan‘ eBook so you understand the essential elements of a business plan.  After all, a business plan is like a road map.  Where am I now?  Where do I want to be in eighteen months time?  How am I going to get there?  If you are intending to start a business you should plan from the beginning.

A LA CARTE TRAINING EBOOKS - INGREDIENT 2: MARKETING

  • Restaurant Marketing for Beginners eBook
  • Restaurant Customer Service for Beginners eBook
  • Restaurant Menu Planning for Beginners eBook

Do you have a Restaurant Marketing for Beginners eBook?

You have a restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, catering business, but don’t know where to start marketing your business?

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Discover Your Market’ eBook to provide you with the essential marketing skills to get your restaurant business known.

Do you have a Restaurant Customer Service Training for Beginners eBook?

You’ve got some customers but don’t know how to get them to spend more, more often?

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Earn More Dollars with Customer Service’ eBook to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills so that you understand why customer service is very important

Do you have a Restaurant Menu Planning for Beginners eBook?

You have a menu idea, but don’t know how to design and cost your menu?

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Design a Market Focused Menu‘ eBook to provide you with the essential menu design skills to use your menu as a marketing tool.

A LA CARTE TRAINING EBOOKS - INGREDIENT 3: OPERATIONS

  • Food Purchasing Control for Beginners eBook
  • Restaurant Management Staffing for Beginners eBook
  • Restaurant Waitstaff for Beginners eBook
  • Restaurant Finance Management for Beginners eBook

 

Do you have a Food Purchasing Control for Beginners eBook

You have a restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, catering business, but don’t understand food purchasing and cost control to reduce wastage?

Food purchasing for restaurants – where to start 

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Protect Your Food Business’ eBook to provide you with the essential purchasing methods to manage this asset.

Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Protect Your Business’ eGuide.

Do you have a Restaurant Management Staffing for Beginners eBook

You have a restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, catering business, but don’t know how to hire the right staff for your restaurant business.

Staff Management in Restaurant – where to start 

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Find Your Dream Team’ eBook to provide you with the essential staff management skills to find the right staff for your restaurant business.

Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Find Your Dream Team’ eGuide.

Do you have a Restaurant Waitstaff for Beginners eBook?

You have a restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, catering business, but need to know more about waitstaff duties and responsibilities?

Training for waitstaff –  where to start 

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Train Impressive Waitstaff’ eBook to understand how to manage restaurant waitstaff.

Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Train Impressive Waitstaff’ eGuide.

Do you have a Restaurant Finance Management for Beginners eBook?

You have a restaurant, cafe, coffee shop, catering business, but don’t know how to keep correct financial records to enable you to measure, control, evaluate and forecast your profitability, your financial needs and your financial viability?

Restaurant finance  – where to start 

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Cook the Books’ eGuide to provide you with the essential skills to ensure the financial viability of your restaurant business.

Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Cook the Books’ eGuide.

How can cash flow be improved?

Controlling credit is essential for any business to improve cash flow. 

Read more: www.alacartetraining.com BLOG article ‘controlling credit’ and find out why cash flow is important to your restaurant business.

Do you have a Function Management Planning for Beginners eBook?

You’ve got some catering function ideas, but want to be able to co-ordinate memorable catering functions? 

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Organise Stress-Free Functions’ eBook to find out how a professional approach, together with consistency, is the key to a successful stress-free function for your client.

Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Organise Stress-Free Functions‘ eGuide.

Do you have a Buffet Table Setup for Beginners eBook?

You’ve got ideas for catering buffet table setup but don’t know where to start?

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Setup a Profitable Buffet’ eBook to provide you with the essential knowledge and skills to create a memorable and profitable buffet table.

Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Setup a Profitable Buffet’ eGuide.

Do you have a How to Cook for Cash - Ideas eBook?

Want to cook for cash but need some ideas?

A La Carte Training has produced ‘‘How to Cook for Cash – Ideas’ eBook that covers lots of ideas for you to think about from home-cooking, running a freezer service, operating your own small scale catering business to maybe opening a restaurant, cafe or coffee shop.

Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Cook for Cash – Ideas‘ eGuide.

Do you have a How to Create a Memorable Wedding eBook?

Want to ensure the wedding goes ahead without a hitch on the day but not sure where to start?

A La Carte Training has produced ‘How to Create a Memorable Wedding’ eBook to provide you with everything you (and your client) need to know.

Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Create a Memorable Wedding ‘ eGuide.

Do you have a Wine Knowledge for Beginners eBook?

You’re interested in wine but need to understand and appreciate wine to improve sales?

A La Carte Training has produced ‘‘How to Improve Your Wine Knowledge’ eBook to provide you (and your staff) with the essential components of wine.

Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Improve Your Wine Knowledge’ eGuide.

Is the investment payment tax deductible?

We recommend you speak with your accountant, however, if you are using the knowledge you’ll gain to startup or grow your business, then most likely, the answer will be yes.

What if I have any other questions?

Just email us and you’ll hear back within two working days.

What are some of the challenges of running a food business?

A restaurant, cafe or coffee shop can sometimes be a very chaotic environment and as an owner/manager, you will need to be prepared to deal with customers in both good and bad moods.  Food business owners/managers usually work long hours including evenings and weekends and may also do shift work.  They are usually the first person to arrive and the last to leave.  You need to take this into consideration if you have a family, young children or other commitments outside of work.

Do I need any licences, permits or qualifications to run a food business?

Before starting your food business, you need to check the relevant business licensing authority in your state and see if you are required to obtain any permits and/or licences prior to setting up your business.  Some of the licensing and registrations to consider include operating a food service business, serving alcohol to customers, food safety, and outdoor dining.  Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Keep Within the Law’ eGuide.

Do I need insurance?

Before opening your food business, make sure you have adequate insurance coverage in place for damage to your facilities, employees and customers.  Things may happen unexpectedly while on the job and you need to be in a position where you are sufficiently covered for any accidents or claims against you and your business.  It is best to discuss your needs with a leading business insurance provider to ensure you have adequate cover in place. Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Keep Within the Law’ eGuide.

What does restaurant insurance cover?

This is where having the correct restaurant insurance cover in place can allow your business to continue moving forward even in the event of an unforeseeable incident.

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What about employing people to work in restaurant business?

If you plan on employing staff for your restaurant business, you will need to be aware and up to date on issues such as:

    • Awards
    • Pay rates and allowances
    • National employment standards
    • Industrial relations news

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What are the main benefits of your eGuides?

    • User-friendly
    • on-line
    • can share with other staff members
    • bite-sized pieces
    • lots of examples and activities

How can you help me startup a restaurant , cafe, coffee shop, catering business?

A La Carte Training covers all areas of a restaurant. cafe,  coffee shop, catering management: Business, Marketing, Operations, Ideas.

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What do I need to do to put into place controls to save time and money

  • Understand purchasing
  • Employ the right team
  • Know finances

Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of:

‘How to Protect Your Business’ eGuide.

‘How to Find Your Dream Team’ eGuide.

‘How to Keep Within the Law’ eGuide.

How can you help me to increase sales, make more profit

    • By knowing who your target market is
    • Understanding Customer Service
    • Using your menu as a marketing tool

Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of:

‘How to Discover Your Market eGuide.

‘How to Earn More Dollars With Customer Service’ eGuide.

‘How to Design a Market Focused Menu’ eGuide.

Do you have a privacy policy?

Yes, scroll down to the end of this page and click on ‘privacy policy’

How do I pay for the eGuides?

Decide on the eGuide/s you would like to purchase and follow the prompts.

How are the eGuide/s delivered?

Once the eGuide/s is paid the eGuide/s will be delivered to your email address. 

Do you have a newsletter?

Yes, so why not receive a copy of our free monthly ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter and discover professional tips, latest hospitality news and trends, together with industry ideas to help you increase your management knowledge and skills.

Go to: www.alacartetraining.com home page and subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter.

What is the investment for the eGuides?

For a very low investment, you can download A La Carte Training eGuides.

These Guides are ‘bite-sized pieces’. user-friendly, full of useful information, lots of exercises and examples and can be easily downloaded within minutes.  In short, our approach is one of learn, show and do.  By this we mean you’ll learn about the concept, we’ll show you examples and then give you activity so that you can implement it in your own business.  They can be perused at a time convenient to you the owner/manager of a restaurant or catering business  – in the comfort of your office or home.

I live overseas. Can I still acquire the eGuides?

Yes, We have had many food business owners/managers acquire the eGuides online.

YOUR BUSINESS AND HOSPITALITY QUESTIONS ANSWERED...

Business:

  •  Law
  • Food Safety & Hygiene
  • Business Plan

Marketing::

  • Marketing
  • Customer Service
  • Menu Planning

Operations:

  • Food Purchasing
  • Staff Management
  • Waitstaff
  • Finance

Ideas:

  • Cooking for Cash – Ideas
  • Function Management
  • Buffet Table Setup
  • Weddings
  • Wine

AND LOTS MORE…

How to choose a business structure?

Deciding on the business structure you adopt will have different implications on Tax, your legal and financial responsibilities, and how much paperwork you will need to complete.  Typically, most businesses register as a sole trader, partnership or limited company.

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What business structure is best for a restaurant?

Surveys show that for food outlets it is likely that partnerships are the most common form of organisation.  One partner might provide management and accounting skills and perhaps some capital, the other might handle the buying and day to day running of the business.

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Can you change your business structure?

As your business grows, evolves and changes, it may make sense to change the legal structure of your business.  The good news is that in most cases changing your business structure is more simple than you might imagine.

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What are business structure types?

There are mainly 3 types of business structures sole trader, partnership and company and many advantages and disadvantages of operating the three forms of legal structures of your business.

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How to structure a business partnership?

A partnership is the simplest way for two or more people to run a business together.  You share responsibility for your business’s debts.  You also have accounting responsibilities.

In deciding to conduct business with a partner, it is critical to consider each partner’s strengths and weaknesses, personality and experience; in short, what skills they can offer, the business.

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How to write business structure

The written agreement defining partners’ relations, and specifying how profits and losses will be divided, generally includes a number of provisions.

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What is a restaurant business plan?

A business plan gives a small proprietor direction and insight into potential opportunities and ways to capitalize on these opportunities.  A business plan will also highlight problems which will be encountered along the way.  A business plan helps to reduce the many risks that are involved in establishing or buying a business and helps to reduce uncertainty.

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Why write a restaurant business plan?

Planning the direction of your business is the key to its future success.  Studies show and experts agree that businesses with formal plans in place have more successful businesses, irrespective of size or type.

Basically, a business plan does two things.  It outlines the opportunity the owner believes there is and it then explains how the opportunity will be seized to generate business and profit.

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What goes into a restaurant business plan?

There is no single best way of going about the business planning process.

One thing is to keep in mind from the outset, is that the business plan must be short and the contents must be relevant to the user.  If it is wordy, it will not be read and it will not be used.  Essential elements of a business plan are Executive summary, Business and Management, Operations Plan, Marketing Plan, Financial Plan, Appendices.

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Food Hygiene and Hygiene Rules

It’s important that you and your staff understand and comply with the food safety standards, to ensure the food you are selling is safe for your customers.

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Why food safety is very important

Understand and comply with the food safety standards, to ensure the food you are selling is safe for your customers.

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How can I ensure that food I am selling is safe for my customers?

Did you know that you should keep your fridge set to 5°C. or below?  This simple step can considerably reduce the chances of your customers getting food poisoning.

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Why marketing is important for small business

Developing your marketing mix

The success of your business will depend, not only on the product you sell, but also on how, where, and when it is presented to your potential customers.  Understanding the 4P’s of the marketing mix (Product, Place, Promotion, Price) will allow you to be competitive in the market place.

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Why market research is important

By using market research, you can be sure you will be selling what customers want rather than just what you want to produce.  Is there a market in the area for your product?  After all, there is no point in deciding to specialise in wedding breakfasts or in making wedding cakes if the area is full of retired people.  Try to assess the area in terms of spending power and tastes.  To help you do this answer the questions below:

  • Is the area a wealthy one?
  • What sort of people live there?
  • What potential sales outlets are there 
  • Is there any competition?

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Marketing goals and objectives

Everything we do has an objective, even if we do not recognise it as such.   Why do we go to a good restaurant for a meal?  We may quickly say: ‘to satisfy our hunger’.  But is that really your only objective?  Surely there are many other ways we could accomplish just that!  It is one of the objectives, true, but there are other criteria by which we decide where, when and how we will accomplish as many of our objectives as possible.

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Why restaurant marketing segmentation is important

A business cannot be all things to all people.  To market its products cost-effectively, it must clearly identify its customers and the market segments they belong to. Without this clear identification of the businesses’ market, its whole marketing activity is wasted in terms of time, resources and finance.  

There are four main factors to help you identify your target market geographic, demographic, psychographic and behaviour. 

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Restaurant Marketing and Public Relations

Public relations may involve activities such as:

    • Word of mouth communications between customers.
    • Sponsorship of various groups.
    • Press releases containing information about business activity and policies on issues, such as the environment, consumer protection and so on.
    • Hosting of special events (restaurant opening)
    • Newsletters.

Anything, in fact, which puts you and/or your business in the public eye.

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Marketing with social media

Marketing with social media takes time and patience to perfect but done properly and effectively, you’ll reap the rewards later.  Owners of restaurants, cafes, coffee shops and other food outlets have seen valuable results, generating leads, converting new customers and keeping existing customers.  

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Why is having a website of vital importance to a restaurant and cafe businesses in today’s marketplace?

Customers these days expect any credible business they deal with to have an online presence where they can make contact, get further information, establish your authenticity and order your products or services. 

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When customer service goes wrong

The critical issue for small business owners who rely on repeat business is the way the complaint is handled once it is received.  When the customer realises you are trying to resolve their problem in a polite, fair and systematic way, they are likely to have confidence that the process you suggest will result in a favourable resolution of their complaint.   A complaint that is handled properly may not only reinforce customer loyalty but can actually bring in new customers.

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How does geography affect menu planning?

It has been said many times that one of the biggest factors for a successful business is location, location, location.  This adage is meant to emphasise the importance of placing a business where it is wanted and needed and is closely related to meeting the needs of the local community.  For example, a fast-food restaurant that is established close to a large university is an example of meeting the needs of that type of customer group.  Therefore, menu planning should only be done when a location has already been established.  Pre-planning a menu before finding a business location could prove to be disastrous.

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Factors affecting menu planning

  • Type of customer
  • Location of establishment
  • Price range
  • Type of establishment
  • The physical capacity of your outlet
  • Estimated throughput
  • Staff levels and capabilities
  • Kitchen size and equipment available
  • Food availability (seasonal foods)

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Are there any allergy abbreviations that can be used as a reference on a menu?

Yes, there are several common allergy abbreviations as listed on BLOG article ‘Allergy abbreviations for menus’.

Want to find out why menu planning is important?

It is important for you to recognise that the menu is a means of communicating to your clients that you have a great deal of knowledge about what they want and expect.   

When organising a catering function discover the menu planning points to consider and questions to ask a client on the first phone call and questions to consider before offering your menu suggestions.

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Why staff training is important

Restaurant Staff Training

It is essential, for the success and the safe running of your business, that your staff all know why and how a job has to be done.  Good training helps them to give quality service and to reduce the number of accidents in the workplace. It is also necessary that you help them develop their potential and improve their skills.  If they can do their jobs well they will have greater job satisfaction.

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Why staff leave their jobs?

Uncover the reasons for restaurant absence and staff turnover and discover why staff leave their jobs.

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Want to know restaurant staff management tips to be included in a job description?

Your staff can be your most expensive and your most valuable asset. Finding the right staff is very important because they represent your business.  Good staff can help you to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.  Poor staff can scare away your customers.  

Discover the tips to be included in a job description by understanding staff management in a restaurant.

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What is food purchasing control?

All too often the benefits of an excellent purchasing plan are lost because of poor receiving and checking procedures. Understand food purchasing and receiving control to save time, money and reduce wastage.

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What is food purchasing control?

It is of no use for a restaurant owner or caterer to develop a system of purchasing, if the system cannot be fully serviced by efficient and competent suppliers.  The purchaser will be aiming to purchase goods at fair prices, consistent quality and at convenient times. Be provided with up-to-date information and be able to work efficiently with the supplier on a day-to-day basis.

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What are the guidelines when purchasing food?

A planned approach to purchasing stock means deciding upon a number of key issues:

what to order, how much to order, when to order, how to place an order, receiving and checking.

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Why food safety protect the food supply?

One of the first steps to producing and selling safe food is making sure that the food you buy from suppliers is safe.  Make sure you purchase from well-known and respected suppliers that follow food safety criteria.

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Environmental Rules and Regulations

You are required by law to comply with rules and regulations as follows:

  • Premises
  • Hand washing facilities and toilets
  • Floors, walls and doors
  • Surfaces
  • Food waste and rubbish
  • Washing equipment and food
  • Food waste and rubbish
  • Water supply

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Why food training is important

Food safety and personal hygiene training is important so that your staff do not contaminate food and to ensure the food you are selling is safe for your customers.

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Why staff induction is important?

Staff induction is important as it is the process of introducing an employee to their new workplace.  Although it will vary according to the nature of your business and the role being assumed by the new employee, the induction process generally includes a  number of issues.

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Why staff meetings?

Staff meetings are important to staff job satisfaction and motivation.  They give everyone a chance to raise matters which concern them.  It is better to get any problems out into the open and try to find a solution for them.

You will probably have to hold meetings after your food outlet has closed to allow all members of staff to attend and ensure there are no interruptions from customers:

    • set a date and time limit for the meeting
    • before the meeting circulate a sheet of paper among your staff for them to write on it what they would like to discuss
    • compile an agenda from the staff suggestions, including items you would like to discuss, and stick to it (this is a good opportunity to discuss such problems as bad timekeeping).

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Why staff leave their jobs?

Job satisfaction is believed to be related to both absence and labour turnover.  An employee who is bored or unhappy with the job is much more likely to be repeatedly absent or to leave the job.  Some businesses have found that they are able to reduce their absence and labour turnover problems by reorganising jobs to provide more satisfaction for employees.  This sort of job redesign (or multi-tasking) usually involves giving employees more responsibility, a greater say in how they do their work, more variety and increased opportunities for advancement.

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Why staff motivation is important?

  • In order to maximise productivity and gain the maximum return for the investment you have made in your staff, it is important to motive them to perform to their utmost potential.  Major studies have shown that staff will be motivated by not only good wages but job security, interesting work, flexible working hours, variety of tasks, etc.Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Find Your Dream Team’ eGuide.

 

Why staff appraisal is important

  • It’s important to have regular appraisals, even if you think you don’t have time.  Being open and working on goals with your employees is key for staff retention, job satisfaction and development. Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Find Your Dream Team’ eGuide.

 

What is the waitstaff to guest ratio?

  • The staff requirements for any meal type will be based on the number of customers, type of service, time schedule (eg customers may have less time for lunch than dinner), ability and skill of staff employed and cost factor.Find some guideline to help you to calculate the number of staff required to service different meal types. Read more: www.alacartetraining.com BLOG article.
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How do I select the right restaurant management software?

  • Selecting new restaurant management software is a complex and difficult task: the chosen technology will affect every facet of the business for years to come.  7 points to consider when selecting a new restaurant management software system.  Read more: www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articleWhy not subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter.

 

How to create the right restaurant atmosphere?

Consider the following when you are creating a unique and appealing atmosphere for your restaurant & cafe: lighting, music, furnishing and flooring.

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What are some ideas to start and grow a hospitality business?

So, you want to start and grow your own hospitality business.  Congratulations!

A La Carte Training gives you a few ideas from home cooking, small scale catering business, restaurant, cafe or coffee shop…

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Weddings where to start?

When planning the wedding it is important to allow ample time:  three months is sufficient when following a checklist and prioritising jobs.

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Weddings who sits on the top table?

At a formal reception, the most sensible solution is to have a bride’s table and a table for the parents.  The bride’s table, in addition to the bride and groom, is seated all the attendants, bridesmaids, best man and ushers.  

But the bridal party top table seating arrangements may be ‘strictly correct’ or ‘traditional’.

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Red & White Wine Tasting

  • Taking time to understand and fully appreciate a nice glass of red & white wine can greatly increase its potential to bring enjoyment to any occasion.  Judging the appearance, aroma and feel of wine plays a huge part in assessing the wine.Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of “How to Improve Your Wine Knowledge” eGuide.

 

Where is wine stored?

  • The proper storage of wine should be one of your highest priorities.  Wine is a major investment and poor storage conditions can result in the wine becoming undrinkable.The ideal cellar conditions for the storage of wine are:
    • The temperature should be constant and cool.
    • The storage area should not be exposed to strong light.
    • The area should be clean and dry.
    • The storage area should be free from any vibration.
    • Bottles should be kept lying on their sides with the label uppermost.
    • Strict stock rotation should be used to prevent spoilage through age.
    • Avoid areas where the wine can be contaminated by chemical smells and odours.

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Food and wine pairing

  • There is no mystique behind the relationship between food and wine pairing, but it can only be achieved if there is some basic compatibility between the two.Read more: 1) www.alacartetraining.com BLOG articles.  2) Subscribe to our free ‘Recipe for Success’ Newsletter. 3) For a very low investment, why not purchase a copy of ‘How to Improve Your Wine Knowledge’ eGuide. 

 

What are the rules for matching food with wine?

  • Consider for example:Salty dishes, meaty fish dishes, oily foods, smoky dishes, rich, dense flavours, spicy dishes, white meats, red meats, wine to sauces, desserts.

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Which management function is most important?

Function Management Planning. Want to know how to cope with catering function disasters?  Apart from the obvious precautions of sensible planning and preparation, there are a number of wise steps you can take to minimise the chances of a disaster.

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