The Engineering of the Chain Restaurant Menu

By: Megan Garber, The Atlantic At IHOP and Applebee's, menus are sales documents. And navigational guides. And explainers. The "handout" menu, featuring experimental offerings being market-tested by IHOP (Megan Garber)   This weekend I had lunch at an International House of Pancakes. The menus my companion and I were given [...]

March 13th, 2014|

How To Avoid Data Theft When Using Public Wi-Fi

By: Amadou Diallo, Forbs Each week seems to bring news of yet another security breach that puts our personal information into the hands of hackers. The username and password theft here at, the hack of Kickstarter users’ contact info, and of course, the massive data breach at Target TGT -0.07% are just a few examples highlighting [...]

March 12th, 2014|

10th Annual Good Food Festival Kicks Off Thursday

By: Brett Hickman, Eater The Good Food Festival and Conference enters its tenth year beginning this Thursday and runs through Saturday. The three-day event covers the business of food, from farmers to chefs to non-profits to artisanal producers. There will be celebrity chef demonstrations from Rick Bayless(Frontera Grill), Erling Wu-Bower(Nico Osteria) and more. The event's biggest [...]

March 11th, 2014|

The Fascinating Psychology Behind Word-of-Mouth Marketing

By: NICOLE CARTER,  Inc. At SXSW, Wharton professor and author Jonah Berger shared what 10 years of research taught him about word of mouth. On the second day of South by Southwest Interactive hoards of hungover techies and early birds streamed into the Hilton Austin to hear marketing expert and Wharton School professor Jonah [...]

March 10th, 2014|

Fed confirms weather-related drag on U.S. economy in early 2014

By: Krista Hughes, Reuters Severe weather across much of the United States took a toll on shopping and consumer spending in recent weeks, leading to slower economic growth or outright contraction in some areas of the country, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday. The Fed, in its anecdotal Beige Book report, [...]

March 8th, 2014|

Are you asking ducks to soar like eagles?

By: Kevin Boudreaux,  I was recently reminded of something a wise man once told me. You see, I was having trouble getting certain team members inspired to do what we needed them to do at a hotel that I managed. I held training classes, rah-rah huddles, team member luncheons, [...]

March 6th, 2014|

Rampant food waste a barrier to cutting poverty: World Bank

By: Ros Krasny, Reuters The world loses or wastes a staggering 25 percent to 33 percent of the food it produces for consumption, losses that can mean the difference between an adequate diet and malnutrition in many countries, the World Bank said in a report released on Thursday. "The amount [...]

March 5th, 2014|

The Importance of Social Business Skills

Disney Institute, Inc. In tight economic times, with competition at its fiercest, every company hire has to be strategic to the business. In this environment, what skills are most important? LinkedIn analyzed the 25 Hottest Skills of 2013 and found that social media marketing was number one. Indeed, it’s my belief that [...]

March 4th, 2014|

Why these Chicago restaurant groups are expanding

By: Lorene Yue, Crain's Chicago If Chicago's dining scene feels a bit more crowded, that's because it is. Each of the city's five major multithemed restaurant developers opened new spots in the past three months thanks in part to consumer demand and landlords clamoring for tenants with solid track records. One [...]

March 3rd, 2014|