Archive for Food Service News

Creating a Safe Haven
Best Practices to Market an Inflatable Rental Business

February 10, 2013 No Comments

The American Academy of Pediatrics Journal recently published an article focusing on a study conducted by The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, Ohio.  The study objective was to investigate bouncer-related injuries to children in the United States from 1990 – 2010.  While the popularity of inflatable amusements has significantly increased throughout that time […]

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When Dining Is More than a Meal <br/>Unique Food Offerings from Museums

When Dining Is More than a Meal
Unique Food Offerings from Museums

February 10, 2013 No Comments

The experiential value of visiting a museum isn’t restricted to the exhibit area. The same kind of ingenuity that draws interest to the artifacts on display enters into developing enticing entrees on the museum eatery menus.  Like the exhibits, food items get an occasional facelift too, for the sheer flavor, fun and artistry of it, […]

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Quick-Coin Snacks <br/>Food and Beverage Vending at Zoos and Aquariums

Quick-Coin Snacks
Food and Beverage Vending at Zoos and Aquariums

February 10, 2013 No Comments

When you’re at a zoo or aquarium and hunger hits, it’s not always convenient to find a nearby food kiosk or concession stand, and if all you want is a quick snack or a bottle of water, waiting on line for 20 minutes or more can be tiresome, especially with children in tow. That’s why […]

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Drinking up Sales <br/>How Museums Make Beverages a Profit Center

Drinking up Sales
How Museums Make Beverages a Profit Center

January 3, 2013 No Comments

At the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), Vicki Ahrens, Senior VP of Operations stated that ancillary revenue from their beverage strategy “is important to the museum.”  Located in Tampa, Fla., MOSI, the fifth largest science center in the USA, ensures their guests are never far away from finding a beverage throughout the 400,000-square-foot museum. […]

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From Quick Snacks to Full Meals <br/>Trends in Zoo Carts and Concessions

From Quick Snacks to Full Meals
Trends in Zoo Carts and Concessions

January 3, 2013 No Comments

With so much to see at zoos, it is no wonder that many guests want to stop for only a quick meal or snack while they make their way from exhibit to exhibit.  Zoos accommodate their guests’ appetites with sit-down, stand-alone and food cart stations that sell everything from full meals to quick snacks. Operated […]

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Three Tips for Upselling Food at Railroad and Transportation Museums

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Take a leaf from quick-service restaurants’ book. McDonald’s knew what it was doing when it coined the term, “Want fries with that?” to encourage patrons to make add-on purchases. The Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, Mo. uses a similar strategy. “When people buy a lunch item, we always ask if they want a drink […]

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Truckin’ Toward Guest Satisfaction: Food Strategies for Railroad and Transport Museums

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Children and adults alike enjoy a visit to a railway or transportation museum; the former, most likely based on their youthful fascination with transportation itself and the latter, often because of the historical aspect. No matter the demographic they serve, such venues must and do offer food and snacks to suit their clientele. The Museum […]

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The Zoo and Aquarium Kitchen:
Top Tips for Food Safety and Sanitation Practices

November 1, 2012 No Comments

Besides the many food preparation duties, zoo and aquarium kitchen employees are constantly on the go adhering to the standard restaurant safety and sanitation guidelines put forth by the health department and others. In addition to maintaining scrupulous cleanliness, there’s inventory to keep track of, sometimes fleetingly, before the food is fed to hungry humans […]

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Top Tips for Making Menu Boards Pop

September 11, 2012 No Comments

“For our buffet, the price list is bright, simple and easy to see.” – Kenny Kimbell “The best menu board is on a TV screen that flashes a picture of the food, video and individual menu items.” – Jerry Barton “Keep things as concise as possible, not busy and cluttered.” – Mark Foley “We have […]

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Locking Flavor and Freshness into Fast Food

September 11, 2012 No Comments

The menu items that qualify as “fast” at family entertainment center food outlets didn’t get there just on the merits of quick prep and service.  A long series of steps that’s anything but fast pave the customer’s quick turnaround time from the restaurant table back to the fun. From the research into what items to […]

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