New Upcoming Restaurants

If you live or visiting the Philadelphia region, keep in mind there are new upcoming restaurants. From downtown to the suburbs, 2015 will add new varieties of flavors to the historical city. Here’s a link from foobooz blog owned by Phillymag on the new changes. Which of these locations are tempted to try out?

http://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/openings/

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Events/happy hour

Today, I would like to share with you one of the draw backs in the food industry:  poor management.

When management is great, restaurants operates at its peak level of performance.  Business is going great, each customer to catered to his/her preference.  There is no confusion in communication between the staff and the customers.

However, poor management destroys a reputation of food and beverage establishments.

I have a friend of mine who works as a Meet Up organizer.  I have known him for years and his name is David.  I met with him yesterday at a Meet Up event in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia.  The location was at Jane G’s restaurant.  This establishment did a great job to catering a full house!

My friend David shared his disappointments of past restaurants and pubs .  Here’s the story….

There was a Meet Up event set up at restaurant beginning of December.  David spoke to three different managers letting them know ahead of time there will be a Meet Up event consisting of 30-40 people.  From David’s side, he’s bringing in new business, free advertising, new customers, etc.  He wanted to make sure the operations and logistics were planned out so that there will be no issues in dealing with that kind of crowd.  The managers said not to worry, it will be taken care of.

Here’s what happen… On the night of the event, the bar was crowded with Meet Up people.  Due to lack of space, we were told to take the whole group upstairs! All of us went upstairs.  To our surprise, we were limited to the menu iteams.  In addition, there were no beers on drafts!  Only beer in cans. We were not catered to at all!

In fact, this was not the only time.   Unfortunately, these type of experiences were frequent.

There was another Meet Up event were the organizer was promised free pizzas were availble to the customers as an incentive from the promotions person.  At the time of the event, all the Meet Up members paid full price for both the food and beverage iteams.  The owner was back in the kitchen and did not show his face.  What happened to the establishment?  It went out of business.

If restaurants learn how to manage events effectively, business will be doing better.  The experience for the customers can improve and progress to levels of creating brand loyalty.

What are your thoughts and reflections? I’m curious to know….

When East meets West…

Last week, Food Summit has been invited to a special event last.  Unfortunately, Food Summit missed out on the event; however, Food Summit was granted the recap. Here’s the info:  Image

On August 12th, Prime Stache and Han Dynasty partnered for a one day unique experience in Philadelphia’s culinary history.  Renown Chef Han from Han Dynasty and upcoming Chef Hee from Prime Stache created a fusion experience between classic American cuisine and Asian street food.  The guests were spoiled by a seven course meal with craft cocktail pairings.  The dishes ranged from meatloaf dumplings to fried chicken topped with Taiwanese pork gravy. 

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The meal was placed on a long farm style table.  This table was inspired by the desire to build and curate an authentic community.  Furthermore, the event had another element for a great cause.  Ten dollars from every meal was given to Take Flight Foundation charity.  This foundation creates daily support and life changing experiences to seriously ill and physically challenged children throughout Greater Philadelphia.    

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Special thanks to photographer Doug Interrante for the amazing photos! 

Also, special thanks to Prime Stache for the invitation and information!  Thank you!  😀