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First Member Meet-Up event of 2015 announced!
RFMA
If you can spare a couple of hours on May 12, come strike up a conversation with your peers in the restaurant facilities industry. It's sure to be a ball! Join us at our first Member Meet-up event in 2015 at Pinstack Bowl in Plano, Texas, on Tuesday, May 12, from 4-6 p.m.

Registration is $20 and includes bowling, shoe rentals, drinks and appetizers. We hope to see you in Texas!

Click here to register now.
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Are you an expert? Have a project to share? Contribute to the Facilitator
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Are you an industry expert with wisdom and insights to share? Send your story to the Facilitator! The editorial focus and topics for the June/July edition include:
  • Focus: Design, Construction & Disaster Preparedness
  • Topics: Beverage Systems, Disaster Planning, Doors, Energy Management, Kitchen Equipment, Landscaping, Painting, Technology, Ventilation and Windows/Window Treatments/Window Washing
  • Deadline: Editorial is due by Friday, April 24.
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Facilitator: An informed decision
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INSIDE THE INDUSTRY


FDA issues menu labeling guide for small establishments
Federal Register
The Food and Drug Administration is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry titled "Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments — Small Entity Compliance Guide." The small entity compliance guide is intended to help small entities comply with menu labeling laws.
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Navigating the menu labeling pros and cons
Fast Casual
The foodservice industry is now well aware of the menu labeling regulations passed down by the Food and Drug Administration, but there is still a lot of concern and confusion lingering as to what is expected from restaurant operators.
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Winter in the rearview: 5 lessons from the big chill
Restaurant Business
A collective sigh of relief was heard this week by winter-weary consumers and restaurateurs as the mercury began to rise above the freezing point. The winter's brutal weather may have chilled restaurant traffic, but it also kindled some hot ideas for doing business — ideas that have potential to help during other challenging times.
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Top 5 food preparation methods in 2015
Nation's Restaurant News
From sous vide to fermenting, restaurants are facing food preparation trends that will force changes in the kitchen in 2015.
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12 clever ways to cut costs at your bar or restaurant
Restaurant Magazine
Do you want to cut costs at your bar or restaurant? Of course! Who doesn't? Though it can seem to be an impossible task at times, here are 12 clever things you can do to help save money at your bar or restaurant.
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Reputation management, social media marketing expands to restaurants
Hospitality Technology
The digital marketing aspect of promoting a restaurant can often be a secondary thought. But creating the same intimate, casual or fine dining experience on social media that can be expected at a restaurant is essential to standing out in an industry of numerous options, typically searched for with little lead time and often sought out by location and via mobile device.
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Chick-fil-A and Papa John's earn top customer experience ratings
Hospitality Industry
Chick-fil-A and Papa John's deliver the best customer experience in the fast food industry, according to the 2015 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual ranking of companies based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers.
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Change my own gaskets?!#!?
[Total Refrigeration Gaskets]
“Change my own gaskets?” you say? “I don’t know how!” Does it seem like your gasket is made into the door? You can’t see any screws or rivets that hold it in place, can’t even figure out how to get it off, much less put on a new gasket?
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Irrigation system warning signs and potential solutions
Facility Maintenance Decisions
Institutional and commercial facilities rely on irrigation systems to ensure landscapes retain their appearance and health. But a faulty irrigation system can throw a wrench into those plans. Take note of these three warning signs and two potential ways to help resolve the issues and reduce water use and costs in the process.
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Plumbing retrofits: Success depends on understanding technology
Facility Maintenance Decisions
In most institutional and commercial facilities, the efforts to save water never end. By focusing on proven plumbing technology and by understanding the features and benefits of new-generation plumbing fixtures, managers stand a better chance of ensuring they use resources wisely.
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How to design for HVAC operations
Building Operating Management
During a 30-year life-cycle, the maintenance and replacement of HVAC equipment can run upwards of 30 percent of the total costs. How do you incorporate this significant, but often hidden, cost into major decisions made during the HVAC project design?
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Termite Awareness Week: Have you checked your building?
Facility Executive
As temperatures begin to rise and the ground gradually warms, termites will emerge to launch an attack on vulnerable facilities across the country.
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A 90-day onboarding plan to turn new hires into valuable team members
American Express OPEN Forum
Employee onboarding usually consists of throwing a bunch of projects at someone their first week on the job. Here's why a 90-day onboarding plan could be a better way to turn recruits into true assets for your business.
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Everything your organization needs to know about EPLI
D. Albert Brannen
Employers are subject to a plethora of employment-related litigation under state and federal statutes and common law claims. Employment Practices Liability Insurance, or EPLI, can protect employers from these claims, but premiums, deductibles and coverages vary with the terms and conditions of each policy.
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Looking to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of The Dish, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. Your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Why robots may soon replace fast food employees
Mashable
A new report from financial services firm Cornerstone Capital Group makes a solid case that humans behind the counter may be going the way of the McD.L.T. The chief factors are a climate change-induced spiking of food prices, the uncertain consequences of Obamacare — which could boost the costs of employees — and income distribution trends, which are "increasingly a point of social and political contention."
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El Pollo Loco CEO describes a seismic shift in the restaurant industry
Business Insider
El Pollo Loco's shares are soaring on news that the company had another successful quarter. Investors believe the Tex-Mex chicken chain could be the next Chipotle.
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Del Taco chain to be bought by Chicago restaurant company
Los Angeles Times
Del Taco, the fast food chain founded in the Mojave Desert in 1964, will be acquired by a Chicago company in a two-step transaction valuing Del Taco at about $500 million.
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