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The Dish, April 16, 2013

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April 16, 2013





Peer to Partner Best Practices call this Friday!
Take time to benchmark, discuss and gain knowledge with your peers and vendor partners. Our next Peer to Partner Call will be held this Friday, April 19, from 2 to 3 p.m., and the topic will be Landscaping. Remember, you must be registered to participate on the call. To register, please visit our event calendar on our website or click here.

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Buyer's Guide update
The annual Buyer's Guide will be featured in the June/July issue of Facilitator magazine. Every vendor company who is a RFMA member will be featured in the Buyer's Guide with a free listing including their company name, company address, website, 30-word description and 5 categories. The Buyer's Guide listing information will be pulled from your company's primary member record in our database. To update or change your company's profile make sure the primary member logs into and clicks on "Manage Profile" and "Edit Bio" to update any information. *Important Note: The Professional Address listed in the profile will be the address used for the Buyer's Guide, not the Personal Address.

Interested in purchasing an Enhanced Listing? To purchase any enhanced listings for the Buyer's Guide visit our Online Store at or click here.

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Member Get-A-Member is back!
Spread the news about RFMA and get a chance to win an Apple iPad mini! Congratulations to Steve Berryman with Ad Art Sign & Lighting, who won an iPad mini for his referral of Rikk Grant with Pizza Patron. To win like Steve, refer a new restaurateur to RFMA and you will be entered in a drawing for an Apple iPad mini. The next drawing is July 1! Remember, the new member must put your name in the "Referred by" section on their membership application. Start spreading the word about RFMA!

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10 tips for restaurant equipment maintenance
Food Service Warehouse
The only way to get the most benefit and trouble-free service out of your restaurant equipment is to perform regular maintenance. Regular maintenance, which includes cleaning, will keep everything functioning in good working order and can catch minor malfunctions or worn out parts before they cause expensive breakdowns. Regardless of the type of equipment, there are 10 maintenance-related tasks that you need to do for every piece of restaurant equipment that you own.

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How to get your restaurant to come up on a Google search
Pizza Marketplace
You know the impact that Google and other search engines can have for your business. But understanding how to place your site in search results can be a mystery. Let's shed some light on this subject, shall we?

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13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: See the light
By Jay Fiske
We've been using incandescent lighting since Thomas Edison developed the first practical light bulb more than a century ago. In today's world where innovation moves at the speed of light, lighting innovation ironically moved at a snail's pace until the past couple of decades. Today, innovation has made lighting the epitome of low-hanging fruit for energy misers. Here are 10 ways you can use technology to light up your bottom line.

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Industry Pulse: What type of lights do you primarily use?

Previous survey: Do you have curtain strips on your walk-ins?

Should facility managers be concerned about asbestos?
Today's Facility Manager
Asbestos management should always be a priority for any facility manager. If a structure was built before 1980, there is a good chance that it was constructed with asbestos-containing materials.

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McDonald's ordering ritual is about to change
The Wall Street Journal
Ordering burgers and fries is becoming more orderly at McDonald's as a new system is rolled out to make service faster and smoother.

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Darden: Industry leader, making a difference
With such a large footprint, Darden understands it has the opportunity and responsibility to make positive impacts on their employees and guests.

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Improve profitability via proper refrigeration
Jay Fiske
How many refrigeration systems do you have in your operation? You might be surprised. These tips may help you take that energy bull by its horns.

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6 tips for establishing a safe and effective gluten-free kitchen
Food Safety
Offering a gluten-free menu can be a valuable service, but before launching the menu, it's critical to make sure there are procedures in place to ensure that food is prepared safely and the kitchen is sanitized and organized to be able to accommodate gluten-intolerant diners. Following these six steps will help restaurants safely serve gluten-free menu offerings as an added value to guests.

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Installing a big chiller provides big benefits
The Alpha Blog
Dave Hellman, Alpha's director of Energy and Performance, was recently involved in a major project for the state of Kentucky. Alpha Energy Solutions installed two chillers — one at the Kentucky International Convention Center and the other at the Kentucky Exposition Center — that are offering big benefits already, according to Hellman.

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Top items patrons steal from restaurants
What do you think the items are? From speaking to numerous chefs and restaurant owners from around the country and Canada nothing is sacred or safe. There are dining room sticky-fingered guests, and then there are the patrons who like to pilfer out-of-plain-sight from the bathrooms.

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The fusion of science and color for exterior durable building materials
By Bob Harris
The importance of color in our lives and in the design criteria of products we purchase can be seen by the extensive market research effort made to predict color trends. What does this have to do with exterior building products? The answer is plenty.

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Wienerschnitzel founder John Galardi passes away
Restaurant News
John Galardi, 75, founder and chairman of Galardi Group, parent company of Wienerschnitzel, The Original Hamburger Stand and Tastee Freez, has died from cancer.

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5 most important tasks of the reliability engineer
By Carey Repasz
The position of the reliability engineer, or RE, is very common in today's maintenance organizations. What is uncommon is an understanding of what the RE actually does. While the following tasks are not by any means a complete description of what the RE does, these tasks represent the most important tasks that every RE should be performing in a maintenance organization.

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Why pizza, tacos and Pop-Tarts have gone 'crazy' (Fortune)
Announcing our next Peer to Partner Best Practices Call! (RFMA)
Experts: KFC boneless chicken may have long-term potential (Nation's Restaurant News)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Taco Bell promises better nutrition — by 2020
USA Today
Taco Bell, long known as a place to load up on low-price, high-calorie and high-sodium grub, wants to fix the calorie and sodium part. By 2020, that is.

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Boilers: Types, applications and efficiencies
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Boilers are the basic foundation of heating and domestic hot water in many commercial, industrial, institutional and education facilities. The term "boiler" can be misleading because in many applications, the boiler does not produce water at boiling temperatures of 212 F or above.

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Meet the new fast food worker: Older, more educated
NBC News
Wendy Lott's career has made a detour to a small-town pizzeria in South Carolina. She works 10 hours a week making pizza for minimum wage. She has no other job, no health insurance and no idea how she can afford to go back to college, let alone pay the hospital that treated her asthma-related bronchitis. She's 27, lives with her mother and most of her take-home pay goes to gas and household items. In many ways, she is a typical fast-food worker: She's older than you'd expect, has more years of schooling and works in the industry not for entry-level experience, but to try to keep her head above the financial storm that threatens to swamp her.

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