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The Dish, December 10, 2013

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Dec. 10, 2013




RFMA Gives volunteer event this Sunday!
Join us Sunday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dallas Life for our next RFMA Gives 2014 Volunteer Day. We will be putting together the new seating packages for the renovated dining room. Please register online through our event calendar or click here to register now.

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When does your RFMA membership expire?
Renewals are in full swing and many memberships expire on December 31, 2013. Make sure you renew your membership for 2014. Log in to and renew today!

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RFMA to Add New Staff Position, Facilities Resource Manager
As RFMA's membership continues to grow, so does our desire to make sure we are meeting all of their needs. That is why we are very excited about the addition of a new staff position, Facilities Resource Manager, created specifically to serve as a resource for our restaurant members, as well as oversee the annual RFMA Gives project. For complete job description visit our complete job posting in our Career Center or click here for the complete job posting.
*Remember you must be logged into the RFMA website to enter the Career Center.

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RFMA 2014 Update
The early bird deadline may have passed, but registration is ongoing for RFMA 2014 and the Gaylord Hotel is filling up fast. So if you haven’t yet registered and booked your room, make sure and do it today. Click here to register now!

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Facilitator: The ROI of preventative maintenance
Erich Munzner
When you think about the phrase "preventative maintenance" do you ever ask yourself, "What exactly am I preventing? Am I truly preventing or reducing the chance of a catastrophic failure? Am I actually extending the useful life of my equipment or asset? Or am I just paying money for someone to tell me that I have to spend more money?" Does preventative maintenance work?

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Wherever you are...We can be!
When your business has multiple locations, coordinating all of them is a massive job. You need one source to get everything functioning as a unified whole and to keep it that way. Source One is that one source.

Got Grease? — Get Endura!

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Infographic: What's hot and not in 2014
Baking Business
Goodbye, gazpacho. Hello, hybrid desserts. As 2013 welcomed the debut of a donut-croissant mash-up known as the Cronut, more crossbreed confections may be on the horizon, according to the National Restaurant Association's annual "What's Hot" culinary trends forecast.

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Food for talk: Using technology to streamline your workflow
Imagine sensors warning you of out-of-stocks, or apps ensuring foodservice equipment is safe. Sounds like a great time-saver, right? Unfortunately, such apps are largely food for the imagination — because for them to work, heating and cooling devices need to digitally "talk." In other words, they can't be old equipment.

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The FM's role in building integration
Building Operating Management
Facility managers may find themselves torn about the idea of integrating systems in existing buildings. But good planning can go a long way to getting around the challenges.

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Energy-efficient tactics for restaurant FMs
Archita Datta Majumdar
The Energy Star website shows a restaurant's profit can be up to 9 percent of total revenue. But with energy-efficient practices, you can see as much as a 30 percent return.

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Help us welcome new RFMA members!
We had over 50 new RFMA members who joined us this November. Please give all of these new restaurant and vendor members a warm welcome!

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How to use digital platforms to earn more profits
Fast Casual
Many restaurants are shifting advertising weight away from print and more into digital means, including using paid banner ads and spending more resources to hire people to manage social media.

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The future of facility management: On the move
Automated Buildings
Smartphones and tablets are becoming our primary personal computers — which is a good thing for facilities management. With people in various locations in a building or at several buildings on a daily basis, keeping information on a desktop computer in an office behind a firewall or in binders on a shelf does not give operations personnel the information they need to make decisions in the field.

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Protecting yourself from libel
Restaurant Business
Protecting yourself from libel, especially in the age of social media, is important but not easy. Drew Lazor, a food writer who spoke on this topic recently at a panel on food and the law likens it to trying to clean up a spilled glass of water by returning the liquid to the glass.

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How to build your dream team
Mel Kleiman
Independent studies that show employee referrals are the only recruiting tool that delivers high-quality workers who stay on board about three times longer than those from other sources. And the best way to generate employee referrals is to set up an employee referral reward system.

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Employee training with tablets, apps, social media
Fast Casual
Uptown Network announced its new training capability for the hospitality industry that the company said can reduce training expenses by more than 80 percent.

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Chick-fil-A targets better ingredients
The Associated Press via Anchorage Daily News
Chick-fil-A is removing high-fructose corn syrup from its white buns and artificial dyes from its sauces and dressings as part of a push to improve its ingredients.

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Applebee's to roll out tablets at all US restaurants
Nation's Restaurant News
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar is rolling out the use of touch-screen tablets to its 1,865 U.S. restaurants next year with the goal of putting guests more in control of their dining experience.

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Be on the lookout for these 5 plumbing nightmares (Buildings)
CDC: New tools improve food safety in restaurants (Food Poisoning Bulletin)
Making space for servicing equipment (Foodservice Equipment & Supplies)

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We hate to break it to you. If you’ve waited until June to prepare for the coming winter, you are already behind. As this year’s unusual weather patterns have shown, snow is a year-round concern.

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Water Heat = Scale

If you have water that is being heated for cooking or beverages then you have scale forming in that equipment. Scale negatively impacts taste of foods and beverages in addition to the maintenance nightmare caused in equipment.

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