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The Dish, April 4, 2014

Posted By Heather Webb, RFMA, Friday, April 4, 2014

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Welcome our new RFMA members from March
Please help us welcome Lou DeAngelis with Shake Shack Enterprises, Desiderio Razon with Fortune Foods Service Company, James Fisher with Entera Branding and Paul Fisher with Bass Security Services to RFMA.

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Want to win an iPad?
Member-Get-A-Member is back! Help us reach our 2014 goal by referring your industry peers to RFMA. Refer a new restaurant member to RFMA and be entered in a drawing to win an iPad.

How do I make sure I get credit for referring a member to RFMA?
Make sure the new member enters your name in the "Referred By" field in their new member application.

Our first drawing will be June 1!

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April's Peer to Partner Call date change
The date for April's Peer to Partner Call has been changed! Join us for the April call on HVAC.

Date: Friday, April 25
Time: 1 to 2 p.m. CDT
Topic: HVAC

Click here to register now and benchmark with your peer and vendor partners discussing best practices.

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Facilitator: RFMA Gives a new lease on life
Meg Weadock
Sometimes, a lot of help goes a long way. That's true of Dallas LIFE Ministries, a faith-based homeless shelter and assistance program that serves all of North Texas and has changed countless lives. And, it's true of this year's RFMA Gives charitable project, which involved a massive renovation project of the dining room and kitchen at Dallas LIFE.

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Restaurant standards could curb fat America
RAND Corp. via USA Today
A group of 21 experts in the areas of nutrition, public health, obesity, law and business recently developed restaurant performance standards intended to protect consumers from potentially harmful serving practices.

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3 summer travel trends for the restaurant industry
Restaurant Business
The National Restaurant Association has said that stimulating tourism is crucial to restaurants' growth, and 1 in 4 restaurant sales dollars can be attributed to tourism. So, understanding how consumers will be traveling this summer is good for business. Here are a few important predictions for how, when and where people will spend their vacation dollars.

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Electrical submetering is smart energy management
Jeannea Jones
Submetering allows for monitoring of the electrical consumption of individual components within a building, such as heating and cooling systems, lighting, refrigeration and more. This method utilizes individual "submeters" that allow facility managers to observe the energy use and performance of their equipment, creating opportunities for energy and capital expenditure savings. While metering programs do not provide direct energy savings, they are an enabling technology that can provide indirect benefit.

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Equipment Installs, Project Management, Rollout Service, Site Surveys, Electrical Upgrades, Water Filtration, Data POS, Seating, Reimage Services for Fortune 100 & 500 and Forbes 500 Companies.

Endura XL lasso's RFMA Attendees!

The new Endura XL models received a great response at RFMA 2014. If you didn’t get a chance to see Endura XL, take a moment to visit & see why your business needs this upcoming addition.


Restaurants discuss Wi-Fi access models at MURTEC
Hospitality Technology
Should establishments in the food industry offer free Wi-Fi to their customers, just like napkins and condiments, or should there be a charge? This was the focus of a recent discussion at the 2014 Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference.

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Restaurants utilize big data to stay competitive
Tech Page One
The importance of quality is why a number of restaurants are using big data to develop a better understanding of consumer preferences and to improve their food and service. In some cases, these businesses have already achieved revenue gains as a result of their efforts.

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How to wow millennials
CSP Daily News
Since millennials are more likely to be frequent convenience store shoppers than the over-35 crowd, c-stores are especially looking to meet the needs of the millennial generation.

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4 cool server sales contests
Nation's Restaurant News
NRN contributor Jim Sullivan offers ideas for employee contests that can help lift sales. These four ideas focus on the ways servers can excel.

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Former McDonald's execs plan low-cal chain in DFW
The Dallas Morning News
By summer's end, LYFE Kitchens are slated to open in Dallas and Plano, focusing on low-calorie, low-fat fare, says executive Mike Donahue.

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Missing RFMA 2014 already?
Check out some photos captured at RFMA 2014 in Dallas on or click here to go directly to our RFMA photo albums.

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On the importance of customers and employees
Mel Kleiman
Is it as important to value your employees as highly as you value your relationships with your customers? You bet it is! There is a direct correlation between employee job satisfaction and length-of-service with profitability. And a paycheck alone won't inspire the kind of outstanding customer service and teamwork that keeps customers coming back and attracts new ones.

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Are millennial employees truly different — or just younger?
A lot of people sell books and give presentations suggesting millennial employees, those born between 1976 and 1996, are significantly different from employees born between 1965 and 1975 (Generation X), and radically different from people born during the 20 years before 1965 (baby boomers). But are millennials truly different, or are they just younger?

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Preparing a plan for painting projects
Facility Maintenance Decisions
The proper selection and application of paints and coatings helps maintenance managers achieve two important goals: extend the life of capital components, and maintain the desired appearance of institutional and commercial facilities. Both goals are essential elements in the long-term management of a facility.

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12 ultra-efficient lighting strategies
You don't always need a flashy renovation or a deep retrofit that requires gutting your building to boost energy efficiency. Sometimes the best things come in small packages — like these strategies by practicing FMs and green experts.

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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.

Environmentally Friendly Maintenance & Treatment

Service Providers can prevent grease build-up in their customers’ drain lines using our Low cost Biological System. We're well suited for self-service, too!


Fast food chains battle for your breakfast
Sanford Bernstein's Sara Senatore discusses rising food costs on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."

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TCBY, Mrs. Fields Cookies waive franchise fee for military veterans
Famous Brands International, parent company of TCBY Yogurt and Mrs. Fields Cookies, has announced it will waive the franchise fee for the first 50 qualifying military veterans who join the brand, starting in March.

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After decades, coconut oil re-emerges as a cooking trend
Katy Bynum
For years, coconut oil was the go-to choice in many North American homes and commercial kitchens, used by the home baker for superior-tasting, flaky pie crusts and by the restaurant chef for deep-frying foods. Coconut oil is once again surging in popularity.

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Genghis Grill testing fresh casual menu, tableside ordering
Fast Casual
Genghis Grill has announced the limited launch of its new fresh casual menu in 10 select locations across the U.S., including Denver, Phoenix, Fort Worth, Texas, Birmingham, Ala., Augusta, Ga., San Diego and Las Cruces, N.M.

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Which energy audit is right for your facility? (Facility Maintenance Decisions)
Olive Garden menu overhaul off to solid start (Food Business News)
Understanding new regulations for energy efficient buildings (Archita Datta Majumdar)

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