Thursday, November 27, 2008
OpenTable, the leading supplier of reservation, table management and guest management software for restaurants is stepping out in a big way with the revealing of their new iPhone App. It's free and is said to be even better than the website, because it utilizes the iPhone's GPS and tells you the nearest 20 restaurants!
Read it first on Geek Sugar
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Puts things into perspective. Yelp, being only 4 years old, is definitely something to take note of...especially for restaurants, who compose 34% of the reviews on the site. On the bright side 4-star and 5-star reviews top the chart for the most kinds of reviews made on yelp - a lot less bad mouthing and a lot more good word-of-mouth publicity!
Other interesting stats in the chart pictured above: 4 million reviews, with 34% restaurants, 23% shopping, 8% beauty and fitness, etc. Users are 51% male and 49% female, and 65% have a college degree.
Tech Crunch shares this and more info about Yelp in light of the recent Citysearch beta launch.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Thanksgiving is the time of year to gather around friends and family to enjoy good company and great food. This year, Downtown Indianapolis, Inc has compiled a list of the area's wonderful restaurants that are open on the Thanksgiving holiday.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Apply online or download the PDF application now! [3.3 MB PDF]
Check out the 2008 American Dream Award Winners:
View more winner videos and more online at http://www.youtube.com/restaurantdotorg.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Photo by Thomas Heinser
When & Where: Tuesday, Dec 2 at 6:30 pm/Tobias Theater at the IMA (Sold out)
World-class chef, "eat local" advocate, and food educator Alice Waters visits the Indianapolis Museum of Art to ignite a conversation about learning, creative living, health, and sustainability. As the founder of the Edible Schoolyard garden project in which students grow and prepare their own food, Waters shares her vision for “a revolution in public education…When sustainability becomes the lens through which they see the world.” Savor Alice’s message of the pleasure, beauty, and power of food. Before and after the talk, browse informational booths and enjoy tastes of local food provided by the students of Ivy Tech Community College. Certification Renewal Credit Eligible
This event is sold out. Call 317-955-2339 to be placed on a waiting list. If tickets become available Monday, December 1, those on the waiting list will be contacted in the order received.
______________________________________________Tickets are sold out! So tell us, are you one of those lucky ticket holders?? And what do you hope to learn from going?
Friday, November 7, 2008
The National Restaurant Association's Conserve environmental initiative is designed to initiate and inspire actions that improve a company's bottom line, but also are good for people and the planet. Conserve explores conservation efforts being adopted by restaurants around the nation and offers suggestions and resources to help you reduce the cost of running your operation -- both to your bottom line and the environment.
The NRA Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability website hosts everything from resources, success stories, tips and tools to an overview of environmental issues, webinars, and upcoming event information.
An excellent resource for the restaurant industry!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Officer Jason “Fish” Fishburn was seriously injured on July 10, 2008 while attempting to arrest a homicide suspect. Jason survived, but his wounds will require expensive long-term rehabilitation.
“The members of the Indianapolis Downtown Restaurant and Hospitality Association are pleased to host this fund raising event for one of our local heroes," said Debra Scott of IDRHA.
“Officer Fishburn represents what is best in our community and he deserves our community’s best effort in supporting him.”
Participating restaurants will display green “Fish for Fishburn” signs this week and patrons will receive check presenters informing them that proceeds from certain seafood items on the menu will go to the Jason Fishburn Fund.
“The level of support and volunteerism for Jason by our community has been wonderful,” said Danny Overley, President of the Professional Police Officers Credit Union, which manages the Jason Fishburn Fund. “Having the local restaurant industry come together for one of our officers means so much to Jason and his family and is inspiring to his extended law enforcement family.”
Participating restaurants to date include:
120 West Market Fresh Grille
120 West Market St.
635 Massachusetts Ave.
351 South East St.
605 N Pennsylvania St.
Harry & Izzy's
153 S. Illinois St.
15 East Maryland St.
McCormick & Schmicks
110 North Illinois St.
47 S. Pennsylvania St.
30 South Meridian St.
One South (Hyatt)
One S. Capitol Ave.
49 West Maryland St.
123 W. Louisiana St.
Shula's Steak House
50 South Capitol Avenue
Slippery Noodle Inn
372 South Meridian St.
St. Elmo Steak House
127 S. Illinois Street
419 S. West St.
1280 US Highway 31 N. Greenwood
5363 N. College Ave.
9 N. Meridian St.
907 Indiana Ave.
Cash donations to the Jason Fishburn Fund may be sent to:
PPOCUATTN: Jason Fishburn Fund
1502 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46201
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Webinar: Focus on Lighting – From CFLs to LEDs and Beyond
When: Thursday, November 13, 2008 2:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Richard Young, Food Service Technology Center
Mark Shoemaker, Eco-Story
Scott Shippey, Chipotle
Duration: 1 hour
Description: Richard Young of the Food Service Technology Center is back following Conserve’s first webinar and education session at NRA Show 2008, “5 Things an Operator Must Know About Energy Efficiency,” to present the benefits of selecting the right energy-efficient lighting for your restaurant. Innovations in lighting technology are continually introduced and it can be hard to keep up, but Mark Shoemaker of Eco-Story will explain the finer points of new lighting technologies and will give us peek into the future of lighting for the restaurant industry. In addition, Scott Shippey will anchor this webinar by sharing results from Chipotle’s new lighting initiative.
This webinar is brought to you by NRA Conserve and Eco-Story.