Legendary Bartenders: 5 Infamous Spirits of the Cocktail

In the underground world of itinerant bartenders, the mixing of vermouth and bitters shift into exaltation and become almost more revered than the individuals who’ve created them. Let’s exhume the avantgarde folks who once poured their hearts into others’ half-full glasses and take a look back on some of the industry’s most significant bartenders. Afterall, bartending wouldn’t be what it is today without them. Blue Blazer Jerry Thomas was more than your average bartender. He was also... Read more

Restaurant Website Design: Best Practices

Restaurant Website Design: Best Practices

Websites are a powerful marketing tool and a terrific way to create awareness and drive business to your restaurant. While your primary focus likely is running a successful restaurant, having a basic understanding of web design is an essential component in ensuring that you achieve your business goals. Media and website designer extraordinaire, Lance Stubbs, offers his best practices for developing a well-designed, goal-oriented website and discusses the pros and cons of hiring an agency, freelancer, and platforms that you can use to create your own site. Creating your own Website v. Hiring an Agency Before you launch a website, you have to decide whether you’re going to build your own or hire a freelancer. “There are many different avenues you can take to develop a website,” Lance... Read more

Farmers Market Checklist: 9 Tips to Help you Succeed at the Farmers Market

Farmers Market Checklist: 9 Tips to Help you Succeed at the Farmers Market

Farmers market season is almost upon us and we can't wait. Nothing beats spring days walking through the aromas of fresh salsa, selecting locally sourced produce or home-made food - we wish it could last all year. However, attending a farmers market as a vendor is a whole different experience. Months of preparation, paperwork, and farmers market insurance requirements, all of which have to be taken care of before you can even think about how you're going to display your products - it's a serious amount of work! Here is a quick checklist, to help you prepare for a successful, profitable, and safe farmers market season. Do your research First things first, as with any business endeavor, working as a vendor at the farmers market is a business. It's a good idea to conduct your rese... Read more

5 Real Charges Bartenders Faced

5 Real Charges Bartenders Faced

Working as a professional bartender requires much more talent than simply mixing ornate cocktails for the grateful patrons who frequent your bar. You’re required to have a certain finesse or skill set in order to be successful in your industry. Some much needed skills included talking to and taking care of customers, possessing strong physical endurance, and decision-making skills—such as determining when to deny service to intoxicated patrons. While your expertise and hours of training have qualified you to provide top-notch service and an unrivaled drink menu, these unfortunate bartenders were slapped with criminal charges after a night of, what they believed was, fulfilling their typical job duties. Warning: The following stories are not for the faint of heart. Intoxicated... Read more

How to Create a Marketing Strategy for your Food Truck

How to Create a Marketing Strategy for your Food Truck

Do you operate a food truck business? Then you need a marketing plan. Although the food truck business is a unique industry, you still have to figure out how to get customers to line up, which can be tricky. There is no magic formula for growing your business, unfortunately. However, with a well-thought-out food truck marketing strategy and a bit of elbow grease you can create awareness for your business, generate leads, and grow your customer base. Here are a few of our favorite simple, effective marketing tools. Determine your niche First Party Dram Shop Cases Niche is defined by Merriam-Webster as: 1). a place or position suitable for a person or a thing 2). a distinct segment of a market. This means, establish where your business fits within the industry and promot... Read more

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