The Main Dish: Saving Money and Time During Start-up, Operator ROI with ENERGY STAR, and Other Highlights From This Week

In the age of information overload, refinement is key. That was the thought behind The Main Dish — a quick compilation of the most bookmark-worthy links from the Foodable WebTV Network. Aside from our usual daily content, every Sunday, The Main Dish will serve a fresh batch of handpicked pieces of the most appetizing lists & literature that you may have missed.

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Starting Up Your First Restaurant? Strategies to Save You Time and Money

Going through the motions of starting your first restaurant requires an incredible amount of time and financial management. Discovering opportunities to save on both will effectively result in less stress and a generous opening day budget.

'The Oscars of Foodservice' — The IFMA Gold & Silver Plate Awards 2016 [VIDEO]

As the Oscars are for the film industry, the Gold & Silver Plate Awards are the academy awards of foodservice. The celebration, which honors the nation's most prestigious operator talent, is hosted by the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association (IFMA) every year in Chicago.

East Coast Versus West Coast: Executive Pastry Chefs Weigh in on Summer Trends and Flavors of Their Coast

Like each chef, each coast and city has their own distinctive style. We asked two distinguished pastry chefs on opposite coasts a series of questions about the upcoming season and dessert trends and we got diverse answers.

Beyond Summer: 3 Creative Ways to Drive Sales

Summer is here! For some this is a slower time, for others this is peak season. Summer brings with it a unique set of challenges that many operators either overlook or just plain ignore. The two main challenges are recruiting and marketing.

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How Restaurant Incubators Are a Win-Win for Investors and Chefs

Up from the rubble of a deflated technology burst-bubble, the incubator evolved as a safe haven for the creatively inclined to nurture their idea using the resources — like money — of an investor without being strapped to a bank. 

Cost Control and Operator ROI With ENERGY STAR [VIDEO]

In this episode of "Rock My Restaurant," join show hosts William Bender and Eric Norman as they sit down with Kirsten Hesla, product manager at ENERGY STAR, and Carly Burke, energy efficiency consultant at ICF International, to chat about how ENERGY STAR can take your brand to the next level.

Is Bad Visual Branding Turning Away Potential Customers? Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes

Your brand identity is often the first touchpoint with potential customers. Before they taste your food, experience your service, or step foot in your environment, they will see your branding. They will form an opinion from that first impression.

Round Up: Mobile Apps for the True Professional

There are a lot of mobile apps that claim to be for chefs, but look a little closer and most of them are geared more for the home cook or culinary enthusiast, not the professionals. Here, we round up some of the best apps for the industry.