How These Restaurants are Making Extra $$$ on Saturday’s Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight Night

How These Restaurants are Making Extra $$$ on Saturday’s Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight Night

Saturday night is often one of the busiest evenings for restaurants, but this Saturday boxing fans may be opting to stay home to watch one of the most anticipated boxing matches in history. 

The highlight of the evening is the Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Conor McGregor fight at 8:55 p.m. The broadcast starts at 6 p.m. on Showtime with a 10-round cruiserweight fight between Andrew Tabiti and former champion Steve Cunningham prior to the Mayweather and McGregor fight.  

The national anthem will be sung by pop star Demi Lovato and each boxer certainly knows how to make an entrance. For example, Justin Bieber has accompanied Mayweather in the past. So it’s safe to say, this is kind of of a big deal.

While some diners will be hosting parties on their own, others (who may not have Showtime at home) will be visiting restaurants that are hosting boxing events, airing the fight for theirs guests.

Want to see what restaurants in your area are showing the fight? Joe Hand Promotions outlines the viewing areas by zip code.  

How popular do restaurants that have viewing parties really get? Apparently, it’s not uncommon for it to get packed.

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Restaurant & Bar Trends in Design, Tech, and Sustainability

Restaurant & Bar Trends in Design, Tech, and Sustainability

In this episode of “On Foodable Weekly,” we’re talking restaurant trends with Restaurants Canada. But though we’re talking Canadian culinary trends, this segment is chock-full of tips for operators of all kinds, in any location, on three main areas: sustainability, interior design, and bar technology. Watch the full episode as we connect with experts in these three realms at the Restaurants Canada Show.

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The 3 Chief Reasons Every Restaurant Should Be Using Instagram

The 3 Chief Reasons Every Restaurant Should Be Using Instagram

By Kaitlin Ohlinger, Foodable Contributor

Instagram was the fastest growing social media network of 2014. This is not exactly earth-shattering news, and it has become almost standard practice for restaurants to utilize Instagram to engage with their customer base. Considering that Instagram is completely free, fast and not overly difficult, the question is: if you’re a restaurant: why aren’t you using Instagram?

If somehow you are currently unconvinced, check out the popular InstaFeeds of one of Portland’s most celebrated chefs, Vitaly Paley. Paley’s Place, Imperial and the relatively new Portland Penny Diner all maintain unique and enticing accounts guaranteed to make you change your dinner plans.

Says Chef Paley: “As part of an overall ‘keeping us in the public’s eye’ Instagram is a very easy and in the moment tool that is very effective in bringing in diners for that very dish we just posted about. We have to be careful not to be totally self-serving and balance it out with other fun and perhaps non-food related images.”

For those that may be stuck in a 2010 social media mindset, what exactly is it about Instagram that makes it such a no-brainer for restaurants? To pinpoint this, we have to take note of some of human beings best and worst qualities, and why Instagram capitalizes on all of them. Instagram has surpassed the point of just a social media trend and become an incredibly powerful marketing tool.

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4 Keys to Hosting a Successful Wine Dinner

4 Keys to Hosting a Successful Wine Dinner

By Kaitlin Ohlinger, Foodable Contributor

The experience of food and wine together can be a truly transcendent experience when in the right hands. Giving over the control of your meal to expert hands is an act of surrender and can lead to exciting places. The key to that sentence? Expert hands. A wine dinner is full of minute, critical details that must work together in order for an event to be a success. Anyone who has attended a dinner where something just seemed “off” can attest to the need for organization and proper planning in an almost choreographic sense. Right down to the glamorous task of counting plates, all the pieces matter.

Recently, El Gaucho Portland hosted an ambitious dinner that brought together five acclaimed winemakers who have all worked under DeLille Cellars’ Executive Winemaker and Co-founder Chris Upchurch. A whopping 107 guests were seated. According to General Manager Corey Hightower, it had been at least 10-15 years since El Gaucho had hosted a dinner of this size. The execution, said Corey, isn’t the hard part. “It’s everything that comes beforehand.”

Watching El Gaucho's staff on the night of the dinner, it was evident that every movement, in both front and back of the house, had been practiced. Everyone moved together as if no effort were involved.

Here, we take a look at the four key elements to consider when planning a dinner of this size.

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Do Mobile Devices Belong at Restaurant Tables?

Today's consumers are glued to their phones. But, do mobile phones belong at restaurant tables? Well, restaurants around the country are trying to discourage cellphone usage at tables. Sneaky's Chicken in Iowa offers a 10% discount if diners put their phone in a special box during their meal. Last year, LA's Bucato announced a policy against phones and photos because the restaurant felt these devices were distracting from the dining experience. However, often consumers don't like these restrictions. Rogue 24 in DC once required diners to sign a two-page reservation contract that included the banning of cell phones. But because of the customer complaints, the contract was discontinued. 

Cellphones do distract diners from the restaurant experience, but they can also enhance it. Consumers love documenting their lives with photos and social posts. They are going to share their experience on social media and restaurant review sites. This is free advertising for the restaurant. So are mobile phones now just part of the consumer's dining experience? How do you feel about banning cellphone usage at restaurants? Read More