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Hi there, Froggy Blog readers. I introduced myself earlier this week and joked that my most important role with the Frog is being the office DJ. That may not be technically true, because the advertising, marketing and finance work that I do is also pretty important. However, you can never underestimate the importance of music.
Music has always been an important part of my life. Large amounts of my teenage years were spent in my room with a Soundgarden or Pearl Jam CD cranking, singing at the top of my lungs with liner notes in hand. When I went to college I was introduced to satellite radio, music blogs, and the wonderful world of obscure indie music. For the last 8 years I have worked as a freelance music critic for an online magazine. To me, music has always been important, whether it’s being comforted by listening to Buddy Guy talk about his own broken heart, getting angry with the guys in Metallica, or sharing the joy of a Ray Lamontagne ballad. Continue reading
One Fat Frog helps a lot of restaurant entrepreneurs get their startups going. We see a wide range when it comes to the preparedness of our clients, from those who have everything planned out in large color-coded binders to people who have no idea what they want to do but think “I’d like to have a restaurant, so I guess I need equipment for that.” Whatever your level of preparedness, One Fat Frog can help you get on your way to opening that dream restaurant. Today’s Restaurant Startup Tip is all about the SWOT analysis.
About the what?
If there’s one thing One Fat Frog loves as much as food, it’s sports. That’s why I’m always disappointed with the offers at the concession stands. As much as I like going to Orlando Magic games, it’s hard to stomach paying $8 for a bad hotdog or $10 for chicken fingers that taste like the kind of the frozen food aisle of your supermarket. Maybe I’m spoiled by the fact that UCF football games have 4Rivers barbecue, but I’m a firm believer that just because you’re at a game doesn’t mean you can’t have great food. A San Francisco restaurant entrepreneur agrees with me. Continue reading
One Fat Frog loves it when the restaurants of our beloved clients are successful. It’s always great to hear the success stories and see their names in the news. This week we happened to see Scratch Tapas featured in Orlando Weekly.
The popular weekly entertainment magazine featured Scratch Tapas in its article for “35 Fun Orlando Weekend Photos.” This was the second time in the last week that the magazine had featured Scratch. This time, they published a photo showing diners enjoying themselves at the classy new Winter Park tapas restaurant. Continue reading
We here at One Fat Frog love a good movie. We’d love them even more if we could enjoy them with as little distraction as possible. Nowadays, it seems like people have lost all sense of manners and public etiquette. I can’t remember the last movie I went to where a cell phone didn’t go off. Any disruption or annoyance during a movie can forever ruin a film, so as a refresher to all of you, here are some rules to follow when going to the movies that will ensure an experience worthy of everyone’s time and money.
Earlier today, our IT guy Neil came across a website here at work called cookingwithpoo.com. You read that right, folks. That’s Cooking-With-Poo-dot-com. He won’t tell us what he was searching for that led him to the site, but let’s just say we’re going to start keeping an eye on him and his search history.
Sometimes the best advice is also the most obvious advice, but you needed someone to tell you for it to come to mind. Today’s Restaurant Startup Tip is one example. At One Fat Frog, we know that you’re aware that paying attention to your customers is important. While running around taking care of all of the problems and responsibilities that go along with owning a restaurant, however, it can be an easy thing to forget. Continue reading
Meet Pat. I just did. Pat is new to the new office, but not to One Fat Frog. Y’see, way back in the day, ol’ Patrick used to blog for the Frog on what I’m now calling the Frog Blog ™.
Word on the street is that he went and got hitched and now he’s back. However, I can’t shake the feeling that I’ve seen him somewhere before.
Since Travis was nice enough to introduce himself yesterday, I guess I should do the same, though I’m a few weeks late doing so. My name is Jeremy and even though I’m not a Seminole, as a UCF alumnus, I am still an avid Gator Hater, much to Travis’ chagrin. I have a lot of jobs here at One Fat Frog, but the most important is probably being the Frog DJ, keeping good music pumping through the office speakers. Everyone around got really sick of hearing the same Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Imagine Dragons songs over and over, so nowadays we mostly listen to CDs from my collection. I guess another thing you should know is that I’m a Florida native, so I sometimes say southern-isms like “nowadays.” Continue reading
When someone decides to host a reception or get married in a hotel, they are often required to have their event catered by the hotel’s restaurant. This often results in limited menu options for couples on their big day. However, the Associated Press is reporting that several hotels and banquet halls have begun accommodating the bride and groom’s desire to serve their guests whatever food they want. Hotels, such as The Sheraton Uptown in Albuquerque, NM, are now offering to work with outside caterers and local restaurants to serve menus that are handpicked by their clients.
“It’s a change from the long-held practice of insisting that customers use only in-house food choices,” said Sharon Ringier, president of the Chicago chapter of the Event Planners Association. This change allows couples to serve ethnic, gluten-free or organic foods and cuisines that reflect their culture and tastes.
It’s a no-brainer for the hotels that don’t want to lose potential business. “They don’t want to miss out on the revenue,” Ringier said. “It’s better to accommodate (customers).”
The venues will still charge an outside catering fee to cover the use of restaurant equipment and staff.
So there you have it. Your dream of one day having a McDonald’s-catered wedding at a HoJo with a full chicken nugget bar and a McRib Cake is one step closer to becoming a reality. You weirdo.
It’s not easy being green. That goes for alligators as much as it does their swampy brother; the frog. My name’s Travis and I’m the new guy in the pond.
One Fat Frog knows that the little things in life are a big deal. You tend to focus on the major things, but those little things can make a big difference, whether you realize it or not. That’s why One Fat Frog does all of the little things to help you out when starting a new restaurant, such as free delivery, free custom painting, free gas conversion, free shuttle from the airport, and more. Sure, we could charge for those services. Or we could not offer them at all. But those little extras are part of what makes working with the Frog so special. Continue reading
Do you need quality hotel kitchen equipment? One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment outfits hotels and buffets all day long. We even offer super easy financing for all sorts of budgets! Here’s a short list of some of the used and new equipment that qualifies for great lease and finance programs, credit cards or cash:
- hotel ice dispensers and ice machines
- buffet lines- hot and cold
- refrigerated prep tables
- display glass coolers
- call the Frog at 407-480-3409
One Fat Frog says to enjoy food however you can, whether that’s eating it, cooking it, writing a foodie blog about it, or even playing with it. That’s right; One Fat Frog endorses playing with your food, even though your mom always yelled at you for it. Why? Because a recent study found that it can be beneficial.
The great thing about scientists is that some of them seem to spend days just sitting around thinking of things to research. “What can I try to prove today?” they might ask. “What accepted truth can I disprove now?” another may ask.
A recent study by psychologists at the University of Iowa found that children can learn better when playing with their food. When learning the name for objects, it is easier for children to learn solid objects than anything that can change its shape. For example, apple sauce is a lot harder to understand and learn than pencil, because apple sauce doesn’t always look the same. Being able to handle the object can help, though.
During the study, children were given a variety of non-solid objects, such as oatmeal and glue. The objects were then assigned nonsensical names. By simply looking at the objects, the children had a hard time learning and remembering the names. Children who were allowed to use senses other than sight, however, by touching and smelling the objects, learned and retained the names much better.
Larissa Samuelson, a psychology professor at the University of Iowa, said that the students learned better not only because they can use more senses, but because playing with food is the most familiarity they have with non-solid objects. Similarly, the study found that children learned better when in a high chair versus sitting lower. Similarly, Samuelson also believes that children will be messier when eating food in a high chair because they believe they are in a place where being messy is okay.
One Fat Frog says you should be messy anywhere you want, except when riding in my car. If playing with food makes kids learn better, that’s another reason to let your kids play with their food. The other reason: because they’re kids! You only get to be a kid once, so let them enjoy it.
Back in my day… no, I won’t bore you with more of my version of band camp stories. What I will say I understand the urgency of keeping your clients with food and drink, the fine line of too much drink that leads to restroom, holding a machine for a good customer, getting them food so they keep feeding the machine, bringing them cigarettes and water and even towels to wipe their face.
So, whether it’s a real casino or your pool deck, let’s talk about the importance of a good cocktail waitress (oh wait that’s the lingo of my day, I suppose we now say, server?).
Let’s talk about the casino- the intent of the casino is not that you’re making money through drinks on the floor, the intent is that you are keeping customers at the machines which will create revenue for the establishment. So a good server will make tips based on server but ideally also increase revenue for the casino by making the customer as comfortable as possible to increase the length of their play. This is a little bit different philosophy from that of a server who is used to turning covers and should be reflected in a training program with regular focus on upselling other events the casino may have. Servers should also identify key players to the floor boss.
Nowadays I spend lots of time by the pool and see how a good server on the deck can increase sales of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Let’s say I’m there with a few random children (well not really so random but sometimes I’d like to just have a Calgon moment take me away or the Corona on the beach without four spongebob monsters splashing me) and the right server can make a bundle for me. With the two year old it’s not always easy to go stand in line for the pina colada but you bet if they came and took an order I’d be in! Add in that they have overpriced popsicles or kids drinks and I can charge it to my room? You have a recipe for increased sales on the pool deck.
I know I’m a day late asking this, but we were off yesterday… Yesterday was Thanksgiving, the time of year when Americans get together to celebrate with family, gorge themselves on food, and fall asleep while watching football. It’s also the time when we all take time to think about the things we are thankful for. So what are you thankful for?
One Fat Frog Restaurant Equipment has a lot of reasons to be thankful. We are thankful for 8 years of success selling restaurant equipment, where we have consistently grown. We are thankful for all of the clients who have blessed our lives and our business by walking through our doors, talking restaurants with us, and letting us help them get their restaurant dream started. We are thankful for the opportunity to see dreams of restaurant ownership grow into a reality, and the opportunity to watch those restaurants grow over time. This writer is thankful to be employed and thankful that you’re actually taking the time to read this post.
The Frog has heard our clients tell us many things they are thankful for. When it comes to the first time restaurant owners, the most common answer is being thankful that they no longer work for anyone else; they are finally working for themselves! Of course, or clients are also often thankful for our low prices and financing options, but that should go without saying (I hope).
This time of year, it’s easy to be jaded. A day after Thanksgiving, people are taking on massive lines of people to buy the must-own item of the Christmas season. Some people even began their Christmas shopping on Thanksgiving. It’s helpful then to take time, take a step back, and think about the reasons you really have to be thankful. It can be something simple, such as your health, your family, or your faith. Or maybe it’s the ability to realize your dream as a restaurant entrepreneur. Or maybe you’re thankful for the friends in your life or for the fact that UCF is having its best football season in history. Whatever the reasons you’re thankful, try not to forget them. And from One Fat Frog to all of you: Thanks.
Now that I’ve got an extra gray hair I guess I have to look back on life and explore the stories that all start with … Back in MY DAY.
So back in my day…
Today I’ll start with my stories about working a Casino in Montana. What? You say you didn’t know there were casinos in Montana? At one point Montana even allowed games against the house but then legislature changed and we only allowed games that were not against the house.
I remember being a young girl and cocktailing at big fights. The pay-per-view was on the big screen and I was probably the only gal in the place short of the bartender who was also the owner’s sister. (Might I add, she rocked and we would make watermelon drinks and have to taste them, but let’s be honest it was more a man’s bar. Frilly umbrella drinks never went too far there. So here’s all of me, maybe 18 at the time with a tray swinging beer and whiskey like there was no tomorrow and pay-per-view on, sound blasting. I went home with my pockets stuff full of tips, too tired to count the cash as I rounded home at four in the morning.
I became rather adept at laughing, joking and generally making people think I was drinking because tips became higher if they thought you were drinking with them. I actually had a few people offer to drive me home and yet I was stone cold sober. It’s all in the presentation, baby.
On other nites I remember cocktailing to poker tables. One of my friends was a dealer and men would come to play when she dealt. She was a gorgeous tall amazon, a family of six sisters… blonde, perfect model physique and just so sweet, but dealing cards like a pro. Her brother also played. Don’t think she dealt him any favors. He was gorgeous a logger as they came.
We also had poker machines in the house. You could cash advance money on your credit card when you needed to. On some level you would know when a machine had not hit in days and which one would be the next one to hit. I never quite knew the formula but knew if you put in a few hundred she might hit.
My low points in this job- one day having to meet a client in the woman’s bathroom with her cash advance she signed so she could gamble. Her husband had asked her not to cash advance anymore. I told my boss I didn’t want to do this. He wasn’t too happy with this.
Another time was when customers came to buy beer after cut off to take to their hotel room. My boss said I better give them the beer. I looked him square in eye and said I wouldn’t- it was illegal. He stomped off to the beer cooler, retrieved the beer and rang them up. He told me to f- off. I smiled and said, baby, problem is a lot of these girls here, they f-d on to begin with, I never did f-on so I can’t f-off. I left that nite. Ce la vie. I knew right and wrong and wasn’t going to break the law for a drunk.
Boss came by my house the next day, gave me my job back and gave me a $50 raise. Only day I ever got a raise after telling the boss to f-off. Okay, so only time I ever told the boss to f-off.
Back in my day…