Tips & Ideas

The Meat of the Matter

2018-11-28T17:36:29+00:00November 28th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Ideas|

With 2019 on the horizon, the lists of upcoming “TOP TRENDS” fill our inboxes like unwanted holiday catalogs in the mailbox. But hold up, perhaps there is some meat to these lists…or maybe not. The new year promises to be filled with more and more diners trading in their beloved meats for plant-based proteins. And [...]

Pack Your Taste Buds

2018-10-13T10:54:58+00:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: Tips & Ideas|

Some people would argue that the local cuisine is the most memorable part of the region it represents. It’s increasingly easy to associate specific local specialties with the area in which they originated. I say Po’ Boy, you say…NOLA. I say Cheesesteak, you say…Philly. Right? Interest in regional flavors in the U.S. has grown exponentially, as [...]

What’s NEW about NOW Delivery?

2018-06-21T12:56:11+00:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Tips & Ideas|

Welcome to the universe known as Now. “I may or may not know what I want; all I know is that I want it now,” the population screams! That’s right…we live in a “NOW” universe. And so it goes—retailer after retailer jump to their feet with delivery services. Two-day with subscription, two-day without subscription, next-day, one-hour…the [...]

3 Quick Steps for Managing Your Restaurant Budget

2017-12-13T17:09:22+00:00December 13th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Ideas|

It’s quite possible that the last time you made a budget for your restaurant was when you put together your original restaurant business plan. Once you actually became a restaurant owner, it likely became more challenging to go back and revisit all those charts and graphs. A budget doesn’t have to be chiseled in stone, it [...]

To-go or Not To-go? That is indeed the question!

2017-08-15T14:22:11+00:00August 15th, 2017|Categories: Tips & Ideas|

Whether we're talking about take-out, delivery services like Favor and UberEats, or just an "old fashioned" delivery driver that works directly for the restaurant, providing meals to-go is a big deal these days. In 2016, according to Fortune, "the percentage of orders booked online or using a smartphone or tablet app—now 6.6% of the total—exceeded the quantity [...]

Awesome Sauce!

2016-10-09T14:48:45+00:00October 9th, 2016|Categories: Tips & Ideas|

Sauces are certainly not a new thing in professional kitchens. The so-called French "mother sauces" date back to the 19th century and include Careme's Bechamel, Veloute and Espagnole, as well as Escoffier's 20th-century additions of Veloute, Sauce Tomat and Hollandaise. Chefs today still appreciate the addition of a good sauce to center-of-the-plate proteins, and there are [...]

It’s All About Breakfast

2016-04-19T16:28:27+00:00April 19th, 2016|Categories: Tips & Ideas|

It seems that restaurants are finally catching-on to what Mom always said, "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." Houston's high-end establishments are even jumping on the bandwagon, further proving what industry research has been indicating for a while now: breakfast is hot. Here are a few stats for your consideration, courtesy of Ventura [...]

Jake’s 2016 Pairing Menu

2016-04-19T16:27:51+00:00February 14th, 2016|Categories: Featured Foods!, Gourmet Ranch, Seasonal Suggestions, Tips & Ideas|

The New Year is off and running, and Jake’s wants to help you keep up! With an eventful spring approaching fast, many establishments will take this time to spruce-up their menus, and one popular trend is offering a pairing menu that guides the experience of the diner. Jake’s would like to take this opportunity to offer [...]

More to the Holidays than Pumpkin Spice…

2015-11-18T17:42:50+00:00November 18th, 2015|Categories: Seasonal Suggestions, Tips & Ideas|

Five weeks…that ever-shrinking amount of time you get to take advantage of this billion dollar shopping season. Shoppers run in a frenzy, all in hopes to hit the best sale with their holiday bonus in hand. However, retail is not the only place this chaos goes down.  There’s a reason why so many New Year’s resolutions [...]

Menu Design

2015-10-12T20:23:33+00:00October 12th, 2015|Categories: Tips & Ideas|

Whether you’re opening a new restaurant or evaluating your current business, it is key to remember the importance of a well-designed menu. Your menu is the only form of communication and advertising that 100% of your customers will see. Creating your menu is not just about listing the items you offer, it’s about selling those items. [...]