Unless you grew up with an avid cook in your home, you’re probably like me and often look at recipes with a raised eyebrow and a google browser open to search a number of the words. There are some super basic, super easy styles of cooking that can be done in just about any kitchen. By the end of this blog you will understand some basic cooking methods, to spice up your culinary abilities!View full article →
Globally, food wastage can amount to between 50% and 60% of all food produced which adds up to be approximately 1.3 Billion Tonnes of waste and $400 Billion worth. While a lot of it does occur in the consumption stages of our homes, food wastage happens at all levels of the food supply chain from production to consumption. In the United States, one third of produce on farms goes to waste. This is sometimes to due limited facilities to store the produce, or logistical dramas, but the largest contributor to farm food wastage is the cosmetic appearance of the produce. This sparked the “Ugly Food Movement” where people began seeking out the imperfect foods to use in their own homes.
Australia was one of the first nations to get involved, with large retailers ‘Woolworths’ and ‘Harris Farms’ releasing their “Odd bunch” and “imperfect picks” range. Other major chains around the world including Tesco, Walmart and Jamie Oliver embraced the movement also. An issue struck though with restaurants. While consumers were happy to eat imperfect foods at home, they were still demanding perfect when dining out, therefore restaurants were not adjusting their consumption behaviours.
Sous Vide is a professional cooking technique using precise temperatures to create high quality, perfectly cooked and delicious foods. Typically, this method was used mostly by professional chefs, however with the formation of easy to use home cooking utensils, it is now possible to do in the comfort of your own home. The food is placed in a plastic bag and vacuumed sealed shut. It is then positioned in a pot of water and cooked at a specific temperature for the desired amount of time.
Believe it or not, the process is actually super simple
Sous Vide is super simple and easy to do at home. Do some research into ‘Precision Cookers’ and find one that suits your needs and budget. They make an excellent addition to any kitchen!
When planning a birthday, dinner or celebration, deciding and preparing food can be a stressful experience. Catering for all your guests’ dietary requirements, and providing food that is liked by all, isn't always easy. We have compiled a list of catering tips to help you take the stress out of planning your next occasion.View full article →
How often do you sip your drink with a plastic straw? It's quite a common occurrence in the hospitality industry, most cafes and restaurants provide plastic straws with drinks because its convenient for customers and cost effective for the business. What some people don't realise, is that straw can actually cause a lot of damage to our environment. It may feel harmless, and you might think it'll be ok because you disposed of it in the garbage... but where does it go, what does it do to our planet and what can we do in our hospitality industry instead?
Stainless steel straws are an excellent alternative to plastic. They are safe to drink from, easy to clean, and a convenient size to fit in your handbag. These straws come in multi packs with a cleaning brush to ensure your straws are crystal clean. Stainless steel straws are quite popular now and are available in a number of retail stores including Kmart and Amazon.
Bamboo straws are a natural solution to the plastic straw problem. Bamboo straws as the name suggests, are made from 100% sustainably grown and produced bamboo. These straws are reusable, and also biodegradable when you decide to throw them away. A number of online retailers are now stocking bamboo straws including Bamboo Straw Australia and Island Buddha.
Paper Straws are eco friendly, and completely safe for human use. They are available online and in some retailers such as Base Warehouse for purchase.
Every plastic straw you say no to can have a huge impact on the environment. When you order your next drink, ask for it without a straw. Think about investing in some bio degradable or eco friendly straw options!
Choosing glassware for your drinks at home may seem like a pretty straight forward task, but have you ever paused to consider why red wine is served in a different glass to white wine, or why martinis are in different glasses to Mojitos? wonder why your drinks on a night out come in all different kinds of glasses?
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Using the internet is a daily occurrence for the majority of society in this day and age. The internet allows us to connect further, communicate faster, and make plans with ease. Today, customers of the hospitality industry desire convenience and speed. It is assumed that business's will have websites, and also have an online booking and or ordering system. It is assumed businesses are on the internet.
Search engines like Google are excellent at suggesting restaurants, cafes and takeaway locations within a certain distance of you. Try Googling "Cafes near me" and see what pops up. It uses your exact location to provide a selection of cafes within your location.
In order for your business to appear however, you need to have an online presence;
Companies such as UberEats and Deliveroo are successful because they recognise the busy nature of people today, and have tapped into this desired convenience market. They are also online! It's a simple idea that has proven to be very effective. Simply choosing what you want for lunch on an app, and having it delivered to you at work, keeps people very satisfied. You can reach out to UberEats and submit a form to have them register you as an UberEats restaurant partner. This would be an effective way to have more people eating your food.
It might seem like a hassle getting your hospitality based business onto the internet, but the benefits are insurmountable. The internet is the modern phone book, and this is where people will primarily be finding you without literally going past your shop front. There is a world of potential customers out there waiting for a business like yours to jump in front of them.