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Painless ways to increase your restaurant profits

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I’ve been fascinated lately with the concept of mindful eating and how to “hack” your environments to lose weight and maintain healthy habits painlessly. I came across author, leading behavioural economist and food psychologist Brian Wansink on my quest for more information regarding mindful eating and how mindless eating can cause weight to creep on.

While I started out reading his book “Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life” by Brian Wansink from a personal standpoint, while I was reading the chapter on restaurants it occurred to me that there was information in the book that could benefit restaurant owners and franchisees that have some control over their menu and porcelain dinnerware collections. I’ve rounded up some of the best tips to easily and painlessly increase your restaurant profits – without your customers knowing you’re doing it and still leaving satisfied!

1. Buy smaller plates (example – downsize from an 11in plate to just under a 10 inch plate). For buffet owners, portions still look to be equivalent, but there’s actually less food being eaten, less food being wasted and the buffet restaurant therefore spends less. For table service restaurants – buying smaller plates still applies because diners feel like they’re getting better value for their money even when there’s less food on a smaller plate.

2. Ask your wait staff to sit diners farthest from the buffet. It makes food less tempting for diners as they can’t see the buffet easily, and makes it less convenient to go up to get more food.

3. Add descriptive words to lower food cost items to entice more sales – words that are sensory (crisp, pillowy, velvety), nostalgic (old-style, grandma’s), geographic (peruvian, southwestern). Diners are more tempted to order a crisp summer salad with avocado and shrimp then a shrimp salad.

4. Offer half plate portions. Most restaurant portions nowadays are large enough that a number of diners consciously choose to only eat half their entrée and take the rest home. If your restaurant is renowned for generous portions, diners that are just not that hungry may even be inclined to choose another restaurant. They may or may not order an appetizer or dessert depending on their appetite. With half plate portions, diners are more likely to feel they have room for an appetizer or dessert and a drink – equating to more money spent per cheque. Jamie Oliver’s restaurant in Yorkdale, Jamie’s Italian Restaurant, does half plate pasta portions well.

To learn more tricks to increase your restaurant profits, buy Slim by Design by Brian Wansink on Amazon Canada or Chapters.

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Are Cross Back Chairs Stackable?

Cross Back Chairs Stack

The answer is: it depends on the supplier of the chair. There are cross back chairs on the market that are not stackable so potential buyers of these chairs – where stacking is a need or want for them – should double check that the chair they’re buying can stack.

Most suppliers will explicitly say that a chair is or isn’t stackable on their cross back chair product page – however some may have forgotten that detail.

The easiest way to tell if a cross back chair is stackable is by looking at the seat in the back corners. There should be a semi-circular notch out in each corner – where the stacking cross-back chair’s legs would nest.

 

Notches on Wood Cross Back Chairs

If you’re interested in a quote for wood cross back chairs including shipping:

 

New Coupe Dinnerware Line in Stock

Back in February, we announced a number of new porcelain tabletop supplies we added to inventory. I’ve been neglecting our blog posts as we had two tradeshows to plan and attend at the end of February – the Rental Show and Restaurants Canada Show. Now that we’re back – it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled blogging program. As I mentioned we have been hard at work ordering additional inventory and getting ready for the busy season. We recently received a container of porcelain restaurant tabletop supplies – updating our stock levels of Hotelier, Quadrato, and our porcelain platters and serving bowls, as well as introducing new pieces of inventory – which you can see here. Here’s a first look at the new Coupe dinnerware line we’ve added to our inventory!

Coupe 12” Oversize Plate

SKU: 33.COUPE/30

Coupe Oversize Plate

  • Measures: 12inches diameter
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Dishwasher / Commercial dishwasher safe
  • Oven safe up to 400F
  • Microwave Safe
  • Inner pack: 3 pcs
  • Master Case: 12 pcs

Coupe 10.25” Dinner Plate

SKU: 33.COUPE/26

Coupe Dinner Plate

  • Measures: 10.25 inches in diameter
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven safe to 400F
  • Master Case: 24 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 4 pcs

Coupe 8” Dessert/Salad Plate

SKU: 33.COUPE/20

Coupe Dessert Plate

  • Measures: 8 inches in diameter
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher safe
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Master Case: 48 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

Coupe 6” Side Plate

SKU: 33.COUPE/15

Coupe Side Plate

  • Measures: 6 inches in diameter
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Master Case: 96 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

Coupe Cup

SKU: O4048

Coupe Cup

  • Measures:3.5" diameter x 2.5 inches high
  • Volume: 7oz
  • Saucer sold separately
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable Porcelain, made in China
  • Master Case: 72 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

Coupe Saucer

SKU: O4051

Coupe Saucer

  • Measures: 5 5/8 inches in diameter
  • Cup sold separately
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Master Pack: 96 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

For more information or a quote on any of our coupe dinnerware items including shipping to your location:

 

New Porcelain Restaurant Tabletop Supplies in Stock

We have been hard at work this past month ordering additional inventory and getting ready for the busy season. It seems like just yesterday it was the holidays and now we’re imminently expecting spring! We recently received a container of porcelain restaurant tabletop supplies – updating our stock levels of Hotelier, Quadrato, and our porcelain platters and serving bowls, as well as introducing new pieces of inventory. Here’s a first look at the new tabletop items we’ve added to our inventory!

Porcelain Sugar Caddy

SKU: H3952

H3952 Sugar Caddy

  • Measures 2 ½” w x 4” l x 1 5/8”h
  • Fits 14-18 sugar/sweetener packets
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Dishwasher / Commercial dishwasher safe
  • Oven safe up to 400F
  • Microwave Safe
  • Inner pack: 6 pcs
  • Master Case: 72 pcs

8oz Cappuccino Cup

SKU: H3080

H3080 8oz Cappuccino Cup

  • Volume: 8oz
  • Saucer purchased separately
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven safe to 400F
  • Master Case: 72 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

Saucer for 8oz Cappuccino Cup

SKU: H3081

Saucer for 8oz Cappuccino Cup

  • Measures 5 7/8” diameter
  • 8oz cappuccino cup purchased separately
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher safe
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Master Case: 72 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

Noodle Bowl

SKU: A1184

A1184 Noodle Bowl

  • Measures: 10 7/8” diameter / 3 7/8” h
  • Volume: 18oz / 76oz (completely full)
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Master Case: 12 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 3 pcs

9” Porcelain Pasta Bowl

SKU: H3025

H3025 9in Pasta BowlH3025 9in Pasta Bowl

  • Measures: 9” diameter / 1 ½” h
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable Porcelain, made in China
  • Master Case: 24 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 4 pcs

4oz Creamer

SKU: H3949

H3949 4oz Creamer

  • Volume: 4oz
  • Dishwasher / Commercial Dishwasher Safe
  • Microwave Safe
  • Oven Safe to 400F
  • Durable porcelain, made in China
  • Master Pack: 96 pcs
  • Inner Pack: 6 pcs

For more information or a quote on any of our new items including shipping to your location:

 

What You Were Reading on the Blog in 2016

To say 2016 has been an eventful year would be a vast understatement.

Around the world there have been some news stories worthy of the history books – a jaw dropping U.S. election, Brexit, the devastating Fort McMurray wildfires, the highs and lows of the Rio Olympics, and the Queen turning 90 – to name a few. Looking back on our past year, we had some historic events in our office – though not quite on the same scale as the previous stories.

In the past twelve months, we added over 33 new products, doubled our warehouse space in the Toronto Area, and experienced a 30% growth in our average monthly website traffic.

The 6 articles shared here are part of the reason why.

The Best Tent Manufacturers in Canada- http://www.nationaleventsupply.com/en/the-best-tent-manufacturers-in-canada

The Best Chef Autobiographies to Read this Summer- http://www.nationaleventsupply.com/en/the-best-chef-autobiographies-to-read-this-summer

How much do chiavari chairs cost to buy in Canada- http://www.nationaleventsupply.com/en/how-much-do-chiavari-chairs-cost-to-buy-in-canada

How much weight can plastic folding tables hold- http://www.nationaleventsupply.com/en/how-much-weight-can-plastic-folding-tables-hold

The best companies for event staffing in Toronto- http://www.nationaleventsupply.com/en/the-best-companies-for-event-staffing-in-toronto

Porcelain dinnerware vs china dinnerware vs ceramic dinnerware- http://www.nationaleventsupply.com/en/porcelain-dinnerware-vs-china-dinnerware-vs-ceramic-dinnerware

But without a doubt, the biggest reason why we’ve had such a stellar year is because of readers like you. Thank you for reading and sharing our content throughout the industry! We couldn’t have done this without you and we look forward to bringing in more event equipment for you to offer your clients! We also look forward to continuing to learn, grow and impart wisdom as the industry grows. Cheers to a prosperous 2017 in the Rental Industry!

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