Life In a Catering Kitchen

Over my years in the catering trade, my clients would often ask “What’s your secret to putting out great tasting cuisine?” So let me share some of my kitchen catering secrets with all of you catering professionals, owners, managers, chefs and cooks. The foundation to excellence always comes BACK TO BASICS – whether it’s in […]

Learning When To Say No

As practically every caterer knows, taking advantage of opportunities as they present themselves is crucial to catering success. But there is another side of this particular coin – that of learning to decline a risky opportunity and even walk away from an existing piece of business that is detracting from the overall success of the […]

Show Your Appreciation

H. Jackson Brown wrote a New York Times Bestseller called “Life’s Little Instruction Book”.  And in that book he’s got a great quote that says, “Don’t forget a person’s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated”.  Think about that for a moment.  More than joy, love, hope, awe or inspiration, we need appreciation.  I’m sure […]

The Accidental Caterer

I have to share this story with you all. It comes from my friend Richard Radbil – a veteran of the catering industry and one of Wisconsin’s most successful caterers. Here’s the story as told to me by Richard: My wife and I opened a glorified Chicago-style hot dog stand as our first restaurant. We […]

An Outsider’s Look At Your Catering Business

What we do as consultants is getting caterers out of their comfort zones, and into their challenge zones. We all like to think that we’re very good at what we do. I know that I think so and I’ve been catering now for over 50 years in various capacities. In my own business, as well […]

Where Are You Going?

Imagine if you went outside your home and your neighbor was packing up their car with suitcases, clearly heading for some sort of trip.  As a good neighbor you ask, “Where are you going?” to which your neighbor replies, “I don’t know”.  So you ask, “Ok, how long are you going to be gone?”. He […]