Here’s a new idea. Terravant Wine Company in Buellton on the Central Coast has just introduced a new label called "Scratchpad." Each bottle of Scratchpad wine — 2011 Central Coast Chardonnay ($13), 2012 Central Coast Sauvignon Blanc ($11) and...
Wallet wasn’t the hit Square was expecting, as consumers found little reason to abandon their credit cards. But a new Square app rolling out in NYC and SF refocuses Square’s digital wallet on order-ahead transactions.
A new service from Connected Merchant can tell, by detecting the presence of an app on a smartphone, when specific guests enter or leave a restaurant. More important, it retrieves their stored profile, including photo and food preferences/ allergies, as well as that person’s purchasing history, and overlays the POS screen with it, for hostess/greeter and server to see.
On the third day of class my students are greeted with the above riddle. The answer, no surprise, is “Unemployed.” My students then ask, “Well, what if he owns the place?” My response: “Unemployed and bankrupt.” Of course, we as chefs know this.
While some restaurants and chefs have banned Instagram privileges at their five star tables, more might start making the flawlessly filtered food selfie an essential part of the meal — the part where the check comes. Instead of being annoyed by patrons documenting the dinner du jour, one company is seeing social media for what it can verrry easily be: free advertising. Talk about a glass half full. And speaking of, could we get a refill when you get a chance?
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