At the end of 2014 and I happened to be in Mexico. Isla Mujeres, off the coast of Cancun, to be exact. At one of the best adult-only hotels on the island that offer an all-inclusive plan. All of the food has been wonderful so far. It is Mexico and it has a twist of Mexico in all of its dishes, but also a twist of the chef behind the dishes because el chef has some great global experience under his belt.
Restaurants and food service businesses have traditionally been known for hiring high school and college students. Today, there is a shift in this demographic and restaurants are frequently staffed by adults who join the industry in their late twenties, early thirties, and beyond. This impacts the importance of health care and other benefits, when restaurant candidates are choosing an employer.
Author’s note: Most of my observations deal with the food service industry. This article does not. Since the government and various agencies do impact our industry in many ways, I think that how the elective process is conducted is important. Its results affect all of us. Thus, the following comments.
You've been following the glass market for food service a long time. How has it evolved? What glassware trends did you see in 2014?
When I started in this business Libbey Glass ruled. They were the standard, and a distant second was Anchor Hocking, and to a lesser extent there was Indiana Glass. The standard wine glass was a #3764 8.5 oz red and # 3769 6.5 oz white.
One of the great retail truisms is that stores tend to open in packs – once one pioneers an area, others follow, and you have a great new shopping district. The same is true of dining. The result: burgeoning food scenes in a number of neighborhoods around the city. Some are established, but experiencing changes; others are becoming more specialized, but the trends are definitely in downtown Manhattan and haute hipster haven, Williamsburg!
It's estimated that for every dollar spent in workers' compensation claims, an employer will pay out four to 10 times that in indirect costs due to lost productivity resulting from supervisors leaving their post to investigate the case, other employees driving the injured to the doctor, lost revenue of the injured worker and more.