Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Kentucky Hamburger Alliance Discussions

A meeting was convened on November 14 at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Marketing Conference.

Meeting Notes:

Overview – the “hamburger alliance” (conceived by Bob Perry) is a marketing arrangement for direct beef sellers to pool their trimmings so that they can add value by meeting the needs of large volume clients. Currently Green River Cattle Company has a business relationship with Clems Refrigeratated Foods for transportation and processing. The purpose of the meeting was to share this information with other beef sellers so they can decide if they would like to join the alliance.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

What is an arbattior ?

Here is the wikie versioan

Here is a Kentucky option in Bardstown , KY

Sunday, December 21, 2008

KD's launches hot version of their sauce

By popular demand KD's Homemade BBQ Sauce presents their HOT style BBQ Sauce. This sauce has a HOT & SPICY yet SWEET & TANGY flavor. For you BBQ sauce lovers that like some heat in your sauce, you will need to try this one.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Duralex Picardie Drinking Glass

The following is some pretty interesting information on a great drinking vessel :

Tempered Glassware Made in France
The original toughened glass tumbler

Duralex Picardie Drinking Glass
The classic Duralex Picardie glass is "the ultimate drinking vessel created by man." First produced in France around 1927, the design and specification has remained virtually unchanged since Saint-Gobain introduced their patented glass tempering process to the Duralex company in 1939.
Since then this design classic has become celebrated as the quintessential French Bistro glass. But the Duralex Picardie is so versatile and durable that for many decades it's been the primary tumbler for cold and hot drinks in households throughout France. Its timeless appeal is appreciated around the world and generations of young people enjoyed the Picardie and Gigogne as the water glass in school dining halls. Other classics by Duralex: Provence, Prisme, and Lys.
Duralex glasses and bowls in five classic collections in a variety of sizes.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Kentucky Food and Beverage Director Position

Please pass this along to any candidates who may be interested …

We are currently seeking a DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE for a beautiful Country Club in Central Kentucky. This individual is directly responsible for the Executive Chef and the Front of the House service staff and will report directly to the Club Manager.

BASE SALARY: $45,000-$55,000 + Health Insurance, 401k, Bonus, and Vacation...!

The Club is already well established and viewed by the membership to offer an outstanding product. A qualified candidate simply needs to bring his or her expertise to the operation to help it to continue to run smoothly and find areas to expand the business within the parameters set forth by the rules of the Club. The club is closed for a time period during the winter months providing ample time to "recharge one's batteries" and properly plan for the upcoming season.

Qualified candidates must meet the following criteria:
3+ years as a Food & Beverage Manager/Director within a Hotel or Country Club
Progressive and successful career track record
Excellent leadership, coaching and training skills
Understanding and ability to control food costs and expenses
If you know of someone who may be an ideal fit for this position, please feel free to pass along this email and ask them to contact me immediately at regarding their interest.

Sincerely yours,
Scott Samuels, PresidentHorizon Hospitality913.897.3100

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Raw and Natural Foods

Here are a couple of websites that are useful if you are interested in raw and natural foods :

Coal Fired Ovens - New Pizza Trend - Kentucky Next ?

There is an interesting article in the November 10, 2008 issue of Nations Restaurants News about some pizzarias using coal fired ovens to cook pizza. With conventional pizza ovens having temperatures reaching 600 degrees and coal fired ovens reaching 800 to 1200 degrees there is a big difference in cooking time , final product and taste . With Kentucky being a coal state I am looking forward to someone locally giving this a try. According to the article training is the key element .

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Nicholasville Restaurant Renaissance

Here is a link to an article I wrote for the December 11, 2008 issue of Business Lexington regarding some restaurant and food developements in downtown Nicholasville .

Monday, December 8, 2008

Bourbon Review Event December 20, 2008

Subject: Bourbon and Cigars on Dec. 20Hello Bourbon Reviewers,December 20th is a date you need to mark on your calendars. On that Saturday, one of the Jim Beam Whiskey Professors will be holding court at Lexington's premier bourbon bar, The Bluegrass Tavern. Come join us for a bourbon tasting that will run from 5pm to 7pm that day and include a sample from all the Jim Beam small batch labels (Knob Creek, Basil Hayden, Baker's, and Booker's). All who attend will also receive a 1-year subscription to The Bourbon Review for themselves or to give as a gift. The cost of the tasting is $25 a person or $40 for couples (1 subscription per couple). There will also be Black Patch cigars available for free for those who wish to participate in a smoke. The Bluegrass Tavern houses over 130 bourbons, all of which will be available at anytime during this event. We hope to see most of you there.Also, if you would like to give the gift of bourbon, visit for our special holiday subscription prices.Cheers,The Bourbon Review Team

Louisville restaurants that serve Fox Hollow grass fed beef

The following are Louisville restaurants and grocery stores that serve and carry grass fed beef from Fox Hollow Farm in Crestwood, KY.

Stores that sell Foxhollow Farm Grass Fed Beef
Doll's Market
You can also purchase Foxhollow Farm's Grass Fed Ground beef at Doll's Market. You can find the 1 lb. package of Foxhollow Farm's Grass Fed ground Beef in the organic freezer case in the back of the store (across from the fresh meat selections). Enjoy the convenience of purchasing our healthy beef at a store near you!
Doll's Market 3620 Brownsboro Rd. Louisville, KY 40207
Butchers Best Meats and Deli
Butchers Best Meats and Deli is now selling Foxhollow Farm's Grass Fed Ground Beef. You can find one pound packages of our ground beef in the freezer case. Butcher's Best is a great place to stop in and enjoy fresh sandwiches, homemade soups and salads, fresh BBQ Pork, ready cooked rotisserie chickens, Gourmet specialty meats, and much more! Butchers Best is located in the Prospect Point Shopping Center at 9521-c US HWY 42, Prospect, Ky 40059.
Restaurants That Serve Foxhollow Farm Grass Fed Beef
Slice of New York
Slice of New York Pizzeria is now serving Foxhollow Farm Grass Fed Beef meatballs. This delicious Pizzeria is located at 9910 Linn Station Road, Louisville, Kentucky 40223.
Varanese is now serving Foxhollow Farm's Grass Fed beef. Varanese is located at 2106 Frankfort Avenue, Lousiville, Ky 40206 in the historic Clifton Neighborhood.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Uber Fish and Chips Site

Here is a new blog on the Fish & Chips segment in which Kentucky has a surprisingly rich history . The

Tai Wan Bistro at Brannon's Crossing

Last evening I ordered carry-out from Tai Wan Biston in Brannon's Crossing right next to the Am Star theater . This place is fairly new and is where the old Carpe Diem restaurant was . My meal was excellent and a good value .

Friday, December 5, 2008

Barter Networks For Restaurant Cash Conservation

In these tough economic times all business are scrambling to find ways to conserve cash and restaurant and food business are no different . One often overlooked approach is to join a barter network . This is a business to business strategy and enables a restaurant owner to trade meals, catered events, etc. for barter dollars that can be used for printing, advertising, cleaning , professional services , and much more . If you cost of sales is 35% then you can accumulate barter dollars at a discount from your out of pocket expense. The other aspect of this is that it opens up a whole new market for you in that you will develop new customer relationships just by being a member of the network. I am a member of two very good barter networks with Genesis Trade Exchange ( ) and IMS ( International Monetary Systems ) Barter ( ) .

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Master Food Business and Other Franchises Available

I have some Master Franchise opportunities available in the food business as well as other areas :

Friendly Computers --’s Deli –
Always Best Care Senior Services –
Team Spirit Fitness Centers --
Power Smoothie CafĂ© –
Custom Blends Tobacco --
Box Galaxy --
Villa La Paws Cage-Free Pet Resort/Spa --
Chicken Dijon Restaurant --
Rachel's Kitchen Restaurant --
Java Girls Espresso Shop --
Dip N Grill Restaurant --
CertiRestore Furniture and Cabinet Restoration --
Human Resource Rx --

Within the world of franchising, there exists a little-known opportunity that has created franchise fortunes, known as a Master Franchise or Area Representative Franchise. It is simply owning the rights to a franchise territory. This territory can be a metropolitan area, an entire state or several states. The Master Franchisee assists the parent franchise company in the sales and development of the territory in exchange for a share in the royalty revenues and franchise fees from every unit in the territory. This amount is typically half of each.
Example: The Master Franchisee receives 50% of each franchise fee and 50% of the royalty income. Let's assume that the franchise fee is $30,000 per unit and the royalty each unit pays is 6% of their gross sales. That means for each unit opened in your territory the Master Franchisee would receive $15,000 (50% of the $30,000 franchise fee).
Let's also assume that each unit in the territory has an average yearly gross sales volume of $1,000,000. Each unit would pay a royalty of 6% of their gross sales, which is $60,000 per year. The Master Franchisee would receive 50% of this amount which is $30,000 per unit per year. This is the ultimate franchise investment opportunity. It is a solid, low risk investment that can provide a substantial lifetime income for the investor and their heirs.
If 10 to 100 units opened in the territory, the royalty income would be $300,000 to $3,000,000 per year. In addition they would have received an additional franchise fee income of $150,000 to $1,500,000.
This yearly income can last for perpetuity!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Little Moon Bistro in Nicholasville

The owners of popular Three Suns Bistro at Brannon's Crossing in Nicholasville have opened Little Moon Bistron at their original location on Main Street in Nicholasville .

We are open Mon - Fri 11-2 for lunch Tue - Sat for dinner 5 - 9 and 10 on weekendsWe're serving a more american menu but still has some Italian dishes. It is available for parties. Phone number is 881-8225. Address 502 N. Main St. Nicholasville .