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  • Review labor on and in kitchen3 kitchens and 4 exec chefs to keep it consistent between venuesShare with both sales & operations
  • Purchase twice a year and lock in prices. We do not have to store it. Know when Beef prices rise and fall. Historically accurate.2012 – some items were going up, some were going down.Sysco and other vendors will give you and analysis several times per yearDecided instead to raise prices across the board by 5% and raise Administrative Charge 2%No loss of business – not one lost event or client complaint.Also raised prices on bevs instead of food.Easy on the sale teamAlso made strategic decision to say no to more people asking for discount or donation. Budgeted much less.
  • Tenderloin wrapping and slicing on sight– how to save money, increase presentation and consistency
  • Scaps turned into hors d’eovures, soups, stocks, ground for hamburgerLeftover Cheese – Chile Rellenos – 10 cent cost that sells for $2.00 eachLeftover Beef – Leftover Fish -
  • Full Quantities of Each – 4 Bites - Petite Lamb Chop, Tuna Taco, Chile Relleno, Chicken somethingAdjust Quantities of Each – 4 Bites – same but skew the less expensive hors d’oeuvres
  • Strategically have a chef go and cut some herbs into a s/s bowl while client is meeting.
  • Example
  • Scaps turned into hors d’eovures, soups, stocks, ground for hamburgerLeftover Cheese – Chile Rellenos – 10 cent cost that sells for $2.00 eachLeftover Beef – Leftover Fish -
  • Scaps turned into hors d’eovures, soups, stocks, ground for hamburgerLeftover Cheese – Chile Rellenos – 10 cent cost that sells for $2.00 eachLeftover Beef – Leftover Fish -
  • Scaps turned into hors d’eovures, soups, stocks, ground for hamburgerLeftover Cheese – Chile Rellenos – 10 cent cost that sells for $2.00 eachLeftover Beef – Leftover Fish -
  • Synergy Software – we calculate $15.00 per hour prep labor even though we are paying $9 on average.If an hors d’oeuvres takes 2 hours to create 100. We calculate it at 3.Epicurean’s Synergy pricing vs.”true” pricing based on today’s cost
  • eTime Xpress – this is our control central for our management of employees hours and employee informationEmployees – all employee dataRegions – all event data that has come over from CatereaseVisual Scheduler – the tool that allows us to schedule employees and auto populate shiftsControl Center – oversee employee shifts in live timeTime & Attendance – manage employee’s shift information after the shift and before sending to payrollBilling – how to bill for hours worked (which we don’t do in eTime)Payroll – run our automatic payroll export to CoAdvantageVoice Xpress – module to control how our employees clock in/out via 1. biometric scanner 2. call in over the phone 3. log in through the web
  • Update Caterease EmployeesThis will take your employees loaded in the eTime program and push them to your Caterease program. The information transfers from the employees database in eTime to the Employee Manager in Caterease. The purpose is to have the employees scheduled in etime show linked to the staff scheduled on the event. The SEP will know who is working their party, we can then calculate job costing properly after the fact, there is a historical record of the staff that worked and what the actual hours worked were (this is an easy reference guide for billing for additional hours, when booking the same party again for a repeat client or knowing that the staff worked late last time and why)
  • 3. Update Caterease Scheduled StaffThe feature will move the scheduled staff from the Visual Scheduler in eTime to the event in Caterease.
  • This is where our employees go to clock in and out on the job site. It is a website that allows them to punch in and out of their shift and it also allows them to manage their schedule and availability.
  • To punch in to a shift click here.
  • Clock in, select your shift, and confirm clocking in to shift. You are now clocked in. Or out.
  • An employee must specify what days and times they are available to work. Click Specify Availability. Select the day you are putting your hours in to work, and fill in the availability record window that pops up. Your employees can copy their availability week to week. For example, if you have a college student working as a server, their schedule can be set for the whole semester quite easily.
  • Using gmail we email the Supervisor for each job a copy of their SEO, the packsheet, and the Supervisor report. At the end of their shift, the Supervisor replies to the manager report and fills out each field in the body of the email, and sends it off to the Service Manager, the SEP for the job, and department managers.
  • 702-635-5268
  • Hors – Picnic – Buffet – Bar – Set Domes
  • One paragraph on loss of capital and concept of terms for Accounts Payable 

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  • 1. TACTICS TO COMBAT RISING FOOD & OPERATIONS COSTSWARREN DIETEL, CEO, PUFF ‟N STUFF CATERING, ORLANDO & TAMPA, FL GREG KARL, PRESIDENT, EPICUREAN CULINARY GROUP, DENVER, CO JIM ZILLI, CEO, ZILLI HOSPITALITY GROUP, WAUKESHA, WI
  • 2. TACTICS TO COMBAT RISING FOOD ANDOPERATIONS COSTSIt is a fact of life that food and operations costs continue to rise. Thefinancial squeeze between the retail price and the cost of food andoperations often results in a reduction of bottom line profits. In today‟ssession we share a number of our best practices for combating theserising costs while protecting and increasing margin. Develop standardized systems to reduce costly waste Use menu engineering when designing cost-effective menus Determine true production and overhead costs Different factors to consider when strategically raising prices Effective purchasing practices Presentation available at: http://www.slideshare.net/WarrenDietel
  • 3. DEVELOP STANDARDIZED SYSTEMS TO REDUCE COSTLY WASTE
  • 4. BUILD A SYSTEMS-FOCUSED TEAM Quality Control Team • Involve all department managers • Meet weekly • Focus on top 3-5 goals per department • Take ownership & report minutes • Director of Purchasing • Identifies cost effective items • Looks forward to both short & long term needs • Educates sales – promotions, new recipes, A-B-C list
  • 5. QUALITY CONTROL TEAM• Form an executive team focused on quality• Develop Food and Service Standards – every member looking out for quality, hospitality and service.• Involve the team in full strategic plan - Great for culture.• Helps waste with hours, safety, efficiency of decision making, four eyes on each event• Entire company knows who the QC Team is.• Review food before departure
  • 6. REPORTING: WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDERVelocity Reports• MPM velocity report by menu item• Friday report by month, YTD, by concept• Pricing & purchasing strategy directionPEAR Report “Post Event Analysis Report”• Caption completes 8-9 pages• Average portion/person• What was returned? (Interview Dishwashers, look at garbage)• Cost out party after the fact to measure GOP
  • 7. 80/20 RULE• 80% of your business comes from 20% of your clients (75/25) – focus on those clients• Charging for tastings now to those clients who don‟t hit our 75/25• 80% of your sales come from 20% of your menu items – study what sells and what doesn‟t.• Be efficient and price items higher that sell.
  • 8. EFFICIENT TEAMSBlend food & labor costs • Labor is a significant portion of menu cost • Example: Lobster is a high food cost, low labor costUtilize technology to: • Scale recipes & prep • Determine required itemsLeverage small efficiencies • How many chefs chop parsley each day? • Consider offering screw top wine
  • 9. Epicurean used over11,000 pounds of beef tenderloin in 2012
  • 10. Use Transglutaminase for a cost of $13 per poundFancy word for Meat Glue, but it is better than it sounds!
  • 11. Cryovac Everything!It‟s not just for meat anymore
  • 12. PRESERVING THE „SERVE LIFE‟ OF YOURPRODUCT• Returned event food, can be made into small plates, apps, stocks, sauces• Sautee & freeze Spinach/Greens in advance to save time• Fish can be turned into Tacos, Lobster Meatballs
  • 13. Create hors d‟oeuvres based on your typical waste Leftover and end products of Cheese, Beef, Fish
  • 14. Selling: Hors d‟oeuvresoffer a mouthful of profitFull Quantities of each @ 4 Bites & Adjusted Quantities of each @ 4 bites
  • 15. Grow a GardenEpicurean purchased no herbs in the 2012 season. Grow what you use!Great marketing and sales tool to demonstrate fresh product.
  • 16. MENU ENGINEERING
  • 17. WHAT IS MENU ENGINEERING?• Designing Menus for in-season foods• When food is in-season, what can you make, can or cryovac?• When designing a Seasonal Menu, Seated Dinner or Suite Experience – design for use of same product throughout the menu to reduce the amount of items to purchase and prep labor.• Considering labor intensive vs. labor efficient menu items
  • 18. STREAMLINE YOUR MENUSThe Basics:• Avoid too much variety and menu waste• Train to prepare low volume purchases• Tenderloin – Sirloin – Rib eye• Cut to first Tenderloin, even if it‟s a smaller portion• Custom proposalsBonus:• Put more expensive Items at end of buffet on the left• Less people tend to eat these items
  • 19. PRACTICE PORTIONCONTROL• Understand your clientele • Rural people • Women drink coffee, men indulge in protein• Portion vs. production waste
  • 20. Quantities: Tricks of the Trade Chef/Management is allowed to reduce quantities based on knowledge of events or guest counts. Guests Go Right – for station events, put more expensive items to the left and reduce quantities.
  • 21. EFFECTIVE QUANTIFICATION
  • 22. EFFECTIVE QUANTIFICATION
  • 23. VALUE ENGINEERING• Start with a common item/sauce/ concept for variations• High-end menu items can be tailored for the appropriate course and portion size • Lobster Mac „n Cheese = 7 service options • Hors d‟oeuvre (2), buffet, plated, family style & action stations (2)• Find a winning balance between budget and brilliance!
  • 24. LOBSTER MAC „N CHEESE Lobster Mac „n Cheese is a richinterpretation of a classic comfort food. This dish debuted on our menu an a luxurious hors d‟oeuvre Chef Bar combining fresh Maine lobster meat,savory pasta, Prosciutto de Parma, petit pois, and rich cream in a decadent eighty pound Grana Padana cheese wheel. The finished dish is garnished with a basil leaf and presented to delighted guests on a crisp Cheddar and Edam cheese tuile.
  • 25. Options 1 & 2: Hors d‟Oeuvre• Smallest portion sizes• Tray passed• Perfect for large groups
  • 26. OPTION 3: BUFFET• Medium portion size• Cost effective service style• Presented in chaffing dish
  • 27. OPTION 4: FIRST COURSE• Plated meal• Medium portion size• Elegant service style• Introduce refined ingredients to more simple meals
  • 28. Options 5: Family Style• Presented on a shared platter• Most generous portion• Relaxed service style fosters conversation
  • 29. Options 6 & 7: Action Stations• Prepared to order vs. pre-prepped• Most exciting and original presentation• Most expensive execution• Cost can be controlled by adjusting chef‟s servicestyle
  • 30. VARIED OPTIONS FOR VARIED BUDGETS1. $ Hors d‟oeuvre – Butler-passed in an edible cup2. $ Hors d‟oeuvre – Butler-passed as a mini plate3. $$ Buffet – presented in chaffing dishes4. $$ Plated – as a first course5. $$$ Family Style – presented on a platter6. $$$ Action Station – served from a chaffing dish or cooked to order
  • 31. 2013: THE YEAR OF THE R&D CHEF• Develops all menus two seasons ahead.• Responsibilities: Recipe, Method, Pictures, Teach Cooks how to Cook it and Back Captains how to prepare on site• Great personality: help Sales People to sell what is in season and convince clients to use what is in season.
  • 32. DETERMINE TRUE PRODUCTION & OVERHEAD COSTS
  • 33. REMEMBER THE 80/20 RULE! 20% of Costs - impacted by smart purchasingRemaining 80% - managed by operational controls“What you do once products arrive at your backdoor”
  • 34. HOW TO MAKE YOUR KITCHEN LABORWORK FOR YOU• When creating menus, we calculate labor, OT and fudge factor into the mix by historical numbers• Four kitchens around the city and a Food Truck. Chefs speak to each other weekly to see what food items we can reuse. Chefs do cost transfer between profit centers.• Certain kitchens are slower/busier at different times of the year. Use those down times to trade staff, save overtime, make and freeze bulk items that hold up.• Stagger Staff in and out of parties. Tell staff that they must sign out at X time and that they need to come to the Captain. Force efficiency.
  • 35. LET YOUR SOFTWARE DO THE HEAVY LIFTINGPricing• Set a base sell price for each menu item• Use software to mark-up based on venue commission, other factors• Put a per person “Cleanup and Disposables” charge into every menuVenues• Develop different menus for different venuesLabor• Electronic & smart phone tech for time & attendance• Stagger labor arriving and departing• Capture accurate time for work produced
  • 36. STRATEGICALLY RAISING PRICES
  • 37. NOT IF, BUT WHEN YOU RAISE PRICES…• Know what prices went up and what didn‟t• Know your place - a position of strength vs. weakness• Raise prices all at once • Go up on only 1/3 of each menu – by 3 years, all up. • All prices across board rise 5%. • Administrative Service charge rise 2%• Create a cycle, review prices each November• Menu type and by guest size volume
  • 38. DONATIONS• Give away less!• Use a charity/donation response form
  • 39. EFFECTIVE PURCHASING PRACTICES
  • 40. EFFECTIVE PURCHASING STRATEGIES1. Build and leverage relationships2. Negotiate3. Manage ordering/payments4. Manage in-house processes
  • 41. PURCHASING: DON‟T BUY ALL YOUR EGGSFROM ONE BASKET• We have an exclusive agreement with one major purveyor, but we still constantly shop. Other purveyors still know we can buy from them and bring us great deals.• Go direct to manufacturers. Negotiate hard with purveyors. Remember BATNA for negotiating and Wayne Gretzky.• Alcohol – saved us a ton of money going with one distributor. Better price on all products. Great incentives when we need to close and event or save money. 30 cases of Breckinridge Vodka and Bourbon for Skin & Bones.• After negotiating to the bone with one purveyor we asked them to buy half of our box at Sports Authority Field and they did. It came from a different budget.
  • 42. TIPS OF THE TRADE• Financial Consultant• Understand pricing seasonality • Meat prices go up in the fall• Sign one vendor contract, but still shop around• Produce it yourself! • Herbs, stocks, etc.• Liquor distributors donate products
  • 43. THE CARDINAL RULE “Don’t chase the lowest price.”Buying from multiple distributors dilutes your purchasing power.
  • 44. THE CARDINAL RULE• Leverage your volume with a select few• Create win-win relationships with distributors by clearly explaining your “definition of success”• Listen to distributors‟ challenges and needs• Remember – loyal and educated customers receive better pricing
  • 45. GROUP PURCHASING ORGANIZATIONS• Goal is simple: Contribute to the bottom line of the members while increasing sales for participating suppliers• Analyze your organization and specific purchasing history, needs, and future requirements• Develop unique purchasing strategies• Leverage the combined purchasing power with Distributers and Manufacturers• Negotiate Master Distribution Agreement with Distributers and Manufacturer Agreements
  • 46. GPO BENEFITS• Reduce your time “chasing the deal”• Track and manage your refunds• Identify manufacturer opportunities• Piggy back on others• Typical Fee Structure • 1% - 2% of Annual Purchases• Percentage of Rebates• Manufacturer
  • 47. NEGOTIATNGDistribution Agreement Points• Financial • Annual sales/commitments • Growth incentives • Deviated pricing • % of overall broad line business, 70% + • Audit privileges • Terms – payment and length (typically 1, 3 and 5 years)• Logistics • Delivery $$$ or drop size, $1,500+ • Delivery frequency, delivery day & time• Product • Number of proprietary items stocked • Distributor branded items
  • 48. YOUR ROLE• Receiving product• Invoice price• Product handling• Portioning/menu item costs• Waste• Theft (Industry average = 3%)• Appropriate pricing• Implementing systems and controls
  • 49. FOOD FORTHOUGHT… lop your own network of caterer‟s of similar sizephilosophy to share best ctices and learn from each other
  • 50. THANK YOU! PRESENTATION AVAILABLE AT:HTTP://WWW.SLIDESHARE.NET/WARRENDIETEL