10 Steps to a Better Restaurant Event, Just in Time for Mother’s Day Brunch

Valentine’s Day dinner. Mother’s Day brunch. New Year’s Eve. Pop-up night. If you’re in the restaurant industry, you know these days are all about efficiency. You need to get as many diners in and away from their tables as possible without a hitch. Look at your tables as well-planned events and you can increase profits
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Farming Events: Getting Started

As a small farm owner I can tell you that the struggle is real, and you need to hustle to make ends meet. More and more farmers are turning to events to add another revenue stream while marketing their brand and engaging the community. If you are getting started with your farm events – or
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Recipe: Double Chocolate Truffles

Our Farm and Food Specialist Patrick shared his delectable Double Chocolate Truffle recipe, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!   DOUBLE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES Total time: 3 hours Yields: about 24 pieces 1/2 pound bittersweet chocolate chips 1/2 pound semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons coffee Liqueur (optional) 1 tablespoon brewed coffee
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20 Ways to Keep Costs Down At Your Next Food and Beverage Event

A cost-effective food and beverage event takes hard work, attention to detail and careful planning, but it can be done. Here are 20 ways to save money and trim the fat without compromising quality: 1. Act extra nice when negotiating costs and dealing with service providers. If you’re polite and reasonable when asking for a
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Go Green: 15 Secrets for a Fabulous, Eco-friendly Food Event

Before you get too far into your event planning, consider its carbon footprint. Making your food event eco-friendly is not only a social responsibility; it’s also a good way to save some dough. Plus, consumers are making more environmentally conscious purchase decisions and greening your event could lead to more ticket sales.   Here are
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5 Easy Tips for Organizing Food Festivals

Food festivals are on the rise. Whether it’s cultural food, food truck rodeos, regional cuisines or specialty items like cheese (even mac ‘n’ cheese), food festivals draw in hordes of attendees. The appeal is obvious—everyone likes food and tasting a multitude of dishes in one spot is exciting and enjoyable. But going from table to
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How to Create a Suitcase Kitchen for Tours or Road Trips

Life on the road takes a toll on your body and wallet. Musicians, performers, traveling chefs and anyone living the van or RV life knows that. But it doesn’t have to. Bring in the Suitcase Kitchen and say goodbye to unhealthy hot dogs, burritos and instant noodles. Cooking just one or two meals per week
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6 Tips to Sourcing Sustainable Seafood for Your Next Event

As spring swings into summer, food events featuring seafood menus pop up around the country. Whether it’s a New England clambake, Southern-style fish fry or crawfish boil, Maine lobster fest or Pacific Northwest salmon tasting, seafood is a beautiful meal to share outdoors. However, despite big strides by local food movements to make ethically raised
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A Day Down on The Side Yard Farm

Ingenuity is always on the menu in hip, scenic Portland. But The Side Yard Farm, an urban farm, supper club and catering company stands out even in this off-beat city. Located in the northeast Cully neighborhood, this unique space supplies fresh, local ingredients to area eateries. In addition, The Side Yard Farm hosts food events:
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Peek Inside Sno-Isle, a Natural Foods Co-op

Hey there, I’m back with the most recent episode of “Journey to the Center of the Plate.” I hope you’ll dig this one as much as you did the first. In this episode, you’ll meet the friendly faces of Sno-Isle, a natural foods co-op in Everett, Washington. Sno-Isle’s strong community ties and continued passion for
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