Creative Recipes to Help Restaurants this Winter

Creative Recipes to Help Restaurants this Winter

 

Restaurants made adjustments to reopen this summer. Now, they need to reinvent themselves.

So far, restaurants with outdoor spaces have been able to cope. With winter looming, the flexibility of their operations is being tested like never before. A myriad of solutions is being proposed to protect restaurants from financial disaster. Some involve technology or “remodels” of outdoor spaces, and others promote a completely new strategy with additional service lines. Many restaurateurs wonder how much they will need to invest to keep going and whether it is even worth it.

 


Video Spotlight: Serious Challenges for Restaurant Owners


This post is based on The Washington Post article, Outdoor Dining Has Helped Restaurants Avoid Disaster. But Winter Is Coming, by T. Carman, September 28, 2020, and the YouTube video, Winter Is Coming: Restaurant Owners Worry About Business Impact, by The Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2020. Image source: hatchapong / 123RF.

Discussion Questions:

1. What can restaurateurs do to make their indoor and outdoor spaces safe during the winter months? What is the downside of these investments?

Guidance: Solutions for outdoor spaces include: outdoor heaters, private dining pods, heated tents (some with sliding walls), and Continue reading

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Cherry Picking: A Race Against Time

Cherry Picking: A Race Against Time

 

Cherries are a delicate and showy crop with an extremely short window from harvest to consumption.

By contrast, their growers are resilient people, and their pickers are highly skilled individuals with a high tolerance for harsh working conditions. This article describes the requirements for a successful harvest and addresses the challenges growers and pickers face to deliver the quality that consumers demand. It paints a thought-provoking picture of the race to secure the scarce capacity needed to harvest a product that we all take for granted.


Video Spotlight: Essential Workers Needed for Cherry Harvest


This post is based on The New York Times Magazine article, The Scramble to Pluck 24 Billion Cherries in Eight Weeks, by B. Jarvis, August 12, 2020, and the YouTube video, Cherry Farmers Worried About Harvest Season During Coronavirus Pandemic , by ABC10, April 13, 2020. Image source: nosonjai© 123RF.com.

Discussion Questions:

1. For cherry growers, what uncertainties threaten a successful season? How do they affect operations?

Guidance: The uncertainties include weather, foreign competition, lead time, and available capacity in terms of bees, refrigeration, bins, trucks, and most importantly, highly skilled labor. If there is too much rain, fans, wind Continue reading

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Despite Empty Shelves, Supply Chain Is Still Strong

Despite Empty Shelves, Supply Chain Is Still Strong

April 15, 2020

The pandemic has spotlighted several issues in the food supply chain.

The hallmark of a good supply chain is to plan on disruptions and build in redundancies in the network.  The current spike in demand could lead grocery stores to increase capacity that may not be needed when the pandemic ends.  Without careful management and communication, it’s a potential example of the bullwhip effect.

In addition, the health of farm workers upstream in the supply chain is a major concern, the longer the pandemic lasts.


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This post is based on the CNN article, How grocery stores restock shelves in the age of coronavirus, by Danielle Wiener-Bronner, March 20, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Getty Images/iStockphoto.

Discussion Questions:

1. How would you mitigate the bullwhip effect for paper towels?

Guidance: This is a good time to review the bullwhip effect.  Students likely have been to a grocery store where certain items may Continue reading

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