Category Archives: Restaurant Industry

Recipe: Orange-Chocolate Chip Muffins


Muffins are a beloved breakfast staple across the country. But did you know these tasty treats have the power to grow a bigger bottom line for your business?

In the past few years, guests have been willing to spend more to experience upscale menu items, featuring premium ingredients. Since muffins are made with simple core base ingredients, these classic treats are prime targets for menu experimentation. Bakers can easily add in premium ingredients, like dark chocolate, lavender, currants, nut butter, and more.

Whether served for breakfast or dessert, muffins allow your establishment to bake up a bigger personality. Try featuring this easy orange-chocolate chip muffin recipe on your menu today.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp finely shredded orange peel
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line twelve 2 ½-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups; set aside. In a large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in chocolate pieces. Make a well in the center of flour mixture then set aside. In a medium bowl combine eggs, sugar, milk, orange peel, orange juice, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened and batter appears lumpy. Spoon ¼ cup of the batter into each prepared muffin cup. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in muffin cups on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups; serve warm.

Get a Crowd for Your Grand Opening


Looking to create a buzz about your establishment’s grand opening? Use these simple tactics to help your establishment bring in a crowd and stand out from the competition.

  • Partner with a Charity

Start building relationships with the community by partnering with a charitable organization for your grand opening. Encouraging customers to donate to a good cause creates positive brand recognition which will have a lasting positive effect on your business now and in the future.

  • Show Vendor Appreciation

Throw a private party for your vendors and their families to celebrate your establishment and show off their hard work in person. Celebrating your vendors helps build a core support system which can assist you with any future business challenges.

  • Offer Extra Incentives

From coupons to complimentary dishes, giving your customers extra perks for showing up at the grand opening increases your profits, attracts more guests, and encourages future visits. Advertise and promote the extra incentives on social media several weeks in advance to build excitement.

  • Invite Influencers

Influencers are known for having a massive social media following, often boasting thousands or online followers. Consider inviting influencers to your grand opening events or send them freebies to promote your brand. Because of influencers’ large community reach, one simple Facebook post or Tweet about your grand opening can entice hundreds of new customers to attend your big event.

Dealing with a Choking Emergency


Unfortunately, more than 3,000 people die each year as a result of choking. If a choking emergency occurred at your foodservice establishment, would you be prepared? Know the basic steps to help a choking victim and prevent choking emergencies.

Understand the Causes

Everyday activities can create a choking emergency at your foodservice establishment, including:

  • Swallowing large pieces of food
  • Drinking alcohol before meals
  • Wearing dentures
  • Eating while talking or laughing
  • Consuming food too quickly
  • Walking or running with food in mouth

Look for Clues

Stay observant and look for signs that patrons may be choking, including:

  • Coughing or gagging
  • Hand signals
  • Panic
  • Sudden inability to speak
  • Wheezing
  • Turning blue in the face
  • Passing out

Know How to Respond

Choking is a serious, life-threatening emergency and needs to be treated immediately.

  • As soon as you believe a person is choking, call 911 immediately for help.
  • Do not attempt to drive the victim to the hospital yourself.
  • Keep your staff updated on the latest safety response methods, like the Heimlich maneuver, and other safety protocol to successfully help a choking victim.
  • Keep diagrams and instructions on how to help a choking victim at the ready for staff members.

For more information, contact your local emergency response personnel.