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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TRA Marketplace announced as one of nation’s top 25 fastest-growing shows

By Texas Restaurant Association
TRA Marketplace

The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) Marketplace was recently announced one of the nation’s top 25 fastest-growing shows in attendance by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN), a trade show industry authority. Total TRA Marketplace attendance increased 13% from 2013 to 2015. TSNN selected a total of 50 of the fastest-growing association and for-profit shows in the country for attendance and net square footage from 2013 to 2015. The shows will be honored at an awards celebration October 28-30 in Atlantic City, N.J. The winning shows span a dive
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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chef Johnny Hernandez on creating an authentic brand

By Texas Restaurant Association
Johnny Hernandez

Johnny Hernandez is a nationally-renowned chef based in San Antonio, driven by his passion for Mexican cuisine and culture. From growing up in his father’s restaurant, to attending the Culinary Institute of America in New York and working as a chef for well-known businesses such as the Mirage Hotel & Casino and the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara, Chef Hernandez has seen it all. Upon returning to his home state to open a new restaurant, Hernandez’s sole mission was simple, “We want to own Mexican food and be the dominant player
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

World’s ‘smartest computer’ – IBM’s Chef Watson returns to Texas at TRA Marketplace

By Texas Restaurant Association
IBM Chef Watson (Facebook) SXSW 2014

In 2014, IBM debuted their cyber kitchen ninja ‘Chef Watson’ at SXSWi in Austin – wowing foodies and chefs alike with its ability to generate literally quintillions of recipes with thousands of ingredients. It was a culmination of a partnership with the chefs at the Institute of Culinary Education followed by a collaboration with Bon Appetit to build an app for home users. The event even produced a ‘Watson inspired’ cook-off between Austin’s Vince Young Steakhouse Chef/Owner Phillip Brown and his sous chef. Today, Chef Watson is bei
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Investing in your team – Marketing + Operations = Markerations

By Texas Restaurant Association

According to Kendra Shier, Vice President of Operations for Bread Winners Cafes in Dallas, there is a new buzzword flying around marketing circles these days, what she calls ‘markerations’. It describes the trend of marketing and operations departments working in tandem (gasp!), rather than independently in silos. The word may be new, but the idea is not. It is based upon the concept that the best way to leverage your marketing dollar is to direct it within – to your own employees. “Think about it,” Shier says. “Who single-handedly
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day: Conservation Tips for Restaurants

By Texas Restaurant Association

April 22 is Earth Day and millions of individuals will participate in a variety of sustainability improvement efforts. The National Restaurant Association’s Conserve program is encouraging restaurant operators to take simple sustainability steps that can have a significant impact on their environmental footprints and their bottom lines. The three action items the National Restaurant Association is challenging restaurants to address are to: (1) Create a start-up and shut-down schedule  (2) Fix leaky sinks (3) Donate leftover food Laura Abshir
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Honoring Excellence

By Texas Restaurant Association

A long standing Texas Restaurant Association tradition, the Hall of Honor recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the Texas restaurant industry, the association, and their communities. Over the past 35 years, over 125 restaurateurs have received this honor, which is the most prestigious award the association bestows. This year, three exceptional restaurateurs will join that exalted group at the 2016 Night of Excellence, June 25 at Revention Music Center in Houston in conjunction with the Texas Restaurant Association Market
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Jenna’s Asian Kitchen & Mt. Beautiful Wine Dinner on Tuesday, May 3

By Texas Restaurant Association

The Greater Austin Restaurant Association (GARA) and Jenna’s Asian Kitchen are excited to announce the Mt. Beautiful Wine Dinner to be held Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. at 12300 Ranch Road 620 N. The four course wine dinner will benefit Texas ProStart, an organization preparing students for careers in the restaurant and food service industry. Tickets are $60 per person plus tax and gratuity and can be made by visiting the Events page at www.jennasasiankitchen.com. 50% of ticket sales will be donated to GARA and Texas ProStart. About GARA: The Gre
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Delivery App Companies and Austin Restaurateurs meet

By Texas Restaurant Association

One of the hottest topics in the restaurant industry is the new wave of mobile food applications and how they are impacting the restaurants across America. As technology continues to grow, and restaurants are more readily accessible, mobile food apps are changing the game for customers who want their favorite meals anytime and anywhere. Mobile apps can provide a significant bump in restaurant orders, which is very lucrative for most restaurant owners. However, the system of processing orders and delivering it to customers does not come without
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