BOOKBITES . . .
THE PROFITABLE WINE LIST
by Kirsten Henry Fox, Executive Sommelier
Kirsten Henry Fox gives those wishing to build a profitable wine list
three steps to quickly and easily increase wine sales.
Her informative book on how and what to buy to please your customers if you are
a restauranteur just getting started in creating a wine menu will please customers
and increase values.
Want profit from your wine list without becoming a sommelier? Is your wine list working for your customers? Are you making money on the wines youíre selling? Which wines go with your menu? How do you price wines? How can you add yet another job like wine training to your day? Are there tools that you must provide at your restaurant to serve wine? If you are thinking of starting or are in the middle of running a casual to mid-level U.S. restaurant, there are some simple ways to maximize your ability to make money from your wine list. Until now, wine discussion has centered on high-end restaurants, sommeliers, and how you should strive for the pinnacle of wine lists and service for your guests. Overkill for so many great casual restaurants. This book is a resource for the independent, hard-working restaurateur or manager who needs a framework, a system, a path that keeps wine from sucking energy and money down the drain. Discover how to create a wine list, key steps to server wine-sales training, and the foundation for serving a great wine product in your restaurant. Find resources, some free and some low-cost, that will assist you in taking control of this profit center. Want to get a jumpstart? Go to www.WineProfitPackage.com You donít need to be a sommelier. You just need simple, easy-to-use steps to get this rolling. Start here.
MEATLESS IN COWTOWN by Laura Samuel Meyn & Anthony Head
Eat Vegetarian with Bold Texas Flavors
A vegetarian Guide to Food & Wine Texas Style
$22.00 USA, $27.50 Canad, L14.99 U.K.
BBQ BISTRO by Karen ADler & Judith Fertig
BBQ Bistro will take your barbecue from yum to ooh-la-la, bringing the charm and flavor of the French bistro to your own backyard. Authors Karen Adler and Judith Fertig share their favorite quick and casual bistro recipes for a hot grill. With recipes like Grilled Salmon Benedict, French Feta and Charentais Melon, Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with Onion Straws, and more!
BBQ Bistro will expand your barbecue repertoire and encourage you to play with different flavors and techniques, from adding a hint of smoke to cheese, to turning an eggplant into easily grillable paillards, or getting the perfect char on a steak. It also offers classic French sauces, sides, and small plates you can pair with any meal anytime of the year. With tips on grilling and preserving, BBQ Bistro is a must-have for any griller and will satisfy all of your barbeque desires, mais oui!
$20.00 US, $25.00 Canada
TEXTING TIPS FROM AN EXPERT
Jacqueline Whitmore, an internationally-recognized etiquette expert, author and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach offers tips.
Her texting etiquette tips:
- Beware of your surroundings. Don't send a text message while you're in a movie theater, at a performance, at a religious service, or a meeting.
- Put people first. When you're with other people, put your phone on silent and keep it away unless the situation calls for it.
- Speak up. If you're with someone who will not stop text messaging during your conversation, kindly ask them if they will put their phone away.
- Don't use text messaging to give someone bad or sad news. Make a phone call instead.
- Keep it private. Don't text any confidential or potentially embarrassing messages. Text might end up in the wrong hands.
- Check before you send. Make sure you text the right person at the right phone number. It's possible to send a text to the wrong person by mistake. If you do send it to the wrong person, apologize. Also, acknowledge wrong numbers. If someone sends you a text message by mistake, let them know that you aren't the intended recipient.
- Always respond. When someone sends you a text message respond with a text message, or a phone call or email if the message warrants a longer conversation.
- Introduce yourself. If you send a text message to a person for the first time, always state your name. Simply type, "Hi John, this is your co-worker, Jackie."
- Be patient. If someone does not respond to your text message right away, don't lose your cool. If your message is urgent, pick up the phone and call.
- Use emojis only when they enhance the conversation. They're not always appropriate in business texts.
Please let me know if you would be interested in speaking to Jacqueline. You may also use her tips with proper attribution.
A Fine Romance
by Candice Bergen (Simon & Schuster, non-fiction, went on sale April 7)
Thirty years after she wrote Knock Wood, the actress, 68, returns with a new memoir, looking at her years on Murphy Brown and marriage to the late film director Louis Malle. You've got to love a former model who proudly declares "I am fat" and "I live to eat" in her new book.