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Five steps to creating a successful catering platform

Having a plan is crucial to the success of catering within your organization, and it includes timelines, teams, locations, the menu and marketing.

The importance of online ordering when it comes to catering

Research has shown that people who place mobile and online orders have an average ticket 30 percent higher than in-store customers.

Focus on order accuracy the top priority for Fiesta Restaurant Group

Pollo Tropical removed some items from the menu to be more efficient and user friendly.

Reward and loyalty programs for your catering customers

Provide your customers with the option to select which program they prefer.

Are you ready to add off-premise catering to your business?

Catering should never be an afterthought; it's a lot of work and it reflects your reputation and brand.

How the entrepreneurial spirit can lead to new heights

Every successful brand in the multiunit restaurant community began with an entrepreneur who had vision and passion.

The scoop on ice cream catering: How to get involved

Panelists suggest starting small and going after high-volume events and corporate functions.

7 ways your restaurant's website boosts your bottom line

Add keywords to reflect your niche; this attracts new people to your restaurant through generic searches.

CEO Roundtable: The success of your brand depends on your people

Oversaturation of concepts poses a threat from real estate to market share. 

NAPICS '13: State of the frozen dessert segment

Although the restaurant industry is recovering, it could take until 2020 to reach pre-Recession growth levels.

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Boston catering concierge secures $300K VC Investment

The funding will help Phoodeez, a corporate catering concierge that works with more than 40 local restaurants and food trucks, reach more customers.

WorkPlace Impact adds restaurant brands to portfolio

WorkPlace Impact, a marketing company that targets consumers directly at work, has added restaurant clients to its portfolio. According to a news release, Subway and Buffalo Wild Wings are among several other chains that are now accessing WPI's permission-based network,...

Quiznos spotlights catering program with gamification platform

Dailybreak Media, an engagement platform, announced that Quiznos selected the company's Challenge platform to engage potential catering customers. Quiznos is expanding its full, on-site catering services and was seeking a way to connect with a targeted audience. The "Feed Us,...

MMS Catering Institute adds senior faculty members

The MMS Catering Institute has announced the addition of three new institute senior faculty members. Roland Zagnoli, founder and CEO of Zagnoli Trading Company, Dan Hirt, CEO of Primary Color, and Betsy Craig, founder and CEO of MenuTrinfo, will receive...

MonkeyMedia inks deal with Canadian sandwich chain

MonkeyMedia Software, a provider of turnkey catering software solutions for multi-unit restaurant operators, has announced an agreement with Canada-based Press'd The Sandwich Company for catering and online ordering tools. Press'd will deploy MonkeyCatering as a technology tool to support its...

GoWaiter.com delivering to Fayetteville, N.C.

GoWaiter.com, a growing restaurant delivery and catering business, will soon open for service in Fayetteville, N.C., according to a company press release. The Orlando, Fla., based company, with delivery and catering services in more than 25 markets across the country,...

Punchh, MonkeyMedia to launch catering rewards and loyalty program

Punchh, a mobile CRM suite for restaurants, has formed a strategic partnership with Monkey Media Software and the MMS Catering Institute, to create a restaurant catering rewards and loyalty program, set for launch in 2014. The companies claim this is...

Voice Teleservices joins MMS Catering Institute program

Portland, Maine-based Voice Teleservices has joined the MMS Catering Institute Industry Affiliation Program, created to certify and connect industry consultants and suppliers with restaurants and their catering operations. The MMS Catering Institute focuses on the education and training needs of...

Foodler jumps into corporate food delivery space

Foodler, an online food ordering service, has announced its new corporate food delivery program, Foodler @Work. The service, which is targeted to the corporate lunch and special events crowd, includes online ordering, as well as a white-glove service advisor to...

Hot Dog on a Stick adds catering service

Hot Dog on a Stick has added a catering program to its operations. The chain has new company-branded catering vehicles that deliver to customers requesting the service. The company can cater events with attendance starting with as few as 50 people with a $500 minimum, including parties, corporate events and school functions.

Inktel named MonkeyMedia Software's first certified industry partner

MonkeyMedia Software, a provider of catering solutions for multiunit restaurant operators, has announced the first recipient of its MMS Catering Institute Industry Affiliation Program: Inktel Contact Center Solutions. Inktel is a Florida-based provider of outsourced contact center solutions. "It's one...

MonkeyMedia Software launches Catering Institute for restaurant operators

MonkeyMedia Software, a provider of turnkey catering solutions for restaurant operators, has announced the launch of its MMS Catering Institute — an education and certification institute for restaurants implementing or improving catering and off-premise operations. The MMS Catering Institute is...

Popeyes introduces Cajun Surf & Turf deal

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, a division of AFC Enterprises Inc., has introduced its Cajun Surf & Turf promotion, featuring four butterfly shrimp, two Handcrafted Tenders, one regular side, biscuit and two signature dipping sauces for $4.99. Popeyes is promoting the offering...

Popeyes offers a chance to win Cajun-style catering event

Popeyes is pushing its catering platform by offering a chance for fans to win "The Big Cajun Surf & Turf Get Together." The brand's Facebook fans will also earn a chance to win one of five runner-up prizes good for...

KFC franchisee deploys MonkeyMedia catering solution

MonkeyMedia Software, a provider of catering solutions for multiunit restaurant operators, has announced that Mitra QSR, a KFC franchisee, selected MonkeyCatering and MonkeyOnlineOrdering to enable end-to-end visibility and control over the company's catering business. Mitra QSR will deploy MonkeyCatering and...

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As the restaurant industry becomes more crowded, operators are turning to new services to compete and differentiate. Among the fastest growing services is off-premise catering. It is estimated that restaurant locations can add $1,000 to their daily sales by adding this channel.