Interview with André LaRivière on his book “The Next Course: Reinventing The Modern Urban Restaurant”

https://youtu.be/ai-EOmlQwiQ On Monday, October 5th, I had the opportunity to interview Mr. André LaRivière on his book “The Next Course: Reinventing the Modern Urban Restaurant”.  During this interview we discussed many important issues affecting the food and beverage industry, both today and in the future, highlighted throughout the book. André LaRivière, author of The Next … Continue reading Interview with André LaRivière on his book “The Next Course: Reinventing The Modern Urban Restaurant”

Planet Bean: Leading the way in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Here I am with my mid morning Planet Bean coffee! Last year our intern Elaine Li wrote a great case study about an incredible Guelph company. Since  1997,  Planet  Bean  has  set  out  to  be Guelph’s coffee company focusing on fresh roasted  coffee.  Not  only  does  their  coffee differentiate themselves from competitors, their operations are grounded in sustainability. With two locations … Continue reading Planet Bean: Leading the way in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

UGSRP Case Study now available. The CN Tower: A Canadian Landmark

University of Guelph student Brennan Moro has researched, and written an inspiring case study on the efforts of the CN Tower Food and Beverage Team to move towards a more responsible business model.  Brennan's work summarizes the efforts of the team to date as they set a new standard of excellence for 'high volume' restaurants. … Continue reading UGSRP Case Study now available. The CN Tower: A Canadian Landmark

Sustainable Restaurant Spotlight: Hopscotch

On March 6th, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Matt Sider, Vice President of Franchise Development for hopscotch restaurants. If you haven’t visited one of Hopscotch’s bright and beautiful locations in downtown Toronto or London, and are looking for a fast, and entirely guilt free lunch Hopscotch is the place to go. Their … Continue reading Sustainable Restaurant Spotlight: Hopscotch

Restaurant employees who work, eat and play together; stay together

  Most of us are aware of the positive correlation between job satisfaction and organizational commitment, but I believe many restaurant managers struggle with understanding what effects job satisfaction and how to actually achieve and improve it. Front-line restaurant employees often report high levels of stress, emotional exhaustion and physiological resource depletion (Han, Bonn, & … Continue reading Restaurant employees who work, eat and play together; stay together

Feed It Forward

Welcome to our first episode of the series Food for Thought. My name is Michelina Martinez and I am a 5th year Hotel and Food Administration student. This semester, I had the great pleasure of working with Professor McAdams on an independent study to create a series of short documentaries. The three organizations I interviewed … Continue reading Feed It Forward

Podcast Series: The C-word

As this year’s UGSRP intern, I decided I wanted to explore the social aspect of sustainability, and focused on the industry’s culture and the expectations it has of recent grads and soon-to-be grads. As a fifth year student with experience in the food and beverage industry, I wanted to find out if what my peers … Continue reading Podcast Series: The C-word

A&W, A Leader in the Quick Service Restaurant Industry

A&W is Canada's second largest quick service restaurant (QSR) burger chain. This study looks into A&W's business practices and ability to maintain and develop the business around changing consumer preferences. More specifically, A&W looked at millennials and used this generation to reposition and differentiate themselves towards a market that is changing the ways of the … Continue reading A&W, A Leader in the Quick Service Restaurant Industry

Are we scaring students away?

This past semester, two students (Matthew Acevedo and Lindsay Barron) undertook a project to evaluate hospitality student perceptions of their industry as employer.  They surveyed students from across Canada.  Their report is linked. Executive Summary Report Detailed question by question responses for the entire survey are also available. While  overall hospitality students retain a passion … Continue reading Are we scaring students away?