Five years ago Mike and I sat having a beer at the campus pub (a rare occasion). Sitting at the bar we could see servers pouring empty glasses of ice and straws into the sink at the service bar. I told Mike my story about being a restaurant manager and how my bar sink would … Continue reading #Strawssuck 5 years later!
We first heard of Leaders in Accountable Food-service(LEAF) in 2011. LEAF had started in 2009 when President Janine Windsor recognized a need to help the Canadian food-service industry reduce their environmental footprint. While working in the food-service industry during university and her dietetic internship, Janine was bothered by the amount of waste she saw on … Continue reading LEAF announces Canada’s Greenest Restaurants
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
We at UGSRP are excited to be travelling to Copenhagen later this year to present some of our research at the International Conference on Culinary Arts and Science. http://www.capfoods.aau.dk/iccas17/) While in the country that is known for its commitment to fighting food waste we plan on visiting the worlds first 'surplus supermarket.' https://donate.danchurchaid.org/wefood While we … Continue reading World Famous Relae
On February 7th, the University of Guelph’s Sustainable Restaurant Project welcomed the community to our annual symposium. This year’s theme was Responsible Seafood in Restaurants and reflected on how consumer choices are affecting our oceans. We welcomed industry professionals who have been working towards a common goal of providing consumers with the choice of responsible … Continue reading 6th Annual UGSRP Symposium Recap
On Tuesday February 7th UGSRP will be hosting its 6th annual Symposium on Restaurant Sustainability. This year the theme for the event is "Responsible Seafood, a Restaurant Perspective." We will be holding a presentation followed by a panel discussion at the Ontario Veterinary College Lifetime Living Centre (Room 1714) from 4:30-6:30 pm. This is a free event. … Continue reading Save the Date! 2017 UGSRP Symposium
We've all heard the stories about restaurants hiring attractive young servers and forcing them to wear "sexy" clothes. Research suggests that many factors, including the server's appearance, increase the size of the tip paid at the end of the meal. That makes the server happy but is it good for the restaurant? A new paper … Continue reading Are we hiring the wrong servers?
If you have worked in a restaurant you may have experienced a ‘divide’ that sometimes occurs between what we refer to as the back (BOH) and front of house (FOH). The BOH or kitchen is where the food is prepared and dishes are washed. The FOH is where food and drink is served to guests, … Continue reading Introducing “One House”
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
In support of waste reduction week in Canada which runs from Oct 17th-23rd One Use Items We’ve all hit the late night drive-thru and ordered a burger, fries and soft drink. We ask for some ketchup for the fries and when we open the bag we find 12 individual portioned ketchups, 10 more than we … Continue reading It’s Waste Reduction Week in Canada…What can you do?