Oregon Culinary Institute

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Culinary School vs Restaurant Experience: Why They're Both Important

Posted on December 02, 2019

For those who love food and have a desire to cook professionally, there are a variety of different career avenues available to you. You can start working in kitchens from a young age or right out of school, you can choose to go into culinary school to get formal training, or you can combine the best of both worlds and receive a formal education while also putting in the groundwork within a profe...
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How a Culinary Degree Can Help You Become a Restaurant Entrepreneur

Posted on November 25, 2019

Opening your own restaurant requires a lot more than just a good theme and some tasty food. Every area differs in the requirements, but all parts of the country require multiple permits, licenses, and other paperwork to prove you're ready to become a restaurant entrepreneur. Unprepared restaurant owners can put people at risk by serving undercooked or unsafely handled food, so these licenses an...
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Why Atmosphere & Ambiance Can Make or Break a Restaurant

Posted on November 18, 2019

With over 1 million restaurant locations spread across the U.S. as of 2019, hungry diners clearly have plenty of options to choose from for each meal. If you want your restaurant to win over a healthy proportion of the diners in your area, you'll need to do more than just offer great food and top service. Ambiance plays a surprisingly important role in restaurant success. Regardless of the siz...
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5 Restaurant Marketing Strategies to Increase Foot Traffic

Posted on November 11, 2019

Keeping a steady stream of customers coming into your restaurant is no small feat. Even if you had a rush of traffic when you first opened, it's all too common to see that rush turn into a trickle as the buzz about a new dining experience dies off. Yet you have many options as a restaurant owner or manager to keep that buzz alive and draw in new foot traffic. Today's restaurant marketing world...
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8 Restaurant Management Tips to Keep Your Kitchen Running Smoothly

Posted on October 24, 2019

A first-time restaurant manager may struggle to find their rhythm as they navigate the complexity of ordering, staffing, and cooking— not to mention providing a superb customer experience every time. Experienced chefs and leaders in the foodservice industry have had years to put their experience to the test, learning and growing over time. Keeping your kitchen running smoothly requires a firm ...
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