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OpenTable Seats 10 Millionth Diner

OpenTable, today announced that last month it seated its 10 millionth cumulative diner via OpenTable mobile products.  Diners seated through OpenTable mobile products have now spent an estimated $400 million at partner restaurants.

Freestyle Innovation Continues at NRA

Coca-Cola Co. has partnered with a technology company to allow the new Coca Cola Freestyle fountain dispensers to work hand-in-hand with radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips imbedded in beverage cups.

Dining is the Focus of Philadelphia's Tourism Marketing

Food and restaurants are the focus of The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation’s (GPTMC) 2011 campaign.The tourism body is using Foodspotting, a website and app that allow users (and lovers of food) to share the foods they enjoy online and help others find them.

Red Robin Gives Patrons Ultimate Customization

There’s no such thing any more as not getting the meal you want when you dine out.Red Robin recently launched its first iPhone app—a customizer app that encourages guests to build their meal to their taste and dietary preferences from their iPhone.

Applebee's Celebrates Girls' Nights Out

Applebee’s is making it easy to plan time together with its "Girl's Night Out" (GNO) customized invitation on its Facebook fan page.Beginning today through June 5, the page allows guests to send a GNO invite, with time, date, Applebee's location—and even a personalized message.

FCSI Unveils Online Resource Library

Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) is proud to announce that its online resource library is now available to its membership.The resource library provides information on a wide range of topics, such as: research and trends, marketing, branding, healthy eating, menu design, operations, business and finance, design consulting, MAS consulting, laws and regulations, and product information.

James Beard Foundation Awards To Be streamed Live

The James Beard Foundation Awards will be streamed live online during the ceremony honoring them on Monday May 9.The 2011 awards will be the first ceremony in the history of the James Beard Foundation to be offered for viewing via webcast and will be available in real time at www.

NRA Show Recognizes Best in Food & Beverage

The National Restaurant Association (NRA) announced the recipients of its first annual Food & Beverage Product Innovations Awards, which recognize progressive food and beverage products that will make a significant impact in the restaurant industry.

Red Robin Launches Mobile Meal Customizer

Red Robin has launched a mobile meal customizer and nutritional information iPhone app that allows iPhone users to choose a Red Robin menu item; add or remove ingredients; add sides, desserts and beverages; calculate nutritional values; and save meal creations to refer to or edit again later.

Take a "Byte" Out of Mobile Apps

With the worldwide smartphone market expected to grow 50 percent in 2011, a restaurant’s ability to communicate with its customers via their essential mobile devices is now more invaluable than ever.

Get the Meat on Panini With New App

Salumè, a new paninoteca in New York City has launched a free iPhone and iPad application that will guide Italophiles and food lovers through the ins and outs of great Italian sandwich making.With the help of Salumè’s Paninipedia, users can learn the provenance of any kind of salumi, from bresaola to prosciutto and lardo, gather information about how it’s made, where it comes from, how to identify a good product, and even suggestions on how to best enjoy it.

Back-Office Tech Provider Scores 'Outstanding' Honor

Syrus Restaurant Information Services, a provider of back-office and above-store technology for the restaurant industry, was honored this month by TechColumbus as the recipient of the Outstanding Technology Service Award.

Scientific Savings

The largest expense that foodservice operators incur, other than food, is employee labor costs. In addition to wages, human capital can cost quick serves countless dollars in employee theft and misuse of the time-management system.