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Поздравляем коллег с победой в тендере по обслуживанию латвийского парламента

19 Октябрь 2011 Mariya Нет комментариев

С понедельника, 17 октября, дня первого заседания 11-го Сейма, кафе для депутатов и посетителей здания латвийского парламента обслуживает новый арендатор – фирма Catering Service.

Фирма Catering Service победила в объявленном Сеймом конкурсе, договор с ней заключен на три года с возможностью двукратного продления на год.

Catering Service уже вложилась в улучшение помещений кафе, однако некоторые работы еще не завершены, они будут закончены примерно через полтора-два месяца.

По наблюдениям агентства LETA, в понедельник утром посетители могли приобрести в кафе по очень сходным ценам не только различные кондитерские изделия, но также овсяную кашу, омлет, яичницу-глазунью и другие блюда.

Молодые официантки и кассирши старались работать как можно быстрее, однако у кассы все равно образовывалась приличная очередь.

Чувствовалось и волнение новоизбранных депутатов. Одна дама, впервые ставшая народной избранницей, перевернула на пол посуду с ножами и уронила куски нарезанного белого хлеба.

55% долей капитала Catering Service принадлежат Лиене Подине, 45% – фирме Sunny. В свою очередь 30% долей капитала Sunny также принадлежат Лиене Подине, 29,8% – кипрской фирме I.N.T. Estate management Limited, 10% – Юрису Балтгайлису.

Sodexo – from catering to combined services

From clearing up horse muck to protecting prisoners, Sodexo’s reach stretches far beyond catering. Chief executive Aidan Connolly tells James Stagg that while the company is keen to take on all on-site services, the firm’s focus remains on food.

How would you describe Sodexo, since you now provide far more than catering services?

We describe it as a provider of comprehensive on-site service solutions. While that’s a bit of a mouthful, it really does cover what we do. We provide a range of more than 140 services. Catering is, I suppose, our DNA and we provide cleaning and security but we do some pretty wacky stuff as well.

Increasingly we’re being asked by our clients to take on more and more services for them as they try to combat creeping costs.

Do you see yourself as a provider of the complete turnkey solution?

We do provide one perfect turnkey solution for the Government in the prisons service. Here we provide everything: we design, build, finance and operate. Everything within the prison is Sodexo.

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Concerns of Food Safety at the Winter Olympics

14 Февраль 2010 Mariya Нет комментариев

With the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games upon us today, our eyes are not only pointed toward the many great international athletes that have descended on Vancouver, but also toward the food that they will be consuming over the next few weeks. In an effort to build awareness amongst the press and sports community alike, we are issuing a press release calling upon Sodexo to ensure food safety and increase its transparency about food safety issues entitled «Healthcare Union Raises Concerns Over Safety of Food to be Served to Olympic Athletes at Vancouver Olympics.»

Sodexo is providing catering services for athletes during this key moment in their sporting careers, and we’re concerned about the food they will be providing. Over the years, questions have been asked upon Sodexo in regards to what suppliers they use and the process in which the food is «cooked». Sodexo uses two variations in their catering, «cook and chill» and «cooked and served on-site». For example, cook and chill means the food is cooked elsewhere and shipped frozen to kitchens to be reheated. Because of this method, health code violations at the «cook and chill» facility can mean problems with the end product.

Sodexo has been under the microscope with 79 records of food safety noncompliance between December 2005 and September 2009, at a facility in Tennessee where it prepared meals that were provided to U.S. Marines. As stated in the press release,

«Sodexo has a record of using food from suppliers–such as Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, a meat processor and distributor that owns major beef-distributor Beef Packers, Inc.–who have been the subject of major national food recalls including two recalls in 2009 for more than 826,000 pounds of beef feared contaminated with salmonella Newport and the 2007 recall of one million pounds of ground beef thought to be contaminated with a toxic form of E. coli bacteria…»

With this kind of history, it’s hard not to wonder where Sodexo is obtaining its food from for the Olympic Games. These athletes train years for an opportunity to show their prowess in their sport, and definitely deserve to know what kinds of food they’re ingesting each and everyday. We’re calling on Sodexo to be transparent during these Olympic Games in Vancouver, and highlight who their primary suppliers are, what types of food they will be serving and the methods they will use to cook it.

Hotel and Catering Show

When it comes to the finest in food, hospitality and catering products and services, nothing will be left off the menu when the doors to the 2010 Hotel and Catering Show

When: March 16th – March 17

Where: Bournemouth International Centre

When it comes to the finest in food, hospitality and catering products and services, nothing will be left off the menu when the doors to the 2010 Hotel and Catering Show.

The largest hospitality and catering industry event staged on the south coast, the Hotel and Catering Show will fill the entire venue with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing the latest food, beverages, equipment and services to an anticipated 3,000 trade buyers.

Visitors will be able to see the very best in products and business solutions from leading brands such as Essential Cuisine, Nestle Professional, Delice de France, Hildon Mineral Water and Coastline Produce as well as local brands including Dorset Piddle Brewery, Blackacre Farm Eggs, Jessica’s Farmhouse Cakes and Otter Brewery. Attendees will also be able to tap into fresh ideas for food, beverages and hospitality and explore the latest in technology, equipment and services.

Anna Wallis, show organiser, says: “The economy continues to represent challenges to the hospitality industry and there has never been a better time for hoteliers, restaurateurs, chefs and caterers to visit the largest hospitality event on the south coast. With advice and ideas being provided from exhibitors as well as a variety of cookery demonstrations and stands full of produce and products, it is also hoped that the show will provide inspiration to those visitors who work and aspire to work within the hospitality industry.”

For further information on visiting the Hotel and Catering Show, please contact Anna Wallis on 01425 485040 or visit www.hotel-expo.co.uk to pre-register.

Guide to Starting a Catering Business

When going into the food business, it is always best to start small. In this, one would better understand how it is run. This will also allow one to have more time to focus on the important aspects of the business, rather that worrying about managerial problems as in big businesses.

Catering is the cooking and serving of special dishes, preparation and decoration of venue for a special occasion, feast, meeting or other gatherings. Servers and waiters are hired and paid per function or occasion.

Kinds of Catering Services

Full Catering. In this type of service, the caterer serves the food, prepares and manages all details of the occasion. This includes the provision of equipment, utensils/wares that will be used, decoration of the venue, table setting, serving and clean up of the equipment used.

Partial Catering. This is almost the same as the full catering. The only difference is that a partial catering serves only part of the entire menu. Other dishes may be cooked or served by the client himself or by another caterer. The caterer only does the arrangement of the venue and food servicing.

Service Only. The client is the one who prepares the food. The caterer only takes care of arranging the venue and is in charge of the food service. This may include the provision of entertainment like song and dance numbers and games, giveaways or souvenirs for the guests.

Utensils, Wares and Equipment Used in Catering

Catering does not immediately require a big capital. One may start as a home-based venture for as long as the kitchen space is big and clean enough for cooking varied dishes. However, a complete set of utensils, wares and equipment are needed to start the business. Below are some of the basic utensils needed:

Chafing dish, used to keep the dishes clean and hot.

Flatware, table utensils such as knives, forks and spoons for ordinary occasions.

Silverware, high value and elegant table utensils for grand and special occasions.

Drinking glasses, ordinary glasses and goblets used to serve beverages.

Plates and serving dishes, separate sets for ordinary and special occasions.

Disposable cups, plastic or paper cups used for picnic and children’s party.

Tablecloth and napkin can be tailor-made to fit the style and size of your table.

Case, used to keep glasses, plates and other table utensils while in transit.

Table decorations like table centerpiece, flower vase and colored lights to make the venue more attractive.

Ashtrays, for smoking visitors and provided only upon request and if there is a designated smoking area in the venue. Tables and chairs that can be rented.

Points to Consider in Making A Catering Service Contract

Before entering into a contract, the following should first be settled and understood by both the caterer and client:

Occasion or gathering

Motif of the occasion to complement the decoration

Number of guests

Menu based on the choice and budget of the client

Cost of food to be served

Payment scheme

Serving system

A 50% down payment may be required upon signing of the contract to guarantee payment of cost of ingredients already bought should the client withdraw from the contract. In this way, losses are avoided.

Allowance for Food

In the occasion that the number of guests exceeds what is expected, a caterer must have food ready for them. Thus, a caterer usually makes a 10% allowance from the agreed number of guests to be served. The caterer will only have to charge the additional foods served.

Emergency

Be prepared for whatever accident or emergency that may arise in delivering or serving foods. Bring extra equipment/materials like tablecloths, tables, drinking glasses and plates as replacement in case these are soiled, broken or damaged. It is also important in the catering business to have a vehicle to be used for delivery and pick-up of food, equipment and utensils. If the budget is not enough to have your own vehicle, you may have to rent first for your marketing and delivery service needs

Principles of Quantity Cooking

It is important in the food service business to know how to cook for a big number of people. One should study this standard measure very well to be able to estimate contract price, purchase ingredients and avoid possible loss.

Suggested Portion Serving for Meat

In quantity cooking, one must consider the correct portion of main ingredients for every serving so that one can easily estimate the quantity of ingredients to be purchased and the profit. The following are the suggested serving size for beef, pork, chicken and seafoods. In a fine dining restaurant, all servings are weighed.

Table 1. Serving Size for Fine Dining

Type of Meat Portion Serving
(in Grams)
Pork with bones (ex. Lechon kawali/spare ribs)Pork without bones (ex. Asadoladobo)

Beef with bones (ex. Boiled/ pochero)

Beef without bones (ex. Stew/asac/o)

Chicken with bones (ex. Chicken curry/ afritada)

Chicken without bones (ex. Chicken nuggets)

Seafood with bones (ex. Steamed lapu-lapu)

Seafood without bones (ex. Fish fillet)

200 – 250150 – 200

200 – 250

150 – 200

250 – 300

150 – 200

250 – 300

150 – 200

To determine the number of servings in a kilo of meat for a fast food/ eatery or turu-turo type of food business, the following may be used as guide:

Table 2. Quantity Per Kilo of Meat

Type of Meat Quantity/Kilo
Pork with bonesPork without bones

Beef with bones

Beef without bones

Chicken with bones

Chicken without bones

Seafood with bones

Seafood without bones

Ground Meat without extender

Ground Meat with extender like potatoes and other vegetables

8 pcs12 pcs

10 pcs

12 pcs

6 pcs

10 pcs

6 pcs

12 pcs

15-20 parts

32 parts

Additional Guides in Quantity Cooking

These are other things that a food business operator must know in quantity cooking:

1. The quantity of ingredients cannot just be multiplied from a standard recipe for 5 to 6 persons or a family according to the number of diners. If your recipe is good for about 6 persons and there are 24 persons that are to eat, you cannot increase the ingredients (especially the seasonings) four times. For example, if the recipe for 6 persons needs 2 teaspoonfuls of salt, it does not necessarily need 8 teaspoons of salt for a recipe good for 24 persons. Study the adjustment of recipe and the balancing of ingredients.

2. As much as possible, use a weighing scale and measuring utensils in measuring the ingredients. In this way, the measurements of ingredients or serving size are exact. It is cheaper this way than merely estimating the ingredients.

3. Have a proper storage system of ingredients purchased in bulk. Allocate an area to store canned goods and ingredients that are not perishable. Take extra care in cleaning and storing highly perishable ingredients like meat, vegetables, egg and fish.

4. Allot three to four months trial period. This is to determine which food or meals sell and which don’t. This will also guide you to determine the quantity of ingredients to purchase and the meals that are to be included as regular menu.

5. Take extra care in storing, handling and delivering cooked foods. Cooked foods need to be stored properly to avoid spoilage. These can be covered with plastic to avoid dirt.

6. Look for regular and trusted sources of ingredients. It is better to have regular and trusted sources of ingredients because aside from being cheap, you are assured of its freshness and quality.

7. Study how to make use of leftover or excess foods to make another dish. If there is leftover lechon, it can be re-cooked into lechon paksiw. Leftover fried fish can be cooked into sarsiyado or as ingredient for fried lumpia. Meat broth can be used in cooking noodles or soup.

Planning a Menu

The menu is the most important foundation and attraction of a restaurant. It presents the different dishes served by an eatery, catering or food delivery establishment.

The following are some practical guides in planning your menu:

1. Know what specialty foods you can cook that your customers will like. For example, if you are excellent in cooking kare-kare, make this the specialty of your restaurant. Just be sure that you have other dishes that complement the kare-kare like grilled meat, pancit, viand with broth, fruits and dessert like kalamay.

2. Plan the menu according to your target customer. For example, students prefer beef, pork and chicken to fish and vegetables. Manual laborers often ask for more rice and any viand with sauce. This is because they want more filling food that is cheaper. On the other hand, children prefer spaghetti, hotdog, hamburger and fried chicken.

4. You may use as basis, the cost of food and the expected profit in planning the food to be served. Use extenders like potatoes, tofu, veggie-meat and other vegetables to lower the cost of the meal.

5. Make sure that the ingredients are on-season to be able to serve foods that are cheaper but higher in profit. For example, if bangus is cheap, you may include in your menu different special dishes from bangus like relleno, sinigang na tiyan ng bangus and sarsiyadong bangus. Put a sign or poster outside your restaurant advertising your special menu.

5. Make sure that you can serve the foods that are in your menu. Also, make sure that you have the needed equipment. For example, you need a grill if you have barbeque or inihaw in your menu.

6. Use your imagination and creativity in preparing your menu even if these are simple, so as to make the food attractive to the customers. For example, a pancake may be ordinary but it becomes special when you put different flavors and garnishing. An ordinary galunggong will become special if served in banana leaf with side dishes like atsara or vegetable salad.

7. Match the menu to the weather. On cold days, it is best to include in the menu foods rich in energy like beef, pork, chicken, pasta and kakanin. Also include delicious food with broth like arroz caldo, nilaga and chicken soup. On hot days, prepare refreshing foods like halo-halo, mais con yelo, sago’t gulaman, ice cream and different salads.

8. Give importance to the health and nutrition aspects in planning the menu. Avoid serving oily foods. Balance the foods and know the right combination to make sure that the foods served have enough vitamins.

9. For breakfast, prepare simple and easy-to-cook foods like tapsilog (tapa-sinangag-itlog), longsilog (longanisa-sinangag-itlog) and tosilog (tosino-longanisa-itlog).

10. Consider the space of your kitchen and cooking area. If your kitchen space is small, serve food that can be cooked early so that these can be just heated when ordered. Consider using a microwave oven because this type of oven does not alter the taste, volume and texture of the food being heated.

source: www.trc.dost.gov