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Supporting Local Businesses and Communities in a Time of Need

Today, we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation, one that requires all of us to take measures above and beyond what we previously could have imagined. I want to share an update with you about our continued efforts to make sure that everyone in our communities is well fed and well cared for.

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Accessing Government Funding: Webinar with Amanda Cohen

Our first webinar session of Rethinking Restaurants, “Accessing Government Funding“, focuses on understanding practices and tools to provide your restaurant with financial support, from requirements and ways to access government funding, to the best tips to make use of them. Accessing Government Funding is the first session of Rethinking Restaurants, the Choco webinar series for all […]

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October 19, 2020

Lessons of Leadership with Chef Olivo from The Daisy, New York

We interview Executive Chef Olivo from The Daisy, New York, and got to hear more about his culinary journey. During our chat, we talked about the importance of “doing things from the bottom” as the base of making good food (such as pasta, his workhorse dish), as well as of leadership in the kitchen. How […]

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October 14, 2020

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Accessing Government Funding: Webinar with Amanda Cohen

Our first webinar session of Rethinking Restaurants, “Accessing Government Funding“, focuses on understanding practices and tools to provide your restaurant with financial support, from requirements and ways to access government funding, to the best tips to make use of them. Accessing Government Funding is the first session of Rethinking Restaurants, the Choco webinar series for all […]

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October 19, 2020

Lessons of Leadership with Chef Olivo from The Daisy, New York

We interview Executive Chef Olivo from The Daisy, New York, and got to hear more about his culinary journey. During our chat, we talked about the importance of “doing things from the bottom” as the base of making good food (such as pasta, his workhorse dish), as well as of leadership in the kitchen. How […]

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October 14, 2020

Rethinking Restaurants: Diversifying Your Business

Rethinking Restaurants is the Choco webinar series for all restaurants in the US. This was a tough year for the restaurant industry and we want to support chefs & restaurant owners by providing them with useful insights & tools from industry leaders.  This series is hosted by Choco in collaboration with Arlene Stein from Terroir Talk, and it’s divided […]

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October 12, 2020

Rethinking Restaurants: Minimizing Waste

Rethinking Restaurants is the Choco webinar series for all restaurants in the US. This was a tough year for the restaurant industry and we want to support chefs & restaurant owners by providing them with useful insights & tools from industry leaders.  This series is hosted by Choco in collaboration with Arlene Stein from Terroir Talk, and it’s divided […]

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October 7, 2020

Rethinking Restaurants: Accessing Government Funding

Rethinking Restaurants is the Choco webinar series for all restaurants in the US. This was a tough year for the restaurant industry and we want to support chefs & restaurant owners by providing them with useful insights & tools from industry leaders.  This series is hosted by Choco in collaboration with Arlene Stein from Terroir Talk, and it’s divided […]

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September 16, 2020

Rethinking Restaurants – Choco Webinar Series US

Rethinking Restaurants is the Choco webinar series for all restaurants in the US. This was a tough year for the restaurant industry and we want to support chefs & restaurant owners by providing them with useful insights & tools from industry leaders. This series is hosted by Choco in collaboration with Arlene Stein from Terroir […]

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September 16, 2020

How Foodservice Distributors Can Use Digital Marketing to Drive Revenue

This pandemic has been a tough time for restaurants and suppliers. It’s become especially difficult for suppliers to knock on restaurant doors and drum up customers, increasing the need to reach buyers and make sales online. Even at the best of times, digital marketing is an important element of any modern business. It can drive […]

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September 14, 2020

Standard Bar: Bringing the Italian Aperitivo Culture to Hamburg

We interviewed Momo, owner of the iconic aperitivo bar Standard in Hamburg, and got to know a bit more about his business concept and journey of bringing the Italian aperitivo culture to Germany. What is the concept behind Standard? Inspired by the Italians’ passion for good drinks, good food, and above all, starting the evening […]

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September 8, 2020

Restaurant Merchandising: the 2020 Pivot Plan of Standard Bar

During our talk with Momo, owner of the iconic aperitivo bar Standard in Hamburg, we had the chance of diving into his plans to run his business during the 2020 crisis and discovered more about their successful restaurant merchandising strategy: a clothing line inspired to the Italian joy of life. Thanks to this initiative, the […]

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September 8, 2020

What is Eating Design? In Conversation with Linda Lezius

We interviewed Linda Lezius from Wild & Root food communication and eating design agency in Berlin. During our conversation, Linda helped us discover new ways to implement restaurant businesses. Here are the highlights of our talk with Linda from Wild & Root: What does Wild & Root work on? Wild & Root is an agency […]

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August 18, 2020

Exploring Progressive Indian Food with Chef Pujan

We interviewed Chef Pujan from Rooh restaurant in San Francisco to hear more about his journey in the restaurant industry and explore his idea of “progressive Indian food”. Pujan Sarkar is a chef de cuisine at Rooh in San Francisco and, with the brand-new opening of another restaurant in January 2020, in Palo Alto. During […]

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July 21, 2020

Memories of Biodiversity with Chef Watanabe

During a call-interview with Chef Akiko Watanabe, we got to know a bit more about her culinary journey and food memories, including an inspiring message about biodiversity. Berlin-based private chef Akiko Watanabe is the founder of Roku, a catering and pop-up food event platform born in 2005 and headed in 2012 to Berlin from Tokyo. […]

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July 17, 2020

Restaurant Management Tips to Pivot 2020 by James Waterhouse

We interviewed James Waterhouse, general manager of beer garden and barbecue restaurant Garden District in Washington DC, and explored his restaurant management plan to stay open in 2020. During our talk, James shared some insights about Garden District’s changes in 2020 and his personal story of working in gastronomy. Here are the highlights of our […]

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July 14, 2020

Meet Margaux, the Star Behind the Counter of the Freshest Seafood in Berlin

We met Margaux Friocourt, expert of oysters and fish in Berlin. With her latest project of opening a fish butchery & shop and seafood bar in Willmersdorf, Berlin, Margaux dreams of making good food more accessible to people. Here are the highlights from our delicious lunch & interview with Margaux Friocourt at Fish Klub Berlin: […]

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July 13, 2020

Life After Hell’s Kitchen: Keeping up with Chef Rosh

Chef Rosh is an executive & private chef, as well as tv personality (she was a contestant at Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay and won the “Chopped Champion” award on the hit Food Network show Chopped in 2013). We talked to Chef Rosh to discover something more about the flavors of Sindhi cuisine and to hear about […]

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July 8, 2020

Payment Methods for Restaurants: Options, Setup, and Fees

Virtual wallets are changing how customers pay all over the world and they’re pressing businesses to adapt. But is it worth it for your restaurant?  The days of walking into a restaurant and having to decide between cash and card are mostly gone. Restaurants need to adapt their payment methods to these changes. More and […]

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July 7, 2020

Take Out Options: the 2020 Pivot Plan for Lucky Buns Restaurant

We interviewed Chef Alex McCoy from Lucky Buns Restaurant in Washington DC to hear about how the restaurant has focused on take out options to stay open in 2020, as well as his story & career around food. Former head chef of Ralph Lauren & Lincoln Pilcher’s (Kingswood, Eveleigh, Ruby’s) Georgetown, as well as founder […]

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July 3, 2020

What Makes a Food Artist: in Conversation with Tainá Guedes

We invited food artist Tainá Guedes to understand what is food art and how it can inspire restaurants to make positive change. Brazilian-born Berlin-based food artist, activist & former chef de cuisine Tainá Guedes is the creative director & mind behind the Food Art Week. Global platform & movement striving for sustainability FAW 2020 will […]

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June 29, 2020

Portraits of LGBTIQ+ Chefs to Inspire Your Restaurant

At Choco we want to encourage restaurants and all people working in gastronomoy to celebrate Pride Month 2020. We’re here to introduce 5 profiles of LGBTIQ+ chefs with their inspiring stories & careers in the hospitality industry and impact in contemporary food culture. Here are the profiles of LGBTIQ+ chefs selected by Choco to inspire […]

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June 25, 2020

How Choco Helped the Food Industry during COVID-19

Our new support projects and how you can get involved. Choco is the tool for restaurants and suppliers to simplify and speed up the ordering process. So, we have seen our sector suffer during the COVID crisis. For the past three months, we have dedicated ourselves to supporting the whole food industry across the supply […]

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June 24, 2020

How to Schedule Restaurant Shifts – Tips for Managers

How to establish an effective shift plan and what you need to consider first. Managing a staff schedule is one of many duties performed by a restaurant manager or owner. It takes a solid knowledge of your personnel to form a successful shift plan each week or month. A well-organized process of communicating the schedule […]

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June 23, 2020

U.S. Labor Laws Overview for Restaurant Owners

Provide a safe and encouraging work environment for your employees while helping your business. Many motivating ideas come to mind when talking about opening a new restaurant: building relationships, providing a valuable service to your community, and working hard to grow your brand. These are all challenges which excite any entrepreneur’s senses. A not-so-exciting part […]

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June 23, 2020

Portraits of Food Activists to Inspire Your Restaurant

Food activists are some of the most polyvalent figures of the food industry. Their backgrounds go from chefs, farmers, educators, food artists and entrepreneurs. Here are the profiles of food activists selected by Choco to inspire chefs around the world during 2020: AMANNY AHMAD Chef, artist and writer Amanny Ahmad is a NYC-based food activist, […]

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June 23, 2020

Chef Hanse and his Mission of Bringing Fresh Pasta & Italian Cucina Povera to Berlin

Tyler Hanse is a young up-and-coming chef specializing in traditional Italian-style fresh pasta in Berlin and he is eager to make a difference in the local restaurant scene with his Bardele project. Initiated in the restaurant world at the age of 15, Tyler spent his early years in the kitchen of renowned restaurants in Denmark, […]

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June 19, 2020

Restaurant Management Tips by Andrew Holden to Pivot 2020

We interviewed Andrew Holden and heard more about his restaurant management plans during 2020. Andrew Holden is the majority owner and founder of Cedar Knoll in an upscale waterfront restaurant in Fort Hunt, Virginia, that offers an American menu with French influences. He also oversees two kitchens in Washington DC: Sign of the Whale, a […]

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June 18, 2020

The Product Guide for Restaurants in Washington DC

The Product Guide is here to help you find new products to include in your next restaurant menu. We started this journey to support producers and to connect them to restaurants through our printed versions of the book powered by the Choco app. The Product Guide is our food series to connect producers to restaurants and all people within […]

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June 18, 2020

The Product Guide for Restaurants in Los Angeles

The Product Guide is here to help you find new products to include in your next restaurant menu. We started this journey to support producers and to connect them to restaurants through our printed versions of the book powered by the Choco app. The Product Guide is our product series to connect producers to restaurants and all people within […]

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June 18, 2020

The Product Guide for Restaurants in New York

The Product Guide is here to help you find new products to include in your next restaurant menu. We started this journey to support producers and to connect them to restaurants through our printed versions of the book powered by the Choco app. The Product Guide is our product series to connect producers to restaurants and all people within […]

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June 18, 2020

Top Kitchen Struggles Memes that Every Restaurant Staff should know

After a compulsory Corona break, restaurants are re-opening, staff is working again and customers are back. Here are the Kitchen Struggles Memes Restaurant staff should know. 1. The stuck MOP And the when mop strings get stuck on the toilet bolts… fuck me 2. The Mini-Break Dilemma Solution: Smoke a cigarette on the shitter. 🚬 […]

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June 11, 2020

Top 10 Annoying Restaurant Guests Memes

Working in the restaurant industry – what a rewarding world of discoveries and human experiences. We love to please our guests and make them happy, and that’s why we chose this job. But sometimes, guests can be just a little annoying. Can you relate to these Annoying Restaurant Guests Memes? 😂 1. The Late Birds […]

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June 11, 2020

Support the Restaurants Reopening with #1BOWL Challenge – by Choco app

The Choco app has launched a project to help restaurant owners and chefs reopen their businesses after the 2020 crisis in the restaurant industry. Indeed, the #1BOWL project is an open call for all people in the hospitality sector to raise awareness amongst customers about the problem of low-profit margins. Support the Restaurant Reopening with […]

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June 5, 2020

Portraits of Women Chefs to Inspire Your Restaurant

Amongst women chefs are some of today’s restaurant sector’s most groundbreaking talents. Their careers can inspire fellow-chefs and restaurant-owners with entrepreneurial, community-focused, and creative imprints.  Here are 5 women chefs that inspired our 2020 at Choco thanks to their positivity and dedication to work and success: RAVINDER BHOGAL   London-based Kenyan born chef Ravinder Bhogal is […]

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June 5, 2020

Portraits of Black Chefs and Personalities that Changed the Food Industry

#BlackLivesMatter. Portraits of Black Chefs that changed the food industry, starting with James and Peter Hemings (known as America’s first Black celebrity enslaved chefs) and followed by modern chef figures that are acting for changing the future of food. JAMES AND PETER HEMINGS Among Black Chefs and Personalities that Changed the Food Industry, James and […]

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June 4, 2020

Navigating COVID / Part 2 – Communicating With Customers

In Part 1, we gave some tips on how to optimize your menu and increase margins while capacity is low. Here, we will focus on tips for communicating with customers. The HEART checklist As practically every business struggles through Coronavirus, Harvard Business came up with a neat framework called “HEART”. You can use it to get ideas […]

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June 2, 2020

Navigating COVID / Part 1 – Redesigning your Menu for Better Margins

Restaurants are reopening, customers will be back on seats, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Redesigning your Menu for Better Margins. But even as restaurants open again, there’s still a big problem. Strict social-distancing rules, with tables at least 1.5m apart, are combined with shorter opening hours, so customers are limited to […]

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June 2, 2020

Why Berlin is The Place To Be for Local, Seasonal Food?

Think “Berlin”. You might have images of industrial chic, techno music and art. But there’s green beneath the gritty exterior. As any food-lover here will tell you, Berlin has a passion for fresh, local, seasonal produce, and it shows on menus or in grocery stores across the city. We’re into it for so many reasons. […]

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June 2, 2020

How to Optimize Menus for Re-opening your Restaurant – with Duc Nguyen

Duc Nguyen and his partner Hong Dao run several restaurants in Berlin, Münster, and Oldenburg, including Royals & Rice, Maison Han, Quà Phê, Sons Of Mana, Jabe Restaurant, and Yuzu Ramen. Duc took some time to talk to us about how he adapted while only offering takeout, and how to optimize menus for re-opening your […]

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May 29, 2020

Marketing a Restaurant: Strategies and Ideas to Promote your Business

Restaurant marketing ideas today is a jungle of social media platforms, promotion, and non-stop posting. An increasing amount of marketing choices in the world today can leave a small business owner overwhelmed when considering how to launch or relaunch a marketing campaign. Figuring out the best marketing plan for your restaurant will take some trial […]

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May 25, 2020

Finding New Customers for your Restaurant

Where to look and how to cultivate a dedicated following Building a loyal following is an essential part of establishing a legitimate restaurant. But like many other restaurant tasks, it’s easier said than done. Even when a loyal following is built, you should always be seeking to attract new customers and diversify your clientele. This […]

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May 22, 2020

Restaurant Management Tips: Succeed and Avoid Losses

Want to know the ins and outs of food delivery? Here’s a step-by-step outline of everything that managers and owners need to know about running….

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May 18, 2020

Menu Ideas and How to Make Them Work For Your Restaurant

t’s time to increase takeout sales for your restaurant! Learn about your food delivery options and see the impacts they can have on your business.

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May 18, 2020

Cost Of Goods Sold For Restaurants

We’ve outlined a few tried-and-true strategies to improve customer experience for existing customers as well as make a first great impression on new ones.

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May 18, 2020

How To Manage Restaurant Customer’s Online Reviews

Create extra restaurant revenue streams for your restaurant or business. We outlined exactly different strategies that can help increase revenue today!

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May 18, 2020