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Fourth annual CEO OzHarvest Cookoff for Sydney's vulnerable

OzHarvest, food rescue organisation extraordinnaires, are teaming up again in 2015 with 40 of Australia's top chefs as well as over 100 business leaders to cook for 1000 vulnerable Sydneysiders.

In its fourth year, the annual event aims to increase awareness of homelessness, food insecurity and highlight the level of food wastage in Australia. To date the event has raised over $3m for OzHarvest along with other Australian charities.

Dimmi's Top 10 tips for restaurants in 2015

The list of Top 10 tips by the online reservation platform Dimmi is designed to assist restaurants to thrive in 2015 and beyond.

One of the key themes in Dimmi's list is for businesses to embrace technology, with particular attention to social media platforms. It is also noted by them that it is imperative for businesses to make their website mobile compatible as a staggering 42% of web traffic is now coming from mobile devices directly.

Streamline your kitchen with new Cuisine Manager App

A former personal chef of Russell Crowe with over 30 years experience in the industry, David Chambers, has developed a new app the aim of which is to increase productivity in commercial kitchens.

The Cuisine Manager App streamlines many of the day-to-day kitchen processes by increasing measurability across staffing and ordering, improving the overall consistency of getting the food from the kitchen to the table and improving productivity.

What are the rules for doggy bags?

It would be fair to say that they make restaurant owners uncomfortable.

Some diners see it as their right as a paying customer while others see them as a social faux pas.

So just what are the rules and regulations when it comes to doggy bags?

The hospitality industry gains new goal setting platform

igoals9, a new online coaching and goal setting platform, endeavours to increase productivity, boost employee engagement and improve performance within the hospitality sector.

The software allows employers to establish goals for a business and turn them into objectives that are specific, measurable and achievable for individual employees.

New goal setting platform designed for the hospitality industry

Your business needs these three people

With just over two million registered Australian businesses according to statistics from the ABS, in excess of 1.8 million of those employ fewer than five people.

If teams are built strategically, according to creative business coach Simone Milasas, size is of no issue. She asserts that a small team can be just as efficient and effective as that of a much larger organisation.

Technologies that are transforming the hospitality industry

Technological advances are allowing hospitality businesses to have a more convenient, informed and valuable relationship with their customers.

7 technologies that are transforming the hospitality industry

The seven areas in which advances in technology are enabling a new, exciting level of customer service for the hospitality industry are :

Baristas in Melbourne launch refugee-staffed cafe

Jane and Francois Marx, Melbourne-based cafe owners, are raising funds through crowdfunding to build a cafe that provides employment and training opportunities for young refugees.

They are highly experienced in the hospitality industry and have a passion for the rights of refugees. It all began with a pop-up cafe at a popular music festival in Melbourne followed by a second pop-up invitation to attend the Melbourne Festival of Live Art.

Boost your bottom line by turning tables quickly

In order to build maximum profits for your business, whether it be a restaurant, cafe, hotel or club, you need to make certain that you are getting the best return on your floor space possible.

It is imperative to have a layout that is well organised, your staff must be trained to become more efficient and provide better customer service as small changes can have a huge impact on what your business earns. Taking the time to review ways to improve your business should be worth your while.

Making the most of busy days in your business

Being busy is a wonderful thing for your business but can often lead to chaos rather than profits!

With December being such a great month for sales, it is timely to remind ourselves with a quick checklist of how to make the most of it by preparing both the front and back of house to maximise sales, contain costs and avoid dramas.