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SmallBytes January 2014 Edition
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One Resource Focused on Continued Education for Restaurateurs & Their Staff

The restaurant industry is an ever-changing environment from food trends to staff turnover to new laws and regulations. Continuing to educate oneself as a business owner means the difference between being the next big thing or yesterday’s news. There are many places to seek out the information that meets your specific needs and the hardest part is finding where to start and trusting that the resource is legitimate.


If you are reading this article, then you are receiving our monthly E-Newsletter, SmallBytes, conveniently delivered to you in your inbox, or you are visiting our Association website. Either way, this is a great place to start (or continue) your education and help make your business stronger.


Now that you have your starting point you can begin to explore other valuable resources we have available. Here are a couple of other tools at your disposal curated by the NYS Restaurant Association:


The Sampler - NYS Restaurant Association Magazine

Our newest addition to our educational arsenal. The first issue will be distributed exclusively to our members in mid-February and will focus on the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of NY. It will also include introductions to our NYS Board Officers and a list of Chapter Presidents. This quarterly magazine will have future issues devoted to cost-saving services, government affairs, chapter events, going ‘green’ programs, industry tips and much more.


ServSafe® Trainings

ServSave is the most widely accepted food safety and alcohol service training program in the industry and is recognized by many local, state and national health department officials across the country. There is a variety of trainings available. Both your managers and staff can learn:

  • about foodborne illness, how to prevent it and how to train employees in food sanitation with Manager Training®.
  • basic food safety practices for preparing and serving food with ServSafe Employee Training®.
  • the essentials of responsible alcohol service and how to protect yourself and your operation from risks and liabilities with Alcohol Training®.
  • how to identify allergens, communicate with guests, prevent cross-contact, food labels and more with ServSafe Allergens®.

To find a class or order materials click here.


Server Training with $ales $tars

$ales $tars is a competitive advantage program that creates a "dining experience". It is an online training system proven to increase check averages, sales and profits, while providing superior service to guests. It conditions staff to recognize opportunity at every table, educate and inform guests about what is truly unique or special about your restaurant, and make profitable suggestions that guests will be interested in – the best part? One purchase = staff training for the entire year regardless of the number of staffers you want to train!


Click here for more information and ordering details click here or visit


The Green Hospitality Initiative

The New York State Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NYSRAEF) has been awarded an EPA grant to help to green restaurants in New York City. The focus of the grant is to promote energy and water conservation, reduce the use of hazardous waste material all while helping restaurants become more profitable as they green their restaurants. Through trainings, publications, online articles and on-sight energy audits you can learn best practices for your restaurant as well as have a healthier bottom line. For more information visit


The NYS Restaurant Association is working hard to bring you more educational resources to help grow your business and the restaurant industry in New York State. Is there something in particular you would like to learn more about? Contact us at with your suggestions.  


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