The Dish
May. 6, 2014

RFMA Gives 2015 location announced
RFMA is excited to announce East County Transitional Living Center in El Cajon, California, a suburb of San Diego, as the RFMA Gives 2015 recipient. This facility is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides meals, transitional and emergency housing, biblical training and job skills development to individuals and families, enabling them to become productive members of the community. ECTLC services are available to all men, women and their minor children regardless of their culture, ethnicity and/or faith. Their buildings were once a motel and restaurant, which have been converted into living and dining facilities along with a sanctuary. They serve an average of 25,000 meals per month. Currently RFMA and ECTLC personal are determining the complete scope of work for the project. Stay tuned for further information.

To get involved with RFMA Gives 2015, email Jeff Dover at RFMA at or call him at (972) 805-0905, Ext. 3.More

Another Member Meet-Up announced: RFMA is coming to Denver
Come join us for a Member Meet-up in downtown Denver on Aug. 18. Meet up with your RFMA peers on the patio at The Tavern Downtown overlooking Coors field, home of the Colorado Rockies. Registration is just $15 and includes drinks and appetizers. Hope you can join us in Denver!

To register for this event or for our Apps & Appetizers event on June 26 in Dallas, click here or visit our event calendar.More

Has your title changed? Has your office moved?
New questions have been added to your RFMA InSite profile! Log in today to update your InSite profile with your most current information. We want to make sure we are serving our members to the best of our ability and need your most current and accurate information to do that. To update your profile just log onto, sign in using your username and password and click on "Manage Profile" and "Edit Bio."

Don't remember your password? Click on "Forgot Your Password?" under the login area to get a password reset link sent directly to you. More

Facilitator: Don't chase your pavements
Mike Condon
Many of us experienced a record-breaking winter. With higher-than-average snowfall and colder temperatures, the weather may have wreaked havoc on your pavement. And, as if digging out your pavement is bad enough, now restaurant facility managers must find funds to pay for maintenance.More

MyCheck collaborates with PayPal to expand pay-at-the-table service
MyCheck, a checkout app for restaurants, has collaborated with PayPal to enable consumers to pay at table through the PayPal app. According to a release, the app enables users to select a restaurant from a list, check-in to the venue, and view ordered items and prices on the mobile device, split the bill (if desired), add a tip, redeem an offer, accrue loyalty card stamps, quickly check out by hitting the pay button without waiting for a check and receive an email receipt.More

Passing on swipe fees to servers
Restaurant Business Online
Is it legal to pass on credit card swipe fees not only to guests but also to your serving staff? The answer is yes, for tips only, in most states.More

Getting back on energy budget after a rough winter
Building Operating Management
Most of the country had a pretty rough winter, and that led to a lot of people going over their energy budget. What can facility managers do now that the weather's improving to help make up for some of that spending?More

Have your roofs got you covered?
Jeannea Jones
Given the long, harsh winter that much of the nation just endured, it is time to inspect and protect our roofs from further damage while repairing what those cruel elements have chipped away over the winter months.More

Services and maintenance: Energy improvement plans
Today's Facility Manager
Facing growing budget constraints, many facility managers are being pushed to focus on energy savings opportunities as part of their organizations' goals to reduce costs. But where does one start? How do facility managers cost-effectively obtain the data necessary to make good decisions and rise to this challenge?More

'Keeping Fire in Its Place' is theme for Building Safety Month's first week
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, fire sprinklers and passive fire-rated construction such as fire walls and fire doors designed to stop the spread of fire save lives and protect property. Those and other safety measures in fire and building codes published by the International Code Council provide minimum safeguards for fire prevention and protection. Compliance is the key to minimizing the damage from fires and saving lives. The ICC is spreading the message of fire safety during the first week of National Building Safety Month, celebrated throughout May.More

Firing family can be tough but necessary
Franchise Times
Firing your own relative is one of the toughest challenges for family-owned franchises, although a father-and-son Toppers Pizza franchisee in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska, says if it has to be done, you have to do it.More

6 tips on choosing an HVAC contractor
Just because HVAC contractors are popular doesn't mean they are the right fit for your facility. HVAC contractors will be always in demand because individuals and businesses constantly need their HVAC systems either serviced, repaired or replaced. Follow these six easy steps to choose a reliable HVAC contractor.More

6 stealable ideas from a trip down south
Restaurant Business Online
While traditional low-country cuisine may be the norm in the South, talented local cooks are experimenting with nontraditional preparations, ethnic influences and more.More

Taco Bell to test fast-casual restaurant
USA Today
Think of this as a Taco Bell for foodies. Except it's not Taco Bell. It's U.S. Taco Co., a hush-hush, fast-casual restaurant project developed at headquarters over the past year.More

Lime shortage drives up prices at bars, restaurants
The Wall Street Journal
Bars and restaurants across the country have been affected by what they are calling the "great lime crisis of 2014" — just as the fruit's highest-profile day of the year approached.More

Top 5 places for in-store marketing messages
Pizza Marketplace
A new restaurant patron survey that identified the most compelling marketing messages and assets to drive repeat business and inspire recommendations found that messages about loyalty programs and events and specials are the strongest way to inspire repeat visits. In fact, 72 percent of the respondents said they were effective.More

Fast food wars spill over into mornings
Archita Datta Majumdar
With Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A and others, Americans now have more fast food choices in breakfast than they ever had before. Taco Bell's new campaign with the two dozen guys named Ronald McDonald who declared their love for Taco Bell's new breakfast choices has taken the industry and consumers by storm.More