Be Food Allergy Aware | Allergens Made Simple

Allergens - TAF Catering ConsultancyCalling all UK caterers and restauranteurs: Caroline Benjamin from Food Allergy Aware reported in a Webinar today there are not enough companies out there promoting their food allergy policy on their websites. I’ve just completed an Institute of Hospitality ALLERGENS MADE SIMPLE Webinar and two things are key in 2019: COMMUNICATION AND TRAINING.How many of you have a food allergy policy separate from the food safety policy? If you don’t have a policy, go to the website and download an Allergy Matrix NOW; don’t wait until someone dies! Thank You for listening!

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ACE of Hearts in raising £10,000 for charity!

Fodd Focus - TAF Catering ConsultancyDelighted that TAF Catering Consultancy attended #ACEDINNER19 as new members last night. Gaye Bullard FIH kick started the evening’s proceedings with a fantastic opening and a very welcoming “ACE has been going for 80 years and is encouraging the next generation to learn the art of networking!”

The evening was a fabulous success, great fun and what a delicious menu by the salubrious Law Society and… a whopping £10,000 raised for charity and handed over to the quite amazing Wiggly Worm charity.

Simon Sinek | The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek - Taf Catering ConsultancyI was only recently introduced (figuratively speaking) to Simon Sinek by Carey, back in November 2018 – in the early days of TAF Catering Consultancy. What an introduction. It lead to me, in an almost obsessed stalker-like manor, desperately seeking Simon out on his next visit to the UK. Hey presto, it’s just 3 months later and I’m seated here in Central Hall, Westminster (London, UK) with around a thousand others just like me, waiting to be inspired to ACT, to CHANGE, to THINK DIFFERENTLY. Simon did not disappoint.

In a nutshell, his latest anecdotal talk was all about “Discovering The Infinite Game” in order for us to create a unique CODE for ourselves which he coined “5 Life Lessons”:

      1. HAVE A JUST CAUSE | Create an ideal future state to give your work meaning / purpose
      2. TRUST IN YOUR TEAM | Create an environment where people can work to their best in a trusting team!
      3. HAVE A WORTH ADVERSARY | Create a rival, someone better than you; not to hate but to admire and respect, to allow you to stay on the game, on your game.
      4. BE EXISTENTIALLY FLEXIBLE | In a finite game, the game ends. In an infinite game, the players stop play. Create ways to ensure you, as a player, stay in the game? Find a better way to advance your cause.
      5. HAVE COURAGE TO LEAD | Challenge the system. Stand up & say ‘No!’. Be the first. Say “I don’t know what I’m doing.” Admit fallibility. Play to win.

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In Love with Hospitality

In love with hospitality - TAF Catering ConsultancyI consider myself blessed I work in foodservices today. Last night was a particularly fine evening to remember, the Institute of Hospitality’s Fellows dinner. What an incredible collection of hospitality influencers gathered to celebrate the real stars of the foodservices cosmos, each other. Nowhere else can you stand shoulder-to-shoulder, whilst quaffing ‘n’ scoffing, with culinary giants comprising CEOs of contract caterers, consultants, hoteliers, restauranteurs and chefs. It’s events like last night that make me happy, grateful and keen to encourage more young people to come on board to be inspired by the people who fill my world every day.

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Hear no evil, speak no evil: what we really say and do about coffee cups

Coffee Cups Recyling TAF catering consultancyIn 2018, the subject of unnecessary disposable waste hit the headlines and instigated an unrivalled step change in our behaviours as consumers and across businesses.

Long have corporations been following a trend where waste management and recycling has been a prompted action; helping us choose sustainable over non-recyclable materials but few consumers truly understood that their daily caffeine fix was in fact one of the worst culprits with their cunning [waxed] interiors and extra sleeves to stop us burning our hands – or those tops, so nifty and convenient on our way to the office.

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Curious Magazine

Curious Magazine - TAF Catering ConsultancyHow very exciting, TAF Catering Consultancy gets a mention in the latest hot-to-trot second edition of magazine-about-town Curious Magazine.

Have you read the latest instalment from Custard Publishing? An interesting one for those chefs thinking of actually going for it this year, i.e. setting up their own restaurants: Does a restaurant after your name… help or hinder?


Charity Begins with a ‘C’

Foodservice focus - The Clink BallHard to believe only 2 weeks ago, TAF sponsored our 1st charity event for The Clink Charity. What a fantastic showcase of amazing food & service delivered by the bright shinning grads from Westminster Kingsway College, THE CLINK RESTAURANT COMPANY LIMITED, Centrepoint and the team at the Royal Lancaster London – cooking and serving 350 guests. Hosted by Matt Tebbutt of Saturday Kitchen, we helped raise £35,000 on the night. A very proud collaboration!

Keep up-to-date with news of The Clink Charity, sign up to receive their newsletter & visit them for lunch at Brixton, High Down, Cardiff and Styal Restaurants (or their café in Manchester). Book your table here.

Foodservice Focus 2019

Foodservice focus Miss the Foodservice Show? Snow put you off? Well, have no fear… Fairclough was there, so see if I can inspire you with what inspired me. 5 highlights included:

(1) amazing award-winning culinary talent, cakes & fine dining – made me so proud of our talent strewn industry, (2) finger-on-the-pulse trend talks, (3) tickling taste-bud chef demos, (4) networking with some industry peeps and (5) innovative little products you know will be everywhere because they’ll catch on soon. Enjoy!

Calling all Facilities Managers! Do YOU know your competitors?

Benchmarking InfographicOur top tips for beating the High Street: 3 things every facilities manager should know!

You vs The High Street: 3 Steps to Success

TAF | Benchmark Reports

Making sure you compete with what’s on your doorstep is essential and with proven return on the investment into our reports*, we know we can help you add value in 2019.

Talk to us today and find out more!

*ROI Claim: Based on benchmark report returning over £2k in incremental profit following implementation of recommended steps.

Dear Diary…

It’s hard to believe this day 5 weeks ago, we were getting ready to go live with TAF Catering Consultancy so we’re technically only just celebrating being one month old!

What an amazing and incredible ride it’s been so far.

Already in the middle of our first catering tender for one of the world’s largest law firms, we’ve completed an agile workspace feasibility proposal, for a business centre about to take on the heavyweights (with a local approach) plus completed two benchmark reports (one assessing artisan London coffee shops in a vibrant, beard-twirling tattoo-boasting epicentre of one of London’s trendiest hubs, the other assessing pubs in a beautiful suburban town, in the Greater London area).

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