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Vendor Spotlight – Castelanotti Olive Oil
Vendor Spotlight – Castelanotti Olive Oil
April 23, 2019 by Jodi MacKinnon (QFG)

A staple in every kitchen, olive oil is healthy, versatile and delicious for cooking, baking, and dipping, bringing out the best in everything from vi...

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Superfoods – They Really are Worthy of this Distinction
Superfoods – They Really are Worthy of this Distinction
January 20, 2019 by Jodi MacKinnon (QFG)

** What is all the fuss? ** Although the definition of a superfood; "a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and wel...

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The Customer a Restaurant and Store Owner Need and Want…a fervent fan!
The Customer a Restaurant and Store Owner Need and Want…a fervent fan!
October 05, 2017 by Yves Farges (QF)

What turns a customer into a fervent fan of a restaurant or retail food store? What type of customer does a restaurant and store owner need and want? ...

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A Step up for Food Quality
A Step up for Food Quality
February 07, 2017 by Yves Farges (QF)

You are in the food business. Perhaps a restaurant? Chef or owner? Perhaps a retailer selling food items and ingredients? Large? Small? A buyer or...

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Summer Spanish Paprika Dressing
Summer Spanish Paprika Dressing
August 09, 2016 by Farges, Yves (QFG)

Great dressings are all about great ingredients, and the star here is the legendary (and inexpensive) smoked Spanish Paprika.

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Women & Cocktails: A Powerful Principle to Understand [Part 3]
Women & Cocktails: A Powerful Principle to Understand [Part 3]
January 07, 2016 by Yves Farges (QF)

My team asked that I write a post about women and cocktails, and I feel as if I have been handed a live grenade on a silver tray. Why you ask? The...

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Cocktails: Ingredients meet Knowledge to Evoke Pleasure [Part 2]
Cocktails: Ingredients meet Knowledge to Evoke Pleasure [Part 2]
December 29, 2015 by Farges, Yves (QFG)

A meal cooked at home is quite different from a meal produced by a professional chef in a restaurant. This also holds true for cocktails as well. The...

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Cocktails: Mandatory Creativity for Restaurants [Part 1]
Cocktails: Mandatory Creativity for Restaurants [Part 1]
December 03, 2015 by Farges, Yves (QFG)

Mad Men [1] , the American period drama that debuted in 2007, was part of the cultural movement to revive the cocktail hour as an essential part of en...

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Butcher Shop Environment Series: Becoming the destination [Part 1]
Butcher Shop Environment Series: Becoming the destination [Part 1]
December 02, 2015 by Yves Farges (QF)

One of the most fascinating and skill-required retail operations is the professional butcher shop. *Photo courtesy of www.annahorling.se [1...

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Qualifirst Olive Oils – Best in the World
Qualifirst Olive Oils – Best in the World
November 18, 2015 by Farges, Yves (QFG)

It is not just once in a while, but very often, that one of Qualifirst's selections are recognized as world class. Once again Castillo de Canena has ...

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The Tale of Strawberry Jam
The Tale of Strawberry Jam
November 05, 2015 by Farges, Yves (QFG)

Specialty jams used to be a welcome addition to a food retailer's offering. This is no longer the case. Specialty stores are renting incubator kitche...

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One Way Street
One Way Street
November 04, 2015 by Farges, Yves (QFG)

Those in the retail food and restaurant industry follow many different paths when navigating their perceived road to success. These"streets" help defi...

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“GRAB n GO” to build your Traffic & Store Loyalty
“GRAB n GO” to build your Traffic & Store Loyalty
September 24, 2015 by Yves Farges (QF)

Running a retail food operation has been (accurately) compared to being an accountant engaged in physical labour, hired for international diplomacy, a...

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A Restaurant: “That was great! I want to come back”
A Restaurant: “That was great! I want to come back”
September 21, 2015 by Yves Farges (QF)

I have visited thousands upon thousands of restaurants over the years. Both from the kitchen door as a sales rep for Qualifirst Foods and as a custom...

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Tips for Chefs on New Menu Creation
Tips for Chefs on New Menu Creation
September 14, 2015 by Yves Farges (QF)

The rigorous training a Chef undergoes automatically makes creating a menu very, very easy. Notice the two key words “* a * menu”. Not “THE menu”, “...

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How to make sure your customers tweet your dishes
How to make sure your customers tweet your dishes
September 11, 2015 by Yves Farges (QF)

In today's multimedia world, the key to making your recipes and dishes flow into the internet as well as your customer's stomachs is to realize the im...

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Mixed Greens, Rice, Beans and Pasta
Mixed Greens, Rice, Beans and Pasta
September 09, 2015 by Yves Farges (QF)

To make great salads, it is all about the base (legumes, rice, quinoa, pasta) side notes, and dressing. Corporations do everything possible to maximi...

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Make your own Extraordinary Sandwiches
Make your own Extraordinary Sandwiches
September 09, 2015 by Yves Farges (QF)

To make great sandwiches, it is all about the bread, the mains, and the condiments. The corporate side of food has done everything possible to cheape...

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Show Me … SHOYU: The Secret Life of Real Soy Sauce
Show Me … SHOYU: The Secret Life of Real Soy Sauce
August 10, 2015 by Yves Farges (QF)

At Qualifirst the best is sourced from all over the world. Oceans, deserts, and mountains … all are crossed and conquered to access the amazing produc...

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Aromatic Woods for Smoking Foods DIY Quality
Aromatic Woods for Smoking Foods DIY Quality
July 22, 2015 by Yves Farges (QF)

Summer is all around us. Foods get cooked outside, on a wide variety grills, BBQ, and sometimes just toasted over an open fire. We all savour that wo...

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