Friday Buffet

Here’s an interesting nugget shedding light on how The Cheesecake Factory manages its kitchen inventory. Of course, nothing said about plate waste.

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An restaurant in Sydney, Australia will be closing because of diminished business due to the restaurateur’s strict rules–including compelling customers to ‘try to finish everything’ and bring their own take-home containers. It’s an interesting report (via video).

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I love how, in Seattle, tips for hosting a party include having a well-marked compost receptacle.

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Save the Grace is now saving plenty of food in Lebanon. The group formed just this year and is already recovering a hefty amount, some of which is helping feed Syrian refugees.

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As a rule, when anyone writes of a “Blooming Great Idea to Halt Waste,” I’m clicking through. Unfortunately, the link was for a seminar in Ayrshire (Scotland) that had already happened. Still–nice one, Zero Waste Scotland!

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  1. WilliamB
    Posted August 10, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

    The Cheesecake Factory link is broken … please fix, I’m looking forward to reading it.

  2. Posted August 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the head’s up, William. It’s now fixed.

  3. WilliamB
    Posted August 13, 2012 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    I like this quote from the initial link:
    “The left used to criticize capitalism for being wasteful — all that money spent on advertising, and why do you need so many different brands of each product on the grocery shelves? But if you think waste is immoral, it turns out that capitalism does a pretty ruthlessly efficient job of wringing it out.”

    Basic lesson: people respond to incentives. If you give them a clear financial incentive not to waste, they won’t. Works better with businessess than individuals … which may explain why the medical changes work so badly at small medical facilities.

    BTW, doctors have proven to be very good at implementing changes that prevent deaths. What they’re grossly resistant to is changes that improve outcomes.

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