Expert Critic Reviews for Restaurants Coming to Facebook

What’s the first thing you do when you’re looking for a new restaurant to try out? Typically, people search for reviews online and check out the restaurant’s Facebook page. They’ll usually see simple reviews posted by followers and friends that say something like “Yummmm!” or “Order the crab dip!” Sometimes, people even get a little fancier and upload a pic of the cocktail they enjoyed... But soon, things will be changing.

What's Changing?

On May 26, 2015, Facebook announced that they will be allowing expert food critics to post their professional reviews directly on restaurants’ Facebook pages alongside other followers’ posts . This was announced just two weeks after Facebook started hosting news articles on its servers.

Who is Participating?

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To start, a select group of restaurants will be participating in the pilot. According to a Facebook spokeswoman, this group will include thousands of US restaurants. Some establishments may see the benefits of the experiment since almost all customers check out reviews before dining out. But for others, this new change may be a threat, since Facebook will also be showing the negative reviews.

These reviews will be provided by expert critics from Bon Appétit, Vox Media’s Eater, New York magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Why They’re Doing It

By providing these expert reviews in addition to customer reviews, Facebook may be able to make itself a reputable source for local information, ultimately making them more competitive. This new feature is believed to garner more popularity for Facebook’s restaurant search engine, which isn’t as popular as Yelp or Google.

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What This Means for Restaurant Owners

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Now that a potential customer can easily access expert critic reviews on a social media site they probably visit multiple times a day, it’s important to provide the best experience for them. And, with today’s advanced technology, critics have the ability to write these reviews directly from their laptop, tablet, or other mobile device, making these reviews available to the public almost instantaneously! Everything from the table setting, decor, and customer service, to the meal itself must be top-notch. But, by providing excellent service and delicious food, you can use these expert reviews to your advantage and possibly gain even more loyal customers.

For now, this is just an experiment, but this step could play a major role in making Facebook more than just a social media site. Will people start turning to Facebook for reviews rather than Yelp or Google? Will restaurants gain or lose business because of these easily accessible reviews? I guess we'll find out. For now, just keep on cooking!

Posted in: News | By Ashley Kufera

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What's in Season in Your Region this Summer?

Strawberries in January? Pears in May? With so many fruits and vegetables being grown in greenhouses or imported from other states and countries, it can be difficult to know what's really in season where you live. We've broken down the contiguous United States into large regions where you can see what produce is seasonal in summer based on your area. Of course, there are variations to our lists depending on where you live specifically, even within a certain region, so be sure to research your area using information from local governments or food guides for more details.

NORTH EAST Summer apples, arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, grapes, green beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, onions, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini SOUTH Summer apples, asparagus, beets, blueberries, cabbage, cantaloupes, cauliflower, collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, grapes, green beans, okra, oranges, peaches, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, salad greens, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon MIDWEST Summer apples, arugula, asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, grapes, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, onions, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini SOUTHWEST Summer apples, arugula, blueberries, cantaloupes, chiles, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, green beans, leeks, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, onions, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, pomegranates, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini NORTHWEST Summer apples, apricots, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, chiles, collards, corn, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, figs, garlic, grapes, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, onions, parsnips, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini

Northeast

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

Apples, arugula, asparagus, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, grapes, green beans, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, onions, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini

Midwest

Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Apples, arugula, asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, grapes, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, onions, peaches, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini

Northwest

Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Apples, apricots, artichokes, arugula, asparagus, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, cherries, chiles, collards, corn, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, figs, garlic, grapes, kale, leeks, lettuce, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, onions, parsnips, pears, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, radishes, raspberries, rhubarb, salad greens, spinach, squash, strawberries, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, zucchini

South

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

Apples, asparagus, beets, blueberries, cabbage, cantaloupes, cauliflower, collards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, grapes, green beans, okra, oranges, peaches, peas, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, salad greens, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon

Southwest

Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah

Apples, arugula, blueberries, cantaloupes, chiles, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, green beans, leeks, melons, mushrooms, nectarines, okra, onions, peaches, pears, peppers, plums, pomegranates, potatoes, pumpkins, raspberries, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini

Posted in: Features | By Melissa Walters

5 Drinks of Summer

When the weather starts to warm up, it’s hard to stop thinking about sandy beaches, sunshine, and of course, relaxing outside with an ice cold cocktail. So put your feet up and enjoy the beautiful weather with a drink that will make you feel like you’re on an extended vacation.


1. Caipirinha

This is sunny Brazil’s national drink for a reason! Refreshing citrus makes the Caipirinha an ideal drink to sip on a hot evening.

Caipirinha

Recipe

  • 1/2 lime, quartered
  • 1 tsp. white sugar
  • 1 1/2 oz. Cachaça
  • Squeeze limes and place them in a rocks glass
  • Add sugar
  • Fill with ice
  • Stir in glass

2. Applejito

Fruity apple and cool mint combine with vodka to make a drink with a freshly-picked taste.

Applejito

Recipe

  • 1/3 cup vodka
  • ¼ cup apple juice
  • 1 oz. bar syrup
  • 10 mint leaves, crushed in glass
  • Pour liquid mixture over ice
  • Stir gently in glass
  • Garnish with apple slices

3. Peach Mango Summer Sangria

Perfect for serving a crowd, the fruit, wine, and Grand Marnier mingle together to make this drink a summer favorite.

Peach Mango Sangria

Recipe

  • 1 cup Grand Mariner
  • 1/4 cup bar syrup
  • 1 bottle of white wine (TBD)
  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 2 peaches, sliced
  • 1 cup seltzer water (optional, for a little sparkle)
  • Stir all ingredients into a pitcher and serve

4. Gin Basil Smash

When combined with the classic flavor of gin, basil and lemon juice offer a summery perspective in this tasty drink.

Gin Basil Smash

Recipe

  • 4 oz. gin
  • 2 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 oz. bar syrup
  • 10 basil leaves
  • In a cocktail shaker, crush basil leaves with lemon juice and bar syrup
  • Add gin and fill with ice
  • Shake and strain into a glass with more ice
  • Garnish with the basil leaves

5. Mexican Mai Tai

This classic tiki drink gets a makeover with tequila, but still incorporates the tasty citrus flavors of the original.

Mexican Mai Tai

Recipe

  • 1 1/2 oz. tequila
  • 1/2 oz. orange curacao
  • 1/2 oz. orgeat
  • 3/4 oz. lime juice
  • Rimming salt
  • Rim a rocks glass with salt
  • Shake liquid ingredients well
Posted in: Bar Supplies | By Sabrina Bomberger
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