Behind the dining room is where the magic happens: the kitchen. The kitchen is command central, where recipes come to life, and chefs prepare tantalizing dishes for hungry patrons.
MarketMan was founded 8 years ago on the idea that restaurateurs needed a deeper look at their back-of-house operations. MarketMan created this recipe management system to provide detailed and data-backed insights regarding purchasing, inventory, and menu costing.
Let's break down how restaurant management software can help you create a menu you and your customers will love without cutting deep into your profit margins.
MarketMan's Cookbook Feature, Explained
MarketMan's Cookbook easily stores all your recipes. The user-friendly, cleanly designed layout means that you'll never have trouble sorting through your recipes, you can pull them up at any time for reference with the software's responsive search system.
Multiple devices can access the feature at the same time, allowing multiple users to share recipes on any device—whether it be a phone, tablet, or computer. Not only is the feature available to kitchen staff, but servers can also use it as a reference at any time. For those who like a hard copy, the feature also comes with an easy-to-implement print option.
You can also view allergen information for each dish, which ties dynamically to menu items. Each menu item is broken down into ingredients that MarketMan tracks. Whenever your chef adds new menu items using a common allergen, it will automatically populate on the menu, keeping your staff and customers safe and informed.
Accurate Menu Planning Made Easy
One of the leading functions of the Cookbook involves accurate menu planning. This feature allows restaurateurs to get better insights into their costs. They'll also have an easier time tracking inventory and analyzing things like which items yield the most gross profit, which items need adjustments, and which ones should be taken off the menu. The insight on inventory from the menu planning feature will trigger reorders and alert operators when inventory is low on a particular item. It will also alert operators of any 'shrinkage' like waste or theft.
With Cookbook, you can easily ideate new recipes within the app and make shopping lists from the menu items you dream up. As your menu changes seasonally, the recipes can dynamically update ingredients as you need them. You can also easily import recipes from other programs and websites whenever inspiration from outside sources strikes.
Save Money with Automated Recipe Costing
Using OCR camera scanning technology, you'll get real-time analysis of where your inventory goes and how much your recipes are working for you. Which menu items are profitable and which are burning a hole in your inventory? When you've created a menu that you love, it can be challenging to consider the profit margin.
MarketMan alerts you when your food cost exceeds your indicated threshold and tracks prices over time, and makes sure there are no unexpected price changes to your ingredients. Comparatively, people who don't have an inventory platform need to constantly check the price of each ingredient every time they do inventory. With a recipe management system, you can keep track of everything in real-time.
This data is pooled with labor costs from third-party integrations (such as 7Shifts or Zoomshift) and gives you a practical overview of your inventory and menu options. You can also compare vendor rates with their competitors and order from vendors and suppliers directly on the Marketman app, so you're not wasting time calling, emailing, and texting over details.
Employee Recipe Training, Simplified
Restaurateurs also have the option to upload photos for a menu item and include the cooking procedure and additional data about the menu item. With this recipe organizer, users can pull menu items upon their tablets in the kitchen when they are going through employee training, eliminating the worry of stained or outdated printed recipes and other papers in the kitchen.
Training your staff to use the cookbook is easy. To utilize the program, employees can simply search for a specific menu item, like "candied bacon." Employees can find the ingredients, including the quantity and unit type of each ingredient and a detailed procedure for preparing the menu item. They will also find the preparation time, cook time, and accurate portion size —all directly on the webpage. Franchises or employees in training will also find an image of the completed menu item on the page to reference what the final product should look like.
The Cookbook gives back-of-house operations the attention it deserves by providing the best recipe creation software for culinary experts. It allows for a more straightforward way for operators and employees in training to learn the restaurant's menu through detailed cooking instructions, without the worry of losing instructions to stained paper or kitchen messes.
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