The recipe collections you often find in restaurants consist of tattered three-ring binders filled with plastic page protectors crammed full of handwritten recipes, magazine clippings and printed pages with handwritten conversions and changes. The corners are worn and pages stained with years
of greasy fingerprints and spilled sauces. While these books serve as a nostalgic window into the kitchen's past, their relevance in a modern kitchen is debatable.
We have recently transitioned all of our recipes onto a shared drive that cooks and servers can access from two iPads mounted in the kitchen or their cell phones. The recipes are updated in real time as they evolve. In addition to recipes, there is a copy of the schedule, daily menu planning grids for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, product spec sheets, garden statistics, wine information and a number of other resources. All of the creative information and recipes are available to any of our employees at any time. A cook can check their phone when they get out of their car and see the items on their station for that evening - based on this, they are able to harvest items in the garden and properly plan their production schedule.
Not only is the new system more efficient
- it also helps our goal of being more sustainable by eliminating a ton of paper!