Three quick bites to enhance your pizza game
A couple weeks back I spoke on The Importance of Your Own Restaurant Culture at the Pizza Tomorrow Summit in Orlando, FL. It was awesome to hear others talk about how they understand their restaurant’s culture, what they do to sustain their vibe, and how they cultivate a positive work environment.
A lot of independent restaurants don’t have budgets for HR training, employee handbooks, and creating a thought-out process for handling the what if’s, who now, why not, and how the f%$# situations that unexpectedly smack us in the face everyday. And of course, there are some who choose to just ignore these things altogether…you know who you are.
If there’s one thing I got out of the open conversation we had during my presentation it’s that no one has all the answers and that everyone is trying their best. I’ve found that this is usually the case with everything in life and it’s incredibly comforting knowing we are just floating along together in this experiment called life.
At the end of the day everyone seemed to build out their restaurant ecosystem with a similar approach: Treat people the way you want to be treated. Be the leader that you didn’t get. Be better than you were the day before. Keep trying to do better for everyone around you.
It’s usually pretty easy to sniff out a shitty boss, a liar, a negative person, or disgruntled co-worker. These are the players that can throw any culture off-balance, and can ultimately turn your restaurant into a toxic work environment. Negativity in the workplace (or out of it) spreads faster than any virus. We all agreed on that.
This recipe I did for almond ricotta should be in everyone’s arsenal. It’s simple and delicious. It’s incredible on pizza but even more insane on lasagna.
Do yourself a flavor and go make it right now.
This is the most important recipe in any restaurant or healthy life. Surrounding yourself with great people is one of the most important things you can do. The ones that are there to make things better. It’s your friends, your coworkers, your family, your employees. You pick the people you surround yourself with everyday. If you don’t like those people, it’s on you.
EXTRA SLICE: People are strange.