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Catering, Food Handling and Awareness *OnTopic* Forum to educate us on safe food handling. Not specifically for Catering or competition but overall health and keeping our families safe too.


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Unread 10-10-2013, 05:54 PM   #16
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We did our menu board with a 32" TV and wall mount. I remove it from the mount after vending and put in a safe box but leave the pivot mount. Down sides 1) TV's are only about 200-300 lumens which can be hard to see sometimes and anything other than a white background on a bright day is difficult to see. Menu boards are about 1200 lumens and easy to see. 2) If you put sound on it then it makes it hard to hear customers placing orders and they don't seen to like it. 3) You need a back up plan for rain conditions. TV was $225 and wall mount $35

It is nice to be able to change the menu on the fly if we run out of something and also scroll to catering pictures or "Like us on Facebook" or pictures of our food.



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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:40 AM   #17
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menu looking good for 2..
I have been looking for a way to do the tv menu also, however need to do economy minded..are you running a cd player with a burned cd?
I am going to do more private parties vrs vending next year, however even at a private party it should go good..
I've got it on a USB key plugged right into the TV. Super easy.
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We did our menu board with a 32" TV and wall mount. I remove it from the mount after vending and put in a safe box but leave the pivot mount. Down sides 1) TV's are only about 200-300 lumens which can be hard to see sometimes and anything other than a white background on a bright day is difficult to see. Menu boards are about 1200 lumens and easy to see. 2) If you put sound on it then it makes it hard to hear customers placing orders and they don't seen to like it. 3) You need a back up plan for rain conditions. TV was $225 and wall mount $35[/URL]
I like that! Looks slick. I'll have to see how mine looks in bright light- I'm testing it on site today. I like the pivot mount, I'll have to pick one of those up!

Also, I'm hoping that this LED model is brighter than a regular plasma or LCD but I'm not too sure.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:45 AM   #19
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Agreed.

Are those pics of YOUR actual product? Looks good.

What are pork "side" ribs?
The photos of the sandwiches aren't mine. I've never done any vending before (just catering) so I don't have any nice photos of pre-built sandwiches. I will take some this weekend and be sure to swap out for my own photos ASAP.

The photo of the ribs is mine. Here's the original.

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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:47 AM   #20
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I like that menu... how did you create that?
I put it together in Adobe After Effects. I've bunch a lot of video editing (mostly of vacations that I've taken) so I've figured out how to use it pretty well.

Took about two hours to put it together. Yes, I'm for hire.
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Unread 10-11-2013, 08:50 AM   #21
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I like your reduced menu. That should make things more manageable. I can understand your fears about "hurting your wallet" on wages. However, you could look at this "first time festival" setup as an advertising expense if it ends up as a negative cash flow.

Sales at festivals are a bit fickle. It can depend on the type of festival (i.e. who is attending), number of competing food vendors, length of festival (days), total attendance, well you get the picture.

Our approach to a festival that we have never attended or are unable to obtain reliable history on from sources is to to use the SWAG method (Scientific Wild A$$ Guess ) for expected sales and use our results to decide if we want to do it again and adjust accordingly. We always look at a new venue as a learning experience and don't necessarily use profit expectations as a criteria to decide to try it out. If it is profitable then we celebrate and repeat.

Hey if everything was already known......things would get pretty boring.

I believe you will find that Vending is a different animal than Catering, even though there are similarities.
Well, the issue isn't so much "hurting my wallet" as it is "not being able to pay rent". I just bought out my business partner and have never been so broke in my life! I understand this will be an advertising expense, and I've gotta do it, but I've gotta try to do it on the cheap. So, I've got one paid helper, now just to convince the other half to donate her weekend to the cause...
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I highly recommend visiting http://www.monoprice.com/ if you are looking for a TV wall mount or A/V cables.
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