The Next Big Restaurant Idea Might Just Come from Teenagers (ProStart Students)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2018 Contact: Alycia Harshfield 916.212.8484 / The Next Big Restaurant Idea Might Just Come from Teenagers (Sacramento, CA) – For two exciting days each year, California high school students take part in the CA ProStart Cup, an intense culinary arts and restaurant entrepreneurship competition that awards much-needed college scholarships […]

At A Glance – Restaurant Quality Checkback’s Timing – A repost

  June 15, 2017 – I’ve returned from moderating the Future Food Panel (what a kick) at and the massive four day National Restaurant Association Show with Paul Barron’s Foodable Network and International Foodservice Manufacturers Association rocking Media Stage. We recorded many informative and fun On Foodable Weekly episodes and I met numerous Restaurant, Foodservice and Manufacturing Industry […]

The 2017 Restaurant Industry EVENT: & NRA Restaurant Show

May 5, 2017 – Nothing stays the same in the Foodservice Industry. As a restaurant consultant and professional member of FCSI The Americas specializing in Management Advisory Services (MAS) I attend the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago annually. This keeps me current on my industry knowledge, up on trends and of course always educating […]

March 9, 2017 15th Annual California ProStart® Cup Competition Starts March 19th.

The 2017 California ProStart Cup will be the high energy California Restaurant Association Foundation Event of the year. ProStart® is a two-year high school curriculum for students interested in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and/or a Culinary Career. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is the title sponsor for the Management Cup and Johnny Rockets is the title sponsor for the Culinary […]

Get Wise Today – Introducing Wisely Served an Upserve Partner

Note: Call Bill Bender Today to schedule a fast-track demonstration: 408-784-7371 Welcome to 2017, a year that is starting in a Supercharged atmosphere and upswing in business outlook. Owners, Partners, Executives and Management Teams in every restaurant organization are planning or implementing Restaurant Operation “changes” that will improve their business results. STOP – Get Wise! Do […]


February 1, 2016 – Restaurant owners have know for decades that there are numerous methods to build profitability in the restaurant business. A restaurant Menu and Menu Optimization drive an overwhelming portion of profitability. My colleague Bill Main, FCSI has been delivering his Menu Magic® presentation for 30 plus years. I remember the first time I […]

Foodable WebTV 2015 Restaurant Technology Guide

December 22, 2015 – It’s Christmas week so everyone is jamming getting restaurant sales up and delivering on brand promise (We Hope). So this will be a short post. As I have written previously, it’s a real honor to work with CEO and Executive Producer Paul Barron and the Foodable WebTV Network Team. Eric Norman, FCSI […]

Our Giving Tuesday Note for the CRA Education Foundation #CRAEF

Thanksgiving was fun this year as Pamela and I welcomed our our niece from Los Angeles for the holiday weekend. We had a great time together and it made me think of ways to say Thanks. Of course CRAEF comes to mind first with the work the CRAEF team and all our volunteers do for […]

W.H. Bender & Associates Gives Back to Local Community During Second Annual FIT™ Day Event

On October 27, W.H. Bender & Associates’s Founder, William H. Bender, FCSI volunteered at the California Restaurant Association Education Foundation’s 2015 FIT™ Day at Pacific Grove High School. Industry volunteers arrived in 56 high school culinary classrooms across California to teach Force In Training™  and share personal anecdotes on topics such as professionalism, teamwork, workplace communication […]

CRA Educational Foundation Board August 2015 Meeting Recap

August 26, 2015 – I returned midweek from the the Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo that was held in the Los Angeles Convention Center. The California Restaurant Association schedules it’s Board Meeting as does the CRA Educational Foundation in conjunction with the Expo. During our CRAEF Board meeting conducted by Chairman Fred Glick and Executive […]