Food and Beverage Management

eCornell

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Who should attend

  • General managers and line-level employees involved in the operation and financial performance of a restaurant or food and beverage service
  • Managed service contractors for stadiums, arenas, hospitals, airlines, franchises, and catering
  • Professionals new to the food and beverage industry
  • Non-restaurant professionals looking to be conversant in operations of food and beverage providers
  • Caterers, restaurateurs, event space managers, property managers, corporate event managers

About the course

In this certificate program, you’ll learn key concepts, strategies, and practical skills necessary for managing, owning, and operating a successful restaurant, bar, or other food and beverage business.

Develop confidence in your ability to manage your business’s finances and learn key operational functions like menu design, income statement analysis, pricing, margin analysis, supply chain management, guest service processes, and employee engagement and performance.

COURSES

  • Utilizing Income Statements and Operational Data

Amid the swirl of activity in food and beverage service, financial management is a function that loses priority sometimes, despite its crucial function.

Understanding and managing your food and beverage operation's income statement (profit and loss statement) can lead to better decision making and can position you to succeed. Learn how to get a hold on your organization's finances and make informed decisions based on profit and performance.

  • Optimizing Your Food and Beverage Menu

Your menu does much more than inform guests about what you offer. It helps to create and communicate your food and beverage operation’s identity, and influences your guests’ choices.

This course will enable you to evaluate menus and identify changes that will optimize the value and profitability of your food and beverage operation.

  • Managing Your Food and Beverage Supply Chain

Your operation’s brand is like a contract with the customer, and the expectation is that value will be delivered in relative accordance with price and quality of service. But keeping food costs down is no easy task. In fact, it’s one of the most detail-oriented, scientific processes that go into running a restaurant and there are many challenges with keeping food costs controlled.

In this course, you’ll learn to optimize your operation’s profits by effectively managing your selection, procurement, receiving, storage, and inventory management processes.

  • Building Guest Loyalty

Loyal repeat customers are key to the success of any food and beverage operation. They represent recurring revenue and are a great source for feedback and gauging customer sentiment. They can also be your greatest evangelists, recommending you to friends and colleagues, even giving favorable online reviews.

Through careful design, meticulous attention to service processes, and a way to gauge customer sentiment, you can play to your team’s strengths and identify opportunities for improving the guest experience to grow your business.

  • Leading Your Team to Optimize Results

Your employees are the heart of every food and beverage operation and your most valuable resource, yet so many operators fail to focus attention on employee satisfaction and engagement.

Understanding your role in managing and leading employees can help you to reduce costly turnover, safety incidents, theft, and absenteeism, and can improve your operation’s quality, productivity, guest satisfaction, and profitability.

Elective

  • Operating a Profitable and Responsible Beverage Program

Whether you are a restaurant, coffee house, even a cocktail bar, your beverage program can have a big impact on your profitability, but it comes with a good deal of risk.

Understanding everything that is involved in offering wine, beer, spirits, and nonalcoholic beverages and applying discipline to your product selection, pricing, list design, and rigorous controls can minimize certain risks and position you for financial success.

  • Opening a Restaurant

In this course, you will explore the challenges and opportunities that come with opening a food and beverage establishment. You will review a case study describing an existing food and beverage operation and explore the steps involved in creating a business plan and then work towards creating a business plan for your own food and beverage operation. You will also examine strategies for determining if your business idea will be successful in the market.

  • Adding Value with Special Events

In this course, you will explore how catering and special events are different from other food and beverage businesses and examine recommended strategies for effectively communicating with your clients. Next, you will explore the economics of catering and special events and develop strategies for pricing these events. You will continue with an overview of the complex array of partners you will need to work with and explore how those partners will help you create a successful event. Finally, you will develop best practices for creating a plan (menu, etc.) for your event.

KEY COURSE TAKEAWAYS

  • Evaluate and design menus that will improve your customer satisfaction and profitability
  • Optimize your selection, procurement, receiving, storage, and inventory management processes
  • Define, measure, and improve the guest experience
  • Analyze your income statement to make informed decisions and optimize your operational processes
  • Reduce costs and improve quality, productivity, guest satisfaction, and profitability

WHAT YOU'LL EARN

  • Food and Beverage Management Certificate from Cornell Hotel School
  • 48 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

Experts

Cheryl Stanley

Cheryl Stanley is a lecturer in food and beverage management at the Cornell School of Hotel Administration (SHA). She has been involved with food since the age of ten, when she started her own chocolate business, "Cheryl''s Chocolates." Following her interest in food, she attended SHA and graduat...

Alex Susskind

Alex M. Susskind is an associate professor at the School of Hotel Administration and a member of the graduate field of communication at Cornell University. He earned his PhD in communication (with cognates in organizational communication and organizational behavior) from Michigan State University...

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