Keeping a restaurant cooking
Over his fifteen years in the restaurant business, John has figured out many ways to deal with the immense organizational challenges of operating a restaurant. With Evernote, John has created a system that keeps him sane and keeps his restaurant running smoothly.
In any given week, John interacts with 10-15 different vendors and purveyors, each with their own product guides and point of sale flyers for any new items. Multiply this by the hundreds of products from each vendor, plus the need to maintain a fully functioning kitchen seven days a week and you can see how it could easily get out of control. John keeps everything organized by putting every order and detail about the vendors into Evernote.
John spends most of his time in the kitchen, which means that he does not always have access to a computer during the day. Having Evernote on his phone allows him to stay on top of things wherever he may be. If he gets an email from a vendor for an interesting product or an important proposal, he just forwards it along to his Evernote account. Later, when he gets back to his desk at work or at home, he can review everything in Evernote.
As a chef, John works long hours and the last thing he needs is to reorganizing paperwork (receipts, bills, etc). With a scanner that scans PDFs directly into Evernote, he easily converts the paper mess into digital notes that are always available whenever he needs them.
"The best thing about Evernote, is that the system is completely open. It is really only limited by your imagination. Evernote is so flexible that I was able to adapt it to work specifically for me. Once I came up with my system it was able to do everything I needed. As a chef, I was able to integrate it into my work-flow and perfect it, rather then having to adapt my work-flow to fit into an already established system."
Since John does not like to limit himself to one style of cooking, he tends to do a lot of research online, especially for new products and ingredients that he hasn't used before. With Evernote, he can clip or email ideas into his "Recipes and Food Ideas" notebook from his computer or phone. Then, whenever he does a search, not only does Evernote display the product, but also any related ideas, along with information on which vendors carry that product. He has also shared this notebook with some fellow chefs so that they can contribute their ideas, as well.
For the redesign of their website, John created a Shared Notebook to share ideas and inspirations with his graphic designer and webmaster. He clipped images and pages that he liked from other restaurant sites into Evernote. He also saved all the graphic work that his designer created.