Help make our soldiers time overseas a little easier

Through the coordinated effort of a food service friend and veteran, and others who have donated time and resources, a program has been started to send portion control packaged condiments to our brave soldiers fighting in Afganistan and Iraq. While I haven’t had the pleasure of tasting the MRE’s made for our soldiers to eat, I’m told that as good as they are, a little ketchup can make it taste much much better for one of our soldiers.

To bring a little comfort to our soldiers, Steve Armstrong is collecting case lots of the following condiments to send overseas to our soldiers:

  • Mayo
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Tartar sauce
  • Horseradish cream
  • Hot sauce
  • Pickle relish
  • Creamers (dried or liquid)
  • Sugar
  • Sugar substitutes

Please visit Steve’s website at and find out how to send them a case of whatever you can spare. It would really put a smile on the faces of some of our countries bravest men and women.

Reading suggestion – The Chef's Commandments

I just finished reading my pre-publication, review copy of The Chef’s Commandments: Maximize your kitchen’s profitability by J.A. Mendez from Pineapple Publications. Good read.

To be honest, I have to tell you that I was interviewed for this book, and the publisher used some of my blogs and articles for content, so I may be biased. Either way, I suggest picking up a copy of The Chef’s Commandments for yourself. The author, Antonio, has done a great job of packing a lot of useful information about operating a successful restaurant into a 138-page book that only takes a few hours to read.

 Pre-order your copy here.

Antonio’s book delves into food cost control, marketing, menu creation, safety, sanitation and even managing employees. While it isn’t an “in-depth” study of any one of these topics, it does a lot to focus you in the right direction, so you know what areas of your restaurant or food service you should be looking at to obtain more profit.

 At $15.95, this book is a steal.

 Chefs Commandments cover


I almost forgot. This book is the first of a series, so keep your eyes out for the next installment in The Chef’s Commandments: Happy Cooks, Happy Customers – A chef’s guide to employee management.

Sorry for the down time.

O’Dell Restaurant Consulting Blog has been down since July 4th due to an error in our hosting files. I apologize for any inconvenience and want to assure all of you that this blog is still here and going strong.

Brandon O’Dell
O’Dell Restaurant Consulting

O’Dell Restaurant Consulting Webstore!

O’Dell Restaurant Consulting would like to remind you of our online webstore! In our store, you’ll find lots of on-site, email and telephone consulting service packages to help you solve the most pressing problems in your business. You’ll also find some great Microsoft Word, Excel, .pdf and graphic file restaurant tool downloads, some available for only $5 each!

Whether you’re searching for help solving labor issues, trying to lower your food costs, wanting creative marketing and menu ideas, or you just need someone to talk to, you can find it in our webstore! If you have already visited, but haven’t been back lately, make sure to check in and see if there is anything new!

Here it is……….. O’Dell Restaurant Consulting Webstore

Thank you for your time, and check the webstore often. I will be updating it with new downloads and services frequently.