Restaurant chain Xiao Nan Guo looks to personal diners for growth

This Xiao Nan Guo in Causeway Bay is a mainland concept that caters to business diners. Photo: Martin Chan

Mainland restaurant chain operator Xiao Nan Guo Restaurants Holdings plans to open its first mainland Dining Room outlet, a brand originally designed for the Hong Kong market, in Shanghai next year.

Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 4:58am

TICKLING taste buds

Hong Kong is a city that likes to eat. Throw in the corporate side of things, and it's a city that likes to meet and eat. But handling the catering can be a tricky business, with budgets, menus, venues and last-minute changes all needing to be carefully juggled.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Workers leave grind of kitchens for an easier life

Already saddled with rising rents and soaring food prices, Hong Kong's catering industry says it is facing a new problem: a lack of staff.

The number of jobs unfilled in the 200,000-strong sector has reached 20,000, or 10 per cent, the highest vacancy rate since 1997.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Wedding sales managers should have experience in catering

When it comes to planning their wedding, Hong Kong couples do not hesitate to splurge. Monica Ng, wedding sales manager at Renaissance Harbour View Hotel, says market research shows that local couples spend an average HK$200,000 to HK$300,000 on weddings.

Hosting weddings in hotels has become a popular choice and an increasingly important part of the business.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

An unbeatable stock recommendation - except for the liquidators

Can you get rich by reading the Financial Times and investing like Warren Buffett? Probably not, if the paper's stock-screening service is anything to go by.

20 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Five-star hotel seeks top professionals

With its new Cafe on M opening this month, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong is hiring professionals able to enhance its standards and project the hotel as a five-star property suitable for business and leisure travellers. Specifically, there are vacancies in the front office, food and beverage, engineering and catering departments.

9 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

It's worth charging more for flights so that passengers get decent meals

It is about time that something was done with regard to the in-flight meals that are served by airlines and the costs involved.

Every day, more strain in placed on the airline's meal planning department, and the caterers themselves, to reduce costs, cut meal volumes and cut choices.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Meal prices may go up

The government will spend HK$50 million to help schools build kitchens and adopt on-site meal portioning.

But caterers say parents should brace themselves for higher meal prices as rising electricity and water costs will not be covered by the government.

19 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

In-flight caterer needs a high flier for sales post

Outstanding business-to-business sales heavy hitters are being offered a chance to work in the fastest growing area of the airline industry. One of the world's largest in-flight caterers, which serves more than 250 airlines, has a vacancy for an external candidate to join as vice-president of sales, Asia-Pacific.

11 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Search on for director who can help with celebrations

Hotel scouts for ambitious individual who is prepared to take on and beat the competition

Are you the kind of person who has what it takes to help others realise their dreams on their magical day? If you are, then this maybe the perfect job for you.

20 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

In Brief

Unlicensed food factory closed

26 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Putting the canapes before a hors d'oeuvre

After two recipe books, caterer Liza Seaton's latest is about something she is especially good at: canapes. The new tome by the boss of Gingers catering company is called The Cocktail Party, which suitably is filled with ideas for simple yet tasty nibbles.

23 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Go to school, caterer tells chefs

Catering companies are crying out for chefs with banqueting experience and who are used to the kind of bulk catering needed in school kitchens. But competition from Macau and the large hotels in Hong Kong means that supply is low.

13 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Catering to your every need

Ever since legislation was introduced last year, civil celebrants have been able to marry a couple any time, anywhere. But food can be a problem as some venues do not provide catering services. Johnson Lee, director of veteran catering company Gourmet International, offers some advice on what to consider when choosing a caterer for the event.

15 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Staff training is always on menu at catering group

Pokka adopts a systematic approach to developing the skills of its frontline and kitchen employees

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am