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Food cost variance is driven by many different factors

What Is Food Cost Variance & Why Does It Matter?

Learn more about food cost variance and how to consistently monitor it. See how to use invoice processing tools to automatically push product price updates through to recipes costs, COGS, and more.

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Restaurant operator using AP automation software to scan and digitize a paper invoice

It’s Time for Restaurants to Harness Invoice Processing Automation

Thriving or just surviving? Invoice processing automation is the foundation for managing costs, profitability, & overall business health. See how!

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xtraCHEF Product Release 10.4

Our 10.4 feature update sees added & refined functionality for our inventory, recipe, order, reports, and more. Especially exciting is our new Inventory by COGS report and Recipe Variance Analysis prime cost breakdown.

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Are Cost of Goods Sold restaurant insights enough for your operation?

What’s Cost of Goods Sold Really Saying About Your Restaurant?

You need to go beyond COGS measures and gain individual menu items insights to truly optimize costs and sustain long-term profitability.

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Accounting for food delivery costs is a breeze with xtraCHEF

The Benefits of Recipe Management Software

Recipe management software is a must-have to gain quick and easy insight into plate costs. Read on to see how it can benefit your restaurant.

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Balance your menu profitability with the highest margin food items.

Successful Menus Require More than High Profit Margin Foods

Profitable menus require creativity, savvy, trend analysis, and more. Learn tips, systems, & strategies for crafting a profitable menu across your restaurant operation.

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Automatically calculate plate cost with xtraCHEF's recipe management software.

How to Calculate Plate Cost for Your Restaurant’s Recipes

Calculating plate cost is one of the most important practices that any restaurant manager or owner can undertake. Precise plate costs help you make better decisions for menu pricing, COGS, budgeting, & more!

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Restaurant business planning taking place at the bar.

3 Restaurant Business Planning Factors You Can’t Overlook

Here are three often overlooked factors can make or break your restaurant business—especially these days—so be sure to bake them into your next planning session.

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Forget about your food inventory turnover ratio—there's better metrics!

Forget About Your Food Inventory Turnover Formula

You have much more important and efficient inventory metrics to worry about than your turnover ratio. These are those metrics.

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xtraCHEF Product Release 10.3

Our product and development teams have been hard at work to bring you xtraCHEF version 10.3 — the first updates since our exciting acquisition by Toast!

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Manage third-party delivery fees at the recipe level.

Baking Third-Party Delivery Fees into Recipe Costs

You must implement a system to monitor delivery costs for individual dishes so that you can manage your profitability across these services.

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Shining a Light on Mental Health in the Food Service Industry

We’re shining a light on the pervasive mental health crisis in the food service industry. Learn just how dire the crisis is out there and discover resources and anecdotes that will hopefully help you and/or anyone you know that may be struggling.

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