New EZchef Software Features
Inventory "Find &
Inventory "Find & Replace" Feature
Click Menu Item and Sub Recipe "Duplicate" button
Inventory "Price History" report
User defined "Price Change Alert"
to "Online Conversion Tool" for Weight-to-Volume item conversions
Option to Print Individual Inventory Count Sheets by Category or
Backup button (Date and Time stamped)
Include Prepared Food Items in your Physical Inventory Counts
Multi-Unit Tool to Transfer Menu Items from one file to another
Reports to Export from EZchef to their own spreadsheets
Additional Menu Categories and Locations Available
Photographs of Menu Items and Print Along with Recipe & Notes
Find & Display
Now it's easy to see
every menu item and sub recipe where a specific inventory item has been used.
Often referred to as "product utilization", you can easily display a
list of each menu category; and associated menu items and/or sub
recipes, where that inventory item
has been linked. Click on the "Find and Replace" button then select
the inventory item from the "Find and Display" section.
2. Find &
Do you want to replace an
existing inventory item in all the menu items and sub recipes that
currently use that linked item? Whether it's a permanent or
temporary replacement, it's now simple to substitute inventory items
without manually replacing each item in every template where it's
presently linked. Click on the Find & Replace button and first select the
item from the drop down window. Next select the
replacement item from the window below. EZchef will do the rest, and display the number of times the replacement has been made.
Duplicate Existing Menu Items and Sub Recipes
With the new "Duplicate
Recipe" button you can save time, and easily create a copy of
any existing menu item or sub-recipe. After creating the copy simply
rename the new recipe, and modify it as you like.
4. Inventory Item Price History
Now you can easily track
historic price changes for all your food and beverage items. Whether
you want to track a single item or all items, the process is EZ.
Select the "Price History" button in the header of each Inventory
sheet, and then choose whether you want the history of a single item
or all items in that product category.
Select a Single Item or
Display All Items…
Single Item Price History…
or Display the Price
History of All Items...
5. Inventory Item Price Alert
Price Change Alert (% Increase or Decrease) to display a message
whenever you manually update your inventory prices. The default
setting is 10% but you can set to any number you like.
Default is set, the message below will be displayed anytime the new
price increases or decreases by the set amount.
Link to Online Tool for Weight-to-Volume inventory item
Conversion Tool is adequate for most of your recipe and inventory
unit conversions, we now provide an easy online link to a conversion
tool for products that you purchase by weight but typically call for
in a volume measure. Since the density of each product varies, this
type of conversion relies on a data base of common food products.
For example, you may buy granulated sugar by the pound (weight), but
call for it in you recipes by the tablespoon or cup (volume). Use
this link to easily make this type of conversion..
to Print Inventory Count Sheets by Single or Multiple Categories or Locations
Now you can control the printing
of your inventory count sheets to include only those categories or
locations you want to include. Print one list for the chef to
include only the food inventory and then another for the bar manager
to include beer, wine and liquor. Or you can print one sheet for a
staff member to count items in the walk-in cooler, and another for
someone to count the freezer. From the "Print Inventory Worksheets"
section select either the Categories or Locations you
want to print.
Backup Your EZchef File
I see many users simply SAVE
their file after a working session with the program. This is not a
recommended practice as it fails to create a backup of the data in
the event that the file becomes corrupted or more typically, the
user wants or needs to go back to a previous version.
The SAVE AS is a better alternative,
especially when you append the file name with
the current date (e.g. EZchef Nov 5 2016.xlsm. Then, if there is a problem with current file, the
user can always go back to the last file that was used.
Even better is a backup feature, that
when clicked, creates a copy of the file without you having to leave
the current program file. From the EZchef Main Menu you can now simply click on
the BACKUP feature, and EZchef will create a Date and Time "stamped"
copy of your file. It will save the backup file to the same directory that
your program file is located.
9. Include Prepared Food Items
in your Physical Inventory Counts
This is a feature that was
created in response to customer requests. Many restaurants want to
be able to include prepared food items in their regular inventory counts. These
represent a significant cost, and not including them in the inventory
counts may result in your Cost of Sales calculations not being
In EZchef, Prepared Foods are represented by
your Sub Recipes. These are items that are not sold directly, but
are components of Menu Items, or of other Sub Recipes.
To use the new feature simply click on the
Update button prior to printing your inventory count sheets.
Now select those items you want included in the
inventory count sheets.
EZchef will add each Sub Recipe name, and
current "Batch" Cost, to the newly created Prepared Foods inventory
section of the program. It will also "append" the name by adding
"-INV" to each name. You will still need to assign an Inventory
Count Unit (and Conversion) to each item based on the way you want
to count it. You can also assign Locations for shelf to sheet
Multi-Unit Tool to Transfer Menu Items from one file to another
The multi-unit tool allows you to
export selected menu items and sub recipes (with all associated
inventory items) from one EZchef file, and import into another
EZchef file. Needless to say this saves considerable time and
effort, and for a multi-unit operation it allows menu items to be
created only once, and then easily moved to another location's file.
Select "Export Menu Items & Sub Recipes" and then
select any Menu Items and Sub Recipes you want to export. When the
export file is created and saved, use the Import button from the new
EZchef file to import the item(s) and all associated inventory.
11. New Reports to Export
Click on the Excel Reports icon to view new
Menu Categories and Locations Available
We just added two more menu categories
(from 8 to 10) and seven new inventory locations!
13. Insert Photos of
Menu Items and Include when Printing
Now it's simple to include photos of
your plated menu items along with the detailed recipes and notes.
Simply click on the 'Insert Picture" button and select the picture
using either a *.gif, *.jpg or *.png file format.