Prepsheets control menu costs

Brian and Tara Beattie have launched 'Prepsheets', a new tool for the hospitality industry.

The couple opened Mange Tout Limited in 1998 as a fine dining restaurant. In 2002 it pivoted to an outside catering company, and in 2011 it expanded to become a café operator. In 2021 it pivoted again to launch a SaaS product - is the culmination of all the experience Brian and Tara gained whilst running their hospitality group ensuring that through their growth and entering new markets they remained profitable.

Brain’s childhood growing up on a family farm gave him an appreciation for natural and local produce. Training alongside chef proprietors in some of Dublin's most famous restaurants (Chapter One; L'Ecrivain) taught him the importance of managing costs down to the individual portion.

Tara’s background in Quality Management Systems as well as ERP Software meant Mange Tout was always working on technological systems to streamline the business. They initially developed as an internal tool that enabled them to create dishes suitable to their diverse clients whilst always having accurate menu costs, allergens and calories.

For a long time they wanted to offer it to other hospitality companies and help them achieve the same efficiencies and gross margins. However they were missing some technical skills.Fortunately, their son provided a missing link. Due to Covid-19 he had to take a gap year from studying computer science at MIT, Boston.

So, the webapp version of was launched in 2021. This is a wholly independently owned subsidiary of Mange Tout. It is a simple tool to ensure that inhouse recipes have accurate costs, allergens and calories for each portion of each dish. Brian and Tara have found over the years that if you are clear on your costs, you are clear on your end pricing and you are also clear on what you can put on your menu or not. You are also in a strong positionwhen it comes to negotiating with suppliers for better prices.

The tool is live and currently has 30 users signed up. The tool is also free until the end of June.

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