Category: Columns


Produced by the Restaurant Association of Maryland (RAM), the Mid-Atlantic Food, Beverage & Lodging Expo brings together the best elements of the region’s hospitality industry. Join us September 26 and 27 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium! Individuals who work in the hospitality and foodservice industry won’t want to miss this industry-only gathering! Register […]

If it’s summer…

…it must be Summer Restaurant Week! Yes, from Monday, August 14 to Sunday, August 20, more than 250 restaurants in DC, Maryland, and Virginia will serve up multi-course meals, with dinner menus available for $35, lunch menus for $22, and — returning this year — brunch for $22. In fact, over 50 restaurants will offer […]

‘Drink’ Food Safety? …. Yes, Absolutely! For Real

Many years ago, when I was a restaurant server and bartender, I would be annoyed by customers asking me for lemon in their water. It was a new trend then. If I forgot to add the lemon automatically, I would be rushing back to get slices, sometimes having to get even more when another customer […]

New Bills Affecting Virginia

The restaurant industry and the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association had yet another productive year in the 2017 General Assembly Session. Many bills came and went at our state’s capitol in Richmond, and quite a few important changes took effect at the beginning of July. Here is s a quick look at a few […]

Everyone is a Restaurant Critic and Reviewer: No Education Requirements Needed

I have been in the hospitality industry for about 45 years. Yes, that’s a very long time, but it also makes me able to understand — and then leverage — the changes that have come about over those 45 or so years. Food and service were the backbones to great restaurants when I was making […]


Restaurant Week(s) are BA-ACK! Baltimore City Restaurant Week continues through August 6 (although a bunch o’ places extend the dates). Baltimore County Restaurant Week takes place August 4-19. Check out the menus from participating restaurants at and Ahoy Matey! Mutiny Pirate Bar & Island Grille in Glen Burnie, home of Caribbean food and […]

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