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Real Food for Kids … And Communities, Too!

Real Food for Kids … And Communities, Too!

Mix some young people, a good cause, and a competition. Stir in a few international spices, and what do you get? A winning recipe! Meet Kaitlyn Sam, Diana Camcho, and Aysha Waraich, winners of the fifth annual Real Food For Kids (RFFK) Feeding Academic Success Culinary Challenge. All three are high school students from Lake […]

Part 2: Upgrading to the New Genre of Combi Ovens

To summarize the first two parts of our technology refresh conversation, we first assessed the value of your POS and the “hows and whys” associated with replacing or upgrading, so you can derive a better ROI for your pocketbook and for your employees and guests. Then last month, the conversation moved to some compelling points […]

Server Alert: 3 Fullproof Ways to Up Your Game

Back in my musician days, while opening for the likes of Neil Young and Richie Havens, I never gave much thought to restaurant service. That all changed when waiter Steven Hayes at the Garden Restaurant in Ocean City, Md. cast a spell with stories of the Garden’s local seafood that was enhanced with home-grown herbs. […]

Summer Season Is Gearing Up

FSM’s new editor, Lisa Keathley, best summed up our 43rd Expo in a few precise words, “an assault on the senses — sights, sounds, tastes and smells.” Boy is she on point! Without a doubt, this was our largest Expo to date with 415 exhibit booths and close to 6,000 attendees. To everyone who exhibited […]

Hampton and Virginia Beach Teens Take 2017 ProStart Top Honors

On Friday, March 10, Virginia ProStart teams from Phoebus High School (Hampton) and Tallwood High School (Virginia Beach) placed first at the 2017 Virginia ProStart Student Invitational in culinary arts and restaurant management, respectively. As the winners of the competition, held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., both schools received an invitation to participate in […]

RAM Award Winners to Be Announced April 30

NOTE:  Due to the “March Blizzard,” the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational was postponed until later in the month, and the results were not available at the time of this submission. For a list of the winning schools, please go to The finalists for the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s (RAM) annual awards have been decided, […]

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