Category: Columns

Three Big Announcements!

We’ve moved I am pleased to report that, effective May 15, 2017, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association relocated its office to 5101 Monument Avenue, Suite 206 in Richmond. The move was a long-time goal for the Association. We hope the move will help us to better connect with our membership and the hospitality […]

The Latest Dish

Former chef at The Source, Scott Drewno, Mandu owner/operator Danny Lee, and Drew Kim, one of the founders of matchboxfoodgroup, have formed Fried Rice Collective (get it?). They will open Chiko on Barracks Row at 423 8th Street, SE where DC-3 used to be. Half the menu will be Chinese (Chi) and half will be […]

10 Tips for Restaurant Training Success

1. Be an expert. The fastest way to deflate an audience is to not know the jargon and the ins and outs of a business. Know your topic and connect the concepts and techniques to real-life experiences. You’ll be effective, believable, and confident. 2. Set the stage. Restaurants are less than ideal training venues. Their […]

Keep Your Restaurant Profitable with These Best Practices

Happy summer everyone! Every month, I try to offer guidance related to the tough job of running a restaurant efficiently and profitably, with suggestions that come from my 45 years of experience in the hospitality business. Managing a profitable restaurant is certainly no simple feat. This month, I take a slightly different approach and present […]

Baltimore Chefs Got the Cure — Cure Camp

No, it was not a spa camp to cure an illness! It was an intense butchering tutorial led by the Four Seasons Hotel’s Master Butcher, Marc Pauvert. To date, Cure Camp has been held in 16 cities with Kansas City, Palm Beach, Las Vegas, and Toronto on the horizon. Sponsors have been Creekstone Farms, Hudson […]

For Real … What Do I Do? Food Recall?

Every day, I get email notifications or see news reports about food recalls. We primarily think food is recalled because of biological contamination, like E. coli, salmonella, or other pathogenic bacteria in the food. However, recalls are often due to mislabeling of ingredients, failure to declare allergens on the label, or a piece of plastic, […]

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