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Category: Columns

Brandwein and Donna … Together Again for Alba Osteria

Amy Brandwein will once again join forces with Roberto Donna, at Hakan Ilhan’s newest restaurant, Alba Osteria, named for the town of Alba in Roberto’s hometown region of Piedmonte. The plan is for 226 seats plus an outdoor 63-seat patio as well as private dining for 22 at the 425 I Street, NW location. In […]

Lessons Realized, Part XIII: Provide Magnificent Experiences

In June of 1987 I took a waiter’s job at Paolo’s in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. General Manager Michael O’Grady was destined to be my mentor and friend. In October 2004 Michael passed away. He was a charismatic pied piper who inspired hundreds of managers, servers, and bartenders. This lesson honors him and […]

The Minimum Wage Debate Is In the Wrong Hands

The populist notion that is gathering momentum in political halls these days is the call for a rise in the minimum wage from a national standard of $7.25 (in Washington, it’s $8.25) to a regional rise over two-plus years to $11.50. The legislative bodies of Montgomery and Prince George’s County in Maryland along with the […]

NRA Launches Second Annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge

Contest in partnership with McCormick For Chefs and Healthy Dining highlights foodservice industry’s commitment to providing healthful meals for children – Winners recognized at NRA Show 2014 in Chicago The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is now accepting submissions for its second annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge, an initiative aimed at showcasing restaurant and foodservice companies’ […]

2014 OCHMRA Spring Trade Expo Celebrates 40th Anniversary March 9-10

2014 OCHMRA Spring Trade Expo Celebrates 40th Anniversary March 9-10

The highlight of the winter is just around the corner as the Ocean City Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association is actively preparing for the 40th Anniversary Spring Trade Expo. Coined “coming out of winter hibernation” by one long-time exhibitor, this Expo is a long standing Eastern Shore hospitality tradition. As the producer of the largest Mid-Atlantic trade Expo, […]

Shockley and Sabia from Ocean City Recognized as Maryland Tourism Leaders

Shockley and Sabia from Ocean City Recognized as Maryland Tourism Leaders

More than 200 tourism industry professionals convened for the 33rd Annual Tourism and Travel Summit sponsored by the Maryland Tourism Council (MTC) and the Maryland Office of Tourism Development (OTD). The three-day conference, held at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, included education, networking and award ceremonies that recognize the best in the industry. A new line up […]

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