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When Is an Investment an Expense?

High tech and low tech answers follow: Spring has sprung. Fall has fallen. Winter stunk and we’re mad as hell. Right? Is it time to invest in your business now? Put some money and effort in, and get a big return, OK? That is always the challenge, and often, because the investment is a poor […]

General Meat Handling Guide for Your Cooks … For Real

I’ve been surprising my food safety students lately and informing them that if the meat is freshly slaughtered and butchered safely, they can basically eat it raw, i.e. steak tartare or carpaccio, as other people enjoy raw fish, i.e. sashimi or sushi. This seems to shock them. I actually enjoy seeing some of them react […]

10 Tips for Restaurant Training Success

10 Tips for Restaurant Training Success

1. Be an expert. The quickest and easiest way to deflate an audience is to not know the jargon and ins and outs of your business. Be knowledgeable about 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 not ideal training […]

GRK Fresh Greek Goes Fast and Casual

Fast Casual dining is alive and growing in DC metro area. GRK Fresh Greek, a new healthy, fast casual concept from a partnership that is 100 percent Greek. Their first US store is in New York City’s financial district. It came to the attention of Nation’s Restaurant News, which included GRK in its “Breakout Brands […]

Good Things Happen

As FSM was going to press, the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) made a key announcement at a reception held at The Carnegie Library. Lynne Breaux, former RAMW president, will be presented the Capital Achievement Award named in honor of legendary Washington restaurateur Duke Zeibert at the RAMMY Awards Gala in June. The Association recognizes […]

100 Years, Phillips Seafood Celebrates Its Hoopers Island Roots

Phillips Seafood is celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year, marking the first A.E. Phillips & Son seafood processing plant on Hoopers Island in the Chesapeake Bay! Look for lots of exciting events and promotions – cooking classes, contests, and food and beverage specials. When I was growing up, my Dad ran The Stowaway Hotel, directly […]

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