Category: Columns

Saval’s 85th Anniversary

When you think 85 years old, you might think aging, static, slowing down. But none of these words apply to Saval Foods, celebrating 85 years this October! Change, innovation, and adaptation are more appropriate adjectives to describe this family business. The firm was started in Baltimore in 1932 by Harry and Flora Saval. Grandson and […]

Answering, ‘What’s good?’ is Your Ticket to Paradise

When guests ask, “What’s good?” they’re really saying, “Tell me what to buy.” They’re saying, “Here’s my American Express card…have at it.” This advice-seeking question is your pass to the “Promised Land.” Unfortunately, too many servers respond with, “Everything’s good.” That’s code for, “I don’t have a clue,” or “I’m too lazy to bother.” 1.  […]


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 […]

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