Category: Columns

Laying Down the Law

This month, the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) made an announcement about their updated “code of ethics” recognizing bloggers, the Internet and social media in order to “address issues emerging in the digital age, such as the challenge of maintaining anonymity and competing with bloggers.” The new code acknowledges that, in the digital age, “true […]


“Summertime and the livin’ is easy … ” I’m not sure George Gershwin and I would have the same thoughts about his famous lyric … it seems summertime is pretty busy around here. Now when I go in to Washington via New York Avenue I see a summer skyline spiked with at least eight building […]

Clyde’s of Georgetown To Receive 2013 Milestone RAMMY

A Washington, DC dining institution celebrating its 50th year in business, Clyde’s of Georgetown will be awarded the 2013 Honorary Milestone RAMMY Award from the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). Honoring longstanding local restaurants and RAMW members which have been in business for at least 50 years, the honorary milestone award is bestowed onto only the DC region’s most […]

Shouldn’t Our Produce be Safe from Contamination? … For Real

While teaching our Food Service Manager Certification and Food Safety classes we get a lot of questions regarding produce and foodborne illnesses. It always surprises me that there are so many questions regarding produce and always think personally, that fresh produce should be considered healthy and not to be feared as something to cause us […]

Technology in the Restaurant Starts and Ends with Point of Sale (POS), Right?

For many reasons, including some very self-serving ones, this is absolutely true. If you, God forbid, still use cash registers, or a calculator and an abacus or calculator, please take the time to look over your shoulder and see the money slipping through your fingers, out the door, down the street, in the gutter, and […]

Lessons in Action, Part VII … Reinventing Azul: Setting a New Course for a Fading Restaurant

Every day I think of Michael O’Grady and the creative ways he coached and mentored so many to new heights. In this new series, Lessons in Action, I’ll I share my insights, breakthroughs tools, and techniques that honor his legacy of helping others grow. At Azul at the JW Ihilani Marriott in Honolulu, I luxuriate […]

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