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What's Hot Chef Survey: There's a new #1 in '09

Note: This post also appears in Floored!, the official blog of NRA Show 2009.

What's Hot You know that song "Hot N Cold" by Katy Perry? That really catchy number that's always on the radio? We can't get it out of our heads. This is a problem since the last time this blogger rocked out to the tune on the…


Posted on December 11, 2008 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

The Art and Soul of Thanksgiving

This is a post from Floored!, the official blog of NRA Show 2009. I hope you enjoy it!

Art Smith Some of us are jetting home for the holidays. Others are sticking around and heading to Art and Soul for some food, folks and…


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Building a better search


There's a new search engine on the 'net that supposedly is the best one available now. It's called DeepDyve, and it claims to gather 99 percent of information that Google misses. It's only in beta mode right now, but it's already receiving a ton of buzz.

According to its Web site, the company deploying this new app was founded… Continue

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 7:50am — 4 Comments

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I think the story goes that President-Elect Barack Obama stated he wanted to be the leader of the United States when he was five. (His former Democratic Party opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, would have you believe that this meant he was ‘ambitious,’ but that’s a topic for another time.) When I was five, I wanted to be a cashier because ‘I like money.’ I'm not kidding. My mom still has the picture that I drew of myself at a cashier stand along with the description I wrote.

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Happy Halloween!


On behalf of the National Restaurant Association, I wish you all a very happy Halloween!

Are you dressing up? What's your costume?

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At 2:22pm on January 8, 2010, Tony said…
Thanks for the add. Looking forward to find out more about events, news from NRA
At 8:14pm on December 14, 2008, Andy Swingley said…
Claire, I hope we haven't seen a slow down in your posts. I so love your stuff!

Have an awesome holiday!
At 9:37am on November 13, 2008, MenusNearU said…
I think you need to add me as a connection...I can't seem to figure out how to message you otherwise.
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Hi, we should talk, I have a partnership idea you may be interested in.
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At 4:00am on October 14, 2008, Leslie Howard said…
Hello Claire,

Wanted to take a few moments and introduce myself. I recently moved to Indy and have been checking out the local flavor. Love the area and am looking forward to meeting more folks that are in the industry.

At 7:48am on August 27, 2008, Sarah said…
Hi, Thanks so much for asking about my restaurant concept. I would love to work with y'all to make it a reality, would you be interested? Sorry to leave a comment but I didn't see a way to email you. You can email me at Thank you again!
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Have you though about adding a forum application like vbulletin or phpbb to your site?
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No problem, Clair! I hope there was good response. I'm definitely going to download.
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Thanks, Claire! I will sign up for the Emergency Preparedness Webinar and send a note to my local list letting them know it's happening.




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