November 2008 Blog Posts (108)

Spending Election Day in a battleground state

I just arrived in Cleveland for a food journalist conference and will spend the next three days here. I read and hear that Ohio will be interesting to watch tomorrow, and I will certainly keep an eye on it.

It feels a little strange, however, to not spend Election Day in Washington, D.C., where I live. Being surrounded by politics every day, year-round there, it's kind of a change of pace to get out of town for one of the biggest political days in recent history. DC is after all a… Continue

Added by AnnikaS on November 3, 2008 at 12:08pm — 1 Comment

Election-Eve Fun: The Gastronomic Pleasures of U.S. Presidents

Looking for a great idea for an Election Day special? Or maybe your child is looking for trivia to earn extra credit on a quiz. The following might help. As those of us living in the States study our ballots and prepare for tomorrow's historic and critical election, I decided to take on the the light-and-tidy activity of looking into the favorite foods of some of the former U.S. Presidents.

Note, many of the foods said to be savored by those who once ran the Oval Office… Continue

Added by Judy "the foodie" Asman on November 3, 2008 at 7:00am — 8 Comments

Want To Survive? There Is A Way........

I was going to include this as a response to Steve Paterson on my previous blog post: "How to Stop the Waiter From Spitting in Your Food".

I wrote it, got all steamed up; then thought you might want to read it too, so I decided to make it a separate post by itself.

It started out being about how we got ourselves into the short-staffed mess we're in; but when I really thought about it, it seemed to me that there were a lot of other reasons why too.

Moreover, I… Continue

Added by Roy MacNaughton on November 2, 2008 at 8:45pm — 6 Comments

When Payroll is Bouncing or Your Employer isn't Paying You

Everyone is having a hard time right now. Even if they don't know it. Everyone is getting smacked financially. Even if their Master hasn't demanded they drop their pants just yet, it's coming.

A spanking fest is coming to a restaurant near you.

Now it's time to weed out the doe eyed culinary graduates from the serious, stamina-strong line cooks. The hope is that fewer restaurants mean fewer shoemakers. Or, shoemakers will be all that's left when the good…


Added by Shuna fish Lydon on November 2, 2008 at 6:27pm — 3 Comments

How Much Does Five Minutes Cost Your Restaurant?

Last night my fiancé and I decided to take a moment to celebrate our engagement of a year (the wedding is four weeks away). We have not seen each other much due to his hectic schedule with the IRL, so we thought it would be nice to share a great meal out. Earlier in the week I had received a twenty dollar gift card for an upscale restaurant in the area (smart marketing on their part). What follows is an example of how costly a five minute mistake can be for any restaurant.

Leaving… Continue

Added by Leslie Howard on November 2, 2008 at 1:14pm — 11 Comments

The Beginning

Every story, every adventure, every day has to have a beginning. La Fromagerie d' Acadiana began with me having a crazy idea for a new cheese shop for the people of Acadiana.. Where they could come to sample, enjoy and buy the multitude of choices the fromage world can offer. Those choices that are not currently available at all, anywhere near here.

I guess the Pre-History of this idea dates back to my second foray into entrepreneurship, where I sold monthly clubs… Continue

Added by Dana A. Romero on November 1, 2008 at 8:50am — 6 Comments

...While Rome Is Burning

Today the New York Times carried a story titled:

“Forget Caviar: Holiday Parties feel the Pinch”

Even the venerable, Danny Meyer, CEO of Hudson Yards Catering and Union Square Hospitality Group, said: “(his) catering company has lost three grand-scale holiday parties by three different investment banks that we had done last year."

The article went on to state: “…and the Grinch came to ABC News last week in the form of a cost-cutting memo announcing that there… Continue

Added by Roy MacNaughton on November 1, 2008 at 6:59am — 5 Comments

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