Michael L. Atkinson's Blog – July 2009 Archive (3)

The Future of Fine Dining.... The Bistro.

While there may always be a fine dining segment, it is being re-invented, re-defined and re-booted right now in front of our very eyes. I predict that 2009 will be the beginning of a decade-long period of creativity and growth that redefines the American fine dining scene. The fine dining scene, as we know it today, really got a big boost from Las Vegas. Las Vegas and the places like the Bellagio Hotel, launched the careers of many celebrity chefs including Michael Mina’s and Todd English.… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on July 21, 2009 at 10:23pm — 27 Comments

Need A New Idea?



Springwise is one of my favorite sites. They always have something that I have never seen or thought of. Based in Netherlands with over 8,000 spotters worldwide (including me), they post novel ideas that are working not just in concept. Who would have thought that Churros could be more than what they were, a long, sugary donut generally found at carnivals and art… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on July 16, 2009 at 8:28am — 2 Comments

What’s In Your Pot?

Like many of you, I enjoyed an incredible respite from the exciting, drudge, fun, interesting world of running a start up his past weekend. I deserved a break and my long-time friend Kitty came to the rescue with an invitation to spend 5 days at the lake front home of her best friends from Reno.



Lake Almanor is about 2 hours from Reno at the lower end of the Cascades. It’s the second largest lake in California and it’s a real beauty,… Continue

Added by Michael L. Atkinson on July 7, 2009 at 9:06pm — 5 Comments

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