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Hot Off the Grill!

Restaurant Editor Ben Brown attended what’s known as ‘California’s prime Hispanic food and wine festival,’ the AltaMed Food & Wine Festival. Lobster claws with caviar and edible gold leaf? Read more ›

The SoCal Food & Beverage Professional on Sep 8, 2019

The Bottom Line

Menu engineering is the art of increasing your average check by getting customers to subconsciously order higher-profit items, and more of them. For those unfamiliar with this practice, it’s Read more ›

Ben Brown on Sep 8, 2019

What's Brewing

Photos by David Mulvihill Brewers Mash 2018, (l-r) Kyle Giannuzzi (Brewery X), Brian Rauso (Green Cheek), Rick Smets (Stereo), Brian Hendon and Bryan Giesen (Docent). Oktoberfest-ive Southern California is gearing up for Read more ›

David Mulvihill on Sep 8, 2019

Product Review

Martini & Rossi Frosé  In the wake of the massive heat that recently swept the US, frozen drinks are a welcome relief, but the new Martini & Rossi Frosé is Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Sep 8, 2019

Spirits Confidential with Max Solano

photos courtesy Max Solano In our marvelous food and beverage industry (and, it is truly marvelous) how many countless “Best of…” articles have been written over the years? Whether the Read more ›

Max Solano on Sep 8, 2019

Twinkle Toast

  Laura Gatti is no stranger to the wine business. Winemaking has been a constant in her life since she was a little girl and to this day, she works Read more ›

Erin Cooper & Christine Vanover on Sep 8, 2019

The Restaurant Expert

Years ago, I came across a study called “The Spirit of Service.” It was done by a foodservice industry association that is no longer around, but the information it Read more ›

David Scott Peters on Sep 8, 2019

Brett's Vegas View

ENTERTAINMENT Foreigner has an exclusive headlining residency show at The Venetian Resort beginning Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, with 10 performances. Journey with nine dates in October has added four dates for New Year’s Eve Read more ›

Jackie Brett on Sep 8, 2019

Wine Talk with Alice Swift

photos courtesy Alice Swift and Sinasera 24 In the first part of August this year, I had the opportunity to visit Taitung to co-teach a culinary camp along with my Read more ›

Alice Swift on Sep 8, 2019

Chef Talk

Coming from the East Coast, and having lived in New Orleans, I experienced how oysters have become a mainstay in the diet due to its indigenous nature. Here in Read more ›

Allen Asch on Sep 8, 2019

Human Resources Insights

Now more than ever, it is important that companies today are in tune with and attentive to what behaviors are going on in their workplace. This new workforce is Read more ›

Linda Westcott-Bernstein on Sep 8, 2019

Foodie Biz

Photos by Ben Brown. AltaMed Food and Wine Festival Showcases Grandeur Latin Flavor The AltaMed Food & Wine Festival, known as ‘California’s prime Hispanic food and wine festival,’ celebrated with a Read more ›

Ben Brown on Sep 8, 2019

The Bottom Line

It’s a timeless saying. ‘The customer is always right.’ When in doubt, give the customer what they want, because they’re the ones that support your business and allow you Read more ›

Ben Brown on Aug 11, 2019

What's Brewing

Photos by David Mulvihill Firkfest Firkfest, the annual festival that pays tribute to cask-conditioned ale, returned to Farmer’s Park (Anaheim Packing District) on June 29. Traditional cask-conditioned beer begins the brewing Read more ›

David Mulvihill on Aug 11, 2019

Product Review

Starward Nova Australian Whiskey We’re used to hearing about whiskey from Ireland, Scotland, the US and now Japan, but how about Australia? Starward is made in Melbourne, and the distillery is putting Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Aug 11, 2019

Spirits Confidential with Max Solano

Last month we covered some amazing and diverse gins from various geographical regions throughout the world. This month, I decided to continue riding this gin train and cover some Read more ›

Max Solano on Aug 11, 2019

Foodie Biz

Art Beyond the Glass Sees Fanciful Libation Celebration  Photos by Ben Brown Art Beyond the Glass saw another successful year, bringing together a lively community of LA’s bar and beverage professionals Read more ›

Ben Brown on Aug 11, 2019

Twinkle Toast

photo by Erincooperphotography.com Dumping out wine that has gone bad from being open too long is always a sad event. Fortunately, within the past decade, technological advancements have been made Read more ›

Erin Cooper & Christine Vanover on Aug 11, 2019

The Restaurant Expert

Operational systems from the back of the house to the front of the house are the only way for your restaurant to earn its potential in profits. The magic Read more ›

David Scott Peters on Aug 11, 2019

In Coronado or San Diego Area? Dine at Primavera!

photos courtesy Primavera Ristorante I was in Coronado recently and had an absolutely fabulous meal. In the heart of the town, only a few blocks from the famed Hotel del Read more ›

Shelley Stepanek on Aug 11, 2019

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