SGWS honored Herbs & Rye recently, who won High Production Cocktail Lounge at the Tales of the Cocktail competition in New Orleans. I had the chance to reunite with an old friend and one of, if not the top, mixologist in the country, Tony Abou-Ganim. Tony is excited about the new opening of his Libertine Social restaurant inside the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. He is the Beverage Partner in the venture and ready to wow his followers and guests with his concoctions!

We recently had the opportunity to attend the PMA-Produce Marketing Association Foodservice Expo in Monterey, CA and were able to see some of the latest and freshest ideas to come to the Food & Beverage Industry. We were especially impressed with a new up-and-coming company that individually builds and sells micro hothouses for growing your own micro greens, herbs and vegetables in-house. Talk about a farm to plate experience, this is perfect!

One thing I miss these days in restaurants is tableside service. So you can imagine just how delighted I was to have our server at The Whaling Station at Cannery Row in Monterey Bay, prepare our Caesar salad from scratch tableside! Excellent job and just how I remember making my first Caesar salad as a student in the Hotel & Restaurant Management course at the City College of San Francisco.