October 2018

Hot Off the Grill

The SoCal Food & Beverage Professional recently attended the Celebration of Life for Robin Leach hosted by The Venetian-Palazzo Resort and attended by hundreds of Robin’s friends, family and Read more ›

The SoCal Food & Beverage Professional on Oct 1, 2018

The Bottom Line

Atmosphere is without a doubt one of your restaurant’s biggest selling points. Just as you’d modernize your menu to meet your guests’ evolving taste, updating your restaurant’s overall look Read more ›

Ben Brown on Oct 1, 2018

What's Brewing

Photos by David Mulvihill   Anniversaries + Outstanding Breweries Given the plethora of breweries that now populate Southern California, most months mark one or more anniversaries for resident craft breweries. August brought Read more ›

David Mulvihill on Oct 1, 2018

The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar

Photos courtesy The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar   Situated in the suburban Orange County community of Rancho Santa Margarita, The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar might appear to have an Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Oct 1, 2018

The Restaurant Expert

Many restaurants fail because they simply failed to plan. How do you avoid failure—small or epic? It’s simple really. You plan for success. You put yourself and your restaurant in Read more ›

David Scott Peters on Oct 1, 2018

Human Resources Insights

We all know that you “get more flies with honey than vinegar”—but can we actually embrace that concept? It may be second nature to focus on what went wrong Read more ›

Linda Westcott-Bernstein on Oct 1, 2018

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San Diego Spirits Festival Celebrates 10th Year Downtown The San Diego Spirits Festival saw another successful year in the Port Pavilion on the San Diego Harbor. An intimate event in Read more ›

Ben Brown on Oct 1, 2018

Robin Leach (1941-2018)

Photos by Tom Donoghue London, England-born Robin Douglas Leach was widely known as host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (1984-1995) and for his quote, “Champagne wishes and caviar Read more ›

Don Chareunsy on Oct 1, 2018

Product Review

Origin Gin After a year of record growth in 2017, the St. Louis-based 4 Hands Brewing Co. recently celebrated its 6th anniversary by branching out from beer to distilling, launching Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Oct 1, 2018

Twinkle Toast

Photo by Erin Cooper We are firm believers that pairing wine with food shouldn’t be solely reserved for fine dining in fancy restaurants. Wine can and should be enjoyed in a Read more ›

Erin Cooper & Christine Vanover on Oct 1, 2018

Front & Back of the House

Have you heard the term “free PR?” Many people think that the role of a public relations professional is to simply send out news releases on various company activities Read more ›

Gael Hees on Oct 1, 2018

Beachwood Blendery and The Culinary Underground Join Forces for Finesse & Funk Summer Beer Dinner

Beachwood Blendery and The Culinary Underground joined forces in early August for an evening of remarkable wild ales and inspired gastronomy. Head Brewer & Blender Ryan Fields began by Read more ›

David Mulvihill on Oct 1, 2018

Chef Talk

Although the current version of meatless Mondays was started in 2003, history goes much further back than that. It was actually started during World War I when President Wilson Read more ›

Allen Asch on Oct 1, 2018

Spirits Confidential with Max Solano

Photo by Joy Solano - From my collection (left to right) a bottle produced from every decade beginning in the very early 1900s through the early 2000s. How many times over Read more ›

Max Solano on Oct 1, 2018

Wine Talk with Alice Swift

Natural Cork versus screw cap (alternative closures)… this debate has been around for a long time. Let’s look at the Who, What, When and Why about wine bottle closures Read more ›

Alice Swift on Oct 1, 2018

The Bottom Line

Ask anyone how to improve your marketing and social media will be one of the first things out of their mouth. It’s easy to get sucked into the social Read more ›

Ben Brown on Oct 1, 2018