December 2017

A Festive Look at High-End Spirits with J.R. Starkus

Cover and feature photos by Audrey Dempsey @infinity photo As the holiday season settles into its place, so too does the penchant for high-end spirits. “In November and, especially, December, Read more ›

Pat Evans on Dec 2, 2017


Zen is a school of Buddhism. In China where it transferred from its birth in India, Zen was strongly influenced by the tradition of Taoism, becoming a distinguished sect Read more ›

K. Mike Masuyama Ph.D. on Dec 1, 2017

Product Review

Kill Cliff Recovery Drinks We’re all familiar with energy drinks, but what about a beverage to drink before, during and after working out? The categories of Endurance Sports and Recovery Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2017

Dining out with the Harrises

We have known about Bocuse d’Or for years but never had the opportunity to experience it first-hand in Lyon, France. We got a rare glimpse into this prestigious culinary Read more ›

Elaine & Scott Harris on Dec 1, 2017

Broads of Bourbon

Mary, Trey Zoeller and Delilah drink whiskey and talk sharks.  Back in October, Total Wine decided to throw a little shindig at the Red Rock Resort and Spa, and we Read more ›

Mary Powers & Delilah Tennyson on Dec 1, 2017

From Professional Snowboarder to Michelin Star Award Winner

The celebrity chef was awarded his first Michelin Star for highly acclaimed Seoul restaurant, DOSA LAS VEGAS (Nov. 8, 2017) – The 2018 Michelin Guide Seoul announced this week that Read more ›

The SoCal Food & Beverage Professional on Dec 1, 2017

Brett's Vegas View

DINING EXPLOSION Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar paying homage to Gilded Age opulence opened as part of the Monte Carlo’s makeover into Park MGM. Rosina being unveiled at The Palazzo this month is an elegant 65-seat cocktail retreat Read more ›

Jackie Brett on Dec 1, 2017

The Bottom Line

The art of plating has gone hand-in-hand with the craft of cooking for ages, but presentation is more important as ever in the restaurant world. The reason why can Read more ›

Ben Brown on Dec 1, 2017

Foodie Biz

Downtown San Diego’s exploding Gaslamp District carries a distinct energy, spread through young partygoers and hip clientele that flock to the area’s restaurants, bars and nightclubs that transport San Read more ›

Ben Brown on Dec 1, 2017


In today’s time…when you are getting ready to choose where to go out to eat, all of a sudden the decision can become very difficult. Wouldn’t it be great Read more ›

Victoria Pindrik on Dec 1, 2017

Behold the Gold

photo by Sabin Orr Just as Tony Abou Ganim’s knowledge and enthusiasm has touched many Las Vegas Bartenders, the Las Vegas Golden Knights have inspired our city for the better. Read more ›

Adam Rains on Dec 1, 2017


photo courtesty WhistlePig WhistlePig from Vermont has been a rising star in the whiskey world and now has reached a pinnacle in its short but decorated history. Its latest edition, Read more ›

Adam Rains on Dec 1, 2017

Flock and Fowl Downtown

photo courtesy Flock and Fowl Chef Sheridan Su and wife Jenny Wong are at it again. After a successful food truck, their Asian-American comfort food Mecca Fat Choy, and an Read more ›

Adam Rains on Dec 1, 2017

Wine Talk with Alice Swift

photos courtesy I don’t know about you, but it seems 2017 has flown by so quickly! In the spirit of the holidays, and to ensure everyone has some good wines Read more ›

Alice Swift on Dec 1, 2017

Made from Scratch

Photos by John Rockwell.  There’s nothing like riding a bike twice your age! My 17-year-old daughter is a tough rider, and enjoyed the challenge of 60 miles (round trip) from Read more ›

John Rockwell on Dec 1, 2017

What's Brewing

SDBW Beer Garden Photos by David Mulvihill. Amplified Ale Works, representing in style. 14 of San Diego’s top chefs came together with 28 San Diego Brewers Guild brewers to close out San Read more ›

David Mulvihill on Dec 1, 2017

Talking Shop with Chica’s Lorena Garcia and John Kunkel

photo courtesy Chica As one of the country’s top celebrity chefs, Lorena Garcia is best known for her television roles on Top Chef Masters, America’s Next Great Restaurant, and multiple shows on Read more ›

Bob Barnes on Dec 1, 2017

Human Resources Insights

I was conducting a meeting a few days ago at one of our locations and in the process was talking to several of our frontline employees. In many ways, Read more ›

Linda Westcott-Bernstein on Dec 1, 2017

Chef Talk

I never really thought about it until someone recently asked me, “Is watermelon a fruit or a vegetable?” I always thought of it as a fruit but I started Read more ›

Allen Asch on Dec 21, 2017