Author Archives: amy.m

Wine Training: ‘Boot Camp’ or ‘Stairway’ Approach?

Depending on the type of establishment you operate, a restaurant’s wine list can range from encyclopedic to rudimentary, but it is an effective tool for the generation of high margin revenue.   Getting your staff to utilize it effectively to drive … Continue reading

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The Best Thing I Ever Ate

The taste of summer is among us, as we approach wedding bells and friendly gatherings full of seasonal treats that compliment the sunshine and season of celebration. As you attend your annual family BBQ to kick-off the season, or celebrate … Continue reading

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Summer BBQ – Recipe

Hot Onion Dip This dip has been served at my family functions for years. It’s simple to make and full of flavor. Many times, guests who don’t like onions will try it, and love it! The onions aren’t as pungent … Continue reading

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Egg-traordinary Easter Cocktails

Easter is a time of celebration, which calls for a feast! To go along with your feast of lamb, pies, decorated Easter eggs and ham, try stepping outside the ‘mimosa box’ with these tasty and imaginative Easter-themed drinks. They can … Continue reading

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Glassware: Fingerprints Mark You Guilty!

Henderson, party-of-five, has departed and the table is properly cleared. The dishes are designated to their cleaning stations and linens have landed in the hamper for proper cleaning. Methodically, you follow the necessary steps in redressing the table for Davis, … Continue reading

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My Favorite Kitchen Tool

At home, where I cook, I have a drawer full of all of my go-to ‘favorite things.’ Whether you’re an at-home baker extraordinaire, or a chef leading his own 5-star restaurant kitchen, these time-saving, basic, and game-changing gadgets are highly … Continue reading

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…And Wishes for a Prosperous New Year

As we sit back and kick our feet up after the overindulging and excitement of the holidays, we take time to reflect on our goals for the coming year. Many of us make lists of resolutions we’d like to achieve, … Continue reading

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Cupcakes: The Star of the Party!

Once a novelty dessert, the cupcake is now a necessity to any bakery or home kitchen. Over the past five years, cupcakes have become the norm and navigated their way into mainstream desserts. Trends of these petite packages of sugary … Continue reading

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Check Yourself

Is your check-handling routine up to par? First impressions are key, but a server’s last impression is the icing on the cake. When it comes to providing excellent service, it’s important to recognize verbal, nonverbal and visual queues given by … Continue reading

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