Goodbye Charlie Trotter

Chef Charlie Trotter died on November 5, 2013, the victim of  . . . well, no one’s quite sure yet. We’ll have to wait for the final results of the autopsy. Meanwhile, like many others, I was stunned at his death. And sad. He was only 54.   I met Charlie years ago, shortly after […]

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Please don’t do this when I’m at the bar

I’m not naming names. But I’m unhappy when your bartenders act this careless in front of me. I bet others who like to sit here would be upset, too. See the pint of Guinness below. It’s resting at the moment, waiting for.the nitrogen-induced bubbles to settle.   Meanwhile, it’s wet. Really wet. That’s because your […]

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Everything in moderation

I’m very happy Cheers Magazine asked me again to moderate a panel at the Cheers Beverage Conference this year in Dallas, in February  The experts I’ve gathered include experienced operators from three growing restaurant companies. George Barton, a veteran T.G.I. Friday’s executive turned consultant also agreed to lend his expertise.   Executive Panel George Barton, Principal, gBartonInnovations; Former VP […]

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