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  1. Good for Tony! Had someone done this with Mtv 25 years ago, they'd still be playing music videos today! Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  2. I've always been a strong supporter of chef's going out into the FOH to greet customers. However, it's only good business when the food is good, the restaurant is decent, and the chef isn't drunk or hungover! Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  3. Regarding the recent e-coli outbreak on Long Island that caused the closure of at least 8 units and maybe more..... Taco Bell may or may not being getting a bad rap here. The investigation is still ongoing as to the cause of the e-coli outbreak. However, when 8 restaurants are closed because of an outbreak, something much larger is actually happening. Should fast food establishments put more emphasis in the quality of their products over being cheap and fast? Or is being cheap and fast putting Taco's Bell's food items at a higher risk of exposure to harmful bacteria's? Just wondering.... Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  4. Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Creme have picked a fight with each other. North / South Donut Wars Which donut do you think is better? Eric
  5. Kent, I wouldn't bring the 'roosters home to rest' on the fact that the story suggests people are "really" drunk. They interviewed some of the people who got arrested this morning, and most of them had designated drivers. This is why this is a big concern! Eric
  6. Admin: Cross-posted threads consolidated here. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commision has randomly begun raiding bars in the Dallas area, and arresting bar patrons, servers, bartenders, bar owners, and bar managers for overserving their customers. Here's the story: Drinking in Texas Bars Public intoxication in Texas .08, or roughly two drinks for the average person. Texas Public Intoxication Laws (.08) This is bad news for anyone who owns a bar or restaurant in Texas that serves alcohol. First, bartenders and servers are trained to identify obvious causes of drunkeness, but they don't carry breathalizers to find out accurately how drunk their patrons really are. Second, if bar patrons, servers, bartenders, bar owners and bar managers can be arrested on the spot for overserving, who in the hell would want to work or own a bar, and who in the hell would ever want to go out to party? Lastly, it doesn't matter if you have a designated driver, either. If you are .08 or better, and have a designated driver, you're still going to get arrested. This is law in Texas. If you don't like the law, you throw out the damn bums who put such rules into place! Two things are going to happen if this is allowed to continue: 1. Bars will go out of business because nobody will want to go out. 2. Nobody will want to work in the business because the threat of getting arrested could happen at any time. This is a terrible, terrible policy in Texas, and it's a law that should get changed! Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  7. Ok.... this is a little pet-peeve I have with waitstaff uniforms. Being a restaurant pro that I am, I have to be real honest about our waitstaff's uniforms. Don't customers notice when a waiter or waitress comes to work in a uniform that is either dirty, smelly or wrinkled? I know this doesn't affect the food, but doesn't this speak volumes about the organization of the person wearing this uniform? .........just fielding my thoughts to intelligent observers...... Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  8. There's a brand new movie coming called "Waiting" that has been getting decent reviews.... It's coming out on DVD within the next week. Here's the website: WAITING Nobody mentioned two of the biggest ever, "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Cocktail." Both of those were about food or the restaurant biz..... Eric Restaurantedge.com
  9. Rabbit. And more Rabbit. And then some more Rabbit. Sysco Foodservices of America (the big suppliers for restaurants) cannot keep up with the demand in rabbit. Bread bowls. "They're backkkkkk........" Tea. This is just to name a few...... Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  10. So many aspiring culinarians! It's good to see! I've really enjoyed what I've read on this thread.... Now, for the big reality check here. I've been in the restaurant business for 27 years. I started when I was 11 years old as a busboy / dishwasher. Yes, I was illegal, but who really cared in 1981 America. I then went on to culinary school, then after that got my BA from Indiana University. I never let the education part escape me. Today, I consult restaurant people and aspiring ones alike. I help them save them from failure for the most part. But, I give helpful advice in all areas of the industry, including education. Here's what I want to say with some 'EMPHASIS' - If you really think your 15 year old is ready for a career in the culinary arts, find her a job in the business in your neighborhood first. Sure, sending her off to France would be awesome, but save her some embarrassment, and at least let her get her feet wet somewhere ahead of time. The last thing a French Chef wants to do is babysit a 15-year old American girl who doesn't speak much French. Not a real good combination.... Unless she speaks French of course.... One thing that stuck with me about your original post is that you mentioned that she isn't privy to trying new or interesting foods..... You're gonna have to find a way to escape that - because working in the food industry means being creative with new and interesting ingredients. Have her watch Fear Factor..... (when they eat the bugs) - Or encourage her to watch the National Geographic channel when they show those Amazon tribesmen eating spiders, etc..... All of that may help, but at least it would open her eyes to diversity in food. And that's key in being a "Chef." Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  11. Saffron in mashed potatoes. Come on, gimme a break! Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  12. Anyone know of any great micro-distilleries out there? I read this story the other day and was amazed to see that just 10 years ago there were only 12 in the United States, and now there are 66. Most of which came into being within the last 5 years. Eric
  13. I've often thought that the United States lags way behind European, Asian, Canadian and Australian beers. With the exception of microbrews, the entire industry is corned by Bud, Miller and Coors. Before the Prohibition, many small towns in the United States had their own microbews or local brews. They simply never came back to what they once were. Just my two-cents. Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  14. Marinated grasshoppers in Kobe, Japan. Crunchy! You'll need a toothpick, too..... Eric
  15. Yeaahhhhhh! http://newyorkminute.bravehost.com/myPictures/kalbi.jpg Eric
  16. Thank YOU, Fat Guy! I'm wondering if this type of concept would work in middle America.......?????? Huh? Huh? Huh? Whatchya think? Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  17. On a trip to Tokyo, I went into a Korean Restaurant that had grills in the middle of all the tables. The food was served raw, with condiment trays and sauce trays. Has anyone ever seen this in America? I'm curious..... Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  18. emhahn

    Food & Beer Pairings

    An ice cold Molson with a bag of potato chips! All American? Well, I don't really know..... but that's the way my dad used to like it! Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  19. Considering that this place wasn't all that busy, or "getting busier as you said," I wonder if this place is either new or still trying to get their act together. Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  20. I found mine by accident, and I absolutely LOVE IT! It's a Melitta. It's a Melitte Mill and Brew. It has a grinder built in. So all you do, is put in your beans. Water. Set the timer. And *presto*..... you've got an awesome brew waiting for you every morning. A wonderful addition to my mornings! I love making coffee at my house! Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  21. I don't know if this was posted anywhere else here on eGullet, (if so I apologize)! Sainfeld's Soup Nazi is getting ready to open a chain of his own starting soon, with the first location in New Jersey. Found this story interesting..... Eric Admin note: merged thread with pre-existing thread in New York forum.
  22. Here in Michigan, the state legislature just passed a bill where restaurant patrons will be able to take home their wine after a meal. I was wondering if any other states have this rule? Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  23. Credit cards are bad for restaurants, PERIOD! The operator has to pay all kinds of fees, etc., just to be able to use the network, which they usually do not pass on to consumers. However, since prime rates just went up on all credit card accounts, this may change. Some operators pass this cost along to their waitstaff, which is bad. Waitpersons usually make about $3 an hour, and to have to pay for part of their tips, after they've just earned them, only hurts their income further. Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  24. Tip with CASH! As much as possible! Waitresses and Waiters have to pay taxes on credit card tips...... Eric RestaurantEdge.com
  25. I haven't heard of any tea lounges besides this, however Chi tea is gaining popularity around the country right now...... Eric RestaurantEdge.com
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