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Table the Smartphone Chatter

Guilty as charged, at least when it comes to texting at the table.I try really hard to curb that compulsive habit when I’m out with friends, but catch me dining solo and the cellphone is in my hand—almost as often as the flatware.

FSR Adds New Content in 2016

This time the cover story was obvious.Deciding who should be on the cover is usually a challenge, given all the phenomenal chefs and operators leading full-service restaurants. But Chef Mashama Bailey, with her meteoric success at The Grey, was a given.

Healthier Eating Becomes a Habit

He had me at “sexy restaurant serving healthy food.”Actually, Stephen Starr had my attention even earlier, when he described the anticlimactic feeling that comes with opening a restaurant. It was the day before the Continental opened in Miami and already he was thinking of what would come next.

Honorable Mentions

The decision to divvy the 2015 FSR 50 report into five groups of Top 10 high-performing chains produced interesting results. We settled on metrics that speak to the characteristics of operators who are leading restaurants into next-generation dining.

Multi-Cultural Cuisine

Two firsts that should never occur simultaneously: First trip to Napa Valley and first run-in with the flu.In town for the Worlds of Flavor conference hosted by The Culinary Institute of America, I remained quarantined in my hotel room until day three of the conference.

The Winning City

How the James Beard Foundation came to move its annual awards ceremony from New York City to Chicago is an interesting story.Alpana Singh, owner and operator of Chicago’s acclaimed wine-focused restaurant The Boarding House as well as the recently opened Seven Lions, described to me how she kindled the flame: “I was actually the one who started the conversation.

Asian Influences

So many menus, so little time. Ask me to pick a favorite ethnic cuisine, and it’s impossible to name just one. But when an invitation came for the Worlds of Flavor conference next month at the Greystone campus of The Culinary Institute of America, I was all in.

Fresh and Simple

Food is fashion, with restaurants serving as the runway for menu innovations that come in and out of style.When you consider all the new ideas that have paraded through the restaurant industry in recent years, it would be hard to name one that has had a more lasting or ubiquitous adoption than the movement to farm-to-table cuisine.

Tablesetters Lead, Diners Follow

Setting America’s Table.This is the brand that you built.We start the New Year with this new message in our logo as tribute to the vitality and leadership of full-service restaurants.The FSR brand is a reflection of who’s reading our magazine, and whether you’re a chef with your own restaurant, the owner/operator of a restaurant group with multiple concepts, or an executive in a fast-growing chain: You’re first and foremost an entrepreneur dedicated to hospitality.

People Matter

Horrible hours. Physically demanding. Constant turnover. There’s no sugarcoating the realities of working in a restaurant.Still, people remain passionate and loyal about working in this industry—at least according to the most extensive workforce study in decades that was released by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) in September.

Role Models

Three o’clock on a Sunday afternoon and I’m in a mall-based California Pizza Kitchen.At this hour, servers and staff far outnumber diners in the restaurant. I order a flatbread snack and my husband orders a club sandwich—add cheese, scratch the avocado.

Fine Lines

Breakfast concepts, sports bars, family diners—it seems every restaurant wants to claim upscale status.As a simple adjective, perhaps it works. But as an industry segment, upscale has its own measures to be met.

Missed Manners

The night before I received an email titled “Summer Camps to Teach Children Restaurant Etiquette,” my husband and I had dinner at an upscale-casual Italian restaurant.A family of four at the table beside ours was celebrating the dad’s birthday.