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Fill Your Portfolio with Brands that Last

After an abundance of successful business ventures, David Lobel founded Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in buying and building middle-market companies in the U.S. and Canada.

It's Back to School with NRA Education Sessions

The 2011 National Restaurant Association’s Hotel-Motel Show, which takes places from May 21-24 in Chicago, will feature more than 70 education sessions that will tackle issues like social media and commerce, increasing sustainability efforts, technology innovations, and how philanthropy can boost business, among other topics.

2010 Chef Survey

While the old adage says there’s nothing new under the sun, the new decade brings fresh takes on traditional menu items while ethnic, vegan, and local ingredients make farther inroads into the quick-serve culinary scene.

Pizza Perfect: Goodfella's Opens Pizza School

Goodfella’s of Staten Island has launched a brick oven pizza school.The school will teach everything from the basics (how to make dough) to more advanced details such as how to manage inventory.The pizzeria is getting a lot of calls, according to Scot Cosentino, founder of the school, from as far afield as Argentina.

BiteHunter.com Offers Compiled Dining Deals

A diner wants to eat out but doesn’t know where. Should he decide based on type of cuisine? Neighborhood? Pick a hot spot?Now consumers have the ability to choose a restaurant depending on who’s offering a special deal.

Ralph Brennan Named Ambassador of Hospitality

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) announced that Ralph Brennan, esteemed restaurateur and president of the Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, has been named the 2011 Thad and Alice Eure Ambassador of Hospitality.

The 10 Most Innovative People

Never before has innovation been as essential to running a successful quick-serve restaurant concept.During what has turned out to be the most daunting recession in our nation’s history, innovation has been the driving force for the concepts that are beating the odds.