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Black Bear Diner Names Anita Adams CFO

Black Bear Diner, the rapidly expanding family dining concept headquartered in Redding, California, announced today the addition of restaurant industry veteran Anita Adams as chief financial officer.

Firebirds' Chef Steven Sturm is Stoking the Culinary Flames

Recognized in 2015 by FSR as one of the Top 10 Fastest-Growing Full-Service Chains, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill continues to expand across the country. Founded in 2000 in Charlotte, North Carolina, by restaurateur Dennis Thompson, the 42-unit upscale-polished concept focuses the menu on its namesake wood-fired grill, churning out steaks, chicken, burgers, ribs, seafood, and even vegetable-forward dishes with that signature smoky flavor and slow-cooked appeal.

The Rebirth of America's Classic Chain

Paul Mangiamele won’t call it a comeback. What’s happening these days at Bennigan’s is better described as a renaissance, he says. Actually, just take the prefix “re” and tack on the word of your choice.

What Makes a Rising Star?

I’ve spent 12-and-a-half years in career services, watching students at the CIA grow. Many of our graduates have gone on to launch highly successful careers and become some of the biggest stars in the industry.

How to Reinvent Kitchen Spaces

Last year, the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) moved to its new Brookfield Place facilities. After 41 years of operation, we relocated to our downtown location in order to design every detail of our school.

The Art of Selling a Restaurant

Selling a long-standing restaurant is no easy task. Take Merle Borenstein, who opened Armadillo’s Bar & Grill, a Southwestern eatery, in the then edgy Rondout area of Kingston, New York, in 1988, about 90 miles north of New York City.

Exploring Culinary Innovation with The Culinary Institute of America

When one thinks of culinary innovation, it is often exciting new dishes and creative restaurant concepts that come to mind. But I believe that culinary innovation is about far more than that; it is also about having the bravery and creativity to approach daily operational challenges in new ways.

The Man Behind NYC's $10M Kosher Steakhouse

At 30 years old, Albert Allaham could already trade in his apron for a comfy seat in some corporate office. The head of Reserve Cut, a New York City steakhouse with projected sales of $10 million in 2016, Allaham has watched his restaurant’s profile skyrocket since opening in Manhattan’s Financial District three years ago.

Chef Vivian Howard's Small-Town Story Makes a Big Difference

A self-described storyteller whose first book, Deep Run Roots, debuted last month, Vivian Howard has made a tremendous impact on her hometown and on the restaurant industry. One of her most compelling attributes is the candor with which she discusses her work, her rise to culinary acclaim, and her impassioned perceptions of the industry’s most sacred cows.