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Management Moves: Pierce, DeSantis, Lewis

Cody Pierce, Pizza RanchPizza Ranch, Inc. has announced the appointment of Cody Pierce as vice president of marketing, effective on January 9. Pierce reports to Pizza Ranch’s COO Jon Moss.Pierce will be responsible for developing and leading the execution of Pizza Ranch’s marketing and advertising strategies to grow sales, traffic and profitability for the franchisee community and corporate stores.

Smith & Wollensky Evolves with Wine Week

Smith & Wollensky’s 50th National Wine Week is coming full circle with its semi annual wine-tasting program and the debut of its new Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc on March 5.“When it started 25 years ago, food and wine weren’t really known to pair with each other,” says John Piccolino, corporate chef for Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group.

Calif. Restaurant Association Incorporates ServSafe Practices

Red Book Solutions announces a partnership with the California Restaurant Association (CRA) to provide daily playbooks that positively support managers’ performance to drive profitability.The Manager’s Red Book – CRA Edition andThe Heart of the House Yellow Book – CRA Edition (coming soon) incorporate the California Food Handler Program and ServSafe compliance practices.

Meritage Chef Joins Taste of the NFL

On the eve of Super Bowl XLVI, Meritage Executive Chef Josh Thomsen will join a bevy of the nation’s top chefs and NFL all-stars at the 2012 Taste of the NFL event in Indianapolis.“Each year, Taste of the NFL brings together top chefs, players, and NFL legends to champion the fight against hunger,” Thomsen says.

Mist Project Chef Advises Culinary Students

Salt Lake Community College’s Culinary Arts program has a new director.Since he arrived at the College in September, Andreas Fleckenstein has taken a business-like approach to making sure that SLCC students are well prepared in all aspects of the industry.

NRA: Full-Service Sales to Grow 2.9% in 2012

Full-service restaurant sales are expected to grow 2.9 percent to $201 billion in 2012, according to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) annual Restaurant Industry Forecast.The NRA announced Forecast results in a webinar today.

Average Ticket Size Increased in Q4 of 2011

According to a new report, there is a continuing lift in year-over-year (YoY) card sales in the restaurant sector, as Main Street eateries reported an impressive 1.8 percent increase over recorded Q4 2010 card sales.

OpenTable Reveals The 100 Most Romantic Restaurants

In anticipation of Valentine's Day, OpenTable, Inc., a provider of free online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants, is pleased to announce the 2012 Diners' Choice Award winners for the 100 most romantic restaurants in the United States.

Restaurants Use iPad Wine List To Decrease Waste

Restaurant Wine List, available on the iPad in the iTunes App Store, allows restaurants and wine bars to get rid of outdated and wasteful printed wine lists.The first wine list app developed specifically for use in a commercial environment, Restaurant Wine List distances itself from the many wine lists currently available for iPad with the use of a robust administration section while keeping the customer’s interface clean and simple.