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The Joys and Trials of Being a Restaurant Owner

Since she was 17, Dana Tanner has been working in restaurants, a span of two decades. And since 2014, she’s been working in her dream job. She’s making less money than she did previously, but she’s happier.

Expert Restaurant Planning Tips for 2018

As chefs spend more time communicating with farms and farmers—and as they offer more seasonal fare to their customers—planning menus for different events, holidays, and seasons throughout the year takes on new importance.

111 Ideas for Menu Innovation

Accessorize with sauces and sides:1. Savory yogurtCarl Jorgensen, director of thought leadership with Daymon, believes we’ll see savory yogurt take off in sandwich sauces and sides.2. Romesco SauceAn orange sauce made with roasted red peppers, romesco is gaining traction.

How California's Restaurants are Fighting Fire with Food

Usually in the news for the wines they produce, Napa and Sonoma have made headlines in recent months for the wildfires blazing through them, destroying homes, businesses, and lives.The fires raged, fueled by strong winds, destroying many restaurants and livelihoods in their wake.

A Restaurant's Survival Guide to Natural Disasters

The news has been hard to miss lately. Four major hurricanes hurtled toward American shores, knocking out power, flooding buildings, and ruining lives and businesses in one fell swoop.And many experts agree these catastrophic events are only going to get worse and more frequent.

What the Best Restaurants Have Planned for the Holidays

Time to kick into high gear and start seriously planning for the holidays. To some extent, tradition always resonates, but creative add-ons can introduce new sparkle. Restaurants from the Big Apple to Iowa to Florida share what they’re doing beyond the usual turkey dinner and hot, cinnamony cocktails.

How to Get Diners Excited About Sustainable Seafood

Restaurant-goers are inundated with information, from the farm their vegetables came from to the way their beef was raised. But the most difficult thing to provide details about is seafood.“One of the most challenging places on the menu to feel you have transparency is seafood.

The Top 100 Independent Restaurants—The 1800s

Imagine owning a restaurant that’s older than our Independence Day celebration. Impossible for most of us to grasp, but restaurants that have stood the test of time are lessons in excellence and entertainment.

The Top 100 Independent Restaurants—The 1900s

Imagine owning a restaurant that’s older than our Independence Day celebration. Impossible for most of us to grasp, but restaurants that have stood the test of time are lessons in excellence and entertainment.

So You Want to Open a Hotel Restaurant?

What do Danny Meyer, Tom Colicchio, and Mario Batali all have in common? They have opened restaurants inside hotels. More and more established restaurateurs are doing this, and there are pros and cons.

The Essential Guide to Successful Restaurant Catering

Six months after opening her restaurant, Chef Amy Brandwein launched an off-site catering business. It was a good move. Now, catering constitutes 5 percent of Centrolina’s revenue, but that’s not why she started it.