Amanda Baltazar

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.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants Pups and People Can Love

Stephen Ochs was tired of meeting friends for dinner and then dashing home to walk his dog. So he came up with a rather straightforward solution. Why pick one or the other if you can have both?This fall in Atlanta, he will open a concept that includes a full-service eatery, a full bar and Fetch Park, an on-site dog park bar.

When it Comes to Wine Lists, Does Size Matter?

The Fig Tree Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers 1,025 wines to its guests. Across the country, Queenstown Public House in San Diego, California, offers 20 wines and Mahina & Sun’s in Hawaii offers just 18.

8 of the Most Exciting New Restaurants

When weighing whether to open a restaurant, many operators will say the decision lands somewhere between a strategic calculation and running on blind faith. But despite the risks, restaurants continue to launch, with almost 10,000 opening their doors in 2015, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Why Your Restaurant Needs a Kitchen Makeover

Today’s back-of-house restaurant kitchen has taken on its own identity. It’s a far cry from the operations Julia Child would have recognized, but it’s been honed since her days to be more efficient and more technologically advanced.

A Day in the Life of a Corporate Chef

When Claire Menck began her latest job two years ago, she felt as if someone had lifted a heavy weight from her shoulders. Suddenly, she was in the kitchen again, developing, mixing, tweaking, tasting—using her creative muscles and doing what she loves to do.

Foraging for Cocktail Ingredients

Richard Woods hasn’t nixed many ingredients for use in his cocktails at the Duck & Waffle restaurant in London, England, but he drew the line at ants. At least initially: “I said. ‘There’s no way I’m putting an ant into a drink.

Lessons In Leftovers

In June, five of the top Bay Area chefs collaborated on a “Waste Not, Want Not” dinner, held at The Perennial in San Francisco. Organized by the Natural Resources Defense Council (nrdc), the benefit had a two-fold goal: to raise money and to showcase a stellar meal made largely using leftover foods.

Restaurant of The Rising Sun

The cost of installing solar panels at Coasterra, which opened in San Diego last August, was through the (solar) roof, and it’s going to take eight to 10 years to see a return on the investment. Still, it was a really valuable decision, says David Cohn, president and founder of Cohn Restaurant Group, which owns the venue.