Korsha Wilson

Chef Roles Expand Into HR

It’s no secret that staffing challenges are one of the biggest problems for chefs and restaurant owners nationwide. According to a report from the National Restaurant Association, one in four restaurant operators say they have difficulty filling job openings.

Crafting Competition

At Pepper Smash, competition is part of the beverage program. Each month, the Plano, Texas, restaurant hosts a “Monday Mixoff” where mixologists create a cocktail using mystery ingredients and celebrity judges pick a winner in front of a captivated audience.

Giving Back Pays Off

Whether the mantra is to be chef-driven or locally sourced, today’s restaurants are quick to communicate their ethos and let guests know what they value. At Jack Allen’s Kitchen in Austin, Texas, the restaurant group proudly calls itself community-driven.

Temerario Blends the Spirit of Mexico with a New York City Vibe

On Eighth Avenue in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, one wall stands out among the many gray skyscrapers and brick facades that are part of the landscape in this section of New York City. Temerario, Chelsea’s newest Mexican restaurant and the fifth concept from the Jorge Guzman Hospitality Group, stands out among the other buildings with its bright, street art–inspired mural painted on its exterior.

Top 100 Independent Restaurants in the State Capitals

Put political buzz and party affiliation aside—this year the spotlight focuses on the top independent operators in state capitals throughout the U.S. As a starting point, FSR sought nominations from state and local restaurant associations.

A Perfect Pairing

When the weather’s nice, events at The Wine Studio, in Louisville, Kentucky, spill out into a 2,000-square-foot courtyard where diners can enjoy Chef Edward Lee’s Southern fare, which features luxurious French touches and surprising Korean accents.

The Past Comes to Dinner

Orchids at Palm Court used an unlikely source to track down restaurant artifacts from decades past. “We found menus and other stuff on eBay,” laughs Todd Kelly, executive chef at the fine-dining restaurant in Cincinnati.

Unlimited Prix Fixe, Unlimited Potential

Cody Taylor was dining in an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant when inspiration struck. “The idea for an unlimited prix fixe menu hit me,” he remembers, and in the next breath he asked himself: “Is this something we could pull off?” Taylor, owner of Café Josie, unveiled “The Experience,” an unlimited prix fixe menu, three weeks later.

The Breakfast Boom

“Variety and a wide range of options are part of what keeps diners coming back to the breakfast daypart,” says Shane Schaibly, culinary director and corporate chef for First Watch restaurants.

The Bitter The Better

Is bitter the new black? The Institute of Food Technologists has listed bitter flavors as one of its top five trends to watch in 2015. Just like the fashionable color showing up on the runway, bitter can be found on menus across the country with growing regularity.

Set for the Holidays

Attribute it to the season, to social evolutions, to an increased awareness of health, nutrition, and lifestyle management—whatever the reason—food is top of mind. “Right now, in America, we’re at our greatest level of food consciousness,” says Maeve Webster, senior director at Datassential.

Overcoming Addictions

A D.C. chef and his wife are tackling addiction in the restaurant industry.In most businesses, having a drink after work may happen at an occasional happy hour, but for the most part revelry that includes alcohol is reserved for special occasions.

Restaurant Group Creates its Own App

When Patrick Lee, owner and operator of the Grafton Group in Massachusetts, and his team of managers first dreamed up a tasting tour that would visit each of the group’s four properties, discussions persisted for months.

A Taste of Home

Personal touches in décor help guests identify with the culture behind the menu and inspire a deeper connection to the restaurant—that’s what restaurant operators who are serving international cuisine have discovered when they accessorize the restaurant with design elements from their home countries.