As soon as Dawn Sweeney joined the National Restaurant Association as president and CEO in October 2007, she was thrown into the fire and had to figure a way out.That fire was, of course, the recession.
In April nearly 500 restaurateurs from 44 states gathered in Washington, D.C., for the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 25th Annual Public Affairs Conference. For many, the three-day adventure, complete with visits to Capitol Hill and interactions with Congressional members, was a sobering reminder of just how much the government has thrust itself into restaurants’ 21st century affairs and just how sniping certain regulatory issues could prove for an industry already at odds with a sluggish economy.
Timing is of the essence at First & Hope Supper Club in Los Angeles.This year-old restaurant, which opened April 15, 2010, caters largely to a crowd of theatergoers, so often needs to provide a fine-dining experience in just 45 minutes.
Last month, the Seafood Choices Alliance selected Steve Phillips, president and CEO of Phillips Foods, Inc., as a 2011 winner of its sixth annual Seafood Champions Award.Since the 1990s, Phillips has worked to establish a thriving blue swimming crab industry in Asia that is now on the path to sustainability.