5 Shift Drinks and What They Really Taste Like

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The shift drink is a time honored and hallowed tradition in the restaurant industry. It turns out that dealing with the general public on any given night will lead to a few drinks. Some drinks have become universal favorites in […]

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All I ever needed to know, I learned in Restaurants – Floor Edition

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After over 20 years working restaurants in various capacities I recently asked myself: what did I learn? Other than it takes 6 turns to loosen a champagne’s cage or to never follow a prep cook to a second location, that […]

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AromaVentures: Presented by the Vagabundus Project

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Over the past few months you may have read one or more of the essays written by our nomadic chef blog contributor, Jonathan Merrill, AKA Chef Vagabundus. His travels have inspired us to see food and the people who live […]

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Burning Bright: Embracing a Chef’s True Element

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The relationship between humanity and controlled fire has fascinated me for a long time. Years ago I read Richard Wrangham’s Catching Fire: Cooking Made Us Human. In it, Wrangham goes as far as stating that civilization is what it is today […]

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Content Rules Everything Around Me

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For many chefs, running a social media campaign feels like too much work for too little return. With everything else that needs to get done in a day they’re supposed to tweet about it too? While it does seem like […]

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What Motivates Us?

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This question has lingered between my ears for a long time. I fell into this industry at 15 due to the comfort I found within kitchens during that stereotypically awkward adolescent age. I needed a summer job. So I thought, […]

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The Future of Fried Chicken

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Just driving around Portland, Oregon, I couldn’t help but notice how many new restaurants served fried chicken. This is clearly a “thing” all of the sudden. Is this a flash in the pan or a long-term trend? I decided to […]

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Best Dishwasher 2014

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If you’ve worked in a kitchen you know at least one simple truth: Dishwashers Rule. Washing the dishes is only a part of what they do to keep kitchens running smoothly. Need extra prep? Dishwasher. Need sauté pans? Dishwasher. Inspired […]

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Mobile Payment Apps: Flash or Future?

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Recently, a story swept its way through social media detailing the changes mobile phones have brought to restaurants. According to an unnamed New York City restaurateur with a penchant for security cameras, guests are taking nearly twice as long to […]

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Servin’ ain’t Easy

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Being a server isn’t easy. It’s a full-contact sport that requires feats of strength and balance while doing math on the fly. A server needs a rock solid memory and the ability to problem solve in loud rooms. And smiling, […]

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