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Get the Most Out of Your Job Listing

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If you want to attract quality candidates, you need to write a quality job listing. As the economy is improving the competition for workers is heating up – especially in the food and drink industry. People are not just looking […]

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The Eight Essential Traits

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I’ve always loved the number 8. I feel like it is a powerful number that no one recognizes its relation to ∞ on its end. These next eight traits are ones we as chefs and line cooks must adopt into […]

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An Eye on Kickstarter – June 12th, 2014

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We love a good idea, especially when food is involved. With that in mind we keep our ears to the ground for interesting Kickstarter projects and then share them with you. Do you have a new and innovative food industry […]

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Wear Proper Kitchen Clogs

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Ladies and Gentlemen of the culinary school class of 2014: Wear proper kitchen clogs. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, wearing proper clogs would be it. The long term benefit of wearing proper clogs in […]

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An Eye on Kickstarter

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There’s nothing easy about starting a new project, and we have nothing but the highest respect for those who go out and make their dreams a reality. Everyday we hear about a new idea that we’d love to support, so […]

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The Portland Kitchen

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A lot of teenagers get their first job in restaurants, or at least they used to. The last decade hasn’t been an easy one for job seekers, especially those entering the workforce for the first time. Once the summer job […]

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Confessions of a Reality Food Television Lover

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There are certain things one is just not supposed to do as a sommelier in a high-end restaurant and I’m pretty sure I did them all. Corndogs from 7-11? Check. Drinking wine straight from the bottle? Check. Having a “road […]

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Poached DC & Boston now open for business !

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So, we’ve made a few changes here at Poached: 1. New Markets: Boston & Washington DC now open  Good news for our East Coast brethren – we are now open in Boston and in Washington, DC! You can select either […]

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Poached Goes Mobile

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Poached, the # 1 job site for the hospitality industry is now mobile-ready, making it that much easier to apply for your next great job in just one click! One out of three job seekers are now using their smart […]

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Off The Menu, July 15th

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And You Thought Your Week Was Crazy As part of their ongoing Food Informants series, the Huffington Post chronicled a week in the life of Dominique Ansel. Besides waking up at the ungodly hour of 3:30am each day, the man […]

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Off The Menu, June 25th

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Chez Panisse Re-Opening Good news out of Berkeley: Chez Panisse has recovered from the fire that damaged the restaurant back in March and is now re-open. Eater talked with owner Alice Waters about the road to re-opening: they discuss the […]

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Off The Menu, April 30th

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What makes the Gastropolis Mighty Bon Appetit recently sat down with Portland writer, critic and all-around foodie Karen Brooks to discuss her latest cookbook, The Mighty Gastropolis: Portland. She tells the magazine that the “idea was never to write a […]

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Does Fox Know Who They’re Messing With?

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Yesterday, FoxNews.com decided to run a story in which it decried what it saw as CNN’s classless attempt to boost ratings by allowing Anthony Bourdain to curse on air, un-bleeped. Or, as they put it, “The network added foul-mouthed New […]

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Off The Menu, Burger Edition

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It was Burger Week 2013 last week, and in case you missed the festivities, we’ve got a round-up of some of the best burger-related stories from across Der Interwebs. Going Vegetarian in Austin Generally, when you think burgers you think […]

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Off The Menu, April 16th

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“Holy, Bittman, Batman!” The author of How To Cook Everything was the guest on Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me, and before he tried to answer questions about a certain Batman movie, he talked about how he got into writing, his cooking […]

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Making Your Job Hunt Easier

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You may have noticed some changes to the site this week – we’ve added a few new features to make your job hunt just a bit easier… First Things First – Where did “My Profile” go? This is probably the […]

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Off The Menu, March 25

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Overachievers Under Forty You know we love us some April Bloomfield here at Poached, so we are not at all surprised to see her on Crain’s “40 Under 40″, the annual list that can make the rest of us feel […]

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Off The Menu, March 12

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Fire Damages Iconic Restaurant Sad news out of Berkeley as reports came on Friday that fire had struck Chez Panisse. The fire, which broke out around 3 am, mostly damaged the porch area of the iconic restaurant. Luckily no one […]

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Off The Menu, Feb. 26

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Chicago held its first annual Poutine Fest on Sunday, with 11 restaurants competing for the trophy (appropriately topped with a sparkly gravy boat). The winner – as selected by the judges and also winning the People’s Choice award – was […]

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Off The Menu, Feb. 18

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You Want Fries with those Cheese Curds? It’s almost gravy time in Chicago! Poutine Fest is happening this Sunday, February 24th. Tickets to the event sold out within the first 30 minutes, proving again that comfort food – especially the […]

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Off The Menu, January 29

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The Lovely Miss G The San Francisco site 7×7.com has a weekly feature in which they pick “one standout local we’d love to be friends with” and ask them questions about their life in the city. And this week, they’ve […]

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Chef Shuffles, January 22

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Dirk’s New Adventure News has hit the pipeline that Chef Dirk Flanigan is leaving The Gage and Henri – amicably by all accounts – for an as-yet-unspecified new venture. Flanigan himself states, “I have worked hard to build The Gage […]

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Imitation Calamari, Anyone?

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Or, as we shall henceforth call it, “Cala-Bung-a!” The most recent episode of This American Life was all about doppelgängers, with adopted Portlander Fred Armisen acting as co-host (and doing a sometimes rather eerie impression of Ira Glass). The episode […]

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Openings & Closings, January 8

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Eater is continuing to update their list of restaurants affected by Superstorm Sandy (as we’re now supposed to call it). A lot of places have reopened, but some eateries are still dealing with storm damage. Flooding affected a lot of […]

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Off The Menu, January 7

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Looking ahead for 2013 Eater’s got a run-down of new restaurants that have planned openings in the coming year. The list includes Paul Qui’s long-awaited flagship in Austin, a second locale for a popular Chicago burger joint, a new venture […]

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Happy 2013!

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This little remix treat is nothing new but we think it kicks the New Year off on the right note. Bon Appetit! What’s your favorite Julia Child quote? Here’s our favorite as a conversation starter… “I think every woman should […]

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List-Mania, 2012 Edition

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It’s time once again for “best of lists”, that annual tradition of reviewing the cultural and intellectual output of the past year. Here at Poached, of course, we’re focused on the edible. 1. The 21 Essential Cookbooks and Food Books […]

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Gift Ideas for Bartenders

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We’ve previously covered ideas for Cooks and for Servers, but what if you’ve got a bartender on your list? We’re here to help. In the cool-yet-practical category, there’s this fabulous Bottle Opener Ring. The stainless steel design is simple and […]

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Gift Ideas for Servers

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Oh, sure – Anthony Bourdain has the market well-covered with his behind-the-kitchen-curtain exposes. But what about Front of House workers? Steve Dublanica, aka “The Waiter”, has written Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip–Confessions of a Cynical Waiter. As Bourdain himself […]

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Gift Ideas for Cooks

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It’s a good possibility that any chef in your life already has Kitchen Confidential – and if they don’t, that should probably be the first item on your list. But if they’ve already indulged in the prose stylings of Anthony […]

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Openings & Closings, Dec. 4th

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Lots of openings to report this week, as well as some closings. Plus we’ve got news of some chef shuffling going on across the Poached Nation. Austin The Pink Pig, the new breakfast/lunch spot from Rebecca Rather, is now open. […]

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Off The Menu, November 30

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Cocktail Hour For those of you looking for a little post-Thanksgiving libations, Eater’s got you covered with their list of essential cocktail bars. The list includes bars from across the country, including Distil in Milwaukee, The Aviary in Chicago and […]

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Poor Guy Fieri. His new Times Square restaurant, Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, was recently reviewed by the New York Times. Doesn’t sound so bad, you say? Then you haven’t read the review. In a stunning piece of prose, Pete […]

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Spotted Dick?

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Word has reached us here across the pond that Gordon Ramsey’s company has applied for a UK trademark on “The Spotted Pig”, the NYC gastropub owned in part by Mario Batali and chef-owner April Bloomfield. While the name has already […]

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Openings & Closings, Nov. 19th

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In Portland, Chef Caleb McBee is opening The Tannery Bar today, taking over the space of the now defunct Skin & Bones: Inside Skin & Bones’ New Tannery Bar, Opening Monday [Eater PDX] For those in Malibu wondering what was […]

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Off The Menu, November 13

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While the East Coast recovers from the weather, New York’s food trucks are busy keeping the people fed. We’ve also got reports of a potential epidemic of “cutesy seafood shacks” in New York, some new laws in California that directly […]

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Off The Menu, October 30

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How Not To Review First, you might not want to ask for a free meal. And you definitely don’t want to compound that by announcing you’ll be bringing a guest. But Jean-Paul Ludot of Marie Claire in France did just […]

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Off The Menu, October 22

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Gaming the System The New York Times has reported that Yelp is cracking down on businesses that actively solicit positive reviews. Eight businesses were caught in a sting operation and there will be consequences. “…For the next three months, their […]

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Submit to Poached: Looking for Industry Writers & Bloggers

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Write for PoachedJobs!  We’re looking for service industry-focused blog posts, interviews & stories from the Poached Nation. Topics could include – but are certainly not limited to – chef interviews, local trends, interesting vendor profiles, issues affecting the restaurant industry […]

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Are Tasting Menus a Good Thing?

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Pete Wells, restaurant critic for the New York Times, tackles this question in a recent article. While tasting menus can be a great way to highlight different tastes and techniques, they can also be a huge time and money commitment […]

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Off The Menu, October 12

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Recipe for Success Ever wondered why some restaurants make it big and some simply fade away? Friend of Poached Marcia Gagliardi has written about just this question for 7×7.com. While it doesn’t necessarily answer the question, it does pinpoint some […]

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Off The Menu, October 9

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Seattle Restaurant Week Seattle’s largest dining celebration is returning October 14 – 18 and 21 – 25. More than 150 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $28 and many are offering three-course lunches for $15: Guide to […]

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There Will Be Bacon

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Seems like we can all breathe a sigh of relief – the bacon shortage predicted by a UK industry group probably isn’t going to happen, at least not here in the US. That doesn’t mean prices won’t go up, but […]

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Off The Menu, September 26

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To Settle or Not To Settle The Nation Restaurant Association (the other NRA) is joining the opposition to a settlement reached with Visa and Mastercard over credit card transaction fees. The Association believes that the settlement does not address transparency […]

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Off The Menu, September 18

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Austin Restaurant Week This eight-day celebration of prix-fixe menus for a good cause (proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels and More), kicks off September 23rd, and they’ve got some new venues along with old favorites: Austin Restaurant Week Announces Fall 2012 […]

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A Foodie “Bucket List”

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Finally, a bucket list that doesn’t include sky-diving! Gourmet magazine polled some of their favorite chefs on the restaurants they want to eat at before it’s too late. The list, while international in scope, includes some hot spots within the […]

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Your Dining Profile

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We all know that internet sites track our usage and preferences, but how about your favorite restaurant? As some of us know, restaurants are indeed doing just that – noting down allergies, seating preferences, and other information, all in an […]

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The Dark Side of NY Restaurant Grades

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New York’s letter grading system for restaurants is stirring up some controversy – not for the grades, necessarily, but for the requirements behind them. The NY Times reports on some of those requirements that seemingly pit taste against safety: soft […]

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Food Fight over Food Carts

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The food cart trend has well and truly taken off, and it’s no real surprise to find friction between the trucks and brick-and-mortar restaurants. The Wall Street Journal reports on the growing tension in many cities between the two, and […]

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News Review, August 6th

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Getting your week started with news from around the Poached Nation. We’ve got food truck legal news for New York and Chicago, some new eateries opening in Portland, Austin and San Francisco, plus a slideshow of the best of Seattle […]

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Late-Night SF Diners, Rejoice!

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You’re out and about in wonderful San Francisco. It’s late at night, and you’re hungry. Where can you find a place that’s open? And how do you know its good.. Now there’s an app for that, thanks to our pal […]

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News Review, July 17

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We’ve got another roundup of the latest industry news and gossip from across the Poached Nation. Restaurant workers in Oregon won’t be needing gloves after all, Californians can still get foie gras at the Presidio Social Club, and we’ve got […]

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News Review, July 9th

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Starting off your week with a round-up of the latest restaurant industry news and gossip from around the Poached Nation. We’ve got news of a New York renovation, a new destination spot in Austin, Seattle’s first co-op coffee shop, and […]

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News Review for July 3rd

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Starting off your holiday week with the latest restaurant industry news and gossip, with stories from across the Poached Nation. We’ve got news on the California foie gras ban, a guide to picnic packing from NY Chef Marcus Samuelson, plus […]

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Poached News Review

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Trying to digest all the latest restaurant industry news and gossip can be daunting, so we’re helping you get your week off to a well-informed start with a good old-fashioned roundup. Here are a few headlines of interest in the […]

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Off The Menu, March 20

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Food Carts and Beer The OLCC has approved the state’s first annual liquor license for a food cart. Cartlandia, a food cart pod on 82nd Avenue in Portland, will soon be serving up beer and wine along with its other […]

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Off The Menu, March 12

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Wild Animal On The Loose: Friend of the site Naomi Pomeroy is taking her restaurant Beast on the move from its current NE Killingsworth location. Rumor has it that she’s eying a space in downtown Portland, and that a full […]

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