Bret Anthony Johnston’s outward appearance oozes fiction writer. You see his thick-rimmed glasses and often solemn photos and you think, Yup, this is what they’re all like. But Johnston (whose name sounds a little like a member of a boy band, doesn’t it?) is so much more than the scarf-wearing stereotype you might associate with the typical writer.
…is like a fork without a knife. …a chef without a sous. …a mirepoix without carrots. It’s been a regular conversation lately, at least amongst the Portland food crowd, about how surprising it is to find that a new restaurant is without a website. In this day and age, it’s not only baffling, it’s inevitably […]
If indications are correct, 2011 could turn out to be a banner year for the restaurant industry. According to industry analysts, sales are expected to increase in this new year, an apparent four-year high. Research firm Technomic recently released a report predicting that total U.S. food service sales will shadow 2010 with an increase of […]
One of the most fascinating experiences I have in writing this site is the opportunity to learn how others within the food industry run their operations. From large, well-known kitchens, like those of Le Bernardin or Dahlia Lounge, to smaller kitchens like Momofuku Ko or Portland’s Scratch, I’m always interested how the wheels of each […]
In case you missed it, New York Times writer Bruce Buschel posted a fantastic list last week of the 100 things restaurant staffers should never do when assisting restaurant guests. The list is a must-read for everyone in the restaurant industry, from servers to managers to even BOH folks, with most of the bullet points […]
Poor Barack! Not only does he have the wishes of an entire nation on his sturdy shoulders, from gay rights to education, there seems to be quite a bit of hope that he can kickstart the local restaurant industry as well! According to a recent CNN post, restaurateurs around the nation’s capitol are hoping the […]
Posted by R.K. Gella Open Table, the online reservation system utilized around the world, from New York City to Hong Kong, has announced plans to go public. Last week the San Francisco based company filed papers to enter the ring of NASDAQ. Considering the tumultuous state of the economy and the fact that the number […]
Posted by R.K. Gella Tracking reviews has almost become a full-time position for some restaurants. With the emergence of amateur reviewers/critics via personal blogs, consumer-generated networks such as Yelp and the countless number on online publications, sifting for reviews can be daunting. This is why BooRah, a two-year-old restaurant search site, has begun offering “reputation […]