Goodbye, And Good Riddance, To The Hotel Minibar

BY: Alexander C. Kaufman, Huffington Post Say good-bye to the $10 hotel-room Diet Coke. Hotel minibars are falling out of favor with travelers and hotels. Mini-bar sales dropped a stunning 28 percent from 2007 to 2012, according to a study from PKF Hospitality Research, which collects data from thousands of [...]

April 30th, 2014|

Amazon Book List Reveals What’s Hot In American Regional Cuisine

By: April Fulton, NPR From upstate New York's heirloom veggie craze to the Pacific Northwest's baking boom, regional fare is taking off. But with zillions of cookbooks coming out every year, how do you figure out which culinary jewels will be worth your precious time and shelf space? Amazon, that [...]

April 29th, 2014|

America’s Picky Eaters Are Overhauling The Restaurant Industry

BY: Jillian Berman, Huffington Post In Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich's vision of the future, every restaurant could have "a different menu for every person." Shaich's chain and others are bringing his vision closer to reality, making it easier for diners to order exactly to their preferences instead of picking [...]

April 23rd, 2014|

Baked Alaska, anyone? Tableside service returns

By: Kate Silver, Crain's The era: the 1950s. The scene: tuxedoed waiters pushing around a traditional gueridon cart, preparing meals tableside, like steak Diane, chateaubriand, cherries jubilee and bananas Foster — all classic dishes that evoke a certain je ne sais quoi. Caesar salad prepared tableside at David Burke's Primehouse [...]

April 21st, 2014|

Can’t Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead

By: Yuki Noguchi, NPR Many of Don Kluemper's management students at the University of Illinois at Chicago have had this experience: After going on a job interview, they sometimes receive "friend" requests from their interviewers. It puts the students in a bind, he says. They fear that not accepting the [...]

April 12th, 2014|

Access to Good Food as Preventive Medicine

By: Erin N. Marcus, The Atlantic According to a new study, nearly one in three U.S. adults with a chronic disease has problems paying for food, medicine, or both. That doesn't have to be the case. The 38-year-old man entered the hospital with a big toe oozing pus and a [...]

April 7th, 2014|

Increase guest value without reducing rates

By: Jon H. Black, ehotelier Value for price is consistently a top driver for guest loyalty. Of course the tricky thing about improving perceptions of value is figuring out which levers to pull. You can always reduce price. But price cuts hurt revenue and are easily matched. Brands are much [...]

March 28th, 2014|

Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace

By: Linda Poon, NPR It's often said that the closest interaction many Americans have with other countries' cultures is through food. That kind of culinary diplomacy is particularly common in Washington, D.C., where immigrants from all over the world have cooked up a diverse food scene. Now one scholar-in-residence at American [...]

March 26th, 2014|

MOA joins Chicago’s Celeste management team

By: Arman Razavi, MOA It gives me pride and pleasure to announce a new project working with the newly opened Celeste restaurant and cocktail lounge in Chicago. Located at 111 W. Hubbard Street in the heart of Chicago’s bustling River North neighborhood, Celeste is a modern, refined interpretation of the [...]

March 24th, 2014|

Simon Sinek: Great Managers Don’t Lay Off Employees

By: Chip Cutter, LinkedIn VANCOUVER -- Simon Sinek, the corporate guru with a knack for making leadership lessons go viral, has a new message for managers: Great bosses don't lay off employees. "A company is a modern-day tribe. Hiring someone for your company is akin to having a child," Sinek said [...]

March 21st, 2014|