The secret decoder ring and the myth of authenticity

One of my favorite Christmas movies is “A Christmas Story,” where 10-year-old Ralphie Parker’s grown-up off-camera persona narrates his experiences over a particular Christmas...

What’s Next for Paris Hilton?

And the vast majority of the planet screams “who cares!” I don't have the time to wonder about the comings, goings, incarcerations, and...

Essential Food Cost Control

Most hotel food cost control revolves around a transfer model. Inventory is counted monthly in every venue including one or more restaurants, banquets,...

You Gonna Eat That?

And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and...

Paging Senor Pantalones En Fuego…

I’m known for being hard on catering managers. I’m never mean or hateful, but I like to give them a hard time about most...

Banquet Events Require Teamwork

Many hotels experience banquet revenues equal to or higher than 50 percent of total food and beverage volume. Managing the profits from the...

When Life Gives You Lemons…

I’ve had an epiphany. Well maybe that is too strong a term but I came to a clear realization just the other day, and...

Catering Nightmare

If you are the Catering Director, Catering Manager, Banquet Chef, or the Banquet Manager in a hotel environment, this one is for you! The event...