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North Pond Café Chef Bruce Sherman

Cookwork Perspective: Find out more about this year's Best Chef of the Midwest at his restaurant's website.  Click on Team to learn more about him and his staff.     Link is :



Dessert In Just Three Bites

Cookwork Perspective: See how the trend to smaller tasting plates of desserts is taking hold in France.  Better nutrition and better food cost are only 2 of the benefits. Dessert in Just Three Bites The end-of-meal treat taking over France is fast, feels like a bargain and is, of course, delicious. It is called a "café gourmand," and it's breaking the long-standing luncheon tradition of separate courses of cheese or dessert, followed by coffee. As...



Study: Online Marketing Helps Restaurants Personalize Offers

Cookwork Perspective: How and where you talk to your customers can be as important as what you say.  See how a variety of marketing methods can lead to better results for your efforts. Study: Online marketing helps restaurants personalize offers Restaurants use online and email marketing to provide consumers the personalized offers they prefer, according to new research by the National Restaurant Association released earlier this week. The research found that electronic marketing channels complement...



A Recap Of The National Restaurant Association Show In Chicago

Cookwork Perspective: Now that the dust has settled from the show, see what was considered the best and worst. National Restaurant Association Show Recap One of the foodservice and hospitality industry’s largest events, the National Restaurant Association Show, recently wrapped up after a busy four days (May 5-8) at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. McCormick Place is the perfect venue for an event as large as the NRA Show, with 2.6 million square foot exhibit...



Five Gluten Free Restaurants

Cookwork Perspective: Gluten Free is more than a fad.  See how 5 San Diego, California restaurants are managing gluten free menus. Five gluten-free restaurants Some choose a gluten-free lifestyle based on a personal preference, while others require it for health concerns. If you’re not familiar with this nemesis of many sufferers, gluten is the name for the storage protein found in grains. It shows up in pastas and breads and can make dining anywhere turn...



Banner Year Expected For Local Salmon

Cookwork Perspective: It looks like a California King Salmon will be abundant this year.  Have you served this variety Where do you source your salmon? Banner year expected for local salmon Crazy. Incredible. Hot. At long last, they're words being used again to describe the wild salmon fishing off local shores. That's right. After four years of closures and shortened seasons, our prized California king salmon is back. "It's like it was in the good...



Three Food Trends From The NRA Show

Cookwork Perspective: Food Trucks, Gluten Free and Wine were the top trends for the show.  Do you agree or disagree that these should be highlighted? Still going strong: Top 3 lasting trends from NRA Show 2012 While walking the exhibit floor at NRA Show 2012 in search of foodservice fads, most of the things I noticed didn’t seem to fit the bill of a typical hot-ticket item. During a session on how restaurants can adapt...



James Beard Award Winners 2012

Cookwork Perspective: The James Beard Awards are the closest thing to the culinary Oscars in the United States.  Did the winners surprise you?  What award do you aspire to win?  2012 James Beard Awards: The Big Winners NEW YORK — Compost, "crack" and something called cereal milk – unlikely ingredients that have propelled Christina Tosi to the head of her culinary class. The protege and dessert maven of uber chef-of-the-moment David Chang was named rising...



ATTN US Chefs: Hell's Kitchen Casting Call...

FOX TV'S hit show HELL'S KITCHEN IS CASTING AGAIN. Calling all Exec chefs, Sous chefs, line cooks, bakers, grill cooks, etc.....if interested in auditioning, please email PUT " Hell's Kitchen" in sub title, include your name, Tel - where you work, where you live (city /state), age, cooking experience & any fun info about why you would be perfect for the show. Best of luck to anyone interested



How Restaurants Can Succeed With Pinterest

Cookwork Perspective: Pinterest is the latest social media platform that's getting a lot of buzz.  Unlike Twitter that relies on words, Pinterest relies on photographs.  See what it can do for you. How restaurants can succeed with Pinterest In the fast-changing social-media world, new platform darlings appear at a regular clip. The latest,, seems to be pinning competitive hopes to the wall and drawing interest from restaurant marketers. Earlier in February, Pinterest passed 10.4...


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