WEEKLY COLUMN


Sunday Buffet Dash

I am a Methodist because my grandfather owned a pair of shoes. True story. Thomas St. John was the oldest of seven brothers who grew […]

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Back In the Saddle

The restaurant business is a harsh mistress. She is brutal on your mental and physical health, and very demanding of your time and resources. Yet […]

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Oysters

“He was a brave man that first ate an oyster”— Jonathan Swift The “food firsts” in my life have all been memorable. I remember the […]

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School Day Photos

It’s school day picture season and I am nearing the end of a 12-year photographic adventure with my son. The next chapter of his life […]

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Lessons Learned

Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. One of the most unforeseen and fascinating aspects of life is how— if one lives long enough— […]

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It’s the People

There are hundreds of reasons why love the restaurant business. Seriously, if asked I believe I could sit down and list hundreds of reasons in […]

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RSJ’s Top 10 of 2018

Each of the 20 years I have written this weekly column, I have always finished the year by listing the 10 most memorable meals that […]

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The Cold Shower Happy Hour

MILAN, ITALY— “We don’t have your rooms, Mr. St. John.” Those are the words a tour leader never wants to hear. The words weren’t, “We […]

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5232 Miles

VILLA IL SANTO, TUSCANY— December is the “slow period” over here. The grapes have all been picked. The olives have almost all been pressed. It’s […]

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Tuscany 2018

BARBARINO VAL D’ELSA, TUSCANY— I sit and write this column at 10:15 p.m. in a one-thousand-year-old converted barn while 14 weary Americans have just retired […]

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