WEEKLY COLUMN


Not Just Another Dinner

This column is written in the afterglow of a special weekend. I just spent the past few days with my wife, daughter, and son— just […]

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Snowy Day

Mississippi is closed today. As I type a winter storm has just passed through the entire state leaving a blanket of snow and ice. The […]

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Restaurant Honeymoons

There are two types of honeymoons. The relational kind that one experiences as a newlywed, full of bliss and joy, and the foodservice variety one […]

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A Mad Day Out

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of the Beatles. Anyone who knows Beatles history knows that on July 28, 1968, […]

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Claws and Wings

Some of the restaurant world’s greatest food items have come from mistakes, near mistakes, the need to use by-products, and items that were— at one […]

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Eat Local

Whenever I am visiting a new town, for business or pleasure, I always go down to the front desk of the hotel in the early […]

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Soft Openings

In my 40-year restaurant career I have been a part of 22 new-restaurant openings. Three of those were at the beginning of my career and […]

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Goodbye 2020

Around this time of year newspapers are filled with end-of-the-year wrap-up stories about what has happened over the past 12 months. This year there seems […]

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RSJ’s Top 10 for 2020

For the past 20-plus years, my final column of the year is always a list of the top dining experiences I enjoyed throughout the previous […]

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Easy-Bake Oven 2020

Two days ago, a friend made a Facebook post that referenced the Christmas section of the old Sears Catalogue that used to come out once […]

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