WEEKLY COLUMN


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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Recipe Testing

Over the course of my 38-year restaurant career I have been a part of 21 restaurant/bar openings. Three of those openings— the first three— were […]

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Extra Table 2020

This is the season of giving. We give gifts, we give of our time, and we give food. For decades, when Thanksgiving rolled around, I […]

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Thanksgiving 2020

It’s the season of gratitude. Despite all of the problems and challenges the year 2020 has thrown in our paths, there are so many things […]

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Lunch With Jill

“A man can eat his dinner without understanding exactly how it nourishes him.” – C.S. Lewis Despite the pandemic, there are many reasons why I […]

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Comeback

All food is regional. Whether it is an entrée such as deep-dish pizza from Chicago, a lobster roll from Maine, or a plate of jambalaya […]

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The Community Council

The corporate vision statement of the New South Restaurant Group states, “We exist to support our co-workers, delight our guests, and serve our community.” That […]

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