Winning the 1969 Pepsi-Cola Name the System Contest.

I eagerly entered the foodservice industry in 1967 when my parents purchased a Berkshire mountain inn located in the small town of South Egremont, Massachusetts. I was 13 when I was introduced to the art of dishwashing at our Red Saber Inn. It was a family business, so my younger sister Joan and I had […]

The 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission – The Food Supply of Lunar City by Issac Asimov

July 16, 2019, marked the 50th Anniversary of the Saturn V rocket liftoff from Cape Kennedy, Florida that carried three courageous American Astronauts starting their Space voyage to the Moon. The brave Astronauts were Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Dr. Buzz Aldrin, the Apollo 11 Mission TEAM. What an exciting week that would be as we […]

The Next Big Restaurant Idea Might Just Come from Teenagers (ProStart Students)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2018 Contact: Alycia Harshfield 916.212.8484 / The Next Big Restaurant Idea Might Just Come from Teenagers (Sacramento, CA) – For two exciting days each year, California high school students take part in the CA ProStart Cup, an intense culinary arts and restaurant entrepreneurship competition that awards much-needed college scholarships […]

At A Glance – Restaurant Quality Checkback’s Timing – A repost

  June 15, 2017 – I’ve returned from moderating the Future Food Panel (what a kick) at and the massive four day National Restaurant Association Show with Paul Barron’s Foodable Network and International Foodservice Manufacturers Association rocking Media Stage. We recorded many informative and fun On Foodable Weekly episodes and I met numerous Restaurant, Foodservice and Manufacturing Industry […]

The 2017 Restaurant Industry EVENT: & NRA Restaurant Show

May 5, 2017 – Nothing stays the same in the Foodservice Industry. As a restaurant consultant and professional member of FCSI The Americas specializing in Management Advisory Services (MAS) I attend the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago annually. This keeps me current on my industry knowledge, up on trends and of course always educating […]

March 9, 2017 15th Annual California ProStart® Cup Competition Starts March 19th.

The 2017 California ProStart Cup will be the high energy California Restaurant Association Foundation Event of the year. ProStart® is a two-year high school curriculum for students interested in Restaurant and Hospitality Management and/or a Culinary Career. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse is the title sponsor for the Management Cup and Johnny Rockets is the title sponsor for the Culinary […]

Get Wise Today – Introducing Wisely Served an Upserve Partner

Note: Call Bill Bender Today to schedule a fast-track demonstration: 408-784-7371 Welcome to 2017, a year that is starting in a Supercharged atmosphere and upswing in business outlook. Owners, Partners, Executives and Management Teams in every restaurant organization are planning or implementing Restaurant Operation “changes” that will improve their business results. STOP – Get Wise! Do […]


February 1, 2016 – Restaurant owners have know for decades that there are numerous methods to build profitability in the restaurant business. A restaurant Menu and Menu Optimization drive an overwhelming portion of profitability. My colleague Bill Main, FCSI has been delivering his Menu Magic® presentation for 30 plus years. I remember the first time I […]

Foodable WebTV 2015 Restaurant Technology Guide

December 22, 2015 – It’s Christmas week so everyone is jamming getting restaurant sales up and delivering on brand promise (We Hope). So this will be a short post. As I have written previously, it’s a real honor to work with CEO and Executive Producer Paul Barron and the Foodable WebTV Network Team. Eric Norman, FCSI […]

Our Giving Tuesday Note for the CRA Education Foundation #CRAEF

Thanksgiving was fun this year as Pamela and I welcomed our our niece from Los Angeles for the holiday weekend. We had a great time together and it made me think of ways to say Thanks. Of course CRAEF comes to mind first with the work the CRAEF team and all our volunteers do for […]