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15 Year Old Glenfiddich Solera Reserve

15 Year Old Glenfiddich Solera Reserve To compete with the rapidly expanding single malt whisky market, William Grant & Sons has introduced the 15 Year Old Glenfiddich Solera Reserve and the 18 Year Old Glenfiddich Ancient Reserve. The 15 Year Old is the product of whisky aged in varied sherry casks and brought together to […]

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In praise of Pinot Noir

In praise of Pinot Noir Producing Pinot Noir is said to be a labor of love, and the Cheers Wine Panel approached this assignment with enthusiasm and reverence. Many came away in awe of the rich and sometimes complex color, aroma and flavor they experienced in tasting Pinots from around the globe. Brief tasting notes, […]

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Little Italian wine giant: Maggiano’s drives sales through a wine list customers understand

Little Italian wine giant: Maggiano’s drives sales through a wine list customers understand Sarah Minasian mood-setting can mean everything to a restaurant. For instance, there’s something about the way mahogany wood, deep-buttoned black leather booths, stiffly starched linen and an aromatic rush of marinara sauce can wrap a cozy dining blanket around customers in winter. […]

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put the right ingredients in a Martini glass—and you’ve got a winner

Shake, Shake, Shake: put the right ingredients in a Martini glass—and you’ve got a winner Cheryl Ursin OK, SO MAYBE THEY’RE NOT TECHNICALLY MARTINIS. THEN AGAIN, THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS RIGHT. “The word ‘Martini’ and the word ‘cocktail’ have become synonymous,” says Michael Waterhouse, partner and beverage manager at Dylan Prime, a top steakhouse in […]

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Tea as Profit: Afternoon Tea

Tea as Profit: Afternoon Tea T.A. Finklang One way an operator can pump the tea nut is to create tea service tea as an event. When tea is in the forefront, such as is the case when some of America’s finer hotels–Chicago’s Drake Hotel, any of the Four Seasons units and Denver’s Brown Palace come […]

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Oktoberfest is a German creation, after all, so here comes the return of Beck’s Oktoberfest beer. Brewed seasonally and in limited quantities, the beer is available to help Americans celebrate the traditional German harvest festival. Malty, amber color and a lively apple taste with a hint of caramel are said to be Beck’s Oktoberfest’s […]

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upgrading service and products are key ways operators can improve their tea and coffee sales in a competitive environment

Upselling coffee & tea: upgrading service and products are key ways operators can improve their tea and coffee sales in a competitive environment Ellie Van Savage There’s a wide variety of coffee and tea choices available to consumers today, in virtually every food service and convenience location. Starbucks continues to lead the charge with dozens […]

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Bad to the Core

Bad to the Core Wm. Grant & Sons has launched a marketing campaign to support Bad Apfel, a high-proof apple schnapps. Shakers, T-shirts, hats, temporary tattoos, tip cans, banners, magnets, shot glasses, metal signs, posters and even lollipops featuring the brand’s angry green worm are available. On the Bad Apfel website, the Bad Bar Survival […]

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Chinese Wines

Chinese Wines Few dinners associate fine wine with Chinese food, outside of the occasional gewurtztraminer or riesling fan. But Henry Leung, owner of Henry’s Evergreen, created the first Chinese Restaurant Wine Week in NYC. From Oct. 22 – 26, patrons will have the opportunity to sample many different wines free when they buy dinner at […]

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balanced heat in appetizers rouses palates, titillates taste buds and enhances the dining experience, especially when paired with the right beverages

Spicy starters: balanced heat in appetizers rouses palates, titillates taste buds and enhances the dining experience, especially when paired with the right beverages Michele Grayson There are wake up calls, and then there are rude awakenings. Tempting taste buds toward greater awareness rather than shocking the mouth with an appetizer’s blast of bold heat is […]