I never met Lisa’s Dad but he loved cardinals. So I do think of him when I see one. Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s who are no longer with us. They live on in their children!
Just previewed a flavored water called Napa Hills, reportedly made with the healthy ingredients of wine but no alcohol. Tastes good. Could be big.
Getting more info – watch this space.
Because, as I’ve relentlessly insisted, tipping works better for everyone: the server, the customers and the establishment.
From our friends at THE RAIL a great industry publication:
CAN’T END TIPPING
Why it matters to you: restaurants have not been able to successfully end the tipping system.
The tipping debate has caused controversy in the restaurant industry for years now. Some establishments believe that tipping is an unfair practice that puts servers ahead of the back of house staff whereas others believe the tipping is a fair practice that shouldn’t be changed. It’s been less than a year since the Oregon-based restaurant, Le Pigeon and Little Bird Bistro decided to enforce a no-tipping policy and as of last week, they have reinstated tipping. The original deal was that they would raise food and beverage prices an average of 20 percent to include tip, but unfortunately the higher prices were too much for some diners. The prices are now reduced to not include the tip and it will now be given manually.
This restaurant made a vast effort to change the system which is incredibly noteworthy. Unfortunately, the tipping system is so ingrained in the restaurant industry that it becomes incredibly difficult to interject a new structure. According to a tipping expert and professor at Cornell University of Hotel and Administration, there is really no obvious solution to the problem. “The biggest reason for restaurateurs to keep tipping is that it allows them to reduce menu prices, which increases demand.” He goes on to recommend that restauranteurs look at the level of difference between employees specifically BOH and FOH, and replace the tipping system if this is where “the highest pay discrepancies exist.”
Why are public company CEOs not paid for performance? New York Post makes a good case that they get “pay for luck” in a structure that penalizes stockholders.
Creative thoughts on creativity!
Ideas flourish in the minds of all of us. We just need to have the balls to push them forward. Sometimes they work; most often they don’t. I actually like it when some of my ideas don’t work, because it means I am getting closer to one that will. Also, I try to be dogmatic to prove a point. I put myself out there and fail to teach someone a lesson. Sometimes it’s my staff; often, it’s me.
There is risk here; however, I have never cared about the downside. If you’re worried about failing, you will never stretch yourself and maximize your potential. You don’t want to be lying on your death bed thinking you should have done something or tried harder. I think it would be much more rewarding to feel good about your accomplishments, pass on some wisdom, and call it a day. I have come to…
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OK, on the first anniversary of his passing, I’m recalling my first close encounter with the Artist: At the 1992 Winter Music Conference in Miami our group stopped by an up stairs club called Le Loft. We were drinking in the almost deserted front bar room when someone said Prince was playing a pickup gig in the back room. We headed back there and sure enough Prince was jamming with a small band. There were maybe 50 people in the room. We grabbed a booth and hung out for a couple of hours. On breaks Prince mixed with the crowd. Not real talkative but friendly to all. It was one of those magic late nights you can’t plan for. Little did I know we’d interact again in Chicago when Prince played a surprise show at our club Excalibur, and then came to be a regular visitor every time he came to Chicago. His death is such a shock even 1 year later. Thanks for the Magic, Sir.
Prince was known to do pop up performances at small clubs, the photo above is from a club show in Sydney, Australia.
Well, I finally started selling my giant stash of vinyl, as well as a couple of friends’ big collections and some bulk purchases I made over the years. I am using the Discogs site and it makes it easy and fun to sell vinyl. And there are a huge number of record collectors on Discogs. Very cool group and site!
I was a DJ all through the 80s working in clubs, and a reporter for Music magazines. Thus I was always in records pools and getting journalist review copies. I have many rarities including test pressings and most of the original Chicago House records in excellent condition. Because I used to buy out sections of record stores when they went out of business, I also have a lot of sealed and duplicate copies.
With the combination of sources, all genres and eras are pretty well represented. Vinyls and CDs from the 1950s to the 2000s can be found in my store. Albums, 12-inch singles, EPs, Box Sets, CDs and even 45s can be found in my collection. There’s something for just about every musical taste.