Food & Beverage

Testing for Food Contamination: Looking at the Whole Picture

“…no officer…I got high at my company pitch-in dinner” The case of THC laced BBQ sauce There are several things that are required to happen to get that steak on your plate. There must be a healthy cow, the cow needs acceptable food and must be processed in a hygienic manner. That steak must be ...
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Ghost Kitchens: Casper or Beetlejuice?

Introduction. Third-party delivery, in just a few short years, changed the face of the food and beverage industry as we’ve known it. Ghost Kitchens are, simply put, cooking facilities producing food and beverages only for delivery or take out. There is no dine in option. Pre-COVID, ghost kitchens were few and far between, created by ...
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Challenges With Hotel Staffing Contracts

The following video features Stephen Barth, Founder of HospitalityLawyer.com®, and Andria Ryan, Partner of Fisher Phillips, having a discussion on hospitality staffing company contracts. Tune in to the conversation for insights on utilizing staffing agencies, staffing contracts, and the impact they can have on hotels or restaurants.
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Are Hospitality Employees Facing A Harassment Pandemic?

The coronavirus economy has brought many unforeseen challenges for the hospitality sector, one of which seems to be an increase in harassing conduct directed at service workers by patrons. According to a recent study by the nonprofit organization One Fair Wage, 41% of the 1,675 service workers surveyed reported they are sexually harassed more often now ...
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Taste, Toast, Zoom: Virtual Tastings, Mixology Classes, and Experiential Events

Virtual Alcohol Tastings and Mixology Classes: Virtual alcohol tastings and mixology classes are not an entirely new concept; however, they have gained popularity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and necessity due to local and state orders. Virtual tastings and mixology classes come in the form of a recorded or live online guided sampling ...
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Theft in the Restaurant Industry and the Influence of Peers in Worker Misconduct

Introduction An extensive study of theft among restaurant workers was conducted recently by three researchers from the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. The results — based on transaction and theft data from 83,153 servers at 1,049 restaurants from 34 chains across 46 states in the U.S. over seven years, are compelling ...
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The Hazy Science of CBD

As governments and regulatory bodies loosen their rules on hemp-related products, including the legalization of marijuana, the cannabidiol, or CBD, market has grown at remarkably high rates. One projection by BDS analytics and Arcview Market Research puts the overall CBD market at $20 billion by 20241. Combining the CBD market with the legal marijuana market, ...
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Cannabis and Hemp: Up in Smoke? How the Hospitality Industry Can Avoid Traps for the Unwary

The director of your spa program calls, noting that your top competitor is offering CBD-infused massages. Your marketing team wants to engage in “Canna-Tourism,” encouraging guests to visit the property because it is within walking distance of a hot new dispensary. And your F&B director has big plans for a new menu focusing on cannabis- ...
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Houston Restaurateur, Tony Vallone Passes After a Full Life and Long Legacy

55-years of Excellence and Innovation in Food and Service Houston, Texas- September 10, 2020– It is with heavy hearts we share the passing of Houston Restaurateur, Tony Vallone. The country has lost one of the greatest mentors, chefs, and restaurateurs. Tony’s legacy will continue on with his restaurant, Tony’s in Greenway Plaza and Tony’s Catering.  ...
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Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew About My Liquor Licensed Premises

Today’s category is…..The Top Ten Things I wish I knew about my Liquor Licensed Premises! #10: I need to submit an update to the governing licensing authorities when I restructure, change an officer, or change a d/b/a name. Disclosures on licensing applications should be accurate and current, so that the regulating authority has a record ...
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