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The restaurant and hospitality industry's most recognized names discuss their thoughts on top issues.

Celebrity Chef Owner of Dirt Candy Restaurant Shares Insights on NYC Business

Amanda Cohen, the award-winning celebrity chef owner of Dirt Candy, talks about the cost of doing business in New York City and how the Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) continues to empower restaurant owners. Known for her regular appearance on Iron Chef Canada, as well as dozens of media outlets, Amanda is deeply involved with the independent restaurant community and talks about how essential restaurants are to America's financial ecosystem.



Popular Family Restaurant Owner Thriving Against the Odds After Pandemic Devastates Business

Being shuttered after the pandemic almost cost Bob Lutz, Owner of the Green Parrot Restaurant and Pub, his family business. Although the business is now facing new post-pandemic challenges, the historic Green Parrot is thriving and still a favorite spot in the local community. 




"Top Chef" Winner Nicholas Elmi Shares Insights on Running Philly's Best Restaurants

After winning season 11 of Bravo's Top Chef, Nicholas Elmi's restaurant, Laurel, was nominated by the James Beard Foundation as one of the "Best New Restaurants" in America that year. In this Food 4 Thought edition, Nicholas Elmi, Owner/Chef of Laurel Restaurant, In The Valley, and Lark and The Landing, shares his approach and his vision for running a successful restaurant and balancing the role of chef and owner.



Owners of LA's Hottest Venues Discuss Wage Increases, Labor Shortages, and Keys to Success

On this month's "Food 4 Thought" we present John Terzian and Brian Toll, co-owners of The h.wood Group - a hospitality and lifestyle company with a diversified portfolio of upscale nightlife and restaurant venues, including some of the hottest restaurant and nightlife establishments in Los Angeles (Delilah, The Nice Guy, Bootsy Bellows, and more).

John and Brian discuss the recent labor legislation and other labor issues that have affected the restaurant community in West Hollywood, and how they are working to continue to thrive and expand their business.





Movie It! Leading Industry Consultant Shares Tips on Logistics, Technology, and Staying Relevant

On this month's "Food 4 Thought" we present special guest, Arlene Spiegel, founder of Spiegel & Associates, Inc. and consultant to some of the industry's most notable brands and celebrity chefs. Arlene talks about recent industry challenges for operators, and what they ought to be doing to stay relevant. The discussion focuses on the importance of logistics, technology, and rethinking your business model.






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