Gray is the New Green Part 9: The Luxury Boomer

Gray is the New Green Part 9: The Luxury Boomer

I have written on this topic since August of last year, but as the grand horde of boomers among us continues to gradually work their way into retirement, this topic is once again worth addressing. Normally when we discuss retirement, we talk about the nuances of balancing a tighter budget with far fewer inbound monetary(…)




Four Successful Traits for Your Next Executive Chef

Four Successful Traits for Your Next Executive Chef

Do you remember the times when the top restaurants in most cities happened to be located in the best downtown hotels? This was the era of the carving station serving chateaubriand for two, Caesar salad with dressing made by the waiter tableside and flambéed desserts. Today, however, this isn’t a guarantee. Excellent restaurants can be(…)




A Formula for Success in Miami Beach

A Formula for Success in Miami Beach

As a hotelier, what does one think of when considering Miami Beach? Perhaps the hustle of the South Beach strip crammed with Art Deco micro-properties. Or, is it the top brass of properties like SLS, Setai, The W, Ritz Carlton or Fontainebleau? Leave it up to Singapore-based COMO Hotels & Resorts to take its turn(…)




In Vino Veritas XXX: Small Batch Liquors

In Vino Veritas XXX: Small Batch Liquors

Alcoholic beverages are far more than a vessel for inebriation. They are a pillar of the dining experience. While wine and beer are the two most common meal accompaniments in this category, there’s something interesting happening in the world of spirits and other distilled elixirs. Much like that of microbreweries and limited-barrel wines, small batch(…)




Too Many Cooks in the Hotel Kitchen

Too Many Cooks in the Hotel Kitchen

You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase ‘Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen’ before, used to describe a situation where instead of a leader bestowing a project, product or company with a singular, unified vision, said mission gets watered down to something safe, bland and often incomprehensible. We know this ‘design by committee’ exists – as it(…)




Get On Track For 2015

Get On Track For 2015

The coming New Year is mere hours away, and as perfunctory as it may be, it is nevertheless an excellent time for self-reflection. Normally, I’d devote this time to predictions. But, at this point I don’t foresee 2015 to be a landmark year for revolutionary changes or wild new entrants with far-reaching effects on the(…)




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