Menu Innovator Blog

Bourbon Steak, Scottsdale, AZ (Steakhouse)

By Kevin Abrams / June 10, 2020

Born in Egypt and raised in Washington, Chef Michael Mina began working in the culinary industry in his teens, and it was during his first year of college, working in the Space Needle restaurant in Washington State that he gained the exposure he needed to make the decision to pursue full-time culinary training. Since those…

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ABC Kitchen, New York, NY (Eclectic)

By Kevin Abrams / June 4, 2020

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has established himself as one of American’s most famous Chefs and Restaurateurs. Beginning his love of food in his early years in France, Vongerichten trained and worked in France, and Asia. It was during his time working in Asia that he embraced and developed a passion for Eastern flavor. To this day,…

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Le Cirque, Las Vegas, NV (French)

By Kevin Abrams / June 1, 2020

In 1974, Sirio Maccioni opened the first Le Cirque restaurant in New York City, combining colorful circus décor with delicious French cuisine. Le Cirque launched careers of illustrious chefs such as Daniel Boulud, David Bouley, Alex Stratta and Geoffrey Zakarian. With its additional location at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, reservations are hard to come…

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La Grenouille, New York, NY (French)

By Kevin Abrams / May 28, 2020

No other restaurant in New York captures the glamourous aura of France like La Grenouille.  In business since the early 1960’s, La Grenouille is famous for its delicious French cuisine and its fresh flowers delivered daily.  Founded in 1962 by the Masson family, the restaurant has hosted numerous celebrities.  Upstairs above La Grenouile, Antoine de…

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Poogan’s Porch, Charleston, SC (Southern)

By Kevin Abrams / May 22, 2020

As the chef/owner of Poogan’s Porch, Daniel Doyle’s passion is resourcing meat, produce, and grains from Charleston and its surrounding areas. Poogan’s Porch is Charleston’s oldest independent culinary establishments. Chef Doyle began visiting Poogan’s Porch during his childhood family vacations. He attended Johnson & Wales University where he received a degree in Culinary Arts and…

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The COVID-19 Virus, Survive and Thrive

By Kevin Abrams / May 20, 2020

Our daily routines in America have changed radically as the COVID-19 pandemic has invaded our cities and towns. It seemed as if overnight our lives have been turned upside down. Every state has enacted some type of stay at home policy closing schools, non-essential businesses, restaurants, and bars. Social distancing has become the norm eliminating…

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The Keto-Friendly Kraze

By Kevin Abrams / May 13, 2020

The ketogenic diet (keto) is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Outside of its use in medicine, the trend has caught on for those who want to lose weight. Consumers who follow a Keto diet…

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Craft, New York, NY (New American)

By Kevin Abrams / May 12, 2020

Chef Tom Colicchio is best known for his work on Bravo Network’s “Top Chef” but he has been part of the New York restaurant scene since he originally co-founded Gramercy Tavern with Danny Meyer in 1994. In 2001, he opened his first Craft restaurant. In 2002 he opened his first CraftSteak in Las Vegas and…

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French, the Ultimate Comfort Food

By Kevin Abrams / May 11, 2020

The restaurant market is constantly evolving. Comfort food is always current. What cuisine does better comfort food than French? When I think of French Cuisine, I think of Julia Child’s coq au vin recipe. Let’s face it – before Julia’s show hit the airwaves, most people thought of French Food as somewhat stuffy, served by…

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The Penrose Room, Colorado Springs, CO (French)

By Kevin Abrams / May 5, 2020

Chef David Patterson’s passion includes the heritage of flavors from the regions of the area. As Executive Chef of the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, he oversees the Penrose Room. Chef Patterson worked for 5 years with Chef Alain Ducasse at Adour Restaurant and Benoit Bistro NYC. He has trained in kitchens in Paris and Monaco…

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