Menu Innovator Blog

Canlis, Seattle, WA (Seafood)

By Kevin Abrams / July 20, 2020

Canlis is a family business. Originally opened by Peter Canlis in 1950, the goal was to create a restaurant that felt like home. After many years, and three generations later, Mark and Brian Canlis have made it their mission to keep Canlis the same as it has been throughout the years; a restaurant where people…

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The Mark, New York, NY (Eclectic)

By Kevin Abrams / July 2, 2020

Regarding Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the New York Times writes “No chef working in America is quite his equal. Many, like him, have created multiple restaurants. A very few, like him, are considered among the best. Even fewer are both. Mr. Vongerichten is able to do more, and he is able to do it better, his…

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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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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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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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Rich Table, San Francisco, CA (Eclectic)

By Kevin Abrams / April 30, 2020

Chef Evan Rich began his career in restaurants at age 15. As his interest rose, he enrolled, then graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2000. He then moved to Manhattan and became a pastry assistant at Danube, then an executive sous chef at Bouley. There he met his future wife and business partner,…

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