My Evolving Management Style

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My management style is evolving and adaptable. And I think this particular style is important not only to me but to other manager’s who hope to survive the current workforce challenges we all face. In recent months, one of the more popular water cooler conversations around in my club zeros in on management of staff […]

Why Club Chefs Should Get Involved in their Communities

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As club chefs, we must unite our memberships and our communities with tasty and beautiful food. One of the most important things that I’ve learned in my short time as Executive Chef of Dubuque G&CC is that a club is truly a community within a community. As the chef of that community, it’s my job […]


Hitting my Breaking Point with Hiring

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Penelope Wong, Executive Chef of Glenmoor Country Club, shares a frustrating exchange with an applicant who epitomizes egotism and entitlement. Breaking Points—we all have them. In our fast-paced, high-stress industry, it’s easy for anyone who works in our environment to lose his or her cool at least 28 times a day. During staff reviews, I […]


Has Social Media Changed How We Chef?

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The integration of social media into private clubs has changed the landscape of communication with club members. I take a ridiculous amount of pictures of food. Not just of composed dishes either. I’ll take pictures of a flaring steak on the grill and beautiful vegetables when they arrive. I’m kind of a barbeque/smoking junky, too, […]


How Dubuque G&CC Elevates Plant-Based Dining

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Executive Chef Chad Myers goes out of his way to prove that vegetarian items can be as exciting—and as stunning—as anything else on the menu. In creating the menu for this upcoming season, I was looking to craft some vegetarian dishes that would give our members and guests a feeling of importance. I wanted these […]


Understanding the Sacred Cow

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A “sacred cow,” by definition is an individual, organization, or institution considered to be exempt from criticism or questioning. By trade, a sacred cow is an individual who is often critiqued and questioned behind closed doors by those who must attempt to manage them. Sacred cows are ubiquitous in the private club industry. Over the […]