What I Learned at C&RB’s Chef to Chef Conference

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Here are six ideas from this year’s conference that I think resonated with club chef attendees. Last month, we wrapped up our tenth annual Chef to Chef Conference in Seattle—and it was awesome. There were 250 club chefs from across the country in attendance, along with some of the industry’s most forward-thinking sponsors. The idea-sharing […]

2018 Food Trends: What’s Hot? And What’s Not?

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C2C’s Joanna DeChellis breaks down the NRA’s forecasted trends, highlighting where clubs where many are thriving. Say goodbye to fancy cheese and hello to doughnuts with weird fillings. Last month, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) released its “What’s Hot” culinary forecast for 2018. This annual list of food trends was created with the help of […]


Do Chef Certifications Matter?

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Certification is useful and some credentials are quite impressive, given the amount of work that goes in to earning them, but certification is no substitute for actual skill and experience. There’s a dizzying array of acronyms for the various certifications chefs can attain: CEC, CCA, AAC, CMC—and the list goes on. But do these certifications prove anything? […]


A New Club Culinary Renaissance Is Here

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Club chefs are pushing the envelope even further, experimenting with new ideas, techniques and strategies. Over the past two decades, clubs’ food-and-beverage programs have evolved substantially. No one would deny that. We’ve abandoned mediocre, fast-casual fare and stepped up to provide upscale, modern and creative cuisine in a variety of formats and venues. We’re now […]


Finding Balance

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When we find that precarious equilibrium, we try to identify what worked so well, so we can replicate our success. Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to dine at Alinea in Chicago. It was equal parts exciting, overwhelming and, to be very honest, strange. My favorite course (out of 18 courses) was called “Paint.” […]


Five Reasons You Should Attend Chef to Chef

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I love January. Not only is it my birthday month, but there’s this sense of calm that washes across the industry this time of year. You’ve all been hustling for the past two months trying to do more with less, and now you’re finally able to stop, catch your breath, get some sleep, see your […]