Starbucks Evenings are Bringing Wine and Beer to San Francisco

Starbucks Evenings are Bringing Wine and Beer to San Francisco

Imagine if your go-to morning coffee stop transformed into a relaxing place to enjoy drinks and appetizers in the evening. That’s the reality in cities like Seattle, Chicago and Los Angeles, where “Starbucks Evenings” has been rolling out at select Starbucks stores since 2010. The program adds beer, wine and small, tapas-like plates, like truffle macaroni and cheese and parmesan crusted chicken skewers, to the regular Starbucks menu after 4pm. So far only 40 of over 11,000 Starbucks stores in the U.S. participate in Starbucks Evenings, but the company has […]

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Make Your Reservations Now for the Return of The French Laundry

Make Your Reservations Now for the Return of The French Laundry

Napa Valley’s famous three-Michelin-starred restaurant, The French Laundry, mysteriously closed its doors just before Christmas to being a lengthy renovation process. The old kitchen has already been completely demolished, and the staff have been temporarily employed at a new pop-up called Ad Lib at the Silverado Resort & Spa. Chef and Restauranteur, Thomas Keller, told Inside Scoop that The French Laundry will finally re-open on April 7, but with a temporary shipping container kitchen, which will keep the restaurant running until the massive renovations are complete. Ad Lib will continue […]

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Lazy Bear: An Elegant Dinner Party Every Night

Lazy Bear: An Elegant Dinner Party Every Night

Once the San Francisco Bay area’s best kept culinary secret, Lazy Bear is now the hottest ticket in the Mission District. What began as a series of underground dinner parties in 2009 became a legitimate dining establishment in August of 2014. Far from a traditional restaurant setting, Lazy Bear offers a “communal dining experience,” where diners sit together at long tables, all enjoying the same tasting menu of about 12 courses plus extras. Twice per night, 40 lucky ticket-holders file into the chic gastropub-style venue for an exclusive dinner party like […]

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Branding Lessons from Vanderpump Rules

Branding Lessons from Vanderpump Rules

Believe it or not, small business owners could learn a lot from the popular reality television program Vanderpump Rules on Bravo. I recently had the opportunity to dine there, and hadn’t realized the degree of care that the co-owner, Lisa Vanderpump, put into the maintenance and care of her own personal brand at the restaurant Sur. Here are a few take-aways that entrepreneurs should keep in mind about managing their own personal brand: • Be Congruent – I had not yet seen the television program when I dined at Sur; […]

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BLENDTEC: BLENDING WAS NEVER SO MUCH FUN

BLENDTEC: BLENDING WAS NEVER SO MUCH FUN

For businesses large and small, social media is an integral part of advertising. It is a tricky medium for a variety of reasons. The days of simply putting an ad in the newspaper are gone. Those who know how to use social media get results. It’s the campaigns that generate the most buzz with creative ways to capture people’s attention will see the results of sales.

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