Table-loids: A Publisher Turned Restaurateur, Mixologist in the Spotlight, and More Industry News You Should Know
Another week, another pile of hospitality trends and news to thumb through. Here I give you my top five for the week of Oct. 15!
1. Time Out branches out
Time Out is commonly known for being a media company that publishes dining and entertainment guides. They’re in 108 cities in 39 countries and reach a monthly audience of 217 million readers. That fan base is clearly large enough to successfully leave their comfort zone and start new ventures in what else but dining and entertainment. According to NRN.com, Time Out Group is scheduled to begin rolling out food halls across the U.S. early next year. The first market, Miami, is expected to open in early 2019. Following closely behind Miami will be New York, Chicago, Boston, and Montreal. What sets these food halls apart from others is that Time Out editors from each area will handpick the chefs invited to set up shop in the halls. Essentially this means that the halls will be a one-stop shop housing the best of the best in the industry. I’ll take a TO for that!
2. Master mixologist
In liquor news, Thomas Waugh, Director of Bar Operations for Tripleseat customer Major Food Group, got some well-deserved publicity this week. Waugh is the architect behind Major Food Group’s wildly successful bar program at New York City staples such as Sadelle’s and ZZ’s Clam Bar. Liquor.com did a piece on the master mixologist, who is known for breaking the mold on boring cocktails and using creative and challenging ingredients to up the ante. With a career that began as a barista in California, Waugh’s palate depth is anything but ordinary. So if you’re thirsty and in the NYC area, definitely check out one of Major Food Group’s many destination restaurants. Waugh is sure to wow you.
3. In good taste
Speaking of New York, the 2018 New York Taste, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 22, released their list of featured restaurants this week. Some notable Tripleseat customers made the list, including ABCV, Gramercy Tavern, and STARR venues LaMercerie and Le Coucou. If you’re not familiar with New York Taste, it is New York Magazine’s signature culinary event. It features more than 40 acclaimed chefs, mixologists, and up-and-comers on the New York restaurant scene. This year marks the event’s 20th anniversary. If you live in the area and haven’t been, I highly recommend attending. You can purchase tickets here.
4. Masters of cheating
Wine enthusiasts had some major gossip to discuss over a bottle of red this week. The Court of Master Sommeliers announced that it would be revoking the master sommelier designation from 23 of the 24 people who had passed the exam this year. An email sent by CMS board chairman Devon Broglie told members that they had intel that someone in their group had “disclosed confidential information pertinent to the tasting portion of the 2018 Master Sommelier Diploma Examination prior to the examination.” In short, they cheated and got caught. They have yet to release the name of the CMS member who leaked the classified info but I’m sure it’s safe to say they didn’t make any friends from the scandal and certainly won’t be curating the wine program anywhere anytime soon … or ever for that matter.
This next one is actually kind of funny. I had to include it because of its ridiculous factor. Controversial entrepreneur and tech giant Elon Musk has a new big idea, and this time it’s not about space travel or electric cars. This time he’s using his intellectual power to enhance the margarita. That’s right folks, Musk is releasing a branded tequila and he’s naming it … “Teslaquila.” The idea began as an April Fool’s Day Twitter rant where he proclaimed he was drinking Teslaquila. Well leave it to Musk to turn a joke into reality. My only question is how is he going to successfully and agreeably brand together driving a Tesla with drinking tequila? Maybe his next invention will be a self-driving Tesla for those nights when you drink too much of the tech billionaire’s liqueur.
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