Michael Sanson

Let's Dance, Jose! 
WHAT'S CHILLIN: Vitasoy Soy Milk Organic Orange Juice Dom Perignon Rose 1995 vintage Fresh Spanish Mackerel Fillet School Yard Sugar Bush Maple Syrup
Chicago Chefs Are Honked Off About the Foie Gras Ban 
Last month I had a great meal with friends at MK restaurant in Chicago. Usually, when I'm dining with compadres we'll just order a bunch of stuff and
Michael Psilakis, Chef, Dona, New York, NY 
Donatella Arpaia put herself on the culinary map several years ago when she opened her first New York City restaurant, Bellini. But when she later teamed
You May Not Know It, But You're a Star, Baby! 
Is it possible that you restaurant folk have achieved rock-star status? You're getting there. When I began covering this industry 20 years ago the public
Gavin Kaysen, Chef de Cuisine, El Bizcocho, San Diego, CA 
Some people stumble through life searching for a purpose, while others are on a mission from a ridiculously young age. Gavin Kaysen falls into the later
Homaro Cantu, Chef, Moto, Chicago, IL 
Homaro Cantu Remember those geeky kids in high school who got shoved into lockers by the jocks? Today, many of those jocks are working in the plumbing
Editor's Letter 
Michael Sanson Editor-in-Chief Photograph by Roger Mastroanni A summit of restaurant chain executives met recently in Chicago to discuss a variety of
Jared Simons, Chef/Owner, Violet, Los Angeles, CA 
In a city as image-conscious as Los Angeles, the temptation to show off is irresistible. That's why it's so refreshing to discover a young talent who's
Is It Time To Educate Customers About Tips? 
Cornell University's Center for Hospitality Research recently presented a report that suggests black customers do not tip as well as white customers.
Doug Psaltis, Executive Chef, Country, New York, NY 
Some people never quite figure out their life's mission, while others, like Doug Psaltis, know from an early age. By the time he was 10, Psaltis was already
Is it Time to Brag About Your Healthful Menu Items? 
I'm getting older. I'm not complaining, but I wish birthdays wouldn't fly by so quickly as I speed along the highway of life. But that's life. What scares
Is Your Restaurant As Cozy As My Family Room? 
According to the National Restaurant Association's Hudson Riehle, American restaurants are slowly but surely turning into "America's family room." This
Missy Robbins, Executive Chef, Spiaggia, Chicago, IL 
The reputations of some restaurants are larger than life: Any young chef good enough to land a gig at one of them can put a big, fat, gold star on his
Ryan Poli, Chef, Butter, Chicago, IL 
Don't know if Barbra Streisand has been to Chicago to sup at the table of Chef Ryan Poli, but we're betting that she'd declare he cooks "like butta."
Do What You Do Best; Don't Worry About Reviewers. 
Over the years, this magazine has routinely written about how to deal with restaurant critics who have the power to help or hurt your restaurant and,
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