Help me, help you.

I can no longer help those who will not help themselves. If you are not willing make an effort, then I will no longer be able to pick up the slack, I just have too much to do.  I run a professional kitchen, have a marriage to participate in, a 2 and a 4-year-old to help raise,  a daughter elsewhere who deserves my attention, and am in the process of buying a house.  Also, I have this blog that I would like to spend more time on, and some outside projects that I would like to be more dedicated to.  I, like many other people have a full life, with many responsibilities, and I cannot take on any more. Pull your own weight in this world, I’m done helping others who choose not to do their part.

“It can be made into a monster if we all pull together as a team.”   Pink Floyd’s “Have a Cigar.”

“My second piece of evidence is the picture of the gentleman setting the table, who happens to be Paul McCullough. Everybody pulls their weight there and everybody supports everyone else; if a table needs to be prepped and Paul is nearby, why wouldn’t he help out?” Otis Maxwell on

A deep-rooted culture is what it is, and for better or worse, what we have.  No matter how much it tries to limit you, don’t let it.

For me, the traditional neighborhood French Bistro is the most important style of restaurant.

What’s up with this Go Fund Me lately?  If you want me to chip in, show me a solid, well developed idea in detail, a comprehensive business plan, and let me know how much of your hard-earned cash you’re putting up.

“You’ve gotta have a system.”  Dr. Joe McFerran, 1998

Crystal, a server, broke down boxes today. She saw something that needed doing, and did it.

No, it’s not ok to have someone’s dinner wandering around the building while the rest of the party has been served.

All the information you need is printed (or should be) on the ticket.

Standards are the life jacket of any business.

At The French Laundry they, like most restaurants, they use masking tape to label food containers. At The French Laundry they cut the tape, not tear it like other restaurants.  When asked why, Thomas Keller said “because that’s the standard.”

We sold far more specials this weekend than ever before. Interesting.

Hey, guy with the guitar, I’ll give you couple of bucks if you ever actually play that guitar. I suspect you’re just a guy panhandling that happens to own a guitar.

All words are made-up.

Jordan was given good players who wanted to rise up to the necessary level to become part of a great team. Otherwise, he would simply have been Iverson.

Don’t ask me at 8:00 on a Saturday night to explain  something on a  menu after its been out for two weeks. The time to ask me was when you first read it.

As part of one of my outside projects, I recently did a tasting for a sweet young couple getting married later this year. They were so happy with the food that they inquired about having their rehearsal dinner at The Wine Bar.  It’s simple: Do a great job, exceed expectations, and business grows.

If Dole and Bailey continues to send the wrong products, they’ll no longer be hearing from me.  Every f’n week.

Y’ever hear of that Google thing they have out now?

As my Grandpa always said, “You got time to text, you got time to Google.”

Y’ever feel like a race horse with a 200 lb jockey?

Y’ever want to do this?

It’s going to be a busy season for all of us here in Saratoga. Time to get ready. Not just staffed, but ready.