Monday, August 27, 2012

Best of My Blog, Season One Volume Two

My nephew in front of his dad's cookshop.
I spent the past 4 days helping my brother Jon at his recently opened business, Chive Cafe & Catering. Located adjacent to Peddler's Village in Bucks County, Chive is a great place for breakfast and lunch. One of Jon's goals is to have the best sandwiches in Bucks County and he is definitely a contender if you listened to the comments of his guests. 

And of course I must mention his catering. As most know, Jon was Max's partner at Max & Me Catering way before I joined the team. He was as responsible for the growth, quality and success of the business as Max was, it just wasn't his name on the door. In positioning Chive's catering, Jon will hold to the same high quality standards he had at Max & Me, but he is aware of the new reality of the catering buyer's need to be much more budget conscious than many were from the mid-'90s through 2008.
My buddy Erin Lambert with Duff from TV Food Network
This summer started with the Great Chefs event and though I didn't blog about it this year, I did last year. Check out last year's post, which made it into my "Best Of" list: blog #3 Well done Marc Vetri and team!

Gratuitous use of celebrity photo
What's the picture have to do with the next "Best Of" post? Nothing. It's about the Fourth of July celebrations last year: blog post #13 Fourth of July grubbin'. I have read that to sell magazines you put either a celebrity, a dog or a baby on the cover. I'm 2 for 3 so far.

Okay, 3 for 3. Should be best read post yet.
Here's an interesting post I almost forgot about. This is very good stuff for caterers and event planners as I reproduced a blog from Mike Roman, the acknowledged number one consultant for the catering industry and guru to many of the top catering companies worldwide. It covers how to advance prepare for a catered function, and there is a link to an article showing what can happen, even if you have all the talent in the world, if you are not well prepared: blog post # 15, Interesting Info from others

Watchin' the river flow. 
Why do all these pictures have nothing to do with the blog posts? Why is the sky blue? I thought it would be fun to share some cool shots from my summer travels. The next "Best Of" is one I wrote for Mardi Gras earlier this year. As you will read New Orleans has a big spot in my heart and I hope y'all will think good thoughts for NOLA and hope it is spared any damage from Isaac, the approaching hurricane. Here is blog post #26, Mardi Gras Mambo.

Same river (North Fork of the South Platte), 30 miles downstream.

I have to include the next post even though it's not about catering. It's me up on my soapbox preaching. Don't just read the post, check out some of the comments in blog post # 30, Do the right thing

Denver's Colorado Convention Center
The final post in my "Best Of" collection is the most important one for me, blog post # 36, PhillyVenueFinder.com, take the video tour! PhillyVenueFinder.com is my website, currently in development that will help connect event planners, caterers and great venues. This video was very reasonable to produce and if you are a venue operator or caterer that would like one for your own space or collection of spaces, contact me to find out more. 

Thanks as always for reading. Please comment and share this if you would.

Harry 8/27/2012