Global Gourmet

A Conversation with Eileen Crane

California's Premier Sparkling Winemaker Reflects On Her Legacy

Eileen Crane has been called the doyenne of California sparkling wine. After studying at the Culinary Institute of America and taking courses in enology and viticulture at U.C. Davis, Crane took a job as a tour guide at Domaine Chandon in 1978 and worked her way up to assistant winemaker. She was hired away by Gloria Ferrer in 1984 to…

Would You Buy A Ticket To A Restaurant?

More and More Upscale Restaurants Are Moving To A Non-Refundable Ticketing System

Almost any restaurant owner will tell you that no-shows are the most challenging part of their business. The ones who won’t tell you that are probably operating casual, insanely busy restaurants that don’t accept reservations. In fine dining establishments, margins are so thin that one absent table can make the difference between an evening’s profit and loss. Prior to the…