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Rebecca Pollack Scherr Rebecca Pollack Scherr was a SmartBrief editor for foodservice and culinary arts. She also managed the @SB_Food Twitter account. Before SmartBrief, Rebecca was a copy editor at The Washington Times and a writer/editor at the Society of American Florists.

Pamela G. Bailey has been president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association since January 2009. Previously, Bailey served as president and CEO of the Personal Care Products Council as well as AdvaMed.

Tell us about the first time you were somebody’s boss.

I was 25 years old, working in the White House as a member of the research team for the president’s speech writers, when I was promoted to be the head of the research office, reporting to David Gergen, the president’s chief speechwriter.[…] Continue Reading »

James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz is working with the International Olive Council to promote olives and olive oil through the Add Some Life campaign. I reached out to Schwartz to find out how restaurants can get creative this film awards season.

What opportunities does movie awards season present for restaurants?

Every night is theater for us in the restaurant so there is a common thread between show business and what we do.[…] Continue Reading »

SmartBrief readers say healthy menus and nutrition are top interests for restaurant owners and chefs, and many of their businesses already are participating in a program that helps children and parents find healthy kids’ menu choices. This week, I caught up with the president of Healthy Dining, Anita Jones-Mueller, to talk about the Kids LiveWell program, led by the National Restaurant Association and Healthy Dining.[…] Continue Reading »

The Culinary Institute of America is hosting one of its biggest career fairs in the school’s history today. More than 250 recruiters and human resources professionals from the foodservice and hospitality industries are seeking their next top chefs on the Hyde Park, N.Y., campus, which holds four career fairs each year.

Companies say they are hiring for positions in:

  • Kitchen and dining-room operations
  • Management
  • Beverage operations

According to CIA’s survey, conducted in advance of the career fair, recruiters are looking for candidates with:

  • Previous work experience
  • Communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • […] Continue Reading »

Larry Graham, president of the National Confectioners Association since 1992, provides leadership for members, including U.S. and international confectionery manufacturers and suppliers, to meet complex challenges and problems that have confronted the industry. Graham founded the World Cocoa Foundation, a nonprofit farmer-outreach organization, in 2000. Before joining the candy industry, Graham served in executive posts at the Uniform and Textile Services Association, the National Food Processors Association and the American Hotel and Motel Association.[…] Continue Reading »