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Food trucks are popping up all over, and vendors in large cities are forming associations that give them leverage for dealing with local officials and regulations. Matt Geller is CEO of the Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association[…] Continue Reading », which formed in 2010 and has about 150 food-truck operators. Geller, who has restaurant management experience and a law degree, says food safety is a critical issue for these entrepreneurs.

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Restaurant SmartBrief — tracks feedback from restaurant owners and managers about current trends and issues.

Last week’s poll question: What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Make health and nutrition a priority — 47.32%
Focus on my employees — 18.75%
Connect with my restaurant’s community — 18.75%
Other — 15.18%

Nearly half of Restaurant SmartBrief readers said they will make it their New Year’s resolution to put health and nutrition top of mind.[…] Continue Reading »

This post is by SmartBlog on Restaurants and Restaurant SmartBrief contributor Janet Forgrieve.

Restaurants from rural Florida to California’s coast have once again become popular places for this season’s political candidates to spread their messages to captive audiences — at least until the check comes. But for many restaurateurs, there’s much more at stake than just packing the house for politicians’ speeches.[…] Continue Reading »

This post is by SmartBlog on Restaurants and Restaurant SmartBrief contributor Janet Forgrieve.

Sondra Bernstein’s three restaurants aren’t just serving up dishes made from locally grown produce. The Sonoma, Calif., restaurateur and the chefs on her staff are getting their hands dirty, taking turns tending an acre of herbs, cucumber, tomatoes and other produce destined for the restaurants, under a two-year sharecropping project with nearby Imagery Winery.[…] Continue Reading »