Posts by Chef John Howie

How Do Restaurants Create Compensation Equality in the Washington State Food Service Industry?

In the news recently, you may have seen Washington’s rising minimum wage blamed as the reason some Seattle Area restaurants are struggling and even closing. While the minimum wage certainly presents one challenge, there are numerous factors contributing to the economic shortfalls faced by restaurants. Regardless, I believe restaurateurs can survive – and even thrive – while also living up to…

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Get Advanced Reservations For Dark Door Bourbon

In response to the excitement about the two barrels of wheated bourbon currently maturing to perfection at Wildwood’s distillery, we are thrilled to announce advance reservations for the Spring 2018 limited release of Dark Door Bourbon. These special bottles will be hand numbered and signed by Wildwood Spirits Co. co-owners and distillers. Purchasing a Wildwood…

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How I Respond When People Complain About Our Prices

Below is a review we recently received for Beardslee Public House, our Northwest-inspired, family friendly eatery and brewery. I removed the guest’s name as I am not out to shame anyone. “First of all, I use to love this place. I’m sitting here at Beardslee now disgusted with their current price hike. I have one question…

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5 DISHES YOU WON’T BELIEVE CAME FROM A SPORTS BAR

At Sport Restaurant & Bar in Seattle you can expect amazing cuisine, scratch made in house with locally sourced ingredients, and flavors that are bigger than the HDTV’s. The flavors at Sport are MVP candidates when compared to the offerings at most traditional sports themed bars. We have 5 dishes though that you may be…

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WHY NO-SHOWS ARE KILLING THE FINE DINING BUSINESS

Why do people choose a fine dining restaurant for celebrations and special occasions, when they can easily go to a less exclusive place that does great food as well? The short answer is: for the complete experience. A well-prepared meal by itself doesn’t make the most lasting memories. It’s the carefully orchestrated ambience created by fine…

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