Main Ingredient - May 2011

Educating Tomorrow's Culinary Rock Stars

When Krista Carpino signed up for ProStart as a student at Myrtle Point High School in 2000, more than one career took a fork in the road. ProStart, which is celebrating over 10 years in Oregon, is a hospitality education program that combines school-based learning and structured on-the-job experience to provide high quality instruction and unique opportunities for real-world application of skills.

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Higher Education

Higher Education is a hot topic in the halls of the Capitol this legislative session, but it looks like the biggest change will come in the form of Senate Bill (SB) 242. This proposal could prove to be a major step forward for the hospitality industry in Oregon.

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It All Started With A Nudge

I moved to Oregon with my family in September of 1999 to help open a restaurant in Salem named "J. James Restaurant". I always wanted to have the experience opening a fine dining restaurant and believed I would end up owning one of my own someday.

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The National Menu Labeling Law

For all the media coverage on the national menu labeling law, you'd think restaurant operators would have some answers by now about what the law covers and when it will be enacted.

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2011 Northwest Foodservice Show

With a packed house turning out at Portland's Oregon Convention Center, the 49th annual Northwest Foodservice Show concluded its April 3-4 event with a head of steam indicative of an economy on the rebound.

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