Marlin Network launches Foodservice Professional Panel

Marlin Network launches Foodservice Professional Panel

This foodservice marketing agency is putting together a restaurant operator panel and is looking for professionals just like you to become influencers in the industry!

Marlin Network is an agency that has been in business for over 30 years and is on a mission to engage consumers in better experiences away from home.

Currently, the agency is looking for input from operators, owners, chefs, and managers across all segments of commercial restaurants. Marlin Network wants the opinion of those people in the industry who are considered key decision makers, or the people purchasing product for their place of business.

This is an interesting opportunity for industry professionals who qualify, where they will be rewarded for voicing their thoughts on products anonymously. The company will never sell the participant’s information or market to them. Marlin Network’s goal is to better the foodservice industry and incorporate the opinions of real food industry professionals into their projects.

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Wynn Resorts Stock Price Spikes After CEO Steps Down Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Wynn Resorts Stock Price Spikes After CEO Steps Down Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

In today’s environment, sexual harassment victims are no longer afraid to share their experiences no matter how powerful the abuser is.

The unhealthy culture that a massive number of workers in the restaurant industry have been subjected to has been exposed through countless stories, but sexual harassment is a wide-ranging issue that exists in multiple industries.

Last month, a media frenzy ignited after the billionaire mogul and CEO of Wynn Resorts Steve Wynn was accused of decades of sexual abuse.

Although Wynn has repeatedly denied these misconduct claims and have called them “preposterous”, Wynn has resigned from his chairman and CEO role at the Vegas-based corporation.

"It is with a collective heavy heart, that the board of directors of Wynn Resorts today accepted the resignation of our founder, CEO and friend Steve Wynn," said Boone Wayson, a director of the board and who will be the non-executive chairman in a press release. "Steve Wynn is an industry giant.  He is a philanthropist and a beloved leader and visionary.  He played the pivotal role in transforming Las Vegas into the entertainment destination it is today. He also assembled a world-class team of executives that will continue to meet the high standards of excellence that Steve Wynn created and the Wynn brand has come to represent."

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Gordon Ramsay's New Restaurant Booked 12,000 Reservations in 10 Days

Gordon Ramsay's New Restaurant Booked 12,000 Reservations in 10 Days

Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay’s highly anticipated reality show-themed restaurant, Hell’s Kitchen, will have its grand opening January 16th, but it has already received 12,000 reservations.

“It is unprecedented,” Ramsay told the "Los Angeles Times." “We’ve never seen this kind of demand.”

The restaurant is designed to look exactly like the set of the chef’s hit reality television series of the same name, “Hell’s Kitchen.” The 300-seat restaurant opened quietly in early January, or at least that was Ramsay’s plan. The prime location and appearances by the celebrity chef made it impossible to be kept a secret.

On the show, Ramsay has gained fame for his fiery, hypercritical character.

Cooks in the 8,000 square-foot Las Vegas restaurant are dressed in uniforms coinciding with either the red or blue team, a reference to the show, and work in a “high action” open space designed to showcase the “sounds of a noisy kitchen,” "Eater" reported.

“It’s like walking onto the ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ set in L.A.,” Ramsay said. “The producers had input with the contractors, and the designers had input with the contractors.”

The restaurant is only allowing walk-ins until January 16, when bookings officially open.

Read more about the famed chef and restaurant on the "Los Angeles Times."

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Vegas Devastated by the Deadliest Shooting in US History, What Does This Mean for the City’s Tourism? 

Vegas Devastated by the Deadliest Shooting in US History, What Does This Mean for the City’s Tourism? 

Vegas, a city known for its lively atmosphere, casinos, hotels and delicious restaurants is in a state of despair, along with the rest of the country.

59 people were killed and at least 527 injured after a mass shooting at the outdoor music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday night. 

While the beloved country super star Jason Aldean was performing on stage, a gunman opened fire on concert goers from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel across the street. There were 22,000 at the scene of what is now known as the deadly shooting in US history. 

The shooter’s name was Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old Nevada local who killed himself before a SWAT team entered his hotel room, where they found 19 weapons, most of which were military-style rifles. Paddock had 18 more weapons found by authorities in his car and home, along with ammunition for those weapons.

Officials believe Paddock acted alone.

“Right now we believe it’s a solo act, a lone-wolf attacker,” said Joe Lombardo, Clark County sheriff. “We are pretty confident there is no longer a threat.”

So far, authorities haven’t determined the motive and family members have claimed to be shocked by the attack. 

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Chef Khai Vu of Las Vegas' District One Dishes Up 'Crazy, Fun' Vietnamese Cuisine

Video Produced by Vanessa C. Rodriguez

District One Kitchen & Bar is not strictly a Vietnamese cuisine restaurant. Although the restaurant name refers to the district epicenter for entertainment and dining in Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest municipality), District One is known to be a melting pot of Asian flavors, including Vietnamese, Thailandese, Chinese, and Japanese.

“In the menu, we have everything from seafood to noodles to different variety of Southeast Asian-inspired dishes,” said Chef and owner Khai Vu. “A lot of it is Vietnamese-inspired because of our roots and where we’re from…”

However, District One’s founders wanted to create a menu that would not only reflect their heritage, but also showcase their experiences by combining flavors from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York.

Chef Vu attributes his entrepreneurial spirit to his father, who taught him how to be a successful businessman, but for his early fascination with food, Chef Vu blames his grandmother.

“From growing up and going to the farmer’s market every weekend with my grandma... every weekend, she would stop everything and make a big family meal,” said Chef Vu.

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In this Table 42 Vignette, Chef Vu demonstrated for us their signature dish: Live Whole Maine Lobster Pho. They get them alive and then they poach them, “...we take them all apart, and then deshell them and put it back together” in order to make it easier for the guest to eat.

“When you order, ask for a female lobster because it comes with all the roll… that’s the good stuff!” Vu added.

At District One, they really go out of their way to give each one of the dishes a home-cooked feel.

“I take all the good dish, put it on a much easier, simpler menu that people can understand and after they are used to it, I’ll bring out more crazy, fun stuff,” said Chef Vu. “We want people to understand more the cuisine, so they can enjoy it more...”