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After 48 years, Julie Child has a best seller – butter and all!

Almost 48 years after it was first published, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” by Julia Child is finally topping the best-seller list, bringing with it all the butter, salt and goose fat that home chefs had largely abandoned. The book, given a huge lift from the recently released movie “Julie & Julia,” sold 22,000 copies in the most recent week tracked, according to Nielsen BookScan, which follows book sales. That is more copies than were sold in any full year since the book’s appearance.

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KFC Confirms Test of Meaty Double Down

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 24, 2009) Sister chain Taco Bell may use the tag line “Think outside the bun,” but KFC actually is putting that philosophy into practice with the test of a new product: the Double Down. The “sandwich” replaces bread with two Original Recipe fried-chicken fillets that enclose bacon, Swiss and pepper-Jack cheeses, and the Colonel’s sauce. The test of the Double Down comes on the heels of KFC’s most recent product launch of Kentucky Grilled Chicken, which the chain introduced after years in test to offer more healthful options to its customers. Television ads for KFC’s grilled chicken feature…

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People Are Talking

It's nice when other blogs are talking about Patrice & Associates.  Francorp is one of the top companies world-wide that help people franchise their business.  Here is what was said on their blog. "When Patrice Rice came to meet us nearly a year ago, she had an extremely opportune situation.  Rarely, do we have a client that has numerous prospective franchises showing serious interest before they even franchise their business. In Patrice's situation, she provides a unique placement service for restaurant owners and managers.  She is essentially brokering top level restaurant management.  It helps the restaurant owner deal with a challenging…

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World’s First Underwater Restaurant

This restaurant has just moved to the top of my "bucket list"! World's first ever undersea restaurant called Ithaa was opened at the Maldives Hilton Resort & Spa. Dine 5 metres below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island's unique underwater restaurant. Marvel at 360� views of reef and marine life, sip champagne cocktails and sample Maldivian-Western fusion cuisine at this spectacular Maldives restaurant - the world's only aquarium-style restaurant. This would truly be an amazing experience.  The restaurant only seats 12 people, formal attire is required, they only accept cash and children are only allowed at lunchtime. All restaurant managers…

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Crash In a Jet Plane Hotel

Near a beach that's within Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica, the Hotel Costa Verde doesn't lack for great sights. But few are as amazing as its own 727 Fuselage Suite, a salvaged 1965 Boeing 727-100 that looks as if it's crashed into the Costa Rican jungle (it's actually mounted atop a 50-foot pillar and reached via a spiral staircase). The jet's interior was once able to hold up to 125 passengers, but there are few reminders left of its days in the service of South African Airways and Colombia's Avianca Airlines. The suite's two bedrooms, dining area, and…

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Your Escape Pod Awaits

Colored bright-orange for easy visibility, the '70s-era escape pods that make up the Capsule Hotel once hung outside oil rigs, ready to be deployed in case of an evacuation. Recycled by self-proclaimed "garbage architect" Denis Oudendijk, the fleet of pods now rotates among different moorings in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe. At the moment, two are in the western Dutch town of Vlissingen and another is in The Hague. For a kind of James Bond-meets-Barbarella twist, opt to book your pod with a disco ball and all the spy's movies on DVD. It's a super-kitschy nod to a similar…

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Casual Dining Shows Signs of a Turnaround

 Joe’s Crab Shack  plans to open several new stores in the coming months, breaking ranks with many other operators in the beleaguered casual-dining segment. “We are very optimistic,” said Kevin Cottingim, senior vice president of human resources for the 113-unit, Houston-based chain. “We had a pretty good year compared to the industry.” With operators such as Joe’s Crab Shack gearing up for more stores and raising their employment expectations, casual dining is beginning to show signs of a turnaround, according to third-quarter data from the People Report Workforce Index. After trending downward for 10 quarters, the overall index reading for casual…

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Restaurant Metaphor on Health Care

Health Care is the topic of today.  The thought of our government managing the nation's health care system is very scary.  We can't even get the simple things right.  How many of you are capable of filing your own tax returns?  The very basics are so complicated that most Americans have to pay someone specially trained to complete their annual tax return.  Look at the new Cash for Clunkers Program that was supposed to stimulate the car industry.  There are reports everywhere that states are not getting their money and of consumers taking 6 hours to complete an application.  A friend of mine works…

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The 4 Hour Work Week

This is one of my all time favorite books. I have read  The 4 Hour Work Week three times and its a regular "go to" on my night stand. Those of you who know me, already know I will probably never retire, but if I was like most Americans, and followed the "retirement age" logic (whatever that is) to have the life experiences one usually dreams about when they retire, I would be doomed to repeat the mistakes made by most people.  There are many things I want to do with my life that involve two things – money and the most…

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Unbelievable Restaurant Concept!

So fellow restaurant recruiters, do you think you could find restaurant managers for this concept? What are your thoughts? Do you think a restaurant with the Toilet Theme would work in your neighborhood? Would you eat here?  Would you take your kids to this restaurant? This is pretty crazy! I think even the best recruiters may find this to be a challenge!

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Jonathan Litt did a fantastic job!

    He was right on point with his coaching on do's and don’ts.  I would highly recommend Jonathan Litt to anyone looking for a job.  
    Warm Regards,
    Kevin Scott
    Jonathan Litt did a fantastic job!
  • I would give John Gatewood 5 stars

    I would like to thank John Gatewood.   Mr. Gatewood was very helpful still keeps in contact with me to check on my progress.  I appreciate everything he did for me and the help he provided.   Thank you, Joseph Sarno I would give John Gatewood 5 stars
  • Thank you again Matt!! 

    Matt Lopez was absolutely an integral part of the success of connecting to my next amazing role.  He had extremely thorough preparatory information and dialogue, encouraged us to engage in continuous practice, offered helpful tips and general guidelines, and was super diligent in follow ups.  He was friendly, professional, and upbeat.  I truly enjoyed our interactions and I'm so grateful to him, for I am 100% certain he is a big part of me landing the job.  I would refer him to anyone in search of their next long term role.
    Thank You,

    Monica Karell
    Thank you again Matt!!
  • She was very professional and a pleasure to interact with on several occasions 

    I would like to pass along how happy I am with the assistance I received working with Jodi Furraitti from Patrice and Associates Recruiting.  Her advice and resume suggestions helped me secure a great position with an outstanding restaurant company.             Sincerely, Joe O'Hagan She was very professional and a pleasure to interact with on several occasions
  • My experience with Margo was outstanding

    Margo reached out to me about a potential management position she thought fit my background and experience.  She was very good at explaining to me the job responsibilities, the average pay and the mission statement of the company.  She made sure I was a great fit before she even submitted my resume. Margo prepped me for the interview and told me what to expect and has followed up to see how I'm doing.  I did get the job and I feel a lot of it is because Margo had prepared me on what to expect and what they were looking for in a candidate.
    Thank you,
    Tom Procida
    My experience with Margo was outstanding