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Great Taste Magazine 2008 Sept/Oct Issue features Chef Ryan Adams and culinary news, tips, recommendations and recipes from Orange County restaurant chefs.

Keeping it all in the family is not surprisingly, very important to Fidel Guzman of Family Tree Produce. In this issue of Great Taste, Guzman gives us a history of his company and we examine what sets Family Tree Produce apart from all other produce distributors. Our Sur Le Menu we offers up some of the best Vegetarian dishes in Orange County.

Another outstanding star in the restaurant world is our featured chef this month, Chef Ryan Adams of Sorrento Grille in Laguna Beach and Corporate Chef for Culinary Adventures. Chef Adams describes himself as a jack of all trades, having opened over 25 restaurants with Culinary Adventures and dabbling in every part of the process from construction to administration. He tells us how he keeps it all going and what inspired him to become a Chef in the first place.

If you are anything like Chef Adams then you probably know what it’s like to get so busy that you forget to eat. Stress and healthy eating are two things that don’t seem to go together and that is one trend in the restaurant business we are not excited about. We offer some tips on how to manage time and stress and the importance of finding time to eat something hearty.

First impressions are critical and in The Biz section of this issue we highlight the often underestimated importance of the greeter in every restaurant. This person is often the first contact customers have with a restaurant and their attitude is critical to the customers experience inside the restaurant. One restaurant that seems to have made quite a good first impression is Lazy Dog. Chef Gabriel Caliendo, CEC takes us through their evolution from creating the menu at their first location to branching out all over Orange County.

What would a wedding be without cocktails? Steven Ackad uses his recent wedding experience to explain the importance of a well-rounded cocktail list.

Great Taste Magazine 2008 Sept/Oct Issue covers the restaurants and the professionals with resources, recipes, beautiful photos and many tasty tidbits. Great Taste Magazine, the premiere connection to all the key decision makers in our local Southern California restaurant industry. Each month our 15 year-old full-color trade publication reaches thousands of the area’s top restaurant owners, general managers, executive chefs and buyers. Take a tour through the magazine. Each issue features a restaurant and local chef, and is packed with the timeliest information, critical operational tips and other industry news important to our readers.

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Chef de Cuisine
Ryan Adams
Sorrento Grille
Three Seventy Common Table + Kitchen – Laguna Beach
370 Glenneyre St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Teri Willliams
Editor in Chief
Teri Williams

Teri Williams has her finger on the pulse of the local hospitality industry like no one else. Fifteen years as editor and publisher of Orange County’s only hospitality trade magazine combined with her consultancy for the non-profit sector and her public relations expertise give Williams a far-reaching, varied and unique perspective of the industry. Besides her esteemed Great Taste publication, she has extensive experience in the travel industry (retail agent and wholesale), event planning and volunteerism. Williams has contacts around the globe in the restaurant, hotel, media and travel trades. She has also been applauded for her enthusiastic charity work and has chaired numerous chef, food and wine events on behalf of local non-profit organizations, for which she has helped garner more than $1 million in donations through the years. Known for her unflagging enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, can do attitude and joie de vivre, Williams is a constant presence and authority on the OC culinary and hospitality scene.

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