Great Taste Magazine November/December 2016 issue is Hot off the Press! This issue, we toast to 2016 and the richness the OC restaurant scene continues to offer.

Take a peek into the life of our featured chef, Executive Chef Zach J. Geerson, and his momentous journey across the country to Citizen Kitchen in Hotel Fullerton. Plus: an insider’s look at his adventurous recipes—including the Grilled Spanish Octopus with Angry Sauce featured on the cover.

Meet OC’s new talent: Charles Imbelli, Director of Culinary Operations and Executive Chef of The Ranch, and Tin Vuong, Executive Chef and Cofounder of Blackhouse Hospitality and Bluegold/LSXO.

Our Cheese Pick of the Month is rich and creamy, with a savory reputation stemming all the way back to Italy. Our Produce Pick of the Month pairs well with a glass of Beaujolais.

Venture into the booming multi-concept restaurant industry as we ask OC restaurateurs about their success and challenges. Plus: a Q & A with Alicia Whitney of Prjkt Restaurant Group, Russel Bendel of RB Squared, Inc. and David Wilhelm of JFAT, Inc.

Bite into The Biz section our issue, with industry leaders’ tips and tricks on how to amplify your restaurant’s footing into the next year.

Find the perfect recipe for boosting gift card sales throughout the holiday season and beyond. Explore some key, tech-savvy tactics for your restaurant to apply in the next year. Learn how to up your sandwich game; purchase and prepare the perfect, standing rib roast; embrace the animal fats trend that is here to stay; and stand strong through the rough and roaring holiday season.

This year, we’ve swung through a roller coaster in avocado production and enjoyed some of the best years in the wine industry, and there’s only more to come.

Here’s to you, 2016! And cheers to the New Year!

Check back for more articles, recipes and inclusions. If the mailman doesn’t bring yours soon, let us know.

Chef Zach Geerson
Chef Zach Geerson
Citizen Kitchen at Hotel Fullerton
1500 S Raymond St
Fullerton, CA 92831

Great Taste Magazine 2016 November December 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 16 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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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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