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Jack Robertiello

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Jack Robertiello

Frequently writing and consulting about spirits, Jack Robertiello also judges at events including the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the International Rum Fest, and Spirits of Mexico.


Craft  Beer and Big Beer On-Premise Trends Article
Craft Brewers are Beating Big Beer   November 24, 2014
By: Jack Robertiello

After years of depressing declines in sales, the beer industry could really use some good news. Unfortunately, big beer continues to sag on-premise but there is continued growth potential with Hispanic Millennials for craft.

PF Chang's Wine Passport Training Program Article
Traveling on PF Chang's "Wine Passport"    November 24, 2014
By: Jack Robertiello

When wine servers don't know their tempranillo from their malbec, a little tune-up is in order, and that's what PF Chang's China Bistro has undertaken with their "Wine Passport" program.

Mae Governale, Oak + Char Article
How to Build a New Drink Menu   November 11, 2014
By: Jack Robertiello

The drink menu for Chicago's new Oak + Char includes cocktails named after friends and supporters, and includes the culinary and quirky (a vegan frozen drink). We ask Mae Governale how she crafted the new menu.

Craft Beer Food Pairing Tips and Tools Blog
Craft Beer Pairing Tips   November 10, 2014
By: Jack Robertiello

The leading craft beer group recently released a downloadable beer and food course designed to train the proper ways to serve beer and the ways beer and food go together.

Coexistence Among Wine, Craft Beer and Cocktails Article
Can Wine, Craft Beer and Cocktails Coexist?   November 10, 2014
By: Jack Robertiello

Just-released Wine Market Council report based on discussions with many beverage pros says wine still has the edge on-premise at high-end restaurants, despite the surge of craft beers and cocktails.

Fun Fall Flavors on Your Drink Menu Article
It's Not too Late for Fun Fall Flavors   October 28, 2014
By: Jack Robertiello

Pumpkins aren't just for carving anymore, nor apples for dunking. Fall seasonal drink menus demand them.

upswing in on-premise casual dining trends Blog
Upswing in On-premise Casual Dining Metrics   October 27, 2014
By: Jack Robertiello

Heading for the fourth quarter, restaurant traffic is struggling to keep up, while spirit trends are getting better, reports GuestMetrics.

10 Chain Restaurant Trends for 2015 Article
10 Chain Restaurant Trends for 2015   October 27, 2014
By: Jack Robertiello

Knowing what's next can make or break a bar or restaurant; research firm Technomic predicts ten big trends in dining and drinking in 2015 that can help.

SixtyFive at the Rainbow Room New York Blog
Opening: Return of the Rainbow Room   October 13, 2014
By: Jack Robertiello

It's a far different drinking scene since last the iconic restaurant was open regularly to the public, and more than 15 years have passed since it has been relevant to the drinking scene - can it come back?

Red Robin Bacon Milkshake Article
Bacon Milkshakes, Sundaes and Dom Pérignon at Chains?   October 10, 2014
By: Jack Robertiello

Jim Beam milkshakes at Red Robin, Hennessy sundaes at Parlour and Dom Pérignon for breakfast - what's behind the news?



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