Category: Restaurant Industry News

From National Press to Industry Panels, Dan Simons is Out Front for VSAG & Our Clients

We love it when our co-founders are out in front representing VSAG and our clients in restaurant & hospitality industry events and press features. Dan Simons has been busy making the rounds recently and here’s a look at what he’s been up to: First up, Dan’s insightful feature with the folks at the TODAY show’s Parenting Team. The interview, entitled “8 Reasons Your Kids Should Work in Restaurants,” highlights Dan’s take about why restaurant work is not only a draw for teens and young adults but why he thinks every kid, beginning with teenagers, should work in restaurants. From imparting… read more

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Using Restaurant Week to Your Advantage

Aligning with your local area’s summer Restaurant Week festivities is a great way to promote and market your restaurant in order to bring awareness to your business and get customers, old and new, in your door. Our hometown DC-area will host this summer’s Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week from August 14-20, where about 250 local restaurants, which span Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Maryland, will join the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington in celebrating Washington, D.C. Restaurant Week. This fantastic event is always one of the most buzzed about annual events and one of the best ways local residents… read more

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Dan Simons: The Value of his “Million Dollar Graduate Degree”

Our resident straight shooter, Dan Simons, was featured in a professional-turned-personal article recently, one in which focused on business acumen, the value of education, lessons learned – and the value of embracing failure. Yup, we said it. And what is our founder doing talking to the press about failure? It’s all in an effort for transparency. In walking his talk, transparency is a must for Dan, and our team. An honest, great read, Dan tells his story to The Next Web. An Entrepreneur’s Failure Equals a Million Dollar MBA speaks to hitting rock bottom and the all-important lesson of crawling out… read more

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Dan Simons Weighs In: How Big Brands & Big Businesses are Aligning Their Missions With Gen Z & Millennial Consumers

“With the Gen Z and Millennial consumers, it’s clear what matters to them. They want to be part of making the world a better place in everything they do. For us, this is good news. This was our original mission behind sourcing food products in a way that aligned with our sustainability vision.”— Dan Simons Dan recently had the opportunity to discuss this relevant industry topic of how big brands and big businesses need to set themselves apart in today’s market, focusing on the next generation. In a well-received article for Forbes, which was also referenced by The Huffington Post, Dan… read more

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Dan Simons Speaks to Forbes: The Road to Becoming America’s Most Booked Restaurants, 5-Years Running!

As an experienced, sought-after restaurant & hospitality consultant, VSAG Founder Dan Simons has morphed his years in the industry into an acquired narrative of the business of running successful restaurants and keeping a keen eye on what diners want. Dan loves participating in open, honest, valuable conversation about the industry he loves. One such conversation recently took place with Forbes contributor Brian Rashid. The outcome: How Founding Farmers Became the Most Booked Restaurant in the U.S. for 5-Years Running, where Dan dished on the amazing success of VSAG client, Founding Farmers, and the journey Dan has taken with Farmers Restaurant Group,… read more

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Is a Sustainable, Global Food Supply Within Reach?

We offer a hopeful… yes. In these times of burgeoning populations, the strides we’ve made as a company to honor the invaluable service family farms provide our industry, forecasting the developing farmer-owned restaurant concept, and our commitment to offering client guests sustainable menu options at every possible turn, is paramount to our work. We’re encouraged by recent reports from the Environmental Defense Fund indicating that due to initiatives begun at grassroots levels, such as ours that promote sustainable methodology, are having a positive uptick on practical, innovative global food supply efforts and solutions.  Some of those solutions derive from sustainable… read more

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Dan Simons Out Front with Forbes: Formula for Leadership Model Success.

Dan Simons was recently approached by Forbes magazine to discuss his business leadership style and recipe for success. When a business industry media giant like Forbes comes calling, what’s one to do? You set forth and provide contributor Jeff Boss with an honest, hard-hitting account profiling your business leadership style – the highs, the lows, the lessons learned.  The result: Why This Leadership Model Simply Cannot be Argued With. Now garnering media and industry attention, Dan wanted to share some snippets from the article outlining our work with longtime VSAG client, Farmers Restaurant Group. “The seed from which a business… read more

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Ongoing Investment in Food & Restaurant Technology

As we look to the future, making an ongoing investment in food and restaurant technology will help you grow as a brand and as a company. Food Science & Technology. An interesting topic as it’s continually evolving. Defined by the Institute of Food Technologists as the study of the physical, nutritional, and chemical makeup of food, food science also seeks to uncover the causes of food deterioration. Whereas, food technology applies those disciplines to the selection, processing, packaging, and preservation of food. In short: maintaining food safety and making a conscious effort to impart advanced, sustainable, repurposing methods to reducing… read more

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VSAG Client News: Farmers & Distillers Opens!

The reservation call center is busily up & running, the staff is trained and happily serving hungry guests, the booze is flowing, and yes, the doors are open. We’re thrilled to announce that our longtime client, Farmers Restaurant Group, has opened their latest venture. Located in the cool, culturally diverse Mt Vernon Square neighborhood in the heart of Washington, D.C. Farmers & Distillers is primed to be the next successful venture in this growing restaurant group. Along with sister restaurants, Founding Farmers and Farmers Fishers Bakers, Farmers & Distillers continues the brand’s farmer-owned concept, but with a twist: this restaurant… read more

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5 Tectonic Shifts and Challenges Facing Restaurant Owners and Operators in 2017

As we move into 2017, our team is ready to take on new business and guide our established clients to successful restaurant and hospitality endeavors. An important part of our business practices is forecasting the trends we see as viable industry practices, ideas, and evolutions for the coming year. Our biggest callout? Sustainability. The importance of leaving this planet better than how we found it, is a continued, evolving source of interest, education, and involvement. Here are the Top Five Tectonic Shifts and Challenges We See Facing Restaurant Owners and Operators in 2017. Food Trend: Hand-Pulled Noodles. One of the most beloved,… read more

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