As VSAG co-founder and owner of one of the most popular restaurants in the country, I thought I would offer some insight and true-life case study experience to a question that has been bantered about the food industry community recently – Is OpenTable Worth It? Read below to get our perspective – and then let us know if we can help you and your restaurant see the same kind of OpenTable success! – Dan Simons ————————————— How many times have you purchased a product, only to find that you are not getting the value or functionality for which you paid?… read more
Category: VSAG Team News
The entire VSAG family is sad today. One of our team members passed away this week; he was far too young, and far too healthy, it came as a shock to us all. George Roche was our friend, our colleague, our baker, our day trader, our international politico and our precious metals and minerals trader. The straightest shooter around, George was always George, never scared to call ‘em like he saw ‘em. I’ll miss George’s intellect, his dry sense of humor and his “Georgeness”– he lived life his way, and valued friendship, family and loyalty. His love of politics and all things international/geo-political kept us communicating… read more
From Dan Simons, VSAG co-Founder, in Response to the December 7, 2009 article by Jane Black that appeared on the front page of The Washington Post:
We’re thankful to Jane Black for bringing such an important topic – sustainable agriculture and what it means to be a green restaurant committed to sustainable business practices – to the front page of The Washington Post. How much more important can this topic get for foodies and restaurateurs? Not much more, but we’re glad that there is focus on a successful business in Washington, DC, that is working to help American family farmers and pushing the envelope on a broad array of topics that go well beyond the superficial, easy topics…. read more
Recently the new VSAG.com web site was named to the “Best of the Web” in the top Business > Business to Business> Hospitality Industry > Consulting web site category. Building a good web site is like building a good restaurant – there are many components that must work in conjunction with each other for successful functionality, operations, content and aesthetics. We’re proud to be recognized for the work we’ve put into evolving our site and for knowing we were able to accomplish those goals.
‘Planet Forward’ sounds like a cool new hang out at a university campus, but it’s actually a co-production of the Public Affairs Project at The George Washington University and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications. Program students Madeline Twomey and Juliette Dallas-Feeney sat with Dan Simons recently to talk about going green in the restaurant business, specifically at Founding Farmers. The women are part of a reporting class that uses advanced multimedia platforms to create stories about sustainability and going green. The two spent some time in the restaurant filming the interiors, the high filtration water system, the recycling center and of course the food! Check out the video, Serving Up a Platter of Green, after the break.
VSAG Founder Dan Simons, an alumnus of George Washington University in Washington D.C., was featured in the university’s GW Today newsletter article “From the Farm to Foggy Bottom Restaurant.” The article praises Founding Farmers’ commitment to sustainability, eclectic menu, and unique cocktails, as well as details Simons’ role in Founding Farmers’ success. Though he majored in international business at GW, Dan says he realized early on that the restaurant business was for him. After working at the Exchange, Simons joined the local T.G.I. Friday’s his junior year and worked his way up to the company’s corporate training program by graduation. In 1994, Dan… read more
VSAG Founder Dan Simons was quoted in the BusinessWeek article “Do-It-Yourself iPhone Apps.” Simons explained the iPhone app developed by Swebapps for VSAG restaurant client Founding Farmers. The free Founding Farmers iPhone app allows users to make reservations, view the menu, and even use the Wine Shake, a fun way to get a great wine pairing with a dinner selection. Read the full BusinessWeek article, and be sure to get your free copy of the Founding Farmers iPhone app from iTunes!
VSAG is not only leading the way in restaurant consulting, but has taken hands on knowledge and experience in Social Media Marketing and has lent its social media expertise to the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), where they launched the first Social Media Coordinators Pilot Program this fall. This pilot program is a component of the university’s current progress towards becoming a Tier-1 national research university, and is the foundation of VSAG’s new business model for providing social media marketing services to its clients…. read more
Cheers to our own Chief Mixologist, as well as Farmers & Fishers‘ and Founding Farmers‘ Chief Mixologist, Jon Arroyo, for being named the Washington, DC region Brand Ambassador for Cabana Cachaça, the finest, purest cachaça in the market today. As the signature spirit of Brazil, cachaca is coming into its own in the US, not only as a fine rum product, but as a very smooth and versatile elixir, authentic to the core…. read more
VSAG Founder Dan Simons shared his restaurant operations expertise in the feature “10 Ways to Save – Ideas for saving thousands in restaurateur operations costs” published on September 2, 2009. View the entire article here.