Our Last Straw: Six Months Later

As we embark upon the six-month anniversary of Our Last Straw, the non-profit launched last summer by our very own Dan Simons and Farmers Restaurant Group to champion eliminating single-use plastic straws in the DC restaurant and hospitality industry, we wanted … read more

Are Pancakes The Next Big Thing on Your Plate?

Ah, pancakes. The mere thought of these much loved, fluffy delights conjure up scenes from a bustling kitchen on weekend mornings, an old-school diner, a packed pancake house restaurant, or a great brunch with family and friends at a favorite … read more

Sustainability Takes Center Stage

Restaurant sustainable practices are paramount to our team. Not only are we out in front for championing sustainable restaurants in our restaurant and hospitality consulting services, but we also work closely with our clients to implement responsible restaurant sustainability ideas … read more

Favorite Fall Menu Ideas

One of our favorite seasons is upon us. Fall in DC calls for warming up by a roaring fire and long, brisk walks around the famed Tidal Basin. We’ve been busy collaborating with clients on autumn dishes, fall food ideas, … read more

How to Successfully Scale Your Business

To build upon our recent news blog top lining, How to Expand Your Restaurant Business, we wanted to go a step further and offer clients our team’s proven best practices on what’s next. The art of successfully scaling your concept … read more

How To Expand Your Restaurant Business

Knowing how (and when) to expand upon your brand is crucial for long-term success. Before implementing plans to open a second restaurant location, owners and operators need to secure a successful restaurant expansion strategy that utilizes the resources outlined in … read more

VSAG Client Turns 10!

It all began with a simple phone call. In 2005, members of the North Dakota Farmers Union (NDFU) began talking about the future. They wanted to bring their products directly to consumers, to take people back to the source of … read more

Cell Phones at Work: Friend or Foe?

Depending on whom you ask, the cell phone is either the best or the worst thing that ever happened to our society. While their proliferation in our culture is unprecedented by connecting us, plugging us in from afar, and providing … read more

What’s Cooking this Summer? Part Three

  Our resident R&D specialist, Amanda Webb, and her team are back at it. Part three of our What’s Cooking this Summer series features another one of our trending favorites: the poke bowl. What is a poke bowl? “Poke bowls are … read more

What’s Cooking this Summer? Part Two

  Last month, our in-house R&D specialist, Amanda Webb, gave us the 411 on this summer’s hyper local and kombacha on tap seasonal trends, and now she’s breaking down another trend we’re loving: bulletproof coffee. And yes, it is as amazing … read more