Author Archive for kelley

2024 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for the James Beard Awards®

Check out the 2024 Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for the James Beard Awards® presented by Capital One, below. Outstanding Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj, Knightsbridge Restaurant Group (Rasika, Annabelle, Sababa, and others), Washington, D.C.   Itai Ben Eli and Itamar Levy, Sof Hospitality Group (Doris Metropolitan, Hamsa, and Bādolina Bakery & Café), Houston, TX Kimball Brienza […]

2023 South Carolina ProStart Invitational

JonesCraft Restaurant & Hospitality Recruiters was honored to participate in the 2023 South Carolina ProStart Invitational Competition held in Myrtle Beach, SC in early March. Both Adam and Kelley served as judges in the Management competition, and what a delight it was to see the students explain their restaurant concepts! We were amazed at how […]

Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association Announces New Executive Director

We are pleased to announce Victoria Tobin as the new MBAHA Executive Director The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association is pleased to announce that they have hired a new Executive Director. They received more than 75 resumes from candidates across the country for this position, and over the past two months, the SCRLA staff and […]

South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association Celebrates “Stars of the Industry”

The South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association will host its 70th Annual Stars of the Hospitality Industry Awards Gala on February 20 at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston. The Stars of Industry Awards celebrate in exceptional professionalism and outstanding service of top individuals in the hospitality industry. These individuals go above and beyond to contribute to […]

Restaurant Operators Expect a Continued Bumpy Road in 2023

A new survey from the National Restaurant Association finds that operators have a mixed outlook for 2023, which is not all that surprising given the relentlessly bumpy macroeconomic environment throughout much of 2022. Much of what is keeping operators up at night are food and labor costs; 92% say food costs are a significant challenge, while 89% […]

Now-More Than Ever- Is The Time To Get Involved With Your State Association

If you are in the hospitality industry, chances are good that you work long, crazy hours.  You have a ton of demands on your time, and your body is physically challenged as you run through the hotel, restaurant, or club.  It is tough to contemplate taking on one more task. Well, you should! Get involved […]

2018 NRA Show is a BLAST!

JonesCraft Restaurant & Hospitality Recruiters just returned from the 2018 National Restaurant Association Show held at McCormick Place in Chicago. What a fun time! ​ Let me put it this way: we left Greenville-Spartanburg airport at 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning, arrived at the show an hour after it opened and were sampling a Bloody Mary […]

2018 National Restaurant Association Show

This year’s National Restaurant Association Show is May 19-22, 2018. Held at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, it heralds as “your front-row seat to the future of food service”. An international event that claimed over 43,000 food service buyers, 15 celebrity chefs, and 80+ educational breakout sessions in 2017, it is THE place to be if […]

Five Tips for Employee Retention

You have taken the time to review their resume, interview them, check their references and then bring them into your business. Now, how do you keep them? Just like the old saying, “The cheapest part of having a boat is buying it”; hiring someone is the easy part. But are you investing in your employees? […]