strategic dining

Nov 14

Talkin’ Turkey, Drinkin’ Juice.

Poll 30 people about their Thanksgiving wine preferences, and you might find yourself in a bit of an algorithmic pickle— you’ll likely get 30 distinct responses. I know because I’ve tried it, and I spent better than a decade in…
Nov 10

Live Workshop: Real Talk/Real Food: The Power of Intuition

Intuition is a fascinating phenomenon. It is one of our great assets, yet it’s seldom acknowledged or adhered to. This can be especially true in the careers of corporate folks. After all, professionals are encouraged to suppress their emotions at…
Sep 11

Webinar: Strategic Dining…When Things Go Wrong

Have you ever ordered one dish, but something was brought to you in error? The restaurant business is a human business, and you should expect something to go wrong during the course of a business meal. The savvy among us…
Jun 17

Podcast: Deborah Goldstein’s B.I.G. Interview On Strategic Dining

Strategic Dining is explored colorfully in this interview with DRIVEN founder Deborah Goldstein, conducted by Tara Gilvar, founder of B.I.G. (Believe, Inspire, Grow) in the spring of 2015. During this installment of “Brown Bag Lunch”, Deborah tackles questions such as…
Dec 29

Soft Skill Strategies: The Importance of Being Fully Present in Business

Think about it: Being self-conscious and being engaged in a business discussion can’t happen simultaneously. On paper, the solution is simple….eliminate the second-guessing that causes you to be self-conscious. But in practice, this takes experience and knowhow, and for most…
Jun 14

Smart Luck: Changing My Trajectory in One Intuitive Move

Six months ago, I had the honor of witnessing a panel of four successful women in hedge funds speak about their success. It was a dynamic discussion: serious at times, humorous at points, and philosophically fascinating in all aspects.  After…
Apr 23

Wine List Navigation Takeaways: Let’s Eat!

The fixins for an Avocado & Black Bean Salad: All the right textural elements. What would a lesson in Wine List Navigation be without a sweet surrender to the temptation of sipping on a little vino and snacking on some…
Apr 16

Wine List Navigation Takeaways: Great Questions Answered

At Deb’s March 26th Wine List Navigation: Earn Your Wings workshop for addressing the challenges of ordering wine in the NYC restaurant setting, the ladies in attendance were quite intuitive when it came to zeroing in on the “real dirt”…
Apr 01

Wine List Navigation Takeaways: Shrewd as a Sommelier

At last Wednesday’s Wine List Navigation workshop, a dozen ladies “earned their wings” by understanding and troubleshooting the challenges of ordering wine in a restaurant. It comes as no surprise that even those of us with a moderate wine background…
Mar 13

The Restaurant Wine Ritual: A Host’s Perspective

As a frequent business dining host, you will be taking part in the age-old honor of ordering a bottle of wine for the table. For some, the very thought of such a responsibility is intimidating, even panic-inducing, and rightly so;…