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Zagat Names Union “Best Small Plate”

December 4, 2014

Zagat gave us a really nice shout out as one of their favorite small plate restaurants in LA. We’re thankful for the recognition and you can see their full list at this link. Want to make up your own mind? Set up a reservation today by going to www.opentable.com or by calling us at 626-795-5841.

Meet the Restaurants – “Best New Restaurant”

December 3, 2014

BRAVO’s new show “Best New Restaurant“, starring Tom Colicchio, has release the official list of restaurants that will be featured for this, their first season. Let’s hope these restaurants have their food safety certificate up to date for the show since it could make or break their business. Pretty much every industry is competitive, as there are many people who like to make a name for themselves with their own companies. With this being said, it is not impossible to succeed in the catering world. Through sites like https://restaurantpossystems.com/toast-pos-reviews/, you’re able to find the best tools on the market to keep your business and your customers happy.
If you love dining out make sure you don’t miss out on restaurant coupons to help you save. The show airs January 21st and we can’t wait. But until then, please enjoy the line-up! Continue reading…

BRAVO’s “Best New Restaurant”

December 2, 2014

Union is one of the 16 featured restaurants on BRAVO’s newest show, “Best New Restaurant“. As part of this unique opportunity, we sent our entire team to New York to participate in a restaurant wide effort to prove that we are, in fact, the best new restaurant. The network has started airing promos for the show which will premiere Wednesday, January 21 at 10p ET/PT. Until then, please enjoy the teaser.

From BRAVOTV.com

Bravo Media is warming up winter with the new culinary competition series Best New Restaurant, premiering Wednesday, January 21 at 10p ET/PT.

In our newest food competition series, acclaimed chef and restaurateur Tom Colicchio dines across the U.S. as host, judge, and executive producer, taking a look at the food world from a fresh direction: the restaurant. The series is also executive produced by restaurateur and TV personality Gordon Ramsay.

The majority of the series takes place on location in the restaurants themselves to highlight each establishment’s unique point of view. In the end, only one will be crowned Best New Restaurant and win an editorial feature in Bon Appétit, a featured spot at America’s number one global food festival, Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit 2015, and $100,000.

Click here for all the scoop on the restaurants that are competing.

Joining Tom on this gastronomic journey across the country are culinary experts Maggie Nemser (CEO & Editor-in-Chief, BlackboardEats) and Jeffrey Zurofsky (Co-founder & Partner, ’wichcraft), who will offer their unique and diverse opinions to help guide Tom in his final decisions. The team will evaluate each restaurant on not only the dishes that are served, but also everything from décor to hospitality to overall concept and general management (for example are they utilising software like https://restaurantaccountingservices.com/solutions/restaurant-payroll/).

The 16 restaurants hail from four cities including New York City, Los Angeles, Austin and Miami, and were chosen to compete based on an extensive search in conjunction with the editors at Bon Appétit as well as executive producers Tom Colicchio and Gordon Ramsay.

In the first round of competition, the restaurants are divided into pairs based around a common theme reflected in their concepts or culinary influences. All are challenged to the same three tasks testing their overall performance, the strength of their staff, and the clarity of their concept. First, the restaurants are subjected to a “Pressure Test,” in which 30 hungry diners descend on the restaurants without notice to see how the businesses handle the stress of a packed house.

Next, Tom sends in two “Undercover Diners” wired with hidden cameras in order to get a patron’s perspective when the restaurants do not know they are being judged. Finally, the two paired-up restaurants come together in a neutral location and serve dinner for 30 VIP diners. At the end of each of the first eight episodes, Tom declares one restaurant the victor, and the establishments move on to the semifinals. The contenders will certainly need to find a system to manage restaurant inventory in order to stay organised under pressure!

The semifinal rounds will feature the restaurants battling in two groups to open a pop-up restaurant based around what the eateries see as the next evolution of their current concepts. The grand finale pits the final two restaurants against each other in a head-to-head contest to put forward their best service possible for a group of 50 VIP diners at Tom’s restaurant Riverpark in New York City.

Union closed for Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

Union Restaurant will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, 11/27. We are celebrating with our families and hope you have a wonderful holiday. The restaurant will reopen on Friday, 11/28.

Union Talks with Mushroom Supplier, Shiitake Happens

November 17, 2014

Los Angeles Magazine Food Event Feature on Chef Kalman & Slide Show

October 20, 2014

The Los Angeles Magazine has a nice write-up on Chef Kalman for the Food Event that happened over the weekend. If you missed the festivities in Malibu, you can at least get an idea of what you missed at the link to the full article below.

What fall ingredient currently has you inspired? — LA Mag
“Delicata squash is a fall favorite [of mine].” — Chef Kalman

~ Garrett Snyder: “The Food Event: Meet the Chefs – Bruce Kalman” Los Angeles Magazine October 16, 2014: Web.

You can read the full LAMag article here.


Click here to see a slideshow of pics from the event via LA Magazine.

Here are some of the other chef write-ups LA Magazine did for the event.

C.J. Jacobson
Brooke Williamson
Vartan Abgaryan