How Hollywood Sees Us
The good. The bad. Here's how Hollywood perceives our industry.
Everything they get right & wrong.
As a restaurant operator, this scene from Pulp Fiction scares the hell out of me. The image of a couple of gun-toting crazies jumping up out of nowhere announcing that this is a robbery is the thing of my nightmares.
As the child of immigrants, the lead character in Today’s Special lived a life filled with strong aromas of tikka masala and tandoori chicken. This is a sweet film starring comedian Aasif Mandvi, who plays his role of disaffected haute cuisine chef, perfectly. The film is a celebration of accepting who you are and ensuring you embrace it with aplomb.
For those of us that have devoted many years to the restaurant industry, that is where most of our memories are made. Tasting Menu provides a snapshot of what makes restaurant ownership and management special.
With the holidays upon us, we couldn’t resist including the famous bar scene from this Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life. Jimmy Stewart plays the down on his luck protagonist who is seeing what the world would look like without him in it. When he enters the local watering hole, Martini’s, he is treated to a harsh reality that many bars present of cold indifference because they don’t recognize him.
Just because it's in the rulebook doesn't always mean it's the correct response. Many times restaurant managers quote restaurant policy with good intentions but overlook the guest's easy-to-satisfy needs.
It's that one conversation that no employee or restaurant operator wants to have; employment termination. Melissa Mccarthy in the movie Tammy does a great job of showing the (hilarious) worst-case scenario.
Restaurants operators deal with a lot. Usually, children with super powers are every business owner's worst nightmare. Thank goodness children like Matilda only occur once in a blue moon.
Just like America, what makes our restaurant's kitchens great is the amount of diversity that can be found in them. No movie shows how old and new can combine into something amazing than the movie 'One-Hundred Foot Journey.'
Thanks to Robin Williams' comedic genius comes one of the most memorable restaurant-choking scenes. This instance of emergency care should have you questioning your own staff's preparedness in case of an event like this.
Music is a magical tool that can bring people together and create a mood. Sing-alongs especially so. In this week's How Hollywood Sees Us, we take a peek at a great bar scene in Top Gun in which music, most certainly sets the scene.