When she was 13 years old, Stephanie’s family piled into the car, rolled down the windows, and took off into the Mexican countryside. Their destination? Acapulco, one of Mexico’s most cosmopolitan cities. Highways and forests rolled out in front of them, and when they came to one of the region’s plunging valleys, they crossed them with slender bridges. When they drove over the famous Mezcala Bridge, perched at 560 feet, it was like the whole world unfolded for them.
That feeling, of the whole world opening up to you, is something you’ll feel if you visit Acapulco yourself. The city thrives on tourism, which means it’s become an important hub of culture, especially if that culture involves food. Chefs from all over the world flock to Acapulco to display their unique creations to the seasonal tourists, and to vie for international...
We like to get to know our staff, so one day we asked them a question:
“If money were no object, what would you do?”
At the time, we expected dozens of different answers. After all, there are musicians, dancers, and singers on our team. There are master chefs and charity givers. Given the freedom to do whatever they wanted, no two responses should have been alike. But time and time again, our staff responded the same way, expressing the same desire. What did they say?
They said they wanted to travel.
Stephanie would start in the Netherlands, where she has family, and work her way around Europe. She’d probably run into Sharif in Croatia, who loves the waterfalls there. Allison wants to drink coffee in Italy, and dozens answered just like Sabrina, who says that if money were no object, she would simply...
When Jess Phillips, from Brimstone Doral, was four years old she spent her days with her great grandmother. With more than six decades between the two, you’d think they wouldn’t have much in common except, perhaps, a little trouble walking. But every day, Jess and her great grandmother came together to cook three meals. They covered their hands in waffle mix at breakfast, tossed salads for lunch, and watched pork chops sizzle at dinner.
You probably have similar memories. Maybe you discovered cooking like Paris, our beverage manager, while you were trying to surprise your father with his favorite dish. Or you were like Sharif, in Doral, who snuck out of bed at 4 in the morning to practice cooking from his mother’s Betty Crocker cookbook.
Whatever your relationship with cooking, we all understand the same thing: that food is a powerful...
If you asked someone to name American foods, you would probably accept an answer like “hamburgers,” or “country fried steak.” You’d roll with “baked potatoes” and give a pass to “cauliflower mash.” If someone said “alligator,” you’d have to agree on geographical grounds, but the philosophical case is strong too. What’s more American than overcoming a mean-spirited, leathery predator for the sake of a tasty meal? (And before you ask, yes, alligator is delicious. Ikechi Ajoku from Brimstone Doral even ate the tongue once, and gives it his blessing.)
So many things seem to fall under the American umbrella that it gets hard to define what “American” food even means. The only trends in the list above are:
And that’s not helpful. As a group of American restaurants ourselves, we’re constantly learning about what people expect from their food. Everyone...
Owner of BRG Restaurant Group, JR Anderson, tells us about his background in restaurant management, his favorite past travels, and what inspires him in his career. Enjoy!
How did you get into the restaurant business?
My Dad has been in the restaurant development and site location business for the past 45 years. So from a very early age we visited new concepts and of course spent a long time in restaurants sampling food and trying to understand the operations of these new concepts. My Dad was the first real estate director for Chi-Chi's restaurants in the early 1980's and owned and operated multiple units. My brother and I would sit and watch my Dad meet with the various managers and discuss operations, and it was there that the restaurant industry fascinated me.
Tell us about a favorite trip you took.
I have been lucky...
“What is that feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? - it's the too-huge world vaulting us, and it's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Nothing quite compares to the feeling of exploration, of discovering new places. Stories from the road, of new people met and new dishes tasted, never fail to inspire us. That’s why we asked our BRG Team to tell us about their favorite recent travel experience. Here are some of our favorite submissions. ¡Bon appetit!
Jake Begor, our Piñon Grill Bartender, recently traveled to Breckenridge, where his favorite food spot on the trip was “this really cool little Irish pub in the heart of the downtown mountainside village.” And as for his fave experience?...
Happy New Year! To celebrate new adventures for 2018, we’re recapping Piñon Grill Bartender Patricia’s recent trip to Denver, Colorado. Take a peek and see if you’re not suddenly salivating to hop a plane and explore the Rocky Mountains for yourself!
Where did you go?
My last trip was to Colorado. I spent time in Denver, saw the Royal Gorge Bridge, hiked in Evergreen, and explored a little bit of Boulder. It was honestly the most beautiful place I have ever been and I can't wait to go back. As we drove through the canyons the beauty of everything around me was so overwhelming it brought tears to my eyes.
What was your favorite food spot on the trip?
Mexican food is one of my favorite things to eat so my friend took me to a place called Pinche Tacos (I realize that's a...
“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgandy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
What is it about sunsets? Is it the colors, the feeling in the air, the sense of accomplishment from a long day’s work? Or could it be the impending promise of evening and all its attendant pleasures: dinner, drinks, coziness with loved ones before bed?
Whatever the reason, sunsets inspire us and get out creative juices flowing. That’s why we asked our BRG Team to tell us about their favorite sunset experience. Enjoy!
What as been your favorite sunset?
“Oia, Santorini in July.” -Andres Ocampo
“I am an East coast guy. I love sunrises” -Peter Campise
“Late fall over looking the mouth of the Tred...
BRG is proud to support independent makers throughout America. Meet Bethany Kramer, the artisan behind each and every piece of plateware at BRG Concepts.
BRG + Bethany Kramer from Anders Anderson on Vimeo....
Every day our Chefs, Servers, Hostesses, Mixologists, and Managers go to work to create an exceptional experience for our guests. Check out this behind the scenes look at a day in the life of our BRG Team.
BRG-BTS Final from Anders Anderson on Vimeo....