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Chris Tripoli
14125 Memorial Drive, Suite 104
Houston TX 77079
phone: 281-293-0077
fax: 281-497-1185
For over 15 years A'LaCarte Foodservice Consulting Group (A'LaCarte) has been providing operations and growth related consulting to Restaurants, Hotels, Convention Centers, Casinos, Country Clubs, Stadiums and Airports. A'LaCarte has successfully completed projects for start-ups, independent restaurant companies and large multi-unit chains. They have consulted on concept development operations, and growth related matters with a variety of chains (franchisors and franchisees) and independent operators.

Chris Tripoli has over 35 years experience in the Hospitality industry as a Designer, Developer, Owner and Operator. He has provided research and opinions on a variety of legal issues facing the hospitality industry. Mr. Tripoli has written for Food Service News, My Table Magazine, Restaurant Start-up and Growth and has been featured in various other trade publications. He lectures at the Art Institute and teaches courses in opening restaurants and proper growth strategies at the Small Business Development Center of the University of Houston.

Services Include:
  • Concept Development
  • Finance Planning (Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Business Valuations
  • Operations (Policies and Procedures)
  • Management and Staff Handling (Labor Related)
  • Safety, Sanitation and Food Handling
  • Franchise Development and Field Services
  • 8/15/2013 · Food & Beverage
    You can't be too selective in picking your starting lineup. On the other hand, it is a time-consuming process. You need to be careful. You need to be efficient. It's a tricky dance. And to find a starting team of top performers you need to meet a lot of prospects.

    7/30/2013 · Food & Beverage
    Peter Fernandez, and his family, own a small Japanese restaurant-sushi bar in South San Francisco. He and his wife are very busy keeping up with all that is needed to support the operation of this 70 seat full service, 6 day a week restaurant.

    7/15/2013 · Food & Beverage
    Most everyone has heard the old saying, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." For restaurant owners, planning can sometimes be a tricky proposition. There is the long-term plan, the annual plan, management plan, marketing plan and so on. And after we complete a reasonable plan, our real challenge becomes executing it successfully.

    6/24/2013 · Food & Beverage
    Editor's note: As you execute your plans to open your second, third or subsequent unit, you'll find that not only your business model will change, but your role as owner will change, as well.Your hands-on style,overseeing every shift and on top of every detail of the business may have brought you great success when you were operating a single unit, however, that approach can quickly turn into a liability when you open a second place.

    5/30/2013 · Food & Beverage
    When first planning to open your restaurant, your goal is to get open, your strategy is to get open and all support tactics involve getting open.

    4/25/2013 · Food & Beverage
    You cannot operate a successful restaurant without both good management and good leadership, even if it has to be provided by the man or woman in the mirror: you.

    3/25/2013 · Food & Beverage
    From my years of opening my own restaurants and those of my clients, here are 10 factors that often contribute the most to the ultimate success or failure of any new restaurant.

    2/20/2013 · Food & Beverage
    As I walked into my client's restaurant that was one week from opening, I found myself stepping over a man installing the marble floor entry, dodging the delivery people bringing supplies to the bar, and watching the painter touch up a wall while someone else reached around him to hang up the artwork.

    12/13/2012 · Food & Beverage
    When looking to open your restaurant, most people will emphasize the importance of three things: location, location, location. Once you have opened, everyone will tell you that the three things you need to master to succeed are numbers, numbers, numbers.

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    Michael J. Puckett, MPH, CIH, CSP, REHS
    6368 North Figarden Drive, Suite 104
    Fresno CA 93722
    phone: 559-623-2418
    fax: 510-350-9031
    Michael Puckett, MPH, CIH, CSP, REHS, a US Army Veteran, has over 16 years of experience in both Industrial Hygiene and Safety Disciplines. His professional credentials include Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Professional, and Registered Environmental Health Specialist by the State of California Department of Public Health.

    Mr. Puckett spent seven and a half years with the State of California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and over eight years with the US Navy, both managing the industrial hygiene program for the Naval Hospital Lemoore Area of Responsibility, encompassing Northern California and Northern Nevada and providing comprehensive industrial hygiene support.

    Mr. Puckett is an Adjunct Faculty member at California State University, Fresno. He currently teaches a course in Environmental Health that covers topics from water and air pollution, occupational health and safety, infectious disease, and solid waste.

    Litigation Support - Michael J. Puckett is retained as an expert witness for various cases ranging from wrongful death civil cases to Cal/OSHA Appeals to trial attorneys representing homeowners against their homeowners’ insurance companies. His services are available to counsel representing plaintiff and defendant and include documentary review, deposition, and expert testimony at hearing.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Safety
    • Industrial Hygiene
    • Exposure Assessment
    • Cal / OSHA Compliance Assistance
    • Job Safety / Job Hazard Analysis
  • Ergonomics
  • Occupational Health Illness Investigation
  • Environmental Health / Food Safety Audits
  • Training
  • Mold
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    J.M. Design Group
    Jeffrey Melton
    Manteca CA 95337
    phone: 707-889-8246 or M: 209-639-7782
    Food Service & Restaurant Design Consultant. I have been involved in the design of restaurants and commercial kitchens for over 10 years. I have personally designed over 125 restaurants including front of house and back kitchen design, including project management. I have a B.A. in interior design. I have worked on projects throughout the United States and Phillipines, and Honduras.

    Over the last 2 years I have owned my own company which has provided complete construction drawings for over 30 restaurants ranging from 1,500 sq. ft. to over 3,000 sq. ft. I have also been retained by architects and business owners to provide coordination drawings for commercial kitchen design for over 35 projects ranging in size from 1,000 sq. ft to 5,000 sq. ft. I have also worked on franchise restaurant projects for McDonalds, Chevy's Mexican Restaurant, Jamba Juice, Tahoe Joe's, Taxi's Hamburgers.
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    Alan Schwartz
    Executive VP
    55 Northern Blvd.
    Great Neck NY 11021
    phone: 516-482-9001
    fax: 516-482-0186
    mdi Consultants, Inc - Experts in FDA regulatory affairs, quality assurance and ISO 9000 certification. With 6 years in the FDA and 26 years consulting to the industry, mdi Consultants, Inc. has been an invited Speaker worldwide on FDA regulations and policies and has obtained FDA expert status as third party auditors.


    We utilize the following three part approach to providing high quality services to our clients:
  • Unsurpassed consultant experience – we identify and recruit only top quality consultants with deep industry knowledge to provide the most complete and insightful advice to our clients
  • Up-to-date systems and processes – we have highly defined systems (e.g. manuals, training programs, technical files) and processes (e.g. audit methodologies, 510(k) submission, validations) that are constantly refined and kept current across the ever changing regulatory environment
  • Involvement in regulation development – we stay ahead of policies by participating in the development of regulation (e.g. HACCP, Scientific Advisor to U.S. Congressmen)
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    Monoj K. Gupta
    President and Founder
    2526 204th Street SW
    Lynnwood WA 98036
    phone: 972-234-1634
    Monoj K. Gupta is president of MG Edible Oil Consulting International. After working for thirty-two years in the private sector, Mr. Gupta started his private consulting company to assist the Fats & Oils Processing and the Snack Food industry. A specialist in Edible Oil Processing and Technology, Mr. Gupta offers a wealth of knowledge in the field.

    Background: With a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Mr. Gupta began his career at Procter & Gamble CO. in 1965. His direct responsibilities included product development, manufacturing and quality assurance. Mr. Gupta joined the Anderson Clayton Company IN 1981, where he worked in engineering and productivity improvement in both the domestic and international divisions. He had direct responsibility for designing and rebuilding oil-processing plants at numerous locations. His final corporate assignment was at the Frito Lay Company as a section manager and technical advisor in oil applications in research and development work and frying application worldwide.

    Mr. Gupta has worked closely within the past years and continues to have regular contact with the National Sunflower Association, the United Soybean Board, and the National Cottonseed Products Association, in the area of genetic and non-GMO modification of oil seeds, their applications and commercialization.

    Monoj Gupta provides Litigation Support Services to attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense. His expert witness cases include:
    • Edible Oil Patent Review and Litigations involving Patent Infringement
    • Vegetable Oil Processing, Frying, and other Applications
    • Restaurant Safety and Restaurant Fire Causation Issues
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    Monoj K. Gupta, (ed.)
    A comprehensive and made-easy review of all vegetable oil processing steps, including critical process control points, their significance, proper control ranges, and the troubleshooting process. This book is a must-have for vegetable oil processing and maintenance personnel, as well as equipment manufacturers. It discusses process equipment and their functions, along with everything one needs to know to maintain the operation in good order.
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    his book is a unique compilation of theoretical discussions on oil chemistry, the mechanism of oil breakdown, and the practical aspects related to frying. Topics include basic frying oil chemistry and the techniques for the protection of the frying oil; frying techniques for coated foods; food safety and regulatory aspects related to frying; package issues; and the proper techniques required for the day-to-day operation of a frying process.
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    Dr. Bruce C. Hemming
    PhD, President/CEO
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    St. Louis MO 63119-3421
    phone: 314-645-2177 or 800-688-9144
    fax: 314-645-2544
    Dr. Bruce C. Hemming, PhD - President & CEO of Microbe Inotech Laboratories, Inc. (The MiL, Inc.) is an accomplished science and business professional with over 30 years of real-world experience in Microbiology and its practical applications. Dr. Hemming and his staff perform rapid microbial identifications, confirmations, and contaminant sourcing, of all pathogenic, indicator, and spoilage organisms (bacterial, yeasts and molds, and other fungi) using the latest genetic (DNA) and instrumental technologies.

    Dr. Hemming provides litigation support services to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defense. He brings with him The MiL advantage of:
    • Proprietary, microbial kinetic and endpoint assays
    • Microbial databases which contain profiles of over 3,000 species of microbes
    • Microbial diagnostics research
    • Product development capabilities
    • Specialized skills in using automated, microbial characterization, identification tools
    Areas of Expertise
    • Food Safety & Nutrition - Spoilage
    • Environmental Sampling
    • Biomedical - Pharmaceutical
    • Industrial Hygiene
    Helix Center (Core Lab)
    1100 Corporate Square Drive, Ste. 225
    St. Louis, MO 63132
    Telephone: 800-688-9144
    Microbe Scan, LLC
    1100 Corporate Square Drive, Ste. 224
    St. Louis, MO 63132
    Telephone: 800-688-9144

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    Restaurant and Hospitality Expert
    941 Kanuga Rd
    Hendersonville NC 28739
    phone: 561-309-2298
    David Rutecki's career spans 35 years of Restaurant and Hospitality related experience. Working in more than 20 restaurants and involved in the opening of more than a dozen, he has worked every position possible within this industry.

    Mr. Rutecki currently owns and operates Mountain Deli in Hendersonville, recently garnering the 2016 Blue Ridge Growth Award. He is a Member of the North Carolina and National Restaurant Associations.

    Mr. Rutecki has been invloved in the opening of the following selected restaurants:
    • Fancy’s Food and Wine, Gourmet Shop, Coral Gables, South Miami & Grove Isle, Fl.
    • Susie’s Bagels, Breakfast Restaurant, South Miami, Fl.
    • Pizzaria Uno, Full Service Restaurant, Miami, Fl.
    • Baystreet, Full Service Seafood Restaurant, Miami, Fl.
    • Rusty Pelican, Upscale Seafood, Key Biscayne, Miami, Fl.
    • Gatsby’s, Upscale Billiards and Cigar Bar, Boca Raton, Fl.
    • Maxwell’s Chophouse, Upscale Steakhouse, Boca Raton, Fl.
    • Mountain Deli, Delicatessen, Downtown Hendersonville, NC
    Litigation Support - David Rutecki offers expert witness and litigation support for restaurant related issues in Western North Carolina. His services are available to counsel representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Restaurant and Kitchen Design, Menu Development
    • Food Safety and Sanitation
    • Bar Operations & Liquor Liability
    • Safety & Security - Slips, Trips and Falls
    • Concept Development & Restaurant Start Up, Partnership Issues
    • Daily Operations & Management, Employee & Staffing Issues
    • Retail Operations
    • Work Flow Planning
    • Staff & Mgmt Training Programs & Handbooks
    • Site Selection and Development
    • Business Plan Development
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    4184 Johnston Road
    Winston GA 30187
    phone: 770-359-9807 (office) and 770-359-980 (cell)
    Ted Simon Environemntal Toxicology Expert PhotoTed W. Simon, PhD, DABT, is an award winning Environmental Toxicologist and Scientist. His expertise is in toxicology, risk assessment, mathematical modeling, statistics, neuroscience, and environmental / ecological health issues.

    Dr. Simon has over 10 years of experience as a toxicologist employed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He served as EPA’s senior toxicologist in the waste management division working on risk and soil cleanup.

    Teaching Experience - Since 2001, Dr. Simon has served as an Instructor / Adjunct Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Science, College of Public Health, at the University of Georgia.

    Public Speaker - Well published, including the author of a textbook on toxicology and environmental risk assessment, Dr. Simon has extensive national and international public speaking experience. Since 1996, he has been delivering seminars and lectures to universities and national institutes on many subjects within his area of expertise. In 2016, he delivered a lectures on “Bayesian Methods for Application of Uncertainty Factors,” to the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, and “Quantitative Prediction of Phenotypic Change from High Throughput Assay Results,” to the EPA's Workshop on In Vitro to In Vivo Extrapolation, Research Triangle Park, NC.

    Litigation Support - Dr. Simon has over 15 years of experience offering expert witness services to counsel representing both plaintiff and defendant. He has been retained over 20 times since 2000 for cases involving environmental risk, drug and alcohol cases, DUI, accidental poisoning, and intellectual property. Dr. Simon has particular expertise in dioxin-like chemicals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). His services include consulting, reports, deposition, and trial testimony when necessary.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Dioxins
    • PCBs
    • Drugs
    • Alcohol
    • Poisoning
    • DUI / DWI
    • Water Contamination
    • Soil Contamination
    • Environmental Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Carcinogenicity
  • Food Contamination
  • Pesticides
  • Fracking
  • Lead
  • Marijuana
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • Intellectual Property
  • 9/26/2016 · Environment
    The willingness to view risk as part of daily life has vanished. A risk-averse mindset among environmental regulators engenders confusion between the ethics of intention and the ethics of consequence, leading to the elevation of the precautionary principle with unintended and often unfortunate outcomes. Environmental risk assessment is conservative, but the actual level of conservatism cannot be determined. High-end exposure assumptions and current toxicity criteria from the USEPA, based on linear extrapolation for carcinogens and default uncertainty factors for systemic toxicants, obscure the degree of conservatism in risk assessments. Ideally, one could choose a percentile of the target population to include within environmental standards, but this choice is complicated by the food, pharmaceutical and advertising industries, whose activities, inadvertent or not, often promote maladaptive and unhealthy lifestyle choices.

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    Arthur M. Manask, FCSI, Founder and CEO
    Don J. Avalier, FCSI, FMP
    209 W. Alameda Ave.
    Ste. 103
    Burbank CA 91502
    phone: 818-557-0635
    fax: 818-563-3552
    Manask & Associates has been North America's leading Food and Beverage and Gift Shop / Retail Earned Income consultants to the hospitality industry for over 20-years.

    Litigation Support - With a coast-to-coast team of expert consultants and services, Manask & Associates has extensive experience representing plaintiff and defendants as expert witnesses for any food / beverage / foodservice operational or service areas.

    Menu of Expert Services:
    • Food and Beverage Profitability / Cost Controls
    • Operator Selection (Contract Negotiations)
    • Self-Operating versus Outsourcing
    • Litigation Support/Expert Witness
    • Expansion / Renovation Programming, Planning
    • Market Research and Benchmarking
    • Customer / Guest Satisfaction
    • Customer Service Training
  • Back-of-House Training
  • Mystery Shopping
  • Food Safety / Sanitation Inspections / Compliance
  • Sustainable Food and Beverage Program
  • Catering Services, Banquets, Facility Rentals
  • Training, Systems and Procedures
  • Business Plans and Planning
  • Benchmarking and Industry Best Practices
  • Arthur Manask Foodservice Industry Expert PhotoArthur M. Manask, FCSI - Arthur M. Manask is founder and CEO of Manask & Associates, a consulting firm that provides management advisory services to cultural and other institutions that have in-house restaurant and catering services. Clients in the hospitality sphere include business and industry, restaurants, performing arts venues, attractions, colleges and schools. Other clients include museums, botanical gardens, historic homes, aquariums and zoos. The company services its clients from offices throughout the U.S.

    Mr. Manask has more than 30 years experience in the hospitality industry. His experience includes 16 years as President and owner of his own foodservice management companies, 14 years experience in senior operating positions with two national foodservice organizations, and 16 years heading consultant firm Manask & Associates. His multi-unit operating experience includes corporate dining; school and college dining; leisure and recreational foodservices; museum restaurants/cafés; on-premise, off-premise and special event catering; commercial restaurants; and tablecloth dining. His clients include Amgen, Inc., City of Los Angeles the National Gallery of Art, RAND Corp, The Field Museum, Chicago Botanic Gardens, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the University of Central Missouri among others.

    Arthur Manask is a past chairman and member of the Board of Directors of the California Restaurant Association for 30 years and member of Society for Foodservice Management. He is also a former member of Young Presidents' Organization and current member of World President's Organization.

    Don Avalier Foodservice Management Expert PhotoDon J. Avalier, FCSI, FMP - Educated at UCLA, his professional experience includes positions as Vice President-Operations for Longchamp's, Inc. of New York, Area Director of Food and Beverage for Sheraton Corporation of America, Corporate Director-Food and Beverage for Princess Cruises Resorts and Hotels, and Corporate Director-Food and Beverage of American Golf Corporation. Don is a member of Food Consultants Society International (FCSI), the California Restaurant Association and one of a limited number of Foodservice Management Professionals (FMP) accredited by the Educational Foundation of the National Restaurant Association.

    Mr. Avalier began working with Manask & Associates in 2000 after more than 25 years of operational experience opening and operating more than 71 restaurants, nine hotels and six country clubs. He has been providing management advisory consulting services to restaurants, casinos, golf and country clubs, hotels and other foodservice operations for over 18 years. Accepted by the courts as an "industry expert", Mr. Avalier also provides litigation support to attorneys with expert witness support and consulting services. Some of his client projects include, but are not limited to: Indian Ridge Country Club, Moon Valley Country Club, North Ranch Country Club, King's Hawaiian Restaurant & Bakery, Coco's Johnny Rockets, City Wok, Maple Drive Restaurant, Spirit Mountain Casino, The Venetian Hotel & Casino, MGM Grand Hotel, Commerce Casino, Hoag Memorial Hospital, Doubletree Club Hotels, Sheraton Hotels, Premier Hotels among others
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    This book is unique in making available the detailed, highly practical results and recommendations of real-world studies of foodservices and facility rental operations in some of the world's leading museums, galleries and cultural institutions. This range of studies focuses on the challenges most frequently encountered as museums and cultural institutions strive to manage efficient and profitable catering services.