perseverance

Launching into a new year puts a shiny polish on optimism in 2022. Prominent among bright expectations in the months to come is the desire for meals that soothe and satisfy both body and soul. The Lehigh Valley has the good fortune to encompass a broad spectrum of restaurants that meet changing appetites, whether for a homey breakfast, well-adorned burger, or romantic dinner à deux. Even simply taking a seat at a congenial bar and sipping a lively libation can supply a refreshing perspective on life.  

What guests might not perceive during a relaxed dining respite are the challenges being faced – and met – every single day by owners, managers and chefs. Interrupted supply chains hamper normally smooth kitchen operations and the current staffing shortages faced throughout the economy apply to this industry as well, even as eager patrons clamor for the comfort of favorite dishes. Yet these hospitality professionals remain steadfast in tackling and overcoming every obstacle in their way as they strive to achieve customer satisfaction. Several places have enhanced amenities in the works, and most still put an emphasis on take-out dining due to customer demand.   

One long-time area restaurateur who attended the annual Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association conference in November 2021 came away with not only information on business strategies, but an uplifted attitude inspired by life coach and humorist keynote speaker, psychologist Dane Wysocki. “I learned you need to take care of yourself and maintain a sense of humor,” she reports – a policy that almost everyone could benefit from adopting. 

As in every issue of Good Taste, readers can peruse pages packed with informative profiles, must-try recipes, and enticing photos of dishes and drinks – and a feature that discloses how these tantalizing images are crafted.  

As we all move forward to live our best lives (and eat our best meals), positive words of wisdom from Albert Einstein should stimulate confidence: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” The restaurants you love follow this credo, to your benefit.

perseverance

Launching into a new year puts a shiny polish on optimism in 2022. Prominent among bright expectations in the months to come is the desire for meals that soothe and satisfy both body and soul. The Lehigh Valley has the good fortune to encompass a broad spectrum of restaurants that meet changing appetites, whether for a homey breakfast, well-adorned burger, or romantic dinner à deux. Even simply taking a seat at a congenial bar and sipping a lively libation can supply a refreshing perspective on life.  

What guests might not perceive during a relaxed dining respite are the challenges being faced – and met – every single day by owners, managers and chefs. Interrupted supply chains hamper normally smooth kitchen operations and the current staffing shortages faced throughout the economy apply to this industry as well, even as eager patrons clamor for the comfort of favorite dishes. Yet these hospitality professionals remain steadfast in tackling and overcoming every obstacle in their way as they strive to achieve customer satisfaction. Several places have enhanced amenities in the works, and most still put an emphasis on take-out dining due to customer demand.   

One long-time area restaurateur who attended the annual Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association conference in November 2021 came away with not only information on business strategies, but an uplifted attitude inspired by life coach and humorist keynote speaker, psychologist Dane Wysocki. “I learned you need to take care of yourself and maintain a sense of humor,” she reports – a policy that almost everyone could benefit from adopting. 

As in every issue of Good Taste, readers can peruse pages packed with informative profiles, must-try recipes, and enticing photos of dishes and drinks – and a feature that discloses how these tantalizing images are crafted.  

As we all move forward to live our best lives (and eat our best meals), positive words of wisdom from Albert Einstein should stimulate confidence: “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” The restaurants you love follow this credo, to your benefit.

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