Aromatherapy For Your Bottom Line
Enough with the logo-bearing T-shirts, baseball caps and mugs;
restaurant merchandise is breaking new ground with the emergence of
signature scents. Who’s got ‘em? Burger King started the trend with
its men’s body spray “Flame,” playing it for a joke. But pastry
chef extraordinaire Francois Payard took a more serious approach,
releasing a pricey three-item line of chocolate-tinged gourmand
perfumes—Inspirations by Payard—just in time for the Christmas
shopping season. Right now, he’s demonstrating how food world
prominence can be leveraged into a share of the $4.6 billion U.S. flavor
and fragrance market. What about you?
A Napa Valley Tastemaker Now Makes Something
You Can Actually Taste
You think you’re under pressure when you open a new restaurant?
Consider what celebrity chef Michael Chiarello had on the line when he
opened Bottega in Yountville, CA, early last month: A carefully
constructed business empire that includes lifestyle retailer NapaStyle
(six stores in California; a mail-order catalog sent to millions of
homes nationwide), two TV series (Easy Entertaining on the Food Network;
NapaStyle on the Fine Living Network), a quintet of cookbooks and
Chiarello Family Vineyards. If you had all this going for you, would you
really need the headaches and time commitment that come from feeding
wine country tourists in a seven-days-a-week restaurant? And what if it
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