Wednesday, September 15, 2010

9/15 - Edmund Woo , Christine Hanna,

Edmund Woo - Restaurant Consultant
After sampling sandwiches from dozens of chain restaurants, Consumer Reports has named the McDonald's hamburger the worst-tasting burger. The magazine surveyed 28-thousand people nationwide to come up with the rankings on a ten point scale. Five Guys and  In-N-Out Burger topped the list. Burger King came in tied for next to last place.  If McDonald’s burgers are so bad, why are billions sold each year? Restaurant consultant Edmund Woo has the answers Edmund Woo is the author of THE FIVE HOUR RESTAURANT WORK WEEK.  He consults restaurants nationwide, is the owner of the South Carolina based Saskatoon restaurant franchise, and is a contributor to CHEF Magazine.
18. McDonald's, 5.6 /10,
15. Krystal, Burger King and Jack in the Box, 6.3 /10,
14. A&W Restaurant, 6.5 /10,
12. Wendy's, and Sonic, 6.6 /10,
11. White Castle, 6.7 /10,
9. Carl's Jr, and Checkers Drive In, 6.9 /10,
8. Hardee's, 7.2 /10,
7. Whataburger, 7.3 /10,
6. Culver's Frozen Custard, 7.5 /10,
4. Burgerville, and Back Yard Burgers, 7.6 /10,
3. Fuddruckers, 7.7 /10,
1. (tie) Five Guys and In-N-Out Burger, 7.9 ...
Christine Hanna - President - Hanna Winery & Vineyards
Christine Hanna is the President of her family's winery based in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, California. She grew up at the home ranch, making tiny batches of wine with her father, winery founder Dr. Elias Hanna, in the late '70s and early '80s. Christine came to work at Hanna Winery full time in 1991, first in public relations and marketing, then taking over the management in 1993. In her tenure, she has directed the winery's growth from 4,000 cases to 50,000, with national distribution and a robust direct to consumer program through three tasting rooms and three wine clubs. Christine has repositioned the winery's focus to Russian River Sauvignon Blanc, a consistent award winner now representing half of Hanna's production. She transitioned the winery's dependence away from purchased fruit to an estate program and began marketing fruit from Hanna's vineyards to other leading wineries. Christine is a past President of the Sonoma County Vintners, and helped reposition the organization with its current focus on strategic marketing. She served on the Board of Directors for ten years. She served as Chairperson for the Sonoma County Showcase and Auction for 2003 and 2004, directing the popular consumer food and wine event, Taste of Sonoma. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Alexander Valley Unified School District. Christine is also an accomplished cook. Her recipes have appeared in Food & Wine, Savor Magazine, and on the syndicated television show In Wine Country, and she has demonstrated them to consumers at cooking classes around the country, including Central Market Cooking School in Texas, and Apron's Cooking School in Florida. In August 2010, Chronicle Books will publish her first book, The Winemaker Cooks. Christine holds a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in creative writing. She has done postgraduate work in viticulture and enology. She serves as a Trustee for the Alexander Valley Unified School District. Christine is married and has two children. They live in the Alexander Valley in a restored Craftsman hunting lodge and grow 14 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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