John Foster: Sharing insight into grandeur of Ferris Wheel, the restaurant business, success, failure

The restaurant industry has always been an amusement park attraction, for as long as I’ve called Lexington my home. Part funhouse, part coaster, with the unpredictable nature of a tilt a whirl and the grandeur of the Ferris Wheel. More than once I’ve seen fortunes rise and fall, sending seismic shifts throughout our tight-knit community, and into the consciousness of the general public. Empires...

Chef John Foster: What’s the key to success in restaurant business? Cooking food you love

  “What does it take to start a restaurant?”   The question hangs in the air of my culinary classroom at Sullivan University here in Lexington, and I cannot make it dissipate. I urge the student to get back to the discussion at hand, something about creative ways to plate a grilled salmon. But it comes again, slightly different but no less insistent and in some ways insolent, as if I...