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Tuesday, July 27 2021

Katelyn Yang is Our August Employee of the Month

Katelyn Yang joined our team just over four years ago as a cook and pastry cook. Since then she has added barback to her list of job titles, but cooking is her true passion. Here’s a look into her work life, and why she’s our August Employee of the Month.

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Thursday, July 15 2021

We're Working the Dodgers Games All Summer!

Culinary Staffing employees are working at the Dodgers games all summer. In fact, many of our awesome culinary team members will be there through October. And you can join them!

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Friday, July 9 2021

Meet Our July Employee of the Month, Jennifer Garcia Viteri

Jennifer Garcia Viteri is our Employee of the Month for July!

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Wednesday, July 7 2021

It's Summertime and We Are Hiring!

It’s summertime, and the restaurants and nightlife are back in full swing here in sunny Southern California!

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Thursday, June 3 2021

Sean Mudd is our June Employee of the Month

Sean Mudd is our June Employee of the Month, and he’s been with us for over twenty-two years! 

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Friday, May 28 2021

What You Need to Know About Worker's Comp in California

You know your business needs worker’s compensation coverage. It’s the law. But what you may not know is that each state has different regulations when it comes to what coverage you’re required to have, when you must file a claim, and how to file it. 

What you don’t know can hurt you, which is where we come in. Did you know that in California, worker’s comp premium rates are not regulated by the state? 

Your premium is determined by the market value, but also by your industry, your individual company’s history, payroll, and many other factors.

Let us make it easy. 

When you join the Core we’ll find you the lowest rates with the most comprehensive coverage tailored exclusively for you. No guesswork, no stress, and no unexpected surprises. 

Get in touch with one of our experts today and we’ll make sure your company is compliant and get you a free quote. 

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! 

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Friday, May 21 2021

WATCH: We Not Only Survived the Pandemic, We Expanded!

There’s no denying that the Covid-19 pandemic hit our industry hard. But the good news is, we found a way. We not only survived 2020 - we grew!

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Tuesday, May 18 2021

Breaking: We're Expanding! Now You Can Benefit Even MORE When You Join the CORE!

We have some very exciting news to share this month! Culinary Staffing Service is expanding our services, and it’s going to save all of our clients time and money.

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Tuesday, May 4 2021

Our May Employee of the Month is Jake Biddlecome

Our Employee of the Month for May is Jake Biddlecome, our Staffing Coordinator here at Culinary Staffing Service.

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Monday, April 12 2021

We're an approved supplier of the Super Bowl LVI Business Connect program!

We are proud to announce that Culinary Staffing Service has been designated as an approved supplier of the Super Bowl LVI Business Connect program. We are one of 225 local, diverse businesses in the Los Angeles area identified as a certified, experienced company approved to compete for contracts related to the Super Bowl.

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Thursday, April 8 2021

Meet Our COO, Jessica Seastead

Jessica Seastead has been with Culinary Staffing for six years, and a year and a half ago she became our COO. Thanks to her leadership and business acumen, we are expanding in 2021! We feel fortunate and wanted to share a little about her with all of you.

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Monday, April 5 2021

We're Helping Our Employees Save for Retirement with CalSavers!

Watch this short informational video featuring our COO, Jessica Seastead, discuss why we partnered with Cal Savers. Learn how the program lets our employees seamlessly save for their futures - and how you can be a part of it, too!

If you haven’t heard of CalSavers, it’s a retirement savings program aimed at providing financial security to millions of Californians who might not otherwise have a retirement plan in place.

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Wednesday, March 31 2021

The Easter Bunny Just Brought $20 Pay Rates!

The Easter bunny came early to Culinary Staffing Service this year, and we want to share what’s in our basket with you!

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Wednesday, March 24 2021

Why Going Back to Work Matters!

A short story we can all learn from!

A mouse was put at the top of a jar filled with grains.

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Wednesday, March 17 2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Even if you don’t, you won’t need luck for your business in 2021. 
With the right staff, supportive HR, quality Payroll, and reliable insurance, you will be set up for success. No luck - or leprechauns - required! (okay, maybe one leprechaun wouldn’t hurt)

Call us to learn how we can be your full-time personnel office, so you can focus 100% of your time on running the day-to-day of your hospitality business. You’ll even have time to look for that elusive four-leaf clover. Hey, anything is possible these days. 

Now isn’t that better than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? We think so. 

May the luck of the Irish be with you all year long!
 
Culinary Staffing Service 

(323) 965-7582

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Wednesday, March 3 2021

Our March Employee of the Month is Rose Walker

Rose Walker is our excellent Staffing Manager, and we are pleased to announce she’s our Employee of the Month for March!

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Wednesday, February 24 2021

We Are SO Ready for the Return of the Spa Day!

The word on the street (and in the news) is that Angelenos are ready to book vacation plans and day trips already, and that means the return of the SPA DAY.

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Thursday, February 18 2021

Could We Be Your Job Love Match?

Just like dating, job hunting is never easy, and finding the perfect match is a sweet science. If you’re seeking a new job right now and you’ve got some hospitality experience under your belt, read on to see if you and Culinary Staffing might be a match made in heaven!

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Tuesday, February 9 2021

Our February Employee of the Month is Keith Pyenson

The Culinary Staffing Service  Employee of the Month for February is our very own Payroll Coordinator, Keith Pyenson!

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Friday, February 5 2021

Black History Month: Celebrating Chef James Hemings

February is Black History Month, and we are celebrating Chef James Hemings! 

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Wednesday, February 3 2021

Small Business Owners, Don't Panic About $15/Hour. We Can Help!

The proposed federal minimum wage increase to $15 an hour will not come all at once, but rather happen gradually over the next few years. Many small business owners, especially restaurants that can’t afford the increase, worry it will mean having to lay off employees. But don’t worry just yet!

There are ways to offset the wage increase, keep your staff, and keep your sanity, too! 

Outsourcing your employee-related services like HR, insurance, and payroll can greatly offset the cost of rising wages in multiple ways. 

Payroll Expenses - Payroll, when done in-house, can be very expensive, especially if you’re using the traditional paper time card method. Did you know that in-house payroll for small businesses can cost an additional 50,000 per year? 

HR Services -  Training software, time spent onboarding and training new staff, and other employee-related expenses can add up quickly. Outsourcing these services allows you to pay one low fee with NO surprises! 

Insurance and Worker’s Comp - You’re probably paying too much already. We make sure your cost stays low and above all, your business is in full compliance so you’re always 100% protected. 

Culinary Staffing can handle all of this and more, keeping your operational costs low and giving you back the most valuable business asset of all - time. 

Call us today with your questions!

Culinary Staffing Service 

(323) 965-7582

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Thursday, January 28 2021

Fair-Weather Friends Are So 2020. We're Here For You Rain or Shine!

Outdoor dining has been restored just in time for the cold and rainy weather. Such is life! But despite the bad timing, hope is in the air. Are you ready for it? 

We won’t repeat the phrase ”we’re all in the together” because we know each and every business is impacted differently by all the Covid-19 related mandates and changes. 

But what we WILL say is we’re here for you, rain or shine. And we hope you know we mean it. 

Some of you may be gearing up to resume outdoor dining this week or next, and we are here to meet your staffing needs.

Need a few more servers? A last-minute host? Call us! 

Of course, not all of you have outdoor space, and your needs are different. We get that, and we are here for you, too.

We are only a phone call away to discuss your current staffing, HR, Risk Management, and Compliance needs. Because we aren’t some fair-weather friend. We are an all-weather partner for life. 

Rain or shine, booming or slow business - we are here. 

Call us any time, 

Culinary Staffing Service 

(323) 965-7582

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Friday, January 22 2021

More Than a Staffing Agency. A  Partner for Life.

Small businesses, especially those in the hospitality industry, are struggling right now in multiple and unprecedented ways. We want you to know that we see what is happening, we understand your frustration, and we want to remind you that we are here to help. 

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Tuesday, January 12 2021

Our Temperature Checkers are on the Move!

Our team of temperature checkers are ready to serve you!

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Wednesday, January 6 2021

Yemi Adeyi is our January Employee of the Month

Yemi Adeyi has been with us for 5 years. When she came to the United States from Nigeria 8 years ago, her original goal was to become a Registered Nurse. However, the waiting list at LA Trade Tech was so long that she would not get in for another 2 years. Meanwhile, she decided to go to Culinary School at LATTC. 

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Wednesday, December 30 2020

New Year, New Services and Staff!

2021 is finally here, and we are ready to start fresh, with new services, new staff, and better choices for our clients.

We have been busy getting ready for the new year, and we know you have, too. The turbulence of 2020 has taught us that you can never be too prepared, and we truly are!

Of course, we know we are not out of the woods yet with the many challenges the hospitality industry faces, but we are much better equipped to serve you. 

In addition to our regular culinary staffing solutions, we have hired a team of environmental services professionals to meet your sanitation and Covid-19 specific needs. If your venue needs professional cleaning, Covid-19 specialty staff including temperature checkers, runners, and sanitation experts, give us a call.

We are also pleased to be able to serve your HR and personnel needs with a custom menu of options designed by YOU. That’s right.  You pick and choose which services you need when you need them. From compliant-ready HR services to payroll, to worker’s comp, to health benefits to legal resources - we can take care of it all, and at the lowest rates in the business. 

The beginning of 2021 may be rocky, but we want to help make it as smooth for you and your business as possible. And this is only the beginning!

May your 2021 be bright and prosperous. Sunny days are still to come! 

Happy New Year,

Culinary Staffing Service 

(323) 965-7582

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Wednesday, December 23 2020

We Believe the Spirit of Christmas Lives Inside All of You!

To Our Cherished Clients and Employees:

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Monday, December 21 2020

We Are Making Christmas a Bit Brighter for Furloughed Staff

So many of our SoCal restaurants, bars, hotels and other venues have had to furlough their staff in recent months. Let’s make their Christmas brighter. 

Nobody wants to have to let go of valuable staff or have to furlough employees, especially at Christmas time. But times are tough, and for many business owners, there was simply no choice but to furlough their foodservice and other team members for the time being. 

We want to help. We can place furloughed staff in temporary jobs while these businesses get back on their feet so that their staff still be there for them in 2021.

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Wednesday, December 16 2020

The Covid-19 Vaccine Just Arrived in Our Hospitals. Here's How We Are Helping!

The Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in California, with hospitals rushing to move millions of doses into their freezers before they will then be administered to doctors, nurses, and healthcare staff.  

Culinary Staffing Service is proud to put the ‘hospitality’ in healthcare, and we are especially proud to be able to offer all of our healthcare clients the extra environmental services support you need during this time.

Our specialized team of sanitation workers, Covid-19 runners, temperature checkers, and other support staff are all at your disposal. 

Thank you for trusting us to fill your staffing needs, and thank you most of all for being on the front lines for Californians throughout this crisis. 

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Thursday, December 10 2020

Happy Hanukkah!

Culinary Staffing Service wishes all who celebrate Hanukkah a joyous, peaceful, and prosperous holiday and new year!

Should you have any holiday staffing or sanitation needs, we are only a phone call away. Whether you need an extra dishwasher, a last-minute food handler, line cook, or a cleaning crew to sanitize your venue, we’ll make it easy. We know you’ve got enough on your plate! 

We are here for you this holiday season and all year round.

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Monday, December 7 2020

Alawiya Hussein is Our December Employee of the Month

Our December Employee of the Month is Alawiya Hussein!

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Sunday, November 29 2020

Chefs and Cooks and Dishwashers, Oh My!

Calling all chefs, cooks, line cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers and food assembly line workers!

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Wednesday, November 25 2020

This is How Our Culinary Family Will Make it Through 2020

We’re all ready for 2020 to be over. This has been a very tough year, and we know everyone in the hospitality industry has struggled enormously, especially here in Los Angeles. We want you all to know that we see how you’ve persevered, and we understand the ongoing challenges that lie ahead for the remainder of the year.  

But this is how you will make it to 2021. 

Human connection is powerful, and the human spirit is truly amazing. When life gets hard, we turn to our family, our friends, and our neighbors for strength. We consider you to be a vital part of our extended family, and we are ALWAYS here for you. Maybe you need last-minute staff, or maybe you need help with payroll, or maybe you have new questions about compliance or insurance. 

Or, maybe you just need to be heard. We hope you will never hesitate to reach out to us. No request you may have is too big or too small. That’s a promise. 

Our culinary family is resilient when we come together, and when we are together, we are strong.  Stronger than we ever realized. And it is this human connection, this great spirit of resilience, that will get us through 2020, and we will ALL come out on top in 2021. 

Stay strong, stay close, and stay connected. 

And Have a Happy and Delicious Thanksgiving!

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Tuesday, November 10 2020

Staffing Agencies: Who Benefits Most? Employers or Employees?

Why Do Employers and Job Applicants Alike Prefer Using a Staffing Agency?

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Wednesday, November 4 2020

James Park is Our November Employee of the Month

A big congratulations to James Park, our November Employee of the Month! 

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Wednesday, October 28 2020

Now Hiring! Cooks, Servers, Dishwashers, and More!

The hospitality industry is struggling, and the struggle is real. But it is NOT dead, and that means we are still hiring! We have open positioons throughout the Southern Califnornia region for restaurant staff, hotel staff, healthcare kitchen crew, food production and assmebly line workers, and more!

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Friday, October 23 2020

Weekend Fun! Where to Eat, Drink and Play Around LA

Fall is definitely in the air here in SoCal (or what we know as fall, anyway) and as the weather changes, so do our activities. It’s time to put away the bathing suits and flip flops and head into sweater weather - and into some big fall fun. And don’t listen to the naysayers! Yes, we are still struggling with the lockdowns and the Covid-19 restrictions, but there is still plenty to do and see here in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties! 

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Tuesday, October 20 2020

Soup Season is Back for a Taste Adventure!

The heatwave is slowly leaving Southern California, and in its place are cool mornings and evenings and those perfect 75 degree afternoons. Many of us are getting our jackets, thicker socks, and blankets out of the closet, and Halloween decorations have filled front yards and porches. But best of all? Soup season has officially arrived and this year we are going on a little taste adventure! 

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Thursday, October 15 2020

The Extra Care That Goes Into Staffing Our Healthcare Clients

In addition to the many restaurants, entertainment venues, food packaging and manufacturing companies we staff, we are also fortunate to serve our wonderful healthcare sector. Providing our state’s top hospitals with the very best people for their kitchens and dining halls is something we take great pride and joy in doing, and here are just a few reasons why.

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Tuesday, October 13 2020

Wise Barbecue Brings the Texas Smokehouse to Los Angeles

There is barbecue, there is Texas barbecue, and then there’s Wise Barbecue - the Texas style barbecue that has gifted us with a real Texas treat. And once you taste it, you’ll understand why so many Angelenos love it so much.

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Wednesday, October 7 2020

October is National Seafood Month

October is National Seafood Month, and we’re celebrating with salmon sashimi, plates of fresh oysters, fish tacos and the yearly treat you can’t miss: whole fried soft shell crab!

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Tuesday, October 6 2020

How the CRA is Fighting to Keep CA Restaurants Alive

As we all know, the Covid-19 crisis has hit the hospitality industry especially hard. In March of this year when the lockdowns began, millions of jobs were lost - nearly 6 million in total by April. In our state of California, continued lockdown measures and restrictions mandated by the state have forced many restaurants to furlough staff, close their indoor dining rooms, and some have had to shutter permanently. Of course, this comes as no surprise. It has been challenging for restaurant owners to meet compliance while operating at greatly reduced capacity. Some found grants or ways to pivot their business, while others were not as fortunate.

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Thursday, October 1 2020

Ashley Heisler is our October Employee of the Month

Ashley Heisler has been part of our team since December of 2019. She started off as a bartender, and a kickass bartender at that! But since bartending jobs are often seasonal, we suggested that she take the server test, which she passed with flying colors.

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Tuesday, September 29 2020

Nana's Kitchen Caters Mexican Meals that Taste Like Home

From a food truck serving lunch to a thriving catering business, Nana’s Kitchen has become a SoCal favorite for authentic Mexican food.

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Thursday, September 24 2020

Keto Meal Prep by Lee to the Rescue

Are you thinking about your 2021 goals yet? I am, and abs may FINALLY be in my future, thanks to this meal prep service and the science of ketogenic eating.

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Monday, September 21 2020

Sal's Gumbo Shack Brings the Bayou to You!

If you’re craving authentic Creole food but can’t make it to the Bayou, we’ve got some good news for you. You can enjoy some absolutely amazing 100% authentic Creole cooking right here in SoCal. Look no further than Long Beach for the best gumbo, jambalaya, and soul food originals at the one and only Sal’s Gumbo Shack, right on Long Beach Boulevard.

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Thursday, September 17 2020

City National Grove of Anaheim Brings Fall Fun to SoCal

Remember when we could all freely go out and have fun in public places with abandon? It seems like a world far, far away from our current reality, and we sure do miss it. Fortunately, City National Grove of Anaheim is bringing some of those fun times back, even if it isn’t quite like what we knew before. Social distancing and mask mandates are still in place in California, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to stay home!

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Monday, September 14 2020

The V Tree Might Make You Go Vegan!

After recently being highlighted on local news channels during Black Restaurant Week, our client, The V Tree (Hollywood location) deserves another mention. They are currently taking part in Dine LA Restaurant Week, which continues through September 18th.

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Tuesday, September 8 2020

Meet Our September Employee of the Month: Clifton Bell

Our September Employee of the Month is Clifton Bell!

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Friday, September 4 2020

Our Founder Randy Hopp on CBS News!

Culinary Staffing Service owner and founder Randy Hopp was featured on CBS News as part of their “Who’s Hiring?” segment. Are you a job seeker? We make it so easy to apply! (watch the video to find out how!)

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Thursday, September 3 2020

Blue Can Water is Essential!

We’re proud of our client, Blue Can Water, for being the #1 provider of emergency drinking water in the world - right here in Southern California!

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Wednesday, September 2 2020

On Our Podcast: Your Insurance Questions, Answered.

Have you checked out our podcast yet? We’re six episodes along, and it’s been both fun and a great learning experience. Here’s the link to our main channel HERE.

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Monday, August 31 2020

We're Hiring!

We’re hiring, and now is a GREAT time to apply! Here’s Why.

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Wednesday, August 26 2020

Podcast! Navigating a Business Loan With SVP/Commercial Banking Officer Maria Hunter

Our latest podcast episode features Maria Hunter, Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer at First Bank. If you’re considering a business loan for the future, or you’re already in the process of getting one, you’ll definitely appreciate Maria’s advice. And if these fifteen minutes don’t answer all your questions, please find below her article on navigating a business loan.

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Monday, August 24 2020

Dami's Famous Foods

Dami’s Famous Foods is a locally owned and loved purveyor of fine foods that grace the tables of farmer’s markets around Los Angeles. If you’re a regular at the Brentwood Farmer’s Market, you may know Dami’s for their gourmet chili and cornbread, or one of their delcicous southern-inspired cobblers. Baked goods, jarred soups, chilis and other treats by Chef/owner Damien Pierre should defiitely be on your foodie radar if they aren’t already. (tip: get the bison chili and the cornbread first)

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Friday, August 21 2020

Taco Nazo Verdict: Addicted!

One of our busiest clients, Taco Nazo, serves the most amazing fresh seafood-forward tacos, tortas, ceviche and other Baja favorites, and summer is their peak season (although we’ve never NOT seen a line outside, and fortunately it moves quickly!) Locals love this place for the authentic and delicious Mexican food and casual, outdoor dining experience. And our employees enjoy working there for the fast paced, high energy atmosphere!

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Friday, August 14 2020

Brittany Smith is our August Employee of the Month!

Brittany Smith joined Culinary Staffing Service in March 2019. She currently works for us as a dishwasher and tray line server, but has also worked as a cashier, and as well as an associate in the retail industry.

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Monday, August 10 2020

The "Restaurant Boss" Ryan Gromfin Redefines Management

In our fourth podcast episode, we speak with world-renowned restaurant coach Ryan Gromfin, also known as The Restaurant Boss.

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Friday, July 31 2020

We Are Open For Business!

We are there for each other, whether it’s to clean a table or share stories over a beer at the end of the night. And that means something.

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Thursday, July 30 2020

A Los Angeles Attorney Shares Legal Advice On Reopening Safely!

Our second podcast episode just dropped and if you’re a restaurant owner or work with franchises, you don’t want to miss it.

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Wednesday, July 29 2020

Our latest podcast: Pivoting your business

Restaurants, bars and hotels have been hit the hardest during the pandemic. But here’s a silver lining.

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Wednesday, July 15 2020

Our very first Employee of the Month is Kennard Goss!

Kennard has become a preferred employee at every venue he works.

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