Jeffrey Porter

Jeffrey Porter

Owner at Learning the Vines Consulting - Hospitality & Beverage Consulting and Freelance Writer

Restaurant life is family, not just between employees but with guests, vendors and all other stakeholders.The opportunities and the people I have met have profoundly changed my life for the better and created life long friendships that I cherish everyday.

A life in the service industry has taught me humility – starting as a dishwasher is a good way to learn your place.
Cutting corners only leads to more work.
You can be a big guy and still be elegant.
When one table gets you down, don’t let it destroy other guests' experiences. Take care of the difficult table and show your passion and love of the craft to all those other tables…They will repay you with the positive energy you need to get through a tough night.
Smile – this is fun.
“The business creates the art.” - This is the MOST important quote I have ever received. It was from Kevin Cronin the owner/managing partner of Tra Vigne.

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