January 31, 2020

Just in time for a certain hospitality group’s collective giddyup to the Lone Star State, we thought it would be wrongheaded of us not to ponder; for just a spell, what sort of eats and drinks we might find ourselves indulging in during our temporary status as Dallasit...

December 26, 2019

The countdown is on! The new decade dawns in just five days and while some may still be luxuriating in holiday stretchy pants, RCS is putting a bow on the year that was 2019 and gazing out at the horizon to see what new food and dining trends are set to emerge in 2020....

November 29, 2019

Stuck in professional doldrums or disengagement, time comes when chefs may find themselves at the end of their culinary tether, searching for new opportunities and inspiration. If ambition and motivation have receded in a current situation and personal and vocational g...

October 25, 2019

"Food allergies are a potentially fatal medical condition that results in more than 200,000 emergency room visits a year." 

-Centers for Disease Control

Given that statistic it might be surprising to learn that there is no national standardized approach or training requi...

September 27, 2019

Everyone knows it’s there--somewhere. In the walk in. On the top-left shelf, or right, maybe midway above the milk and cheese, it’s always there: THE TRAY. Either a full or half-sized sheet pan, maybe even a couple of two-inch hotel pans, THE TRAY is where the dribs an...

August 30, 2019

In the busy, demanding world of a club chef, his or her interaction with house committees, food and beverage committees and even members in general can, in some instances, create great anxiety and even resentment. Some culinarians might be indignant or annoyed about su...

July 26, 2019

A visit to just about any farmers market this time of year will reveal that, much of summer’s bounty is still coming in strong: squash, tomatoes, corn, melon and stone fruits remain ripe, enticing and abundant.  But as long daylight hours begin to wane, soon that fuzzy...

June 28, 2019

With the first week of summer now under our belts it seems like a good time to loosen up and get to cooking up some light and easy to prepare summertime eats. And wouldn’t you know, today just happens to be National Ceviche Day! But before we march ourselves to our loc...

May 31, 2019

Earlier this month on May 6, the winners of the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Chef and Best Restaurant categories were announced at a glitzy, glam gala in Chicago. Regional wins went to Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark of Parachute (Chicago), Tom Cunan...

April 26, 2019

The trend in club food and beverage to cultivate home-grown goods on club property has become anything but garden-variety. While a simple kitchen herb garden was once a nice little addition and talking point for a club’s F&B program, some chefs are taking on literal ea...

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Whitney Reid Pennell 
Founder & President

Whitney Reid Pennell is the founder and president of the award-winning RCS Hospitality Group. She is a published author and widely praised seminar leader, with over 20 years of club operations management and consulting experience. 

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