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June 2006
Steak House Offers On-Premise Wine Training
The Ruth's Chris Steak House chain offers one of the few on-premise wine training programs modeled on the Court of Master Sommeliers curriculum.
by Suzanne Gannon
It could be said that Ruth Fertel knew steak. In 1965, the single mother of two mortgaged her house to purchase the Chris Steak House in New Orleans, dubbing it "Ruth's Chris" and growing it into a 94-store chain that would earn a designation as "America's Best Steak" from Restaurant & Institutions magazine in 2004. Now, 41 years later, the company is banking on the fact that Kevin Boyer, the chain's 29-year-old director of beverage, knows wine. In 2005, under Boyer's direction, the company...
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