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Restaurant Briefing

Briefing is a restaurant business newsletter with a long history in the industry. Published for restaurateurs by American Express for almost 40 years, its unique blend of best practices and expert insights continues to help restaurateurs compete in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Briefing is now available exclusively online at restaurantbriefing.com, where entire editions (and other Briefing publications) can be downloaded, and a four year archive of all content is posted – including article sources and additional resources. Six bi-monthly editions are published annually. In 2009, to help restaurateurs meet unprecedented economic pressures, Briefing altered its publication schedule to create seven special editions, each focusing on a specific challenge that restaurateurs were facing in order to survive and prosper. These special editions are also available on the site.

Briefing subscribers receive email alerts when new editions are posted, with descriptions of and links to articles. To subscribe, click here.

Briefing editors welcome ideas for future stories and information about topics that are relevant to our readers. Please contact the editors via email editors@restaurantbriefing.com or call the Briefing editorial office at (800) 342-2788.

American Express and the Restaurant Industry

American Express is committed to supporting and strengthening the restaurant industry. For decades, we have worked closely with the industry as stakeholders – supporting organizations and causes that make a difference, connecting restaurateurs with valuable customers and providing them with essential tools and resources to grow their businesses. At American Express, partnership is the cornerstone of everything. That is why American Express remains committed to supporting the restaurant industry through its industry relationships, newsletters, marketing programs, and other resources designed to help grow your business. Learn more about these business-building opportunities and partnerships online at americanexpress.com/restaurant.

Restaurant Briefing Editorial Team

SUSAN DAVIDSON, co-publisher/editor, Restaurant Briefing
Susy brings both culinary and journalistic experience to her role as co-publisher/editor of Restaurant Briefing.

Having earned a Grand Diplome from La Varenne Cooking School in Paris in the late 1970’s, she became the Culinary Director of Cook’s Magazine and an Associate Chef with Julia Child Productions, eventually returning to Paris as La Varenne’s Executive Director. Back in the U.S., Susy became the Food Editor of Food & Wine Magazine, responsible for food content and recipes, editing features and columns, and editorial planning and promotion.

Susy ultimately started her own marketing consulting company, whose clients included BRGuest Restaurant Group (a decade as food and menu consultant), Festival Marketing, Inc., (Culinary Consultant for culinary special events for the American Express Platinum Card By Invitation Only and American Express Optima Special Times events programs); Women Chefs and Restaurateurs (Founding Executive Director); and American Express Travel Related Services (as producer of the American Express Restaurant Trade Program at the Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen from 1992-1998).

Susy is Executive Director of The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts, which was created by Julia in 1995. The Foundation supports non-profit organizations whose work advances the matters Julia valued.

Since 1995, Susy and her partner Deborah Freundlich have been publishers and editors of Restaurant Briefing.

DEBORAH FREUNDLICH, co-publisher/editor, Restaurant Briefing
With a background in publishing, Debbie helped create the Briefing newsletter for American Express in 1976 and worked on the publication as a researcher and writer until 1982.

Subsequently, Debbie was a consultant to American Express Restaurant Marketing. Beginning in 1977, she organized and produced 17 annual American Express Briefing Breakfasts held during the National Restaurant Show in Chicago. She prepared two in-depth studies for American Express Restaurant Marketing –about the takeout/delivery market for white tablecloth restaurants and on the No-Show issue, which resulted in creation of the American Express Guaranteed Restaurant Reservations Program and the publication of “Turning the Tables”, about how restaurants successfully reduced no-shows. Debbie also helped coordinate three Restaurant Roundtable meetings in key markets with the top restaurant accounts and American Express senior management; she coordinated restaurant roundtables as part of the American Express Restaurant Trade Program at the Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen.

Debbie was the executive director of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Wine & Food and director of the Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani, New York Chapter. She is a founding board member of Spoons Across America, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children, teachers, and families about the benefits of healthy eating. She has produced newsletters for numerous New York restaurants including JoJo, Vong, Jean Georges, Isabella’s, Coconut Grill, Park Avalon; “21” Club, and Vivolo restaurants.

In 1995, she and her partner, Susy Davidson, became co-editors and publishers of Restaurant Briefing.

JENNIFER KRAUSS, associate editor, Restaurant Briefing
Jennifer Krauss brings a diverse background in publishing and writing, human resources, event coordination, and marketing/public relations to her role as Restaurant Briefing’s associate editor. She has coordinated events and marketing programs for restaurant consulting companies and, for American Express, was an Event Planning Consultant for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Jen was an executive assistant to restaurateur Danny Meyer, president, Union Square Hospitality Group, ran the public relations department, and organized philanthropic events. She went on to develop a management training program for the organization, which led her to numerous other roles in human resources – both in and out of the restaurant industry. Most recently, Jennifer has been responsible for content creation/management, community building, and event management for several websites. Jen is responsible for Restaurant Briefing’s Facebook presence, developing content and building a community of people passionate about the restaurant industry.  Jen joined the Restaurant Briefing team in 2011.