Learning the Ropes of the Restaurant Business

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Students in Matthew Fiasconaro’s Entertainment and Restaurant Management class at Syosset High School visited the Rustic Root Kitchen in Syosset to learn about what goes into starting a restaurant from the source. They met with Operations Manager Keith Giannadeo and Executive Chef Thomas Gloster, a past winner of the Food Network show “Chopped.” Both shared their insights into the industry and answered questions about all aspects of restaurant startup, including location selection; researching area demographics; logo design; interior decorating; restaurant layout, including kitchen design; menu creation and the farm-to-table concept; and targeting patrons. The tips provided will serve these students well as they begin their own restaurant simulations in class. Chef Tom even prepared a few phenomenal dishes for the class to sample.  

“It was great for the students to see the curriculum come to life,” said Fiasconaro. “I'm confident it will help them the rest of the semester with the creation of their own restaurants.”