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THE NEXT (R)EVOLUTION

Upon opening Maison May 5 months ago & I decided to remove tipping from both of my establishments.
I know this is the right decision and yet it has been anything but easy so far.
Like a few major decisions I have made before, as I came to the realization of what is fair & needs to happen, now there is no turning back.
Here is, in essence, what led me to take such a giant step. 
I have no perspective on this decision yet, neither do I have tangible results.  
I am here to show the process & to enjoy the ride.

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2 Croissants & 1 Baguette, s’il vous plait!

Recently the boys & I went to see the latest Hunger Games Mockingjay movie. With a budget of  $160 million, 
the film is considered a "success" for grossing something like $240 million so far, worldwide.
 As we left the movie, my head still spinning, I kept thinking: how do I reframe what really defines creativity, art & dedicated work to my boys in our society that defines success based on dollars.
Then, a memory came to me and the summers I spent in the Ardèche region in my godmother’s little bakery & how with each baguette sold, I learnt how success is what happens when someone pursue quality & integrity.

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Brooklyn In 2015: Building, Consuming & Throwing It All Away

 If you live in Brooklyn, and take time to walk around a bit, you are probably well aware of the incredible disconnect happening in our borough right now: stretches of once-vibrant commercial streets are turning into no-man's-lands, with two or three vacant storefronts on every block (please, if you haven't recently, go walk down Smith Street.)
At the same time, the rest of the world is looking at Brooklyn fantasizing about the way of life here, supposedly the most vibrant, creative, and exciting place to be in the whole wide world. 
How can such a dichotomy happen? 
More importantly, what does it mean for those living in Brooklyn, and then, for those beyond this microcosm?
And why do I care about that so much?

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On Building Community

On a gorgeous spring evening last week, a dozen people gathered on the patio at ICI (now Maison May)
for the May edition of our community dinner series. 
Each month a handful of neighbors, customers 
& friends of friends join us for this special dinner. 
There is no agenda and the theme is very subtle each time. 
But the purpose is strong: by gathering around a table 
& sharing food, I aim to feed everyone's soul  & build a community.

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