When To Wear Jeans

I go to a fair number of conferences where speakers are up on a stage (in front of hundreds or thousands). Over the years, I’ve noticed that the acceptable dress code for speakers has changed. A few decades ago, male speakers always wore a suit and tie. Female speakers wore a dress or pantsuit. Both were formal in their dress. I suppose this was not only to signal that they were “pros,” but also because most of us attending conferences dressed in business attire. Back in the day, that may have included a suit. I’ll never forget when I saw leadership guru Simon Sinek speak at a CEO business conference about 10 years ago. He was one of the first speakers I noticed that dressed more informally. Continue Reading

The Importance of ‘The Last 10 Yards’

Last week I learned a new produce term, “the last 10 yards.” One of my produce colleagues and I sit on the advisory board of a start-up produce company, and we were advising the owners about the ins and outs of the produce industry. We were talking about how to get sales of their new product and how challenging it can be. And that’s when my friend said, “It is all about the last 10 yards.” He was referring to the fact that you can sell your product or idea … Continue reading

The Newest Thing With Cauliflower

I’m guessing you might think of Cauliflower as kind of a boring, white vegetable that is smelly when you cook it. But things have changed. First of all—have seen all the fabulous colors of Cauliflower? Purple, green, and orange! And then there is the distant cousin, Romanesco, which is actually its own vegetable, although it resembles a Cauliflower…kind of. Although we have been selling baby Cauliflower since the 1980s, you can now find miniature versions of it and Romanesco at farmers markets, upscale supermarkets, and restaurants.   During one of … Continue reading