First-Time Father

First-Time Father 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

In honor of International Men’s Month, our family’s new addition and last weekend’s Father’s Day celebrations, I’ve been thinking a lot about fathers and what it means to be one. In lieu of ties, golf gadgets and soap-on-a-rope, I’ve decided to blog about the joys of having a father and the great opportunity that comes with being a father.

Clarence Budington Kelland said, “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” I feel very blessed and privileged to have such an amazing father and I hope that I can be that to my son, Dominic. I learned a lot from my own father but mainly, I learned how to be a man by watching him do it first. I don’t think fathers truly understand their impact on their children until they are all grown up and they see themselves reflected in their child’s face and actions.

My father taught me about hospitality and how to treat others: with an open mind, with an open heart and with respect. I employ those same lessons each and every day at Pedrotti’s and will pass those same lessons on to my son. My father also taught me how to treat a woman. I strive to mimic the same kindness and compassion he shows my mother to my own wife each and every day.

I’m very excited about my opportunity to pass all of these incredible life lessons from my father, Louie, to my own son and to see how he shapes as a man. To all of the other fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day – celebrate it every day!

Everything I need to know, I learned in kindergarten

Everything I need to know, I learned in kindergarten 150 150 Pedrotti's Ranch

Thursday, April 21, 2011 is National Kindergarten Recognition Day. Robert Fulghum wrote the famous poem, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” and in honor of this special holiday, I’ve taken the liberty of gleaning some of his advice and applying it to the hospitality business.

“Share everything.” — In the hospitality business, sharing is what it’s all about: sharing our venue, sharing our food, sharing opportunities to create memories with family and friends. Think about sharing in your business as you would at home. And, don’t forget to share with your employees!

“Play fair.” This means that the product and service that guests receive should exceed their expectations. No hidden charges – no surprises.

“Put things back where you found them.” Guests should feel as if they are the only people to have ever used our venue. The site should be clean and ready for their event, and their experience should be a memory of a lifetime for them.

“Wash your hands before you eat.” Goes without saying, but perfect scores from the health department should be the rule. Make sure the restrooms are pristine. It’s all part of the atmosphere.

And, finally… “Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.” Nothing speaks to hospitality better than a fine meal…and an even better dessert.