Best After-Hours Amenity (2001)
Sure, plenty of those chain operations now offer signing bonuses, health insurance and other benefits of membership in the organization. But do they serve mamu? At Barolo Grill, Blair Taylor's elegant, intimate eatery, the staffers all share in a free, post-business meal known as mamu, named in honor of "someone's grandmother's favorite meal," according to Taylor. The mamu offerings vary depending on what's left over that night, but whatever's on the employee menu, it's always washed down with remnants of wine and full-bodied talk -- some of which no doubt centers on another Barolo amenity, the annual summer trip to Italy.
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