Don Avalier is one of our leaders providing services to the hospitality industry.

Private & Public Clubs

My relationship with Don began twenty years ago at American Golf Corporation. Throughout the time I've known Don, he has assisted me with kitchen design, planning and staff training as well as he has been a mentor for me when it comes to anything related to the club's food and beverage operation.

In the recent past, we hired Don to lead us through a full kitchen remodel at North Ranch Country Club. Don's innovative ideas helped transform a thirty-five year old kitchen with multiple operational challenges into a very functional modern kitchen.

I think that you will find working with Don a pleasure. He is timely, accurate and ethical. There are many people working in the cub and food industry today, but few possess the integrity and drive that Don brings to the challenges we face as operators.

North Ranch Country Club-Westlake Village, CA
- Greg Davis CCM, General Manager

Litigation Support / Expert Witness

We have been working with Don Avalier for over 4 years. Don is very responsive and a delight to work with. He is a gentleman and a true professional. Our clients have been very satisfied with Don's expert witness work and we thoroughly enjoy working with him.

Forensis Group R
- Rey S. Tolentino, Vice President of Operations

Restaurants

Don Avalier has been instrumental helping us with food service operations and controls to maximize our profitability, with business development evaluation and planning, staff and management training and operational analysis. Furthermore Don Avalier and his crew went out of their way, to even evaluate other aspects of my two restaurants Johnny Rockets franchise, and Benny's Tacos and Rotisserie. I thank you very much Don for all your help. Our bottom line has increased since you evaluated our business, and now we have new menus, with correct prices and a great profit.

Benny's Tacos & Rotisserie / Johnny Rockets Agoura Hills Location 
- Benny Borsakian, President.

I've viewed Don Avalier as an extension of my business planning team for nearly 20 years. From foodservice operations and controls to maximize our profitability, to business development evaluation and planning, staff and management training and operational analysis, Don and his crew have provided detailed data that was crucial to our decision making process.

King's Hawaiian Bakery and Restaurant
- Mark Taira, CEO

Having an established restaurant since 1955 we were facing tough challenges. Our food, beverage and labor costs were out of line. Thanks to Manask & Associates, we were able to get all of our costs back on track as well as get much needed help in other areas of the restaurant.

Magic Lamp
- Anthony Vernola, Owner

Performing Arts & Public Attractions

When we were looking for the very best caterers and a cafe operator, Manask & Associates provided a wonderful selection of candidates. In theater, team effort is everything and having Manask & Associates as part of our team resulted in a first-class performance.

Arena Stage
- Edgar Dobie, Managing Director

Working with Manask & Associates really works. And it works fast. Within a year their expert advice helped us in so many areas. Earned income, capital investment and foodservice contract negotiation. It's easy to see why Manask & Associates is number one in its field.

Ravinia
- Welz Kauffman, President & CEO

Government / Public Agencies

Don Avalier's  advice has been invaluable as the City has recruited, evaluated and negotiated leases for restaurants on City-owned property, including restaurants in very sensitive areas such as on the Santa Monica Pier.  Don?s knowledge of the restaurant market and his sense of what our community is looking for, helped us make informed and thoughtful recommendations to our Boards and City Council and negotiate leases in the best interests of all involved parties.

City of Santa Monica
- Miriam Mack, Economic Development Manager

Schools / Colleges

On behalf of the University of Central Missouri I would like to take this opportunity to offer our profound appreciation for the work you and your assembled team did related to the University's concurrent procurement of Dining Services and Facilities Management.

Your firm was brought in to aid the University in two very difficult and complex contractual projects and delivered finished contracts which will save the University millions of dollars over the coming decade. Throughout this lengthy process the University received laurels and accolades about how professional, disciplined, and fair this process was under your leadership. These comments not only came from University staff, but also from competing vendors. This is a true testimony to the quality of your work.

I would personally like to thank you and your team for your dedication and determination in ensuring our success. Your proposal that we engage the UCM Board of Governors directly in the evaluation process so that they could kept abreast of the procurement process from the outset, was a stroke of genius. Their involvement enabled early buy-in, and ensured a successful outcome. Throughout, you and your firm have demonstrated command of the industry and best practices in both service areas, and have worked seamlessly with University staff in a genuine team effort.

Thank you again. We would highly recommend your team to all concerned.

University of Central Missouri
- Betty J. Roberts, Vice President, Administration and Finance

Other

Our synagogue is the one of the largest in the United States. After a 45-year relationship with a single caterer, it was time to conduct a comprehensive search. We needed a crash course in the catering business and how an organization should conduct a search for a caterer.

Enter Manask & Associates and suddenly it was like having an uncle in the catering business! Under Manask's guidance, we knew how to define what we were looking for and what questions to ask of the field of candidates. The process we followed was very complete and methodical thanks to Manask's professional approach. It was also very comforting to know that whenever a difficult question or issue arose, Manask had seen it before. He always had good wisdom and advice to offer us and rescue us from our despair!

In the end, we could have the confidence of knowing that our search had been a thorough one. This helped us feel assured that we had conducted the thorough search we felt we needed and to assure the board of the organization that it could feel confident approving the solution we recommended.

Sinai Temple
- David Kekst, Co-chair of Catering Committee

We are pleased with the operational and financial performance of the Beats food service program. You and your team have brought untold value to my team with regard to getting this function built and running for Beats. We would have been in a less favorable place without Manask and Associates and I genuinely appreciate all you have done with us.

beats by dr. dre
- Rick Harris, Facilities Management

Cultural Institutions

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