Welcome to Our Twenty Fifth Issue!

MAY. Named for the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants. Also the Latin word maiores, "elders," who were celebrated during this month.
Featured Chef
Chef Misti Norris

Misti Norris, chef and owner of Petra and the Beast, in Dallas, is one of Food & Wine’s ten best new chefs in America. The prestigious annual list, released Tuesday, is yet another honor for Norris, whose restaurant landed at number seven on Texas Monthly’s round-up of the best new restaurants in Texas for 2019, published in March.

In lauding Norris’s culinary ethos, Food & Wine waxed poetic, applauding her for “digging into her ancestral archives to perfect her Cajun charcuterie, and then—why not?—choosing to throw wildflowers into the curing liquid, like Ophelia with a meat grinder.” In our write-up, we cited her hallmark techniques of foraging, fermenting, and whole-animal cookery and described the humble, idiosyncratic East Dallas space where she practices her craft, a small dining room adorned with bundles of dried herbs and baskets of bleached bones.

Norris has also been nominated for best chef in Dallas in the Culture Map’s 2019 Tastemaker Awards.

Chef Misti Signature Dish
Brined chicken breast, sausage, candied skin, rice battered liver, hearts heated in butter and Texas black beans.
Petra and The Beast Restaurant
Chef Misti Signature Dish
House pasta with malfatti, rye meatballs, sunchoke and ham.
Petra & The Beast restaurant
Chef Misti Signature Dish
turnip cake with tangy chive sauce
Petra & The Beast Restaurant
Chef Misti Signature Dish
Duck, allium Jonny cakes, busted tomatoes and Bourbon soy sauce.
Petra & The Beast Restaurant
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Boost Your Memory

If you’re feeling forgetful, it could be due to a lack of sleep or a number of other reasons, including genetics, level of physical activity and lifestyle and environmental factors. However, there’s no doubt that diet plays a major role in brain health. 

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Do you have the skills to make a great coach?

  1. Hire the right fit for your open position
  2. Allowing this new employee(s) to adjust to your company culture
  3. Seeing their potential
  4. Begin grooming them to take positions that are higher than yours in the industry
  5. Be open to their ideas


“Mentorship is the number one reason for success”, says Daymond John, CEO of FUBU and The Shark Tank, TV Personality on ABC Shark Tank.He believes life is a series of mentors and advises not to get caught up in thinking that your mentor needs to be a celebrity. Some of the most influential people/mentors in his life were his mother, a teacher, stepfather, and a neighborhood store owner. Daymond says it will be on of the best decisions you could ever make for yourself and your business/career.

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By Toni Ali / HR Expert

7 ways to reduce stress and keep blood pressure down

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Food for Thought
The Power of tomatoes

Lycopene is a carotenoid that is present in tomatoes, processed tomato products and other fruits. It is one of the most potent antioxidants among dietary carotenoids. Dietary intake of tomatoes and tomato products containing lycopene has been shown to be associated with a decreased risk of chronic diseases, such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Serum and tissue lycopene levels have been found to be inversely related to the incidence of several types of cancer, including breast cancer and prostate cancer. Although the antioxidant properties of lycopene are thought to be primarily responsible for its beneficial effects, evidence is accumulating to suggest that other mechanisms may also be involved. In this article, we outline the possible mechanisms of action of lycopene and review the current understanding of its role in human health and disease prevention.

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CDC Sodium Reduction Initiative

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines recommend that Americans limit their sodium intake to no more than 2,300 mg a day, and no more than 1,500 mg a day for those suffering from hypertension. This is not an easy task to achieve considering our busy schedules, our consumption of processed foods and regularly dining out. According to the CDC,  good tips for sodium reduction usually include cooking at home from scratch and replacing salt by herbs and salt –free spices, as well as using garlic, and citrus juices in the cooking process.  When at the grocery store, try to buy “low sodium” versions of packaged foods and read labels, choosing foods with no more than 600 mg of sodium per meal.  Avoid cured, smoked and other processed meats. Our InfoodSys App will help you ensure that when choosing recipes to cook for your family, you will not exceed the 600 mg of sodium per meal, making it quick and easy to find healthier options for everyone.

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Information provided by Aminta Martínez-Hermosilla, MS


Salmon Filet Coulibiac

For the Pate Brioche Dough: Bread flour 26.75oz. Whole milk 2.5 fl oz. Whole eggs 15 oz. Instant yeast .25 oz Salt .5 oz Unsalted butter 15 oz. Process, final dough Mix dough thorough, temperature should be at 72F to 77F, First fermentation, 1 hour; refrigerate 12 to 15 hours. Pre-shape to a light ball, resting time 20 to 30 minutes. Final proof 1 to 1.5 hours at 78F, steam for 2 seconds, Bake in a confection oven at 385F.
Recipe provided By Chef Raymond Bar CEC-CCE-ACE / Board Member


For the final dish Salmon filet 1 lb. Roasted buckwheat 3 oz. Dry weight Hard boil eggs 4 ea. Mushrooms chopped 8 oz Pâte a brioche 12 oz Boil the buckwheat in the broth and let cool. Chop and sauté the mushrooms, let cool and set aside. Roll out the dough to 3/8 inch; lay some buckwheat on the center of the dough; eggs cut into half and mushrooms. Sear the salmon on both sides and lay on top. Cover the other side with mushrooms, eggs and buckwheat to finish. Close the fish with dough. Turn over the Coulibiac on a sheet pan; brush with egg wash; bake in the oven 45 to 50 minutes. Serve with clarified butter. Serving size 9oz. / Calories per serving: 927 The Nutrition Facts for this Recipe was done utilizing the INFOODSYS Recipe App.

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Think Positively (Leadership)

Is the guiding force that will help you identify your path to success by providing a strong foundation for all strategic decision-making.

Definition: Leadership is getting results in a way that inspire trust, it is maximizing both your current contribution and your ability to contribute in the future by establishing the trust that make it possible. Lead on!


That will help you stay ahead of the game.

It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs.

Lead On!
Participative Theories of Leadership

Participative Theories of Leadership are considered by some to be an ideal style of leadership because they consider input from others. Leaders utilizing this type of theory tend to encourage both contributions and active participation from other group members. In turn, this allows the other group members to feel more relevant and committed to the direction the leader has chosen to go. The only real caveat here is that the leader maintains the right of what input to allow from the other group members.

For more information regarding the Participative Theories please visit: Behavioral Leadership

It has been my observation, over the years, that many leaders rank low on empathy. They understand it intellectually, they just don’t pay enough attention, ask the right questions or comprehend that it is not just about what your colleagues think, but about how they feel. To be an effective leader you need to do more than just manage the bottom line and watch the numbers like a hawk. Obviously that may be necessary, but so is offering suggestions, being supportive, being a source of creative ideas, helping your people think through their roles and helping them make the best use of their time. In fact, that is precisely what the best leaders do.

As you think about how you exhibit genuine empathy here are five questions for you to contemplate. For more information visit: patrickmckenna.com

Culinary Corner

Form the American Culinary Federation, your chance to create spectacular dishes and contribute with inspirational new ideas.

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The 2016 Menus of Change Annual Report was released at the fourth annual Menus of Change leadership summit on June 14. It includes an analysis of issues at the convergence of public health, the environment, and the business of food, plus and updated Dashboard of how the food and foodservice industries have progressed—or not—since last year’s report was issued.

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Trends to Watch

Just like fashion, food trends come and go in the blink of an eye. Every year, we see a rise in these fads that inevitably affect the way we eat and plan our meals. From superfoods to juice cleanses, the modern dining pattern has undeniably been influenced by the presence of a health-conscious effort, which we see continuing into 2019.

Hungry for more? Visit 2019 Food Trend Predictions

If you’re feeling forgetful, it could be due to a lack of sleep or a number of other reasons, including genetics, level of physical activity and lifestyle and environmental factors. However, there’s no doubt that diet plays a major role in brain health.

The best menu for boosting memory and brain function encourages good blood flow to the brain — much like what you’d eat to nourish and protect your heart. Research found the Mediterranean Diet helps keep aging brains sharp, and a growing body of evidence links foods such as those in the Mediterranean diet with better cognitive function, memory and alertness

Learn more by visiting: Types of Foods to Help Boost Your Memory

Meeting the Demand for Safe, Natural Products

Lately, while shopping at my local grocery store, I have noticed the increasing number of food products marketed as organic or preservative-free. More and more, consumers are demanding green labels and ingredient lists they can understand. Yet food safety — preventing food spoilage and contamination from microbial pathogens — must remain a top priority for food producers. The food safety industry faces many challenges if it is to transition away from the use of refined chemicals toward more label-friendly preservatives.

By Suzanne Osborne, PhD
Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Hail to the Kale!!

Kale is one of the cruciferous vegetables, cancer fighters full of fiber and antioxidants. great addition to salads or you can bake it with a spritz of extra virgin-olive oil and sea salt for a crispy potato chip alternative.

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Nutrition, Eat Better

Salt, Consuming the right amount, Most Americans consume more sodium than is good for their health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more!

8 Tips For Avoiding Gluten Cross Contamination – PrimoHealthCoach

▪ Oils that have been used to deep fry battered foods will contaminate foods like French fries. Use separate oils, and ask the chef when dining out if the same oil is used for battered foods.

▪ Cutlery, utensils and potsand pans must be thoroughly cleaned before cooking gluten-free to avoid cross-contamination.

▪ Toasters and ovens that have been used for glutenous breads can contaminate gluten-free breads. At home try to keep two separate toasters.

▪ Grills and barbecues can easily cross-contaminate foods if not properly cleaned. Many sauces used to barbecue have gluten.

▪ Sifters used for both glutenous and gluten-free flours will cross-contaminate. At home if you use both types of flour, keep separate properly labeled sifters.

▪ Your mayonnaise, peanut butter jar, jams and jellies are easily contaminated when making sandwiches.

▪ Glutenous flours have a tendency to stay airborne for some time after use. Cooking in a kitchen shortly after preparing foods with glutenous flours is risky for the sensitive person. Because of this I find it very hard to believe that you can get a truly gluten-free pizza from a pizza restaurant that makes regular pizza as well.

▪ Any foods not prepared in a gluten-free facility, including your own home, runs the risk of getting cross-contaminated.


Avocado oil; this silky fruit oil helps fight joint condition and promoted soft skin.

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