Welcome to Our Fourtieth Issue!

August: named to honor the first Roman emperor ( and grandnephew of Julius Caesar). August Caesar ( 63BC- AD 14)
August Feature Chefs

Michael Fojtasek & Grae Nonas. Olamaie Restaurant

Modern Southern Olamaie’s co-executive chefs Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas were both named as two of Food & Wine‘s Best New Chefs for 2015. The duo hosted two intimate dinners at the magazine’s Chef’s Club in New York on March 2 and 3. The menu included country-fried monkfish, kil’t white button mushroom salad, and smoky hen of the woods. In order to qualify for the title, candidates must have been in charge of their kitchens for five years or less.

Fojtasek and Nonas worked together previously as Sous Chefs at Son of a Gun in Los Angeles. The pair held a series of pop-up dinners leading up to the opening of the Olamaie in late August last summer.

Dewberry Chicken
Dewberry Hills Farm Chicken, succotash, sungold butter, chicken jus
Skillet cornbread and tomatoes with corn pudding in a smoky corn broth
Shrimp and Gristmill grits
With oyster mushrooms and Benton’s bacon topped with egg.
Carolina Gold Rice Hush Puppies
With Calhoun's country ham, charred garlic chive, onion dip
Vanilla honey doughnut, carrot, pecan, olive oil ice cream
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Chef Michael Fojtasek in action

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Ways to Get Vitamin "D"

7 ways to reduce stress and keep blood pressure down

Coronavirus; what we can do.

Implement a personal hygiene program. To lessen the possibility of food handlers contaminating food, institute a good personal hygiene policies to make sure food handlers come to work healthy. Include actions such as reporting illnesses and covering wounds

Remind employees to wash their handsThis is especially important after using the restroom and after handling raw meat, seafood and poultry. Use a single-use paper towel or hand dryer, rather than any part of their uniform, to dry.

Use separate equipmentEach type of food should be prepped and handled with a separate piece of equipment. Some operations use colored cutting boards and utensil handles to help keep equipment separate.

Clean and sanitize all work surface. All work surfaces, equipment and utensils should be cleaned and sanitized after each task. Simply rinsing equipment is not enough to eliminate pathogens that can contaminate food.

1.  Drink lots of hot liquids; coffee, tea, soups & warm water.
2. Take a sip of warm water every 20 minutes. This keeps your mouth moist and washes any of the virus that has entered your mouth and pushes it into your stomach where the gastric juices will neutralize it before it can get to the lungs.
3. Gargle with an antiseptic in warm water such as salt, vinegar or lemon juice every day if possible.
4. The virus attaches itself to hair and clothes. Any detergent or soap kills it. Take a shower immediately when coming from outside and shampoo your hair.
5. Wash metallic surfaces. The virus can remain viable on this surface for up to 9 days. When not in your home, wear gloves if possible to avoid touching hand rails, door knobs etc. if you can’t wear gloves or don’t have any, wash your hands immediately and then shower.
6. Regardless if you’ve gone outside, wash your hands every 20 minutes with soap that foams and do it for 20 seconds.
7. Eat fruits and vegetables. Try to elevate your zinc levels.
8. Animals do NOT spread the virus to people. It’s person to person transmission.
9. Try to avoid eating and drinking too many cold things.
10. If you feel a sore throat coming on, gargle with antiseptic immediately. Do it every hour. The virus enters through the throat where it remains for 3-4 days before it passes to the lungs. 

For Leaders: Supporting Your Staff During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

    During COVID-19 our strength, endurance, compassion, and empathy has been tested by most of us, if not all. We have been forced into a culture and lifestyle change that is effecting each of us differently and has boosted our stress levels to a new height. So what are you doing in your day to day; your daily operations to keep your business thriving and to keep you and your staff healthy?

    The link below shares many ideas and situations that could be very helpful to you and how to support your staff.

    Please follow this link to great suggestions, guidelines and standards set by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to aid staff in this critical time.

    1-A Framework for Support and Extended Efforts

    2-How to proceed in the Aftermath of the Outbreak

    3- Practicing Self-Care as a Manager

    Effectively communicate to your staff Conveying support

    Supporting your staff in a work setting strongly impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak should involve some key adaptations to your routine. Leaders are in a position to provide accurate and timely information about the pandemic, link employees with polices that may rapidly change, foster peer support, and offer resources to help manage stress and coping.

    Learn more


    Information provided by Toni Ali / HR Expert

    Food for Thought

    What are the health benefits of Turmeric?

    “Turmeric is a bright yellow spice that is typically used for flavor and color in Asian cuisine. It has an earthy aroma, and its flavor profile is slightly peppery and bitter, with a subtle ginger taste. Turmeric contains three naturally occurring phytochemicals called curcuminoids, the most notable and researched of which is curcumin.”

    “Researchers have found that phytochemicals from natural foods, such as the curcumin found in turmeric, may be a safe and effective way to help reduce inflammation and prevent and treat disease. While acute inflammatory responses are beneficial for the body in that they help heal injury, irritation, or infection, we know that chronic inflammation can contribute to disease onset. There is promising research to support curcumin’s use for the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on obesity, to reduce arthritis pain and swelling, and to aid in complications such as diabetic retinopathy, nephropathy, and cardiomyopathy.”

    Click here for more information;The Power of tumeric  

    The Power of Carotenoids

    Carotenoids are the yellow-orange pigments in fruits and vegetables. There are more than 600 carotenoids, of which over 450 that exist in food have been identified; these include beta carotene, lycopene, beta kryptoxanthin, and lutein. Some 50 carotenoids are converted to vitamin A in the intestine, and until recently scientists thought that the others were simply pigments that played no role in health. Recent years, however, research has shown that many of the carotenoids may have disease-preventing potential.

    Foods rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids include: Apricots, asparagus, beef liver, beets, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, guava, kale, mangoes, mustard and collard greens, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash (yellow and winter), sweet potato, tangerines, tomatoes, and watermelon.

    A trend that should be re-introduced in the Workplace

    Your Business and your community can benefit from volunteers…taking your team out of the office to volunteer in the community.

    The 2017 Deloitte Volunteerism Survey showed that employees like it when businesses have involvement in the community that flows into the workday.  It proved to boost morale and build a positive work atmosphere. 1,000 employees were surveyed and the report concluded:  70% believed that volunteering opportunities boosts morale more than interchanging positions. 77% believed that volunteering was essential to the employees well-being-. 89% of the surveyed thought that company sponsored volunteer activities such as; food drives, city clean ups, created a better working environment.

     Many companies have found, creating out-reach programs, i.e. Big Brothers, Big Sisters, at Food Banks, Children’s Hospitals has allowed their employees to reach out and get a better understanding of their communities. While doing so, has boosted moral and enthusiasm in the workforce.

    For more related reading, please click here*

    Toni Ali/HR Expert

    A helpful sheet for accuracy in recipe costing/ click below


    WHAT’S COOKING TODAY? Recipe provided by Chef Raymond Bar CEC-CCE-ACE 

    Cheeseburger Pie (Pastel de Papa y Carne)

    CRUST: AP Flour 8 oz Salt 1/8 tsp Vegetable shortening 2.5 oz Cold water 3.5 fl. oz FILLING: Ground beef; 2 lbs. Salt ¼ tsp Dry oregano ½ tsp Pepper ¼ tsp Breadcrumb 2.5 oz Tomato sauce canned ½ cup Onion, small diced 4 oz Diced bell pepper 5 oz Potatoes, mashed 8 oz Whole egg 1 ea. Whole milk 2 fl. oz. Dry mustard ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce ½ tsp Grated cheddar cheese 6 oz


    1- Pre heat oven to 425F. Mix flour, ¼ tsp of salt and cut shortening till well blended. Add the water, a tsp at the time. Roll out crust on floured surface and place in a pie pan. 2- Cook and stir the beef, onion and green pepper. Drain fat add the remaining salt, oregano, pepper, breadcrumbs and tomato sauce. Mix well and poor into the pie. 3- For the topping, combine the egg, milk, salt, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and 1.5 oz of the cheddar cheese in a small pan over low heat till incorporated. 4- Spread cheese toping evenly over filling; Cover with mash potato, sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese. 5- Cover edge with 2-3”strips of aluminum foil to prevent excess browning. Bake about 30 minutes, remove the foil for the last 15 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve. Serve 6 Yield 3 lbs/ 4 portion size 12oz. / Calories per serving: 864 The Nutrition Facts for this Recipe was done utilizing the INFOODSYS Recipe App.

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    Think Positively (Leadership)

    Leaders can build accountability by spelling out what’s expected from employees in terms of results and behaviors, monitoring progress daily and applying positive and negative consequences based on outcomes, says S. Chris Edmonds. “Without consequences, clear agreements and monitoring do not ensure either results or respect,” he says.

    Check his video, click here;

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    2020 Culinary Forecast

    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

    Quotes that will help you stay ahead of the game.

    Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein.

    Telling people what we think of their performance doesn’t help them thrive and excel, and telling people how we think they should improve, actually hinders learning. “

    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.

    Click below for more information:

    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.

    The World Culinary Arts Video Series
    La Finestra: Trends Spotting

    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 2020.

    Learn more 2020 Food trends according Chefs

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    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

    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.

    Hail to the Kale!!
    2020 Culinary Forecast
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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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