Happy New Year! Welcome to Our Forty Fitfth Issue!

Named for the Roman god Janus , protector of gates and doorways. Janus is depicted with two faces, one looking into the past, and the other into the future.
January Feature Chef

Chef Jonathan Brooks

In 2014, Jonathan Brooks emerged from obscurity and, alongside his then-wife Ashley Brooks, gave Indianapolis Milktooth, the breakfast/brunch miracle in Fletcher Place. Wasabi pea Dutch baby pancakes. A trademark whitefish salad on challah. Grilled cheese with black-truffle honey topped with a duck’s egg. Chicken thighs with cochigaru sauce, featuring fennel and pickled peppers. These were dishes worth talking about at 11:45 on a hungover Saturday morning. It was straight butter from there. Local foodies are familiar with the moonshot of his fame. Within a year, Brooks was named a best new chef and featured on the cover of Food & Wine. Conde Nast Traveler included Milktooth on its list of best restaurants in the world. Indianapolis, as featured in stories about Brooks and Milktooth, began being mentioned as a “food destination,” with Milktooth named an “essential restaurant” by Eater’s restaurant editor. In 2015, the city even held a Milktooth Day to commemorate Brooks, his food, and the apparent shift in national perception of the city.
Pork Belly
Braised pork belly with kimchi fried rice.
Milktooth Restaurant
Dutch Baby Pancake
The City Ham and gruyere Dutch baby pancake with Smoking Goose City Ham, gruyere cheese, cranberry-red onion mostarda and grapes
Milktooth Restaurant
Ouva al Forno
Uova al forno with a local egg baked in spicy tomato sauce atop semolina bread and grilled merguez sausage
Milktooth Restaurant
Fried Duck Egg
A fried duck egg crowns raclette grilled cheese on cranberry walnut bread, all drizzled with black truffle honey
Milktooth Restaurant

Chef Jonathan in Action

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Ways to Get Vitamin "D"

7 ways to reduce stress and keep blood pressure down

Food link to better brain power

Just as there is no magic pill to prevent cognitive decline, no single almighty brain food can ensure a sharp brain as you age. Nutritionists emphasize that the most important strategy is to follow a healthy dietary pattern that includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Try to get protein from plant sources and fish and choose healthy fats, such as olive oil or canola, rather than saturated fats.

Notes from a Purchasing Pro by Robert Dennerlein.

I am excited to post my first tip, on Purchasing for Profit. It is my desire that this information will assist the industry with practical wisdom and best practices.
Quality/Cost Control/Yields: For any operation to succeed it is important to provide customers with a consistent quality at a cost that allows profitability. Your distributor can assist with both quality and cost control. Request your distributor to do food cuttings and provide yield analysis, so you can determine the actual cost of product (EP vs AP). What matters is your EP, which can be 15% higher from one label to another. For example, a #10 can of diced tomatoes may contain 15% more tomatoes than a lesser AP/quality label. If the tomatoes of the higher label were 10% more expensive you have a 5% savings by utilizing the higher-grade product due to the yield or edible tomatoes.

 Robert Dennerlein, Robert is a Past President of the Las Vegas Branch many years ago, and has recently rejoined IFSEA.  Welcome back Robert and thank you for allowing us to publish this edited article.  

Happy and Safe New Year!!

The year 2020 has been an unpredictable ride through the pandemic, and many more struggles that had made living life quite difficult for all of us. But as we close the year, we all should acknowledge the fact that with every passing year, one should leave behind the bad memories that had a negative impact. So now, as we embrace 2021, let us all be positive and cheery with exceptional spirits and ambitions for the near future. In looking forward, we should vow to not let the undesirable times of darkness and sadness, affect us. We hope in 2021, all our dreams will becomes reality. So, let us all raise our glass full of optimisms and happiness.
Happy and Safe New Year!

Local Culinary News
VEGAS FOOD PROJECT Will presented Its 4th TURKISH Taste Special Culinary Event Series/ VEGETABLE PRODUCTS
The Food Project Amazing Team
Amazing Vegetable Products
The Speaker - Learn, Taste & Connect!
Guest Chef Michelle Vietmeier
Invited Guest

January 20-2021 / 9am – 10 am
UNLV Hospitality Hall 4th Floor Kitchen
LEARN products, health benefits, and production details from the industry leaders.
TASTE best quality products from Turkey cooked by top Las Vegas Chefs in our events.
CONNECT with the largest producers for your business.
While the awareness of healthy diets, ingredient specifications, ethical production, and fair trade has been increasing among US consumers, businesses are looking for solid suppliers with high standards and flexibility at the same time. It would be safe to say, pandemics can only increase this awareness and the right supplier search. As VFP, we are bringing THE BEST and THE LARGEST Turkish food producers to you who can satisfy these needs of consumers and businesses.

Guest Chef Michelle Vietmeier will created a delicious dishes, utilizing a selection of premium vegetables from Turkish, Click on the image to watch Chef Michelle preparing dishes utilizing Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Time is Running Out , Don’t miss your chance to save. Submit you application for IFSEA today.Get the recognition you deserves, Show pride in your next interview, and be recognized as the companies people love to hire for . So it’s no surprise that employers are redefining what it means to be a workplace in an age of unprecedented crisis.

A priceless offer to the Hospitality World from IFSEA/ Click the image below to enlarge it.

We are reaching out to the culinary community to offer free memberships in IFSEA and one free certification for anyone who lost their job or had their hours drastically reduced due to Covid19. As you are aware, we were hit very hard, thousands of hospitality employees have lost their job.
Many will not get back to their normal job. Having said that, by taking advantage of this great offer and this unique opportunity, it will help them to learn new skills, so they can apply for new jobs.
Please contact Mr. Ed Manley, should you have any additional questions.
Ed Manley, MCFE, CHM
IFSEA Chairman of the Board-elect
Email – [email protected]
Cell – 561-929-4765
web – www.ifsea.org

Cumulative 15 minute COVID-19 Exposure: What does it mean?

The CDC now defines close contact as somebody who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period. If a person is a close contact, he or she must self-quarantine for 14 days from their last exposure to the positive person. All contacts should be tested for COVID-19, and a negative test results does not eliminate the 14 day quarantine period.    

 While data on this new recommendation is limited, this information is now very helpful and can be used as a method for contact investigation. Factors to be considered here are the proximity, the duration of the exposure, weather the infected individual is showing symptoms and if these symptoms are accompanied by a generation of respiratory aerosols via coughing, singing, shouting. Crowding, inadequate ventilation, being indoors, re- circulated air are also factors to consider.

It is crucial to continue to be mindful, responsible and maintain social distancing, wear a mask and practice washing hands often. Information provided by Aminta MArtinez – Food Safety and Nutrition Consultant

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Food for Thought

The Dirty Dozen; Top 12 Pesticide-Contaminaded Fruits & Vegetables

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The Power of Ginger

Kudos to the Ginger

Registered dietitian Tory Stroker said that ginger contains gingerol and shogaol that give it anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative properties and can help people experiencing pain. There are plenty of ways to incorporate ginger into a diet, such as grating it or juicing it for salad dressings, blending it for smoothies or drinking ginger tea, Stroker said.

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Moringa / The Superfood

According to the USDA, one cup of fresh, chopped moringa leaves contains two grams of protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron, vitamin B2, vitamin A, and magnesium. Compared to kale, moringa powder can have twice the amount of protein, four times more calcium, six times more iron, 1.5 times more fiber, 97 times more B2, and five times more B3, says Manuel Villacorta, R.D.
A two-teaspoon serving of this smoothie scene-stealer packs nearly three times the iron of a cup of raw spinach and half your recommended daily vitamin A. And because they’re jam-packed with antioxidants. The peppery-tasting leaves of the tropical moringa tree can relieve pain, ward off high blood pressure, rev immune function, and protect the liver, kidneys, and heart, research shows. Try mix % teaspoon with lemon zest, sea salt, and olive oil, then drizzle onto raw kale and bake for kicked-up veggie chips.

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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.

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Ten Things New Manager Needs to Know

You’ve finally done it. After years of hard work, you’ve been promoted to a position managing a team of people and can call the shots. Your first job as a manager can be exciting, and also a bit overwhelming. And it’s important to do it well. Managers are the cultural linchpin in the organization – they set the tone for the work experience. The rest of the organization could be fantastic, but if your boss isn’t up to snuff that will cloud all of the good things happening. There’s a reason people say “you don’t quit your job…you quit your boss.”

To get off on the right foot, here are ten tips to help you get the most out of your team and create a work experience they will thrive in. -Forbes-

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Hospitality doesn’t start at the restaurant, hotel or airline. It start at home. In everyday life. Because is all about being hospitable.

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Recipe provided by Chef Raymond Bar CEC-CCE-ACE 

“The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must-eat to live. The gifts of earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on.” Joy Harjo

Curry Lobster Cocktail Salad

Live Maine lobster 2.5 lbs Kafir lime leaves 1 oz. Vegetable oil 1 floz Minced shallots 2 oz. Anchovy paste 1 oz. Madras curry powder 1/10 oz Mayonnaise ¾ cup Fresh lime juice 1 floz. Sea salt ¼ oz Fresh chopped dill 1 tbsp Mesclun spring mix 4 oz Fresh Cucumber Kirby 6 oz.


1- Pre heat the oven at 300F. Boil the lobster till it turns red. (about 8 minutes). Let cool. Twist the bodies from the tail. Using scissors, cut along the underside of the shell and remove the meat.. halve the tails lengthwise and discard the intestines. Crack the claws and remove the meat in one piece. Remove the knuckle meat. Transfer the lobster to refrigerator.to chill. 2- Holding a lime leaf, pull off the stem to divide the leaf in half; repeat with the remaining leaves. Rub the leaves with oil, transfer and transfer to a baking sheet and bake for about 8 minutes, until crisp. 3- in a small skillet, heat the 1 tbsp. of of vegetable oil, add the shallot and cook over moderate low heat till soft, about 2 minutes. Mash the anchovies with the shallot; add the curry and cook till fragrant. 4- Scrap the mix into a bowl and let cool. Mix in the mayonnaise, lime juice and dill. Season with salt. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 5- Fold the curry mayonnaise into the lobster\; serve salad over the greens; top with lime leaves ad cucumber Yield 2.5bs/ 4 portion size 6oz. / Calories per serving: 680. 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.

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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!

Perspective 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.

Patrick J. McKenna

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

ACF 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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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!!
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2021 food Trends Forecast
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Late last year, we talked to dozens of chefs who predicted trends that ranged from family-style dining to tasting menus with non-alcoholic juice pairings. Of course, no one could have predicted the way 2020 played out.

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2021 food trends predictions

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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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