February; February comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.” The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which. was a monthlong festival of purification and atonement.
Chef of the Month; Ashleigh Shanti
Chef Ashleigh Shanti
Ashleigh Shanti is Chef and Creator of Good Hot Fish, an Asheville, North Carolina-based fish fry pop up. Her cuisine honors Black foodways while also paying homage to her coastal Virginia upbringing where she stripped collard greens before she could walk. After earning her Bachelor’s in Marketing at Hampton University, Ashleigh studied Culinary Arts at Baltimore International College. She honed her skills at a variety of restaurants ranging from Northern Italian to Classic French, but Southern Appalachian cuisine is her culinary love language. Ashleigh was awarded 2019 Eater Young Gun and named a 2020 finalist for James Beard “Rising Star Chef of the Year” award during her tenure as Chef de Cuisine at John Fleer’s Benne on Eagle. When she’s not in the kitchen, Ashleigh can be found outdoors, birding, foraging or hiking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains with her 10-year-old Vizsla, Roux and her lovely partner, Meaghan.
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Ways to Get Vitamin D
Vitamin D is crucial for helping the body absorb and retain calcium and phosphorus- both help with building bone. Here are 7 Nutritious Foods That Are High In Vitamin D
Food Links to Improved 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.
Reduce Stress & Keep Blood Pressure Down
"True North" Excerpts by Bill George
Bill George thinks that most people struggle to understand the purpose of their leadership. What purpose will it serve? In order to find their purpose, leaders must first understand themselves and their passions. Typically some of you will take months, perhaps several years to determine what you want to do, as you gain valuable work place experience. Now for some of us it takes years to find the right place to devote our passions, the purpose and the source of our leadership. I urge you periodically to ask yourself; “what do I want out of my life?” If you continue to look inwardly, your ‘internal compass’ will point the way to the purpose for your leadership, the difference that you can make in the world, and the legacy that you leave based on your internal compass, your ‘true north’. You’re prepared to succeed, to take reasonable risks, to know the great enthusiasms and great devotions, and to commit yourself to a worthy cause. This is what Bill George called the fulfillment of leadership. You cannot find that fulfillment by observing leaders from the sidelines. He says that you must get in there, get your face marred by dust, sweat and blood. That is what life and leadership are all about.
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.
"The Beginning of Cooking as We Know It"
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Your Next Leadership Superpower
It’s easy, free, and requires no special equipment. Don’t underestimate the power of praise to motivate people. If done correctly, it builds social capital and even loyalty, so people will follow you even when things get tough. It may seem counterintuitive to tell an employee on a difficult day that they’re doing a great job. After all, when you’re alone at the top, no one offers such words to you. But as a leader you take the brunt of your team’s defensiveness, their worries, their insecurities, their annoyances.
A Kitchen Manifesto #1
Time is of the essence, In uncertain and turbulent times, accepting that challenge is the only antidote to chaos, stagnation, and disintegration. Times change, problems change, technologies change, and people change. Leader- ship endures. Teams, organizations, and communities need people to step up and take charge. Hungry for more, please the image below.
The James Beard 2023 Industry Report Click the image below to read the entire report!
Here's what bosses should say to inspire others.
5 affirming phrases that should always come out of a leader’s mouthHere’s what bosses should say to inspire others.As a Leaders, we often underestimate the power of our words in motivating people at work. However, knowing what to say and how to say things that will inspire employees is crucial.
Ways to Build Resilience
Being resilient isn’t about avoiding misfortune, but rather how we respond to it. Resilience means “doing well in the face of risk or adversity;’
Recently we’ve all needed to draw on our resilience. “We all get depleted from time to time, and the pandemic has drained the resilience capacity of nearly everyone, at one time or an other.
Even if you consider yourself resilient, you may need a booster dose in especially hard times. To build resilient, the experts suggest the following;
Nurture relationships; Set up and maintain a support network before you need it. The Science of Resilience and the True Path to Success. When adversity strikes, a supportive friend with good listening skills can make a big difference. And if you want your friends and family to support your resilience, remember to support theirs too.
Find a sense of purpose; “When somebody needs you, you just cope with stress that much better,” Ungar says. Your sense of purpose doesn’t have to come from school or work; it can also come from hobbies or volunteer projects, like growing a backyard vegetable garden or cleaning up litter in a neighborhood park.
SHARING THE LOVE OF FOOD; INSPIRING BUSINESS SUCCESS
Food Fanatics® is a movement of food people and culinary experts who share their love of food to inspire business success. Our one-of-a-kind magazine features cutting-edge culinary expertise, the latest concepts and trends in the food scene and game-changing solutions for operators. It’s all designed to help you stay in the know, increase sales and grow your business. Click here to download a copy of the magazine
MISE EN PLACE
Learning by Doing / click the image below to read the entire doc.
In the food industry, we’ve had a particularly tough time due to the recession, labor issues and rising costs. If you choose to see operating problems as people failures, you virtually guarantee that no one on your staff will ever tell you about an operating problem! In n order to excel in your work, in your life, or as a leader, you need to commit to continuous learning. Many leaders know this, but many more are missing the opportunities for powerful learning that will really help them get ahead on their goals. Start with your commitment and then, step-by-step, move into action. Learning is an essential component of leadership, but not learning experiences are equally powerful. When we stop learning, our brains start deteriorating, as do our leadership capabilities. The “head” in leadership entails a relentless thirst for knowledge, not only in our field of specialization but the peripheries as well. Sometimes, seeking knowledge in a completely unfamiliar field gives us that “aha” moments we have. Learning by choice means understanding exactly what you need to learn in order to achieve your vision. Try this simple exercise to sharpen your approach to leaning. Think about your vision or an important goal. Brainstorm. What do you need to learn in order to achieve this vision or goal. Choose one area in which to focus }out learning, and choose the one that is likely to have the biggest impact. Ask yourself, “What’s the most powerful way I can learn in this area to get the best and fastest results!” .”
Here is a Valuable Report on Cost Control, Highly Recommended!
It’s critical that restaurants are consistently capturing ingredient cost updates. Too many operations jump straight to inventory or recipe software as a fix-all for cost control.
These tools are critical, but they’re only as impactful as the data that powers them. Invoice line-item details, in particular, are of utmost importance for costing data.
Controlling your restaurant costs — food, dry goods, labor, and more — is essential for tracking and maximizing profitability across your operation. Precise cost control empowers you to forecast future profits, set goals, and plan for growth.
This Restaurant Cost Control Guide brings all of these factors together to show you how you can control the controllables across your entire restaurant operation. Download today to learn how to take control of your restaurant costs.
Embrace Your Employees, a quote from Nadella
Restaurants 21/22: The Year In Review + The Year To Come (by Zagat)
The movers, shakers, thinkers, makers, and innovators in this year’s stories are engaging with a restaurant industry radically changed by the pandemic. Last year’s pivots to delivery and outdoor dining have given way to major shifts in how the restaurant business talks about itself—from labor and compensation to kitchen culture, supply chains, pricing, and customer relations. Long-held assumptions are being re-examined and sometimes discarded in favor of ideas that would have been unthinkable just two years ago. And many people who work in hospitality are finding new strength and inspiration in reconnecting with community, service, passion, and purpose at the most personal level. As different as 2021 was from 2020 in the world of restaurants, 2022 promises no letup in the dizzying pace of change. Explore the Restaurants 21/22 storytellers below.
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- Why We Celebrate Black History Month Black History Month is an annual celebration of the contributions and achievements of Black Americans and an opportunity to recognize their integral role in American history. It’s a time to more deeply understand the complex history of the nation and how we will continue to progress toward justice.Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.
FOOD AS MEDICINE, THE MEDITERRANEAN DIET
The future of nutrition; lose weight and feel great with one of the world’s healthies diets, “Turkish Taste”As nutrition science evolves, consumers and scientists alike may still find it difficult to get past the basic mantra of. Deficiency prevention. Once again, deficiency prevention is an essential part of a complete nutritional profile. Many of “traditional” vitamins and minerals scientists have known about for many decades remain an important part of the fight against heart disease and cancer, especially vitamin E, folacin, and selenium. The Mediterranean diet, with its emphasis on vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, is an excellent and complete diet that will not result in nutrient deficiencies and is compatible with good health.More consumers today seek tailored meals and nutrition programs, and this has tasked chefs to deliver on those wants and needs. At the same time, increasing numbers of medical and culinary professionals are realizing that healthy diets can prevent, manage and treat various diseases. Culinary nutrition as a discipline is becoming widely recognized in the health care sector, with groups such as the American Society for Nutrition recognizing that certain diets, ingredients and combinations of nutrients are imperative for improving the health and wellness of our bodies and minds.
What Foodservice Operators Can Expect in 2024 A Must Read
THE HEALTH BENEFITS IN OUR INGREDIENTS ARE EXPONENTIAL BUT THESE ARE JUST A FEW..Sweet Potatoes.
Sweet potatoes are nutritious, antioxidants, packing a good amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and manganese into each serving. They also have anticancer properties and may promote immune function, gut health, support healthy vision, may enhance brain function, and other health benefits.
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the very thing that makes a complex kitchen environment work is the same thing that drives non-culinary folks away from professional chefs. Everything has a place, and everything is in its place, is a mantra that becomes an obsession with cooks and chefs. It is the very act that allows cooks to push through the chaos of a restaurant kitchen day with military precision and awareness of looming uncertainty.
PAUL SORGULE is a seasoned chef, culinary educator, established author, and industry consultant. These are his stories of cooks, chefs, and the environment of the professional kitchen.
Sustainability - how to practically implement it into your food business Click the image to view the PDF file
Right now the food industry is battling twin challenges – to produce more food, while improving environmental impact. With 60-70% of the world’s ecosystems degrading faster than they can recover, the global food system is severely off course. The question is, how do you practically measure the sustainability of your supply chain? This whitepaper explores how building a more sustainable supply chain starts with having the right tools in place to collect, measure and report on the sustainability of products in your supply chain.
Your business and your community can benefit from volunteers- taking your team out of the office to volunteer in the community.
The Power of Repetition
Repetition has a bad reputation, We tend to think of it as dull and uninspiring. But this perception is wrong. Repetition is the single most powerful lever we have to improve our skills, because it uses the built-in mechanism for making the wires of our brains faster and more accurate. Embracing repetition means changing your mind set; instead of viewing it as a chore, view it as your most powerful tool. As the martial artist and actor Brace Lee said, “I fear not the man who has practiced ten thousand kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick ten thousand times.”
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The Spirit of Hospitality
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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Healthy Diets: Mediterranean
Add healthful, flavorful sustainable foods steeped in tradition to your diet. All the world’s nations and cities are of course unique, each from the other. But Turkey and its queen city, Istanbul, can lay a clear claim to a special kind of uniqueness, a kind of “terroir d’histoire.” Turkey’s culinary history is really one of migratory cuisines, because the waves of people who washed over the Anatolian peninsula – as the Asian land mass of Turkey has long been known – brought foods and traditions from the lands they left behind, and took away with them the foods and traditions that they found there. Turkish cuisine is the very heart of eastern Mediterranean cooking, which demands excellent, fresh ingredients and careful, even laborious preparations. The ingredients are often very simple, but are of the highest quality, and in recipes they are harmonized with great care. Turkish farmers, herders and fishers bring forth a wealth of truly superb produce from this agriculturally rich land and its surrounding seas.” The entire world knows some Turkish foods: shish kebob, rice pilafs, yogurt. But dig a little deeper into Turkish cuisine. It offers interesting preparations with great flavor combined with the healthfulness of the Mediterranean diet. Like all traditional diets, the Turkish way of cooking is largely plant-based, making it just as good for the planet’s health as our own health.
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Recipe provided by Chef Lucio Arancibia CEC/AAC/MCFE/HOF
Grilled Garlic Shrimp
Yield 1 portions/ portion size 12 oz. / Calories per serving 1498
Intolerance details, Dairy
Critical Control Points
Cook to 145 degrees.
The Nutrition Facts for this Recipe was done utilizing the INFOODSYS Recipe App.
1. Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Stir in shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes until fragrant, about 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
2. Thread shrimp onto skewers; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Brush with 2 tablespoons butter mixture.
3. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
4. Add skewers to grill, and cook, turning occasionally, until the shrimp are pink and opaque, about 3-4 minutes. Add lemons to grill, cut side down, during the last 2 minutes of cooking time.
5. Serve immediately, drizzled with remaining butter mixture, garnished with lemons and parsley, if desired.
6. Served with sautéed jumbo asparagus and steamed rice.
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.
Leadership is Not a Position or Title, it is an Action & Example
Profiles in Leadership: J.W Marriott / Executive & Chairman of the Board of Marriott International . Below is Bill's "guideposts"
Were written on separate sheets of stationery. There were 15 of them.
1. Keep physically fit, mentally and spiritually strong.
2. Guard your habits-bad ones will destroy you.
3. Pray about every difficult problem.
4. Study and follow professional management principles. Apply them logically and practically to your organization.
5. People are No. 1—their development, loyalty, interest, team spirit. Develop managers in every area. This is your prime responsibility.
6. Decisions: Men grow making decisions and assuming responsibility for them. a. Make crystal clear what decision each manager is responsible for and what decisions you reserve for responsible b. Have all the facts and counsel necessary-then decide and stick to it.
7. Criticism: Don’t criticize people but make a fail appraisal of their qualifications with their supervisor only (or someone assigned to do this). Remember, anything you say about someone may (and usually does) get back to them. There are few secrets.
8. See the good in people and try to develop those qualities.
9. Inefficiency: If it cannot be overcome and an employee is obviously incapable of the job, find a job he can do.
10. Manage your time: a. Short conversations—to the point. b. Make every minute on the job count. c. Work fewer hours—some of us waste half our time.
11. Delegate and hold accountable for results.
12. Details: a. Let your staff take care of them b. Save your energy for planning, thinking, working with department heads, promoting new ideas. c. Don’t do anything someone else can do for you.
13. Ideas and competition: a. Ideas keep the business alive. b. Know what your competitors are doing and planning. c. Encourage all management to think about better ways and give suggestions on anything that will improve business. d. 1). Spend time and money on research and development.
14. Don’t try to do an employee’s job for him—counsel and suggest.
15. Think objectively and keep a sense of humor. Make business fun for you and others.
ACF Culinary Corner
Form the American Culinary Federation, your chance to create spectacular dishes and contribute with inspirational new ideas.
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Culinary Competitions Calendar
Menus of Change
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
Read more and enjoy the videos at: Amazing video library from The Culinary Institute of America
Top Substitution Foods At-A-Glance
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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 2024.
Foods for Your Brain
Plenty of health fads go like this: Flashy food gets a publicist, becomes famous overnight, and disappears forever. Then there are the legit healthy heroes—the less-hyped-yet-hard-working kind that go about quietly for years before finally getting their moment.
And let’s not forget the salad-bar staples that are forced into the spotlight when new research surfaces, highlighting yet another health benefit. Even the fittest bodies can have a hard time keeping up. Here are the ones you should get to know: Matcha, Sea Buckthorn, Beets, Maca.
Learn more by visiting: The New Health Foods: What to Eat Now
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
In and Out
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.
Restaurant Culinary Trends 2024
Comfort foods, from soups and stews to stuffed vegetables, will be a common theme on menus in the year ahead, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2024 What’s Hot Culinary Forecast. The association compiled insights from a survey of 1,500 culinary professionals to identify trending dishes, ingredients and flavors. . Hungry for more, click below: 2024 food trends predictions.
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.