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NO CHILD HUNGRY

November 29, 2010

Volunteer with Taste of the Nation and put an end to childhood hunger

Remember your elementary school days, trading peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the lunchroom and hoping your best friend’s mom had stocked up on the after school junk food snacks your parents wouldn’t let you have at home?

These days nearly 17 million kids aren’t trading peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or hankering for chips.

And it’s not because they go to school in a “no nut zone” – it’s because they are living in poverty and go hungry. These are kids who struggle with schoolwork, suffer long-term health consequences and cannot reach their full potential—all because hunger is holding them back.

Please join INSIDE F&B in supporting Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger.

Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation® (www.strength.org) is the nation’s premier culinary benefit dedicated to making sure no kid grows up hungry. Each spring and summer, the nation’s hottest chefs and mixologists donate their time, talent and passion at nearly 40 events across the United States and Canada, with one goal in mind: to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger. Taste of the Nation is nationally sponsored by American Express, Sysco, Food Network, Brown-Forman Corporation, S.Pellegrino Sparkling Natural Mineral Water and Stella Artois. Since 1988, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $73 million. Funds raised in 2009 supported 135 organizations in the United States, Canada and abroad. To purchase tickets or to get involved, visit www.TasteOfTheNation.org.

Be part of the team for this year’s Taste of the Nation event in New York City (or in your own town) and volunteer.

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SOAKING IT ALL IN BEHIND THE SCENES AT PEBBLE BEACH

June 28, 2010

3rd Annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival Unfolds Like Clockwork
By John Pomeroy Photos courtesy Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival

Ranked number one on “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” list by Golf Digest, Pebble Beach is world famous for its golf. What most people don’t know is that Monterey County is one of the most important agricultural regions in the world. The Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, in its third year, is sure to help change that.

According to the Monterey County Water Resources Agency, “irrigated agriculture comprises approximately 600,000 acres and more than 100 different crops. Monterey County grows 10% of the nations vegetables, 44% of the nation’s lettuce, 43% of its broccoli, and 23% of its strawberries. Nearly 100% of all artichokes are grown in California, and 75% of all of those are grown in Monterey County. Clearly, finding fresh produce for amazing food is not a problem there.

Monterey County is also home to 39,300 acres of wine grapes and about 75 wineries and growers. It, and neighboring San Benito county together, account for 8.4 percent of the total state wine grape crush, as well.

With arid mountain ranges plunging thousands of feet into the most biologically diverse marine ecosystem in the world, the coastlines of Monterey County are some of the most aesthetically pleasing anywhere. The biological diversity means a wide variety of seafood is available year-round, and the minimal population means little to no pollution, ensuring the freshest, cleanest seafood around.

The freshest produce, ample supplies of amazing wine, abundant access to seafood and one of the most aesthetically pleasing natural environments in the world ensure that Pebble Beach Food & Wine (PBFW) will continue to grow into one of the greatest food & wine festivals around. Already, in only its third year, almost every celebrity chef Continue Reading…

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BOILING, BONDING, BOTTOM LINES

January 29, 2010

Exploring culinary team building as a revenue booster
By Patrick O’Neill

Cook by the BookDrawing up a new game plan for boosting your restaurant’s revenue? Or seeking new opportunities as a chef? Consider adding culinary team-building to your playbook.

Culinary team-building, or staging cooking sessions for groups of people from the same company, has been drawing cheers from many chefs, restaurants, cooking schools and hospitality firms as one way to deal with these challenging economic times. But it takes a lot more effort than organizing a backyard touch-football game.

It does offer some income potential. Many corporations see culinary team-building as an ideal way to improve workplace communication and camaraderie, and to reward hard-working employees. And it’s far more fun and less strenuous than rock climbing, paint ball or other team-building activities.

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