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On the Road with Dega Catering and the Dave Matthews Band

  When the kitchen is always in motion, how do you feed one of the biggest bands in the world? Dega Catering is the long-running food crew charged with fueling the Dave Matthews Band as the group snakes its way across the country during their nearly annual summer concert tours. Feeding the band members, riggers, drivers, stagehands, sound technicians and guests with restaurant quality food can be daunting. Executing the food that is befitting the demands of a rigorous tour schedule is a feat all its own. Fold in the desire to minimize a negative environmental impact,... read more

Fourth of July: What Would George Eat?

Tomorrow people around the country will celebrating the anniversary of the USA's birth as a country.  In today's culinary tradition many of these good folks will fire up their grills and cook up the grilling season's standards such as burgers or hot dogs.  For the more "adventurous" types some chicken or even sausages might find their way onto the grill.  I myself will be cooking up some tasty fajitas.  But have you ever stopped to consider what food was consumed during the pre-colonial and post independence United States?  The stuff they ate was very different than... read more

How To Prepare and Cook Fresh Artichokes

Ok, connect these dots.  What do artichokes and sexism have in common?  Well, many foods in medieval and ancient history were falsely ascribed with positive or negative attributes.  Tomatoes and potatoes for example, brought from the new world by the early European explorers, were thought to be poisonous.  Can you imagine Italians believing tomatoes were poisonous?  Artichokes, which originated in Sicily, were not only thought to be medicinal, but an aphrodisiac as well.  Women were subsequently forbidden to consume them, an edict which undoubtedly arose from men's... read more

How To Clean and Cook Fresh Artichokes

There are a number of ingredients that I often wonder how anyone ever thought could be edible, or even tasty. Olives are one of these as when the olive comes off the tree, it is unbelievably bitter. Artichokes are another. Who would have looked at this oversized thistle and thought "Maybe this thorny flower bud, if handled and cooked correctly, could be a succulent treat?" or "Maybe if I cook it and scrape the leaves between my teeth, I could be treated to a sweet vegetal pulp?" The artichoke still is a mystery to most. If you grab a thorny variety incorrectly, you... read more

Culinary School Review Contest

Culinary School Review Contest Read below to find out how you can win one of three amazing prizes:   1st place Jende Custom Leather Knife Roll (Valued at $500.00)       2nd place Jende Spirit Blade Custom Petty (Valued at $450.00)       3rd place JChef Pak Edge Backpack and Knife Case (Valued at $109.00)             Enter the ChefTalk.com Culinary School Review Contest (Starting (6/8/15) How do you enter?   Post a review of the culinary school you attended in the past or our currently attending in the ChefTalk.com: Culinary School... read more

How to add a culinary school to ChefTalk.com

Learn how to: Add A New Culinary School To The Database Edit A Culinary School Description Add A New Image To A Culinary School Page Edit Specs Edit Links Edit A Culinary School Wiki   Add A New Culinary School To The Database We do our best to add a good number of culinary schools, but undoubtedly we've missed a few.  Thank you for your help in making the listings more complete!   Click the "Add Item" Button.  Once you're in your desired culinary school category, first check to make sure the product you want to add isn't there.  If it's missing, look over... read more

The Strain Gauge: The Heart of the Digital Scale

If you've ever used an IBM Thinkpad pointing stick, you've used a strain gauge, the same technology that drives your electronic digital kitchen scale.    (photo from wikipedia)   The pointing stick didn't move perceptibly. But it flexed a tiny amount. When something flexes, one side is compressed and the other side is stretched. So think of a diving board. When you stand on the unsupported end of the diving board, the board deflects, or sags. The top side you're standing on stretches around a  curve, the bottom side is compressed in a slightly smaller curve.  For... read more

ChefTalk Monthly Cooking Challenges

2015 - ChefTalk.com Cooking Challenges                               2014 - ChefTalk.com Cooking Challenges                                                     2013 - ChefTalk.com Cooking Challenges   Starting back in April 2013 the ChefTalk.com community began picking monthly food items to cook. Everyone who participates in the challenge elects someone who has entered to pick the next months challenge. There are no prizes and really no winners just everyone entering great creations they have made centered around the... read more

Cutting Board Review Contest

What is your favorite cutting board? ChefTalk.com wants to know.       Would you like to win this cutting board from John Boos?         Then enter the ChefTalk.com Cutting Board Review Contest. Here is all you need to do:   Starting tomorrow (4/26/15) post a review of your favorite cutting board here: http://www.cheftalk.com/products/category/cutting-boards Reviews must be well written, informative and helpful to a reader.  Please read official rules below to see if you are Eligible to participate. One winner will be chosen at random from all eligible... read more

Tea 101: A Beginner's Guide Part IV Oolong, Black and Pu-erh Teas

  • by PeteModerator

  Oolong teas represent the bridge between green teas, with do not go through any oxidation process and black teas which are 100% oxidized with oxidation levels ranging from 12-80%.  Thus Oolongs represent one of the most varied and diverse styles of tea with flavors profiles ranging from bright and herbaceous, to flowery, to deep, rich and earthy, with many variations and flavors in between.   While some Oolong style teas are produced in many tea producing countries, the vast majority, and best are produced in China and Taiwan.  Leaves for Oolong teas are harvested... read more

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