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Tea 101: A Beginner's Guide Part I An Introduction to Tea

  • by PeteModerator

  If you had told me 1 ½ years ago that I would be writing a Beginner’s Guide to tea, I would have laughed.  To me, tea wasn’t a “thing.”  Sure I drank it when I went to Chinese or Japanese restaurants, or I’d brew up a fruity, herbal tea when I wasn’t feeling well during the long, cold winter months, and of course, during summer there is always a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge, but that was about the extent of tea in my life.  Then one day I wandered into a tea shop in the mall.  There, on the back wall, were tin after tin of loose leaf teas with names such as... read more

The Human Equation

We conferred endlessly and futilely and arrived at the place from whence we began. Then we did what we knew we had to do in the first place, and we failed as we knew we would. - attributed to Sir Winston Churchill Whether the opening quote is accurate or not, the thought behind it deserves consideration. Are we becoming incredibly adept at ineffective procedures? Have you ever thought that there had to be a better way to run a restaurant? Does the idea that you have to work 60-80 hours a week to succeed in foodservice strike you as a suspicious notion? Most operators... read more


In the James Bond movie "Goldeneye", 007 and the villainess are playfully racing down a scenic mountain roadway.  Bond's passenger is a young female coworker sent by M to evaluate him.  Having no stomach for his perilous antics she orders him to stop his Aston Martin immediately.  Bond complies and proceeds to seduce her, but not before opening a secret chilled compartment revealing a bottle of the 1988 Bollinger Grand Annee Champagne.  An outstanding choice, and not just for romance. Another New Years Eve is upon us and countless people the world over will celebrate... read more

Preserving The Gardens Bounty In A Jar

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Learn: How to link your Facebook Account to your ChefTalk account How to create a new account using Facebook Connect What does "Facebook User (Private)" mean? How can I message a Facebook User? How to publish to your Facebook Wall How to change your Facebook settings - Change your setting or Unlink your accounts Help! It keeps asking me to link my Facebook account and I can't log in with my normal ChefTalk account.   For Existing Users: Why Link Your Account? Publish your ChefTalk activity on your Facebook wall and activity feed to... read more


Will the Real Strawberry Please Stand UpSaint Hildegard was a 12th century German abbess, (the nun in charge of a convent), who supposedly had prophetic and apocalyptic visions.  The theological authorities at the time confirmed her visions as authentic.  In addition to her prophesies about God and the end of the world, Saint Hildegard believed strawberries were unfit for human consumption.  Because they grew close to the ground, she reasoned that snakes and toads contaminated them.  Clearly her "vision" was shortsighted.  According to the Food and Agriculture... read more

The Cheeses Of Capriole Farms In Greenville Indiana

Judith Schad of Capriole Farms in Greenville, Indiana (in an area known as Kentuckiana) is one of my favorite people. Not only is she great fun, she is among the most knowledgeable cheese makers anywhere, a true farmstead producer. In 1978, she, her husband Larry and three children moved to an 80 acre farm which they later found to have been in Larry's family from the early 1800's to the late 1950's. They modified the original barn and purchased goats as a 4-H project for their children. The children have grown and gone, and Judy and Larry now have new kids, over 200... read more

Where Are The Employees

One of the questions many of my restaurant clients have asked me is, "Where are the employees?"With everyone howling about the labor challenge and so many restaurants competing for the same people, it's important to remember that our best recruiting strategy is employee retention.You've already found performers. Today's real challenge isn't finding new people, it's keeping the best ones we already have and making sure that they're feeling happy, challenged, fulfilled and excited about what they're doing. Why not focus the next six months on making the employees - the... read more

The History of Sangría 1800s - Present

  Sangría & Flamenco in Andalusia ...   From its humble Andalusian roots during the 1800s, this wine - party festive punch was first introduced outside of Spain, at the Spanish Pavilion at The World´s Fair in 1964 in Flushing, Queens in the city of New York.   This 4 seasonal festive and bar wine punch is made from the following ingredients and each family and each tavern or restaurant has their own recipe:   Dry un-oaked or Crianza Red wine ( La Rioja, Castilla La Mancha, Andalusia and Valencia bottled red wines )  Freshly chopped Fruit: apple.... read more

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