Which Knife to Use: Chopping and Dicing

Why are there so many different styles of knives available? Do we really need access to all of these great knives? Well I guess it isn’t exactly required to have so many knives on hand, but having the right tools can make the entire process much more fun, easier and faster! Recently we took a…

3 of the Worst Mistakes People Make with Their Kitchen Knives

Any good chef in the culinary industry will tell you that their knives are the most important tools of their craft. Everyone will make mistakes with their knives at some point along the way, but if you are really not sure about how to care for your knives you could drastically reduce their lifespan! From…

National Culinary Arts Month – Giving Thanks

July is a perfect month for a number of reasons; terrific weather, schools out, patio drinks and full restaurants! July is also a time to celebrate chefs and the culinary industry as it is #NationalCulinaryArtsMonth! This celebratory month is a perfect time to give thanks to professional cooks, chefs and all those involved in the…

Q&A With CCI’s Mike Byrne

The National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation sat down to have a chat with our very own Mike Byrne! Mike talks about his experiences with CCI, the restaurant industry and much more! Click the on link to read more about the one and only Mike Byrne! Q&A with CCI’s Mike Byrne

EURO Culinary™ Series

Color coded knives are designed to help you implement food safety practices in the kitchen! With different color handles for different types of food, this system helps teach employees to engage in safe food handling practices to prevent cross-contamination in the professional kitchen. Allergies have become such a norm in society today, which makes paying…

THE EFFECTIVE CHEF’S NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

Originally posted on Harvest America Ventures:
Why do we bother to create a list of year to come resolutions when more often than not we disregard the list soon after it is written? Is it because of a tradition that lacks commitment, or because we know that we could and should do some things differently?…

How Thermometers work: Temperature Scales

Thermometers are instrumental in the cooking process. A thermometer is a great way to know if your food is fully cooked, safe and ready to eat! Thermometers contain one very important aspect – a temperature scale. This is the fourth part of the “How Thermometers Work” series. We will breakdown the different temperature scales! Researchers…

How Thermometers Work: Digital Thermometers

  Thermometers are instrumental to the cooking process.  A thermometer is a great tool to use to determine if your food is fully cooked, safe and ready to eat!  This is part 3 of the “How Thermometers Work” series and we will explain how to use a digital thermometer! A digital thermometer has one big…

Understanding Wine Aromas

The ability to smell and untangle the complex aromas of wine can be extremely difficult. Understanding and recognizing various aromas take time and practice to acquire, even for a self acclaimed foodie or culinary professional. However, once you are able to understand a wine’s profile the description of a wine becomes a reality! Getting Started…

It’s BBQ Season!

It’s time to get barbecuing your favorite meals! Hosting a party or planning for dinner this weekend? Check out some  of the best BBQ recipes we found on http://www.allrecipes.com! Grilled Pineapple Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Marinated Grilled Shrimp Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs Cheddar Bacon Hamburgers Tell us what your favorite things to BBQ are!

What you need to know about Meat and Cheese

Last week we highlighted our top Produce choices from the F&H annual Produce & Protein Guide and this week we will be covering the Protein Meat and Cheese categories! OUR 7 MEAT PICKS MEATS CHARACTERISTICS STORAGE TIPS PREPARATION TIPS FOOD SAFETY TIPS Beef Beef is rich in iron and protein. It also contains zinc, Vitamin B12,…

When is the best time to get your produce?

The Food Service and Hospitality magazine has released its 2015 Produce & Protein Guide and we are going to highlight some of our favorite parts just for you! “As the popularity of local foods continues to flourish, chefs across the country are turning to their own backyard to source produce. It’s clear regional cooking is…