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    Restaurant Menus: The chorus of the kitchen

    The voice of a restaurant is in its menu. Yes, service is the backbone to hospitality. Certainly, decor is critical in ensuring a great experience for customers. Hours. Parking convenience. Pretty servers. All bits and pieces that make up the formula to keep the lights on. Rather, food that...
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    What does Shake Shack's ChickenStack mean to restaurant menus?

    The cornerstone of the contemporary burger scene broke the internet with the launch of a chicken sandwich. Seriously. The Shake Shack chicken sandwich started trending on Twitter within minutes of the first chicken dip in the fryer. And that says something for the burger-only (mostly)...
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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...
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    Mentoring New Cooks

    Mentoring the Food Truck Generation Building a successful kitchen includes shining the light for the minions that have shed the stuffy chef coat for the short-sleeved dishwasher shirt and black tee. Opening the restaurant door for the newer denizen of eager cooks that have kicked off Doc...
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    Keeping Great Employees

    Keeping the best people on the team is critically important. Take a bit to think about the gravity of having good kitchen kin at the most vital times. When the printer is vomiting tickets onto the cutting board and the GM is freaking out about the gluten-free demands of table 21, who is best to...
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    Footprint on the Moon

    Cooking is a job. It is a way to take rough and raw ingredients, turn them into something palatable and, with a little experience and knowledge, perhaps make people happy with the bits and pieces on the plate. And that is all. Political opinion matters for nothing. Chefs that get all high and...
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    A Happy Kind of Crazy

    The kitchen is an open stage to act like a complete ass. Seriously. You can throw things, aggressively sexually harass the guy standing next to you, work entirely too hung-over, be an actual nutcase, and still maintain a job. Hell, you may be even be the guy in charge. It is a stage, yes. But...
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    No Apologies

    Apologies have no place in the kitchen. Every movement is intentional, each gesture purposefully calculated. Every stroke, thrust and exploit have been prescribed as part of the cooking ritual. So, if Server Cody carelessly walks to the aft of a cook without the requisite “Behind!” bellow and...
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    I Met a Guy Named Jim, Just in Time

      I met a guy named Jim. I was sitting at the bar at the restaurant and I met a guy named Jim. The snow was that grayish, murky slush that is neither pleasant nor entertaining. Late February and nothing is fun. The flurries have lost their appeal. Now the weather is an annoyance and warmth seems...
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    The Dogs of War

    The boxing ring of the kitchen is full of choosing which battles to engage and those to which you turn away. It is full of days ruminating about the ass-hat wearing cook that refuses to wear a chef coat. Take that punch and look to the other corner. When it comes raise time, though, the war will...
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    A Shiny Spot in a Grimy Industry

    There is always something screwing up the kitchen mojo. There are few travels across the restaurant universe that are smooth sailing. A surly cook that needs a good ass-kicking; a broken compressor in the walk-in is certainly going to make the day interesting; the seafood delivery didn’t get...
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    Work the line. Or not.

    Cooks aren’t heroes. A chef is no celebrity. The crew of a kitchen is a gaggle of socially awkward miscreants and hooligans. The only revelry is in our own heads and from the sideways glance of other cooks with culinary envy. We are in the spotlight of our own minds. To be perfectly clear, when...
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    Finding Comfort Between Two Slices of Bread

    Finding comfort between two slices of bread Jim Berman There is probably more in print - and on television - about Pittsburgh's Primanti Brothers than every James Beard Award winner. Combined. And that is the last the time "James Beard Award" and "Primanti Brothers" will appear in the same...
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    Barbecue, Macarons, Pizza & Burgers

    Exploring A few days in Georgetown & Glover Park, Washington, DC Jim Berman While on hiatus from my day-to-day calling, I have explored some locales that I had not really ventured to and through. Going back to sixth grade, my long-time friend, David, is a gracious host and even more generous...
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    Orange Sherbet

    Orange SherbetThe ninth in a series on ice creams, custards and sorbetsJim Berman CCI Just in time for those fun holiday party punch bowls, I offer you orange sherbet. Yes, that bobbing mass of Titanic-sinking glacial mass of sweetened ice creamy goodness swimming in the overly-sweet, fruit...
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    Espresso + Gelato: The first in a series on developing a coffee program

    Affogato Jim Berman Exploring the Marche region of Italy a few years’ back, Affogato shimmered to life for me. On a caffé menu, this unusual presence piqued my attention. The suave barista explained that a scoop of gelato was dowsed with a shot of espresso - an Italian version of a hot fudge...
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    Top Chef & The Long Road Paved with Poorly Cut Vegetables

    The Oberod Estate is not tucked, nestled or otherwise hidden from the sight from the road. Rather, it is a castle-like stone manse on top of a manicured, green field, stretching to a forest’s edge. It is an unabashed take on imperial living. The approach is a black topped, asphalt cut-out that...
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    Cherry Ice Cream

    Frozen Summer: Cherry Ice CreamThe eighth in a series on ice creams, custards and sorbets Jim Berman CCI My homage, if you will, to the Prunus Avium, that dangling orb of summer lovin’ comes in the form of delicious cherries hugged and squeezed and nestled in a lovely frozen amalgam of cream...
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    Pesto v3.0

    Pesto v3.0 Jim Berman CCI Back in February, 2010, I came out with a couple of pieces on Pesto, that beloved amalgam of green, summer goodness. Since then, through many iterations, revisions and interpretations, I have changed my ways. Below is the original recipe, with a few changes in...
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    Gramercy Tavern

    Very fortunate to cross paths with Gramercy Tavern's Nancy Olson. What followed was an exchange of emails that led to an invitation to spend the day in one of New York's (arguably, the nation's) most noteworthy restaurants. What follows is a snapshot of the day, from morning muffins, to a trip...
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