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Sep 15, 2019, 6:21

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Know Your Idaho® Potatoes: New Brochure Delivers the Facts on Russet and Other Varieties

Idaho® potatoes­—the term refers to their source of origin—are renowned for quality and reliability in all 50 states. While most consumers and foodservice operators associate the Idaho trademark with russet potatoes, Idaho growers are seeding fields with new varieties to meet a burgeoning demand for reds, yellows and other niche varietal potatoes.

To help all Idaho potato customers find the variety that best fits their menu needs, the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC) has created “Bringing Variety to the Plate,” a full-color brochure that details the qualities, characteristics and applications for almost 30 potato varieties. For example, the commercially successful Russet Burbank is a late-maturing variety, oval shaped and thin skinned with a distinctive, earthy potato flavor. It bakes fluffy, fries crispy and is well suited to all applications.

To order a complimentary copy of “Bringing Variety to the Plate,” contact the IPC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To research menu concepts using all the Idaho potato varieties, visit the IPC recipe database at While on the site, check out the helpful size guideand Idahopotato preparation tips, and find answers and solutions to operational and culinary FAQs

Green America Applauds Chipotle’s Removal of GMOs from Its Foods

Washington, D.C.-based Green America, a national nonprofit organization working to create a green economy, issued the following statement on April 27 in response to Denver-based ChipotleMexican Grill’sannouncement of removing GMOs from its foods:

“Chipotle’sannouncement that they are removing genetically engineered ingredients is [a] majorstep forward for the company and an important milestone in creating a safer andhealthier food system for all Americans. Increasingly, it is clear thatconsumers want food without genetically engineered ingredients, and have alreadyrewarded Chipotle with increased sales for its growing non-GMO commitments.

“Evidence shows that GMOs are increasing the use of toxic herbicide use due to the development of herbicide-resistant weeds. Most recently, Glyphosate, which is commonly used on GMO crops, was deemed a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization. Consumers are increasingly concerned about the impacts of GMOs on the environment and human health and it is time for the restaurant industry and other food companies to make a change. Chipotle has shown that it is possible for a large fast foodchain [to] adopt a more sustainable food supply.

Maple Leaf Farms Announces 2015 Chef Recipe Contest, Open to Culinary Students

Maple Leaf Farms challenges professional chefs and culinary students to think outside the box when it comes to duck preparation. And to spark their creative juices, Maple Leaf is offering more than $19,000 in prize money in the 2015 Discover Duck Recipe Contest.

This year’s focus is “Duck Redefined,” which encourages participants to create a dish featuring duck as the main ingredient in a non-traditional way. “Our contest encourages chefs to think outside the box beyond just roasted whole duck or a sautéed duck breast,” said Maple Leaf Farms’ director of duck marketing, Cindy Turk. “Duck is such a versatile protein, the possibilities are endless.”

The Culinary Institute of America Appoints VP of Strategy

The Culinary Institute of America has appointed Rose S. Wang as the college’s vice president of strategy. Wang joined the college on Feb. 3, 2015, after serving as the chief financial officer of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Center to Advance Palliative Care in New York City since 2013.

Before taking her position at Mount Sinai, she was managing director of Carat Companies, a Princeton, N.J.-based consulting firm to nonprofit organizations, and division CFO of beverages for the Campbell Soup Company in Camden, N.J. Prior to that she held several financial and strategic planning positions with Avon Products, Inc., and Citibank N.A., including executive director of business planning, director of international finance and operations, and director of finance and corporate development.

National Honey Board Introduces Comprehensive, New Honey Beverage Guide

The National Honey Board (NHB) has introduced a colorful, eye-catching, new, information-rich resource, A Guide to Honey Beverages. Serving as a complement to the Sweet Stirrings cocktail guide (2012), the honey beverage handbook features nearly 40 spiral-bound, laminated pages replete with honey tips, tricks and on-trend recipes to help operators enhance their non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage menus and programs.

The new honey beverage guide includes the following highlighted, tabbed sections:

Master of Wine Adam Lapierre Joins Teaching Staff at San Francisco Wine School

With the addition of Master of Wine Adam Lapierre (pictured) to the team and three brand new programs to the schedule, San Francisco Wine School now boasts top-level educators from, and coursework for, all four major wine credentialing bodies. The school’s elite group now comprises three Master Sommeliers (Court of Master Sommeliers), three with Diplomas in Wine & Spirits (Wine & Spirits Education Trust), three Certified Wine Educators (Society of Wine Educators) and one Master of Wine (Institute of Masters of Wine). This guarantees that, no matter which educational path wine students choose, they will be fully supported by San Francisco Wine School.

Emmi Roth USA Foodservice Sales Team Participates in Professional Culinary Education Training at Johnson & Wales University

To further their understanding of the needs and expectations of chefs in the foodservice industry and expand their culinary knowledge and skills, the Emmi Roth Foodservice sales team participated in a culinary training program at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C., January 19-23.

“Our team strives to understand our customers’ day-to-day challenges and opportunities both in the kitchen and on the menu,” said Linda Duwve, vice president of sales and marketing at Monroe, Wis.-based Emmi Roth USA. “Hands-on training programs like these allow our team to deliver better products, information and service to the foodservice industry.”

In preparation for the four-day training, each team member completed an accredited food-handling safety training course and earned his or her Food Safety Manager certification through the National Registry of Food Service Professionals. While onsite at the university, the team attended lab courses with students, participated in one-on-one food-safety and culinary-skills sessions with chef-instructors Donald Brizes and Robert Brenner, and executed in-kitchen assignments. The rigorous educational program was customized by JWU specifically for the Emmi Roth Foodservice team.

Jones Dairy Farm Sponsors Teaching Kitchen at The Culinary Institute of America's New Student Commons

The Culinary Institute of America is naming the high-volume-production teaching kitchen in its new Student Commons at the Hyde Park, N.Y., campus after Jones Dairy Farm in recognition of the company’s ongoing support of the college.

The Jones Dairy Farm Line and Kitchen will be a centerpiece of the dining area of the Student Commons building and home to CIA classes in high-volume breakfast, lunch and dinner cooking. The facility, currently under construction, is part of a major expansion and renovation of the CIA’s Student Recreation Center, and is scheduled to begin serving CIA students in the summer of 2015. The existing high-volume-production kitchen, in the college’s Roth Hall, was dedicated to Jones Dairy Farm in 2006.

“The CIA is deeply grateful to once again partner with Jones Dairy Farm in our drive to provide the world’s best culinary education,” said CIA President Tim Ryan, CMC. “Our organizations have a 20-year relationship, through which we are advancing our goals of excellence, entrepreneurship and innovation for our students.”

Jones Dairy Farm is a 125-year-old family-owned and operated business and leader in all-natural breakfast sausage for the foodservice and retail industries. The company is based in Fort Atkinson, Wis.

CMAA Announces Passing of Club Industry’s Leading Educator, Joe Perdue

Joe Perdue, CCM, CHE, the club industry’s leading hospitality educator, died in Atlanta on Jan. 19, 2015, after a long illness. He was 64.

Since 1986, Perdue had served as academic advisor for the Alexandria, Va.-based Club Managers Association of America (CMAA). Responsible for the initial development of CMAA’s Business Management Institute (BMI), Perdue coordinated more than 300 weeklong BMI programs for more than 10,000 managers. The Business Management Institute is a flourishing professional-development program that has become the most well-respected education initiative of the hospitality industry. Beyond the United States, Perdue developed professional education programs in China, South Africa, Europe and Canada.  

In addition to serving as academic advisor, Perdue held the positions of director of education and vice president for CMAA, where he was responsible for all professional-development and certification programs. He continued to have responsibility for overseeing CMAA’s BMI program and certification exam, study materials and certification review course.

Baker College of Port Huron Student Featured in National Parent Magazine

Gavin Pierce, a student at Baker College of Port Huron’s Culinary Institute of Michigan (CIM), was highlighted in the Fall 2014 edition of Life with Teens, a magazine published quarterly by TeenLife Media for parents.

The article highlighted reasons to consider careers in trade professions and featured teens who have chosen to do just that. Pierce, a rising young chef, is a prime example. He is earning an associate degree in culinary arts at the CIM Port Huron and recently won a silver medal at a regional cooking competition.

“Gavin is an outstanding young chef, and displays a great amount of passion for the profession,” said Thomas Recinella, CEC, ACE, AAC, CIM Port Huron program director and COURSES Restaurant executive chef. “He enjoys engaging all five senses and blending his artistic work into the equation. That type of passion is unique, and I know that an impressive future lies ahead for him.”