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The Service of Sparkling Wines, Part 1

Monday, 01 November 2010 00:00

By Edward M. Korry, CSS, CWE

food2_nov10A server needs to seize the opportunity for determining the type of sparkling wine his or her customers prefer.

Champagne and sparkling wines conjure up images of celebration, elegance and pure enjoyment. While frequently perceived as merely a reception wine, the styles of sparkling wines vary enormously, and if properly understood can enhance a restaurant’s bottom line and a server’s income considerably. The key is to also provide commensurate quality service.

Many people refer to any sparkling wine as champagne, though only wine from the specific geographic appellation, 70 miles northeast of Paris, France, can rightfully be called Champagne. Champagne sets the standard for sparkling-wine production, and until 1990, other appellations both within and outside of France were able to refer to the champagne method on their labels. Since then no other EU wine may even refer to the term. In the United States, we have 14 semi-generic labels including champagne. Most U.S. sparkling-wine producers refer to their wines with the term CM/CV on the label. This refers to classic method and classic grape varieties, which includes chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier.

A Cooking School for the Americas and a Swiftly Turning Planet

Sunday, 31 October 2010 11:10

food1_nov10Culinary leaders from the Western Hemisphere gathered last month in San Antonio to celebrate El Sueño, The Culinary Institute of America’s mission to promote Latino diversity in the foodservice and hospitality industries.

The Culinary Institute of America celebrated the official opening of its expanded 30,000-square-foot campus in San Antonio, Texas, in October 2010 with a festival that included food, music, a healthy-snack competition for local high-school students and culinary demonstrations by chefs ranging from Rick Bayless to Johnny Hernandez. The opening marked the completion of the second phase of the CIA's El Sueño initiative that was launched in San Antonio to promote Latino diversity in the foodservice industry.

Nachos, Laced with Limburger

Saturday, 02 October 2010 01:50

By Lisa M. Ramsey, CEC

food3_oct10Educator winners of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s 2010 healthy-cooking recipe contest through CAFÉ enjoyed a thorough and flavorful immersion in Wisconsin cheeses on tour.

The subject line of the email read “You’re All Winners!”, and of course that sparked my curiosity. A few weeks earlier I entered a contest for culinary educators asking us to create a healthy recipe using any type of Wisconsin cheese. Could it be? YES! I won along with 19 other educators from across the country and Canada. Within a few weeks we were whisked away to Madison, Wis. I found myself at Sardines standing in front of a table full of cheese and wine discussing recipes with several other educators. Our gracious hosts were Sara Hill from Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and Mary Petersen from CAFÉ. They brought us together to celebrate and meet several cheesemakers and farmers. After a wonderful dinner and conversation, it was off to the hotel to rest up for three days’ full of tasting and touring.

The Value of Turkey During Lean Times

Saturday, 02 October 2010 01:42

Courtesy of the National Turkey Federation

food2_oct10Online resources from the turkey industry will help students better understand how to deliver customer satisfaction while contributing to a healthy bottom line amid a “perfect storm” of challenges for operators.

The lean economic times the foodservice industry is currently facing requires a careful evaluation of daily operational practices. Restaurateurs need to look for ways to trim costs, reduce waste and maintain a steady customer base in this environment of sharply higher commodity costs, soaring fuel prices and continued food price inflation. Meanwhile, restaurant guests are squeezing their own food budgets, and when they do dine out, they look for value on menus.

Introducing Cost Control in Culinary Education

Saturday, 02 October 2010 01:38

By Birch DeVault

food1_oct10More easily applied in the culinary lab than the classroom, keep the learning active, engaging and authentic.

In my culinary classes, I attempt to direct my students’ learning activities from the basic to the complex. I’ve had success with this kind of cognitive scaffolding when it comes to the food itself, the method of preparation, the care in the process of cooking, and in the construction of the final plate presentation. Many of my students consider themselves artists in the making or formative craftsmen, so the idea of building them as business people is a little difficult for some to approach. I find that containing the idea of cost within the pursuit of art or craft is not only challenging, but adds authenticity to tasks committed within an applied learning environment.