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The Dirt on Garlic

Wednesday, 02 June 2010 10:09

Courtesy of Christopher Ranch

food2_june10Media scares over tainted Chinese products have led U.S. consumers to investigate how garlic is produced, resulting in a resurgence of domestic sources—which actually have greater cooking and health benefits.

Garlic is grown globally, and has become a critical flavor component for a variety of international cuisines. China has emerged as the world’s leading source, growing two-thirds of global supply. Even in the United States, where California-grown garlic is available year-round, Chinese garlic amounts to well over half of domestic supply. The International Trade Commission reports that Chinese garlic exports into the United States in 2009 alone totaled 145 million pounds.

Most California garlic production is centralized in Gilroy, Calif., known as “the garlic capital of the world.” Gilroy-based Christopher Ranch has been an industry leader since 1956, when founder Don Christopher started farming garlic with a planting of 10 acres. Today, his son, Bill, oversees cultivation of more than 3,000 acres and shipment of more than 60 million pounds annually, distinguishing the ranch as the nation’s premier grower for the fresh market and the only commercial source of heirloom garlic.

CAFÉ Founder Named Chef Educator of the Year

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:29

By Brent T. Frei

food3_may10Mary Petersen, pioneer in creating learning opportunities for foodservice educators, is honored for her achievements by Cordon d’Or – Gold Ribbon.

Mary Petersen, founder and executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Foodservice Education (CAFÉ), has been named Chef Educator of the Year in the 2009-2010 Cordon d’Or - Gold Ribbon Annual International “Cookbooks & Culinary Arts” Culinary Academy Awards.

Noreen Kinney, founder and president of the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based Cordon d’Or - Gold Ribbon Culinary Academy Awards—The Accolade of the 21st Century, honored Petersen and recipients of other award categories at a reception and dinner sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association on April 30 at the Don CeSar Resort in St. Pete Beach.

Who Will Be 2010’s ACF Chef Educator of the Year?

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:24

food2_may10Regional winners to vie for ACF’s national title in Anaheim in August.

The regional conferences of the American Culinary Federation are concluded for another year, and now, four regional winners of ACF’s Chef Educator of the Year Award will compete for the national title at ACF’s 2010 National Convention in Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 2-5. Candidates will each give a lecture/demonstration before a panel of judges, who will decide the winner.

Incorporating Mediterranean Produce on U.S. Menus

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:19

By Eric Stein, M.S., R.D.

food1_may10Tis the season for incorporating a wealth of Mediterranean-origin fruits and vegetables in menu development.

The spring season brings a major increase in the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to markets around the country. Some examples of produce that come into harvest in the spring include artichokes, cardoons, citrus, fennel, an assortment of greens and lettuces, spring onions and an array of different herbs. While many of these items are common on restaurant menus in the United States, throughout a variety of cuisines, they also share a common trait that most are also used extensively in the Mediterranean diet.

Essentials of Wine Pairing

Tuesday, 04 May 2010 11:17

By Edward Korry, CWE, CSS

Here’s what every wine server should know.

Service involves more than the step-by-step procedures of opening and pouring wine correctly; it includes suggesting wines that not only pair with the food being ordered, but also that guests will enjoy. That requires knowledge of how food and wines interact with each other so that both either taste the way their creators intended or are enhanced and includes being able to help quests with their selection.

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