Chef's Blog

January 11, 2013

The World of Low Sodium Diets

from Chef Allan Gazaway

Chefs are constantly challenged with coming up with new ways to make great tasting food. In this pursuit, many chefs incorporate a myriad of ingredients and techniques to achieve this goal. As chefs, we usually approach our work from a taste standpoint. With diners’ rising concern for varied nutritional options, such as low sodium menu items, chefs are challenged to create dishes without salt. We have to look at options to replace sodium with other flavors. As simple as this might sound, there can be negative effects on the dining experience by removing salt. Replacing sodium with different ingredients, such as rubs, sauces, and breadings, can enhance flavor when sodium is reduced.

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October 31, 2012

‘Tis the Taste that Tells the Tale

from Chef George Sideras

I come from a long line of hospitality workers .My grandfather, a native of Greece, came to the United States and found employment as a bus boy, waiter and finally learned the trade of being a Confectionary. My earliest memories of him were visiting him at his candy store in Cleveland. I can assure you that I was able to acquire a more than healthy appreciation for chocolate which continues to this day. His brother, my Uncle Ted, chose a different route in the industry. He started working in kitchens eventually rising to the role of chef. While I did not know each of my elders all that well (they passed on while I was a small child) I have been blessed with some relics of their careers. I have three pieces that I am incredibly lucky to have in my possession, a photo of my grandfather holding court in his Candy Store, a photo of my uncle in a small restaurant kitchen in South Dakota during the Great Depression (family lore has them even making their own soap) and a menu from when my Uncle Ted was chef at The Northern Grill in Butte, Montana.

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June 28, 2012

My Love Affair with Flavor

from Chef George Sideras

The memory of flavor is like a Polaroid snap shot. It is a frozen moment in time, slightly faded around the edges, blurry and soft focused. But as soon as you taste or smell that flavor or even the slightest notion of that flavor, the memory comes back, in sharp focus, fresh and glossy. Flavor, that combination of all our senses, creates memories for good or bad that cannot be easily forgotten. Its psychological, emotional and physical connections to our brains imprints our most powerful memories. Such is the memory of the best breakfast I have ever experienced.

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