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If there’s one thing we know about great athletes, it’s that they love to eat. They have to – in order to sustain intense training athletes require high nutrient diets that will give them energy but not make them feel weighed down. To meet these nutritional needs then, and to satisfy their sophisticated palates, many star athletes have private chefs at their beck and call.

So who are the chefs who cook for sports stars? Here are 3 of the names behind the greats, fueling performances from the kitchen rather than the sidelines. Continue reading »

There are a lot of facets to modern dating. But a big step, and an important one, is going to be the all important first dinner date. The two main options for dinner dating are to either go out for a meal, or make one in. Though the two may be very different events, they both require a bit of planning.

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So, if a dinner date is in your future, consider a few variable that you’ll have to deal with, including the distraction of attraction, food allergies of your date, how you want to approach organic or non-GMO options, what your timing is going to be like in terms of eating or doing other things, and making sure to prep for multiple meals (in case you ask for another date!). Continue reading »

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The restaurant world is a world that is uncomparable to any other. It’s high energy, high stress, high reward when things are going well, and highly disappointing the moment things start backing up in the kitchen and tempers as well as sharp objects are flying. On a good day, things are amazing and it’s the reason that so many people stay in the restaurant business all of their lives.

No matter what is going on in life, people have to eat. It’s often the way they escape the pressures and or monotony of everyday life. People will always go to restaurants, so it’s up to you to be that restaurant that everybody wants to visit no matter the change in their pocketbook, no matter the weather, and no matter how good or bad their day was prior to showing up. Continue reading »

With the American food supply being controlled and mandated by large corporations, food safety has seemed to decrease in recent years. It seems you can hardly go a week without hearing about a new recall due to E.Coli, Salmonella, or other foodborne illness. Many of these food poisoning outbreaks are much more serious than a simple stomach ache, and could include death.

While producing all of your own food may not be an option, there are other ways to help protect your food supply. By simply avoiding certain foods or being extra cautious in their preparation, you can help your family avoid food poisoning illnesses. Included here are a few of the foods most likely to cause food poisoning in your family and how to avoid the illness.

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The weather is warming up every day, and any chef worth his knives can tell you what that means: grilling season. But unlike stovetop or oven cooking, learning to grill like a masterchef can come with unexpected challenges, from sudden weather changes to inconsistent flame heat. Luckily, some of the world’s best grillmasters are here to share their secrets. With a little help, everyone will be flocking to your back deck this summer.

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Beans are a very heart healthy food, so it simply makes sense for you to add them to your diet. There are some general ways to add beans, lentils, and legumes to your diet, like in soups, then there are some more creative ways to use them.

Beans contain a lot of great minerals, and they are an excellent way to get some protein in your diet while cutting back on meat. They are also the ideal way for vegans and vegetarians to ensure they get enough protein in their diets.

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With the amount of options consumers have for eating choices, many restaurants struggle with what they can do to set themselves apart from the competition and encourage more patrons to visit their establishment. To make your eatery more appealing, one thing you may consider improving is the atmosphere of your space by pumping up the artistic flare you bring into your restaurant. So for restaurant owners looks to add something special to their space, here are three interesting ways you can add artistic flare to your restaurant.

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Decor Choices

When setting the mood for your restaurant, so much depends upon the concept and theme you’ve chosen for your eatery. However, once you have this in place, deciding on meaningful and intentional decor pieces can help bring your artistic flare to the next level.

According to Ion Nicolae, a contributor to DesignLike.com, finding distinctive pieces for walls, artwork and furnishings that bring together the theme of your restaurant is a great way to add your own artistic flare to the space. To do this, consider getting all your pieces from unique and original distributors, like Park West Gallery, in order to ensure that your restaurant decor choices are unlike those that can be found anywhere else.

Tints, Tones and Shades

One of the most impactful and easiest ways to add interest to your restaurant space is with color. DesignBuildIdeas.eu reminds restauranteurs that the colors you choose to include in your space can have a massive impact on the way patrons view, feel and interact with your establishment. In fact, certain colors have even been known to encourage hunger, making those likely choices for many food services. For this reason, be sure you consider the type of mood, type of food, and type of customers you plan to work with in your restaurant when deciding on colors for each and every element.

Functional Design Elements

Even functional aspects of your restaurant can bring in elements that boost the artistic flare of your space. From furniture and layout to music and lighting, anything you intentionally choose for an artistic purpose can help to make your space more unique to you.

For a great way to add art to your restaurant, Rebecca Creger, a contributor to 99Designs.com, recommends for restaurant owners to create menus that double as pieces of art. To accomplish this, Creger suggests paying attention to elements like typography, illustrations, photos, layout and more to create a truly stunning work of art out of your menu—something each patron will take the time to see and appreciate.

By implementing pieces into your restaurant that enhance the artistic characteristics of your space, you can create a truly unique establishment that can help set your restaurant apart from any of your competitors. Use the tips mentioned above to bring in interesting artistic elements to your restaurant today.

In the traditional sense, it’s the chef that makes a dish and not the other way around. In small towns, there is rarely much opportunity to indulge in gourmet dining. Those who wish to venture out are usually stuck with chain restaurants that while they might taste good, have nothing on the gourmet restaurants usually found in larger cities with a more diverse population.

Those who have eaten in these kind of restaurants know this to be true. In many cases, the chef is responsible for the success of a restaurant. It makes sense. Bad food equals unhappy customers, unhappy customers eventually translates into no customers. Without customers, there is nobody to serve, and everybody is left feeling hungry and empty, literally. Continue reading »

Everyone knows that a fine wine paired with a good meal can be the perfect end to any day. Relaxing with a drink on a Friday night with friends can also be an exquisite treat; but with all great things comes moderation. Some celebrity chefs take their love of alcohol to the screen and can often be seen getting drunk and raucous on television. Find out which chefs have taken it too far on-screen with this list of celebrity chefs who love to drink.

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

The cynical nature of television chef Anthony Bourdain has been both honored and criticized by many people throughout the years. Bourdain enjoys traveling and finding the weird and wonderful, all with a glass or bottle in his hand. In spite of his tv popularity, Bourdain seems to retain a deep disdain for all things cliched and touristy while bringing a dark perspective to his glamorous life of traveling and eating. Continue reading »

tailgating

Crisp leaves and cool Autumn nights are markers letting us know that football season is finally here. Many football fans and tailgaters have been counting down the days until the first kickoff. However, it is important to prepare for tailgating season. So before you fire up the grills, purchase the charcoal, and put the drinks on ice- prevent unnecessary food penalties or turnovers during the tailgate party by organizing your tailgating ideas well before the cleats hit the turf.

Over the years, tailgating has evolved into a tradition that many people enjoy. Even if football isn’t your cup of tea, tailgating allows even the most reluctant fan to enjoy sitting through endless first downs and conversions. Borrow tailgating ideas from chefs and other fans to create the best combination of jerseys and food.

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If you find yourself spending a Friday or Saturday afternoon focused on the grill, rather than the pigskin, try these tailgating ideas to score with the crowd:

Keep it simple. Prepare as much of the food as you can before the game, so you can enjoy tailgating. Slice tomatoes, thread kabobs, or whip together a simple salad the night before. Avoid complicated dishes or desserts, look for appetizing summer dishes.

Keep things the right temperature. Pack plenty of ice and make sure refrigerated items are stored properly. You don’t want a game’s victory to be overturned with a bout of food poisoning.

Bring enough drinks and include nonalcoholic drinks. Game days can be brutally cold or stifling hot. Either way, you will need to stay hydrated to prevent sitting out on the sidelines.

Let your grill do the work. Choose meals and sides that can be left on the grill while you cheer on the team. Grill potatoes, corn, mushrooms, peppers, pizzas, and more. The possibilities are endless!

Incorporate the team’s colors. This is a simple tailgating idea, but buy colored plates and cups that support the team. Try colored foods, like colored popcorn to add a little pizzazz to your curbside party. Get creative and have fun!

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Do you have any great recipes or ideas to win at tailgating?