Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Calling All Chefs, Chefs Move To School Program Needs You

I can officially announce my partnership with Trinity Catholic Academy (Brockton, MA) in the First Ladys call for chefs to help fight childhood obesity in the United States.

An excerpt from the Chefs Move To School blog

"We are going to need everyone's time and talent to solve the childhood obesity epidemic and our Nation's chefs have tremendous power as leaders on this issue because of their deep knowledge of food and nutrition and their standing in the community. I want to thank them for joining the Let's Move! Campaign"

- First Lady Michelle Obama

Chefs across the country are answering Mrs. Obama's call to get involved with their local schools as part of the Chefs Move to Schools initiative, run through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The First Lady is calling on chefs to get involved by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents, school nutritionists and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition.

I am thrilled to be a part of this program and will update you with pictures and thoughts from my experience throughout the school year.

If your a chef interested in adopting a local school click here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

I received a letter from ABC NEWS Nightline ....

Received a letter in the mail today from ABC news (Nightline) ....it read .......

"Dear Chef Garcia, As you likely know by now, Nightline recently held a contest we called the "Peoples Platelist" and invited our audience from across the country to nominate chefs they thought were the most talented in the nation. YOU were among the chefs nominated by our audience, who wrote elaborate essays explaining the reasons they believed you fit the category. Although you were not selected as the finalist, your authentic and original cuisine has clearly made an impact in your community. For that reason, and your commitment to your craft we would like to offer you this small token of our congratulations and appreciation."

Sincerely ,

Cynthia McFadden , Anchor ABC News Nightline
Bill Weir , Anchor ABC News Nightline
Terry Moran, Anchor  ABC News Nightline

I don't know who nominated me or took the time out to write an essay about me , but I thank you from the bottom of my heart and am touched that you would take the time out to do that. I am very happy that my cuisine has been able to reach people in a way I never thought it could.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Celebrate Seafood With Me & The New England Aquarium November 9th

On Tuesday November 9th come and enjoy a 3 course dinner and demonstration at the New England Aquarium.

The Species: farm-raised Arctic char, farm-raised caviar, wild-caught California spiny lobster

A Celebrate Seafood Dinner is a full evening of food, with a delicious three-course meal, paired with wine, as well as informative and fun cooking demonstrations . The evening takes place in the Aquarium's Harbor View Cafe. Guests are seated at large tables to foster conversation. Cost is $65 for members, $75 for non-members.

The evening's events:

6:30 - 7 p.m. - Enjoy cocktails

7 - 7:45 p.m. - Introductions, first course demonstration, discussion and wine pairing

7:45 - 8:30 p.m. - Second course demonstration, discussion and wine pairing

8:30 - 9:15 p.m. - Third course demonstration, discussion and wine pairing

9:15 - 10 p.m. - Dessert, coffee and questions and answers
For more information or to buy tickets  click here

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The New Food Truck Expereince

Chef Jeremiahs Gastro Pod

Many of you have read my posts on my all time favorite food trucks, the New Haven waterfront Mexican Taco trucks....nothing beats these in my opinion, well..........almost nothing.

Slowly a new age of food trucks are invading the nation, from grilled cheese trucks, crepes, Korean BBQ ...you name it I can almost guarantee theres a food truck out there serving it.

A friend and chef "Jeremiah the Bullfrog" out of the 305 rolls with the Gastro Pod, Miamis gourmet food truck experience. I was fortunate to get to catch up and see him in NYC at this years Starchefs Congress and I was surprised to peek in the window and see the immersion circulator going, CVAP technology and his "spice" rack of chemicals.  The food was amazing, nothing he served was missing the mark....my favorite was the Chinito Cuban made with Bentons ham & pork belly terrine, not the typical food truck experience. Thanks Bullfrog, great job!

There's even been movement on the Boston food truck front . First, several new vendors are occupying the Greenway.  Citysearch held Boston's first Food Truck Festival,  in the South End.

One of my favorites here is the Clover Food Lab, a menu that focuses on locally sourced food and organic whenever possible. Seasonal menus and fresh juices....

If you know food here in Boston then you Craige on Main, former manager Joshua Cole and his friend Reuben bring Boston "Tacos Locales", their take on gourmet Mexican  on wheels, with menu items like the squash blossom quesadilla and grilled corn with queso fresco....executed perfectly ....no need to travel to New Haven every weekend.

In Providence R.I. theres  "SugarRush"....a gourmet cupcake and dessert truck and yes only using sustainable and organic products.

Point of the post today.....food trucks are coming, support your local food truck!