Event Design For A Greek-themed Wedding Reception

hall of sculptureThe following is an event design for a wedding reception. The wedding is to be held in the Hall Of Sculpture at the Carnegie Museum Of Art in Pittsburgh, PA. The Hall of Sculpture is modeled after the Greek Parthenon and fits the Greek-themed reception perfectly. The floral arrangements, color scheme, table settings, and other décor elements are described. Any issues with setup and breakdown are also addressed along with who is responsible for setup and delivery of the needed design elements.

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Week Menu For A Client With Hypertension And Onset Diabetes

Hypertension-and-DiabetesIt is very important for individuals with hypertension and diabetes to eat a well-balanced diet that is suitable to their health issues. The following is a sample menu for an individual who suffers from hypertension and has the early signs of diabetes. The proposed menu contains dishes with ingredients and cooking methods that will help the client to control their blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

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The Benefits Of Opening An Organic Restaurant

organic-logoAs the Green movement expands from a trend to a way of life, organic foods have become increasingly popular. This has led to the rise of the organic restaurant. Although prices may be higher than those establishments who serve traditionally grown food, there are social, cultural, and political benefits to this form of restaurant. A rise in consumers who wish to know where their food comes from and exactly what is in it produces the ideal customer for this type of restaurant. Organic restaurants also have positive impacts on the economy through job production and the use of local farms and businesses. Opening an organic restaurant sends the message that healthy choices of food are available and convenient. It also shows that the restaurateur cares for the health of the community.

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What Your Teen Needs To Eat To Be Healthy

teenagers As a chef, husband, and father, I care a great deal about what my family eats. I pay close attention to the diet of my 2 adolescent sons who both play sports. At this time in their life, poor diet can not only be detrimental to their health now but can also cause serious problems when they are adults.

The growth spurt that occurs in adolescence is second only to that which occurs in the first year of life. For this reason, nutrient needs are higher during the teenage years than any other time in life as they are necessary to achieve full growth potential. The greatest amount of nutrients are needed during the peak of the adolescent growth spurt. The nutrients required at this time may be twice as high as other times during adolescence. If these needs are not met, puberty and overall growth are slowed and certain diseases and other problems may also develop such as anemia and vision impairment. Lean body mass is also reduced due to lack of nutrients at this time. Nutrient deficiency at this time also lead to adult diet-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. (Story, n.d.).

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Can American Wine Compare to the French?

carousel_wineSome may inquire as to why a chef or restaurant would choose to serve or carry American wines over the French versions which many consider to be the best. In reality, American wines have continuously stood up to the test against French wines proving to be just as good as and many times better than its French versions.

The American Wine Industry began to get attention in the 1960’s. By the 1970’s, Americans were producing wine that could compete with the French who had been the number 1 wine producers throughout history. Even though American wine was comparable to that of the French, the world still did not accept that any wines could be better than those produced in France.

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Tried & True: Pan-roasted Chicken With Lemon Caper Sauce Over Pasta

Chicken with Lemon Caper Sauce Over PastaThis is one of my wife’s favorites and the pic received a pretty good response on Instagram so I decided to go ahead and post the recipe.

This is something we actually served at the Iron City Grille inside the Holiday Inn Pittsburgh International Airport where I was Kitchen Manager and Head Chef. The building has since been purchased by Robert Morris University and repurposed into a dorm. I have now tweaked and added this dish to my personal repertoire and now you can too!

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Entertain with ease this Summer!

BBQ-Flyer2Love to BBQ? Hate to BBQ but love to eat it? Have a wedding, graduation, baby shower, tailgate party, or other Summer event coming up? Have no fear, help is here! I am available to grill a variety of meats, seafood, and vegetables at your location for your special event.

Your Grill Master service can be as simple or as complex as you like. I can simply grill and serve to order; or I can provide a full service experience with side dishes, table settings and other decor, disposables or china, and other items. Grills, supplies, meats and other ingredients can be furnished presenting you with a no-stress option. Or I can simply show up and cook your food on your grill!

My Grill Master service is available for meals ranging from private 1 on 1 dinners to events supporting 200 guests or more. Whatever your requests, no matter how big or small, I will do my best to fulfill them. Contact me today to discuss your BBQ!

For more information on this and my other services, please visit www.chefmarlonangelo.com.

The Greatest Mother’s Day Gift Idea

mothers-dayMother’s Day is quickly approaching! This year’s date is Sunday May 12. While some search for ideas, most people are thinking, “Take Mom to dinner” for this special day but did you know that 75 million Americans are also planning to take their mother’s out to eat on Mother’s Day according to the National Restaurant Association? How unique is that?

“But Mom wants to go to a restaurant!”, you say? Do you know the #1 reason 51% of mothers choose this option? They are the ones cooking normally for family events. They simply want a break from cooking! 27% of mothers say they choose a restaurant as a way to socialize with family and friends. The ability to create lasting memories is the reason behind 16% of mothers choice of eating at a restaurant on Mother’s Day. 6% of mothers who choose a restaurant for Mother’s Day are Foodies and would choose this option for most occasions.

What if you could give your Mom each of those options all while surprising her with something special and unique this year! Get together with your siblings and simply hire a Private Chef to truly indulge your mother on Mother’s Day! Here’s a few ideas.

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Santoku

significant-otherI am a married man involved in a love affair … and my wife is very much aware of it! My mistress is foreign, German to be exact, with Japanese roots and a Western style. Although her exterior is tough and she can be as cold as ice, the product of her ambition warms the souls of all who come in contact with it. Thin, yet thick in the right places with an inviting arch in her back, she is a genuine beauty! When I hold her, it feels as if she was made for my grasp. Always sharp, never dull, she receives my admiration for her brilliance, strength and endurance. The precision with which she carries out all tasks amazes me. Her name is Santoku and she is my chef knife.

Together, we create the most marvelous duet; though I have to admit, at first, I was not that into her. I was lovesick. This is not my first affair, you see. There was another, and she was taken from me. This day was a tragic one. My knife kit, containing the first knife I had ever fallen in love with, was stolen by an anonymous student peer on campus. Luckily, this underhanded act was countered with an act of complete generosity and kindness. One of my professors upon hearing about the incident presented me with a new kit containing a Santoku knife worth almost $200.

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Hiring A Personal Or A Private Chef: Which is right for you?

Hiring-a-chefI have recently decided to change my service from that of a Personal Chef to a Private Chef. As a Personal Chef, I did not like the fact that the integrity of my food relied on you, the client, and your ability to reheat. I prefer to cook and serve immediately as one of the things I love about being a chef is being able to see and hear you enjoying the cuisines I have made. As I began to discuss this change with current clients, I realized that most of you do not understand the differences between these 2 types of chefs, Personal and Private, and which would be best for your family.

As you, and millions of others, seek alternative, healthier sources of food, you are quickly discovering that hiring a chef is a possibility. If interested in hiring a chef for your family, you must decide whether it is a Personal Chef or a Private Chef that better fits your needs.

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