Saturday, March 28, 2009

Cook and Servers Needed!

If you're looking to change jobs or are looking for a job here's a great opportunity. The Cellar Door in Downers Grove (5150-A Main Street) needs an experienced, full-time cook and experienced, part-time servers. Tomorrow, Sunday, March 29, from 4-6 p.m., they will have a "job fair" to fill these positions.

Here's the job description for both positions.

Cook: A person who has significant cooking experience at a high-end food establishment. The cook needs to be professional and presentable. Minimum of 45 hours a week. In addition to cooking, this person will be responsible for food inventory, cleaning and maintaining the shop. Must be at least 21 years old.

Servers: Experience servers with flexible hours. Position is part-time. Wine knowledge is preferred. Must be 21 years old.

All you have to do is show up on Sunday with your resume and a list of reference for an interview at the restaurant.

Call 630.241.2030 for more information. Good luck!

Happy Eating! Mr. Foodie

Friday, March 27, 2009

I want to keep you all informed about industry get togethers and meetings that could benefit you during these challenging economic times.

If you own a restaurant, a bar, a wine bar or anything involving the hospitality industry you should consider attenting the The Santé Restaurant Symposium, April 26-29 at the Sagamore in Bolton Landing, NY. This symposium is the most comprehensive conference designed for fine-dining and upscale-casual hospitality professionals. Industry experts from all corners of the hospitality industry share their expertise over three days of 35 seminars on food, wine, spirits, management, and business-development trends.

In addition, you'll be able to network with the best in the business at guest-chef dinners,receptions, parties, and other events, as well as explore the latest in products and equipment at a comprehensive professionals-only exhibition.

Register by April 1 to receive more than 15% off! Full admission cost $995* prior to April 1, 2009; $1,195 thereafter. *For each full pass, attendees may receive an additional pass for $595.

If you have questions, e-mail or call 1-800-493-9585. Visit, too, to read who will be presenting seminars and to learn more about the symposium.

Happy Eating! Mr. Foodie

Thursday, March 26, 2009

James Beard Awards

If you love to cook you may want to thank James Beard. If you just asked yourself "Who is James Beard?", then you can't call yourself any type of cook. It's simply impossible to sum up Beard's life in a few sentences, but this is what I can say ... When James Beard died at 82 on January 21, 1985, he left a legacy of culinary excellence and integrity to generations of home cooks and professional chefs. He was hailed as "The Father of American Gastronomy" and his name remains synonymous with American food. Go your local book store, library or search the internet to learn more about Beard. It'll make you appreciate cooking and everything about food.

The reason I mention Beard is because The James Beard Foundation Awards are right around the corner: Monday, May 4. These awards shine a spotlight on the best and brightest talent in the food and beverage industry. Here's how the foundations explains what the awards represent.

"Covering all aspects of the industry—from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more—the James Beard Foundation Awards are the highest honors for food and beverage professionals working in America. The awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Nominees and winners are fêted at a weekend of gala events in New York City that has become the social and gastronomic highlight of the year.

Nowhere has the power and influence of women in the food industry been more recognized than at the James Beard Foundation, where more than 350 medallions have been awarded to women during the 19-year history of the Awards. There are more talented and successful women than ever before in all aspects of the food and hospitality world, from chefs to farmers, pastry chefs to bread bakers, winemakers to cheese makers, and more. At this year’s Awards, the James Beard Foundation will be celebrating these women who serve as role models for future generations and who help make our world more delicious every day. At the Media Awards Dinner and Gala Reception celebrations, women from various areas of the culinary industry and from across the country will be represented.

For more information, to join as a member, to learn more about James Beard, or to sign up to receive Beard Bites, our free electronic newsletter, visit

Happy Eating! Mr. Foodie