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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bocuse d'Or 2015

I originally composed and posted this piece in December of 2012, prior to the 2013 edition of the Bocuse d'Or competition. I feel the need to update the post, and get this up before next week's 2015 event. I have left the background information about it unchanged, but updated with the "need to know" on this year's Team USA, and some slight changes. I hope I can bring a little more awareness to this interesting, and important, event.

Until I picked up the book Knives at Dawn: America's Quest for Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d'Or Competition by Andrew Friedman, I had never heard about the Bocuse d'Or World Cuisine Contest. I had heard of the Culinary Olympics that take place in Germany every four years; but the Bocuse d'Or is not to be confused with the Culinary Olympics. Friedman's work followed the training and performance of the 2009 Team USA's Captain Timothy Hollingsworth and Commis Adina Guest of Thomas Keller's French Laundry in Napa, California. It's a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it if you have any desire to learn more about the behind the scenes of a real cooking competition.

So, you ask... "What IS the Bocuse d'Or, Frank?" Well, you're in luck; I just happen to feel like dropping some Food Nerdery on you all, today!

Monday, January 19, 2015

JOMORW - Joplin Missouri Restaurant Week

This week, January 19th through 25th, marks the first year of the Joplin Missouri Restaurant Week (JOMORW)! I'm really excited to see this get organized and taking place. A brainchild of Jason Miller (owner/chef of Instant Karma and Eagle Drive In) and Erryn Jones, there are twenty participating local restaurants, each offering some variety of special deal in exchange for non-perishable food donations for the Crosslines Food Pantry. Crosslines serves an average of 750 families for food requests each month. 
Wait! What?!
That's a stark reminder that whenever we are sitting down at our dinner table at home, or meeting up with friends at any of the great local offerings around town, we have many, many families, in fact, too damned many families, starving... right here in Joplin, Missouri. That means children are going to school hungry, unable to concentrate and learn. That puts them at an instant disadvantage in the world. Crosslines is doing incredible work to try to alleviate some of this hunger and malnutrition. But they rely on donations and volunteers.
This special week brings awareness to the local restaurants in Joplin, benefits a great cause, and most importantly, helps other members of our community that may not be able to provide the necessary nutrition for their families. Patrons can support local business while giving a helping hand to our neighbors, and get a little perk in return.
Each of the twenty restaurants are offering deals such as 2-4-1 specials on their menu items and drinks, a percentage off with a donation, free desserts, free drinks, free side orders, and on and on. I see this as such a win-win situation. And you can register at each participating establishment for a grand prize of twenty $20 gift certificates, one certificate for each restaurant!!! Everyone in the Joplin area should get out on the town, this week, and participate.
Below is a graphic showing the participating restaurants. It's a must that you head over the JOMO Restaurant Week Facebook page and find all the deals being offered. Then, you can put together your local meal itinerary for the week! 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Frank About... this Blog

I hope you all are doing well. I realize I've been very quiet, here, and on the Facebook page. For that, I apologize. Life was very busy for me around the holidays, and to be quite Frank about it, I found myself at a bit of a loss of motivation, or juju or pizazz, for the blog. I hope to find my muse again, soon, and re-fire my passion and bring you more great content. Until then, I hope you remain with me, and keep checking in, and be sure to browse older posts on the blog. Thanks again for all your support.