When The Dealing’s Done: Three Helpful Hints For Planning A Casino Night Fundraiser

Posted by on August 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When The Dealing’s Done: Three Helpful Hints For Planning A Casino Night Fundraiser

Casino nights can be great for raising money to support a local charity, and they give guests a reason to get dressed up and have a good time. When planning your casino night, work with an event planning company to make sure no small details are missed. use this guide to help create an exciting event your guests are sure to love. Gamble On The Menu Don’t be afraid to get creative with the menu for your special event. Consider serving small bites throughout the night instead of one large seated meal. Small bites help to keep everyone full while keeping them at their blackjack or poker tables. Slider sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, fruits and veggies on skewers, or mini barbecue meatballs are all great options. You can also have your event planning company create a dessert table featuring cookies, cakes and candies designed to fit the casino theme. Some examples might include cookies decorated to look like playing cards, or a cake decorated to look like a roulette wheel. Roll The Dice With Decorations Part of creating a casino night fundraiser is creating the atmosphere. Get your guests excited about being part of your night by decorating the space in fun and unique ways. Consider having moving boxes painted or covered in paper to like like dice, and have the boxes stacked on either side of the entrance to your event. Add some red, white and black balloons to each stack to create a fun entrance. Use balloons throughout the event venue, and place glass vases filled with dice in the center of every table. You can also add flowers or feathers to the centerpieces to make them even more impressive. Double Down At The Door Make the visitors to your casino night feel like they are truly Las Vegas high rollers by creating a red carpet experience. You can combine this with the stacked dice idea from above. Place red carpet down at the entrance to your event, and have a backdrop set up on on side of the entrance for photos. Your event planning company can have a backdrop custom printed to feature your company’s name and the name of the charity you are raising funds for. Hire a photographer and get everyone’s picture as they walk in the door. The pictures can then be shared on social media or sent out to individuals as a thank-you for their visit. Work with your event planning company to come up with little touches to make each of these ideas even more special, like creating cute casino-themed menu names to go with the foods you will serve. Have fun with the casino night theme, and get excited to raise money for your charity. For more information, contact Personal Touch Experience or a similar...

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BBQ Variations By Region: What To Expect

Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on BBQ Variations By Region: What To Expect

When a BBQ aficionado hears someone say they love BBQ, the first question is: what kind? Not all BBQ is the same. There are regional differences in the way the meat is cooked, the sauce used and even the sides. Here are the main regional variations and a brief description of each. North Carolina Style Part 1: Lexington Style Lexington is home to a red sauce, pork shoulder based BBQ.  Lexington style BBQ is made by shedding the pork shoulder, marinating it in ketchup, vinegar, salt, and other spices, and cooking it. It is served with slaw, which is often red due to the use of the BBQ sauce in the slaw’s perpetration. North Carolina Style Part 2: Eastern Style Eastern style is different from Lexington style in two ways. First, the entire pig is used, not just the shoulder. Second, there is no ketchup in the sauce. The sauce is not red at all. It is a yellow sauce made with mustard, vinegar, and mayonnaise. The meat is still shredded, so it is similar in that regard. If you’ve only had red style sauce on ribs, then this is going to real change of pace. Kansas City Style Kansas City has a famous BBQ that is served with a thick, sweet sauce and almost always paired with French fries. Unlike many regions that only BBQ pork, Kansas City style chefs will BBQ pork, beef, and even lamb. Some believe that this is because Kansas City has a history of large meatpacking plants, and therefore there were plenty of animals available besides hogs. The meat is not shredded. It is sliced into cuts. Before going on the grill, the meat is dry rubbed with a mixture of peppers, paprika, celery salt and spices. Then when it is done it is served with French fries and a molasses and ketchup sauce. Central Texas Style While East Texas has some fine BBQ, the style that differs most from other regions is Central Texas style. This method of BBQ places all the emphasis on the meat. Sauces are an afterthought. They are often not even served on the meat, but in small paper cups. The BBQ is made with large slices of beef, pork, chicken, and even sausage. The history of this style dates back to the German and Hungarian immigrants to Central Texas. Many of them were butchers, and they sold cooked sliced meat to customers on butcher paper. They didn’t shred it or soak it in sauce as was common on the East Coast. Nowadays, most restaurants serve the meat with potato salad, macaroni and cheese, pickled jalapenos, and often an individually wrapped package of sliced white bread. For more information, contact Bassett Caterers or a similar...

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How To Prepare For An Interview For A Food Service Management Job

Posted by on July 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Prepare For An Interview For A Food Service Management Job

Interviews can be nerve wracking for even the most experienced job seekers. Follow these four tips in order to make sure that you are prepared for your food service management job interview and that you present yourself as well as possible. 1. Dress Like You Belong in Food Management In order to trigger an involuntary connection between you and the food service management industry in the interviewer, you are going to want to dress like you already have the job to which you are applying. Either research what current food service managers wear in the company that you are applying at, or simply stick to dark colored pants and a white top, which is the standard uniform of anyone in food service management. If you look like you already have the job, you could tip the scales in favor of you actually getting the job. 2. Know About the Company to Which You Are Applying If you’ve ever eaten at the restaurant that you want to manage, talk to the interviewer about an excellent experience that you had at the restaurant. Talk about specific things that the restaurant does in order to improve a customer’s experience, such as cooking any food to order exactly as the customer specifies, offering frequent drink specials, and the design of the food on the plate when it is presented. If you are able to point out these specific parts of the service that you experienced, you will be able to show the interviewer that you are already familiar with the customer treatment policy at the restaurant and that you will be able to adapt quickly. 3. Be Polite to Everyone You will likely be interviewing at the restaurant itself. When you come into the restaurant, be polite to everyone that you encounter, from the hostess to the busboy. You don’t know if the interviewer is already watching you and you want to make sure that you make a good impression off that bat. You will also want to show the interviewer that you know how to behave professionally in a restaurant setting. 4. Show that You Can Read Body Langauge Food service managers need to be able to read the body language of their customers. If you think that you have answered a question poorly because the interviewer sat back or crossed his or her arms, rephrase the question to make sure that you totally understood it and tweak your answer to the interviewer’s satisfaction. Talk about how you are able to tell how customers feel in a past professional experience and how you reacted to their body language. For more information, talk to someone who has already interviewed at the company at which you are...

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Eliminate Scratches From A Glass Stove Top

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If a pot caused some small scratches to appear on your new, glass stove top, remove them with the following steps. Once you have finished, your stove will look as good as it did before the damage occurred. Take measures to protect your stove’s surface from additional blemishes in the future. Use The Following Materials baking soda water bowl spoon buffing cloth metal polish cleaning cloths Remove The Scratches Add a small amount of baking soda and water to a bowl and mix them together with a spoon to make a paste. The consistency should be similar to pudding. There is no need to clean the stove’s glass surface with any other product before removing the scratches. The combination of baking soda and water is also effective in removing surface stains. Use a lint free cloth to rub the paste into the surface of the stove. Move the cloth around in circular motions while applying pressure to the glass. Wipe away the paste with a damp cloth. If the scratch is still visible, move on to the next step. Apply Metal Polish Apply a small amount of metal polish to a buffing cloth. Rub the polish onto the stove top while pressing down. Move the buffing cloth around in small circles. Wipe away the excess polish with a dry cloth. Remove any residue that remains on the stove top’s surface with a damp cloth. Dry the surface well with another cloth. The scratch will no longer be visible and your stove top will look as good as new. Prevent Future Damage Many scratches occur when cookware is set directly upon glass surfaces or when pots and pans rub against the area around each burner. Before cooking, rinse the bottom of each piece of cookware off to ensure that no food particles or debris are present on their surface. Place pots and pans in one spot while food is cooking and refrain from moving them onto the glass. If you need to move a pot or pan onto the glass surface, lift it up off of the burner and place it on top of a pot holder or cloth. Clean your stove regularly and remove food spills as soon as they become apparent. Always use a soft cloth to clean your stove. Scrub brushes or scouring pads can cause serious damage to the glass. For more information, contact K & D Factory Service Inc. or a similar...

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