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Category: Columns

Summer Season Is Gearing Up

FSM’s new editor, Lisa Keathley, best summed up our 43rd Expo in a few precise words, “an assault on the senses — sights, sounds, tastes and smells.” Boy is she on point! Without a doubt, this was our largest Expo to date with 415 exhibit booths and close to 6,000 attendees. To everyone who exhibited […]

Hampton and Virginia Beach Teens Take 2017 ProStart Top Honors

On Friday, March 10, Virginia ProStart teams from Phoebus High School (Hampton) and Tallwood High School (Virginia Beach) placed first at the 2017 Virginia ProStart Student Invitational in culinary arts and restaurant management, respectively. As the winners of the competition, held at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., both schools received an invitation to participate in […]

RAM Award Winners to Be Announced April 30

NOTE:  Due to the “March Blizzard,” the Maryland ProStart Student Invitational was postponed until later in the month, and the results were not available at the time of this submission. For a list of the winning schools, please go to marylandrestaurants.com. The finalists for the Restaurant Association of Maryland’s (RAM) annual awards have been decided, […]

Who Doesn’t Like a Free Festival?

Whatsup Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore neighborhoods with large-scale light installations, performances, music, and innovation. It kicked off on March 31 and continues through April 8.  Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, […]

Another Renowned Spanish Chef for DC

Frank Ruta will be cooking near his former place of employment when he opens Mirabelle at 16th & I Streets, NW, near the White House. This French-focused restaurant will open for lunch only for the first two weeks, with dinner service following. Pastry chef Aggie Chin, who worked with Frank at Palena and the Grill […]

For Real … What Is ‘Sous Vide’ Cooking?

When conducting our Food Service Manager classes, we touch on the subject of sous vide cooking, the variance, and the HACCP required to obtain the variance.  Even though sous vide has become a more fashionable method of cooking, a lot of students don’t know what it means or entails. First, HACCP is an acronym that […]

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