Author Archive for: ‘dsimmons’

Trash Talk May 2 – May 6, 2011

May 2, 2011
Leslie Phillips, Director of Business Development & Client Relations

How much water do we waste?

  • Down the drain…goes 95% of the water entering our homes.
  • You’ll waste 4 gallons if you run the tap while brushing your teeth.
  • Older toilets? Use 2 gallons more (over 3 gallons) than new with every flush.
  • Many people exist on 3 gallons of water per day (or less). We can use that amount in one flush of the toilet.
  • Leaky faucets – at one drop per second waste up to 2,700 gallons each year.
  • Turn it off, fix leaks, think of water as the precious resource it is!



April 28, 2011
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef 

I keep up with a few foodie blogs. One I’ve always found interesting is "Serious Eats". It is full of cutting edge trends and ideas, mouth watering recipes and beautiful pictures!

The latest posting defines fair trade, and does a great job of explaining what that phrase really means. I appreciate the fact that some of the pitfalls of the fair trade certification are also included.

Check it out here!

Photo courtesy: seriouseats


Trash Talk April 25 – April 29, 2011

April 25, 2011
Leslie Phillips, Director of Business Development & Client Relations

Save the veggie!
Before you pitch the tired ones, consider…

  • Soups! And remember chilled soups as it gets warmer
  • Chopped toppings for salads or pastas
  • Stir fry

Tired made tasty!

Trash Talk April 18 – April 22, 2011

April 18, 2011
Leslie Phillips, Director of Business Development & Client Relations

Earth Week 2011

All week we are focusing on ways we can be more earth friendly: local foods, less meat, less waste!



Trash Talk April 11 – April 15, 2011

April 11, 2011
Leslie Phillips, Director of Business Development & Client Relations

Earth Week starts next week (April 18-22)

  • Eat Local & Seasonal – this month that means looking forward to asparagus, broccoli, carrots, lettuces, onions, squash and more
  • Meat Mindfulness - think about how much meat you consume – both for the environment and your heart
  • Lower the Lights – turn them off, turn them down
  • Be a Recycling Machine! Challenge yourself to do the GAPP: glass, aluminum, paper and plastic

Trash Talk April 4 – April 8, 2011

April 4, 2011
Leslie Phillips, Director of Business Development & Client Relations

Make your own “all natural” household cleaner!

  • Combine: ½ cup vinegar + ¼ cup baking soda + ½ gallon water
  • Put into spray bottles
  • Clean away!
  • For more ideas go to

Are food trucks here to stay?

March 29, 2011
Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef

I hope so! They are responsible for bringing a host of ethnic foods (or ‘world flavors’) to just about every large city in America. Food trucks also allow chefs, particularly young chefs, to offer their wares in a low-overhead environment.

I recently came across a website listing the 25 Best Food Trucks-Eat Cheap 2010 from New York magazine.

Just a few of the offerings listed for the 25 trucks:

  • Falafels
  • Taiwanese fried pork
  • Chicken Thai basil dumplings
  • Pork & avocado crema tacos
  • Belgian waffles
  • Whoopie pies (traditional chocolate & seasonal pumpkin)
  • Papusas
  • Nicoise Sandwiches
  • Curried Goat.

I wonder if food trucks will ever make it to smaller cities? I realize they wouldn’t be able to support the variety of foods offered in big cities, but hope that one day I can hit downtown Roanoke for a Kobe beef hot dog with apple slaw or a wasabi pea ice cream cone. Well…maybe not the wasabi pea ice cream…think I’d rather have granola frozen yogurt.


Trash Talk March 28 – April 1, 2011

March 28, 2011
Leslie Phillips, Director of Business Development & Client Relations

More ways to kick the (trash) can:

  • Freeze herbs like basil, mint, tarragon. Lay flat on towel-lined tray, put in freezer, after a couple of hours, put in freezer Ziplocs; squeeze all the air out.
  • Whip up some Hippie Hash (what?!?) Hash browns and any other bits & pieces – veggies, meats – top with cheese. (oh – yum..,!)
  • Veggie puree – single veg or all together; for a soup, side or sauce; the amount of water you add determines which one!


Trash Talk March 21 – 25, 2011

March 21, 2011
Cate Smith, Director/Executive Chef

Water through your hands..

How much energy does it take to get clean water to you?

  • About 56 billion kilowatt-hours. Enough electricity to power more than 5 million homes.
  • AND, water facilities release approximately 116 billion pounds of CO2 per year (as much as 10 million cars).

Ways to reduce your water waste

  • Don’t let the faucet run – wasting 2 gallons per minute!
  • Fix leaks - a leaky faucet can waste 10 - 100 gallons a day.
  • Run the dishwasher when it’s FULL.
      • Hand washing uses more water than a fully loaded dishwasher.
      • Energy Star dishwasher can save 5,000 gallons of water over hand washing.

Are You Bugged by Bugs?

March 15, 2011 Denise Simmons, Corporate Chef I’ve read in several trade publications lately that the next great food craze is going to be insects. That’s right…bugs!  As a chef, I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m not the most adventurous person in the world when it comes to food (or what some people consider food).  I can’t even watch much of Andrew Zimmern or Anthony Bourdain’s tv shows…the things they eat just totally gross me out. On a rational level, I understand the need to feed people with what’s available.  If predictions hold true and earth is home to 9 billion people by the middle of this century, we’re going to need to be creative about how we find food.  Bugs have been a part of many cultures’ culinary repertoire since the beginning of time.  They’re plentiful, grow easily & quickly, don’t require a lot of space or natural resources, and apparently are a great source of protein.  I’ve also heard that, when prepared properly, they’re really quite tasty. Ugggh.  I’m thinking it might be time to become a vegetarian! I wonder what you call people who eat bugs?  If people who eat fish, but not meat, are called Pescatarians…would that mean people who eat bugs are called Pestatarians? Art by: “The Walt Disney Company”
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