The Chefs Center of California is in the business of supporting small businesses. This includes sometimes indirectly supporting independent film and TV. This author and the Chefs Center General Manager, Larry Bressler, were even given imdb credit for their support of Eat With Me, the foodie feature love story that showcases the talents of a […]

Many artisans that make their products at the Chefs Center will have to, at one point or another, do sampling. At farmers markets, food shows (such as the rapidly approaching Artisanal L.A.) or even on the floor of Whole Foods Markets, a good food demo operation can make a serious difference. According to an article […]

It’s late December. Time to look back on that barometer of agrarian society: what happened around food and the food business. Locally, it was a great year. It was time to say goodbye to a few businesses that incubated here. Goodie Girls hatched and opened not one, but two stores from which to sell their […]

KITCHEN ETIQUETTE 101 Politeness and consideration for others is like investing pennies and getting dollars back. -Thomas Sowell Kitchens are unique work spaces. Most of them are required to run like Swiss watches yet dangers, such as fire and sharp edges lurk everywhere.  Time is always of the essence even when the product coming out […]

A little over a year ago, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Homemade Food Act (CHFA) into law. Otherwise known as cottage food laws, this act was to foster small food based businesses by allowing them to produce certain quantities of “non-hazardous” foods in one’s own home for retail sale. The Chefs Center of California […]

For me, it was a cake my mother made in 1988. It was a white cake with cherry/walnut frosting. It was lopsided. The icing looked like a raging sea.  I know that if I had ever presented a train wreck of a cake like this to an employer or client, I would have been laughed […]

Twenty five years. Twenty five years is a long time for anything.  In the restaurant business, it’s an eternity. Yet that’s how long Charlie Trotter’s restaurant thrived in the hyper-competitive Chicago restaurant scene. On November 5th , the influential Chef passed away at the age of 54. One of the world’s most respected Chefs and […]