By Alan Richman
Perhaps the most common question heard by hospital and nursing home patients is, “What’s the food like?”
Once upon a time, this query would have elicited only negative responses, ranging from “bland” to “boring” to “beastly.” These days, however, in-patient and long-term-living menus are sparking more interest and more praise—not only for their flavor but also for their nutritional value.
It’s unlikely that anyone, even now, would check into a hospital or senior citizens’ home just to find something good to eat. But it is comforting for patients and residents to know they no longer have to lock up their taste buds along with their watches and other valuables. Food at healthcare facilities has come a long way. Continue reading »
By Sara Perez Webber
A look inside the heart of the business, where one size doesn’t fit all
Do you and your kitchen have a happy relationship? For many, the heart of the business is fraught with growing pains. Start out with one too big, and your expenses may outweigh your profits. Work out of one too small, and you may have to decline business because you can’t keep up with production. Continue reading »
By Sara Perez Webber
As Robin Selden becomes president of the International Caterers Association, she explains how the group enhanced her career and what others can gain from joining
When Robin Selden—managing partner and executive chef of Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning in Stamford, Conn.—joined the International Caterers Association (ICA), “it changed my entire career,” she says.
Robin recently took over as president of the ICA, after serving as a board member and on the ICA’s Culinary Council, and she praises the association for the benefits it bestows on its members. “What I love is that it’s a noncompetitive networking opportunity that creates invaluable forums for sharing and learning from fellow caterers who understand this crazy, amazing business that we all love so much!” she says. It’s been a busy year for Robin, who in addition to taking over the ICA reins recently won the Chef of the Year CATIE award from the ICA. Marcia Selden Catering—founded nearly 40 years ago by Selden’s mother—was in the running for the CATIE Caterer of the Year award, and last year it was the first catering company ever inducted into the Connecticut Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame. Continue reading »