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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Prince George’s County – Chef Troy and Wife Yvette Williams Raising Up Prince George’s County Chefs and Restaurateurs



Subject: Prince George’s County – Chef Troy and Wife Yvette Williams Raising Up Prince George’s County Chefs and Restaurateurs



I didn’t know the husband and wife team of Troy and Yvette Williams were so influential in Prince George’s County’s Culinary world. The duo lead the C-CAP Program which stands for Careers Through Culinary Arts Program. They train Prince George’s County and Washington DC students for careers as chefs in the culinary and hospitality industry. 



Leon Harris: Harris’ Heroes – C-CAP

I came across their information while searching for something else in Google. Leon Harris, anchor at WJLA Channel 7, did a segment on their program. With the help of attorney-turned-restaurateur Mark Kuller, the program, which was experiencing decreased participation due to DC’s culinary scene explosion, is on the rise. Kuller did some letter writing to chefs and restauranteurs he knew in the DC Metro Area. Many of the recipients of the letter said they would love to provide a paid internship for a student in their kitchen.



C-CAP Alum Lester Walker on Chopped

I’m thankful I ran across their information because they are another ally in developing the Prince George’s County foodie scene, agritourism, and developing supply chains for Prince George’s County farmers. I also want to facilitate internships at kitchens of chefs I know (Chef Cole, Chef Christ, Chef Ed, Mrs. K’s Motel and Restaurant).

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Prince George's County - Jobs, Training, Hospitality - MGM National Harbor

Subject: Prince George's County - Jobs, Training, Hospitality - MGM National Harbor



MGM National Harbor, a world class Destination Resort opens in 2016!  Will you be ready?
Prince George’s Community College in partnership with MGM Nation Harbor will launch the Hospitality Express Training Program this fall to help prepare residents of Prince George’s County and the surrounding community for the nearly 3,600 employment opportunities coming to our area, including:
Food & Beverage Services
o     Chefs
o     Food Servers
o     Bartenders

 Casino Operations 
o    Dealers
o    Hosts
o    Security and Surveillance
o    Cage Cashiers
Hotel Operations 
o     Front Desk Managers
o     Guest Services Operations and Management                            
o    Guest Room Attendants

Retail Operations
o    Retail Supervisors and Managers
o    Clerks
o    Sales
o    Cashiers
The Hospitality Express Training Program will provide a fundamental understanding of employers’ expectations, including licensing requirements for the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Commission and current standards individuals must meet to qualify for entry-level and high-demand positions in a growing industry. Upon successfully completing the Hospitality Express Training Program, students will receive industry-recognized credentials that reflect their successful completion of the required training and understanding of what it takes to get started in these exciting careers.
Don’t gamble on your future! Sign up today for one of our FREE informational sessions about the Hospitality Express Training Program on: Saturday, August 15, 2015 or Friday August 21, 2015.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Prince George’s County – Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Speaks To Prince George’s County Agribusiness and Agritourism Community



Subject: Prince George’s County – Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Speaks To Prince George’s County Agribusiness and Agritourism Community


I watched this Congressional oversight hearing on C-span and it was very informative. USDA has so many resources that could help Prince George’s County grow its agribusiness and agritourism capacity. The cadre of local food movement residents in the County would do well to go to the offices of the USDA which resides in Washington DC. I suggest going with questions and concrete goals we want to achieve in agribusiness and agritourism. From listening to the hearing, I could swear Secretary Vilsack was speaking directly to many of Prince George’s County’s challenges. He spoke about approaching farming from a business perspective and interjecting innovative ideas and programs to increase interest in agriculture.

 

July 22, 2015: Secretary Tom Vilsack testified at an oversight hearing on Department of Agriculture programs

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Event: Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition 2015 – Semi-Finals
Date: Monday August 10, 2015 6:00 – 9:45 pm
Location: Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
                4 West University Parkway
                Baltimore, Maryland 21218
                410-235-5400
Ticket Info: http://www.masondixonmasterchef.com/schedule-results/match-details.php?match_id=89&match=Semi-Final+One

Prince George’s County – Chef Christ And Sous Chef Elder Lopez Advance To Semi-Finals Of Mason Dixon Master Chef 2015



Subject: Prince George’s County – Chef Christ And Sous Chef Elder Lopez Advance To Semi-Finals Of Mason Dixon Master Chef 2015

Once again Chef Christ and Sous Chef Elder Lopez pull out the win in the "Aphrodisiac" Match 10 and continue representing Prince George’s County chefs and the foodie scene. There were more residents from Prince George’s County supporting these chefs at this match but I still haven’t seen any prominent government or business community representatives rooting on the chefs. 



Video 13_Chef Christ and Sous Chef Elder Lopez Mason Dixon Master Chef 7_21_2015

The next battle will be Monday August 10, 2015 from 6 pm to 9:45 pm. It really is an enjoyable time and the food and drink provided is very tasty. It is especially tasty when Prince George’s County residents come in droves and bond in an effort to pump up our chefs so they will “bring it.” The crowd gets to weigh in on the judging which can make a difference. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $45 for a “Judging Ticket.” Come show your support!

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Event: Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition 2015 – Semi-Finals
Date: Monday August 10, 2015 6:00 – 9:45 pm
Location: Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
                4 West University Parkway
                Baltimore, Maryland 21218
                410-235-5400

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Prince George’s County – Chanel Turner Owner Of Prince George’s County Based FOU-DRE Vodka Speaks With Allison Starling



Subject: Prince George’s County – Chanel Turner Owner Of Prince George’s County Based FOU-DRE Vodka Speaks With Allison Starling


FOU-DRE Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FOUDREVODKA


FOU-DRE on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FOUDREVodka

I try to keep beer, wine, and spirits companies highlighted because so few exist in Prince George’s County. Beer, wine, and spirits go hand-in-hand with restaurants and food. It’s important for residents to know what companies are based in Prince George’s so we can try the product and ultimately support it. If residents like these products, they need to request the product(s) be carried in the beer, wine, and spirits store they support. It’s as simple as the owner of the beer, wine, and spirits store calling their local distributor and ordering it.



Working Women: Chanel Turner creates FOU-DRE Vodka
By Alison Starling

Because craft spirits and local distilleries are on the rise, I would hope that FOU-DRE and other craft spirits companies would partner with Prince George’s County farmers to grow rye, corn, wheat or whatever crop is needed to make the spirit. Chanel Turner pointed out that FOU-DRE is currently distilled in South Carolina. Once they partner with Prince George’s County farmers for the ingredients, they can setup a local distillery. Another option would be to partner with a “spirits entrepreneur” who will setup a distillery and distill multiple brands of local spirits to make it cost effective for startup spirits companies.

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Event: Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition – Match 10
Date: Tuesday July 21, 2015
Location: Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
                4 West University Parkway
                Baltimore, Maryland 21218
                410.235.5400
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