Happy PRIDE month! All June long, millions of people come together to celebrate and support the LGBTQIA+ community. This year marks the 51st celebration.
The acronym, originally LGB, is an evolving abbreviation that began in the mid to late 1980s and since then has grown and evolved over the years to be more inclusive and respective to understand, define, identify, and express people's lived gender and experiences.
Today’s fully expanded 12-character version in use is LGBTQQIP2SAA, which represents and recognizes 11 groups in our community: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, pansexual, two-spirit (2S), asexual, and ally.
LGB, refers to sexual identity: Lesbian, Gay and Bi-Sexual.
T, stands for Transgender, a person whose gender identity is different from the sex on their birth certificate.
Q, stands for Queer. Anyone who is non-cisgender and/or non-heterosexual.
The second Q stands for Questioning, a person still exploring their sexuality.
I, stands for Intersex, a person born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that is not typical of female or male.
P, stands for Pansexual, someone whose physical, emotional, or romantic attraction is not based on gender, sex, or identity.
2SS, stand for two-spirited people, where birth-assigned women or men take on the role of the opposite sex.
A, stands for Asexual. Anyone who is not attracted to any gender.
And the last A, for Ally.
Furthermore, the Pride flag has also evolved since its first design in 1978, created by Gilbert Baker, a California artist, and gay rights activist. The ubiquitous Rainbow flag “…was a conscious choice, natural and necessary,” Gilbert said. “The Rainbow came from earliest recorded history as a symbol of hope.”
With the different groups, genders, and identities outlined above, each has come up with its flag over the years and although they may look different, each symbolizes a safe space.
We choose to show our pride with the updated flag, formally known as the Progress flag, using the adopted Philadelphia Pride flag colors, redesigned in 2018 by Daniel Quasar, a Portland-based designer, artist, and gamer. Daniel, who identifies as xe (a gender-neutral pronoun), conceived xis version late June 2018 on a Kickstarter campaign to emphasize “what is important in our current community climate”, and includes the Black, Brown, and Tran-pride stripes. The flag went viral in series of posts following the death of George Floyd in 2020.
The added colors to the traditional flag highlight those groups who started the movement, that today we call PRIDE. A tribute to Marsha P. Johnson and Silvia Rivera, the Trans people of color and activists who were instrumental in the 1969 Stonewall Riots.
These transformations exist from the resilience and to share one’s true self in all its uniqueness; in being heard; in greater unity; in celebrating all types of love.
FOH® is PROUD beyond the rainbow.
Working closely with some of our most cherished relationships, we have been able to complete 500+ volunteer hours and donate over $25,000 in support of our local LGBTQ+ community.
We stand with the leaders that inspire the continued fight for equality and justice.
Get involved! PRIDE is more accessible than ever. If you would like to get involved in any festivities, please find a calendar of events for your area here.
To donate directly to our partners, click here for Pridelines and here for EqualityFL.
As cities across the globe are beginning to resume business in a now post-COVID world, one major question is still lingering at the forefront of every reopening conversation is “how we are going to continue to keep our customers, staff, and office spaces clean and virus-free”.
There are many companies offering “quick fixes” to cleaning and disinfecting workplaces, however FOH® Health Essentials, has created the Essentials M.I.S.T. Fogger to help companies safely and easily disinfect their office spaces in a short period of time without having to outsource the job.
Here are just a of the few features that make the Essentials M.I.S.T. Fogger the best disinfecting fogger on the market…
Knowing which sanitation and disinfectant fogger to use is extremely important in the overall health management of your team and customers. Choosing the right product can be the difference between a shut down workspace or a smooth running operation.
Our FOH® family has always been focused on making sure we implement the best environmentally conscious practices when it comes to our day-to-day culture. From our innovative, award-winning eco-friendly product collections to our in-office commitment to using more sustainable products; one example, eliminating the use of plastic cups and stirrers and replacing them with reusable Drinkwise® cups and bamboo stirrers, we have dedicated ourselves to ensuring that we contribute to the overall longevity of our environment’s health.
Contributing to the sustainability of the environment is the heartbeat of Front of the House®’s corporate culture. Since inception, we have remained committed to sustainability by practicing environmental awareness, social responsibility, working closely with our Miami-based in-house Design & Development Team to continuously introduce innovative, eco-friendly product options that improve our existing product lines by minimizing our carbon footprint and our overall environmental impact. Our commitment extends to our energy-efficient workspaces as well, outfitted with LED motion sensor lighting, Nest programmable thermostats, and energy-saving appliances.
Currently, we have 10 sustainable product collections that include Servewise, Paper Straws, Platewise®, Drinkwise®, Crushed Bamboo, Palm Wood, Rubberwood, Nami™ Bamboo, ROOT®, and Rustic Wood.
March is dedicated to women’s history month. A national recognition since 1982 to properly honor our trailblazers.
Fast forward 20 years, FOH®, a minority, Women-Owned Business, was founded and led by CEO, Simone Mayer, and Exec. VP. Mayda Perez, disruptors in the food & beverage and hospitality industries with their design perspective. FOH® is also certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council since 2013.
Diversity in our industries is a hot topic and has been across the country for many years and to help create a space to amplify the impact and opportunities of a more inclusive culture, we hare #WOWWomen, highlighting the talented leading females running and paving the way for the future.
WOW, what a fantastic time to celebrate!
Get to know some of the women owned firms blazing trails in the industry.
Simeone Deary – Chicago. Lisa Simeone founded Simeone Deary Design Group with Gina Deary in 2002, stepping outside traditional bounds to build an interior design firm that would prioritize the creative process and inspire collaboration with clients.
Sheedy DeLaRosa – Chicago. Guided by the combined, award-winning expertise of principles Natalie Sheedy and Marcie DeLaRosa, Sheedy/Delarosa Interiors delivers big-firm results via a personal and flexible boutique approach.
Parker Torres – Massachusetts. Formed in 2004 by Barbara Parker and Miriam Torres, their company of 25+ professionals specialize in hospitality design. Each partner has more than thirty years of experience in this sphere, and both women draw upon their individual strengths to provide unique perspectives for every project.
Kay Lang – Los Angeles. Kay Lang has specialized in the field of four and five-star hospitality and high-end residential design for over 30 years. Her projects span the globe from boutique hotels and destination resorts, to full-service properties, including large scale mixed-use projects.
Tara Bernerd – London. Bernerd, an inveterate traveler, is constantly seeking and designing what she calls “homes-away-from-home.” Witness them in hospitality projects her 25-person firm, Tara Bernerd & Partners, has done for such clients as Thompson Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels, and Starwood Capital.
Egg Collective –New York. established in 2011 by Stephanie Beamer, Crystal Ellis, and Hillary Petrie. Before Egg Collective was a company, it was an idea. Conceived of as a creative partnership synthesizing its founder’s backgrounds in art, architecture, and woodworking, this notion evolved into an ethos: Materials are sacred and are imbued with infinite potential.
Sara Kuchar – Chicago. After working at Perkins + Will for 11 years, Sarah Kucharbranched out on her own in 2016. Kuchar's motto is “no rules”—no market sector, site, material, or product is off limits for her eponymous firm, which employs five women.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic back in March, many local organizations and businesses have stepped up to answer the call for help from their local community members.
One such organization, Kids In Distress (KIDs), a South Florida based organization dedicated to preventing childhood abuse, preserving families, and treating children who have been abused and neglected, has been hosting food distributions since March that provide over 500 families with groceries weekly. They also have been financially assisting South Florida families whose households have been affected by loss of employment or furlough.
Recently FOH®, Inc learned that KIDs was experiencing a shortage in disposable masks, amongst other items, needed for the families that they serve across the tri-county area with their in-home and foster services. So, they stepped up and donated over 75,000 disposable masks over a 3-month time span to their Broward County facility.
Interested in seeing how you can donate to Kids in Distress, click here for more information.
As COVID-19 cases across the country are rising, FOH®, Inc continues on their steadfast mission of supporting and providing relief to South Florida communities that need it.
On October 18, 2020, FOH®, Inc donated over 20,000 3-ply disposable masks to the Lotus House Women’s Shelter in the community of Overtown, in an effort to protect their 500 residents and 150 staff members against the spread of this virus.
The Lotus House, a shelter that houses disadvantage and homeless women and children and provides them with the sanctuary, support, education, and resources needed for them to heal and grow, put out a call for help through their COVID-19 Relief Fund and FOH®, Inc answered.
“We’re committed to affecting meaningful and lasting change for causes we believe in and the livelihoods of those most in need. We are extremely grateful that even during these unprecedented times, we are able to provide to support to our neighbors,” says CEO Simone Mayer.
If you or your organization would like to find out how you can help keep the residents and staff of the Lotus House safe, The Lotus House.
Many South Florida families have unexpectedly experienced a change in their household income. So, in an effort to assist in providing some financial relief to these families during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, FOH® has teamed up with Quinton Dunbar of the Seattle Seahawks and a few local South Florida businesses todistribute turkeys, produce boxes, and disposable masks boxes to over 800 South Florida families while also providing hot meals to local
“This event is definitely one close to my heart,” says Event Coordinator, Johnny “Jay Five” Harris. “I see day in and day out how this pandemic has affected my brothers and sisters in my community. Just a few months ago many families were living comfortably and working hard to save for luxury items, and now those same families are working hard just keep a roof over their head and food in their stomachs. Also, with the new legal limitations that the virus has put over us, some homeless feeding programs have been shut down or put on pause for the time being, making it harder for the homeless to receive hot meals daily. So, I felt it was my duty to call up some of my peers to put this idea into motion.”
Other community partners include:
- 103.5 The Beat iHeart Radio
- Helping Florida
- Florida Film House
- Demesmin & Dover Law Firm
- Girl Makes Beats
- Optimist Club of Overtown
- City of Miami’s Park & Recreation
- City of Miami’s Police Department
- Miami-Dade County Corrections Department
- City of Miami Human Services
We are excited to celebrate Black History Month this February by highlighting a few amazing black chefs that we have been delighted to work with over the years….
(Pic of Chef Corey Rice)
Chicago-based celebrity chef and owner of Chef Corey’s Kitchen, Corey Rice, has been making waves in the culinary world since 2016 with his debut performance on the Fox’s Season 7 of MasterChef. After making his first major television appearance, Chef Corey’s notoriety landed him the roll of featured chef at some of the US’s top culinary events including the Taste of Chicago, SOBE Wine & Food Festival, RibFEst Chicago, Chicago Gourmet and the Black Women’s Expo.
Chef Corey has had the privilege of reinventing the menus at some of Chicago’s top restaurants include Eleven/Eleven West Loop Chicago, Bar22 South Loop, Bracket Room UIC village, BBQ Supply Hyde Park, The BudLong Hot Chicken Hyde Park, and The Entrance Bar and Grill Harvey Illinois. Chef Corey has also provided his personal chef services for several known personalities, including Radio FM Big 95.5, WGCI 107.5, Grammy winner DJ Kid Capri and legendary radio personality Ramonski Love, Leon Rodgers, as well as with many television networks, such as Fox News, WGNTV Midday News, and WCIU Jam Show Recently Chef Corey was featured in an article in Food and Beverage Magazine’s April Covid-19 Special Edition.
With all of this nothing has been worth more than working with the community of Chicago and small non-profit that help our urban youth. Since his venture with Chef Life, Chef Corey has been blessed to work with a program called Monster Education Foundation who establishes a college savings fund for urban students starting at 6th grade.
“My love of cooking started in my Mother's Kitchen”
Recently, Joessy, FOH®’s Digital Content Manager, got the opportunity to sit down with Chef Corey during an IG Live to discuss his background, what the chef world looks like through his eyes, and his love for soul food.
Check Out the IG Live with Chef Corey Rice (Please have this lead to https://www.instagram.com/tv/CLNqx7TFqW3/?igshid=1j9j83bm66wqx)
(Pic of Shrimp & Grits)
Love shrimp & grits? Follow Chef Corey’s recipe and create your own shrimp & grits dish.
1 cup of grits
2 cups water
2 cups chicken broth
salt to taste
2 tbsp butter
1/2 cup Shredded Gouda Cheese
1/4 cup Shredded Monterey jack cheese
1/4 cup of Farmers Cheese from lifeway foods
1 lb shrimp (peeled and deveined)
3 Strips of Thick Cut bacon
1 shallots sliced thin
2 Chicken Andouille Sausage links
1 garlic cloves chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp lemon juice
Bring water and chicken broth to boil in a medium pot and add salt for taste. Add grits and lower heat to medium-low heat. Cover and let it simmer for about 15 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
Once grits are cooked like you prefer take it off the heat. Add in butter and cheese, stirring until all ingredients are melted together.
Make sure the shrimp are peeled and devein.
Cut the bacon into small diced pieces, take the shallot and remove the husk skin, and slice the shallots, (please be careful the shallot peeled are slippery) make sure you clean all the husk skin from the area.
Next peel the garlic clove, smashing and minc the garlic. Finally cut the Andouille Sausage into full moon circles
In a medium cooking pan, over medium heat, cook diced bacon until brown and crispy. Remove the bacon pieces onto a paper towel and set aside the bacon drippings.
Next add shallots and Chicken Andouille to the pan with bacon drippings, and saute them in the drippings until golden
Add the minced garlic, chicken broth and lemon juice stirring all ingredients bringing them to a simmer.
Finally Add the shrimp in the pan ingredients and cook until the shrimp turn pink and opaque on one side. Flip shrimp to the other side and let it cook until that side also turns pink and opaque. Please do not over cook the shrimp. It should take no longer than 5 to 7 minutes to finish after you add the shrimp.
Remove the pan from the heat.
Add grits to the bowls, in the center of the fruits add the shrimp mixture to the center of the grits and spoon in some of the juice from the pan. And let's eat
When people think of FOH®, for the most part they are thinking of FOH® as a leader, trendsetter, and disruptor in the food & beverage and hospitality industries known for their creative, eye-catching designs paired with their commercial-grade durability. However, FOH® is much more than just the products they create. Here are 10 things you may not know about FOH®:
- FOH® is a Woman-Owned business – FOH® was founded in 2002 by Simone Mayer and Mayda Perez. Almost 20 years later, they are regarded as disruptors in the industry. FOH® has been certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council since 2013.
- Comprised of 3 Brands - FOH® is made up of three individually, unique brands.
- Front of the House® is a proud designer and manufacturer for all segments of the foodservice industry. From distinctive dinnerware collections and serving pieces to solution-based, beautiful buffet essentials, Front of the House®’s products complement any restaurant’s, hotel’s, or spa’s aesthetic and enhances every Chef’s culinary plating vision.
- room360° by FOH® is an established industry leader, designing, manufacturing and stocking solution-oriented hospitality lifestyle accessories for the finest hotels, spas, and design firms worldwide.
- FOH® Health Essentials provides foodservice and hospitality with reliable Personal Protective Equipment to aid them in serving their communities safely. This includes a variety of top-quality face masks and respirators, gowns, gloves, shoe covers, essentials kits and much more.
- In-Stock and Ready to Ship – FOH® offers thousands of products that are in-stock and ready to ship. FOH® is comprised of a 150+ team members worldwide and has Distribution Centers in both Florida, California, and Germany with over 130,000 sq ft.
- From Our Hearts – From Our Hearts is FOH®’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. FOH® firmly believes that it’s their foundational responsibility as a business to give back and be an agent of change by supporting non-profit organizations and initiatives committed to positively impacting our world. FOH® Team Members volunteer 1% of their time with a charity of their choice, FOH® donates 2% of their products to charities in need, and 3% of annual profits to charities worldwide.
- Great Place to Work – For the past 5 years, FOH® has received the “Great Place to Work” employee experience certification and has been featured in Fortune Magazine as “Best Workplaces in Manufacturing & Production.”
- Health & Wellness Perks – In addition to a rich, heavily subsidized health insurance plan, FOH® offers a variety of perks for team members that encourage them to live their healthiest emotional and physical lives. These perks include an in-house Corporate Coach that you can talk to about any issues you are facing in the workplace or at home, weekly Zumba, meditation and yoga classes, massage therapy, on-site manis & pedis, fresh fruit delivered to the office twice a week for all to enjoy, a gym complete with every machine and weight you will need to create and continue on a healthier lifestyle journey, and an annual health & wellness fair
- Scholarships & Education – FOH® is dedicated to and focused on nurturing future chefs of tomorrow. Since inception FOH® has partnered with countless culinary schools around the globe, like the Institute of Culinary Education and ICE to help educate and prepare future chef’s FOH® partners with organizations like Women Chefs & Restauranteurs (WCR) and James Beard, providing scholarships and other opportunities to helping future chefs achieve their culinary career goals.
- Work Hard, Play Hard – FOH®’s strong corporate culture with family-style energy is truly unmatched. FOH® prides themselves on delivering memorable and exciting experiences while creating and building upon team members bonds through activities that include monthly spirit days, team member parties & celebrations, lunchtime yoga & meditation, happy hours, and many other gatherings.
- Smoking Cessation Program – FOH®’s smoking cessation program provides team members with financial incentives to quit smoking.
- Local Community Love – FOH® takes pride in supporting their local South Florida community though various partnerships and donations. One such example was this past Winter when FOH® donated over a half of million mask to the United Teachers of Dade teacher’s union.
(Miami, FL) The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® is proud to announce and honor the 2020 winners in our newest regions, welcoming Charlotte, Denver, Miami, Nashville, and New York to the Best and Brightest Program.
The 2020 new regional program winning companies were assessed by an independent research firm, which reviewed a number of key measures relative to other nationally recognized winners. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winners are not ranked. This year, the Best and Brightest program honored 47 winning organizations from Charlotte, Denver, Miami, Nashville, and New York, out of 480 nominations. The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® winners will be honored during the virtual Illuminate Business Summit week in the spring of 2021.
The categories applicants were scored on include: Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; and Strategic Company Performance.
With over 20 years of experience conducting the Best and Brightest competitions, the National Association for Business Resources (NABR) has identified numerous best Human Resource practices and provided benchmarking for companies that continue to be leaders in employment standards.
“Throughout 2020, the Best and Brightest Companies To Work For® have demonstrated leadership and forward thinking as they pivoted their business and workforce through Covid-19. As the conversation and focus has shifted, our Best and Brightest winning companies have also been a voice for important actions regarding creating a virtual culture that works, race relations and ensuring the wellbeing of their employees come first. In these unique times, these Best and Brightest Companies To Work For® excel and share their knowledge with others,” said Jennifer Kluge, President and CEO, Best and Brightest Programs.
If you would like more information about FOH® or to schedule an interview , please email FOH Marketing Director, Dominique Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOH® was established in 2002; FOH Health Essentials™, Front of the House® and room360˚ by FOH® are divisions of FOH® , a global brand. FOH Health Essentials™ offers a wide range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s), including disposable and reusable masks, gowns, thermometers, gloves, and much more. Front of the House® , is a respected designer and manufacturer of trend-forward commercial grade dinnerware and serving solutions for the restaurant and hospitality industries worldwide. room360° by FOH® , is a premiere designer and manufacturer of stylish in-room accessories for the finest hotels, spas, and design firms worldwide.
About the Best and Brightest Programs
The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in operations and employee enrichment that lead to increased productivity and financial performance. This competition scores potential winners based on regional data of company performance and a set standard across the nation. This national program celebrates those companies that are making better business, creating richer lives and building a stronger community as a whole. There are numerous regional celebrations throughout the country, such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Houston, Milwaukee, San Diego, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Charlotte, Denver, Seattle, Nashville, and Portland. Nominations are now being accepted for all programs. Visit thebestandbrightest.com to nominate your organization.