Homecookin’ Hospitality Group is the mastermind behind the late-night Asian-inspired gastropub and cocktail bar, Drunken Dragon. Opened in 2014 -- South Beach’s first Korean barbecue restaurant, presents the do-it-yourself method of table side grilling paired with modern Asian tapas.
This one-of-a-kind style and flavor is exactly what we [Front of the House®] was looking for to properly translate on our NEW Artefact® Indigo, in preparation for this year's vibrant launch! Drunken Dragon’s speakeasy vibes and attention to detail go hand in hand with Indigo’s intricate and interesting concept.
Like the rest of the Artefact® collection, Indigo was created with a colored-body porcelain and reactive glaze, whose combination results in a wide variation of the color blue hues, making it so “no two pieces alike”. This unique characteristic makes the collection desirable and highly sought after in the marketplace.
Once talking to Catrina Pacinelli, Homecookin’ Hospitality Group’s Marketing Director, we knew this would be a #perfectlyplated match. Here’s how it went down:
- Octopus: Served with Gochujang BBQ Sauce
- Shanghai Style Fried Rice: Jasmine Rice, Egg, Scallion
- BFR Meat Board (Big F*@$king Rib): A 14-hour Braised Short Rib Served with Steamed Taiwanese Buns, Pickles, Lettuces, Herbs and 3 Sauces (Chimichurri, Hoisin, Red Dragon)
- Thai Chili Sambal Stir Fry Whole Branzino: Served with Grilled Lemon and Coconut Milk
Are you ready to see Indigo up close?
ABASTUR is the leading hospitality event for hotels, restaurants, catering, and cafeteria professionals, in Latin America held at Centro Citibanamex in the heart of beautiful Mexico City.
This year, in its 35th Edition, ABASTUR held their first hybrid experience for the HORECA sector, where attendees had the choice of joining in real life or virtually over 3 days - Sept 29th - Oct 1st. As one of 300 exhibitors, FOH® arrived prepared to refocus all efforts in building the future of hospitality with the opportunity to confidently reconnect with our partners, friends, and community face-to-face in a safe environment.
FOH® featured the latest innovative food service and hospitality introductions and for the first time ever demonstrated Essentials M.I.S.T.™, the fogger and solution system that helps safely disinfect and sanitize spaces in a short time.
Also presented was B3 Buffet Building Blocks® paired with stylish and safe FOH® Covered Solutions. High-quality, design-forward, and reimagined solutions that help to limit the spread of germs while highlighting your signature dishes.
More excitedly, ABASTUR saw a sneak peek of the vibrant Artefact Indigo collection that will launch at the end of October 2021.
We thank everyone who visited our Stands #1128 & #1129 and participated in our contest with restaurant partner, El Japonez, who provided (4) lucky winners throughout the show with an exclusive FOH® Dinner Experience.
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ABASTUR es el evento líder en la industria hospitalaria que une a profesionales de hoteles, restaurantes, banquetes y cafeterías de toda América Latina y que se lleva a cabo en el Centro Citibanamex en el corazón de la hermosa Ciudad de México.
Este año, en su 35ª Edición, ABASTUR celebró su primera experiencia híbrida para el sector HORECA, en donde los asistentes tuvieron la opción de unirse de manera presencial o virtual durante 3 días, del 29 de Septiembre al 1 de Octubre. Como uno de los 300 expositores, FOH® llegó preparado para seguir ofreciendo nuevas ideas y nuevos métodos de servicio para la construcción del futuro en la industria hospitalaria, con la oportunidad de volver a conectar con nuestros socios, amigos y comunidad cara a cara en un entorno seguro, tomando siempre las debidas precauciones de limpieza y distanciamiento personal.
FOH® presentó las últimas innovaciones en servicios de alimentos y hospitalidad y, por primera vez, demostró El Essentials M.I.S.T. ™, que es un sistema de nebulización que ayuda a desinfectar espacios de manera rápida y muy segura.
También se presentó B3 Buffet Building Blocks®, nuestro sistema de elevaciones combinado con nuestros FOH® Covered Solutions, que son cubiertas innovadoras, elegantes, seguras y de alta calidad que ayudan a limitar la propagación de gérmenes mientras presentas tus mejores platillos en un exclusivo buffet.
Y para seguir dándole un toque exclusivo, ABASTUR tuvo el privilegio de presentar al público un adelanto de nuestra colección más nueva y radiante como lo es Artefact Indigo que se lanzará a fines de este mes de Octubre.
Agradecemos a todas las personas que visitaron nuestros Stands #1128 y #1129 y participaron en nuestro sorteo durante el show de 4 cenas en el exclusivo restaurante, El Japonez, quien durante el mes de Octubre deleito a los afortunados ganadores con deliciosos platillos presentados en nuestras vajillas de FOH® ofreciendo así una inolvidable experiencia.
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Celebrated between September 15th through October 15th, Hispanic Heritage Month is a remembrance of the many contributions brought to America from Mexico, Central America, South America, Spain, and Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean.
Established by President Johnson in 1968, the celebration of Hispanic heritage was initially a weeklong tribute recognizing the Independence Day of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Over the next 20 years, as the pride and mix of cultures became more and more prominent in the United States, President Reagan extended the observance into a month-long celebration.
As we look back and reflect on how far the history and recognition of Hispanics have come, we [FOH®] cannot help but feel fortunate and grateful to thrive amongst such rich diversity in our very own Headquarters in the heart of Miami, FL. Known as the melting pot of the world, Miami’s diverse influence of Hispanics ranges from South Beach to Calle Ocho, and MIMO through all of Hialeah. We understand and appreciate the impactful role Hispanic cultures actively play in our inspiration and design. The study of different cultures and traditions has broadened our knowledge, humbled our hearts, and given us the ability to relate to other customs and cultures. Through these learnings, we have been able to better serve our customers and bring the WOW Factor into our products as a global solutions partner.
As a minority-owned business, we respect and appreciate the diversity and inclusivity of all ages, genders, and skin colors that help shape our community of thinkers and doers in the foodservice and hospitality industry. We celebrate our heritage through the unique design, choice of color, and texture of all our products and we are honored to continuously work with the dynamic voices of the top Hispanic/Latinx celebrities, influencers, entrepreneurs in our industry like:
Chef Aquiles Chavez of @Sotero
Specialty: Mexican avant-garde cuisine
Tabasqueño by birth, and is chef by conviction, Chef Aquiles Chavez is a chef who came to change many ideas about what it is to be a chef in the 21st century. Chef fully expresses the idea of seeing chefs as rockstars given his characteristic mustache and disheveled style.
Aquiles did his studies at the Superior College of Gastronomy; his most recent project: “Sotero” in Pachuca, Hidalgo; a seasonal interactive concept restaurant that combines practices such as raising farm animals, irrigation techniques, planting and working with the community.
Check out our IGTV for our interview with him.
Chef Antonio Bachour of @Bachour
Homeland: Puerto Rico
Chef Antonio Bachour grew up in Puerto Rico and was hooked on pastry from a young age, honing his trade in Puerto Rico before moving stateside in Miami in 2001. He would later train in France with renowned chef Philippe Givre at L’Ecole Valrhona and in that same year named “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America”.
Bachour’s local and international fame was cemented during his tenure at the Bal Harbour St. Regis where he was Executive Pastry Chef from 2011 until 2016. His hyper-creative desserts have been featured in various prestigious pastry publications, such as, So Good Magainze, Dulcypas, Saber y Sabor (Spain), Starchefs, Gourmet Magazine, Dessert Professional, Pastry Art & Design, and National Culinary Review.
Chef now teaches pastry around the world while working on his flagship store which opened in Coral Gables, FL in the spring of 2019.
Chef Adrianne Calvo @ChefAdriannesVineyard
Homeland: United States
Specialty: Refined New American Cuisine inspired by Wine Country
This Cuban American is known for her maximum flavor creations, Chef Adrianne Calvo is an acclaimed chef, author, television personality, YouTube host, and restauranter. Calvo received her Bachelor of Arts at Johnson & Wales University and is in the process of earning her Master of Business from Harvard Business School.
She was inspired at just 22 years old to open her namesake restaurant, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Bar, and it quickly grew popularity being awarded Best Restaurant by Miami New Times Readers Choice Awards, while also being named Zagat’s 15 Most Unique Restaurants, AND – 17 Most Important Restaurants in Miami by Thrillist!
Now, this type of influence should always be (FRONT) of the House, don’t you agree?
Cooking up History with Chef Dayanny: Behind the Scenes
By: Cherylee Cruz
<cell phone rings>
“Hey Cherylee, it’s chef! Do you think I can use your kitchen to cook for the Smithsonian? I’ve just been asked to cook and plate some historical dishes!”
This is the call I received from Chef Dayanny De La Cruz on June 10th, 2021.
You may have been living under a rock, then allow me to introduce her:
Chef Dayayanny De La Cruz is the Executive Chef of the Miami Dolphins at the HardRock Stadium in Miami, Florida. She is the first female chef to lead the culinary program at a superbowl, SuperBowl LIV. A much-celebrated accomplishment for a female chef to lead a team for the biggest football event of the year. (Let me not forget to add that the Queen Bee herself, Beyonce, was impressed by Chef Dayanny’s talent.)
As Foodservice Strategic Development Director for FOH, I have worked with Chef Dayanny, along with the Levy and Centerplate Corporations, for several years and am elated at how our professional relationship has grown into a tremendous friendship and partnership.
So, in receiving a call like this - I knew it meant something big (as if she does anything less) and was excited to learn more as soon as possible. We met the following week to discuss details and that’s where the experience began.
It’s hard to capture all the thoughts and feelings around a historic event because everything that Chef Dayanny de la Cruz does becomes historical, but I’m going to try.
First things first, I think I speak for everyone when I say having the Smithsonian Institute reach out to you is next level. They requested Chef Dayanny as a result of having followed her career in the food and sports entertainment industry throughout the years. Not only did they want her cooking but personally sought after her recipes that organically tied their exhibit, ¡Pleibol! and Eat Well! Latino Culinary Traditions and Américas’ Game”, to explore the close connection between American baseball and Latin culinary traditions that have been infused and shaped into a sport beloved by both Americans and Latinos alike. From elotes, Baja fish tacos, to Cubanos, the Latin influence amongst the dishes being served in baseball stadiums across the country is only growing.
Next, being asked to be a part of this remarkable exhibit, was a no brainer. To me, the answer was obvious. It was the perfect opportunity for the chef and FOH® to bring to life their partnership in honor of the Smithsonian. FOH® being Miami-born and women-owned, Chef is incredibly mindful to always involve us and our products as she continues to cook up history... literally. What an honor it was to witness all the beautiful dishes she created and listen to her explanation of each one. She puts so much heart and so much of herself into each of her dishes, they are inevitably delicious. All coming together the moment I took a bite into the incredibly tasty “Platano Power” Cubano sandwich[CC1] . (My mouth is watering now just thinking about it). Recipe included (you’re welcome!).
Lastly, in addition to her delicious recipes, the vision of how each menu item was to be plated was impressive. Her knowledge of each FOH® product is simply beautiful to witness. She knows the exact FOH® vessel to use for each and every serving, elevating the visual food experience even more for all virtual attendees. Her confidence was mesmerizing and her execution was impeccable. Those of us that were lucky enough to experience this mastermind in person at FOH’® Big Eats kitchen stood as astonished and as hungry as we could ever be. Even when technical difficulties occurred, she did not skip a beat and continued to charm the audience with her “TV magic” and sheer candidness.
Ultimately, it was an incredible experience and I was honored to be a part of it.
Get her recipes here: https://bit.ly/3t0rM2v.
Check out the behind the scenes and keep your eyes peeled for the National Museum of American History’s new exhibition ¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas. Starting Summer 2021.
Read more about the Pleibol and Eat Well!: Latino Culinary Traditions and Américas’ Game Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
Chef Molly Demers Top 5 Front of the House® Picks
If there’s anyone who knows all about ‘In Season’ solutions it’s Chef MollyD, the Executive Chef of Climate Pledge Arena, in Seattle, Washington. She covers all things catering, from sports to live music and entertainment events for the masses. So, we caught up with Chef Molly and asked what her go-to Front of the House® favorites are for a true presentation score.
Here are her picks:
1. 9.25" Round Artefact® Low Bowl - organic in its look and feel this bowl makes every dish stand out
2. 11" Oval Kiln® Leek Plate - perfect for passing h'dourves in a large setting
3. 11" Round Kiln® Sage Plate - it’s as aesthetic as it is functional making it the perfect essential
4. 5.5" Square Kiln ® Ovenware Dish with Lid - easily transferable from oven to buffet serving
5. 34" X 7" ROOT® Server - the WOW factor centerpiece everyone needs
(all pictures attached)
What are yours? Comment below, we want to know!
Exclusive Feature: Our very own founders, Simone Mayer & Mayda Perez, along with Cherylee Cruz, Foodservice Strategic Development Director, (virtually) sat down with Chef Molly on #WomensEqualityDay to talk about gender equality and its massive impact during the past, and present and future. This conversation is one you don’t want to miss. Check out the interview and get inspired here -->
By National LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Established in 2002, FOH®, a global, award-winning hospitality and foodservice brand that includes; Front of the House®, room360˚ by FOH®, and FOH Health Essentials™ has been officially Certified as LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE®) By National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. Front of the House® is a respected designer and manufacturer of trend-forward commercial-grade dinnerware and serving solutions worldwide for the restaurant and hospitality industries. room360° by FOH®, is a premier designer and manufacturer of innovative in-room accessories for the finest hotels, spas, and design firms worldwide. FOH® Health Essentials™ offers a wide range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE’s), including disposable and reusable masks, gowns, thermometers, gloves, and much more.
A women-owned business that has continued to be recognized as a Certified Great Place to Work® since 2016 is pleased to add a new designation as a Certified LGBT Business Enterprise®. FOH® proudly received the outstanding certification from the National Third-Party Certifying Body NGLCC: National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, on June 23rd, 2021.
In their public award granting ceremony, NGLCC’s Co-Founder & President Justin Nelson stated: “We are so, pleased to welcome FOH® to the ever-expanding network of NGLCC certified LGBT Business Enterprise", while NGLCC's Co-Founder & CEO Chance Mitchell added “According to NGLCC’s groundbreaking America’s LGBT Economy report, America’s estimated 1.4 million LGBT business owners, many of them NGLCC certified, add over $1.7 trillion to the GDP and create tens of thousands of new jobs. We are proud to count FOH® among those who prove every day that LGBT businesses are the future of the American economy”.
FOH® brands are now eligible to participate in the NGLCC’s corporate partners’ supplier diversity programs. This certification reinforces the work they do to foster business-to-business relationships with other LGBTBEs worldwide and in the International Business & Leadership Conference.
“Our diversity has long been our secret to success. We are so proud to now have two of the most prestigious certifications in recognition of that: WBENC and NGLCC.” stated Simone Mayer, FOH®’s
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.