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Gentlemen… Light Your Grills!

"Food is our common ground, a universal experience."  –James Beard

With the recent Memorial Day holiday, we begin the season of grilling!  What a wonderful time of year.  The weather is pristine with crisp, blue skies, puffy clouds, vibrant green hues of grass, and the wafting smell of a grill filled with steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs and corn-on-the-cob.  It is a classic method of cooking that inspires memories in me.

I think back to pool parties with friends – my dad acting as the grill master, as well as master of the 'biggest splash' once the feast was finished!  I remember my mother preparing the meats for grilling, and then the fun that would come from just sitting around the table, laughing and sharing with friends and family.  And what better way to finish up a barbecue than with a slice of cold watermelon?  Doesn't that sound great?

I am sure that you have memories of family barbecues as well.  Food truly is our common ground.  We have all had similar experiences, only the names and faces are different.  Think about a fun barbecue that you hosted, or one that you crashed!  Write it down and share it!  We love love to hear about it.

Until then, happy grilling!


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Vegetable Delivery

When I was teaching 5th & 6th grade Science in the woods of the San Bernardino Mountains, my meals were usually pre-determined by the cook in the dining hall since I worked on a camp site barely funded by an unnamed department of education. My “official” classroom supplies were a bit hard to find in my classroom of woods, food being one of those supplies. So, my fellow teachers and I loaded up on vegetables at the salad bar at night. Well, loaded the vegetables up into our backpacks to have snacks for the next day. Come mid-day, mid-hike, mid-lesson, the next day, my fellow teacher Thom would throw me a couple carrots and I’d throw him a couple sticks of celery to get through the day. Now, that’s vegetable delivery.

Have any out of ordinary experiences with vegetables lately? Do tell.

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Celebrity Foods Employees Totally Hooked

During my first month as an employee at Celebrity Foods, I tried a lot of different kinds of food and heard a lot of different kinds of food-related stories. When I tried Celebrity Foods’ Smoked Salmon, I was totally hooked on Celebrity Foods’ seafood. When I was a kid, I was allergic to seafood but always liked relating my brother and I’s summer fishing trips at Lake Barcroft to the kids at school. I think stories stay with us and make us smile just as much when we’re adults as when we’re kids so in honor of great Celebrity Foods’ Salmon, I’m going to share with you my fishing story.
When it was summer time, my brother and I were totally hooked on going to my grandparents’ house near Lake Barcroft. On the first morning at my grandparents’ house, we always woke up to my Mom clattering in the garage while looking for our bamboo fishing poles.  I don’t know how those things lasted every year because my grandmother Ririroo always threw them in the trunk of her Cadillac before we headed to the lake. They seemed to get lost in the garage between seasons every year too, surprisingly not in the big boat-like trunk of the Cadillac, which now reminds me of my manager’s desk at Celebrity Foods. Anyway, my brother and I just loved trying to run after the fish in the water. Our fishing poles usually were on the ground within minutes of arrival at the lake because we had more fun running after the fish than trying to catch them. Sometimes though we caught a big Rainbow Trout or two, sometimes just caught Sunnies, and sometimes we just caught our fingers on the hook, but we always caught something.

If you love fishing and quality seafood as much as I, reply to this post on why or post your own fishing story here in the Stories section of Celebrity Foods Employees.

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Celebrity Foods Steak Out

A True Story From The Field

As I reflect upon my childhood, it dawns on me that I was destined to work with Celebrity Foods.  While I sell things like our delicious New York Steak on a daily basis now, my earlier steak experiences were quite different.

When I was a kid, my best friend Gary and I would go exploring for cows and bulls to scare on the fields of Spangler Farm. The fields had a stream flowing through it, hills to roll down, and plenty of dirt to play in too. The fields also had a big bull roaming on them. One day Gary and I thought it would be funny to hide behind some bushes near the bull and wait ’til he wasn’t looking to scare him with our waving arms – stake him out.  Well, the future Celebrity Foods steak had another idea. When we weren’t looking, the bull walked up behind us and started acting like he was going to charge at us. Gary and I ran all the way to the fence at the end of the farm, without looking back, and jumped over the fence before taking a breath. The future Celebrity Foods’ steak had staked US out. 
 Without having to sneak up on it, I just enjoy eating my steak now while not giving it a chance to stake me out.

If you have any stories about being chased by your future meal, please reply to this post.

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