Why Everyone Needs a Flu Shot in 2014

Madison, Wisconsin (PRWEB) October 22, 2014

Its easy to make excuses for not getting a flu shot. Most people dont want to subject themselves to a needle stick when they feel healthy. A number of myths about the safety and effectiveness have also made it easy to make excuses for not getting protected. However, the CDC recommends that everyone with very few exceptions get a flu shot. Vaccination is an important step in the prevention of flu in addition to a flu shot this winter.

5 Flu Shot Myths Busted

While a fear of needles probably plays the largest role in avoiding the flu shot, there are plenty of unwarranted reasons people have for avoiding what could be a health-saving vaccine.

1. The flu shot makes you sick. While some may have a sore shoulder or a stuffy nose, the flu shot cannot infect someone with influenza or the cold.

2. The flu is not dangerous. While its true that most cases of influenza arent life-threatening, people still miss work and school. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems can face numerous other more serious complications. And most importantly influenza can be very dangerous. The 1918 outbreak of Spanish Flu killed 675,000 Americans in one year, according to Flu.gov.

3. The vaccines side effects can be deadly. The flu shot produces few if any side effects and they are usually mild. However, patients should talk to their doctors if they have certain food or medicine allergies or other concerns about the shot.

4. I had a flu shot last year. Strains of influenza change each year and immunity declines over time. For the best protection, an annual immunization is needed.

5. The flu shot hurts. For those afraid of the needle, most have the option of a nasal spray or an intradermal trivalent shot, which uses a much smaller needle. For those who dont qualify for other methods tough it out. The pain from even a traditional shot is minimal and well worth the protection.

Add to Your Arsenal of Flu Defense This Winter

In addition to getting a flu shot, there are some things that can be done to reduce virus transmission even more. A whole-home air purifier can help trap airborne virus particles in the house when they travel through duct work.

A whole-home humidifier can also help reduce flu infection in the winter in two unique ways. According to The American Academy of Otolaryngology, dry air makes people more susceptible to illness because the nose becomes less effective at filtering the air helps in addition to a flu shot. The viruses that cause colds and flus also thrive in dry environments. The process of heating a house in the winter reduces the indoor relative humidity, causing health and comfort issues.

According to a report on the role of RH in the aerosol transmission of influenza, researchers concluded that maintaining indoor relative humidity of greater than 40 percent will significantly reduce the infectivity of aerosolized [influenza].

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Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel Chefs Win Big at Gumbo Cook Off

New Iberia, LA (PRWEB) October 15, 2014

It was literally the smell and taste of success this weekend for the chefs of Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel, as they won the non-seafood division at the Annual Gumbo Cook off in New Iberia.

Chefs Willie Gaspard and Chuck Subra combined to make the winning gumbo, a recipe they had been working on for weeks leading up to the competition and was served alongside other creative food items, such as fried alligator sausage on a stick and homemade crawfish pistolettes.

“For any chef in South Louisiana, the ability to make good gumbo is a crucial trick of the trade,” said Gaspard. “The fact that Chuck and I were able to create one that received top prize at what is one of the most recognized gumbo competitions in the world is an honor.”

Also receiving honors this weekend with Chef Roman Landry, who placed third in the seafood category.

“Cypress Bayou has some of the most talented chefs in Louisiana, as evidenced by their showing this weekend,” said Anthony Patrone, CEO and General Manager of Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel. “Our restaurants are culinary showcases and our chefs combined to create flavors that result in a memorable dining experience.”

About Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel

Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel is located in Charenton, Louisiana off of US Highway 90 and features over 1300 slots and more than 30 tables including Blackjack, Mini-Baccarat, Mississippi Stud, and 3-Card Poker just to name few. Phone 1-800-234-4386 for more information, or visit the website at http://www.cypressbayou.com

Stryker Hip Lawsuits Proceed in New Jersey, With Issuance of New Case Management Order, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

New York, New York (PRWEB) October 14, 2014

Stryker hip lawsuits (http://www.strykerhiprecallclaims.com/) filed on behalf of individuals who were allegedly harmed by Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems continue to move forward in a multicounty litigation now underway in New Jerseys Bergen County Superior Court, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to a Case Management Order issued on October 8, 2014, the Courts ongoing medication efforts have resulted in the settlement of an additional case selected for Phase II of the Early Medication program. Of 21 cases chosen for Phases I and II, 20 have been resolved. The Court has also designated 10 Stryker hip recall claims for Phase III, and those cases are now being prepared for mediation. (In Re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296)

Our Firm is representing numerous Stryker hip recall clients in this proceeding. We are pleased to see continued progress, and will continue to monitor developments closely, says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm continues to offer free legal evaluations to individuals who were allegedly harmed by Strykers Rejuvenate and ABG II Modular-Neck Hip Stems.

Stryker Hip Recall

Court records indicate that more than 2,100 Stryker hip lawsuits have been filed in Bergen County Superior Court since the recall was announced. All of these claims similarly allege that the defective nature of the Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems caused recipients to suffer chronic pain, metallosis, osteolysis, tissue necrosis, and other complications that resulted in premature failure of their hip implant.

In addition to the claims pending in New Jersey, more than 1,700 lawsuits involving similar allegations have been filed in a federal multidistrict litigation underway in U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. (In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation, No. 244)

According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems were named in a worldwide recall on July 6, 2012, after the metal components were found to be vulnerable to fretting and corrosion at the modular-neck junction. According to Stryker, this may place recipients of the implants at risk for adverse local tissue reactions, pain and swelling. The company has recommended that all patients fitted with one of these devices undergo medical testing and imaging screening to ensure their device is performing as intended, even if they have not experienced any symptoms that would suggest otherwise.*

Individuals who were allegedly harmed by Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems may be eligible to pursue a claim against Stryker. To learn more about the Stryker hip recall, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLPs website, or call 800-511-5092 to arrange for a free, no-obligation case review.

*http://literature.ortho.stryker.com/files/REJUV_COM_23.pdf. Stryker

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP

Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993. As a national law firm, Bernstein Liebhard LLP possesses all of the legal and financial resources required to successfully challenge billion dollar pharmaceutical and medical device companies. As a result, our attorneys and legal staff have been able to recover more than $ 3 billion on behalf of our clients. The Firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the Plaintiffs Hot List, recognizing the top plaintiffs firms in the country, for the past 12 consecutive years. Bernstein Liebhard LLP is the only firm in the country to be named to this prestigious list every year since it was first published in 2003.

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Americans Try Bangladeshi Food With Their Cabbie

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Labelmate USA Set To Release New Zero Tension Loop Rewinder

Henderson, Nevada (PRWEB) October 10, 2014

Labelmate USA, the worlds leading manufacturer of tabletop label handling equipment will be introducing its new Zero Tension Loop Rewinder, ZCAT-3, at the Pack Expo International Trade Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL on November 2, 2014.

Pack Expo is an annual trade show which features cutting-edge advancements in machinery and packaging solutions, and attracts professionals in the food, beverage, confectionery, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries from around the world. Labelmate USA will be showcasing its products in Booth N-6171.

The ZCAT-3 Zero Tension Loop Rewinder is a revolutionary new tabletop Label Rewinder that places no tension whatsoever on a printer while simultaneously yielding a consistent and tightly rewound roll. The ZCAT-3 uses a chassis-mounted photo-detector to start and stop the rewinding action. A loop of label stock is created between an Adjustable Roller and a Nip Roller Assembly thereby eliminating all tension on the printer, and the photo-detector turns the rewinding action on and off to maintain the optimum depth of the loop. Fully adjustable tension exists between the Nip Roller Assembly and the Rewinder thus yielding a consistent and tightly wound finish roll.

According to Stuart Ripplinger, General Manager of Labelmate USA The ZCAT-3 is the ideal solution for printers that back feed, as well as for extremely sensitive printers that cant tolerate any rewind force without causing undesirable registration or artifact problems. The printer is happy because no tension is placed on it whatsoever, while at the same time the finish roll is clean and tight as a result of the adjustable tension between the Nip Rollers and the Rewinder.

The base model ZCAT-3 is priced at $ 1,895 and is backed by a full 5-year parts and labor limited warranty. Optional upgrades and custom OEM configurations are available including a Digital Counter, Core Adaptors, and an Adjustable Core Holder.

The ZCAT-3 is the newest ground-breaking addition to Labelmate USAs world famous line of CAT-3 Rewinders. Since 1997 Labelmate USA has been the worlds leading manufacturer of quality tabletop label handling equipment such as Rewinders, Unwinders, Dispensers, Counters, Slitters, Print Mechanisms, Splicers and Core Chucks. There are currently over 80,000 Labelmate products working perfectly in more than 70 countries throughout the world. Labelmate USAs sales, support, product engineering and manufacturing operations are based in Henderson, Nevada.

Availability of the ZCAT-3 is stock to four weeks. Contact Labelmate USA at sales(at)labelmateusa(dot)com or (877) 833-7149 to place your order. Initial deliveries will commence November 2, 2014.


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InventHelp Client’s Invention Solves the Problem of Eating Messy Finger Foods (HLW-1332)

PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) September 29, 2014

Finger foods covered in sauce and/or grease, such as chicken wings, ribs or crab legs, leave hands, fingers and nails very messy. This limits the consumer’s ability to pick up a cell phone, fork or even a glass, and often ruins the enjoyment of the meal whether it be at home, a party or a restaurant.

The WING BLING provides an easier way to eat these messy and/or greasy finger foods. It prevents the hands, fingers and nails from becoming messy and covered in grease or sauce. This, in turn, promotes convenience, multi-tasking while eating, cleanliness and overall enjoyment of the meal. Compact, portable and easy to use, it is ideal for households, parties and restaurants.

The original design was submitted to the Hollywood office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 13-HLW-1332, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at http://www.InventHelp.com – https://www.youtube.com/user/inventhelp

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Montel Williams and Frank Davis Announce New Whole-Food Nutrition Recipe Book, The Simple Scoop, at Natural Products Expo East In Baltimore

Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) September 18, 2014

Stealth Health Revolution co-founders, Montel Williams, Emmy Award-winning celebrity and wellness advocate, and Frank Davis, founder of Food for Health International and Activz Whole-food Nutrition, are pleased to announce the new recipe book, “The Simple Scoop — 150+ ways to make delicious, nutrition-packed meals using Activz whole-food powders.” The Simple Scoop recipe book is the next step in the Stealth Health Revolution mission to help millions of families incorporate whole-food nutrition into their lives. Complimentary copy will be given to the first 200 attendees at a signing event with Montel Williams and Frank Davis at Natural Products Expo East held in the Baltimore Convention Center on September 19th at 12-1:30 p.m. Eastern Time in Activz Booth #5623.

Food for Health International Founder, Frank Davis, started Activz Whole-Food Nutrition because he remembers what it was like to suffer chronic disease. Now years later after a successful experience with whole-foods, Frank is an energetic and active athlete in his late 60s who wants to make it easy for people to give their bodies whole-food nutrition. He created the new recipe book, “The Simple Scoop — 150+ ways to make delicious, nutrition-packed meals using Activz whole-food powders”, as a response to people asking how to use the new line of Activz whole-food fruit, vegetable and grass powders.

It amazes people that Activz has found a way to transform whole-food fresh produce into a powders with the same nutrient content, and they often ask how best to use them, says Frank Davis. The Simple Scoop recipe book is a great place to start for ideas on adding the whole-food nutrition of Activz into your family meals.

“The Simple Scoop — 150+ ways to make delicious, nutrition-packed meals using Activz whole-food powders”, is a beautiful 91-page softbound book that includes over 150 suggestions from customers and the Activz test kitchen for using Activz whole-food powders. Activzs whole-food and organic produce powders are part of an easy-to-use, preservative-free whole-food line, and are available in a variety of organic fruit, vegetable and grass options like organic kale, beet, carrot, mango, strawberry, blueberry-acai and more.

Frank Davis says that the new whole-food nutrition recipe book is also part of the Stealth Health Revolution campaign he recently launched with Montel Williams, Emmy Award-winning celebrity and wellness advocate. Their mission, along with whole-food warriors across the nation, is to help millions of families incorporate whole-food nutrition into their lives and to provide tools to consumers who have long believed they must choose between healthy eating and convenience.

Activz will revolutionize the way the world eats, says Montel Williams. People no longer have to choose between eating healthy and having a convenient, hassle-free diet. Activz has greatly simplified the whole-foods lifestyle.

The Simple Scoop recipes include categories such as easy-to-make, whole-food nutrition baby food, entrees, desserts, beverages, appetizers and 50 Fast Ways to Stealth Health Your Meals submitted by whole food warriors who are trying Activz Whole-Food Nutrition around the world. The Simple Scoop empowers all readers to get whole-food nutrition in every meal.

Details about the Activz produce powder line, and the new Activz recipe book, “The Simple Scoop — 150+ ways to make delicious, nutrition-packed meals using Activz whole-food powders”, will be available at the Natural Products Expo East Show at the Baltimore Convention Center on September 18th-20th at Booth #5623. Montel Williams will join Activzs Frank Davis to sign the new Activz Recipe book and answer questions on September 19th, 12-1:30 p.m. Eastern Time at Booth #5623. For an Expo Media Sample Kit or for more information about Activz, visit http://www.activz.com or call (855) 782-0447.

About Activz Whole-Food Nutrition:

Activz, found in over 700 stores nationwide, is whole-food nutrition, simplified. Activz is a natural products company devoted to providing food actives the living, bioactive nutrition of whole foods in the most convenient forms possible, all while retaining 100% whole-food integrity. The Stealth Health Revolution is a campaign aimed at helping millions of families incorporate whole-food nutrition into their lives and to provide tools to consumers who have long believed they must choose between healthy eating and convenience. http://www.activz.com

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Best 5 Natural Skin Hydrators For Your Beauty Routine Presented by Beauty Research

Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) September 17, 2014

Roughly 8.4 million people in the United States suffer from chronic dry skin, while millions more develop seasonal dryness during the fall and winter months when conditions become more arid across the country. Moisturizers can be used to keep skin properly hydrated year-round, but for women who prefer to use natural skin care products over synthetics, choosing the right moisturizer can be challenging. The latest article by BeautyResearch.com, Best 5 Natural Skin Hydrators, discusses five of the most widely used and rigorously studied natural skin hydrators found in moisturizers and body lotions to help women make informed buying choices.

An emollient is a type of skin moisturizer that supplements hydration levels in the skin tissue and promotes softer, smoother skin. What are some of the best natural emollients used in skin care products today? Why do they stand out among other options that are available on the market? How do the natural emollients differ from one another? To find out, visit BeautyResearch.com or click:


A humectant is a second type of skin hydrator that helps moisture from the air bind with the skin to keep it moisturized. What is the best natural humectant found in moisturizers? From where is this natural ingredient sourced? Does it offer other benefits for the skin beyond decreasing the likelihood of dry skin occurring?

Occlusives are the third and final type of skin hydrator. These moisturizers work by sealing moisture into the skin to keep the tissue’s natural protective barrier intact. What is the best natural lanolin? How is it sourced? In what types of products is it often found and for what type of skin is it best suited? To find out more about occlusive and humectants, visit BeautyResearch.com or click:


Women who wish to use natural skin care products instead of traditional synthetic products must use caution when shopping for body lotions and moisturizers. What is one thing that a woman should do before purchasing a moisturizer or body lotion that is advertised as being natural? Why is this so important? Is there a specific definition or set of criteria that is used to determine whether or not a product is natural? To find out, visit BeautyResearch.com or click:


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Health experts recommend that people limit their intake of white or table sugar to 9.5 teaspoons per day or less, but studies show that the average American will eat roughly 22 teaspoons of sugar every day throughout adulthood. For those looking to lower their sugar intake, there are a number of alternatives available, and one option that is growing in popularity is sugar alcohol. This class of natural sweeteners offers some distinctive benefits over table sugar and artificial sweeteners alike. Discover just what a sugar alcohol is. Get the facts about the calorie content in sugar alcohols. Learn about the different types of sugar alcohols that are used in process foods and available for purchase to use in home-cooked dishes.

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Thirty-five-year-old Indian-American actress Mindy Kaling has been making audiences laugh since she debuted on the NBC comedy series, “The Office” back in 2005. Now, she is expanding her fan base, not just with her own FOX sitcom “The Mindy Project,” but also by being a positive body image role model for women and young girls alike. Learn about Kaling’s views on body image. Find out why her message is beneficial for promoting self-acceptance and a healthy attitude about weight management. Read the biggest takeaways from Kaling’s personal views on body image that can help inspire women of all sizes and shapes.

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While color cosmetics like nail polish, lipstick and eye shadow remain consistently popular among women, certain colors emerge every season as major trends. For Fall 2014, earth tones, nudes and gun metal are all making appearances on the faces and nails of fashion models and everyday women. Get tips on how to select earth tone hues that are flattering for a woman’s unique skin tone. Discover how to create attractive makeup looks using this season’s nude shades for the eyes, lips and nails. Read about the secret to wearing gun metal cosmetics without looking overdone.

About Beauty Research

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Root Vegetables & Winter Fruits

Have you ever been wandering through your local farmers market or produce area of your super market and see those bizarre looking root vegetables and wonder what the heck they are and how do you eat them?

Root vegetables were a very significant staple throughout the colder months during a time when lettuces and zucchini were not available in months of December, January and February. Thankfully that time has passed and we are able to enjoy these lovely treats with some leafy greens, crisp peppers or squashes.

We decided that there are too many amazing root vegetables and fall fruits that do not get enough credit and should go unnoticed or unused no longer. Below you will find a quick guide to some of our favorites over here at Epic. We hope that at the end of this you are feeling a lot less intimidated about the crazy looking fruits and vegetables and that a whole new world of produce is opened up to you.

Some of our fall favorites that you can find on our menus are Kumquats, Quince, Salsify and Celeriac.
Let’s start with Kumquats; these tiny little orange fruits are both sweet and sour. The skin is edible and is actually where all of the sweetness comes from. You can chop and mince these with some parsley, capers and horseradish to make an impressive relish or muddled with Cachaca and sugar to make a Caipirinha.

Quince is a misunderstood fruit. It is inedible raw but when cooked slowly over a low heat for a few hours they are suddenly bursting with flavor. Quince is a great addition to a traditional apple pie or added to bread pudding for a delicious twist on an old favorite.

Salsify may seem weird but is very tasty. This member of the sunflower family is called the “oyster root” because the flavor is vaguely reminiscent of oysters when cooked. You can boil, steam, cream or mash salsify. Once it is cooked it has the texture of an artichoke and some say the taste is similar.

Celeriac is very flavorful once roasted. It has a sweet and somewhat astringent flavor. When cleaning celeriac be sure to get all of the “skin” off as it becomes quite bitter. It oxidizes quickly so it needs to be dropped in a mixture of water and lemon. Celeriac when roasted makes a silky smooth, delicious soup.

We hope this clears up some of the myth surrounding these root vegetables and fall fruits. Happy cooking!

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Making Bread at Home

Good evening Epic friends & family. It has been awhile since our last post and we thought what better way to get back in the swing of things than with some inside tips on making bread at home.

Here at Epic we truly are a family that likes to get everyone involved with what we do. So I asked one of our talented Chefs, Justin Belluomini, to help me with this. After all who better to ask than the gent that makes the bread here at Epic for our new & delicious lunch menu.

So first we will talk about the ingredients used in all bread making. It is as simple as flour, water, salt & yeast. Yes, there are other ingredients used in some breads but these four truly are the heart of all bread.

I know that the task of making bread can seem daunting, choosing the yeast, the flower and making sure you know how to work with all of the ingredients separately and together. Instant or active-dry- there is no appreciative difference other than instant is more convenient. When choosing flour be sure to select a bread flour to get the optimal results but if you don’t have bread flour then go ahead and use AP flour, just be sure to check your measurements because you will need more flour. This is also true depending on what salt you choose. Kosher salt you will need more, table salt you will need less. If you have a handy scale it is best to weigh everything out.

All breads are made the same way:
First, the ingredients are mixed together, then the bread is kneaded until the gluten is sufficiently developed, the bread is then allowed to rise for a period of time (this is known as bulk fermentation and is where most of the flavor is developed), the bread is then shaped into loaves or rolls and allowed to rise again (this is known as proofing)and then the bread is baked and cooled.
Here is a link to a video on shaping:
title=”Shaping bread”>www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPL2J8OZ&feature=related.

After the bread is baked it needs to cool completely before being cut, otherwise they will come out gummy and less flavorful.

Batch Risen Dough is designed to be made in a large batch, risen and refrigerated for up to a week. When you are feeling like some home-made bread simply snip off 14-16 ounces, shape it and bake it. the bread’s flavor will develop over the next several days and become more intense and even take on some sourness.

Below is our basic recipe for an Italian Batch Risen Dough.
725 grams of 90 degree water
14 grams of instant yeast
25 grams of table salt
925 grams of all-purpose (AP) flour, we recommend King Arthur

*Place water into an 8 quart container & mix the yeast until dissolved, then add salt and immediately add flour, stir with wooden spoon until fully incorporated and let rise at room temperature for about 2 hours covered with a floured with a towel (not terry cloth) or parchment paper sprayed with oil, until it has slightly more than doubled in volume. Refrigerate dough for up to one week or minimum of 2 hours. When you are ready for that home-baked goodness, sprinkle flour across the entire surface of the dough and on your hand (to prevent dough from sticking), pull out around 14-18 ounces of dough. Loosely shape this into a ball and allow it to proof on parchment paper at room temperature for up to 90 minutes. Bake in a 450 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until the internal temperature is 205 degrees (digital thermometer is preferred.) Let cool completely and enjoy!!

We hope you all have a wonderful & Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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July Fourth

I hope everyone is excited about the upcoming holiday. I know I am. We will be hosting a special happy hour BBQ on our fabulous patio. Also hosting will be Anchor Brewing and Skyy Vodka.
We will be offering a special BBQ menu including first of the season heirloom tomatoes with hand pulled mozzarella, pork shoulder and Schmitz Ranch brisket, rotisserie chicken, baked beans from the wood oven, potato salad, corn on the cob (probably with BACON BUTTER…a preview of High on the Hog)and ice cream cones. All of this with an Anchor Liberty Ale or Skyy vodka cocktail for $35 plus tax and gratuity. There maybe, just maybe (well, most likely will be)some specials on Drakes Bay Oysters as well.
I am super excited. Give us a call and let us know you are coming. It is gonna be a swell time!!

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Kitchen of Champions

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Celebrating graduation with a slice at Mission Pie

Over my ‘weekend’ I volunteered at the St. Vincent DePaul Society Kitchen of Champions in West Oakland, California. The students were a blast to work with and I am so happy to be a part of their learning experience.
Epic Roasthouse donated all of the flour and butter that we used in the recipes. My wife, Karoline Boehm-Goodnick, general manager at Mission Pie, was with me as well.
I would like to encourage all of you to check out the Kitchen of Champions webpage and help in any way you can. My friend Diana Petes is the Culinary Services Coordinator and can help with any questions you may have.

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High On The Hog

Pork and Pinot is back. California wineries specializing in Pinot Noir, a western theme (including appropriate music) and lots of pig.
Our annual celebration is back this year on Saturday, September tenth. I’m not going to provide you with lots of details right now (I like suspense) but call 415-369-9955 for more information and to make your reservation.
I will give you a couple food teasers: corn with bacon butter, something roasted on a spit, lots of pulled pork, and plenty of house-made and artisian charcuterie.
We hope to see you there,

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Wood Burning Brick Oven

As many of you know the soul of our kitchen is a wood burning brick oven. It is made of twenty-two thousand pounds of sand, brick and stone. We burn up to three cords of almond and walnut wood per month.

Many restaurants have wood ovens. We are different because we use ours so much. It is not just a place for pizzas and such. It provides us with a hot and smokey spot to cook everything from giant ribeye steak to Mediterranean sea bass to baby carrots. You can taste the smoke.

Maintaining a live fire for 18 hours a day is a challenge for our cooks and one that teaches us all so much about the act of really cooking. I hope that you appreciate what our oven means to us. Stop bye and peer in sometime.


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Mothers Day Brunch

First of all thanks to everyone who made Easter brunch at Epic great! If you are looking for a place in San Francisco to celebrate with your mom, Epic is the spot. We will be offering a prix fixe 3 course brunch from 10am to 3pm on Mother’s day and would love to see all of you here.


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