“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
One of the things that makes our youthful sales team so successful is our approach to continuous development. We are addicted to endless schooling in all ways and this is why we are still obsessed with Journee.
My good friend, Sam Appel, oversees community outreach and programming at Journee. Created to foster growth in the hospitality ecosystem by providing industry professionals with unique courses, they provide a diversity of platforms for ongoing industry education. Not only have we featured Journee in this publication on a few occasions, we have also had many Journee’s educators and speakers on the cover of our very own TFS.
On a constant mission to participate in and support the evolution of change in our dynamic industry, I decided to take lunch with our NYC district sales manager (Katie McNamara) and business development manager (Tess Rex) to attend Journee’s signature speaker series entitled ‘At the Pass.’ Once a month, Sam invites six industry tastemakers to present a personal perspective on an important topic. This speaker series earned its name from the pivotal axis where the kitchen and the dining room meet. Her panels of FOH and BOH influencers are artfully curated to offer a balance of humor and honesty.
Authentic interpretations of Love vs. Must and the personal struggle to balance these combative ideals was the subject of each 15-minute presentation last month. Up next month is a discussion of what we have inherited and what we hope to leave behind. It was collectively obvious that each speaker and audience member is driven by their love for lifting others and their obsession to participate in life’s greatest celebratory moments.
Please consider joining the Journee community as you prepare for 2017. For $1 a day, you an access their classes, events, and a digital library of inspirational presentations. If you are motivated to succeed by doing what others are unwilling to do, this is the crowd for you. yourjournee.com.
Looking to pay it forward in another way? The AIWF NYC Scholarship Program sends one deserving individual on a culinary sabbatical and is about to award its 2016 recipient. Join me in supporting culinary exploration by becoming a member of aiwfnyc.org.
This year, make a resolution that will enrich your life or the lives of others.
Another organization that recently pulled at my heart strings and got me to stretch well outside of my financial comfort zone was the Autism Speaks Gala. I had the privilege of attending as a guest of Matfer Bourgeat to witness a great personal friend and supporter of The Singer Equipment Companies, Franklin Becker, honored for his work with Pop Earth. If you have the ability and the means to make a donation to his special organization, please consider doing so. Visit popearth.org to learn more, or just ask me! firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you feel particularly generous this giving season, please also consider supporting my Chef’s Cycle Campaign for No Kid Hungry. Over Thanksgiving we kicked off our 2017 crusade to end childhood hunger in America. Chefscycle.org. I’m not waiting until January to make a resolution, will you? Instead, make a lifestyle change with me today. You’ll love what you changed for, if you changed for the right reasons.
To learn more about Journee, visit their website.