Twelve months ago I took to this column to profess my 2015 New Year’s Resolutions. They were:
• KNOW MY FARMER
• MADE IN THE USA
• LIVE OUTSIDE THE BOX
• BE A PARTNER
I had the pleasure of visiting The Chef’s Garden on two separate occasions this year. Farmer Lee Jones epitomizes working within the constraints of nature, and is an eloquent and committed voice for his brethren. As a guest of Steelite’s at the Roots Conference, I sat alongside farmers, chefs, academics, scientists, and journalists and absorbed tangible solutions about how to begin to heal our planet. The Culinary Vegetable Institute is plowing the way for revolutionary change by bringing together voices committed to repairing our food system. In December, the Jones’ welcomed my sales team into their kitchen for Christmas Dinner. Listening to Farmer Lee’s inspired stories alongside my closest friends and employees were some of my highlights of 2015. I now invite you to KNOW MY FARMER at www.chefs-garden.com. In 2016, my team and I will partner with The Culinary Vegetable institute alongside even more of our chefs. If you want in, let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org
Three companies that invigorated my support of products MADE IN THE USA are Homer Laughlin, Libbey, and Vollrath. Whether “dumpster diving” at Fish’s Eddy for vintage accessories or perusing archives to rebirth timeless patterns, Homer is all the fad these days. Libbey introduced Master’s Reserve in 2015, made entirely in America. The four pattern collections offer a wide variety of style and an unparalleled warranty of lifetime rim and foot chipping. My single largest vendor in 2015 was Vollrath, a quiet giant and a true partner. With intrepid integrity and commitment to our country, Vollrath is a pillar of American manufacturing. Follow me this spring on my journey across the US to visit American manufacturing at its finest @littlemtucker on Instagram and Twitter.
This year I set out to build a swat team of hospitality consultants with youthful elegance who will bring something unique to the table at every opportunity. In 2015 we partnered with more unique, new companies than ever before. To learn about Match Pewter, or Figgjo Norway, and so many others, please visit my website www.littlemtucker.com. In order to continue to enhance our hospitality story, we are continuing our commitment to finding new partners and new channels in 2016, often alongside our oldest allies.
As 2016 begins, I am honored to take the reins of The American Institute of Wine & Foods’ New York City Chapter and build on the incredible accomplishments of Anthony Milano and his team. Established in 1981 by Julia Child, Robert Mondavi, and Richard Graff, AIWF was founded on the premise that gastronomy is essential to the quality of human existence. This year we are transitioning into a 501©(3) organization and eager to deliver modern and relevant educational and social content to each of our members. If you live in this hospitality ecosystem, I invite any food and wine enthusiasts or professionals to join us as we make exciting changes by emailing Aaron Smyle at email@example.com. Follow us on our culinary adventures @eat.drink.aiwf and check out our membership chair @menwhodine @gennaro.pecchia if you want some real #foodporn.
Whatever your New Year’s Resolutions are, TAKE ACTION!