Loss is met with a hurricane of love. I have felt my greatest losses this past year and it has been a privilege to have this platform to write about them. Four seasons in, I am unyielding sure that this industry is solely built around love. People share their lives over food, show their love through cuisine, and dedicate their most valuable hours to cooking, traveling, exploring gastronomy, and dining experiences. ‘People have to eat’ is the adage that lured my grandfather into this business fifty years ago. I am in this business today because hospitality is the universal sign of love.
It took me 30 years to truly understand how to enjoy the present, but I am finally doing just that. Over the last twelve months since I started this column, I read more, cook more, and engage with more of you than ever. I am prepared for whatever happens next.
Nose-to-tail and root to tip will consume this next year. Kate Murphy’s expose in the New York Times last month about the growing number of culinary conscious Americans committing to consume only meat they kill themselves in a commitment to ethical meat consumption truly delineates the extent we are going to understand our Epicureanism.
I am personally committed to exploring my gastronomic limitations even further while diminishing my culinary footprint and eating as close to the earth as I can get. It’s clear the farm-to-fork movement is not a fad. This trend is going to continue to sit on the front burner for another year and garner even deeper adoption.
What actions are you going to take to foster dynamic change and growth in our hospitality ecosystem system today for the betterment of our planet tomorrow? I traveled to Feast Portland and Roots Action 2015 this month to find out what’s next for Little M Tucker on the end-user side. We are committed to continuing to educate our customers and associates on where their tabletop items come from and how to curate an even more unique procurement experience and story.
As the Director of Exclusive Collections for M. Tucker and Singer Equipment Company, I am committed to finding new products that intimately touch guests and exposing brands that deserve a greater spotlight. www.Verterra.com is a perfect example.
Later this month in Brooklyn, NY, StarChefs.com’s ICC 2015 will focus on collaboration and connectivity. We are excited to again be the exclusive distributor partner of the symposium and have a front row seat when our customers get a first look at new products from industry leaders like Steelite, Front of the House, Vollrath, Mercer, Arcobaleno and Paderno.
Join me in embracing social selling as a relationship strategy. LittleMTucker.com is built for education, to develop a buyer more informed than ever before. We will continue to offer insight and opinion on products, events, and destinations.
Love is on the table. Savor it. Understand it. Pick it up! Turn it over. Identify it. Learn about it. Want help? Ask me! My love of food and the vessels that serve it have never been stronger.