Monday, January 12, 2009
New catering company in Dallas goes green, organic, slow, etcetera
Taste Catering & Events abides by the Slow Food way of living and eating, which is a global, grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.
DALLAS Taste Catering and Events is a full-service caterer built on continual support of local organic farmers.
“We are one of the first caterers to implement such a large focus on local, sustainable, and organic menus,” said owner and Executive Chef Vincent Mack. “Because other full-service caterers began their operations five, ten, or fifteen years ago, it is very costly for them to substitute green products into their large infrastructures. We are lucky to open our doors in an era where we had 23 socially and environmentally conscious vendors to partner with on our menu development.”
Taste Catering & Events abides by the Slow Food way of living and eating, which is a global, grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. This philosophy includes enjoying delicious foods created with care from healthy plants and animals, using "clean" food grown and harvested with methods that promote biodiversity and have a positive impact on local ecosystems, and produced in a fair manner by people who are treated with dignity and justly compensated for their labor.
Mack was executive chef at the Miami Springs Golf and Country Club, and in 2000, opened Downtown Lo Spaghetto in Miami. In 2005, he was executive chef at the Tour 18 Golf Club in Dallas, where he began forming relationships with local farmers and incorporating organics into corporate management structures and food chains. In 2007, Chef Mack was hired by one of Dallas’ largest premier catering companies, where he orchestrated food service for 4,000 at the Cattle Baron’s Ball and 5,000 guests at the Copeland Ministries Annual Conference.
He's also not afraid to post comments on people's blogs, including this proclamation on Michael Ruhlman's blog over the hotness of Today Show anchor Jena Wolfe, and this roundup of kitchen pick-up lines (in which he makes a reference to Michael Ruhlman, hmmm).