How To Be A Better Speaker At Your Next Food Event

As the foodie industry continues to grow, major food events and conferences are popping up all over the world. Just recently, Taste Terminal has participated in such events as the National Home Brewers Conference as well as the 7th Annual Food Event. As an industry expert, this means that you will be asked to give a presentation or talk on whatever you are currently working on. Because of this, you will need to sharpen your public speaking skills if you want things to go well for you. If you are being asked to speak, here are some tips that will help you nail your nexts  talk or presentation.

Prepare Your Speech

It should go without saying that you want to actually offer information worth listening to and spend time writing the actual speech so that it will flow well. Successful speakers respect their audiences when they deliver worthy material concisely. Then stay within the allotted time and don’t go over, as audiences may mentally check out and not hear the final points. Above all, the message should be sincere. “Audiences will forgive mistakes, but they will not forgive insincerity” suggests Dan Smith of the speaking site Keynote Speaker.

A speaker should also pay attention to the body language of the audience members and adapt himself. If they are folding their arms, they are resistant to his message, so he should slow down, explain it more fully and watch for their posture to relax. If they nod, the speaker will know he is getting his point across.

Speakers will be eyeballed, so they do need to spend time on grooming. It really matters how one looks and surprisingly, shoes matter a lot. Be clean and have a good haircut, and wear clothes that are without spots or rips, even small ones.

Communication Skills in Public Speaking

Know who the audience is so that the speech can be tailored to its interests. For instance, one speaker, while speaking at the LA Weekly Food & Wine Event, found his repertoire of jokes falling flat and realized his listeners were steeped in a culture dominated by the automobile industry. He adjusted and started to make quips about cars, finally getting the reactions he wanted.

According to the website Motivational Speaker, effective speeches are organized according to Monroe’s five steps of the motivated sequence, with each step logically leading to the next:

  • attention
  • need
  • satisfaction
  • visualization
  • call to action

After determining how each step will be conveyed, they need to be further fleshed out with one or more of the seven forms of verbal support:

  1. explanation
  2. analogy or comparison
  3. illustration
  4. specific instances
  5. statistics
  6. testimony
  7. restatement

If the time allotted for a speech is shortened or the speaker is asked to condense his material, he should give just one of his points with supporting material rather than summarizing all his main points. People will forget the main points if they are unsupported but will remember one well-delivered point.

How to Hide a Fear of Speaking in Public

One of the biggest fears people have is public speaking, so how can anyone overcome this typical phobia? A person generally has no control over what he feels, but he does have control over his actions and what he does with those feelings. He can pause, take a deep breath, or fold his hands to prevent them from signaling his fear to the audience.

He can also over-prepare so that he is fully versed on his subject and can discuss it almost without thinking. He can practice in front of a mirror or before a good friend who will be honest with feedback. With practice, practice, practice comes confidence, confidence, confidence.

It may surprise most aspiring orators to learn that the quaking of their knees and trembling in their voices is not as obvious to their listeners as they assume. Most audiences are rooting for their speaker and want him to communicate his message effectively. They feel embarrassed for him when he makes mistakes, so try to forget oneself and act confident even if not feeling that way, and confidence will come.


Exploring the Joys of Sichuan Cooking at Home

With the coronavirus lockdowns still occurring in parts of the country, people have gotten creative with ways to pass the time at home. Even those who never spent much time cooking or baking before having found it to be a pleasant diversion. 

Preparing Sichuan food is especially popular. As one of the most loved cuisines in China, Sichuan food is hot, spicy, and comforting. This is just one of many fun facts about it.

The Sichuanese and Their Love for Spicy Food

It’s been over 2,000 years since peppercorn first appeared on food in the Chinese region of Sichuan. Locals and visitors to the region have loved it ever since. Today, peppercorn continues to be an essential part of any Sichuan dish. In Chinese characters, the term peppercorn literally means numbing spice. 

Although it has been around for two millennia now, the popularity of peppercorn really took off in Sichuan in the 1600s. It was at that time that it got even hotter and claimed its place as a national treasure.

Sichuan Food is Among the Most Distinct of Chinese Dishes

In the United States, lobster is popular on the East Coast while sourdough bread is all the rage on the West Coast. The popularity of foods by region works much the same way in China. Cantonese dishes, for example, are known for their sweetness while dishes hailing from Hunan typically taste hot and sour. 

People recognize Sichuan food for its peppercorns, vegetables, beef, and rice. The combination of the other ingredients and the spiciness of the peppercorns truly makes Sichuan food unforgettable.

Follow These Professional Recipes to Make Sichuan Chili Oil at Home

Z & Y Restaurant, an authentic Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown, published a recipe for Sichuan chili oil by Chef Han in April 2019. It takes 10 minutes to prepare, one hour to cook, and requires these ingredients:

  • 1 pound of Sichuan dry chili pepper
  • 1 pound of vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of grated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 2 pieces of Amomum Tsaoka
  • 5 pieces of star anise
  • 5 pieces of bay leaves
  • 25 grams of sesame
  • 50 thick-sliced grams of ginger
sichuan chili oil preparation

After gathering all ingredients together, heat two teaspoons of oil at 250 degrees Fahrenheit and follow the rest of the instructions from the post on the Z & Y Restaurant website.

Another favorite from the Z & Y Restaurant blog is Authentic Mapo Tofu Recipe. The prep time for this dish is just five minutes with a total cook time of 20 minutes. Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 pound soft tofu
  • 1 teaspoon of black beans
  • 1 teaspoon of chicken bouillon powder
  • 1 tablespoon of corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon of Sichuan chili sauce
  • 2 spring onions
  • 3 ginger slice pieces
  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 30 pieces of peppercorn
  • Chili pepper powder
  • Ground pork
  • Half of a garlic clove
  • Half tablespoon of dark soy sauce
  • Pinch of salt
  • Quarter cup of Chinese Shaoxing wine

Anyone interested in preparing this dish at home can find the cooking instruction at the above link for authentic mapo tofu. Happy cooking!

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How Jack Landsmanas creates sustainable food security for Mexico

With technology growing and improving at exponential rates around the world, it’s time to start focusing on sustainability. That’s what entrepreneur Jack Landsmanas’ company Corporativo Kosmos is focusing on now: adopting and further developing sustainable practices.

As the leader of Mexico’s largest foodservice provider, Jack Landsmanas takes the initiative to invest in new technologies and innovations within the food industry, with the intent to give back.

The History of Corporativo Kosmos

Corporativo Kosmos was founded in 1959 by Don Pablo Landsmanas, Jack Landsmanas’ grandfather who strove to make a difference in his community. Before it became the powerhouse it is today, Pablo Landsmanas’ business began as a small butcher shop called La Modelo. With the passion and drive to create an impact on the world around him, Pablo created a company culture focused on serving others first, which organically grew into the ethical corporation it is today.

Now, under Jack Landsmanas’ leadership, the companies and organizations that comprise Corporativo Kosmos move tons of food every day, proudly serving and feeding communities across Mexico – honoring his grandfather’s legacy.

Sustainability in the Food Industry

Sustainability is all about looking at the big picture, making headway now to benefit the goals of tomorrow and on. This concept comes with placing value on optimization, reducing waste, and satisfying the needs of consumers today and future generations.

Jack Landsmanas believes that sustainable businesses are key to success in the future, but they’re also essential for supporting domestic and international economies, the earth, and up leveling the quality of life worldwide. He says, “We’ve launched a few sustainability projects with Corporativo Kosmos, but I think sustainability-focused ventures are the next big thing. If we can build a better battery, better solar panels, or more efficient water conservation solutions, we can save so many lives around the world. Life would be so much better for everyone. And the demand is there, too.”

The development of biotechnology is the first step to achieving sustainability: starting in the fields, all the way to the kitchen table. Starting with crop growth, biotechnology specializes in researching improvements for the quality of crops, reducing contamination, and preventing loss of crops from pest infestation.

This is where Jack Landsmanas takes sustainability a step further. Under his leadership, Corporativo Kosmos created a Sustainability Platform and established specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within the company per The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States’ long-term goals.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States established an agenda to work toward sustainable development by 2030, which includes a total of 17 Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. Ending poverty worldwide
  2. Ending hunger and malnutrition
  3. Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all
  4. Ensuring inclusive and quality life-long education and learning
  5. Achieving gender equality, specifically through the empowerment of all women and girls
  6. Ensuring the availability of quality water and adequate sanitation
  7. Ensuring access to clean energy for all
  8. Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth and employment
  9. Promoting sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation
  10. Reducing inequality within and among countries
  11. Making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensuring sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Taking urgent action to combat climate change
  14. Conserving oceans, seas, and marine life and resources
  15. Sustainably managing forests and combating biodiversity loss
  16. Promoting peaceful societies, and preventing conflict and distress migration
  17. Revitalizing the global partnership for sustainable development

Essentially, Jack Landsmanas’s mission with Corporativo Kosmos boils these goals down to 3 main focus areas:

Zero Hunger

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States approximates that only 40% of produced food is consumed by humans and animals; the rest becomes waste. 30% of crops are rendered inedible due to pests and plant diseases, and consumers waste an additional 30% of food once it’s in their possession. With the proper use of biotechnology and utilizing ethical suppliers, less food will be wasted worldwide.

The next step toward achieving food security worldwide is promoting responsible production and consumption by establishing a circular economy. In a circular economy, resources are used for as long as possible, with every ounce of value extracted from the products while in use. From there, the leftovers are recovered and regenerated for as long as possible. Practically speaking, this means replacing plastic packaging with recyclable or biodegradable materials and investing in renewable energy sources.

Clean Water:

Water is a highly valuable and non-negotiable resource within the food industry. It’s used in every step in production and distribution. From growing food on farms, washing fresh produce, cooking, and sanitizing, clean water is an absolute necessity.

Jack Landsmanas specifically incorporates water-saving strategies such as the closed-loop system and vacuum evaporation.

Combating Climate Change

All resources ultimately come from the earth. With weather patterns becoming more extreme due to human-induced climate change, caring for the earth is more important now than ever before.

This is where Jack Landsmanas’ Sustainability Platform comes in. In addition to reducing waste, recycling where possible, and incorporating water-saving strategies, Corporativo Kosmos takes a more personal approach. Within Corporativo Kosmos is The Pablo Landsmanas Foundation, which promotes the protection of the environment and promoting economic development in Mexico as a result.

In essence, Jack Landsmanas, Corporativo Kosmos, and The Pablo Landsmanas Foundation are all working a sustainable future for you, for them, for Mexico.

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A Gourmet’s Guide to Bangkok

If you are planning a visit to amazing Thailand, Bangkok offers a treasure trove for the senses, with a colourful and vibrant ambience that has a surprise around every corner, and if you are a food lover, prepare yourself for a once in a lifetime experience.

Bangkok Street Food

If you’re the adventurous type and can handle spicy food, a symphony of tastes awaits you when you are in the City of Angels, with firm favourites as:

  • Moo Ping – BBQ pork slices on bamboo sticks, paired with sticky rice, this is a great way to start the day, and you will find vendors everywhere, as they would have a motorcycle-kitchen and they stop often. Moo Satay comes with a peanut butter-based sauce that once tasted, is never forgotten, and the meat is basted while cooking, plus this dish can be ordered at most restaurants.
  • Gai Yaang – BBQ chicken cooked over low coals, which is eaten with sticky rice and some amazing pepper sauces.
  • Ba Thong Go – Similar to our doughnut, the Ba Thong Go is made into an ‘H’ shape and dipped in very hot palm oil, and with coffee, is the perfect way to start the day.

Sukhumvit Road

The best place to stay would be somewhere like the Novotel in Bangkok, as you are in easy reach of all the nightspots, with Nana, Soi Cowboy and the trendy area of Thong Lor, where you can club until the early hours. Skytrain makes travelling along Sukhumvit very easy and you have an interconnecting network that takes you around this huge city and it costs next to nothing.

Seafood Restaurants

They are to be found everywhere in Bangkok, especially near the Chao Phraya River, which runs through the heart of the city and into the Bay of Thailand. The Thais have a type of restaurant called Raan Daam Saang, which means ‘food to order’ and they will cook almost any dish and if you ask for recommendations, they are more than happy to oblige. Crab, crayfish and lobster are best enjoyed at the premier restaurants, where you would enjoy 5-star service, plus some evening entertainment.

Sweet & Spicy

Thai cuisine is most definitely an assault on the taste buds, with strong spices and very sweet, rich tastes, with no bland dishes, Thai food is known for its unique flavours, and the southern dishes are by far the hottest and should be approached with some caution. Thai desserts really are something else, not only in taste, but also presentation, and with coconut, lychee and mango, fruit dishes are unique and very healthy in moderation.

Chinese Cuisine

In the Chinatown section of Bangkok, there are a few very old and famous Chinese restaurants that you simply must experience while in this gourmet’s Garden of Eden, with extensive menus and classic eastern style dining at its finest.

You can make good use of the Internet by researching and reading a few travel gourmet blogs about Bangkok dining, plus you can book a central hotel for the duration of your stay.


Top 4 Tips To Maximize Your Dental Insurance Coverage

Not All Dental Insurance Plans Are Created Equal

Insurance for your dentistry needs can be extremely comprehensive, or it might just cover something like 10% of your total bill. Just because your job offers benefits like “dental” doesn’t mean those benefits will totally cover associated costs. Oftentimes they won’t.

You won’t find out how little is covered till you’ve already had a filling, gotten your teeth cleaned, or something else. You’ve got to read the fine print. Know what your deductible is. Ask around.

It may be better to seek your own insurance, rather than strictly going with the options available through whichever company provides benefits. With that in mind, following we’ll cover four tips to help you get the best insurance coverage.

1. Seek Proper Consultation

First, you need to know the situation. What options to you have, and what cost range should you expect? If you’re getting insurance through your employer, then you might supplement with dental insurance at a discount, using both options to reduce your overall burden. The dentist generally won’t mind; he gets paid either way.

Ask around. What are your friends and family doing for their insurance? What troubles have they had? Figure out what those you know who are savvy in this area have done. Also, know what intellectually lazy folks have done so you understand what to avoid. A lot of people just take the path of least resistance, and that almost never produces a better option.

So ask friends, ask family, and ask professionals as well. A well-rounded inquiry of that type will help you find the best possible options. You want to look at a minimum of five different insurance packages and weigh the pros and cons. Consultation helps you hone you research for best results.

2. Carefully Research Each Available Option

Once you know what to look for, you’ll want to dive into the available information on the subject. How much does each insurance solution cost on a monthly basis? Are there discounts if you pay for a year of insurance up front? What level of coverage does your employer provide? Figure out where the insurance package covers your needs, and where it doesn’t.

There are often fine-print provisos and limitations which are intentionally obscured. With a little online research, you can find where specific dental operations are commonly not covered by an insurance provider. Sometimes an insurance provider will only cover that specific provision, and not other things. It depends on how the insurance company weighs the numbers.

Insurance groups commonly invest the money their clients render on a monthly or a yearly basic, getting paid in Return On Investment (ROI), and associated interest. Some make investment the primary thing, and hardly cover those who pay for their services at all. There are true scams out there, and you really need to study your options to avoid being taken in.

3. Strategic Dental Shopping

In the research and consultation process, you can save yourself a lot of trouble by finding resources which consolidate available coverage plans, and provide you information pertaining to the pros and cons of those plans. So use existing resources to help you shop varying plans including dental insurance which fits your specific needs.

To properly cover your needs, you need to know what they are. Are you seeking coverage for just yourself, or do you need a family dental insurance package? Some plans will only cover one individual, some are designed to fit the needs of a family. Sometimes you can get more discounts if you simply get regular teeth cleaning.

If you’ve got a mouth that has a lot of issues, that may be something you need to take into account as you seek coverage. There are charitable options that exist which can help those who have had poor dental health through the majority of their lives get the necessary treatment. When you shop around, don’t only look at insurance packages.

Additionally, consider secondary programs which provide options for the under-privileged. You can even ask a local dentist if you like. Provided they get paid, they don’t really care where the money is coming from; so long as it’s legally derived.

4. Mail-Order Prescriptions, Discounts, Benefit Maximization
When it comes to mail-order prescriptions, there will be few that are available owing to dentist operations. You’ll likely find more for orthodontic needs; but there can be medication for sensitive enough dentistry. Look into mail-order options to reduce expenses; especially if something happens requiring long-term medication.

Subscription options to your insurer can sidestep dispensing costs. If you’ve got a long-term need, you may be able to get a larger measure of medicine at a reduced cost; though this will certainly represent a minority of possibilities.

Next, know available discounts, know specific programs, and know all available benefits. There are sometimes programs you can follow through on that will net you a discount. This is more likely to be the case with health insurance than it is with dentistry, but do your homework and see what’s out there; you may be surprised.

Sometimes simply downloading a mobile app can get you a discount—check the website of your insurance company, and of your employer’s insurance option to see if any promotions of this kind are available.

Keeping Your Teeth Affordably Healthy
Dental hygiene is essential for overall health. Heart disease has been linked to a lack of flossing. Other issues can develop if you’ve got a mouth which isn’t as clean as it should be.

Consider what’s available, research, get consultation, shop strategically, and take full advantage of all available discounts, benefits, or promotions. Such tactics will help you get the best possible dental coverage for you and your family.