Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Staff Feature: Shawn Bittman, Executive Chef

We are proud of our talented team and will be doing a weekly feature over the next few weeks highlighting each member.

Sandor (Shawn) Bittman, our Executive Chef.

"How Thyme Flies! Having been in the culinary trade for the last 25 years, it's hard to believe the last 12 have flown by here at A Thyme to Cook. Looking to do something new and interesting, I left hotel kitchens behind and joined the crew at ATTC to work in off-premise catering. When I started, my oldest son was six years old....now he's going on 18 and I am a full-time father again with a four-year old. Yep, some say you have to be crazy to be in this trade, I guess it's true. My love of food allows me to try some really cool things such as fizzy grapes and fruit pearls. You've never seen a happier crowd than at my son's daycare when I bring in some new foods for the kids to try.

On top of a busy work schedule, I balance some adult time by volunteering in local government as the Chairman of Planning and Zoning in my hometown of Sprague. I'm also a part time pool shark and a member of the American Pool Players Association for the past 15 years. To round out my busy schedule, I'm also a member of the American Culinary Federation, Connecticut Chef's Association and Knights of Columbus."

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Back from a whirlwind week at Catersource in Las Vegas!

The ATTC team with our friend Pauline Parry from Good Gracious! Events.

The ATTC Team got to mingle and share experiences with caterers from around the world during a jam-packed week of education and experiences. This year, not only were we attendees, but educators! Linda presented a 75-minute seminar on "25 Years and 25 Things We Have Learned the Hard Way"; and Gina did several short demonstrations - "Hot Rocks are a Cool Station" in the X-perience Room. Linda was also an "Expert" at the "Ask the Experts" luncheon and a presenter for the International Catering Association CATIE awards. Chef Shawn and Chef Bill got to go on a tour of the kitchens at Caesar's Palace....gorgeous kitchens and a unique sneak peek at what goes on behind-the-scenes.

While we did not receive any CATIE awards this year, it was an honor to be nominated three times amongst some incredible caterers. We were runners-up to South Africa, Toronto, and California. We did receive some other recognitions - Linda was sworn in to the International Catering Association as Membership Chair; and Gina received the ICA Service Star Award.
Some other highlights:

Live champagne chandelier; a new take on S'Mores; personalized crisps; Mango Mousse with Meringue Sticks and "Pop Rock" Surprise!

The education was enlightening....the events were inspiring and we are all energized and re-charged for the 2010 season!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Style Me Pretty Featured Wedding

Another featured wedding on Style Me Pretty today! Focusing on the GORGEOUS flowers provided by Blush Floral.