A Special Louisville Endeavor

We had the pleasure of participating in Endeavor – The Louisville Food & Beverage Tour. Notably, Endeavor Louisville led 18  entrepreneurs from ten countries on an F&B tour of the city. Additionally, the tour featured site visits, panels, and discussions with Endeavor Louisville members and other industry leaders. Critically, it provided an opportunity for these industry pros to deliver firsthand knowledge about scaling up, going big, and succeeding.

Showing Off CVap

Winston Industries‘ late Chef Barry Yates partnered with Chef Space, Louisville’s original kitchen incubator, to demonstrate how community leaders can partner to accelerate others’ ideas. Barry demonstrated staged New York Strip in the newly-equipped Jays 120 space at the west Louisville incubator. Critically, staging is a technique that allows QSR operators to drastically reduce service times while maintaining extraordinary food quality. Surely one of the aspects we loved about this event was that guests got an up-close and hands-on feel for how CVap technology can optimize their operations. Great food fast every time!

Winston was a natural partner for the tour,” said Barry Yates, “innovation and ideas are in our DNA.” 

Thank you Endeavor and Chef Space for allowing us to participate. In fact, we’ve received great feedback from attendees and can’t wait to do more of these events! Surely, if you would like to learn more about Winston or want to have a hands-on experience of your own, schedule your CVap demo and cook with us! Visit our website for more info or call 502.495.5400.

Chef Barry demonstrates at Endeavor Louisville
Endeavor Louisville was a success
Louisville's own Chef Barry

Street Tacos for School Lunch!

When you were a kid in school you probably didn’t give much thought to learning about your future career from the lunchroom. I’d be willing to bet that your school district didn’t have a culinary program either, or street tacos at school. Times have changed.

This is Culinary Specialist Chef Ron Jones with Esteban Gonzales. We are the leaders of the student-driven taco recipe team at Greenville County School District, GCSD.

I recently returned from another stop on the School Nutrition Guru world tour. I’ve got to tell you they just rocked the cafeteria at GCSD’s Mauldin Middle School.

The day started with a visit to GCSD Nutrition offices, where I saw a familiar sight in Director Joe Urban’s office. He’s a true media wiz and grabs pics and videos whenever he can to show the pride he has in this awesome district.

Then we drove to Mauldin Middle to meet the student team that had the winning recipe in the district. I felt fortunate to spend time with them. The team members were Hunter Criswell, Esteban Gonzalez, Joe Urban, and Michael Harmon.

students love street tacos

Students line up to try the street tacos.

Let's Make Street Tacos!

The first thing the team checked were the taco ingredients conversions to school-level preparation. For example, the student design team’s original taco featured red onions pickled in red wine vinegar. The school version switched to white vinegar.

Then came the first taste test by the team. They agreed the tacos needed a replacement tortilla and a change was made and tested once more. Then on to the lunch rush!

Vicki Thompson is the amazing, energetic Cafeteria Manager at Mauldin Middle. Just ahead of lunch each day she holds a pep rally with her team. It’s incredible to watch. She has a constant smile and she and the staff LOVE their students!

This next part was really cool! Chef Ron grabbed the recipe team members and had them help build a balanced complete tray as it might look when the tacos will be added to the GCSD menu cycle.

Winston is proud to have CVap equipment in the GCSD kitchens!

Word gets around fast when just one kid says “free tacos!” The open hands below didn’t hear about it until they got to their tables with their trays which they promptly left to come back for a sample.

Why not become a friend and fan of Greenville County Schools Food and Nutrition Services Facebook page? You’ll see trends being set and breakthroughs happening. Just recently GCSD made the top ten list on the Food Research and Action Center’s 2016 Scorecard!! It’s not just about School Lunch, read about #schoolbreakfast too!!

You can also watch a short video about Greenville County SC’s newest addition to their lunch menu.