Film & Foodie Review: Courageous

From the Producers of Facing the Giants and Fireproof comes another film sure to become a classic film in the Christian Genre but its lessons are a direct message for men to men to own their responsibility as fathers.   Moreover, the movie Courageous asks that men recognize the opportunity to mentor in a country where many boys/youth are growing up in single parent homes.  The multi-cultural cast (Caucasian, African American and Latino) of men we follow may seem like an unlikely group to find fellowship in the United States’ south, but the film does a pretty good job at making the relationships plausible.  It is obvious that the producers want as many ethnic groups as possible to be attracted to seeing this film. (READ MORE)

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah translates to “head of the year” or “first of the year.”  Rosh Hashanah takes place on the first and second days of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar- Tishri. During the holiday no work is permitted. In the Jewish faith, pomegranates are traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) because it has 613 seeds, which coincide with the 613 commanments of the Torah. Furthermore, the pomegranate represents fruitfulness.

Common observances include dipping apples in honey to symbolize the wish for a sweet year and Tashlikh (“casting off”). 

Oatmeal Face Mask Recipes

We very rarely touch on beauty regimins at MCCN but it has always been an aspiration of mine to slowly bring in various natural and food based regimes of various cultures.  According to Natural Home Remedies for Life, “Even as long as 4000 years ago people already knew about the skin soothing and other skin care properties of oatmeal.”

Oatmeal is useful in several ways for the skin. It is often used to make face masks and other skin care products. Usage of oatmeal face mask helps you to stay away from several skin ailments and also adds glow to your skin. Also, this face mask enhances the texture of the skin and makes it plain and even. If your skin is damaged due to sunburn, it can be cured effectively with oatmeal bath. Below are some oatmeal face mask recipes and their uses. 

SEE RECIPES For Oatmeal Facial Masks

Oatmeal and Banana Facial Mask Video

Post by Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor

NYC Food Film Festival: Oct 13-16 2011


The NYC Food Film Festival sprang from the imagination of Festival Director George Motz, the documentary filmmaker behind the award-winning Hamburger America film and book, along with co-creator Harry Hawk, formerly of Schnack and Water Taxi Beach. Through documentaries, features and short films, the Festival showcases the best, and the most memorable, of the world’s favorite foods. Along with a heaping helping of mouth-watering films, Motz, Hawk and company serve up the food that guests are watching on the screen for a multi-sensory, full-bodied experience.

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Death of R & B Singer Vesta Williams

It is with great sadness we report the death of R&B Singer Vesta William found dead  in her hotel room on Thursday August 22 in her California hotel room.  The singer most commonly known for her hit song Congratutlations was interviewed less than one year ago by MCCN’s Erika L. Holmes when she caught up with Williams on the red carpet on World Aids days 2010.  Vesta was looking sleeking and vivacious.  Because of her tremendous weight loss we prompted her with a question about childhood obesity.  (Click to See Video)

MCCN Anniversary Edition: one sixtyblue

Though many associate one sixtyblue with owner Michael Jordan, the restaurant came to life combining the notion of a forgotten address, 160 Loomis, with what our neighbors called “the big blue building.” Once the home of a pickle factory, the sleek neighborhood restaurant artfully blends vibrant seasonal flavors with modern traditions and an easy charm.

Guided by market-fresh inspiration from farmer to plate, Chef Michael McDonald’s contemporary American cuisine celebrates daily life. A stylish Chicago West Loop restaurant, one sixtyblue captures the essence of leisurely dining at the American table.

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MCCN Anniversary Edition: Mario Batali:Malto Italiano

Critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur, award-winning author, and television personality, Mario Batali is arguably one of the most recognized and respected chefs working in America today. Together with his business partner Joe Bastianich, the duo have created an uber- successful restaurant and culinary empire in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Singapore.

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MCCN Anniversary Edition: The Capital Grille

Capital Grille Corporate Executive Chef

A graduate ofJohnson & WalesUniversity, Chef Nuetzi has over twenty years of culinary experience.  Immediately prior to joining The Capital Grille in 1998, he owned and operated Brix, a Provençal restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina.  Previously, he was Executive Chef of the Planters Café in the Planters Inn, also located in Charleston.

Chef Nuetzi credits The Capital Grille’s enormous appeal to the restaurant’s commitment to an exceptional dining experience and to its continuous, intensive employee training.

Jim Nuetzi is a passionate educator and inspiring leader and works closely with each restaurant’s Executive Chef to acquire unique, seasonal menu items and to prepare signature wine dinners.  He collaborates with Master Sommelier George Miliotes; and together, they share their love of wine with the knowledgeable Capital Grille wait staff, who excel at making The Capital Grille’s comprehensive wine list accessible to guests.

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MCCN Anniversary Edition: Southern Hospitality

Eytan Sugarman, Justin Timberlake, and Trace Ayala

Southern Hospitality was co-created by Eytan Sugarman, Trace Ayala and Justin Timberlake. Approximately three years ago, Sugarman,Ayala, and Timberlake discussed the idea of bringing Memphis-style BBQ and ribs to the New York City marketplace. The three friends spent a year creating the Southern Hospitality concept and were actively involved in all elements of design, menu offerings, and musical format.

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