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Simply Savvy Aprons (a Helen Pham Co.) is devoted to design that enhances the quality of life for women. No matter what your age or profession; whether you are an artist, painter, sculptor, stylist, hostess, make-up artist, chef, seamstress, or simply a person who loves to entertain, looking exquisite while doing so; this is the perfect apron for you. We provide a wide selection of salon aprons, cooking aprons and other chic essentials. As a creative design group, we aspire to introduce unique and exciting products that encompasses both form and function. We love to create to provide our customers a beautifully crafted product they can be satisfied with.

Every idea begins with a passionate vision. Helen’s vision is to bring joy to women. By realizing the value of feeling beautiful, confident and sexy, Helen implements a sense of luxury and timelessness into every apron. She also gives each style a unique name and distinct personality to compliment the individuality of every woman, helping them to realize their unique beauty. – Simply Savvy Mission Statement Website: http://www.simplysavvyaprons.com/




Denny’s Free Grand Slam Breakfast

For the second year in a row, Denny’s announced plans to serve Free Grand Slam breakfasts as part of its Super Bowl campaign. The giveaway will take place on Tuesday, February 9th,  from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the company expects to serve 2 million free meals including some signature dishes such as waffles, pancakes, sausage and eggs. Dennys has over 1,500 locations nationwide.

In addition to the free breakfast on Tuesday, Denny’s is also offering a chance to win a free breakfast once a week as part of their rewards program. The first 500,000 people to sign up can win a free burger and fries, which they can eat in March.

C-CAP Students Compete for Top Tuna Tartare Chef Honor

C-CAP Students: Photo Credit KCRW

CHAYA Restaurants has partnered with Careers through Culinary Arts Programs (C-CAP) to help educate and train underserved high school students who want to pursue a career in the restaurant industry and is the first to launch C-CAP LA’s Adopt-a-School program.

Fifteen culinary students from Hollywood, West Adams and Westchester high schools will compete in a “Top Tuna Tartare Chef” competition at CHAYA Downtown as part of C-CAP’s Adopt-a-School Program.  CHAYA’s Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe and CHAYA Downtown’s Chef de Cuisine, Kazuya Matsuoka will judge the competition, along with Executive Director for C-CAP, Los Angeles, Mitzie Cutler.

Chaya Downtown Los Angeles

CHAYA has an unprecedented 390-year history of restaurants owned and operated by the same Tsunoda family both in Japan and California.  CHAYA began under an enormous shade tree in Hayama, Japan, centuries ago, where they offered tea, sweets and respite to weary horseback travelers.  Today, there are two locations in Japan (Hikage CHAYA and La Marée de CHAYA) and four locations in California (Beverly Hills, Venice, Downtown LA, and San Francisco). 

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) works with public schools across the country to prepare underserved high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry.   C-CAP provides training and curriculum enrichment programs including: teacher training; scholarships and cooking competitions; job shadows, job training, internships, and career advising; college advising and college 101; and product donations.  For more information about C-CAP, visit www.ccapinc.org.

And the winner is…results of competion:  http://multiculturalcookingnetwork.com/food-a-charity/item/167-c-cap-chaya-tuna-tartare-winner.html

Birthday Freebies at Restaurants

Admittedly, I am a January b-day girl.  Born 10 days after Christmas, all my early fellow January birthday folks know that we get the combined birthday/X-mas gift.  Whether you are born in January or any month of the year, MCCN is glad to report there are perks to birthdays in the form of appetizers, meals or dessert.  –Crystal A. Johnson, MCCN Editor

Give someone a special birthday and Happy Birthday to you!  Check out this listing and the comments:


Donny Osmond Has the Best Milkshake: DWTS Winner

On Tuesday, November 24th Donny Osmond known for being American as Apple Pie showed the world his “Milkshake” in the words of Khalis to win the “Dancing With the Stars” competition.  Back in October Osmond and dance partner Kym Johnson prepared milkshakes at the trendy West Hollywood spot.  Read the story:

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson from “Dancing With The Stars” visit Millions of Milkshakes in West Hollywood to create their own custom shakes. “Donny’s Decadence” incorporates his all time favorite ingredients vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, almonds, and caramel sauce topped off with a Kit Kat bar. Kym Johnson’s “Java Jive” includes a little caffeine kick to keep her jive grooving. It combines vanilla ice cream, coffee, and a crushed Kit Kat bar. Their joint milkshake, “The Tango Fruit Twist”, includes vanilla ice cream, strawberries, peaches, raspberries,and mandarin oranges.

See More photos of Donnie and dance partner at http://www.kosherfoodinformation.com/photo/1860766/?k=j83s12y12h94s27k02