Monday, October 11th, 2010 | Our Best Advice | Comments Off
FOOD ART for Event Planning go together in making a memorable party, but is also an important theme for celebrating food, as well as giving a sustainable message of its impact on our lives. These clever Chinese Cabbage works by artist Ju Duoqi are great examples. Born in China, Duoqui worked as a website and game designer until turning to becoming a freelance artist. Her art is also featured at the Brighton Photo Biennal 2010 in UK currently underway. They inspire design, food themes, and invitations for an occasion centering around food.
Food Art is also a perfect way to send a Thank You in appreciation of being invited. See the Lollypop Bouquet selections at WiNK WinK PONY among their other novelty sculpture out of this Brooklyn studio. These whimsical works make a fun gift to send your hosts before or after an event. As recyclable art (made from clay, wood, moss), they can be the perfect gift after being used for a party, as giveaways or items for charity auctions. Look for Rosemary Milkshake, another cute item. A Giraffasauraus, she’s a designer who designs her own spots on Lollipop Hill. Or go to your local clay house and make your own sculpture for Charity Events you support. Sweat Equity can be fun, and an inexpensive way to lift the spirit. Clay Zen therapy.
We blogged previously October is also no GMO month. Make it a central theme in your events to feature [No GMO] in your food art statements, and donate to organizations devoted to preserving a healthy food supply. Those hardworking garden insects need natural organic fertilizer, not more pesticides.
Make your money work for you and discover the power of micro loans. Even if you’re out of a job, a charitable donation of a few dollars moves mountains of help that circulates to keep others going during tuff times.
Microlending website Kiva will now expand its program to grant loans to college students across the world, and USC’s own Kiva chapter plans to help make that happen. Lenders can now give as little as $25 to students, and give them the opportunity to gain essential skills through higher education or vocational training. For Event Planning you can combine using a percentage of donations received for purposes of microlending as a theme.
Make an effort to stay away from materials that aren’t biodegradable, recyclable, and sustainable, and look for artists studios to purchase from instead of conventional retailers.
For KIDS EVENTS, have a local school participate in a fun project to have students make food art out of found objects for the party decor. Post photos on your favorite social networking websites how the art was used as a community recycling effort. It cuts down costs spent on new decorations and combines a community outreach involvement. There are endless reasons and possibilities to use food art recycling as a theme, so show your process from beginning to end online to give others TIPS how you did it. If you need workers for your Party Event contact our office.
Over the many years at ISAstaffing of finding people work, we often receive unexpected delights that Chef’s we’ve placed drop off at our office. It’s not only a wonderful surprise we greatly appreciate, but a clever way to show off their food art skills. Don’t be shy in taking a proactive approach to let others know how good your goodies are! Wear something fun or outrageous and create a memorable impression and backdrop for any event.
If you’re a household worker with great references we’d love to find you a dream job. Even if you’re working it’s good to register with us online to update your file, and have us keep you in mind for future jobs in the domestic help field.
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Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 | Our Best Advice | Comments Off
At ISA staffing we deal with the Best Jobs for the Best Nannies, Governess and other Childcare Workers along with placing the Top Private Chefs in the world in private homes, services we provide to clients for which we are famous (see our photo gallery). These great jobs (apply here) may include dealing with overseeing kids meals and their party events.
When I write that I enjoy bringing you latest TRENDS including allergy findings that could save a child’s life, it’s not only because of the professional love we have for our work and kids, it also effects each of us. TIPS for maintaining nutritious healthy foods and updates on food sensitivities are a must to share given the growing challenges.
According to Dr. Pamela Ewing, an allergy consultant at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, England, said the rise in cases appears to be outstripping even peanut allergies. Dr. Ewan sees more than 8,000 people with allergies a year. She said that most patients with reactions to fruit and vegetables were children, and the numbers are rising at alarming rates.
You read that correctly: fruits and vegetables are some of the newest culprits triggering heavy allergies, despite everyone thinking they’re unconditionally beneficial for us. What we fail to consider is GMO grown foods and the deplorable corporate politics of how they’ve entered our food supply. GMO is never healthy.
Most Kids love french fries. However, you’d be surprised to know the potato dishes served in restaurants (including those lovely French Fries cooked in Canola Oil) come from GMO grown produce. Potato is one of the most auto-immune inflaming foods causing allergies, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritic symptoms (as I personally came to discover with joint pain that disappeared once I stopped eating it and products with potato derived additives). Also be weary of sweet food additives KIDS are sensitive to, including products like catchup and candy bought at health food markets. Fructose corn syrup is under attack for getting it off the market as cause for much of childhood illness and obesity. Don’t fall for thinking that fructose sounds natural, then it must be ok to eat. A clever disguise of this additive is also being marketed under the name “corn sugar”.
Download the NON-GMO shopping guide – TIP: Use it when you write your shopping list. Keep it with you whenever you shop and buy products listed in the Guide. Store it inside your reusable shopping bag, or simply leave it in your car, or have it with your checkbook or credit cards holder. Even if your household only shops for organically grown products kids are still exposed at home, school, friends homes, out at the park, picnics, sports or other events, or having an ice-cream treat with toppings at the local store.
You get the idea how hard it is to control what hungry mouths ingest or eager arms are able to reach on a table in a blink of an eye. If we all do this together, the change accelerates. Soon, retailers will actively seek to have products that are NON-GMO and only organically grown. Meanwhile, find great recipes for homemade treats online that don’t include fructose syrup, the worst triggers according to Dr. Mercola (mercola.com)
Another TIP, when you have time watch this video on GMO foods and how affected we all are. There are beneficial trends, and then there are those which are deadly everyone needs to know about.
Order foods online that verify organically grown with stamped labels, and support websites providing such services, including getting their Email newsletters. Share them with others, teach KIDS you come in contact with and their parents, and send Our Best Advice link for TIPS they’ll enjoy knowing.
We cannot emphasize this enough. Certified organic products cannot be produced using GMO ingredients. Buy only products labeled “100% organic”, “organic,” or at least “made with organic ingredients.” Read more about organic standards… Tip 2: Look for “non-GMO” labels. Companies may voluntarily label products as “non-GMO.” Some labels state “non-GMO” while others spell out “Made Without Genetically Modified Ingredients.” Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal have third party verification as being in compliance with Non-GMO Project standards for GMO avoidance. Some products limit their claim to only one particular “At-Risk” ingredient such as soy lecithin, listing it as “non-GMO.” Look for dairy products labeled “No rBGH or rBST,” or “artificial hormone-free.”
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