Beth Siegalkoff

Going out to restaurants is one of the American’s favorite activities because they get the chance to taste the best cuisine from the chefs that work behind the scenes. International Chef Day is a day for them, and is probably one of the best opportunities people can get to learn how to cook and connect with chefs in their local area. It’s also a great opportunity to teach kids how to cook and inspire them to become chefs.

International Chef Day has been designed so that we can all learn more about the important role of a chef. If you are interested in a career in the food industry, you are a chef yourself, or you simply enjoy eating food (who doesn’t?), you can appreciate the importance and the significance of a day like this.

WorldChefs started when, in 1920, a Swiss cooking federation introduced the idea of an international chef association, and thus in 1928, WorldChefs was established in Sorbonne, Paris.

Congresses would be held every few years and countries would assume presidency over the organization. For over 90 years and counting, WorldChefs has grown from an association, to a worldwide organization to help educate people about the importance of healthy food.

However, in 2004, Chef Dr. Bill Gallagher, who at the time was the president of WorldChefs, a network of over 100 chef associations who were focused on bringing education, competition, networking and sustainability to the authority on cuisine, introduced and established International Chef’s Day to be celebrated every year on Oct. 20.

This day is focused on educating kids around the world about the importance of eating healthy, promoting the career of chefs and helping change local communities.

Each year, WorldChefs and their partners create different themes to help broadcast their mission. Use this day to introduce your kids to the joys of cooking. Who knows, maybe it is the last time you will have to cook.

Have you noticed the craft fairs and craft boutiques are back?

The one at Herald Day was very eclectic with crafts of ribbon wreaths, huge hanging wind chimes, cement yard art, jewelry, wood art, jams and jellies, etc. I was fortunate enough to purchase some yummy apricot jam.

Recently, I purchased some repurposed metal oilcans and old metal buckets from a colleague who sells at the Lodi Street Fair. She has an imagination for repurposing old worn out items into art. She repaints, adds ribbon, lights and seasonal décor, and can change an old oil pan into a pumpkin, an old oil can into a scary bat, and an old metal mop bucket into a large Halloween candy container, or a large bunch of fall flowers would really look good in it.

But, back to the fairs and boutiques: I have noticed more and more are being advertised, which means people made good use of the time they spent at home, and the rest of us benefit from their artistic endeavors.

I hope you will support our local vendors at the fairs and boutiques. The items are unique and make great one-of-a-kind gifts. After all, Christmas is only 65 days away.

Garden reminder: Pick your pomegranates and plant your sweet peas.

Recipe of the day: Pumpkin Roll

Flower of the day: Sweet Peas

Dates to remember:

Oct. 29 – Dairy Bowl Football game – Liberty Ranch at Galt High

Oct. 31 – Halloween

Nov. 7 – Daylight Saving Time ends – one hour of extra sleep

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Nov. 12 – No school for the high schools

Nov. 22 -26 – Thanksgiving vacation

Nov. 25 – Thanksgiving

Until next week: Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.