What is the Culinary Guru?

Red Bottle and GlassWhat is the Culinary Guru? It is a peek into the culinary world as seen through the eyes of those who work and have worked in kitchens, food servers, managers, marketing and all aspects that make a restaurant live and breath. It is about the discovery of food and where it has led us today and will hopefully provide for you, the consumer, better eating choices.

A knowledge of the world of food and the opportunity to see first hand behind the scenes of a real working kitchen, front of the house table maintenance, customers reactions and how disparaging remarks can really hurt feelings and break down the order, what it takes to get the kitchen started through prep work, mental preparation and the difference between food that is already prepared and food that requires thought and real preparation. The dining room with table set up and preparation for the guests, how to set silverware and which side do you serve the guest and which side do you clear. The bar setup and preparation for the guests, creating an environment that only a true connoisseur of the world of wine, beer and spirits can truly appreciate, it’s not just about darts!

Also the world of clean and sanitized. This part of the culinary world can go unnoticed and can create the biggest fears and dangers both to the public and the business. This area I do not take lightly, it requires an attitude from all the staff to provide the cleanest and safest environment at all times. Any slack in this area and in no time a dangerous and volatile situation will erupt as many of us have seen in the news with what is known as “reputable” restaurants. It starts from the top and moves through the organization and is only as bad as the weakest link, so the Culinary Guru advises, either educate or eliminate the weakest link!

I have written and edited a Wine Tasting Guide that is free to download and is filled with basic and intermediate information. It is a good resource guide and very useful if you plan to have a get together with friends and taste wines as a really enjoyable social outlet!


From Stardust to Here: A Dietary Journey

Louis 13 DecanterI don’t know where in our journey as human beings that we charted a course to become spiritual beings, but I do know this, that along the way we became very hungry. Eating has been an important part of our development, not only to sustain the body, but to unite us as a species creating a path that is filled with the wonder of exploration, dreaming and discovery. Depending how far back we go in our development one thing is for certain, there was the need to eat!

Possibly we were complete vegans and eating only what we could forage until one day one of our ancestors stumbles upon rhubarb, eats the leaves and succumbs to the toxins. Was one of the family members observing this act? How many of our ancestors died eating the part of the rhubarb that contains toxins? Did we stop there? Hell no! We now partake in one of natures most delicious pies during a holiday we call Thanksgiving? Thanks for what? Thanks for all of those ancestors who taught us about discovery and a really great dessert.

So where does that bring us in today’s modern times? Are we observing our family and friends succumbing to possible toxic dining? Are we really sitting down with the clan and in conversation, instead of grunts or drawing in the dirt, talking about the dangers of our diet?  And why does it really matter? There are those of us on this planet who give little regard to life and at the other extreme there are those who don’t give this much regard as there is something better on the other side. Whatever you believe in the here and now or put your faith on the other side, I am forever grateful to the law of discovery and our willingness as a species to put that law into action. I would rather learn from our discoveries here and now then bet on the other side and continue to eat rhubarb leaves!

So, as the Culinary Guru, I would advise you to make this an enjoyable journey and learn from our errors. Change the causes that create ill effects into causes that create healthy effects!  Enjoy a really nice meal with the family in conversation and laughter over a beverage of choice. It’s all about here & now and forever, so for that, I am forever grateful!

If you haven’t had the chance to download my FREE Wine Tasting Guide then now is the time. It is filled with good information and the updates will be free, so click on this link and follow the instructions! Enjoy! Click Here!

FREE! Wine Tasting Guide


Hello. It’s been a while and I thought it would be good to be in touch. I have been building this blog site for quite some time and have written and edited a FREE Wine Tasting Guide for you. It is a PDF ebook and easy to download and easy to read, informative and well, it’s FREE! Click here if you want the Wine Tasting Guide by the Culinary Guru or continue reading as I have links all the way down this page for you to get your FREE Wine Tasting Guide

After selling the restaurant and working in the field I suddenly realized I have a wealth of knowledge that could be helpful to many people. For example, do you know how to take out a cork that has been pushed into an empty bottle without breaking the bottle? Do you really know why people put a cork to their nose as though they are smelling it? Do you know how to make the best damn bread pudding in the world? Well that and so much more will be made available to you in short, concise, entertaining snippets each and every week, but more of that later! Ah, another link if you need to escape, if not, read on and Thanks!

Wine Tasting Guide by the Culinary Guru

As you may know this blog site was once the Palm Cafe, which I changed to Coffee Cafe and now has morphed into what I believe is my passion: food, wine and spirits, thus the Culinary Guru! Over the years my wife, Heidi (the real Culinary Guru whom I defer to often) and I prided ourselves encouraging our staff to be their very best. Some required holding onto them and developing them into partners and owners, while others were guided towards College to further their passions whether Architects, Actors, Pastry Chefs, Scientists, Peace Officers, even getting their Masters and Doctorates and all the while encouraging them to be their very best. Another link in case you’re bored! lol

Wine Tasting Guide by the Culinary Guru

The Culinary Guru will be making recipes, knife cutting skills, certified organic farming, reviews on wines and spirits, secrets revealed in the industry, table setup, dining etiquette, wine bottle opening skills, and of course Free Books like the one made available today in knowledgeable, informative and humorous ways that can only come from someone like the Culinary Guru!

Thank You for reading this far, I totally appreciate it, but I am also grateful to those who left early to get their FREE Wine Tasting Guide from the Culinary Guru!