Kacala Culinary Resources KCR

KCR Culinary and Hospitality advisement, Menu planning and costing, One on one or group cooking instruction, Intimate gatherings, catering to small groups

KCR is a diverse local company specializing in culinary development for the "Back of The House" Menu costing, layout and ex*****on of products. Presentation of food, new or old school. Recipe development and standardization. Everything that you need to make the food operation successful. At our other venue we specialize in cooking classes on site or off, with topics that include basic knife skill

Operating as usual

02/20/2016

Alumni picture today with my old Johnson & Wales family. Really miss seeing and working with these folks.

02/08/2016

Making some fresh vegetable soup for this long cold week in Charleston SC..Love making great tasting fresh soup!

02/07/2016

No music, no lights, no noise, just the sound of the fire and the ticking of the grandfather and pantry clocks. Priceless

[02/07/16]   No music,no lights, no noise, just the sound of the fire and the ticking of the grandfather and pantry clocks..Priceless.

01/31/2016

A wonderful dish Cod Fish Veracruz. This turned out great. Will be serching for a local white flesh fish to sub for cod.

[01/30/16]   Daryl's House...Darly Hall and Aaron Neville.. Does not get better then this!

01/30/2016

My daughter Melissa doing what she does best teaching and sharing her vast knowledge of our industry.

01/30/2016

An old Chef friend of mine (Bill Nolan) recently posted a photo of these spice grinders. I have always trusted Bills judgement so I purchased two. Like Bill I have tried just about all the different grinders out there including the coffee types and have always been disappointed. NOT THIS TIME! These grinders are perfection! Different settings for fine course etc. I purchased mine at Amazon for $15.00 each. Info.KUHN RIKON SWISS DESIGN RATCHET GRINDER. I have also included a photo of all the different grinders that I have purchased that did not make the grade. Thank you again Bill!

01/24/2016

Lunch with the family. Salmon wrapped in phyllo dough with duxcell. Lemon Myrtle Asaperagus.

01/24/2016

It's Sunday at my our house!

[01/17/16]   A couple of dear friends of mine Victor and Patty, their daughter Vicky Smurro is competing in the Miss New York State pageant this evening. Asking for positive thoughts and if inclined a small prayer for good luck..

01/16/2016

HAD THE PLEASURE OF HAVING LUNCH AT CHARLESTON BAKERY AND DELICATESSEN IN SUMMERVILLE SC. I AM ALWAYS SKEPTICAL OF A DELI IN SC. WELL THIS PLACE WAS THE REAL DEAL. I ORDERED THE CHICKEN SOUP HOPING THAT IT WAS HOUSE MADE. IT WAS RIGHT ON THE MONEY A REAL STOCK MIREPOIX, CHICKEN HERBS AND SPICES THAT WAS 100% PERFECTION ,TASTE,TEXTURE,COLOR, AND IT WAS SERVED STEAMING HOT. NEXT UP THE HOUSE COOKED CORNED BEEF ON RYE "CARNEGIE STYLE", THIS TOO WAS ALSO PERFECTION, REAL RYE BREAD, DELI MUSTARD AND CORNED BEEF STACKED UP JUST LIKE CARNEGIE DELI IN NYC. EXCELLENT. I WAS SO EXCITED THAT EVERYTHING IS MADE ON PREMISS. WILL BE BACK FOR MORE WITH MANY FRIENDS.RAY BOOKMAN CAN'T WAIT TO TAKE YOU HERE,BUT YOU ALREADY MAY HAVE BEEN THERE. IF YOU WANT GREAT STRAIGHT UP DELI THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO IN CHARLESTON. THE ONLY OTHER PLACE IN SC THAT I HAVE BEEN TO THAT IS ON PAR WITH THIS PLACE IS GRUBY'S NY DELI HOLTON HEAD.

[01/15/16]   Turner Classic Movies answer to the debates here in Charleston. ..They are featuring the movie Gone With The Wind!

[01/14/16]   Our prayers go out to the family of Celine Dion for the loss of her husband Rene Angelil. May he rest in peace. Rene has been battling cancer for the past 3 years I HATE FU#king CANCER

01/13/2016

Forgot the finished product. Another think that Chef was adamant about was the onions had to fit on a soup spoon. If not you had to remake the soup at your expense.

01/13/2016

Well back in the day I was working with a dear friend of mine Steve Corio. Steve was one of these cooks that loved to hold up the ceiling that was falling down around him and with the other hand put out a 100 dinners! As time went on Steve developed his talent into his craft A true craftsmen by all means . We had met up with this Chef named Dennis Farrar o a disciple of Escoffier! Anyway Dennis was going to give use a lesson on how he made onion soup. Her goes: First you set up your work station what the $#!* ARE you waiting for said Dennis. Then peal the onions and current in half. ..Move your ass's the longer the onion sirs on the cutting board the more bitter it will taste. Now heat up a sauce pot over medium heat. When hot add beef f at (back in the day we had to render our beef fat to cook with x make roux etc) today I used bacon fat. Next he would scream at us to sweat the onions! I said sweat not saute! We would sweat them for a b good hour so we extracted the sugar and cooked the mm at the same time. Next he would "pink" the onions with a little tomato puree add bay leafs and the only stock that Dennis had in his kitchen was a brown chicken stock which was used extensively in many creations. We then cooked the soup at a,lazy boil for a good 1,2 hours reseasoned it and added sherry wine. That's it. But,God forbid you did not sweat the onions..you would be cussed up one side and down the other and many times slapped in the head. You only made a mistake once in those days, twice and you went out the door and know in the industry as worthless. RIP Chef Dennis you tough us our craft well and some fourth years later can remember every little point as if it was learned yesterday. Steve and Me will join you in the big kitchen in the s k y hopefully not to soon. Let's 30 years from now.

[01/12/16]   Have been very ill sense Christmas digestive system infection ,pinched siatic nerve, bercidous in shoulder, among many other things. I thought that I was going to join David B. sooner then later. Starting to come around to normal for whatever that is for me, anyway went for extensive lab work yesterday morning and just received a call from my doctor that everything is ok and I am doing fine. Thank you God! I am now sure that I have several people watching over me and CAN'T BE MORE THANKFUL FOR THAT. As the song goes amazing grace how sweet the sound,That Saved a wretch like me!

01/02/2016

Making a big pot of greens,garlic and potato soup hoping this will aid in my recovery. Feeling bad.

12/26/2015

LBK relaxing after a wonderful Christmas Day with family. . Everything in its place for course 1.2.and 3 all on one plate..
Children's chicken soup..Greens with Rose Vinaigrette. .Marinated Artichoke hearts on spoon.. Entree Roasted Game Hen Current Cram berry Sauce.. with black rice and KCR Vegetables ..Coconut cake and Italian Cookie Assortment..

12/19/2015

Almost there with the yard.

[12/18/15]   Stopped at local restaurant/ bar for lunch today. The time was 12:20PM ..One person at the bar drinking beer. MO one else but the employees around gathering in a corner of the bar. I sat down and was approached by a wait person . Fave me a menu and took a beverage order with the usual would you like something to drink, never ask me that! Ask me of I would like to try the icextea, root beer sell me something. My reply was water with extra extra lemon (they just lost money on me with the lemons). Ordered the much hyped about burger with cheese,bacon,lettuce,tomato and extra onion slices and pickles, cooked medium with fries. Burger came out within 10 minutes on a breoish roll with butter on one side what seemed an attempt to toast it but failed (the cook must have been overwhelmed with the one burger order). The lettuce served for the burger was the brown rusty tops of a wilted leaf of Romaine lettuce,the red onion was three little strands of soggy limp onion that was not edable. Pickles came from somewhere that are the type you would get at a kids beach bar up north ,you know $3.00 a gallon. Fries ...they should have called them refries .. Anyway rhe so called Front of house manager came over as he approached he'd he was scratching his very unkempt beard lifting his food stained baseball cap. He asked me if everything was ok
.U just looked at him and sure you must have had a rough night. He proceeded to tell me the story of the night before. WTF..Now for the icing on the cake ..The burger with fries was $12.99. Beverage $2.99 add in the tax and gratuity $19.50 for crap. THIS EXPLAINS why no one was in the place. I could have gone to SNOB..

12/16/2015

Getting the yard for Christmas more to see tomorrow . God Bless All.

[11/26/15]   Probably one of the most strangest Thanksgiving I had is way back in the early 80s While I was Chef at a small country club in Lockport New York.. It was Thanksgiving eve With my sous Chef Frank M. We closed the club at 9PM
and we're invited for a drink over at the Sheraton Hotel that was managed by our Friends Sandy S. And Gordon S. Anyway we stopped and one bottle of wine led to another
.We had a great dinner with great musical entertainment. Well if you know Chef and some restaurant people we over did it with the wine and congac. We ended up getting a room at 3:30Am ...We had to be back at the club at 6AM to get all the turkeys etc for roasting in the ovens. We did he there at the club but we had such terrible hangovers. Anyway pulled it all together and all that attended had a wonderful meal and time..Of course Frank ND me were tired and still dealing rough. Ask me why I am telling this story? I don't have a clue..The saying goes. ..If you are going rour with the lions in the evening. .You have to sore with Eagles in the morning. .Anyway Have A BLESSED and Peaceful Thanksgiving. .

[11/14/15]   It is so far beyond me ...We have so many great people in the world of all races ..religion s..etc. But all we ever hear about is the bad, horrifying, and the slaughtering of human life.

[11/14/15]   We here at KCR express our condolences to the victims and wish the injured a quick recovery in Paris.

10/23/2015

Arugula and RADDICHO Feta. ...Pasta with fresh tomatoes Last night at KCR..Always the best from the Chefs

10/19/2015

Lunch with the kids at KCR..Always the best from the Chefs

10/16/2015

Dinner with the girls at KCR..Arugula Sliced Tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella dried sausage...Artichoke hearts...Braised short ribs of Beef over whipped cauliflower, Shaved turnips seasoned and fried..Always the best from the chefs..

[10/11/15]   Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian family and friends. ..

10/10/2015

Just returned from the dock..10 lbs of local red Roe Shrimp So good and happy. ..Always the best from the Chefs...

10/10/2015

The girls at Holy City Brewery. .
Great local beer and appetizers. .

09/22/2015

I hope everyone is well? Check out some of my food and like my page site if you want. .

09/21/2015

Sunday Shrimp Supper at KCR Kacala Culinary Resources ..Always The Best From The Chefs.

09/20/2015

I think I am going here to educate myself more in the art and craftsmanship of cooking and understanding of people and the one thing that brings the world together in a peaceful gathering .
.Food...

09/15/2015

Last evening at KCR...

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