Posts tagged #Hurricane Irene

Golden Rolling Pins Awarded to ALMOST Everyone in Hurricane Irene Hit

Everyone in the hotel industry has breathed a hugh sigh of relief that the damage from Hurricane Irene was not as vast as projected.  (When predicting national disasters, it is perfectly fine to be wrong as long as the damage is less, rather than more).

Amazingly the larger metropolitan centers of Washington D.C. and New York City were largely spared the feared heavy damage. But sadly, many inland areas have been hit by massive flooding, lengthy power failures and loss of life.

Yet no matter where one turned throughout the hurricane’s multi-state path, hotels and restaurants large and small have worked overtime to provide extra food and arrange accommodations for the large influx of guests seeking shelter from the storm.

Many staff members worked long hours aiding guests, directing capacity food services and listening quietly to the many concerns of the worried individuals gathered beneath their roof.  But such is the nature of our industry.

There is no one who would ever doubt the courage of the many first responders from the Coast Guard to local fire departments, from regional hospitals to the Red Cross. Without them, so many disasters would become nightmares of confusion and chaos.

But stay beside them are the many “silent responders” such as hotels and restaurants, who despite personal safety concerns, stand by their posts as well and continue to serve despite the roaring wind and raising waters

To each and every one of these brave individuals, we award the Golden Rolling Pin, our award for those who bravely serve and represent the heart of hospitality.  Congratulations one and all!

But one person who will NOT receive the golden rolling pin is GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. On Sunday, as the Hurricane Irene shattered windows and destroyed both home and lives, Bachmann said the following while she was safe from the hurricane’s rage at her Sarasota, Florida campaign rally:

“I don't know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We've had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He (meaning God) said, 'Are you going to start listening to me here?”

On Monday morning Alice Stewart, spokeswoman for Bachmann’s campaign told the shocked waiting press that Bachmann was only joking.

In an age when there is not a single segment of our industry that has not been bombed or burned by fanatics distorting the legitimate faiths of others, it is almost beyond belief that anyone would either believe that (1) God requires the death of innocent children to justify any particular political party or (2) that such death and trauma is merely a “joking” matter. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME on you, Michele Bachmann!


Post Note: Per our readers' request - Probably the best source for golden rolling pins charms and pins is Charmworks in Sierra Vista, Arizonia.

Each pin and charm is designed and handcrafted stateside and the resulting quality shows. If your staff deserves an award for the above and beyond, this established firm, whose products are miniature works of art, offers an array of 36+ tiny culinary sculptures including cheese wedges, rotini pasta, garlic and grapes to mention just a few. 

Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2011

Restaurants and Hotels Brace for Hurricane Irene Hit

As the East Coast of the United States braces for the impact of mega Hurricane Irene, restaurants and hotels from North Carolina to New York City are getting ready for a major hit – financial as well as physical. 

The approaching storm is now being compared to the legendary New England “Long Island Express” Hurricane of 1938 which caused over 400 million dollars-worth of damage and resulting in the death of over 600 people. President Obama has even addressed the nation via T.V. and advised everyone in the Hurricane’s path to take this storm VERY seriously.

The cancellation of the long awaited dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington D.C. is further confirmation that this storm is big, very big and very, very dangerous.

The many restaurants and hotels in New Orleans, who endured the very slow response to the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Katrina under the George Bush, Jr. Administration, are watching and wishing the best for their colleagues on the heavily populated eastern seacoast.

Because two-thirds of all hurricanes make landfall within the more southern region of the Gulf Coast, residents there are more historically acquainted with the possibility of stronger breezes and heavier gales. They have even adapted their Victorian wind-blocking “hurricane lamp” into the perfect glass that holds their favorite post-storm beverage: the famed Hurricane Cocktail.

During World War II, the owners of Pat O’Brian’s Bar had to purchase large quantities of the more available rum under wartime regulations in order to be able to obtain any amount of whiskey, bourbon or scotch. Faced with over 55 cases of unwanted rum, there had to be a way to save both the day and the Bar’s profit.

And that is how the rum-based Hurricane Cocktail came to be. Soon it was a must-have before, during and after any storm… be it actual or personal, for such is life.

Just be prepared: stock up, buy extra batteries and have a great network of professional friends to help you out if the waters rise. And be assured that the many chefs of New Orleans, who have not forgotten how the northern chefs aided them during their time of need, are standing ready to help their now storm-threatened colleagues in return.  

Let us all hope such aid is not necessary, but be ever grateful that it is a given within our industry. Now that’s something we can all raise a glass to!

The Hurricane Cocktail (it's the perfect beverage for a benefit fund raiser!)


1 ounce Fresh Lemon or Lime juice
4 ounces Dark Rum
4 ounces Passion Fruit Syrup

Crushed Ice
Orange and/or Lime Slice
1 Maraschino Cherry


In a cocktail shaker, add lemon juice, rum, passion fruit syrup, and crushed ice; shake vigorously for 1 to 2 minutes.

Strain into a hurricane cocktail glass (but of course). Garnish with an orange and/or lime slice and a maraschino cherry. Serve with a long straw.

Your Culinary World copyright Ana Kinkaid/Peter Schlagel 2011