Local Businesses That Encourage Other Local Businesses
Our cadre of local creative chefs that cooperate under the sjhotchefs.com banner are indeed fortunate that some of our fellow business people recognize that it is in the community interest to help us succeed as independent restaurants.
So, let us say, a tip of our toques to 1st Colonial Community Bank for its year-long support of all our Restaurant Week programs, Also to The Hughes Center for sponsoring Spring Restaurant Week and Rastelli Market Fresh, sponsor of our just concluded—and highly successful—“Farm to Fork Week.”
For those of you who don’t know what a is, let us explain. Among the joys of being a chef are the traditions. Some date back 2000 years, and—yes—chefs have been around that long! One special tradition is the clothes we wear, the most noticeable of which frequently is what’s on our heads. A chef’s hat is called a “toque” and it can be white or black.
Why do chefs wear hats? Well, according to legend, chefs in seventh century A.D. Assyria were instructed by local kings to wear hats with a tall crown so they would stand out from other kitchen personnel and thus be distinguished and honored. And, wouldn’t be tempted to poison their monarch as there was a lot of that going on at the time.
Here’s another legend: One day, King Henry the VIII found a hair in his soup, which made him so mad that he had his chef beheaded. It was strongly suggested to his replacement that he wear a hat while cooking to prevent a reoccurrence and the new chef thought that was a dandy idea.
Today, we just wear hairnets. And, for some of us, a good old baseball cap works as well as a tall toque.
Now that we’ve told you about some of our traditions and legends, let us salute the local businesses that we feel are legends in our time: 1st Colonial Community Bank, The Hughes Center and Rastelli Market Fresh.
1st Colonial Community Bank has been serving the communities of Collingswood and Westville, as well as residents and businesses in surrounding neighborhoods, since the beginning of the 21st century. Their reputation as being “Nice People with Money” is well earned in our experience.
The Bank has great rates on all savings and loan products it offers to individuals and businesses of South Jersey. Among the Bank’s popular loan products are home equity loans, home equity lines of credit, car loans and personal loans.
1st Colonial’s deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and it offers Statement Savings and Certificate of Deposit Accounts so that depositors can grow their money. In addition, NOW Checking and Money Market Accounts enable depositors to write checks while earning interest on the money in the account. Those who want to grow their retirement nest eggs will find competitive rates on Certificates of Deposit.
The sponsor of our Spring Restaurant Week was The Hughes Center, a cosmetic surgery facility and medical spa located on Springdale Road in Cherry Hill.
The skilled medical personnel at the Hughes Center provide a wide variety of services that include cosmetic surgery, skin care, and hair treatments, among others.
The Hughes Center is named after its founder, Susan M. Hughes, MD, FACS. Dr. Hughes is a pioneer in facial cosmetic surgery and utilizes the most current and
effective innovations. She is Harvard educated and among the most experienced and highly trained facial cosmetic surgeons in New Jersey. She has been recognized as a South Jersey “Top Doc” in Plastic Surgery, and her peers have consistently selected her as a “Top Doc” in eyelid plastic surgery and facial cosmetic surgery in Philadelphia Magazine.
If you were one of our many, many patrons during “Farm to Fork Week” the last week in July, you might tip your own cap to Rastelli Market Fresh for it was their support that made that great event possible.
We love Rastelli’s slogan—“For the love of great food”—as that is an emotion that all our chefs can relate to. We also love great food and we are able to serve great food thanks to supportive local businesses like Rastelli Market Fresh. For more than 30 years Rastelli has been the go to market for fresh produce, meats and seafood. And, with their selections of wine and specialty brews its no wonder Rastelli has become a popular “foodie” destination. If you haven’t been to a Rastelli Market yet, please check one out in either Deptford or Marlton.
And tell them sjhotchefs.com sent you!