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Focusing on self care doesn’t have to be a time consuming process. You can start small, and you can start tomorrow, to take better care of your physical & emotional health. Elizabette Andrade of Cooking Alchemy recommends starting your day by setting intentions, giving yourself a roadmap for your day. Watch this video for more from Elizabette (@cookingalchemist), then stay tuned for 10 more video insights from our conversation about #FunctionalHealth which took place at @purefarephilly earlier this month.
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#cookswhocare #morethanacook #takecareofyourself #intentionalliving #setintentions #philly #foodindustry #selfcare
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From the @cookswhocare team: @chefmcampbell @scottjcampbell11 @igorskuratovsky @jkauffm
What can you do to prioritize your self care, starting tomorrow? For Fran Costigan (@goodcakesfran) it’s going to bed earlier! Click to watch with sound & hear more of what Fran has to say on this topic. Watch for 11 more clips from our recent conversation on #functionalhealth, held at @purefarephilly earlier this month, coming this weekend.
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#cookswhocare #morethanacook #takecareofyourself #gotobed #getyourrest #philly #foodindustry #selfcare
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From the @cookswhocare team: @chefmcampbell, @scottjcampbell11, @igorskuratovsky & @jkauffm
@greensgrow #communitykitchen was the perfect place for some @cookswhocare to play w/ food.  Smoked meats & Seafood Items from @chefashbell were paired with #csa items from Greensgrow farms to showcase preserved meats and fresh vegetables. .
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We have a lot respect for the fine dining scene and access to good food is important to us.  With urban communties in mind, each chef made food anyone can put together using ingredients found at #philly food markets. .
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It was awesome to hangout in a well used community space, to support local food makers like #foodhistorian #chef Ashbell + #urbanfarm growers/#localfood dot-connectors. .
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Photo creations to come soon from 3 #cookswhocare Malik Ali @flikhospitality , Kurt Evans @southrestaurant & Katie Murphy at newly anticipated @suttonsphilly.
Tasting @reanimatorcoffee #headquarters on Master St. w/ #cookswhocare. At ReAnimator, it’s all about learning and making coffee an experience. .
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Side-by-side we tasted coffees and immersed ourselves in #beverages made by the tasting team from beans sourced from all over the world. #.
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#cwcleadershipworkout #philadelphia #coffee #coffeeroaster #coffeecupping #kensingtonphilly
“There’s a difference between shucking and opening an oyster.” - Gary McCready (@g_mart_) on the art of shucking.
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“I think the industry does not fully embrace the ART of shucking at all. We talk about shell content and meat-to-shell ratio.  If I’m paying for something, I want the full package. … People who shuck oysters just to get them open and half the meat gets ripped out and thrown in the trash is money wasted. And then there’s the other side, where it takes the person opening the oysters 5 minutes per oyster, which is crazy and inefficient and probably why a lot of places veer away from having them. As of right now, getting oysters on a grand scale is challenging in restaurants. There’s only 2 places I can think of in Philadelphia that offer more than 6 styles of oysters - Oyster House and Olde Bar, and I have worked at both.” Gary currently can be found shucking at @phloysterhouse.
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On getting started with shucking as a career path: “Getting into oyster shucking is a strange avenue for some. Learning how to shuck oysters is a whole different beast. I was fortunate enough to have had a good teacher who was patient. It took me 6 months to finally feel comfortable shucking oysters in front of people and then by a year I had the hang of it. This came after a few minor oyster injuries (stab wounds). It can be a very hard job if you haven’t had practice. It’s hard to practice if you don’t have a place where you can shuck on the job because buying them outright and trying to learn on your own is very hard and expensive.”
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Now that Gary McCready has established himself on Philadelphia’s shucking scene, the path ahead is clear. “My plan is to eventually open my own private oyster company and brings fresh delicious oysters directly to you and to educate you at the same time.” After all, the world is his oyster.
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#behindthestove #cookswhocare #shucking #oysters #rawbar #philadelphia #phillyfood #whatsyourpassion
“I love shucking becasue it’s like its own secret society and oysters … they’re SEXY. From slurpers to farmers to shuckers, the oyster world is awesome.” - Gary McCready (@g_mart_) who works behind the oyster bar at @phloysterhouse in Center City, Philadelphia.
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Gary started shucking 4 years ago after getting hired at A Bar (@abar_philly). He wasn’t expecting to find his new food passion, but was quickly hooked on oysters. “I was applying for a prep/line cook position, having little fine dining experience & hoping to get hired. They just so happened to be introducing a raw bar program there and [so I] just hopped in and started learning how to shuck oysters … The art of shucking oysters might be repetitive but a lot of jobs are. The reward of being able to serve PROPERLY shucked oysters to a guest and see their reaction afterwards is priceless. Because there are so many different types of oysters out there, there will always be a new oyster to try, which keeps it fun and mysterious.”
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Why does he love oysters? Gary’s response: “I love how adaptable these creatures are and how they stood the tests of time. Sometime I feel like I’m shucking real live fossils. Oysters have an ability to give you all the characteristics of a region in a single slurp! That’s incredible!! It’s like ‘being on a beach and that wave hits you in the face full of sea brine and seaweed’ - Yum! Oysters are actually really good for you as well! So you definitely won’t pack on the pounds with these guys. What keeps me going is the craving to try new oysters and to take my guests on that journey with me. I want people to know how to properly eat oysters & to give them the justice they deserve. I have been to 2 oysters farms already and competed in several shucking competitions and plan to keep furthering my knowledge." Tomorrow, part 2.
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#cookswhocare #behindthestove #philadelphia #oysters #shucking #rawbar #whatsyourpassion #foodindustry #phillyfood
Coffee ... It fuels our productivity during long days and late nights in the #foodindustry. For Mark Capriotti coffee is "not simply a utility, but a noble beverage." As the co-owner of Philly's @reanimatorcoffee, Mark is driven by his passion for creating the perfect cup to learn all that he can. Now, he's sharing his expertise with @cookswhocare! Join us Wednesday, June 20 at ReAnimator's #Kensington location to tour the roastery, enjoy a seasonal cupping, and talk all things #coffee with Mark & his team. This afternoon will also include a productivity workshop led by Amanda Jefferson, Certified #KonMari Consultant & owner of @indigo_organizing. Secure your space today by clicking the link in our bio!
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#cookswhocare #cwcleadershipworkout #workproductivity #reanimator #coffeetalk
You spend a majority of your waking hours at work. Make them some of your most productive and joyful hours by focusing on what gives you value and brings you joy. Join Cooks Who Care, along w/ Amanda Jefferson, Owner-Operator of @Indigo_Organizing and Certified #KonMari Consultant at @reanimatorcoffee in Kensington. Secure your seat by clicking the link in our bio!
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#cookswhocare #cwcleadershipworkout #workproductivity #simplify #sparkjoy #konmari
For once, @scottjcampbell11 co-founder of @cookswhocare, #chef & husband of @chefmcampbell, got to also enjoy 💯 of a #meditation hosted at #nonprofit @rajayogaphilly.  Why? Because we did not film.  After filming our last session to encourage more to come, he said, “Next time, I want to sit and try it.” And so, he did. .
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We realize the importance of blocking out distractions and we need just as much practice.  I think it was Scott’s first time sitting down with out someone asking him to do something.....in years!!! We had people bring someone and we hope you’ll bring someone next mo. too. .
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💯of ticket sales support a #yoga #meditation instructor to be placed in #westphiladelphia schools 1 day a week to learn de-stress, calm breathing & yoga techniques. .
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Give a lesson to a young student mind and get a lesson for yourself.  Your body and mind will thank you.  #cookswhocare #communtiyyoga #philadelphia #cwcselfcare #hobby #mindfulness #destresstime #practicemakesprogress #justbeing
Why Meditation? Because #relaxing isn’t part of our vocabulary. .
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Maybe you can come to Raja Yoga and Meditation Center w/ some Cooks Who Care?

See here & copy/paste: bit.ly/cwc_meditation_monday
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Join CWC Founders, Chef Maria & Chef Scott Campbell during our 1x a month #foodindustry #MeditationMonday, happening this Monday, June 11, and see for yourself how a 90 min. intro to meditation can reset your perspective, especially when you are practicing while surrounded by a community that cares about your well being. .
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One of our big priorities is to create opportunities that will benefit our hardworking, food industry community that fit into your schedule. .
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We are constantly reminded of the stresses that this business puts on us all - stresses that are seen or unseen, talked about openly or concealed from public view. #Selfcare is important first step in lessening the burdens of a stressful work lifestyle.
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We want to set you on a path to self care, and meditation is a strong step since it offers such a positive outlet, one that is rarely seen in our industry. .
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Raja is Philly's only #nonprofit #yoga & #meditation studio, and Wes dedicates both time & energy to providing yoga classes inside Philly public schools, giving students access to relaxation & to strategies for relieving stressful situations. You can learn more about the work that teachers from Raja Yoga do with Philly kids seen recently on CBS 3.
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#cookswhocare #liveyourlife #healthyhabits #brainfood #cheflife #mindfulness #meditate #foodindustry #newhabits #cwcliveyourlife
Taking care of others is easy. Taking care of yourself is the hard part.  12 food industry peers met to discuss sustaining personal health at @purefarephilly with @cookswhocare led in conversation by @letsgetreal_rd from the @themodaycenter and @chefjc_phl of @simplygoodjars.  We got real during this private affair and included wellness advocates; @char_nolan, @goodcakesfran, @chris paul from @everythingweeatphilly @chefnai @lcpursell, Andrea Kyan of @psandco, @crustveganbakery @cookingalchemist and more.
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#cleaneating #healthiswealth #foodismedicine #cwcliveyourlife #cookswhocare @babasbrew #beyondthetable #nutrition #morethanacook #functionalhealth #communitystrong #foodismedicine #plantbased #nourish #healingfoods
Are you free June 11 to meditate? Join CWC founders, Chefs Maria & Scott Campbell & a small group of your industry peers for a private introductory session led by Wes Tudor, owner of @rajayogaphilly - our new #WellnessPartner. Just $16 per session (normal price $25/class.) We want to share a new experience with you! Meditation is a healthy outlet for the stresses of working in the #foodindustry, ask Chef Kurt Evans (from @southjazzkitchen) & Chef Miranda Burns (pastry chef @vedgephiladelphia) who tried it for the first time last month.
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Help us spread the word about our Monthly Meditation classes. Share this post, tag friends to invite them to come too, using #MeditationMonday & be entered to win a free session!
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#cookswhocare #cwcliveyourlife #morethanacook #takecareofyourself #meditate #rajayogaphilly #relax #recharge #breathe #phillymeditation