When the team approached me about writing something for our blog, my first reaction was.. a blog? Me? After getting several suggestions from my colleagues, I settled on one topic I could write on endlessly….my life history in the food industry and the love affair that has developed.
Food. What is it about this word that awakens everyone’s senses? Arouses passions? Excites us?
I am a golfer and I would tell those close to me that on the golf course, I forget about everything else. The same can be said when it comes to food. Once I begin talking about food, preparing food, looking at food in various marketplaces, eating food, cooking food or doing anything food related – I go into my own world, completely oblivious to the world around me. I know a lot of you feel the same way.
Among my collection of food related artifacts are food guides published by the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, and Daily Herald that date back to the late 1970’s. Don’t ask me why I collected them, but I did. The point is there is always an article or feature on a regular person’s favorite food, recipe, etc. I define a regular person as someone who does not earn their income from a food related source. It is quite interesting and fun to read about their food hobbies and/or passions. Cookies, Pies, smoked foods, grilling recipes, beverage recipes, you name it… the food bug has captured a lot of our hearts.
Like all foodies, (or most foodies), I trace my love of food back to my mother. She was a magician in the kitchen. You see, I came from a family of 9 (6 boys, 3 girls), I was in the middle of my family, 4 older, 4 younger. If you saw how creatively, inexpensively, and deliciously my mother fed all of us, you would call her a kitchen magician. To this day, my family and I are still scouring her old recipes boxes and other belongings to try and find her spaghetti recipe. But, like most of the cooks of her generation, they prepared meals and dishes, spectacular ones I might add, without recipes. The color, feel, texture and taste was their recipe. Amazing.
My first introduction to food was came in the form of weekly dishwashing duties. My brothers, sisters and I were paired up to do dishes – each pair assigned a different night. My sister Sue and I were paired up. It was great, we would be done with the dishes in less than a half hour, none of the other pairs could touch us! Sue and I hung around the kitchen a lot with mom.
One of my favorite things to do was to give my mom Saturday morning off. I had a paper route so I was up at 5:30 am and back at the house around 7 am. On Saturdays, I would go up to my parent’s bedroom and tell mom to stay in bed, I had breakfast covered. It was a win-win for me; Mom absolutely loved the day off and I loved to prepare the meal. This of course led to my first paid job in the food industry…
Stay tuned for more blog posts from Robert Schaul, President of Schaul’s Premium Food Companies.
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