In The Know
Crudités: crudités (pronounced crew-deh-TAY) is a French word meaning "raw vegetables". So, therefore, a crudités platter is a platter of raw vegetables.
Also, don't throw out the top parts with the leaves. Add them to any recipe or potato salad to add extra celery flavor. Use them like parsley in a soup, or eat them on their own in a salad. Mmmm.
Why are most terms in the Culinary industry French? As my good friend Tevye says: "I'll tell you why: I don't know." Truth is, I don't know either, but I do know one thing: the French had the first restaurant (as we know them today) in 1765 in Paris. It took a French chef, Georges-Auguste Escoffier, to create an organized system, called a brigade system, to help the kitchen staff know exactly what they were responsible for. This revolutionized the industry and set the foundation for different specializations in the kitchen (such as the garde manger or cold-kitchen, the saucier or sauce chef, and pâtissier or pastry chef, to name a few). Escoffier simplified the process through his Cuisine Classique method (classic cuisine). The French may be snooty, but they have a darn good system in the kitchen and we're sticking to it.
To love, to food, l'chaim!