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Latest News and Tips from HSG

Meet the Makers: Selecting the Perfect Piece of Wood for Every Table Top!

Bernard from Old Dominion Today, you have a unique opportunity to meet the makers! From conception to creation to production to installation, each table top at Old Dominion Furniture Co. gets its start as a single piece of wood in the factory.

It is the job of traveling Gospel singer, Bernard, to set the initial benchmark of quality for every wood table top produced.

Bernard first started working for Old Dominion in 1975. He would go to class in the morning and work a full-time shift in the factory after school. He is proud of the joy and growth his position has brought him. “I wouldn’t get out of bed, for 45 years, for a job I hate.”

Bernard is a self-taught, yet expert, lumber grader and is responsible for sorting, selecting and grading each piece of lumber that comes into the Old Dominion Furniture Co. building. His commitment to his craft is a key component to the high standards of quality.

So you might be asking yourself; how does the dimensioning department work?

Step 1: Grade

Sorting, selecting and grading raw lumber sets the quality benchmark

Step 2: Chop

Chopping raw boards to specific lengths based on table top dimensions

Bernard at work

Step 3: Rip

Ripping the sides of raw boards for clean, straight edges, ideal for adhering boards together

wood working at OD

Step 4: Glue

Positioning and gluing boards based on grain pattern, to create raw table top panels

Gluing wood

Step 5: Sand and Size

Sanding, sizing and edging table top panels to meet order specifications.

Old Dominion finishing

Upon completion of each piece, the dimensioning department inspects all table tops before releasing them to the Finishing Department for stain and sealer.

We hope to share more installments of Meet the Makers in the future, as we find it interesting to learn about different aspects of the manufacturing process.

A Helping Hand from Southern Smoke Foundation

As businesses begin to re-open after months of closure, it’s important to remember that some members of the F&B industry are STILL suffering. But luckily, there is help! This week, we are thrilled to introduce you to one of BauscherHepp’s customer’s: James Beard award winner Chris Shepherd. Chef Chris is a Houston based restaurateur. You may know him from One Fifth, UB Preserv, The Hay Merchant, Georgia James, Underbelly Catering.  You may not know, that Shepherd’s Southern Smoke Foundation is offering a helping hand to F & B workers during this difficult time!

Shepherd’s Southern Smoke Foundation is a nonprofit 501c3 that has a history of helping those in need. During the Covid-19 pandemic and closures, Southern Smoke has received applications from laid off and furloughed restaurant workers across the country.

For reference, their last big relief effort was in response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017. They received 300 applications in the first month and a half after Harvey. Meanwhile, in the first month of their Covid relief program, they received over 17,000 applications for aid. Since the beginning of the outbreak, Southern Smoke has distributed more than $3.2 million to those applicants. In addition to their financial assistance, they’ve teamed up with Mental Health America of Greater Houston and the University of Houston to provide free mental healthcare to anyone in the hospitality industry and their children. So far this program exists only in Texas, because of state level licensing for mental health providers. But Southern Smoke plans to expand the program nationwide.

Chef Chris Shepherd and his team are doing a great job! If you want to learn more, you can visit their website, and if you are able, you can also lend a helping hand, by making a tax deductible contribution!

 

BauscherHepp Scope Collection

Scope Collection by BauscherHeppToday, we introduce you to a brand new collection from BauscherHepp – Scope. This collection may be familiar to you, as BauscherHepp featured it in their  National Restaurant Association Show Overview, which we shared with you a few weeks ago. But today, we are sharing just a little more information about Scope’s story!

Scope is an all new collection from BauscherHepp with a fresh silhouette. Additionally, the embossment draws inspiration from one of Bauscher’s Noble China collections: Purity Finest Loom. Made from German hard porcelain, it pairs perfectly with Bauscher’s Options collection. The collection features soft pastel shades of white, taupe, and delicate blue-green, which creates the perfect platform for chefs to experiment with new food trends in their own style. Further, the Scope collections offers an interplay of embossed and smooth pieces for a dazzling, modern rustic aesthetic

You can see more of Scope, and all the new items in BauscherHepp’s monthly Novelties Guide.

 

Making a difference: Power of 10 Initiative

Power of 10 Initiative by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang

Image from Power of 10 Initiative website

Today we are sharing a post from Bauscher Hepp’s Blog with you and we couldn’t be more excited. It features a non-profit that was started right in our backyard. Read on for more information on this great initiative by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang.

Award-winning DC-based Chef Erik Bruner-Yang recognized very early on in this global health crisis the effect Covid would have on the restaurant industry. He determined he didn’t want to sit by and do nothing. He envisioned a way to get workers back on the job, while safely re-opening restaurants to feed essential workers and vulnerable members of the community.

With this goal in mind, Bruner-Yang created The Power of 10. It is a non-profit initiative to channel donations into re-hiring restaurant workers laid off as a result of Covid-19. The idea was simple: if a restaurant were to receive $10,000 a week, it would be able to create 10 full-time jobs, which could then produce 1,000 free meals straight to its community.

In Chef Erik’s own words:

Small businesses are the backbone of America and neighborhood restaurants are the anchors of every great community. Stimulating the local economy through neighborhood businesses allows its community to play a vital role in tackling the collateral damage of COVID-19. With the ability to provide jobs again, small businesses will relieve the unemployment safety net. Restaurants will also be providing quality hot meals and keeping the supply chain intact by supporting local farmers and vendors.

A small pilot program in Bruner-Yang’s own Washington, DC began with some beloved restaurants: Cane, ABC Pony, and Maketto. On May 6th, the project received the backing of Capital One and has now grown to include 30 local restaurants in 8 cities: DC, LA, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Baltimore, Charlotte, and Richmond. So far the Power of 10 Initiative has raised over $800,000 for these restaurants. Additionally that means that over 35,000 meals has been donated to the community.

Bricia Lopez’s Guelaguetza has been able to keep employees and prepare free meals for healthcare workers. In the video below, you can see the positive impact this project has had. If you are able, please support this amazing project by donating. Spreading the word can also help, if you are not able to donate!

We are so happy to be a part of a community that has done so much to help each other out during this unprecedented time. We will get through this together.