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Dressler’s Spotlight: Mary Rogers

Mary Rogers, Dressler's RestaurantMeet Mary Rogers, Hospitality Expert at Dressler’s Restaurant in Birkdale Village.

What are your responsibilities at Dressler’s? ”Making our guest experience memorable,” says Mary. “Also making my Dressler’s family (staff and guests) feel happy to be at Dressler’s Birkdale. And to uphold our standard of excellence.”

How long have you been with Dressler’s? ”Twelve years this September.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? ”Meeting such interesting people from all around the world.”

What challenges come with your job? “I have to remind myself sometimes that this is a job, not a social event.”

What are some of your favorite things to eat and drink at Dressler’s? “Most of the menu,” laughs Mary. “But to name a few–the crab cakes, Caesar salad, halibut, Mom’s cheesecakes (including the pumpkin cheesecake in the Fall).”

What seem to be the customers’ favorites? “Calamari, Hear-of-Ribeye, Mom’s carrot cake.”

Describe a typical day/evening at work. “Every day is a surprise at Dressler’s,” explains Mary. “I always arrive dressed and ready for anything! It makes for interesting evenings.”

What have you learned from working at Dressler’s? “Ultimately, you have to be happy with what you do in life. I love what I do and I’m happy to be a member of the Dressler’s family.”

Describe the people you work with at Dressler’s. “A diverse group of individuals! Professional, but also having fun working together towards the same goal.”

Any hobbies or sports? “I have a collection of Pez Dispensers. I also collect foils off of wine bottles.”

What about family life? “John is my husband of 41 years. We have three sons and one daughter-in-law. We are expecting out first grandchildren–TWIN GIRLS!!”

Tips For Cooking With Your Kids

cooking with kidsKids love to eat as much as adults do. And kids also love spending time with their parents. So it’s only natural that when you combine the two you get an activity that kids are wild about–cooking!

Preparing meals, snacks, and desserts with your children is a great way to bond, while teaching them important skills that will last throughout their lifetime.

The best part about cooking with your kids is that it’s fun! The food you prepare together doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated. The possibilities are as endless as their imaginations!

Not sure how to get started? We’ve got some simple ideas that will have them cooking in no time.

cooking with kids

Start them young. Toddlers love to eat, so it makes sense that they have an interest in preparing their food. Spending time with your children in the kitchen is fun (it also keeps them out of trouble when you’re preparing a meal). Remember that attitude is everything to kids, so if you make meal preparations fun, you children will want to be involved.

Start with the basics. There are so many valuable lessons to learn in the kitchen. All children should learn the importance of washing their hands and cleaning up their own messes. They can also help by setting the table with plates, cups, cutlery, and napkins. Put younger children to work washing fruits and vegetables under running water, placing food items into a bowl or on a plate, using a measuring cup to pour ingredients, and mixing with a spoon or spatula. Older kids can learn how to pour drinks, use a knife, and cook over heat.

The kitchen is an amazing learning environment. While cooking with you, children will learn math skills, practice fine-motor skills (chopping, stirring, sifting), learn about nutrition, basic cooking techniques, fire safety, knife safety, and good hygiene.

Show them where their food comes from. Shop at your local farmers’ markets. Visit local farms like Poplar Ridge Farm and Fishing Creek Creamery so kids can experience the wonders of a working farm. Grow vegetables in your garden. At the grocery store, teach your children how to read labels and pick the freshest products.

Discover new recipes together. Expose your your kids to a wide variety of foods. Read cookbooks together, look at recipes online, or watch your favorite cooking show. Give kids a say in the menu planning. Check out these resources for children:

Check out tasting bars and chef classes. Share your love for food and cooking with your children by taking them to tasting bars and chef classes. Dogwood has an amazing tasting bar where you can sit together and interact with the chef and kitchen crew while watching them cook.

Make meals a family affair. Once you’ve spent the time cooking together, sit down as a family and enjoy your meal. These are the memories that your kids will cherish and pass down to their own families when they are grown.

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