Barbara King is a professional chef who has been with Culinary Staffing since 2016. A graduate of the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles, Barbara says she has always been a self-described foodie, and worked in the hospitality industry for many years before deciding to go to culinary school. She loves working for our agency because she gets to work in kitchens of all sizes throughout the city, and says she especially loves working garde manger and prep cook positions.Read More
Plus cooks and cashiers!Read More
It’s not always easy to find authentic Indian recipes, but Executive Chef Harleen Kaur of Channi’s Kitchen knows her way around Indian spices, sauces, and cooking techniques. She has generously offered to share her version of TRUE Indian Chicken Tikka Masala, and this is a recipe you’ll want to bookmark. This recipe combines the bold flavors of garam masala, garlic and ginger with creamy yogurt and tomato. If you love Indian food you will love making this dish again and again!Read More
Valentine’s Day is just days away, and our very own pastry chef Katelyn Yang has graciously decided to share her special chocolate pot de creme recipe. Whether you have a Valentine or not this year, you’ll savor every decadent bite of this euphoric-inducing dessert.Read More
Our November Employee of the Month is Delores (“Dee”) Freeman.Read More
Here are three reasons for restaurants, catering companies - and any venue serving food and alcohol - to celebrate!Read More
At Culinary Staffing Service, we are not just an agency that sends cooks to any job they’ll take. We want to see our cooks grow in their chosen profession, which is why we work with clients whose kitchens can truly advance the career of a cook or a chef. We have a range of clients from small clubs and boutique hotels to large resorts, and everyone in between.Read More
There’s an old proverb that goes, “If you have much, give of your wealth; if you have little, give of your heart.“Read More
Mark Giese, your favorite local bartender, is our September Employee of the Month. He’s been with us since 2014, working both as a bartender and server at several locations. So, why did we choose Mark - and more importantly, why did he choose us?Read More
Labor Day is coming up next week, but we aren’t thinking about rest just yet. With so many restaurants and bars opening (and re-opening) in Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, and Orange counties, we are getting ramped up for new business. And you know what that means…Read More
Katelyn Yang joined our team just over four years ago as a cook and pastry cook. Since then she has added barback to her list of job titles, but cooking is her true passion. Here’s a look into her work life, and why she’s our August Employee of the Month.Read More
Jennifer Garcia Viteri is our Employee of the Month for July!Read More
You know your business needs worker’s compensation coverage. It’s the law. But what you may not know is that each state has different regulations when it comes to what coverage you’re required to have, when you must file a claim, and how to file it.
What you don’t know can hurt you, which is where we come in. Did you know that in California, worker’s comp premium rates are not regulated by the state?
Your premium is determined by the market value, but also by your industry, your individual company’s history, payroll, and many other factors.
Let us make it easy.
When you join the Core we’ll find you the lowest rates with the most comprehensive coverage tailored exclusively for you. No guesswork, no stress, and no unexpected surprises.
Get in touch with one of our experts today and we’ll make sure your company is compliant and get you a free quote.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!
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There’s no denying that the Covid-19 pandemic hit our industry hard. But the good news is, we found a way. We not only survived 2020 - we grew!Read More
We have some very exciting news to share this month! Culinary Staffing Service is expanding our services, and it’s going to save all of our clients time and money.Read More
We are proud to announce that Culinary Staffing Service has been designated as an approved supplier of the Super Bowl LVI Business Connect program. We are one of 225 local, diverse businesses in the Los Angeles area identified as a certified, experienced company approved to compete for contracts related to the Super Bowl.Read More
Jessica Seastead has been with Culinary Staffing for six years, and a year and a half ago she became our COO. Thanks to her leadership and business acumen, we are expanding in 2021! We feel fortunate and wanted to share a little about her with all of you.Read More
Watch this short informational video featuring our COO, Jessica Seastead, discuss why we partnered with Cal Savers. Learn how the program lets our employees seamlessly save for their futures - and how you can be a part of it, too!
If you haven’t heard of CalSavers, it’s a retirement savings program aimed at providing financial security to millions of Californians who might not otherwise have a retirement plan in place.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Do you have the luck of the Irish? Even if you don’t, you won’t need luck for your business in 2021.
With the right staff, supportive HR, quality Payroll, and reliable insurance, you will be set up for success. No luck - or leprechauns - required! (okay, maybe one leprechaun wouldn’t hurt)
Call us to learn how we can be your full-time personnel office, so you can focus 100% of your time on running the day-to-day of your hospitality business. You’ll even have time to look for that elusive four-leaf clover. Hey, anything is possible these days.
Now isn’t that better than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow? We think so.
May the luck of the Irish be with you all year long!
Culinary Staffing Service
Just like dating, job hunting is never easy, and finding the perfect match is a sweet science. If you’re seeking a new job right now and you’ve got some hospitality experience under your belt, read on to see if you and Culinary Staffing might be a match made in heaven!Read More
The Culinary Staffing Service Employee of the Month for February is our very own Payroll Coordinator, Keith Pyenson!Read More
February is Black History Month, and we are celebrating Chef James Hemings!Read More
The proposed federal minimum wage increase to $15 an hour will not come all at once, but rather happen gradually over the next few years. Many small business owners, especially restaurants that can’t afford the increase, worry it will mean having to lay off employees. But don’t worry just yet!
There are ways to offset the wage increase, keep your staff, and keep your sanity, too!
Outsourcing your employee-related services like HR, insurance, and payroll can greatly offset the cost of rising wages in multiple ways.
Payroll Expenses - Payroll, when done in-house, can be very expensive, especially if you’re using the traditional paper time card method. Did you know that in-house payroll for small businesses can cost an additional 50,000 per year?
HR Services - Training software, time spent onboarding and training new staff, and other employee-related expenses can add up quickly. Outsourcing these services allows you to pay one low fee with NO surprises!
Insurance and Worker’s Comp - You’re probably paying too much already. We make sure your cost stays low and above all, your business is in full compliance so you’re always 100% protected.
Culinary Staffing can handle all of this and more, keeping your operational costs low and giving you back the most valuable business asset of all - time.
Call us today with your questions!
Culinary Staffing Service
Outdoor dining has been restored just in time for the cold and rainy weather. Such is life! But despite the bad timing, hope is in the air. Are you ready for it?
We won’t repeat the phrase ”we’re all in the together” because we know each and every business is impacted differently by all the Covid-19 related mandates and changes.
But what we WILL say is we’re here for you, rain or shine. And we hope you know we mean it.
Some of you may be gearing up to resume outdoor dining this week or next, and we are here to meet your staffing needs.
Need a few more servers? A last-minute host? Call us!
Of course, not all of you have outdoor space, and your needs are different. We get that, and we are here for you, too.
We are only a phone call away to discuss your current staffing, HR, Risk Management, and Compliance needs. Because we aren’t some fair-weather friend. We are an all-weather partner for life.
Rain or shine, booming or slow business - we are here.
Call us any time,
Culinary Staffing Service
Small businesses, especially those in the hospitality industry, are struggling right now in multiple and unprecedented ways. We want you to know that we see what is happening, we understand your frustration, and we want to remind you that we are here to help.Read More
Yemi Adeyi has been with us for 5 years. When she came to the United States from Nigeria 8 years ago, her original goal was to become a Registered Nurse. However, the waiting list at LA Trade Tech was so long that she would not get in for another 2 years. Meanwhile, she decided to go to Culinary School at LATTC.Read More
2021 is finally here, and we are ready to start fresh, with new services, new staff, and better choices for our clients.
We have been busy getting ready for the new year, and we know you have, too. The turbulence of 2020 has taught us that you can never be too prepared, and we truly are!
Of course, we know we are not out of the woods yet with the many challenges the hospitality industry faces, but we are much better equipped to serve you.
In addition to our regular culinary staffing solutions, we have hired a team of environmental services professionals to meet your sanitation and Covid-19 specific needs. If your venue needs professional cleaning, Covid-19 specialty staff including temperature checkers, runners, and sanitation experts, give us a call.
We are also pleased to be able to serve your HR and personnel needs with a custom menu of options designed by YOU. That’s right. You pick and choose which services you need when you need them. From compliant-ready HR services to payroll, to worker’s comp, to health benefits to legal resources - we can take care of it all, and at the lowest rates in the business.
The beginning of 2021 may be rocky, but we want to help make it as smooth for you and your business as possible. And this is only the beginning!
May your 2021 be bright and prosperous. Sunny days are still to come!
Happy New Year,
Culinary Staffing Service
To Our Cherished Clients and Employees:Read More
So many of our SoCal restaurants, bars, hotels and other venues have had to furlough their staff in recent months. Let’s make their Christmas brighter.
Nobody wants to have to let go of valuable staff or have to furlough employees, especially at Christmas time. But times are tough, and for many business owners, there was simply no choice but to furlough their foodservice and other team members for the time being.
We want to help. We can place furloughed staff in temporary jobs while these businesses get back on their feet so that their staff still be there for them in 2021.
The Covid-19 vaccine has arrived in California, with hospitals rushing to move millions of doses into their freezers before they will then be administered to doctors, nurses, and healthcare staff.
Culinary Staffing Service is proud to put the ‘hospitality’ in healthcare, and we are especially proud to be able to offer all of our healthcare clients the extra environmental services support you need during this time.
Our specialized team of sanitation workers, Covid-19 runners, temperature checkers, and other support staff are all at your disposal.
Thank you for trusting us to fill your staffing needs, and thank you most of all for being on the front lines for Californians throughout this crisis.
Culinary Staffing Service wishes all who celebrate Hanukkah a joyous, peaceful, and prosperous holiday and new year!
Should you have any holiday staffing or sanitation needs, we are only a phone call away. Whether you need an extra dishwasher, a last-minute food handler, line cook, or a cleaning crew to sanitize your venue, we’ll make it easy. We know you’ve got enough on your plate!
We are here for you this holiday season and all year round.
Our December Employee of the Month is Alawiya Hussein!Read More
We’re all ready for 2020 to be over. This has been a very tough year, and we know everyone in the hospitality industry has struggled enormously, especially here in Los Angeles. We want you all to know that we see how you’ve persevered, and we understand the ongoing challenges that lie ahead for the remainder of the year.
But this is how you will make it to 2021.
Human connection is powerful, and the human spirit is truly amazing. When life gets hard, we turn to our family, our friends, and our neighbors for strength. We consider you to be a vital part of our extended family, and we are ALWAYS here for you. Maybe you need last-minute staff, or maybe you need help with payroll, or maybe you have new questions about compliance or insurance.
Or, maybe you just need to be heard. We hope you will never hesitate to reach out to us. No request you may have is too big or too small. That’s a promise.
Our culinary family is resilient when we come together, and when we are together, we are strong. Stronger than we ever realized. And it is this human connection, this great spirit of resilience, that will get us through 2020, and we will ALL come out on top in 2021.
Stay strong, stay close, and stay connected.
And Have a Happy and Delicious Thanksgiving!
Why Do Employers and Job Applicants Alike Prefer Using a Staffing Agency?Read More
The hospitality industry is struggling, and the struggle is real. But it is NOT dead, and that means we are still hiring! We have open positioons throughout the Southern Califnornia region for restaurant staff, hotel staff, healthcare kitchen crew, food production and assmebly line workers, and more!Read More
Fall is definitely in the air here in SoCal (or what we know as fall, anyway) and as the weather changes, so do our activities. It’s time to put away the bathing suits and flip flops and head into sweater weather - and into some big fall fun. And don’t listen to the naysayers! Yes, we are still struggling with the lockdowns and the Covid-19 restrictions, but there is still plenty to do and see here in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino counties!Read More
The heatwave is slowly leaving Southern California, and in its place are cool mornings and evenings and those perfect 75 degree afternoons. Many of us are getting our jackets, thicker socks, and blankets out of the closet, and Halloween decorations have filled front yards and porches. But best of all? Soup season has officially arrived and this year we are going on a little taste adventure!Read More
In addition to the many restaurants, entertainment venues, food packaging and manufacturing companies we staff, we are also fortunate to serve our wonderful healthcare sector. Providing our state’s top hospitals with the very best people for their kitchens and dining halls is something we take great pride and joy in doing, and here are just a few reasons why.Read More
There is barbecue, there is Texas barbecue, and then there’s Wise Barbecue - the Texas style barbecue that has gifted us with a real Texas treat. And once you taste it, you’ll understand why so many Angelenos love it so much.Read More
A new podcast episode is up!Read More
As we all know, the Covid-19 crisis has hit the hospitality industry especially hard. In March of this year when the lockdowns began, millions of jobs were lost - nearly 6 million in total by April. In our state of California, continued lockdown measures and restrictions mandated by the state have forced many restaurants to furlough staff, close their indoor dining rooms, and some have had to shutter permanently. Of course, this comes as no surprise. It has been challenging for restaurant owners to meet compliance while operating at greatly reduced capacity. Some found grants or ways to pivot their business, while others were not as fortunate.Read More
Ashley Heisler has been part of our team since December of 2019. She started off as a bartender, and a kickass bartender at that! But since bartending jobs are often seasonal, we suggested that she take the server test, which she passed with flying colors.Read More
From a food truck serving lunch to a thriving catering business, Nana’s Kitchen has become a SoCal favorite for authentic Mexican food.Read More
If you’re craving authentic Creole food but can’t make it to the Bayou, we’ve got some good news for you. You can enjoy some absolutely amazing 100% authentic Creole cooking right here in SoCal. Look no further than Long Beach for the best gumbo, jambalaya, and soul food originals at the one and only Sal’s Gumbo Shack, right on Long Beach Boulevard.Read More
Remember when we could all freely go out and have fun in public places with abandon? It seems like a world far, far away from our current reality, and we sure do miss it. Fortunately, City National Grove of Anaheim is bringing some of those fun times back, even if it isn’t quite like what we knew before. Social distancing and mask mandates are still in place in California, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to stay home!Read More
After recently being highlighted on local news channels during Black Restaurant Week, our client, The V Tree (Hollywood location) deserves another mention. They are currently taking part in Dine LA Restaurant Week, which continues through September 18th.Read More
Our September Employee of the Month is Clifton Bell!Read More
Have you checked out our podcast yet? We’re six episodes along, and it’s been both fun and a great learning experience. Here’s the link to our main channel HERE.Read More
Our latest podcast episode features Maria Hunter, Senior Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer at First Bank. If you’re considering a business loan for the future, or you’re already in the process of getting one, you’ll definitely appreciate Maria’s advice. And if these fifteen minutes don’t answer all your questions, please find below her article on navigating a business loan.Read More
Dami’s Famous Foods is a locally owned and loved purveyor of fine foods that grace the tables of farmer’s markets around Los Angeles. If you’re a regular at the Brentwood Farmer’s Market, you may know Dami’s for their gourmet chili and cornbread, or one of their delcicous southern-inspired cobblers. Baked goods, jarred soups, chilis and other treats by Chef/owner Damien Pierre should defiitely be on your foodie radar if they aren’t already. (tip: get the bison chili and the cornbread first)Read More
One of our busiest clients, Taco Nazo, serves the most amazing fresh seafood-forward tacos, tortas, ceviche and other Baja favorites, and summer is their peak season (although we’ve never NOT seen a line outside, and fortunately it moves quickly!) Locals love this place for the authentic and delicious Mexican food and casual, outdoor dining experience. And our employees enjoy working there for the fast paced, high energy atmosphere!Read More
Brittany Smith joined Culinary Staffing Service in March 2019. She currently works for us as a dishwasher and tray line server, but has also worked as a cashier, and as well as an associate in the retail industry.Read More
In our fourth podcast episode, we speak with world-renowned restaurant coach Ryan Gromfin, also known as The Restaurant Boss.Read More
Our second podcast episode just dropped and if you’re a restaurant owner or work with franchises, you don’t want to miss it.Read More
Kennard has become a preferred employee at every venue he works.Read More