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Join us for some interior-focused networking on the third Wednesday in January with Culinary Convenience, a one-stop shop for chefs and stews. Take a walk through the store, share an adult beverage with friends, and stay in the loop between 6-8 p.m. Until then, learn more about this interior warehouse from founder Aaron Michaels.

  •  It seems like your company name says it all: Culinary Convenience. Tell us about the business.

Culinary Convenience is a chef and chief stew supply company. We offer everything that makes the chef and stew more professional including galley equipment (American and European voltage available), smallwares, Japanese and German cutlery, chef uniforms and shoes, knife sharpening, china, glass and silverware.

The concept started as a mobile toy store for chefs. I would show up in the back of people’s kitchens and offer them all types of smallwares, cutlery, apparel and knife sharpening. Then customers asked for more products. Eventually, we opened this store.

  • Why is the galley such a big deal for yachting?

The food and beverage on any vessel is crucial. This sometimes determines the fate of the charter. Also, yacht crew work hard and need good wholesome food to keep them going. That’s why a galley needs the best, most efficient equipment for the correct applications.

  • What do crew like best at your shop?

When they come, they come for everything. We are one of a kind. It’s like a candy store. We have amazing customer service. We make everyone feel at home.

Every chef and stew has a different vision. It’s our job to help execute that vision. Our job is to make it happen. We have a broad selection that specializes in what chefs and chief stews need and want.

We also ship all over the world.

  • What is your background in the industry?

We come from the high-end spectrum of the hospitality industry.

  • What is the best way for crew to find what they need: online, email, visit store or a phone call?
  1. Come by the store (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays from October to May)
  2. Use our mobile store
  3. Visit www.culinaryconvenience.com
  4. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
  5. Call  (+1 954-525-0011) or email (amichaels@culinary-convenience.com)
  6. Yelp
  7. Word of mouth. For the past 14 years, this has been the strategy.
  8. What is trending in cooking?

Small, bite-size international dishes incorporating new methods of cooking.

  • Do you watch all of the cooking shows? Which are your favorite?

No, we can’t watch them all. Who has time? We do try to watch the competitions, especially “Top Chef” when we have clients competing.

  • The octopus mural on the shop is fabulous. Tell us about it.

    Culinary Convenience mural. PHOTO DORIE COX

This was the idea of my wife and partner, Limor. The talented artist Colette RueLette executed beautifully. Limor wanted to combine the yachting world and the land-based world.

Captains, crew and industry professionals are invited to join us on Jan. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at Culinary Convenience, 2212 S. Andrews Ave. in Ft. Lauderdale (33316). No RSVP required. Just bring a smile and a few business cards. You never know who you might meet at Triton Networking.

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