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College-dorm bathrooms, walk-in closets, and even prison cells are bigger than the kitchen Steve Sidle walks into on a daily basis at work.
His "work" is as general manager and executive kitchen manager at Le Tub -- one of Hollywood Beach's most prized and oldest restaurants. Sidle has been in South Florida 33 years; 32 of them have been spent in front of a 24- by 36-inch grill, which cooks up to 28 of Le Tub's world-famous 13-ounce sirloin burgers at a time.
Even though it's smaller than his grill at home, Sidle isn't upset. he gets a window view of the Intracoastal while using two hands to flip burgers that were made internationally famous in 2006 when featured as the number-one burger in America by GQ magazine as well as a follow-up segment on Oprah. While old-fashioned bathtubs, toilets, and kitchen sinks are placed throughout the restaurant that sits on the water, it doesn't resemble a dump. I like to think of it as a delicious, artistic junkyard.
Although Sidle is in the restaurant daily, he cooks only three days a week. in fact, he has only three or four cooks, including himself. despite the walls throughout the restaurant showing off their 36 years' worth of achievements, Sidle spent a Sunday afternoon behind the line talking boating and burgers and even turning down an invite for the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.
Clean Plate Charlie: You've been here 32 years. How often does the menu change?
Steve Sidle: Last time we changed the menu was from chowder to the [seafood] gumbo. and that was 20 years ago. when we opened, we were just a raw bar; then we added chili. somewhere in the mid-'80s is when the grill came in. it was actually half the size it is now. the burger recipe is mine. It's how I envisioned a burger should be, and so that's how I made it. been that way ever since.
The kitchen is insanely small. you can expand your kitchen, can't you?
Expanding would be too much work. Hire more employees, train more people, spend more money. I'm happy with what we have now. It's worked for a long time.
You guys serve canned sodas, orders are put on handwritten tickets, and you still accept only cash. why haven't you caved yet?
We got an ATM not too long ago -- that was an improvement! Accepting credit cards are too much money. this is what works for us. People know that coming in.
What chef do you look up to and model your style after?
I really like Emeril [Lagasse] and Guy Fieri. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives approached us about doing an episode for them, but we wouldn't let them come in because we didn't want to share the recipes, and it was required.
If you weren't a cook, what would you be doing?
If I wasn't cooking, I'd be sailing in the ocean.
So the burger is your thing. How much meat do you go through?
Today [a Sunday], we will probably go through about 100 pounds of meat while [prep cook] Scott Talmadge makes the burgers, brings them in, and then I throw them on the grill.
What's your war story? What's been the biggest challenge so far?
My first day, I was back here on a Sunday by myself because my trainer never showed up. They just threw me right in! I learned quick!
What's one thing people misconstrue about your restaurant?
It upsets me when I hear that people think the staff is really rude. we don't mean to come off that way, but some people don't understand our limitations. you either love us or hate us. We've talked [to the staff] about explaining to people that it takes 40 minutes for a burger to cook and if the grill is filled, it could take upwards of 90 minutes. People don't understand our limitations. a guy walked in today and said "Can you sit me?" to one of the waitresses. I told the guy that there are signs all over that say "Seat yourself," and he was upset no one sat him. sometimes they don't get it, so we don't really mean to come off that way, but it happens.
March is National Women's History Month, and this year's theme, "writing women back into history," pays tribute to generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proven invaluable to society.
Suffragettes started the first feminist movement and won the right to vote for women in 1918. a second wave of feminism hit in the '60s, when women's liberation leaders such as Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem fought social and cultural inequalities between the sexes by organizing protests and burning bras. The present day feminist movement began in the '90s, focusing on women's achievements.
Is there really a difference between the sexes? I mean apart from the obvious difference that, um, men don't have as many pairs of shoes.
A March 2008 Associated Press article said: "American men still don't pull their weight when it comes to housework and child care, but collectively they're not the slackers they used to be." Caring for home and children has been the traditional purview of women, while most males are only vaguely aware there are some short, noisy people living in the house. Mothers know everything about their children, from doctor's appointments, soccer games and friends to favorite foods and their hopes and dreams.
However, women have come a long way from the typical role of housekeeper. Just this week at the Academy awards, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Oscar for best director. looking back to February 2009, side-by-side newspaper briefs prove my point. The first announced that Jennifer Figge set a record as the first woman to swim across the Atlantic; it took her a month to swim from Africa's western coast to Trinidad. Compare that to the second article headlined "Man breaks record for watching TV." (Need I say more?) Suresh Joachim broke his own Guinness world record for nonstop TV viewing by watching 72 hours straight of three seasons of Kiefer Sutherland being beaten bloody by terrorists on "24." Come to think of it, watching 72 hours of "24" could be more difficult than swimming the Atlantic. on the plus side, the U.S. president in the current episode of "24" is a woman. now that's progress.
- Empowering women to be "captains of family health care" is a mission of Texas A&M Health Science Center President Nancy Dickey, who made a mark in medicine in 1997, when she was elected first female president of the American Medical Association. on March 3, Dickey spoke at the annual meeting of University of North Florida's us, a group that promotes women's and girls' health and raises money to support programs at UNF's Brooks College of Health. on the evening prior to the talk, Dickey and her husband, Frank, were guests at a reception at the UNF Alumni Hall. Among the Ponte Vedra Beach and Beaches residents on hand to welcome the couple were Kathy Christensen and Jan Holder, who co-chaired the two-day educational event, us President Rhetta Nussbaum, us founders Shereth Coble and Barbara Fletcher and Brooks College Dean Pam Chally.
Dickey has long been an advocate for patients and women. When elected AMA president, she proposed a patient's bill of rights, which gives physicians the final say about what is medically necessary and patients the right to appeal a health plan's medical decision. "Women already make the health care decisions, and I'm going to talk about how to make the most of those visits to doctors," she said at the reception. She also suggested consulting the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Web site, ahrq.gov, for tips about staying healthy, how to ask questions and what questions to ask your doctor.
- a mother's hug can turn a cloudy day sunny. there were hugs aplenty at Urban Flats' Tuesday Tasting on March 2. The occasion was the first fundraiser for Hugs Across the County, a nonprofit group that volunteers at Webster and Crookshank elementary schools in West Augustine and provides books, socks and shoes for needy students. It was started about a year ago by five Ponte Vedra Beach mothers, who heard about children facing poverty, abuse, neglect and homelessness in St. Johns County schools. The schools have few parent volunteers and little funding from PTOs. now there are about 30 volunteers from the Ponte Vedra area, including two dads and a grandfather.
"Their help has improved staff morale," said Webster Principal George Leidigh, who was at the event with several staff from his school. "The volunteers work directly with students, so teachers feel they can meet the kids needs better."
Staff from Webster and Crookshank mingled with volunteers wearing iHug tee shirts at Urban Flats, a Shoppes of Ponte Vedra restaurant that invites local charities to hold wine- and hors d'oeuvre-tasting fundraisers in its bar area. Hugs is planning a summer book buddy program using teenage and adult volunteers to read to elementary students.
"We are always looking for more volunteers and mentors," Hugs Chairwoman Brette Reiman said. to volunteer or mentor, donate clothing and shoes, hold a Hugs drive for children's books, school supplies, backpacks, underwear and socks, or make a tax-deductible donation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Females have achieved much in the business and political arenas, but that doesn't diminish their need to look good while climbing the executive ladder or having lunch with friends. about 110 Newcomers Alumnae members and guests gathered for a fashion show/luncheon at Marsh Landing Country Club on March 3. Seventeen members modeled an array of Dillard's casual and special occasion attire put together by ladies apparel manager Elina Dostica and accessories manager Angela McManaman.
Wearing three hats, figuratively speaking, Wanda Giuliano was event chairwoman, moderator and model. her committee included Janet Rosenblatt, Estelle Beckerman and Sandra Bertoflio. Club President Laura Hollon conducted door prize drawings and a 50/50 raffle drawing. Newcomers Alumnae was formed in 1998 to give graduates of Beaches Newcomers groups a chance to continue friendships through a variety of social activities. Each month, the group selects a different area charity to help, such as Mission House, Betty Griffin House, Beaches Habitat for Humanity, daniel, Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, Jacksonville Humane Society and Hospice volunteer program.
- Domestic feminist Bess Steed Garner is the fictitious main character in Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey's book "A Woman of Independent Means," which was the February read assigned to members of the Girls at the Beaches Book Club. after a group discussion, GABs took a field trip to San Marco where they enjoyed lunch at Taverna and attended a stage reading of the play version of the book at Theatre Jacksonville. The one-woman show was part of a two-day celebration of the theater's 90th anniversary.
"Actress Susan Clark had us laughing and crying with her remarkable one-woman performance," GABs member Barbara Marshall said. "She really brought the character of Bess to life for us."
The women were invited backstage for a photo op with Clark and director Patricia Vanstone. The day also prompted a post theater discussion about how GABs members felt about the book and character after watching Clark's performance interpretation.
- Cool temps didn't deter folks from patronizing the second annual Ponte Vedra Beach Sunset Rotary plant sale on March 6. Cars poured into The Players Championship parking lot on Palm Valley Road, where 5,000 plants were for sale. Albion Golf Carts helped transport plants to the checkout station and St. Johns County master gardeners were there to offer gardening suggestions and help. Rotary exchange students and students from Ponte Vedra, Nease and Fletcher high schools, as well as Nease Navy Junior ROTC members directed traffic and carried plants to cars.
Hilton Garden Inn ran a children's activity corner providing hands-on "green" experience and offering a $500 gardening kit to the school that had the most participants. McDonald's sold breakfast and lunch. Sam's Palm Valley Honey products were for sale, and author Phyllis Cogan enticed folks to buy her "Sweets from Heaven" cookbook by offering free samples made from the recipes. Some plant shoppers also took time to donate blood at the Bloodmobile parked in the lot. The proceeds benefit Rotary service projects in St. Johns and Duval counties.
- on March 6, 142 FOCUS Cummer members and guests had a jazzy time at the annual Celebrate event at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Guests were greeted by a Dixieland ensemble at the museum entrance, and inside Satin Swing, a 10-piece River City Band brass group plus vocalist Lisa Kelly performed jazz and big band favorites that had everyone dancing as if in a '40s or '50s nightclub. FOCUS Vice President Fran O'Brien created a Mardi Gras setting with beads and masques for guests to wear. Caterer Chef's Garden followed suit with a Creole buffet. Florida Bank contributed big Easy martinis to the affair.
The theme sprang from the museum's current Jazz ABZ exhibit of paintings of jazz greats by Paul Rogers accompanied by Wynton Marsalis poetry. Executive Director Hope McMath gave guided tours of the exhibition, which she said was an exclusive to the Cummer.
"It was nothing but fun, a blast of a party," Chairwoman Gigi Thomas said. "It was a good mix of ages. everybody there was a friend of the Cummer."
- Sun Trust Bank will sponsor the 26th annual Christ Episcopal Church Charitable Foundation golf tournament at 1 p.m. on Friday on the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club ocean course. The foundation supports community charities such as Young Life, Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry, Beaches Habitat, Strengthening our Students and scholarships for Beaches area students. a $175 entry fee includes the Swing into Spring reception following golf at 5:30 p.m. in the parish center, or for $15 you can attend just the party that includes food, drinks, a silent and live auction and prizes for the top 10 teams in the tourney. there will also be a raffle for four VIP tickets to Sunday at The Players Championship. to sign up to play or for more info, contact foundation Executive Director Stacy Nash at 285-7390, ext. 235.
- Perhaps a female president will be a future reality now that there are more women than men in the U.S. from colonial times until the 1950 census, males outnumbered females, but during the second half of the 20th century the male/female ratio changed. The 2005 U.S. Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program showed women and girls make up about 51 percent of all U.S. residents. The 2010 census could officially confirm that females lead population-wise. Should men be concerned?
Not according to Mark Twain, who said: "What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce."
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