Accomplished Ft. Lauderdale Chef Opens Kitchen Offering Quick, Healthy Meal Options

Sidewalk Chef Kitchen

 

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Sidewalk Chef Kitchen, developed by Ft. Lauderdale’s own 5-star Executive Chef Shashank Agtey, invites locals and members of the press to enter its doors on Monday, Oct. 16, for its grand opening. The kitchen is located just west of Powerline Road between McNab Road and Cypress Creek Road and offers quick, health-conscious meal options to its customers.

Sidewalk Chef Kitchen aims to promote mindful eating habits and help its customers, even when they are pressed for time, achieve over-all healthy lifestyles. The kitchen’s “Healthy Express” dine-in menu provides patrons with fresh, wholesome meals prepared in just a few minutes. For those planning meals ahead of time, the kitchen’s refrigerator section offers a vast selection of pre-packaged, perfectly portioned 500-calorie “Prepared Meals To-Go” – for under $10 – that can easily be heated and served for lunch or dinner.

After decades working as an executive chef in Ft. Lauderdale’s finest restaurants including Café September and the Riverside Hotel, Chef Agtey (known as the Sidewalk Chef) honed in on his passion for clean eating and opened his own kitchen.

“When there are not enough hours in the day, planning healthy meals can be challenging. I’m happy to provide locals with healthy, delicious and affordable meals that fit into their fast-paced schedules,” said Agtey.

Sidewalk Chef Kitchen uses only all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free protein, wild-caught seafood and organic, locally grown (when possible) vegetables to prepare its dishes. Both its pre-packaged meals and dine-in menu options can be delivered to customers through Postmates or GrubHub.

In addition, the kitchen offers lunch and dinner catering options for corporate and private events as well as in-house cooking seminars aimed at teaching average home cooks how to prepare easy, healthy, 5-star meals they can be proud to serve to friends and family.

Sidewalk Chef Kitchen is located at 6500 NW 12th Ave. #101 in Ft. Lauderdale and operates Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, please visit its Facebook page or www.sidewalkchef.com.

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About Chef Shashank Agtey, the Sidewalk Chef

Indian-born Shashank Agtey began his culinary career as a dishwasher at the famous Club 41 in Miami (known today as The Forge) before landing a job as a sous chef at the Omni Hotel in Miami. He then went on to be the executive chef at Café September in Ft. Lauderdale for 12 years. Since then, he has held the role of executive chef at numerous establishments throughout South Florida including the Riverside Hotel, Pa DeGennaro’s and Hilcrest Golf and Country Club, to name a few. At the age of 34, he had the distinct honor of being selected to cook for President Bush Senior and President Clinton.

An avid runner, Chef Agtey participates in half marathons all over South Florida, “Tough Mudder” obstacle courses and “Spartan” races around the country. He recently developed his own line of all-natural energy bars (Hop Step Jump Energy Bars) and has instructed cooking classes at the Miami Culinary Institute. His current focus is providing affordable, healthy, tasty meals for locals at the Sidewalk Chef Kitchen.

Feeding the Hungry This Thanksgiving

When we think of the Thanksgiving holiday, we picture turkeys, full bellies and joyous gatherings with family and friends. As we reflect upon the past year, I hope everyone is able to remember what is important: family, friends, health and happiness. Thanksgiving is a great time to acknowledge our blessings and to show thanks by giving back.

One way I am giving back this year is by donating my time at the Feed the Hungry charity event taking place in Boca Raton, Fla. This community initiative is a partnership between Congregation B’nai Israel’s Kantor Family Center for Justice and Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church and provides a full Thanksgiving meal to those in need.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual event. By collaborating with nonprofits in the area including the Moran Boys and Girls Club, Boca Helping Hands, One Love-One Community in Delray, The Arc of Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization and more, Feed the Hungry is expected to feed between 4,000 and 5,000 people!

Thanks to the helping hands of over 300 volunteers and neighborhood sponsors, Feed the Hungry will take place Tuesday, Nov. 25th from 3:00–7:00 p.m. at the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 200 Ruby St., Boca Raton, Fla. 33432. I will personally be there, helping to carve 80-90 turkeys that will be served. Charity is one of the core values of the Sidewalk Chef brand, and my personal life, as I believe it is important to give back to your community whenever you can!

If you are fortunate enough to be celebrating a traditional Thanksgiving around the table with your loved ones this year, I’d like to offer you “Family Thanksgiving Anytime” recipes straight from my cookbook! Check it out below and let me know what you will be making this holiday.

A Family Thanksgiving Anytime
Turkey Breast, Stuffing and Homemade Cranberry Sauce 

(Serves Eight)

TURKEY

1–1 & ½ cups Olive Oil
6–8 cloves Garlic smashed
¼ cup Poultry Seasoning
½–1 cup Chicken Stock
4 lb. Turkey Breast
Pre-heat oven to 350˚

Take the first four ingredients and mix them all together in a mixing bowl. Slather the turkey breast with the mixture until it is completely covered. Put the turkey in the oven. Place about 1/4 inch of chicken stock in the bottom of the pan so the breast does not dry out. Start cooking the turkey breast-side down. Cook uncovered one hour to one hour and ten minutes, turning every fifteen minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check doneness. Turkey is done at 180˚.

STUFFING

1 stick Butter
1 Onion diced
1 cup Celery chopped
4 cloves Garlic smashed
2–3 tbsp Poultry Seasoning
2 Potatoes diced
1 to 1 1/2 cup Chicken Broth
1 bag Breadcrumbs
Pre-heat oven to 350˚

Melt the butter in a large sauté pan, add diced onion and celery and then add seasoning and diced potatoes. Sauté the potatoes until nicely flavored. In a large mixing bowl, pour chicken broth and water slowly over the breadcrumbs. Pour slowly while mixing. When the stuffing feels a little bit more moist than sticky and there is some sponge-like texture to the stuffing, put it in a baking pan. Bake uncovered for thirty minutes, you will know when it is done by pushing down on the stuffing in the center. If the stuffing rises around your finger just slightly, it is done.

CRANBERRY SAUCE

1 cup Water
1 cup chopped Walnuts – optional
½–1 cup Sugar
16 oz fresh Cranberries
½ tbsp Orange Zest
1 tsp Orange Juice

In a small saucepan, combine water, optional walnuts, sugar and cranberries. Bring to a boil. Add orange zest and orange juice. Simmer for ten minutes. Cranberries will gel upon standing. Serve hot or cold with Sidewalk Chef’s Decadent Mashed Potatoes.