No Rolling Pin, No Worries.

No Rolling Pin, No Worries.
The phrase, "No Worries" has seemed to become a kind of catch phrase as a server in the hospitality industry.  "Dietary concerns", No Worries, "Party of 10, now", No Worries, "Make Something Fun", No Worries, "Don't like the food", No Worries, "12 Course Tasting Based on a Carrot", No Worries, "Vegan Birthday Party", No Worries.
"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?’” (Luke 12:22-26, NIV)

"No Worries" as a phrase is catching wind recently, but it is an idea rooted in the past.  While attending Food School(second tour), it was a statement given to me by a friend, Worry is Sin.  All of the things we need we have, and all of the things we want we can get. And while the statement was mild on the brain at the time, it seemed to sprout its way into characteristics of cooking in a good-kitchen.  A menu should be based on what you have, not what you want.  Cooking based around the seasons, which has been done for a few years before the entry of the celebrity chef, taught people how to utilize several different cooking techniques and methods based on availability.

And yes, it is completely understood there are certain things worth worrying over.  And feel it is personal to each individual.  But creating a community of people, which eat what is available, learn what is needed, enjoy what is provided, and help one another, might lend it self to looking like a parking lot at a Grateful Dead Show.  So instead, make a small step by planting an herb garden.

Next time, a vegetable appears at the market you have never seen, "No Worries, look it up", a fish is on the menu for $26, "No Worries, ask where its from", a wine pairing is needed, "No Worries, ask a wine geek", and the next time you need to host an amazing meal, based on local ingredients paired with American Biodynamic Wine, "No Worries, email me."

Matthew Elliott Kopfler

Don't Worry, Be Happy.
- Bobby McFerrin

"A cook is creative, marrying ingredients in the way a poet marries words." 
  -Roger Verge