Why I Joined the “#BlueGloveGroup” and Took My Act to Vegas by Chef Mick Brown

Blue Man Group
Experiencing the “Blue Man Group” show in Vegas is on my Top 5 List of “Things You Can’t Unsee”. (In a good way)

While I would love to turn it into a show or a musical, the “Blue Glove Group” may not be appearing in Las Vegas anytime soon. At least not on stage… I dedicated a recent trip to Sin City to promoting a new brand of biodegradable disposable gloves to local restaurants on and off the strip. Despite the current strike from an important sector of the local Culinary Workers Union, people seem to warm up to the idea. The gloves, made by green industry upstart company EcoGloves, are color coded for added convenience.

#BlueGloveGroup QR Code or use CHEFMICK Promo Code for 25% Off
#BlueGloveGroup QR Code or use CHEFMICK Promo Code for 25% Off

The Clear Gloves are available in eyebrow-raising singles packets, that may require some explanation if found in a pocket by your spouse. They also come in boxes of 100 and are perfectly safe to add to your natural compost for home kitchens. The Pink and Blue gloves are streamlined for commercial use in kitchens, salons, medical offices and anywhere disposable gloves are in use . While more protective for hands, and discarded with regular trash, they biodegrade from landfills within 3 years (unlike their white latex counterparts).

Chef Mick in Las Vegas
While in Vegas to promote Blue Gloves, this guy offered Chef Mick a Beer.

I know- no one person or business is responsible for the billions of disposable gloves that end up in landfills each year. However, we can all play a small part in the solution. Just to be sure, though biodegradable, the Blue Nitrile Gloves are 3x more puncture protective and more resistant than natural rubber to chemicals, oils and acids. Yet the subscription price is not only competitive, but more inexpensive than many food and medical grade disposable gloves.

#ChefMick #BlueGloveGroup #BurbankBoysandGirlsClub
Even the lucky Blue Gloves couldn’t help Chef Mick at Blackjack at Burbank Boys and Girls Club Casino Night 2023.

So with these benefits in mind, I took a little info gathering/sharing tour of a few local restaurants in Las Vegas. Of course, I also took the opportunity to try some the off-the-Strip cuisine. The first visit was to a place known for their Chicken and Waffles, which also benefit from their generous choice of condiments and sauces like the Sautéed Onion Gravy.

Fried Chicken Breakfast Las Vegas
Chef Mick had to try this this Fried Chicken Breakfast while in Las Vegas for the #BlueGloveGroup.

The next place had to have some of the best fresh baked Homestyle Biscuits I have ever tasted, and they are known for their famously spiritual and inspirational Gift Shops.

This last one is especially notable because the staff was already seen wearing blue disposable gloves. Could it be? Nah. They were as receptive to helping the environment as they were to throwing down some of the best Bacon Cheeseburgers to locals. Their version of Philly Cheesesteak was pretty authentic, but also benefits from a little hot sauce or steak sauce.

This Vegas Off Strip Philly CheeseSteak was made with Blue Gloves!
This Vegas Off Strip Philly CheeseSteak was made with Blue Gloves!

BlueGloveGroup Restaurants Las Vegas
Promising to see Blue Gloves at work in Las Vegas. Soon to be part of #BlueGloveGroup?

For more information of product pricing, detailed descriptions, certifications, etc… visit Ecogloves on Amazon using promo code CHEFMICK for a 25% Discount. Or use this link:


It might be helpful to add that along with helping BBQRESCUES!, the Eco Gloves company also plants a tree for each new order with the help of #Greenspark and #EdenReforestationProjects. They are also partnered with #PlasticBank that help rescue general plastic waste from countries and areas hardest hit by this pollution crises.

Happy Shopping! …Especially for that Environmentalist “Who Has Everything” on your Holiday Gift List.


Greenspark- https://www.getgreenspark.com/

Eden Reforestation Projects- https://www.edenprojects.org/

Plastic Bank- https://plasticbank.com/

BBQRESCUES! 25% OFF Discount on Eco Gloves- https://ecogloves.co/discount/CHEFMICK?ref=chefmick

#BBQRobot #RickytheRobot

Return of BBQRESCUES! 2023- Welcome Back!

We are so excited to be back with new features, recipes and more.

Introducing new sponsors, including http://www.RentaRobotnow.com. A young company hoping to contribute the latest technologies to help those in need. Their offerings include custom programmable robotic helpers for Homes, Healthcare Facilities and Company sponsors. This Fall, they are partnering with the BBQRESCUES! Foundation to provide live Entertainment for Parties, Film/Video Productions and Special Events. Maybe we’ll see you at Coachella in 2024! Project is still in development, so contact us to check current Availability and for more Updates. Email BBQRESCUES! or phone us at (760) 895-7788.

Press Release

BBQ, Robots and Home Parties- Oh My!

BBQRESCUES! RentARobot project offers unique Party Solutions for Holidays. Burbank Boys and Girls Club 10/20 Casino Night Preview + Guacamole Sauce with Microgreens
Ricky the Robot volunteers at BBQRESCUES! Parties
Ricky the Robot volunteers at BBQRESCUES! Parties

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Oct. 19, 2023 – PRLog — You may have seen them on TV or perhaps in person at upscale restaurants. Keenon and Bear brand robots are slowly becoming part of the worldwide culinary scene. They provide uniquely fun experiences to everyone who encounters them. Through a new program sponsored by Caddy Robotics, you can now bring this phenom to your next home gathering.

Originally designed for potential replacement of labor shortages, enlightened establishments are using these cute robots to assist waitstaffs with delivering hot food to your tables and to assist in bussing restaurants. Now you can have them help serve guests at your home or company event for as little as $500 an hour or $2500/wk*. Yes- cheaper than hiring more labor, but they still require a human touch to be effective. They also cannot replace competent Cooks in the kitchen.

Aside from Food Service, Caddy Robotics also supplies these mechanical pals for corporate offices and most importantly, to assist the Staff at Healthcare facilities and for private homes that can budget this modest expense. They are easy to use and can be customized to perform simple repeated tasks to allow workers to be more effective and productive. Without busting the bank, varieties of Caddy Robotics can also be purchased starting at only 14.5k.

Just in time for Halloween 2023, BBQRESCUES! will preview the new project at the Burbank Boys and Girls Club “Casino Night” fundraiser on Friday, October 20th. Chef Mick will be doing a variation of his famous Smoky Garden Guacamole Recipe. Instead of a Dip, it will be served as a Raw Vegan All-Natural Avocado Guacamole Sauce with Microgreens. The simple recipe is as follows:

Avocado Guacamole Sauce with Microgreens

2- Avocados (Peeled, Pitted in Chunks)

1 Cup Fresh Microgreens

1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro

2 Tbsp Ground Cumin

2 Tbsp Verdant (Italian Herb Spice Blend)

2 Tbsp Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tsp SuperPowder (Freeze Dried Microgreens)

Finish with Squeeze of fresh Lime Juice plus Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional Fresh Chopped Onions, Tomatoes and slices of Lime for Garnish

Served with Smoked BBQ Rippled Potato Chips and/or Green Verdant Seasoned Tortilla Chips

Simple Preparation: Gradually add all ingredients to a Food Processor until blended into a smooth sauce. Carefully funnel liquid into Squeeze Bottle with 1/2 inch nozzle to decorate Chips and serving platter as you like. Enjoy!

*Example quote to selected CA locations including LA Metro, San Francisco/Bay Area and Coachella Valley/Palm Springs. Other areas will require separated quote per event detail. Worldwide availability requires additional fees.

RentaRobot Project https://rentarobotnow.com/
Caddy Robotics Catalog https://www.caddyrobotics.com/caddybotCatalog.pdf
BBQRESCUES! website https://bbqrescues.com/


Ribs, Chicken, Pulled Pork,Hot Spot BBQ,Pensacola Fl.

Can People With Food Allergies Eat BBQ?

by Chef Mick Brown

Courtesy of http://www.bbqrescues.org

Dr. Ruchi Gupta MD,Chef Elizabeth Falkner,Food Allergies,2018 World Food Championships,Orange Beach, AL.
Dr. Ruchi Gupta, MD and Chef Elizabeth Falkner presenting Addressing Food Allergies seminar at 2018 World Food Championships in Orange Beach, AL.

As long as you are not allergic to meat or fresh vegetables, there is no reason a person with allergies cannot eat BBQ. The important thing is to be conscious of all ingredients being used, and to guard against cross contamination. While judging my first World Food Championships last week, I got to attend a seminar called Addressing Allergies in Food Service. It was a half day program including experts: Dr. Ruchi Gupta, MD and Celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner (of Food Network’s Next Iron Chef and Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters fame). The seminar was skillfully moderated by Tonya Winders, President & CEO of Allergy & Asthma Network.

Chef Elizabeth Falkner,Allergy Friendly Food,2018 World Food Championships
Chef Elizabeth Falkner prepares Allergy Friendly Menu at 2018 World Food Championships.

Of course the highlight was tasting food made by Chef Falkner, who is also known for her famous San Fransisco restaurant Citizen Cake. It was one of my favorite go-to places whenever I visited the city (the Short Ribs were amazing).  Unfortunately they closed in 2012, when the chef relocated to New York City. While preparing two dishes (plus dessert), Dr. Gupta, Chef Falkner and Tonya Winders gave us the scoop on cooking for people with Food Allergies.

Yes, they kind enough to do Photo Ops, upon request.

Though Gluten Free foods have taken the public spotlight, the eight most common allergies are:

  • Tree Nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Shellfish
  • Wheat
  • Other common allergens include Chocolate, Mustard Seed, Sesame, Citrus, Onion/Garlic and Sulfites.

Allergy Friendly,Gluten Free,Roasted Pumpkin,Gnocchi,Chia,Herb,Pesto,Roasted Pumpkin Seeds,Chef Elizabeth Falkner
Allergy Friendly Gluten Free Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi with a Chia Herb Pesto and Zesty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds prepared by Chef Elizabeth Falkner. Light and Delicious.

Most of us are fortunate to live without food allergies. However, people with allergies suffer from anaphylaxis, a condition that can go from causing discomfort to life threatening reactions. They depend on having Epinephrine available to combat these reactions. So if you are cooking anything, including BBQ, for someone with an allergy, please take it very seriously. To be safe, it is best to make everything from scratch instead of using processed foods- that can be manufactured in facilities with Nuts or Wheat. If you must use prepared foods, be sure to read the label carefully.

Collard Greens,Enchiladas,Salad,Corn,Black Beans,Chef Elizabeth Falkner,2018 World Food Championships.
Collard Green Enchiladas Salad with Corn, Black Beans and Rice prepared by Chef Elizabeth Falkner at the 2018 World Food Championships.

Sadly, some restaurants and other eateries will not accommodate those with allergies. They think allergic people are just picky eaters. Moderator Winders shared the sad story of she and her young daughter being kicked out of a restaurant that refused to alter their menu. If you are cooking for those with allergies, be sure to determine how sensitive they are to certain foods. For example, many Pizza places offer Gluten Free crusts, but there’s regular flour all over the place. Someone with severe Celiac disease would be wise to take a pass.

Chef Elizabeth Falkner,Dairy Free,Chocolate,Flax Seed,Mousse ,Carob,Mesquite Powder,Streusel,2018 World Food Championships
Chef Elizabeth Falkner’s Dairy Free Chocolate Flax Seed Mousse with Carob/Mesquite Streusel at 2018 World Food Championships.

Chef Falkner’s menu for the day included Gluten Free Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi with a Chia Herb Pesto and Zesty Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. It was light and delicious. She also made a salad with components of her Collard Green Enchiladas dish. The original recipe uses whole Collard leaves as a substitute for Tortillas, but only chopped leaves were available that day. For dessert, the chef prepared a Chocolate Flax Seed Mousse with Carob/Mesquite Streusel. She somehow made the preparation of these Iron Chef worthy dishes look simple.

For more on Cooking BBQ (or anything) for People with Food Allergies, check out these links:

Allergy and Asthma Network (general information and resources) http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/

Allergy Safe Dining (free download of great info for food professionals) http://www.allergyasthmanetwork.org/outreach/publications/special-publications/allergy-safe-dining/

AllergyHome (emphasis on schools and kids) https://www.allergyhome.org/

Summer Barbeque Tips for Hosts and Guests (allergy safe suggestions) https://www.foodallergy.org/about-fare/blog/summer-barbeque-tips-for-hosts-and-guests

Have an Allergy Friendly Barbecue (more tips for people with allergies) https://blog.americanmedical-id.com/2017/07/allergy-friendly-barbecue/

Eating Safely at the Family BBQ (Gluten Free suggestions) https://www.allergicliving.com/2010/07/02/ask-the-celiac-expert/

More on Chef Elizabeth Falkner’s Books and Online Classes https://www.elizabethfalkner.com/books-television

The Food Allergy Experience (book by Dr. Ruchi Gupta with free links to allergy research) http://www.ruchigupta.com/the-food-allergy-experience-1/

Tasty Freedom- How We Mastered Fear, Illness and Foreign Travel with Severe Food Allergies (a charming little book by my friend Chef Jaquy Yngvason and hubby Josh Greenfield, available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other outlets) https://www.amazon.com/Tasty-Freedom-Mastered-Illness-Allergies/dp/0692982825

AllergyEats- website is like the Yelp for people all over the country for reviewing restaurants https://www.allergyeats.com/