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NEWS | Nov. 2, 2016

633rd FSS spices up food services

By Joseph Gangemi 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 633rd Force Support Squadron has a new Director of Food and Beverage, James Belle, who will be the point of contact at the leadership level for all nonappropriated food service operations at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

Belle, who is responsible for overseeing all facets of food operations for all of the nonappropriated facilities at JBLE, has big plans for the facilities.

In addition to being the food and beverage director, Belle, who has 21 years of food service, will also be the head chef and banquet manager, bringing restaurant industry practices and knowledge to the position.

“We are fortunate to have someone with the food service background of Mr. Belle’s caliber taking on this important role,” said Ann Pabon, Langley Club manager. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and has already had a positive effect on our staff members.”

October began the initial implementation phase of the transition and transforming program to blend each facility under the food service portfolio.

“The driving force behind the transformation program is to change convenient style food choices to personalized food choices,” said Belle.

One of the many objectives Belle has is to ensure that each facility will have its own unique brand.

“It’s about giving each restaurant an identity that’s not dependent on the activity that it’s embedded in,” said Belle. “For each facility to be successful it must be treated as a stand-alone restaurant.”

The facilities will feature a signature dish and a healthy-heart item that can only be consumed at that specific location.

Preparing food starts with the fundamentals which includes improving food quality by sourcing local fresh ingredients and the discipline not to cut corners during preparation. The Langley Club will soon have a corporate chef to ensure that food preparation stays consistent.

Providing different menu choices at each location will allow the facilities to maximize the dining experience for the consumer.

 “In essence we are bringing the fundamentals of restaurant operations inside gates to our military community,” said Belle. “We want each facility to become destination dining with a unique menu for our military community at JBLE.”

Small changes have already taken place and will continue during the transition and transforming program. Changes at the Langley Marina Marker 27, Langley Lanes, Eaglewood Golf Course and Langley Club will take place in the coming months.

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