During a recent book research trip to Chicago, Andrew made time to sit down with industry legend Rich Melman, founder of Lettuce Entertain You; Lettuce Entertain You president R.J. Melman; and executive partner Jerrod Melman. On the occasion of the company's 50th year in business, the family open up about the company's origins, evolution, and management style, as well as other aspects of running restaurants and managing teams. This is a rare and fascinating chance to learn about a philosophy of hospitality from some of the best in the business.And in The Line-Up, our news and commentary segment, NYC restaurateur Vicki Freeman of The Bowery Group calls in to talk about their new restaurant Shukette (with chef Ayesha Nurdaja at the helm), and the ups and downs of opening and operating restaurants at this delicate moment in time.In our jobs-of-the-week segment, we share some of the great positions our sponsor Brad Metzger Restaurant Solutions (BMRS) is currently looking to fill. (Andrew Talks to Chefs listeners are encouraged to reach out to BMRS at the special, dedicated email address created just for you at ATC@restaurant-solutions.com.)Andrew Talks to Chefs is sponsored in part by meez; please check out this revolutionary new interactive recipe database and tool for professional chefs and cooks.Andrew Talks to Chefs is a fully independent podcast and no longer affiliated with our former host network; please visit and bookmark our official website for all show updates, blog posts, personal and virtual appearances, and related information.
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It seems like more and more celebs are announcing Ghost Kitchen Restaurants every week here in Chicago. Chris & Lisa dive into the delicious details in the latest Trends in 10! Every afternoon at 5:05pm, Chris & Lisa from The Afternoon Mix play Trends in 10 on 101.9fm The Mix in Chicago. They'll give you a trending topic and you'll have ten seconds to name ten things in that topic. Ready to play? Listen live at wtmx.com or with the free Mix App available in the App Store and on Google Play.
Jay DeMarco has opened multiple successful restaurants in the Chicagoland suburbs. Despite not having a college degree, Jay has worked his butt off to go from a young guy working at the famous Rosebud to opening his first restaurant. Jay shares great lessons in hospitality, building a team and opening multiple locations.
Chicago does not seem to have enough African restaurants, but the ones we do have are fantastic. Ethiopian is the main cuisine you’ll find here but there is some Nigerian, Moroccan and Senegalese sprinkled in there. To up the ante, Dozzy Ibekwe launched a modern west African restaurant to re-introduce Chicagoans to delicious African food. Dozzy moved to the states as a kid, but never forgot his roots and African hospitality. This episode is the story of how Dozzy Ibekwe went on a mission to learn, understand, and correct the state of West African cuisine in Chicago, launching Dozzy’s Grill, a modern west African restaurant. Let's get fired up!
Travel Gluten Free Podcast Episode 94 Mike and Cam from the Celiac Project Talk Gluten Free Travel and Chicago Restaurants In this episode, we get into another gluten-free podcast with Mike and Cam from the Celiac Project. The duo talk about their journey to their diagnosis of Celiac disease, how they met, Mike’s Celiac Project Documentary and their strong bond of friendship. We also dive into how Cam trained his dog to smell gluten, the different types of dogs that are good “scent dogs” and the type of training he put his dog Lacey through to be a gluten-sniffing assist canine. We also chat about the recent FDA label changes, how relaxing the labeling can affect those with Celiac and Cam and Mike’s favorite gluten-free vacations and Chicago restaurants! The Celiac Project Podcast In The Celiac Project Podcast, Michael Frolichstein talks about celiac disease and navigating a gluten-free lifestyle with fellow celiac, Cam Weiner. Join us every Wednesday as we delve into many topics, current events, and special guests in the celiac and gluten-free community. We welcome your comments and suggestions for new show topics. The Celiac Project Documentary The inspiration for this film came after director Michael Frolichstein struggled with a series of "mystery ailments" before finally being diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 40. Michael was shocked to learn that this auto-immune disease, which affects 1% of the US population, is 83% undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. His journey to meet others who had suffered, as well as to get answers from experts, led him to uncover more mysteries within his own family. The documentary ultimately explores what we can do individually and as a society to advance the conversation and raise awareness about the disease. Guest Bio Following a lifetime of dismissive doctors, unexplained symptoms, and emotional stress, filmmaker Michael Frolichstein received a life-changing diagnosis at the age of 40—celiac disease. Camera in hand, Frolichstein set out unaware of the odyssey before him. The result is “The Celiac Project,” a powerful, first-of-its-kind documentary; its goal is to raise awareness about celiac disease. The documentary is currently rolling out on different Public Television stations nationally. Soon after completing the film, Michael met Cam Weiner at a screening of his film. Cam related to Michael’s story, as his own health issues and subsequent diagnosis with celiac disease forced him to pause his budding film career. The two forged a secure connection and a shared mission of raising awareness. Together, they launched a weekly podcast in January of 2016 to discuss and highlight issues and topics relevant to the celiac and gluten-free community. There are over 225 episodes to date, covering a myriad of fascinating topics and special guests. Connect with Mike and Cam from The Celiac Project The Celiac Project on Instagram Visit The Celiac Project Podcast On the Web Read Mike and Cam’s tweets on Twitter Connect with The Celiac Project on Facebook Links and Resources Mentioned The Celiac Project Documentary Denise Willis Dog Training Mariposa Restaurant San Francisco Sweet Allie’s Bakery in Chicago Journey with Travel Gluten Free Grab the Guide to Traveling Gluten Free Get the BEST all-natural gluten-free travel cosmetics at Lemongrass Spa! Visit my Travel Deals page on my website Support Travel Gluten Free on Patreon Travel Gluten Free on Social Media Twitter Facebook Youtube Pinterest Instagram On the Web Spread the love of Travel Gluten Free podcast and share this episode with a friend ***Disclaimer: All content found on the Travel Gluten Free Website, including text, images, audio, or other formats were created for informational purposes only. Content contained on Travel Gluten Free website, podcast and social media postings are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional medical advice, Travel Gluten Free website, podcast, and guests present content solely for educational and entertainment purposes and use of this information is at your own risk.***
Alpana Singh is the owner of Terra & Vine, the host of “Check, Please!” and is a master sommelier. At the time she earned that title, she was the youngest woman ever to achieve it and is still the only South Asian to claim it. In this episode, we discuss what it was like working at Everest at 23 years old, coming up in the wine world as a person of color and how that population is still under represented in wine. Singh shares her thoughts about reopening restaurants in the wake of COVID-19, shifting part of her restaurant to open a retail wine shop and how humor plays a big role in her approach to wine.
Cliff Rome is a longtime chef and powerhouse in Chicago’s restaurant industry and owner of five food and events businesses in Bronzeville, including Peach’s Restaurant. On this episode, Rome shares his history being one of a few Black chefs in the room and the infectious power of intentional community reinvestment. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent nationwide protests against police brutality that have exposed deep-rooted system abuse and racism in hospitality, Rome joins Ari, Maggie and Ernest to wade deep into the issues of justice, responsibility, cancel culture and empathy. Buckle up and get ready. This is one episode you don’t want to miss.
Recession-proof as coffee may seem, this massive industry hasn't escaped the effects of COVID-19. In this illuminating, energetic (thanks to its highly caffeinated participants) episode, Ari and Maggie talk with Tony Dreyfuss, owner of Metropolis Coffee Co., on how the pandemic has forced his independent roastery to adapt, its enduring impact on coffee growers and cafe culture, and how Dreyfuss continues to challenge the notion of what "great" coffee is after 20 years in the business.
As Chicago's dine-in ban approaches two months, it was high time Overserved unpacked what the bar industry is up against. Enter Julia Momose, partner and creative director at Kumiko and Kikko and bartendress extraordinaire who also launched Cocktails for Hope, an initiative advocating for the sale of pre-mixed, sealed cocktails to-go, which are currently illegal in the state of Illinois. In this illuminating episode, we learn about Momose's tireless efforts to make cocktails to go a reality (and thus bring back jobs to the struggling bar industry), how she recreates the luxury of Kumiko in miniature through her to-go storefront, and the beguiling song that plays in her head whenever she mixes one of her impeccable cocktails.
It’s been just over a month since Gov. JB Pritzker issued a statewide ban on dine-in restaurants to slow the spread of COVID-19–all but decimating Chicago’s thriving dining industry. To help make sense of a harrowing few weeks for independent restaurants in particular, we chatted on Zoom with Erling Wu-Bower, executive chef and co-owner of Pacific Standard Time and The Laurel Room. This important episode covers what it looks like when a dine-in restaurant pivots to carryout, whether the federal government’s response will be enough to save independent eateries, and what listeners can do to help their fave spots (buy merch!). We’ll also hear about what this longtime chef is cooking at home during these trying times (hint: plenty of chicken).
Longtime listeners probably heard Chef Erick Williams' appearance on the pod just two months ago. Andrew rang up his new friend last week and asked him to update us on the vibe in Chicago and how the dynamic of his kitchen has and hasn't changed as a result of its current offering. And chef Preeti Mistry calls in from California to discuss a cool online cooking class/fundraiser she's participating in.Our great thanks to S.Pellegrino for making these special reports possible.LINKS Andrew Talks to Chefs official siteVirtue RestaurantDispora Co Instagram feedErick Williams' January 2020 appearance on Andrew Talks to ChefsPreeti Mistry 2019 LIVE appearance on Andrew Talks to Chefs
A rare non-chef episode of the pod featuring two of the most successful and influential restaurateurs in the United States. While in Philadelphia last weekend for the Philly Chef Conference, Welcome Conference co-founder (and the restaurateur who conjured up the magic of Eleven Madison Park and the Nomad restaurants before moving on from them last year), and Kevin Boehm, cofounder of Chicago's prolific Boka Restaurant Group (Boka, Girl and the Goat, GT Fish & Oyster, Momotaro, and many others) talk all things hospitality.How do they maintain quality control? Where do they gain new inspiration? What is the value of a pre-shift (nightly pre-service huddle)? Are we in a golden age for restaurants? It's a rare treat to hear such devoted and passionate professionals kick these and other topics around--don't miss this one!If you like what you hear, please tell your chef-fascinated friends, subscribe to Andrew Talks to Chefs (it’s free) on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher, follow us on your favorite social media platforms @ChefPodcast, and/or rate or review us on Apple’s podcast store.Please also subscribe to email updates from Andrew Talks to Chefs to receive new episode alerts and Andrew’s blog posts.Thanks for listening!LINKSAndrew Talks to Chefs OFFICIAL websiteToqueland (Andrew's blog)Buy Andrew's book - Chefs, Drugs, and Rock & RollBoka Restaurant GroupWelcome ConferenceKevin Boehm's 2018 Welcome Conference Talk (mentioned in episode)Philly Chef Conference
Erick Williams is having quite a year. The chef-owner of Chicago's Virtue restaurant (an Esquire magazine 2019 Best New Restaurant) has seen his labor of love receive a welcome equal to the passion he's poured into itOn a recent visit to New York, Erick sat down with Andrew to discuss his Chicago upbringing, his first career in real estate, his commitment to the kitchen after the the financial crash of 2008, and the development and meaning behind Virtue and its menu. It's a far-ranging and very open conversation with a thoughtful chef who approaches his work with great intention.If you like what you hear, please tell your chef-fascinated friends, subscribe to Andrew Talks to Chefs (it’s free) on iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher, follow us on your favorite social media platforms @ChefPodcast, and/or rate or review us on Apple’s podcast store.Please also subscribe to email updates from Andrew Talks to Chefs to receive new episode alerts and Andrew's blog posts.***LINKS***Andrew Talks to Chefs official websiteVirtue restaurant websiteEsquire's Best New Restaurants 2019Our interview with Mashama Bailey (referenced in this episode)Our interview with Dave Beran (referenced in this episode)Our interview with Paul Kahan (referenced in this episode)Our interview with Kwame Onwuachi (referenced in this episode)Thanks to Mermaid Inn for hosting this recording session!!
It's the final episode of Season 1 so we called in the big guns: Ina Pinkney, the legendary restauranteur known as "The Breakfast Queen" who served Chicago the most important meal of the day for 30+ years from her spots in Lincoln Park and the West Loop. Learn how she got her start, her battle with polio as a young child, how obsessing over the details helped her stand out (33:00), her brief foray into local politics and civic engagement (47:03), how she helped get the citywide smoking ban passed (52:00), fun stories from her life like dancing with Fred Astaire (1:00:35) and her advice for restauranteurs (01:05:00, seriously though listen to this if you own a restaurant or plan to one day). Thank you all for listening to Season 1!
Earlier this fall, Ari and Maggie spent some time at Washburne Culinary Institute, one of the oldest culinary schools in the country. In this special episode, they talk with Associate Dean Greg Beachey and current student Jose Cruz about the venerable culinary school's history and how it provides opportunity for members of marginalized communities to become chefs.
Ari & Maggie are joined by Jenni Wagoner, the superstar somm extraordinaire behind the wonderful wine lists at Chicago's Proxi and Sepia. Learn about her history as a singer(!!!), making wine more accessible to all, and offers tips on how to navigate a wine list if you're a beginner.
This might be the funniest episode we've ever done. Chef Brian Jupiter of Chicago's Frontier and Ina Mae's Tavern stops by to discuss his upbringing, the gang goes in-depth on mayonnaise (7:00), and Chef Jupiter shares the secret to A++++ gumbo (24:08)
MICHELIN MADNESS kicks off this episode with Ari and Maggie recapping the 2020 Chicago honorees (2:00) before diving into a chat with Paul Kahan (10:20), the Chicago hospitality legend behind Blackbird, avec, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria (and many more) and the author of the new cookbook Cooking for Good Times: Super Delicious, Super Simple. This one is a must-listen!!!
Ari & Maggie sit down with Geoff Watts, a man who knows more about coffee than most people know about anything. Hear about his travels and experiences searching for the best coffee in the world, the culture of coffee in other countries and learn once and for all what "direct trade" actually means!
Ari and Maggie flip the normal format this week for a long interview with Curtis Duffy and Michael Muser, the team behind the Michelin Star-winning Grace and Avenues (and the subjects of the “For Grace” documentary on Netflix) to talk about their start, what happened with Grace, and what to expect from their forthcoming concept, Ever.
Ari & Maggie welcome Chef John Manion of Chicago's La Sirena Clandestina and El Che Bar to talk his upbringing in Brazil and introduction to food, how the West Loop neighborhood has changed over the years since opening La Sirena and how he juggles being a parent and a chef.
Join Travel Brigade in the Windy City as we make our way to top attractions, eat delicious food, hit the theater district, enjoy great hotels and the experience Lakefront parks. We will have interviews with The Second City comedy club, the Art Institute of Chicago, a food critic, Water Tower Place shopping area on the Magnificent Mile and the city’s own “Local Tourist.” Come check out the great attitude of the friendly people in this huge city. Enjoy the trip! Follow us on Twitter @TravelBrigade.
Roll up your sleeves and grab the flour! Tune in and “Tart It Up” with Chef Eric Lanlard aka Cake Boy www.cake-boy.com Learn tips and techniques to perfect your pastry from this Master Patissier. Enjoy delicious recipes for sweet and savory tarts and pies from Chef Eric’s latest book “Tart It Up.” … Read more about this episode...
Do you dream of having your recipe served in a Chicago restaurant? Tune in for details and learn how to create delicious dishes with olive oil from the owners of O Olive! Www.Oo2go.com. Also enjoy a sweet treat by Cake Boy Chef Eric Lanlard www.cake-boy.com who will be at the Ritz Carlton Club on October 30th. Tickets are available … Read more about this episode...