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Coffee Los Angeles

Interview: coffee pro Geoff Watts (Intelligentsia)

Geoff Watts was one of Intelligentsia’s very first hires in the mid ’90s and has become one of the foremost green coffee buyers in the world, helping to establish a Direct Trade model alongside...
Chefs Chicago

Interview: Chef Bill Kim (urbanbelly + Belly Shack)

Revered Chicago-based chef Bill Kim, who owns urbanbelly and Belly Shack, was in Los Angeles on September 17, popping up at downtown’s Daily Dose in support of ToeJammShoes. He discussed his background, approach and...
Chef Chicago

Interview: Chef Rick Bayless Discusses RED O, Remaining Accomplishments, Baja, Small Batch Spirits + More

Rick Bayless has become a household name thanks to a pair of Chicago restaurants – Frontera Grill and Topolobampo – a series of cookbooks, and a food-focused travel show on PBS called Mexico –...
Bartender Chicago

Interview: bartender Brad Bolt (Bar DeVille)

Brad Bolt grew up in the western Chicago suburbs of Darien and Naperville and got started behind the bar at La Sorella di Francesca, an Italian restaurant that is part of the Mia Francesca...
Tea Expert

Interview: Intelligentsia tea buyer Doug Palas

Intelligentsia has become one of the nation’s most respected coffee roasters, but Doug Zell’s Chicago-based company focuses on more that just the bean. The man that Zell trusts to source teas like the nutty...
Chefs Chicago

Interview: Moto Chefs Homaro Cantu + Ben Roche Explore “Future Food” on Planet Green

In a new series that the Planet Green network touts as “Mythbusters” meets “Willy Wonka,” experimental Chicago-based chefs Homaro Cantu and Ben Roche of Moto demonstrate their culinary wizardry on a weekly basis in...