Category Archives: Interviews

Guest Blog: Holly Rust

I know Holly through the hospitality industry. She recently told me she was taking a break from that world and focusing on her writing and her blog. Until then, I had no idea she had an alter ego and co-founder … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Sarah Najera

I was contacted by the Director of Academic and Career Planning at Alma College. She was bringing a group of students to Chicago to conduct informational interviews. Sarah Najera was one such student and she was interested in talking to … Continue reading

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Filled Up or Fed Up: Cheryl Muñoz

Cheryl Muñoz is the co-founder of the Sugar Beet Coop, an Oak Park, IL food cooperative providing high quality, locally sourced food at fair value to its member-owners and the community. It also serves as a neighborhood gathering place for … Continue reading

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Filled Up or Fed Up: Wendy Irwin

Wendy Irwin is the Director of Strategy and Development for Yellow Tractor – a national non-for-profit advocating for sustainable growth by building vegetable and fruit gardens; clearing a path for food security, providing opportunities for healthier life skills, and creating … Continue reading

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Filled Up or Fed Up: Greg Christian

Greg Christian is on a mission to transform food service and event catering into more sustainable industries. He heads up his own consulting business, and is a founding member of B Corporation. He belongs to both Professional Convention Management Association … Continue reading

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Guest Author: Mark Winne

I am giving thanks to Mark Winne, the author of Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty and Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture, who … Continue reading

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Filled Up or Fed Up: John Edel

John Edel is the owner and developer of the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center, a green business incubator in the Stockyards Industrial Corridor. As General Contractor, Edel took the facility from a burnt-out shell to 100% occupancy while using a mixture … Continue reading

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Filled Up or Fed Up: Dan Rosenthal

Dan Rosenthal has been in the hotel and restaurant business for over 45 years developing such restaurants as Harry Caray’s, Trattoria No. 10, Poag Mahone’s and the Sopraffina Marketcaffé concept. He is also the co-founder of the Green Chicago Restaurant … Continue reading

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Filled Up or Fed Up: Helen Cameron

Helen Cameron is the co-owner of Uncommon Ground. It has been operating for 20 years as a community-based restaurant (now two locations) that is committed to supporting local farmers and purchasing as locally and sustainably as possible, while educating guests … Continue reading

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Filled Up or Fed Up: Rita Gutekanst

Rita Gutekanst is co-owner of Limelight Catering and Board Member for the Green City Market. In other words, she is a big advocate of local and tasty food. So I figured she would be a good candidate for the “filled … Continue reading

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