In Joiners, hosts Tim Tierney and Danny Shapiro take a casual stroll through the world of hospitality by chatting with its most colorful characters.
Episode #8 - Ethan Lim of Hermosa Restaurant
A good soup takes time. It's intuition and breadth of knowledge that brought this week's joiner, Ethan Lim, to his current station as the chef-owner of the renowned Hermosa Restaraunt, a one-of-a-kind dining experience built around intimacy, connection, and a profound seriousness. This week's conversation runs the gamut -- from Ethan's time selling cars for Mini and Tesla to his experience making meals for a surprising celebrity clientele.
Episode #7 - Ronnie Kaplan of LTH Forum
This week, the two-top is crashed by Ronnie Kaplan, business-owner, writer, and contributor to the great LTH Forum, a beloved resource for Chicago food enthusiasts and insiders seeking the best neighborhood restaurants and bars throughout Chicagoland. A formative interaction with the late Anthony Bourdain helped him find his place in the hospitality landscape -- and from this one-of-a-kind perspective, he delights us with stories, insights, and recommendations.
Episode #6 - John Manion of El Che Steakhouse & Bar
This week, we're joined by John Manion, fire-breathing chef and raconteur. He takes us on a journey through his formative years as a Hemingway-inspired youth seeking connection in Brazil, to his salad days navigating kitchens across the US, and how it all lead him his current station: chef-owner of the renowned El Che Steakhouse.
Episode #5 - Charles Joly of Crafthouse Cocktails
This week we have Charles Joly, one of Chicago's most celebrated bartenders who has in many ways done it all. His skills have literally taken him around the world, and now he has a line of ready to drink craft cocktails, called Crafthouse Cocktails. Join us as we discuss Charles ascent from humble barback to World Champion Bartender.
Episode #4 - Zoe Schor of Split-Rail
This week, we talk to the dynamic Zoe Schor of Split-Rail, a Boston native who cut her culinary teeth in the country's three biggest markets. In addition to telling us a bit about her new venture, Dorothy Downstairs, a neighborhood lesbian bar, she explains the difference between competing on Chopped and being in the weeds at a restaurant on a particularly busy night, and details the relationships she's formed via the food competition circuit. A thorough ribbing of the played-out "menu tour" format, the importance of fostering a culture of mentorship in the culinary space, unconventional pest control strategies: this episode has a little bit of everything.
Episode #3 - Nicole Alexander of Siren Betty Design
This week we're joined by Nicole Alexander of Siren Betty design. She has designed several beautiful concepts across commercial and residential spaces in Chicago and throughout the country. She tells us about her path, studying art and fashion in college, and finally finding herself in interior design.
My list of bars and restaurants to check out is getting out of control!
Interesting and fun look at the hospitality industry in Chicago! Tim and Danny make genuine connections with their “joiners”. Definitely worth a listen!
Amazing perspective of the Chicago hospitality industry
A fun and funny perspective of the food and beverage world of Chicago. These guys are a great duo and really dig into the nitty gritty of it all. Love hearing these stories from the people who have made Chicago’s hospitality industry what it is today. Definitely a must-listen podcast! Highly recommend.