Ong Choy With Pork Belly at Kim Son’s

Savoring the homestyle appeal of ong choy and pork belly at Kim Son’s was worth the detour.

Smoke Signals

You cannot touch smoke. Smoke touches you. The scent of smoke from wild plum, oak, grapevine, and lavender clings to my skin, my hair, and my clothes. Smoke hangs on with persistence, a ghost that lingers, a presence that is intangible but most certainly there. As the...


He washed the dishes slowly with determination before he evicted them from one sink to the next. Soapy bubbles coated raw red skin. His hands were rough from rubbing them together while watching cable news with one eye trained on the front door. An anxious habit, he...

Chicken Chorizo Vegetable Stew and the Kitchen Equinox

The first spoonful of chicken chorizo vegetable stew tastes rich and savory, slightly smoky with a faint residual heat. Hard nuggets of potatoes and carrots have slowly cooked into creamy, grainy morsels, rising as mountain ranges just above a sea of sienna-colored...

Thirty Minutes Past Two

Thirty minutes past two in the birth of today. Unreal Ocean, a selection from a white noise generator app on my phone, fails to lull me to a deep sea sleep. I stir and tumble out of bed like a clumsy gymnast impressing no one with my floor routine. Hunger tugs. I...


Photograph by Wheat Photography.

Author, writer, and speaker Pete Dulin has presented numerous talks and conducted classes on the history of brewing and winemaking in Missouri and Kansas from the mid-1800s to contemporary times. He also explores the impact of Prohibition on these industries from past to present. Other topics for presentation include highlights of his travels while researching his latest books, Expedition of Thirst and Kansas City Beer, as well as food pairings with beer and wine.

• Kansas City Public Library – Missouri Valley Sunday Speaker Series, Kansas City, MO
• Mid-Continent Public Library system – multiple branches, Greater Kansas City region
• Johnson County Library, Prairie Village, KS
• Baldwin City Public Library, Baldwin City, KS
• Missouri Mashers, North Kansas City, MO
• Bishop Spencer Place

• The Business of Microbrewing – Program at Mid-Continent Public Library

“Kansas: Birthplace of Prohibition” – Osher Institute, University of Kansas-Edwards Campus.
The Business of Writing – Woodneath Library Center / Maple Woods Community College
Social Media for Writers – Woodneath Library Center / Maple Woods Community College
Chocolate Tasting for Kids – Mid-Continent Public Library system

To book Pete Dulin as a speaker or instructor, please contact him at pete@petedulin.com for rates and availability.


Pete Dulin is the chef and brand/events manager at Fence Stile Vineyards and Winery. He prepares custom meals for catered private and corporate events, wine dinners, small plate wine and food pairings, harvest lunches during harvest season, and chef’s specials that highlight seasonal, local produce and ingredients.

He first learned to cook as a kid next to his Thai mother’s side at home, preparing Thai dishes and midwestern comfort food. Professionally, he has cooked in restaurant kitchens (Le Fou Frog), hotels, and with caterers in Kansas City and Boston. He finds inspiration by shopping at the City Market during the week and on Saturday mornings during the farmers market season. His cooking is influenced by his family in Thailand, classic French culinary techniques, and his idiosyncratic approach to blending the foreign and familiar.

Above: Sauteed string beans, purple hull beans, Thai basil and shiitake mushrooms in holy basil sauce.