Interviews and Profiles

Kansas City Originals

Kansas City Originals

Between July 2011 and December 2012, I photographed 19 chefs and restaurant owners and wrote profiles about them for KC Originals. During that period, I also photographed numerous dishes with accompanying recipes for the web site. The brief profiles explore the...

Photograph by Landon Vonderschmidt.

Photograph by Landon Vonderschmidt.

Feast Magazine – John McDonald on Celebrating 25 Years at Boulevard Brewing Co.

Sofia Perez
Feast Magazine – New York-based author, Saveur editor-at-large, food writer and translator Sofia Perez shares insight into her working relationship with Chef Ferran Adrià and his art exhibition.

Ferran Adria El Bulli

Feast Magazine – Catherine L. Futter, Senior Curator of Architecture, Design and Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, discusses how the exclusive exhibit “Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity” made it to Kansas City.

Raquel Pelzel small imageAward-winning food writer, editor, and cookbook author Raquel Pelzel shares insight on how successful publishing career.

Photograph by Pete Dulin.

Photograph by Pete Dulin.

Feast Magazine – Brewers and co-owners Rafi Chaudry and Travis Moore opened Torn Label Brewing Company, a nearly 7,000-square-foot outpost in the Crossroads Arts District, before 2014 drew to a close.

Candice Millard
Author Candice Millard discusses River of Doubt, her book that recounts the true story of Theodore Roosevelt’s daunting and deadly exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

Photograph by Zach Baughman.

Photograph by Zach Baughman.

Feast Magazine – Arturo Vera-Felicie on Kansas City as a Cocktail Inspiration

Photography by Alistair Tutton.

Photography by Alistair Tutton.

Feast Magazine – Grill master Craig Jones – appointed “grill mayor” of 2012 by Food Network – and his wife, Gay, used smoking techniques over live fire to create Savory Addictions Gourmet Nuts.

(Left) Author David Wondrich with Chef Jonathan Justus.

(Left) Author David Wondrich with Chef Jonathan Justus.

Executive chef Jonathan Justus and his wife Camille Eklof, general manager of Justus Drugstore: A Restaurant, have built Smithville’s first fine dining restaurant and plenty of people have taken notice.

Photograph by Pete Dulin.

Photograph by Pete Dulin.

Feast Magazine – Border Brewing Co. founder and brewer Eric Martens opens the doors to his Crossroads Arts District brewery.

Photograph by Landon Vonderschmidt.

Photograph by Landon Vonderschmidt.

Feast Magazine – Zehua Shang of Shang Tea in Kansas City specializes in white tea sourced from Fujian’s Taimu Mountain.

Photograph by Aaron Lindberg.

Photograph by Aaron Lindberg.

Feast Magazine – Master Sommelier Doug Frost on how the Midwest Is upping its game.

Mark WinneFood policy expert Mark Winne discusses his book, Closing the Food Gap, and key points from his presentation, The Ugly Underbelly of the American Food System.

Photography by Alistair Tutton.

Photography by Alistair Tutton.

Feast Magazine – Chef-partner Howard Hanna, The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange

Photograph by Alistair Tutton.

Photograph by Alistair Tutton.

Feast Magazine – Chef Jennifer Maloney of Café Sebastienne on What Keeps Her Inspired

Photograph by Alistair Tutton.

Photograph by Alistair Tutton.

Feast Magazine – Chef Stuart Aldridge, Broadway Butcher Shop

Bonjwing Lee
Food writer (Ulterior Epicure) and photographer Bonjwing Lee co-authored bluestem, the cookbook, with bluestem restaurant co-owners and chefs Colby and Megan Garrelts.

Photograph by Aaron Lindberg.

Photograph by Aaron Lindberg.

Feast Magazine – Michael Corvino, Executive Chef, The American Restaurant

Photograph by Brad Austin.

Photograph by Brad Austin.

Feast Magazine – Jon Watkins, Executive Chef, Baked in Kansas City

Craig Jones, Grill Mayor

Craig Jones, Grill Mayor

Meet the Grill Mayor, Craig Jones.

Jeffrey SomersAuthor Jeff Somers discusses The Eternal Prison, the third book in the action-filled Avery Cates science fiction series that combines a noir detective style with a worse-for-the-wear high-tech aesthetic in a dystopian future. Also, read a review of The Eternal Prison.

Photo by Lafiya Watson.

Photo by Lafiya Watson.

Sheet music for “Ruby, My Dear” by Thelonious Monk rests on the Steinway Piano in Bobby Watson’s office.

Zehua Shang, Shang Tea
Kansas City Star – Two Kansas City tea entrepreneurs, Zehua Shang and Paula Winchester, each travel to Asia on separate journeys to steep themselves in ways to grow, process and serve an ancient beverage.

Sofia Perez

What Constitutes Good Food Writing? Sofia Perez, editor-at-large for Saveur and food writer, addresses this question.

Photograph by Aaron Lindberg.

Photograph by Aaron Lindberg.

Feast Magazine – Bo Nelson, co-founder and roaster, and general manager Bill Holzhueter, Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters

Karen Adler Judith Fertig
An interview with Judith Fertig and Karen Adler, The BBQ Queens, authors of The Gardener and the Grill cookbook.

alex_greenwood
Kansas City-based author Alex Greenwood discusses his e-book mystery thriller Pilate’s Cross. Learn more about Greenwood’s debut novel, read an excerpt, and watch a trailer for the book created by produced by T2 + Back Alley Films.

Andrea_Sposini
The four-course meal that Chef Andrea Sposini from Perugia, Italy will prepare for a dozen guests in Lawrence concludes the series of culinary events scheduled during his Kansas City area debut.

Reach
Reach is a self-described “blue collar rapper” in Kansas City who unleashes a more personable, reality-based brand of hip-hop. He discusses hip-hop, his origins, and his release, Corner Speech.

Tia Fuller
Accomplished jazz artist Tia Fuller shares insight into her career as an accomplished jazz saxophonist, composer, and educator. Read the full interview.

zims hot sauce
Kansas City-based rock photographer Todd Zimmer is the man behind Zim’s Hot Sauce. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Zimmer grew up with Buffalo wings.