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MIT brain-science grad lands on Cloud 9

MIT brain-science grad lands on Cloud 9

An MIT grad with a bachelor’s degree in brain and cognitive science returned home to Boise, Idaho to make his dream of owning a brew pub come true. Jake Lake opened Cloud 9 Brewery in 2014 after leaving the hallowed halls of Boston academia to grind out success in the hospitality business. Along the way, he became a professional in IT, and rolled the dice financially on the venture before reaping the benefits. In this week’s Q&A with Recipe for…

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Family winery takes Robert Parker awards

Family winery takes Robert Parker awards

The early morning fog in the Russian River Valley cools the grapes grown on the Thomas George Estates Winery perfectly. Their fruit, when ripe, bursts with such full and delectable flavor that six bottles of Chardonnay and Pino Noir—the varietals the vineyard is known for, recently took top scores by one of the world’s most esteemed wine critics. World-renowned wine writer Robert Parker recently scored six bottles produced in 2015 by the winery so highly that the estate is packaging…

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Century old golf club wins with ‘never-say-no’ attitude

Century old golf club wins with ‘never-say-no’ attitude

Walking through the doors of the Mohawk Golf Club patrons get a sense of having “arrived.” No detail is too small for a staff working tirelessly to ensure that the experience at the 120-year-old private club in Schenectady, N.Y. is like no other. And in the center of the Tudor style clubhouse is a restaurant managed to a tee by seasoned hospitality manager Mr. Tracy Nichols, a 30-year veteran of the restaurant business who has worked in 26 states and…

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Mac’s mama makes it all add up

Mac’s mama makes it all add up

Rena Frost, was plugging away at a career in accounting when 10 years in, she decided to return to her roots. Walking away from what college prepared her for, and toward her lifelong love of cooking, Frost went to work for restauranteur Mike McMahan in the early 90s at his Texas landmark eatery Mac’s Bar and Grill. She never looked back. Managing all aspects of the 30-year-old business in Arlington, Texas, Frost was McMahan’s right-hand-woman. She oversaw everything from personnel…

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From family kitchen to James Beard mecca

From family kitchen to James Beard mecca

From the time Jasper Mirabile Jr. was 6 years old, he knew where he belonged. And it wasn’t the T-ball field along with all the other kids, but in the kitchen practicing culinary arts alongside his mother and grandmother. “I would watch my Mom take six ingredients and make a complete dinner,” says the chef who has overseen a family restaurant dynasty and been honored three times by James Beard. “I think I knew back then that restaurants would be…

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A lodge for rock stars, and everyone else

A lodge for rock stars, and everyone else

Gilbert’s Lodge in St. Claire Shores, Michigan has earned a place in the heart of a rock star, who got his start in its kitchen, and many others who have a soft spot for the unassuming lodge. Rock singer Eminem worked as a cook in Gilbert’s before he was famous. By day, the “very quiet, very nice kid” made burgers and other comfort food. And at night, often very late, he recorded at a nearby music studio, creating his Slim…

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4th gen restauranteur bucks college degree for true calling

4th gen restauranteur bucks college degree for true calling

Soon after hanging a shingle outside his commercial real estate office, Randy Gruber got an uncomfortable feeling. “I felt like a used-car salesman, and didn’t like it,” he recalls. Daring to reinvent himself after earning a college career that pointed him away from the restaurant biz and family tradition, Gruber returned to his roots. Following in the footsteps of his famous restauranteur grandfather Walter Shapiro, who cofounded the famous Cooky’s Steak Pubs, an 11-unit restaurant and catering chain begun in…

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The Chatham Inn wins hearts on the Cape

The Chatham Inn wins hearts on the Cape

Steps away from the beach, shops and art galleries of Cape Cod stands an inn so special it was ranked by Trip Advisor as the number 1 most romantic hotel in New England. The 1830s structure, renovated in creamy tones and modern coastal décor, has consistently attracted customers to its doors since husband-wife hoteliers Jeff and Kayla Ippoliti took over the property four years ago. Their dream was to “go big” in the quaint, seaside town they loved. “My wife…

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Q&A: Napa’s dentist winemaker

Q&A: Napa’s dentist winemaker

When Steve Reynolds was a boy, the notion of selling wine for a living was just not done. “Back then, being a doctor or a lawyer was considered a suitable profession. People who sold booze were kind of considered losers,” says Reynolds, proprietor of Reynolds Family Winery of Napa Valley. “So, I went to dental school, and opened a practice.” In the course of navigating his professional path, he and his wife Suzie purchased an old chicken farm in Napa…

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Three brothers: finding their joy

Three brothers: finding their joy

Over 30 years ago, Robert Gladchuk walked from his job in Boston’s Financial District to his home in the Charlestown Navy Yard with the feeling he was destined for other things. Passing bakeries and restaurants along the way, he would glance enviously at the “earthy production lines” of restauranteurs and bakers loading up supplies in readiness for a hard day’s work. And he thought of his two brothers, Steve and John, who were busy building a successful baking franchise in…

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