Meet Chef Evan Gastman. Growing up on Long Island, New York and spending the past 20 years living in Florida has inspired everything from his cooking to his outlook on sustainability. He’s the executive chef of four Siesta Key kitchens which include, The Cottage’s seafood-focused global cuisine; The Hub Baja Grill’s tropically inspired beach grub; elegant bar bites at the Beach Club; and, Sarasota inspired surf-and-turf, Summer House.
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Recently we sat down with Chef John Ramagli of J Wine Bistro and Rotten Johnny’s Wood-Fired Pizza Pie in Sedona Arizona. During our Q&A we learned everything from what he hopes to be doing in 10 years to his favorite kitchen gadget.
Chef Ann Kim is redefining fine-dining. Wood-fired pizza in a modern atmosphere is the award-winning combination Chef Ann created at Young Joni. Her renowned pizzas and sandwiches are crafted with high-quality ingredients raised with integrity. Chef Ann’s devotion to providing her customers with an overall quality experience and her leadership with Women Chefs and Restaurateurs led to her partnership with Niman Ranch.
Award-winning chef, Chef Charles Phan, is returning to the annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner for the 20th annual celebration.
The partnership between the chef and independent farmers began years ago. Chef Charles opened his flagship restaurant, The Slanted Door, in 1995, the same year Paul Willis, Niman Ranch founding hog farmer, partnered with Niman Ranch to bring humanely and sustainably raised pork to the San Francisco Bay area.
In 2006, Chef Charles made his debut as featured chef at the annual Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner to thank the independent family farmers for their dedication to raising animals humanely and sustainably. To further honor his relationship with founding farmer Paul Willis, Chef Charles listed his Niman Ranch specialty ribs as “Willis Ribs” on his menus. Chef Charles Phan will return for the exclusive 20th anniversary dinner and is bringing back what he once called “Willis Ribs” as his featured dish to share with the honorary family farmers.
James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurant owner, Chef Michael Schwartz, will be returning to Des Moines, Iowa for the 20th anniversary of the Hog Farmer Appreciation Dinner. He joined us to cook great food for our family farmers back in 2011 and was so popular that he was invited back for this year’s special anniversary.