Partner Spotlight: Meet Michael Kudrna

Owner of Frato's Culinary Kitchen and Co-Founder of District 214’s Culinary Arts Apprenticeship Program Please tell us a little about yourself and how you got into the restaurant business. Since I was a child, I've had an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to problem solve which fueled my craving…

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Stories of Chicago Northwest: Joe’s Pizza

Located in Schaumburg, Joe’s Pizza’s story stems from love for family and cooking. Nearly 15 years later, that foundation has allowed an American Dream to flourish. Dino Tazouti immigrated to the United States in the early 90’s. On his first date with his now-wife Robin, he cooked for her. The…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Adriannah Beckham

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET Adriannah Beckham, Owner of SoCo Restaurant Adriannah is the Owner-Operator of SoCo, a new comfort food restaurant located at 812 East Higgins Road in Elk…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Michael Benjamin

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET Michael Benjamin, General Manager at ENTERRIUM Michael grew up in south suburban Oak Lawn and attended Marist High School. He later studied hospitality…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Shirlanne Lemm

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET Shirlanne Lemm, President & CEO, GOA Business Association, Chairman of the Board, Meet Chicago Northwest Shirlanne grew up in Peoria, Illinois and moved to…

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Partner Spotlight: Meet Katy Garcia

Welcome to Partner Spotlight! A highlight of the diverse and talented individuals in our Chicago Northwest region’s hospitality industry. MEET KATY GARCIA of Riccardo’s Restaurant in Schaumburg Katy Garcia moved to Hoffman Estates in the 1970's from Birmingham, Alabama. Her birth was actually…

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