Given your family background in the industry, did you ever consider going in a different direction with your career?
Absolutely—I wanted to be an actor! While I was acting, I waited tables to pay my bills—like so many actors. I just so happened to work for my dad and I quickly went from serving to hosting to managing. Before I knew it, I had two (more than) full-time careers. Of course we know which one I went with!
How would you describe the budding food scene in Evanston?
Smoking hot! I had envisioned Evanston becoming the next little Brooklyn and by golly, it really has. Since I opened Found four years ago, more than 20 restaurants have opened in Evanston. We also have some fab boutiques and shopping—from highbrow to lowbrow—it really spans the gamut.
Which local women inspire you?
Chef Nicole Pederson for one, my partner!
Where do you like to eat and drink in Evanston?
Cozy Noodle for Thai, Temperance Tasting Room when it’s warm out on the patio, Hewn for the most delicious baked goods on the planet!