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About Drive-Thru

Drive-Thru is the food and drink section of Gapers Block, covering the city's vibrant dining, drinking and cooking scene. Contact the staff via email at drivethru@gapersblock.com.

Editor

Robyn NisiRobyn Nisi, Food Editor - Drive-Thru
Robyn is from Omaha, home of the best pizza in Chicago. She laments the discontinuation of such foodstuffs as PB Max and OK Cola, and continues to fight for sweet treat justice (using elite street justice). Email her at rn@gapersblock.com.

Staff

Jen BacherJen Bacher
Jen has never met a vegetable she wasn't interested in eating. Despite being an omnivore, she mostly cooks vegetarian meals and believes real cooks can make a great dish without relying on meat. Outside of the kitchen, she enjoys going to local comedy shows and concerts, as well as biking around the city looking for dive bars. She was born and raised in northeast Ohio, and thanks her grandmother for feeding her so much local produce as a child.

Christina BrandonChristina Brandon
Christina spiraled all over the Midwest (Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) before settling down in Chicago because she loves skyscrapers and lakes. She also loves food and booze and maintains a good meal with a good glass of wine is one of life's greatest pleasures. You can check out her wine blog and follow her on Twitter.

Annie ConwayAnnie Conway
Annie is a Chicago native and hopelessly over-ambitious home cook. By day, she is a professional nerd, by night, an amateur wine sniffer, collector of obscure trivia, life coach to her canine sidekick, and devoted Chicago hot dog enthusiast. Annie also maintains that oven fires are a natural side effect of cooking with gusto.

Cinnamon CooperCinnamon Cooper
Cinnamon, being curiously strong and originally celebrated, tries to keep her ego managable by learning trivia bits as she wrestles with wayward electronic graphics by day and tames bolts of fabric and skeins of yarn by night. You can read what she learns at Did You Know? and see what she makes at Poise. (Older One Good Meal columns may be found here.)

Brandy GonsoulinBrandy Gonsoulin
Brandy originally hails from south Louisiana and is a true bred and born Cajun, so she knows a thing or two about food. A career that started off in dance meant she was also a server at many places in Chicago. She decided to check out that 9-5 thing and got into marketing, and then decided that she should do the MBA thing as well. When she's not writing about all things food in Chicago, she's musing on ideas in business and marketing on her blog, Better Spoon.

Joanna KanakisJoanna Kanakis
Trading pork bellies and coffee by day, then roasting them all up at night, Joanna is a commodities broker by trade, urban farmer/food adventurer at heart. She writes about her steep learning curve in Kendall's night program, the tails of Old Town hens and her eco-loving, sweet-living at GreenSugar.

Andrew HuffAndrew Huff, Editor & Publisher
Andrew works deep into the night at his West Ridge two-flat, writing and editing and playing with the cats. He spends more time online than is healthy; follow along at me3dia.com. Email him at ah@gapersblock.com.

Harvey MorrisHarvey Morris
Harvey has a bit of gypsy in his blood. Growing up about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, he's moved over 30 times (so far) with stints in Houston, San Francisco and Princeton. But Chicago's architecture, cultural and cuisine keep calling him back home. When he's not traveling (or moving), he's playing with his four pugs and sharing his latest culinary adventures on his blog, Baked Chicago, as he strives to conquer the kitchen.

Jeremy Owens Jeremy Owens
Jeremy grew up in the rice fields of Stuttgart, Arkansas (the rice and duck capital of the world) but claims naturalized citizenship in Chicago. He came to the Windy City a few years ago to earn his MFA in acting at Roosevelt University and in spite of the cold has yet to leave. In his free time Jeremy hosts and produces an ongoing live-lit show known as You're Being Ridiculous. He lives in Rogers Park with his husband and their dog Sally Field. You can follow Jeremy on Twitter @jeremyashley or find him at jeremyashleyowens@gmail.com.

Danielle SnowDanielle Snow
Danielle Snow is a recent college graduate whose primary motivation is making sure that she, as well as others around her, are constantly well-fed. She currently works cooking delicious food in a local Chicago restaurant, and recycles her paychecks directly back into the food industry by eating out as frequently as possible. Her patron saint is Anthony Bourdain, although she vehemently disagrees with his stances on vegetarian food and karaoke (they are both so, so great).

Judy WuJudy Wu
Judy is a Texan native who left a life of lassos and shotguns to attend Northwestern University in Chicago. When she's not foraging for plants or running along Lake Michigan, she's probably eating or working on her blog, the Hungry Learner.

Contributors

Alan LakeAlan Lake
Alan has been a professional chef for 25 years and has won numerous awards, professional competitions and distinctions. He's mainly consulting now, setting up projects like kitchen design, menu development, hiring and training staff, research, etc. He has also been a professional musician most of his life, coining the term "jazzfood" to describe "solid technique based upon tasteful improvisational skills." Just like the music. Check it out at alanlake.com.

Andie ThomallaAndie Cavedo
Despite all warnings, Andie is curious about how both laws and sausages are made.

Christian ScheuerChristian Scheuer
Christian, an artist, photographer and builder of things, works for a small gourmet bakery in Evanston, bringing sweet goodies to the masses in various coffee shops in and around Chicago. In his downtime, he makes "stuff for people who like stuff" and keeps a blog about his varied interests in design and things with wheels.

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