Bourdain and Ricker Pair Up for Chiang Mai Adventure

Photo courtesy Pok Pok

I haven't always been a fan of Anthony Bourdain. Though I enjoyed his first book, Kitchen Confidential, No Reservations, the show he slogged through for nine seasons on the Food Network, left me cold. Last year, however, I started watching Parts Unknown on CNN, and found him to be much more interesting - mature, a … [Read more...]

2014 James Beard Award Finalists Announced


Another year, same James Beard awards hype. A couple of surprises - Clyde Common has been nominated for Outstanding Bar Program, and Andy Ricker has been nominated for an article on curry in Saveur magazine. Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY) Renee Erickson, The Whale Wins, Seattle Jason Franey, … [Read more...]

Andy Ricker – How to Build a Restaurant Empire

Restaurant entrepreneur Andy Ricker of Pok Pok fame, recently spoke on a Culintro panel titled "Expansion: Building a Restaurant Empire". You wake up in the morning wondering if today is the day you get your ass handed to you,” Ricker noted wryly. “The job is basically problem solving. It’s being able to grasp a whole … [Read more...]