Chatting with the Chefs: Bruce Sherman + Kristen Johnson


As Chef and Partner at Lincoln Park’s North Pond, Bruce Sherman utilizes influences he picked up in Paris, Southeast Asia and London to produce his award-winning, seasonal French-American cuisine. Sherman was honored by Food & Wine as one of America’s “Best New Chefs” of 2003; in 2012 was named “Best Chef” in the Great Lakes region by the esteemed James Beard Foundation, an award for which he was nominated five consecutive years prior to winning. In 2008, Share Our Strength named him “Most Sustainable Chef” at the Chicago Taste of the Nation event and later that year he accepted the term position as National Board Chair of Chefs Collaborative; he was also a founding board member of Green City Market. North Pond was honored with a Michelin star in 2014 and 2015. Chef Sherman is a Green City Market pro , be sure to stop by and get a taste of his expertise at Green City Market Lincoln Park on Wednesday, September 28 at 10:30am
What is your favorite Green City Market product?
Favorite? Depends on the time of the year, really. This time of year its gotta be the apples. Or the cauliflower. Leeks maybe. Or Shell beans. Like picking the favorite child, right?
What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago (other than shop at Green City Market, of course)?
Watch the Bears (lose).
What is in your fridge right now?
My favorite GCM products, of course. And North Pond Dilly Beans. B&P bell pepper relish. Last nights Palak Paneer. Tabouleh, Baba Ghanoush, Hummus.
What is one tip you have for home cooks shopping at Green City Market?
Wait until you get to the market to decide on what youre cooking. Then go home and figure out how to process your purchases.
5. What is the one food your couldn't live without?
Potato chips or toasted salted nuts

Kristen Johnson is the registered dietitian for On Target Living and author of Target To Table: Delicious & Healthy Meals One Superfood at a Time. Kristen travels the world inspiring people to Live Deliciously. Kristen began her career in the retail world working as a corporate dietitian for one of the largest retailers in the Midwest. Wanting a more natural approach to eating, Kristen became the first holistic dietitian for an East coast based natural food market chain in Chicago. Over the years, Kristen has become the true expert on teaching people how to live a healthy lifestyle which ultimately leads to better performance in all aspects of life. Her practical ideas and real-life stories teach people how to make simple upgrades to healthy and delicious eating. Wherever she goes, you can count on Kristen to bring healthy homemade snacks, resistance bands and her hot pink shoes. Find out more about Kristen's approach to cooking wholesome meals using fresh, local ingredients at Green City Market's Lincoln Park Chef Demo on October 1 at 10:30am

What is your favorite Green City Market product?

The crepes are my favorite and I am always so impressed with how they make them so beautiful and delicious. I also love the mushroom stand [River Valley Ranch] and pickle, sauerkraut, and kimchi stand [Bushel and Peck's]! 
What is your favorite thing to do in Chicago (other than shop at Green City Market, of course)?
I love checking out all of the different BYOB cooking classes around town. My new favorite is Naveen's cuisine in Bucktown which specializes in Indian and Thai cooking. In the winter, I love hanging out at the local coffee shops surfing the web or reading a book. Yoga year round is a must! 
What is in your fridge right now?
I am just returning from my 10 day honeymoon so my fridge is pretty empty. However, no matter what I always seem to have cod liver oil, sauerkraut, hummus, veggies, and eggs. 

What is one tip you have for home cooks shopping at Green City Market?
Taste what you are buying! Better tasting ingredients make for a better tasting dish! Also, ask farmers for advice on preparing certain foods. They are the experts! 

What is the one food your couldn't live without?
Gosh, so hard to choose since I love absolutely all foods! I guess I would have to say hummus due to my Lebanese roots. It's also a staple in my house and can be used as a snack, in a meal, in salad dressing, or for traveling. 

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