Chef Avishar Barua on Experience, Ownership and Experimenting

The Top Chef alum dishes on all the elements that define his craft

When you think of a top chef, chances are you picture someone who spends their days sourcing ingredients from a farmer’s market, playing around with new recipes or dazzling guests at an exclusive restaurant. What’s often not conjured is an incredible amount of time spent working on solutions to a multitude of hospitality problems. Shedding light on those behind-the-scenes situations (as well as developing his …

Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellows: Jordan Davis

Integrating new travel and transport technologies to benefit communities

Presented in partnership with Mercedes-Benz EQ

As director of Smart Columbus, Jordan Davis oversees the integration of technology into the city’s transportation, thanks to the City of Columbus and Columbus Region’s smart city initiative. The company won the US Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) first-ever Smart City Challenge, which aims to reimagine transport operating systems, shift travel patterns and more—all for the benefit of the community. As a Mercedes-Benz EQ Fellow at Summit LA, …

Interview: Winemaker Kate MacDonald, Skeleton Root Winery

Reviving America's native grapes and the country's first commercial wine region in Cincinnati

One way to entertain yourself during the more sobering moments of a “dry January” is to study up on the very stuff from which you’re abstaining. Oenophiles should start with Skeleton Root, a small-scale Cincinnati winery helmed by aviation engineer-turned-winemaker Kate MacDonald. The Ohioan’s approach to wine is as exceptional as its surprising backstory, a lesson in American history we wish wouldn’t have escaped our …