Meet Your Food Maker

by Cezanne Colvin

Meet Your Food Maker

Dave McAdoo, The Colony Meadery

Age: 41
Personal Mantra: “There’s good in everybody… until they become a pest.”
When I Was Little, I Wanted to Be: Happy.
Favorite Thing About the Lehigh Valley: I’ve loved watching the growth of the craft industry as well as watching so many mom and pop places emerge.
Catch Me Munching On: Either peanut butter and jelly on Ritz crackers or cheesy puffs. Wait, and definitely hot dogs. I love hot dogs. It’s like an addiction.
I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead: Drinking sweet tea.
The Best Movie of All Time Is: The Princess Bride would be easy, but I’m going to go with Clerks.

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Michael Mondono, Pearly Baker’s Alehouse

Age: 27
Personal Mantra: “When you’re at the bottom, the only way to go is up.”
Pets: A spider ball python snake named Dante.
When I Was Little, I Wanted to Be: A computer engineer.
The Best Movie of All Time Is: Minions
Catch Me Munching On: Colombian empanadas. I’m always down for some empanadas!
People Would Be Surprised to Know: In a million years, I never saw myself becoming a chef.

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Domenico Lombardo, The Mint

Age: 38
Personal Mantra: “Under-promise and over-deliver.”
Hidden Talent: I’m a really good dancer. I don’t do it a lot, but when I have my favorite drink in hand, look out.
Least Favorite Vegetable: I like them all. Actually, the only food I actually dislike is salmon. That’s the only one. I love working with it, but I absolutely don’t like eating it. Ugh.
Actor That Would Play Me In a Movie: Kevin James. Everyone’s like, “You remind me of Kevin James,” and I’m like, “You just called me fat.”
I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead: Microwaving something. I don’t even own a microwave.
People Would Be Surprised to Know: I went to a private fine arts school for ten years.

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Ricky Heinrichs, Spinnerstown Hotel

Age: 36
Personal Mantra: “Always be different.”
When I Was Little, I Wanted to Be: Well, I always wanted to repair things. As it turns out, I’m not good at that. I also really wanted to play basketball … I’m 5’6”.
My Death Row Meal: A Kobe steak. Medium rare, of course.
Song I Know All the Words To: Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Superpower of Choice: I’d want to be the Hulk so I could protect people.
People Would Be Surprised to Know: If I weren’t in this field, I’d be helping children with disabilities. I’ve always cherished helping people.

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Jay King, Sugar Hill Jazz House

Age: 45
Pets: Unfortunately. It’s Fifi. It’s my wife’s cat. “Does Jay look like he would own a cat named Fifi?” his wife Mary jokes in the background.
When I Was Little, I Wanted to Be: An electrician.
My Death Row Meal: Sugar Hill Jazz house beef ribs! And potato salad and collard greens, naturally.
Least Favorite Vegetable: Mushrooms. They’re disgusting.
I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead: Wearing an Eagles hat.
Hidden Talent: Believe it or not, I used to breakdance back in the day.

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Tim Plante, Youell’s Oyster House

Age: 59
Personal Mantra: “The glass is always half full.”
Pets: I have a lot. Four dogs and four horses. Oh, and a cat.
You Can Find Me Munching On: Jelly beans.
Least Favorite Vegetable: Lima beans.
I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead: Wearing polyester.
People Would Be Surprised to Know: I own a horse farm.

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Jason Shafer, Centro

Age: 26
I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead: Taking a day off.
Favorite Thing About the Lehigh Valley: I like how the Lehigh Valley is like a city, but it’s still very rural. You can still go fishing, hunting, and hiking. It’s like living in a city without actually being stuck in a city.
Actor That Would Play Me In a Movie: George Clooney or Brad Pitt. I like to think I’m Brad Pitt.
My Last Dream Was: That I got fired. That was two days ago.
People Would Be Surprised to Know: I love classical music.
The Best Movie of All Time Is: Braveheart.

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Vanessa Grimston, McCoole’s at the Historic Red Lion Inn

Age: 37
My Most Prized Possession: A book of poems my father wrote for my mother when they were dating.
Favorite Thing About the Lehigh Valley: I love the historic buildings with the beautiful architecture and rich history! I also love driving on windy roads in the summertime under the tree canopies.
When I Was Little, I Wanted to Be: On Saturday Night Live.
You Can Find Me Munching On: Smartfood popcorn with hot sauce.
Hidden Talent: I can juggle and skateboard. I used to be able to ollie.
Song I Know All the Words To: Gimme the Loot by Biggie Smalls.

As seen in the Winter/Spring 2017 Issue

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