A Star Is Born at The Alley

by Risa Nye  If I’d known they were going to ring the “virgin bell” after my first time, I may not have been so quick to grab the microphone and sing. But after a couple of visits to The Alley on Oakland’s Grand Avenue, I finally got the courage to take the plunge at the […]

Chefs on CHEF

by Risa Nye  When I saw Jon Favreau‘s latest film Chef   (2014) recently, two things occurred to me: I really wanted a grilled cheese sandwich, and I needed to talk to the two people I know who have spent most of their adult lives cooking in, or managing, restaurants and teaching others how to cook.