4 days ago | Chef and Tell
Over the past few weeks we’ve been exploring the profound impact that chefs such as Jennifer Jasinski and Max MacKissock have had on cooks who've worked for them, people like Dana Rodriguez (Work & Class) and Joshua Bitz (Meadow...
5 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
When I asked a friend to meet me at North County, a taco-and-tequila joint that opened in Lowry’s Hangar 2 development this winter, I was a little embarrassed. “Can you do 5:30?” I asked, knowing how impossibly early that would seem to a guy who u...
11 days ago | Chef and Tell
On Mother’s Day, we gave a collective shout-out to the moms in our lives. But mothers aren’t the only ones who help us reach our potential. Last week I wrote about the impact that well-known chef Max MacKissock had on Joshua Bitz, who worked with ...
12 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
Maybe things would have been different in Portofino. There, a table at Lo Stella Ristorante would have been al fresco, steps from the harbor, with the sound of water lapping gently at boats. Servers would have spoken Italian, a language I lea...
18 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
Chefs have a reputation for being hotheads: slamming pans, cursing and the like. But when I called Joshua Bitz to learn more about the background of Meadowlark Kitchen, which I review this week, he couldn’t have been nicer. One subject of his prai...
19 days ago | Restaurant Reviews
When he was younger, Joshua Bitz hung out in the local music scene and even played a few gigs at the Meadowlark. I never heard him perform, so I don’t know if his punk bands were “pretty crappy,” as he says, or if he’s just being modest. But I’ve ...