Join Chef John Shields for an inspiring conversation about his personal and creative journey. Moderated by hospitality consultant and coach Alison Arth, this event is a rare opportunity to hear directly from a leading culinary and business mind in the hospitality profession today.
100% of the ticket price will be donated to Jeremiah Program, a national nonprofit organization helping single mothers invest in their children's success and their own so they can thrive and pursue economic mobility.
John B. Shields began his culinary training in the St. Louis area and soon moved to Chicago where he served as sous chef for two years at world-renowned Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago. In 2005, he left Trotter’s to help open the then unknown restaurant, Alinea, under the direction of Chef Grant Achatz. John and his soon-to-be wife Karen Urie would go on to rebuild the Town House restaurant in Southwestern Virginia as a modern exploration of imaginative flavor and visual compositions. After four successful years, John and Karen returned to Chicago with their two daughters to open Smyth and The Loyalist. The West Loop dual-concept restaurant—Smyth features innovative, seasonally driven multi-course menus, while The Loyalist downstairs is an innovative lounge—quickly received widespread acclaim. After only opening for a few months, Smyth received its first Michelin star, and in 2017, Smyth was elevated to two Michelin stars.
Alison Arth is a life & leadership coach dedicated to helping people who are over the overwhelm of leading in the hospitality profession. She works with leaders to craft clear visions for their lives and businesses so they can experience more of the good stuff inside and outside of work. Alison founded Salt & Roe in 2014 to foster the creation and growth of sustainable, purpose-driven restaurants. You can read more about Alison's work with hospitality leaders and their businesses at saltandroe.com and on Instagram @saltandroe.