The crew at Oak Park Eats is always eager to celebrate all things food related in our community. We were a proud sponsor of the most recent Wednesday Journal Conversation featuring local Food Network star, Jeff Mauro.

Mauro, a comic turned cook, casts a considerable culinary shadow. Mauro’s devotion to all things sandwich related earned him a coveted win on the 2007 season of Food Network Star and he currently hosts the Emmy Nominated Food Network show, The Kitchen.

A happy crowd filled seats in the Martin Recital hall on Tuesday, May 15th to listen in as Jeff Mauro took the stage to share stories from his childhood and tales detailing his rise to fame on Food Newtwork.

Charlie Meyerson, moderated the  evening’s conversation and developed a fast and easy rapport with Mauro. Meyerson, an internet and radio journalist as well as proprietor of Chicago Public Square Podcast, openly admitted to enjoying ketchup on his sandwiches early in the evening.  Mauro, known as “the sandwich king” was quick to question Meyerson’s  condiment choice; the laughs flowed freely from that moment on.

Mauro shared memories of his time spent as an improv comedian, spoke honestly about the importance of family, and  how he strikes a balance between being a hometown boy and television entertainer. His quick wit stole the evening and the audience shared more than a few belly laughs along the way.

The evening of storytelling ended with an impromptu concert when Mauro, an accomplished musician,  picked up his guitar and improvised a song based on audience suggestions.  His off-the-cuff blues riff about bacon and Taylor Street was more than memorable.

We are thrilled Jeff Mauro is part of the Oak Park Eats community and grateful to Wednesday Journal for hosting such a memorable evening.

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