This July is turning out to be a great time to tune in and enjoy some of the best barbecue shows on Food Network and Cooking Channel.
On July 15th The Food Network began airing the second season of Chef Michael Symon’s BBQ USA. If you tune in this coming August 14th you can catch Amy Mills in Episode 7, Legends in Queens, filmed at Pig Beach in Queens, NY this past April.
The Food Network also recently began airing the fourth season of Bobby Flay’s BBQ Brawl. You may remember having seen Amy, alongside fellow judges Moe Cason and Chris Lilly, in the first season of this fun competition show, and you can read about her experience here.
Now in its fourth season, The Cooking Channel’s Firemasters, with host Dylan Benoit, began airing a couple of weeks ago. The show pits pitmasters/chefs against one another and culminates in a battle against one of the show’s judges to win a cash prize and the title of Firemaster. If you watched Seasons 1 and 2 you may have seen Amy Mills as a judge (and competitor!) in several episodes. You can read here about her experience filming the show in Canada.
Being named a Landmarks Illinois Influencer is such an honor — and what a thrill to walk into the Old Post Office in Chicago and see a giant banner with my photo! I was chosen for this honor for the design and restoration of the building that houses Faye and The Factory at 17th Street.
Landmarks Illinois produced a video about each of the Influencers’ projects. Our video not only highlights the building, but discusses the revitalization of Murphysboro and the intersection of place and food in a culture.
Laurie Neef, Woody Tunnicliffe, Ben Heller, Sala Harper, Andrea Wadley
Speaking of food, 17th Street Barbecue was part of the celebration as well, so part of our crew was on hand to execute this catering gig. Our line spanned the length of the grand hall and we enjoyed meeting and feeding so many fans.
The Old Post Office was a splendid venue for celebration, attended by over 750 supporters and raising $730,000 for Landmarks Illinois’ mission-driven work. The event featured a cocktail hour, a main program honoring the 2023 Landmarks Illinois Influencers, signature dishes from multiple food stations, networking and an after-party.
During the awards, each Landmarks Illinois Influencer’s video was screened and we were presented with a unique glass-blown trophy depicting one of our buildings. Such an honor to share the stage with this wildly talented and innovative group of 2023 Landmarks Illinois Influencers:
Erika Block, Landmarks Illinois Board Secretary, and Bonnie McDonald, Landmarks Illinois President & CEO, presenting me with my award.
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