We are excited about our special Prairie Fire guest bartender next week – Steve Dolinsky (ABC 7’s Hungry Hound). He and his beautiful wife Amy Dordek will be mixing up their favorite summertime drink The Hemingway Daiquiri. The rum, lime and grapefruit in this drink will be accented by some Florida-style cuisine from Sarah and George’s kitchen featuring sustainable Florida grouper.
Here is a little more info on Steve:
If the James Beard Awards recognize the best of the food
(they’re often called the “Oscars” of the food world) then Steve
Dolinsky is certainly the nation’s premier TV and radio food
broadcaster . Since 1995, he’s won 12 Beard Awards for his TV and radio
Currently, he is the Food Reporter for ABC 7 – Chicago.
Every Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m., he introduces his two-minute
“Hungry Hound” segments live, covering a range of topics. He also
appears on the station’s 10 p.m. news every Friday night – the #1-rated
newscast in Chicago.
In 2007, Steve launched “The Hungry Hound
Radio Show,” which aired every Saturday at 5 p.m. CST. The lively,
one-hour show on WCKG (105.9 FM) had live guests each week from the
food and wine world, and also took listeners’ calls on a wide range of
From 1997 – 2007, Steve filed reports for WBEZ-FM’s
“848” program. As the Chicago outlet for National Public Radio, Steve’s
reports on WBEZ mirrored the style and scope of the stories heard on
NPR. Dolinsky can also be heard occasionally on Public Radio
International’s “The World,” a co-production of WGBH-Boston and the BBC
World News Service.
Steve has also written about restaurants,
chefs and the Chicago-area food scene for The Chicago Reader,
Citysearch.com, Chef Magazine and CS Magazine.
In 2002, Steve
started Culinary Communications, a food industry-focused media training
company that works with chefs and other food and beverage professionals
outside of Chicago, teaching them how to prepare for and handle all
kinds of media exposure.
From 1995-2003, Dolinsky was Executive
Producer and Host of “Good Eating.” The weekly, half-hour show aired on
CLTV (Chicagoland TV), the 24-hour cable newschannel owned by The
And a little more info on Amy:
Amy Dordek is Managing Director, Midwest for BPI group, a leading
human resources consulting firm. BPI group’s North American
headquarters is Chicago, Illinois.
Ms. Dordek joined the company in 2009, bringing 20 years of
experience in business development and marketing in the professional
In her current role Amy manages the Midwest team and key client
relationships while also spearheading account management and marketing
activities for the Midwest. She works closely with the sales force both
locally and nationally as well as the practice leads in our key
service offerings helping client companies achieve their business
Prior to joining BPI group, Ms. Dordek was a client relationship
manager for a human resources consulting firm, where she focused on
strategic planning and negotiating large consulting projects across a
wide range of industries. She also worked as vice president of
development for a business and financial consulting firm.
Ms Dordek co-founded Tradestar Expo, Ltd., a trade show exhibit
manufacturing and consulting firm, growing the company to $1 million in
sales in three years. She managed all business development and
marketing activities, customer service and coordination of domestic and
overseas trade shows. Earlier in her career Amy worked in
international sales for a web offset printing manufacturer and was also a
commercial real estate broker for Cushman & Wakefield.
Ms. Dordek has a B.S. in communications from the University of
Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.