Kate Nelson: Epicurean lifestyle coverage typically involves photos of beautifully plated fare and stories about the hottest new restaurants. And while our annual food and wine issue delivers on both those fronts, it also delves into a meatier topic: addiction in the restaurant industry. In a brutally honest interview, outspoken celebuchef Andrew Zimmern shared with me intimate details about the childhood trauma that sparked his early drug and alcohol problems, the intervention that led to him getting clean at Hazelden, and how his addictions sit at bay inside him to this day. Beyond that, he wonders what it will take for us to start taking care of those who face mental-health problems. (page 140)
Hayley Saunders: This issue also asks some lighter questions, like has rosé become passé? (page 40) And is America ready to eat crickets? (page 228) And if at first you don’t succeed at grilling wild boar, should you really try again? (page 218) Spoiler: As for that last one, writer Reid Forgrave thinks so.
KN: Just in time for the Final Four at our own U.S. Bank Stadium, special contributor Michele Tafoya sat down with Mike Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K, to discuss how he’s kept his Duke Blue Devils at the top all these years, what he thinks about one-and-done players and how a couple of Minnesotans have played a huge role in his program. (page 234)
HS: A few other standouts from our content lineup include a mouthwatering family recipe from Laura Schara (page 224), a look at the burgeoning men’s beauty market (page 66), the backstory of how Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, became a hideaway for not only moneyed Chicago families but also the city’s mobsters (page 243), and — one of my personal favorites — a runway report from Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week (page 83).
Kate Nelson, Editor-in-Chief, and Hayley Saunders, Managing Editor + Associate Publisher