Susan Goss, Chef and co-owner of two of Chicago’s award-winning and favorite restaurants: Zinfandel and West Town Tavern, has recently relocated to New Orleans to launch a consultancy business.
With 30 years as a successful restaurant operator and chef, and also as a committed volunteer in her community, Susan brings a broad scope of experience to her work helping others grow, maintain or start their own food businesses.
She has exemplary skill in developing concepts, menus and recipes and in building the teams necessary to turn plans into successful operations. Examples of her culinary talent can be viewed in her cookbook West Town Tavern: Contemporary Comfort Food (2010).
As a community leader Susan originated the Annual Girl Food Dinner to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This event quickly became one of the hottest tickets in town and the best place to while away a Sunday afternoon over terrific food and wine pairings while fighting hunger in the Chicago community.
An avid gardener as well as passionate cook, she is an advocate for local food production, sustainability and sensible usage of our natural resources.
As a creative chef Susan has contributed her expertise to food industry organizations such as the Idaho Potato Commission, National Pork Board, Cutco Cutlery, Northarvest Bean Growers, Wisconsin Milk Marketing and Electrolux. As a result of her long time volunteerism and career as a chef, Susan is an accomplished collaborator, consensus builder and sought- after speaker. Fluent in Spanish she translates recipes and builds bridges in multilingual kitchens. She frequently participates in cooking and product demonstrations.
As a consultant Susan is delighted to bring her portfolio of experience to New Orleans where she is interested in opportunities in the culinary education field, local garden programs, cookbook writing, recipe testing and helping to develop new restaurant concepts.