"We (chefs) don't eat fancy when we're at home," said Brian Shreffler, executive chef of Chop's Steaks and Seafood. He likes to fix comfort food when snowed in, such as macaroni and cheese. Also a must: bourbon, beer and bacon.
Bourbon seems to be a theme among chefs, as that's the first thing Matthew Nolot mentioned when asked what he considers a priority when snowed in. Nolot, executive chef of Eddie Merlot's in Fort Wayne, likes the bourbon for its warming properties. However he also would have to have some Jeni's ice cream, available locally from Fresh Market.
As for staples, Nolot said he could survive for a long time on red beans and rice. And he doesn't have to dash out for milk before a snowstorm; his milk is delivered to his door by Green BEAN Delivery, www,greenbeandelivery.com.
Chad Kyle, executive chef at Baker Street, said as a chef he might have more interesting things in his pantry than the average cook, but when a snowstorm is predicted he shops for the staples just like everyone else — bread, pasta, milk and eggs. However, on a snowy day he may enlist his wife and kids to make some homemade bread or pasta.
It should be noted that none of these chefs were experiencing a "snow day" on Wednesday. All were at their restaurants, preparing for the evening dinner crowd.