cafe staff

    shelby

    owner / chef

    NICKNAME: Boss
    EDUCATION: BA in History & English Lit from University of Michigan
    WHY HE LOVES BAKING: “I love fermentation. I love good hard work.”
    BEST THING ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS:  “Not sure yet. Great beers and great coffee.”
    FAVORITE BOOK:  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
    CURRENT FAVORITE BAND:  Crocodiles or Yuck
    FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  “I will own a bakery that makes money.”
    INTERESTING THING ABOUT SHELBY THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW:  “I don’t like: locking doors, money, talking very much, patchouli.”

        julie

        owner / marketing & communications

        EDUCATION: BS in Visual Communications & M.Ed. from BGSU
        FAVORITE BAND: Ani DiFranco
        BEST THING ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS:  “Being part of a community that really cares about supporting local businesses. It feels good to know that a city this size can support it’s own people. That makes such a huge difference!”
        BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT FIELD & FIRE:  “Getting to merge my love of design, education, and healthy eating… working with my husband also has its perks!”
        INTERESTING THING ABOUT JULIE THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW:  “I despise pantyhose. I don’t even like the word!”

            marco

            executive pastry chef

            SIGN:  Cancer
            NICKNAME: Bear
            EDUCATION:  French degree in Culinary Arts, Superior degree in Culinary Arts and French Federation Rugby: D.E.J.E.P.S
            FIVE YEARS FROM NOW I WILL:  Be happy
            BEST THING ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS:  The fishing
            WHY DO YOU LOVE BAKING:  I have an early memory of holding a hand mixer at age 6 for my mom while she was on the phone… the connection to my family.
            BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT FIELD & FIRE:  The Philosophy

                bri

                pastry chef

                EDUCATION: Culinary Arts @ SICE
                FAVORITE BOOK: 
                Everybody Poops
                INTERESTING THING ABOUT BRI THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW:  “I dream of running a sheep farm. It is my ultimate goal in life to learn how to spin my own wool. I want to hug a sheep everyday!”
                MOST EMBARRASSING FOOD MOMENT:  “At a previous job, due to some poor placement of very flimsy containers, I had about 5 gallons of honey poured entirely down my front. I had to work the whole shift sticky and pissed with everybody laughing at me.”
                BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT FIELD & FIRE:  “Good people, great bread, and satisfying work days.”

                    heather v.

                    pastry chef

                    SIGN: Sagittarius
                    EDUCATION: Baker College
                    FAVORITE BOOK: I read too many books.
                    BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT FIELD & FIRE:  I love working with such passionate people.
                    BEST THING ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS: The Seasons
                    WHY SHE LOVES BAKING:  I enjoy making things from start to finish.
                    FIVE YEARS FROM NOW: I will have my kitchen remodeled.
                    INTERESTING THING ABOUT HEATHER THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW:  I enjoy raising chickens.

                        gen

                        sous chef

                        SIGN:  Scorpio
                        EDUCATION:  Culinary Arts @ The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY
                        CURRENT FAVORITE BAND:  The Knife
                        MOST EMBARRASSING FOOD MOMENT:  Dropped the whole day’s worth of mushroom-filled puffed pastry, in front of the chef, at the peak of service.
                        SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT GEN THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW:  I love bourbon.
                        BEST THING ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS:  Friendly people and delicious beer – these are probably related.
                        FIVE YEARS FROM NOW I WILL:  Start thinking about what I’m going to be doing five years from now.

                            isaac

                            line cook

                            EDUCATION:  Bachelor of Arts in Audio for Visual Media
                            SIGN:  Pisces
                            FAVORITE BOOK:  The Death of Bunny Monroe by Nick Cave
                            CURRENT FAVORITE BAND:  My Morning Jacket
                            FIVE YEARS FROM NOW I WILL:  Be bragging about working at Field & Fire
                            BEST THING ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS:  Beer, coffee & food.
                            MOST EMBARRASSING FOOD MOMENT:  Spilled 16oz. of soup on myself in front of my ex-girlfriend’s  parents.

                                george

                                line cook

                                NICKNAME:  G Money
                                SIGN:  Virgo
                                BEST THING ABOUT FIELD & FIRE:  My bosses
                                CURRENT FAVORITE BAND:  Boys to Men
                                FIVE YEARS FROM NOW I WILL:  Retired!
                                BEST THING ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS:  The people
                                MOST EMBARRASSING FOOD MOMENT:  Had to call in to work because of my heart.
                                SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT GEORGE THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW:  I fix cars.

                                    chloe

                                    prep / line cook

                                    EDUCATION:  Culinary Student at GRCC
                                    BEST THING ABOUT FIELD & FIRE:  The amount of laughter and jokes between co-workers, plus learning a lot about cooking.
                                    CURRENT FAVORITE BAND:  Nghtmre
                                    CURRENT FAVORITE BOOK:  Eleven Madison Park
                                    BEST THING ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS:  The atmosphere and amount of things to do.
                                    MOST EMBARRASSING FOOD MOMENT:  None. I’m flawless.
                                    SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT GEORGE THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW:  I name my pets after food.

                                        kirsten

                                        head barista

                                        EDUCATION:  Graduated in ’09 and spent the last 7 years traveling the world.
                                        SIGN:  Aquarius
                                        FAVORITE BOOK:  Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
                                        MOST EMBARRASSING FOOD MOMENT:  None. I’m shameless.
                                        WHY DO YOU LOVE COFFEE:  Coffee has the capacity to be a highly complex product, while still being super approachable. I love exploring that dynamic and sharing it with others.
                                        FIVE YEARS FROM NOW I WILL:  Have too many big dogs and my own little flower farm.
                                        BEST THING ABOUT GRAND RAPIDS:  The Seasons!  After traveling a bunch, I’m still a sucker for midwest weather.

                                            heather

                                            barista

                                            EDUCATION:  Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry > Ravenclaw.  Also, a degree in chemistry from Calvin College
                                            SIGN:  Cancer, and I’m a 4 on the enneagram
                                            FAVORITE BOOK:  The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
                                            SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT HEATHER THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW:  If Reggie Miller asked me to run away with him, I 100% would
                                            FIVE YEARS FROM NOW I WILL:  Win a latte art throwdown
                                            BEST THING ABOUT WORKING AT FIELD & FIRE:  The way people care about each other
                                            CURRENT FAVORITE BAND:  Bjork, My Brightest Diamond, Sylvan Esso, Feist… I’m into kick ass females