owner / chef
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.”
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!”
executive pastry chef
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
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.”
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.
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.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Arts in Audio for Visual Media
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.
NICKNAME: G Money
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.
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.
EDUCATION: Graduated in ’09 and spent the last 7 years traveling the world.
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.
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