Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Craziest raw food experience: Eating raw beef in midst of the mad cow scare. As a scientist-in-training, I like to experiment.
What I bring to the table: While sushi hypnotizes my senses and fine motor skills, I'll provide unbiased reasons to enhance one's appreciation for sushi, sans breaking the bank. As long as you don't buy sushi from a car trunk, you can find budget-friendly restaurants that will marvel your senses.
The sometime sushi eater: Heather Carper
Occupation: Administrative assistant
Neighborhood: Albany Park
Sushi experience: I generally stick to maki and items easily recognizable/pronounceable. I don't have tons of experience with sushi, but I'm open to trying new things (but if I have to try sea urchin again I'll run screaming from the room).
Favorite sushi spot: A good man and a good sushi joint are hard to find. I haven't found "The One" yet, but I haven't given up trying.
What I bring to the table: I look for the hidden gem, someplace non-trendy and comfortable, innovative and interesting, but not so in demand I have no chance of getting in there. My goal is to increase my knowledge of sushi (and chopsticks) and learn the subtle difference between "new taste experience" and "impending severe gastro-intestinal distress." I leave you with this haiku: Man, haiku is hard/Sushi is good any time/More unagi please.
The new guy: Vinny Capozzi
Sushi experience: I'm not some sort of a sushi slut, but sushi is like sex. If it's enjoyed too often or not whole-heartedly, its value is greatly compromised.
Craziest raw food experience: Raw sausage. Nothing repulses people more than watching me shove chunks of uncooked pork in my mouth.
What I bring to the table: Being fairly new to Chicago, I've made every effort to immerse myself in the city's world of food. I have a strong ability to distinguish quality from mediocrity wrapped in fancy decor and trendy music. While no sushi expert, I'm confident I can help casual sushi eaters make sense of the scene.