In 2013, Eater chatted with chefs about their new menus, managers about the weird ways people try to get into busy restaurants, comedians about their favorite local foods, and lots more. For each month of the year, here are the most-read interviews. Going into 2014, drop us a line with suggestions for people you'd like to see interviewed in the coming year.
· Nebo Owners Carla and Christina Pallotta (January 2013): Still in their original space on the edge of the North End, the Pallottas talked about their famous zucchini lasagna, planning their move to Atlantic Wharf, and celebrity sightings.
· Kitchensurfing to Stick Boston Chefs in Your Own Kitchen (February 2013): Kitchensurfing president Ben Leventhal chatted about the company, which brings Boston chefs into private homes to cater everything from a romantic dinner to a large party.
· Regal Beagle Chef Michael Navarrete on Boston v NYC (March 2013): Former Regal Beagle chef Navarrete jumped into the fray to discuss the culinary scenes in Boston and New York. Boston has an "embarrassment of riches" for its size, but New York is quicker to embrace new trends, he said.
· PARK Owner Patrick Lee on Year One (April 2013): Lee spoke about the transformation of Redline to PARK, a very glassy Friday the 13th, and how things went during the first year.
· One Year In at West Bridge: Part One (May 2013): West Bridge co-owners Alexis Gelburd-Kimler and Matt Gaudet talked about the first year in business, from the popular "egg in a jar" to how the idea for the restaurant came about in the first place.
· Bill Bartley of Harvard Square Icon Mr. Bartley's (June 2013): Bill Bartley, now general manager of his father Joseph's legendary Harvard Square burger shop, has been working there since 1974. He sat down with Eater to talk about some of the most popular burgers at the restaurant and the increasing popularity of burgers in general.
· Rob Delaney on the Tragic Demise of Brigham's and More (July 2013): Comedian and Marblehead native came to town for a show at the Wilbur Theatre and reminisced with Eater about his favorite local foods — and his hope that someone like Ben Affleck would save Brigham's.
· Grant Achatz Is Jealous of Boston (August 2013): Achatz, world-famous for his Chicago venues Alinea, The Aviary, and Next, was in Boston to film an episode of Simply Ming with Ming Tsai. He spent a lot of time in town this year and chatted with Eater about some of the things that he admires about the Boston dining scene, particularly the city's embrace of regional specialties, like seafood.
· Vik Hegde Tells What to Expect at Sarma's Bar (September 2013): In late September, Sarma hadn't opened yet, but it was hotly anticipated. Bar manager Vik Hegde, formerly the head bartender at Island Creek Oyster Bar, teased out some details of what diners could expect from the spice-influenced Sarma bar program.
· Kirsten Amann Explains the Cult of Fernet (October 2013): For Cocktail Week, Amann, a local brand ambassador for Fernet Branca, discussed the bitter drink's meteoric rise within the restaurant industry, challenge coins, and acquiring the taste.
· Sam Monsour on Leaving jm Curley and What's to Come (November 2013): Outgoing jm Curley executive chef Monsour revealed his plans for the future, which include a burger cookbook, an apron company, a lifestyle improvement app, and, hopefully by the end of 2014, his own restaurant.
· Kristen Kish on the First Few Months at Menton (December 2013): After winning Top Chef: Seattle early in the year, Kish was promoted within the Barbara Lynch Gruppo from chef de cuisine of demo kitchen Stir to chef de cuisine of Menton. After a few months on the job, Kish caught up with Eater to talk about the challenges of the position, the inspiration behind her menu, and what she tries to say to her staff at every shift.
· All 2013 Round-Up coverage on Eater [~EBOS~]