dave does dinner: who is this guy?
**Editor’s Note Updated 2/28/2017!
Since Sir Dave (that’d be my hubby) has his very own Dave Does Dinner Tab I thought it would be cool for ya’ll to get to know who this dude is.
He’s been my partner in shenanigans for 15 years and we’ve had so much fun learning how to cook together, pushing each other to be more adventurous (does trying alligator and pig face count?) and eating all the stuffs in our hometown of Chicago and abroad. I couldn’t think of a more awesome stud to share my foodie love with.
Some fun facts that I would like to share with you about Sir Dave:
He claims he doesn’t actually like meatloaf UNTIL I put it in front of him – then he gobbles it up, and says “wow, that was good!” Crazy man.
His nickname is Captain Party, because he doesn’t love dressing up for Halloween (lame!) so one year I put a hat on him and he was THE Halloween party captain.
He has never NOT eaten a meal I’ve cooked and put in front of him, for better or for worse.
I convinced him to start eating mayonnaise in college.
I like him, a lot. GROSS! 😀
Alright, let’s get to the captain in his favorite elements:
Alright, onto the questions!
David Emerson Spaulding
What do you wish your name was?
I really wish it was Bill S. Preston, Esquire. As far as names go, it doesn’t get much better than that.
Favorite movie starring robots and/or machines?
Got to be Terminator 2, right? Is there even another answer?
Favorite thing to do when not at work?
I love to cook, play music, and enjoy tasty beers in the sunshine.
If you had to pick between meat and coffee, which would it be?
Meat, obviously. Coffee is a close second, but I don’t think I could ever live without ribs or steak.
What is your must-have kitchen, grilling, or smoker utensil?
You have to have a meat thermometer. End of story.
What is your favorite recipe to make?
I love making roast chickens. There’s something fun and humble about the whole process and it’s very satisfying in the end. Also there’s always some left over for chicken salad or a panini and you can make a great stock from the bones.
What is your favorite fancy place to eat in Chicago?
Not super fancy, but I really love Avec. It’s delicious food and the communal dining and open kitchen makes it feel more like a party atmosphere, which is a lot of fun.
What is your favorite Chicago staple food?
Stuffed pizza is my one true comfort food. I eat it anytime I’m sick or sad and want to put an elastic waistband and wrap myself in a blanket.
Best meal you’ve ever eaten?
I’ve had the pleasure of eating so many great meals, but I think my favorite was in Paris. My brother and I were walking around the city for hours and eventually stumbled upon some random place where nobody spoke English and the menu was all in French. We just pointed to things on the menu and ordered. I had some of the best venison and pasta I could imagine.
What do you love that Annie (that’s me!) cooks?
Annie makes delicious pasta. Her ability to reimagine found recipes and also just make up a pasta dish on the spot is really special. She’s also gotten the technique down for perfect al dente texture.
Alright y’all, I have to leave it at that endorsement, right? Especially since he’s Italian! 😀
Last but not least, here’s a quick snap of one of my favorite moments with the Captain; dinner in Venice. <3