TALKING WITH: Ron Schluter, Emporium Restaurant, Scottsbluff NE

Ron Schluter, a former postmaster, and his wife, Sara, unpredictably created an award-winning upscale restaurant in small-town Nebraska. Neither one had previous food-service experience. Ron tells the story, interspersed with his signature belly laughs. First a bit of intro: Scottsbluff was founded in 1899 along an important landmark, now called the Scotts Bluff National Monument, […]


What makes Kearney (pronounced KAR-nee) special? Partly, it’s about runzas and one-finger waves. Roger Jasnoch, executive director at the Kearney  Visitors Bureau in Central Nebraska, tells us more about his favorite city. Here’s an excerpt from our chat over dinner at the Alley Rose restaurant:  Q: What do you do all day, Roger? Roger Jasnoch: […]


MacNeil Lyons is a private tour guide and founder at Yellowstone Insight in Gardiner, Montana. Year-round, he escorts small groups through Yellowstone National Park. He also is a published writer, photographer and naturalist. During a recent media trip hosted by Yellowstone Country Montana, MacNeil was our guide for a day. He provides a lavish picnic breakfast, […]

TALKING WITH: Mia Mackman, Founder, Arizona Spa and Wellness Association

Mia Mackman is founder of the Arizona Spa and Wellness Association, whose goal is to promote industry best practices, community utilization, wellness tourism and innovative spa-and-wellness integration. She is a global industry consultant who specializes in spa and wellness, strategic planning and business consulting. For more than a decade, she has predicted some of the […]

TALKING WITH: Executive Chef Shane Quinlan in Watersound, Florida

On a recent visit to Watersound, Florida, we sat around a kitchen island and watched as Executive Chef Shane Quinlan of St. Joe Club and Resorts prepared our dinner. The menu was Seared Rare Yellowfin Tuna and Watermelon, the signature dish of the WaterSound Beach Club. The lightly blackened tuna was seared rare, fanned on […]