Emma Life

Culinary Karma

“No, there are no ghosts in this old building, but we have high spirits. And there is a sort of other-worldly confluence of coincidence about Cured.”

— Steve McHugh, chef/owner, Cured

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By the Books

“This library is personal and particular and very human.”
— Sherry Kafka Wagner, author, playwright, urban planner, historian
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Generous Helping

“What we do is who we are. Cooking, serving… it’s our oxygen and our religion. I want to say, ‘I made this. I did this.’ I’ll never not cook.”
— John Brand, Culinary Director, Hotel Emma; Executive Chef, Supper
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Heavy Metal

“Blacksmithing in July in South Texas: you just drink lots of water and suffer. Maybe it’s good for the soul.”
— Robert Diaz de Leon
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The Sweetest Taboo

“I really like vegetables and booze in my desserts.”
— Jenn Riesman, Pastry Chef, Hotel Emma
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