On August 3 the food & beverage community lost one of our own, as Justin Cooper lost his battle to COVID-19. Justin most recently worked as Executive Banquet Chef at Green Valley Ranch and was known for his love of bacon, being a friend and mentor to many and was much loved and respected by all who knew him. Pictured here are Justin’s smiling face and his chef’s jacket signed by many of his co-workers and friends. My favorite comments are “Heaven is a wonderful place because they’ve got you, Chef” and “May there always be bacon.”

Editorial Director Bob Barnes made it out to The Front Yard at Ellis Island and after posing with Executive Chef John Alers experienced his new gastropub menu. Read all about the beer-friendly menu Chef Alers has created in Bob’s What’s Brewing column here.