Who: Greg Laketek of West Loop Salumi
Where: Chicago, IL
Greg Laketek grew up spending his summers in northern Italy surrounded by family, beautiful scenery and all the other things that make you wonder why you haven’t packed your bags and played out your own version of Under the Tuscan Sun. "My grandfather would take me around to his friends’ farms where they would make salumi, cheese, bread, wine — that’s what I remember growing up."
Greg's appreciation for food began early during those family summers, but during the rest of the year he was back in the Midwest. After graduating from Kansas University with a business degree and starting a consulting company the restlessness set in. He enrolled in culinary school, graduated, but still wasn’t sure what his his next step was. One night while out with a friend, inspiration came to him at the bar (as it often does) while discussing Chicago’s lack of good salumi.