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Making Waves In Sustainable Seafood – An Interview With Daphne Mazarakis

LocalCoho brings sustainable salmon to the masses and tackles a protein frontier.

Embracing Change – A Speech by Will Stevens

One young Chicagoan describes the lessons he has learned from being a Murphy Scholar and a caddie at Sankaty Golf Club in Nantucket, MA.

An Interview with Elizabeth Shaw

Elizabeth Shaw sits down with Jim Murphy to discuss her experiences working with CICS and discusses her history working in the education field.

An Interview with Phyllis Lockett

Phyllis Lockett sits down with Jim Murphy to discuss how her background in business helped her gain knowledge in education and how to better the Chicago Public School system.

A Speech from Edgar Morales, DMSF Scholar

During the 30th annual Daniel Murphy Scholarship banquet, the attendees heard a powerful speech from scholar Edgar Morales. He discusses the difficulties of growing up in Cicero, discovering the DMSF […]

An Interview with Ellen Yiadom Hoover

Today we are meeting with Ellen Yiadom, a local Chicago Lawyer, who describes her educational path that lead her to her success. She touches on her transition to America, her […]

An Interview with Frank Holmes

This interview between Jim Murphy, President and Chairman of Grow Forward, and Frank Holmes, Warehouse Manager at Local Foods in Chicago, is an inspiring story of how one man succeeded […]

An Interview with Rob Levitt

Rob Levitt has worked in the food industry for his whole career. While attending college at the University of Illinois and later at the Culinary Institute of America, he worked […]

Local Foods CEO Terry Olson

Terry Olson, CEO of Local Foods, speaks with Jim Murphy to learn more about the history of how he created a successful business. Terry touches on many of his previous […]

Kevin Corsello of Pork and Mindy’s

Kevin Corsello, the founder of Pork and Mindy’s, meets with Jim Murphy to discuss the history of Kevin’s upbringing in Chicago and how he became an entrepreneur. They discuss the […]

An Interview with Daphne Mazarakis

The Importance of Mindfulness, Confidence and Passion Daphne Mazarakis speaks with Jim Murphy at Local Foods to talk about mindfulness, women entrepreneurs, and growing sustainable fish. Now with Finger Lakes […]

An Interview with Father Stephen Katsourous

A Passion for Education This week I had the pleasure of sitting down with Loyola University’s very own Father Stephen Katsouros. Chicago has a rich history of multicultural and religious […]

Q&A with Loyola University Students

This week we chat with Environmental Science majors from Loyola University. We discuss about pollution, ethanol use, and sustainability.

An Interview with Nate Laurell

A Hunger for Sustainability In 2014, Nate Laurell was on Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 list, which recognizes the best of Chicago’s young businessmen and women. After college, Nate […]

An Interview with Hersch Klaff

From Real Estate to Retail Hersch Klaff, founder of Klaff Realty, offers a wealth of real estate knowledge in this expansive interview. He tells us all about his life story, […]

MightyVine CEO Gary Lazarski

Gary Lazarski of MightVine Tomatoes drops by Local Foods to talk about sustainability, the importance of nutrition, and growing hydroponic tomatoes.

An Interview with Mike Keiser

Setting a Course for Success Mike Keiser isn’t one to brag, so I’ll do it for him. With eleven golf courses under his belt, Fortune says he’s a main contender […]

Rob Baan – Looking at Health and Nutrition in a Different Way

Baan’s business has been leading the charge in the microgreen revolution, creating greenhouses for his vegetables in the Netherlands and within the US. Year round, they quickly and constantly ship out fresh veggies for chefs across the world.