Beth is the founder of Equipment Dynamics, Inc. (EDI), a kitchen design and equipment provider for restaurants, caterers, private clubs, city institutions and casinos. EDI has a number of long-lasting, high-profile clients, including more than 70 Lettuce Entertain You restaurants; James Beard Award winner Shawn McLain; Mike Ditka; Sweet Baby Ray's, and the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing. EDI also specializes in initial prototype development — clients there include Gordon Biersch, Maggiano’s, Corner Bakery, Big Bowl, Wow Bao, CPK ASAP, Kona Grill, Go Roma Italian Kitchen, and La Madia.
FE&S: What aspect of your career gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment?
Beth Kuczera: Two things: getting to that design that finally works, even in the worst of leftover kitchen spaces and passing health department inspections.
FE&S: What type of charitable activities are you involved in?
Beth Kuczera: Feeding the hungry, primarily right here in my home city of Chicago. I have seen such great food, and conversely great waste — this helps me to balance the scales.
FE&S: What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?
Beth Kuczera: Go big or stay home.
FE&S: What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in the foodservice industry?
Beth Kuczera: Just one? Do the right thing and the rest takes care of itself.
FE&S: What was your first job in foodservice?
Beth Kuczera: Dish room at Michigan State University. This job made me WANT to study.
FE&S: Knowing what you now know, would you still pursue a career in foodservice?
Beth Kuczera: The twists and turns, the bumps and bruises of the path can in no way diminish the genuine joy and gratitude for today’s opportunities. This is a great way to make a living — count me as a yes!
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