This is one in a series of profiles of the people whom you’ll meet at AllSpice. Today, meet Rory, one of the two co-Managers at the shop.
Background: Grew up on a farm in Fairfield, Iowa. I have also lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Kansas City, Kansas. I worked as a VoIP Engineer for 13 years before being laid off and finding my BLISS at AllSpice!
How did you come to be part of the AllSpice crew? I was looking for a new job, and friends mentioned that AllSpice was looking for some seasonal help for the 2011 holiday season. I was excited to have somewhere to go, but once I actually started work and met everyone here, I was even more excited to see everyone — the staff, and all our customers — every day.
Official title, if you have one, and what is/are your main responsibility/ies at AllSpice? I’m co-Manager with Chef Amy. I’m responsible for sourcing new products, the operational functions, I’m the fix-it guy. The Man With a Truck. Jack of All Trades. The ladies keep me busy.
Favorite ingredient in the store. Can do a “top five” if you can’t
narrow it down to one. There are so many. I really love the Espresso Rub, because I am a coffee addict, so I show it to everyone. I use it on pork, chicken, steak, and like to add a little to my chili. It has a nice sweet flavor, with a hint of coffee and spicy finish.
What’s your favorite thing to cook – or what is your specialty? I like to challenge myself in the kitchen. My humble beginnings were Kraft Mac & Cheese. Now I like the grown up version, with cheese from the Cheese Shop and a touch of truffle oil.
When someone else is doing the cooking, what’s your favorite dish? Mom’s fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy. Plus she will save the gizzard for me.
Do you have a food that is your guilty pleasure, and if so, what is it? The aforementioned Kraft Mac & Cheese.
Is there any food or ingredient you absolutely won’t [or can’t] eat? I will try most anything. I can honestly say I have a big problem with some textures, though, like liver.
What do you do for fun, when you’re not having fun at AllSpice? I have a wonderful husband and two cute dogs named Bellatrix and Carl. They keep me pretty busy. We moved last year, and house projects are my hobby right now. I love to bike and I have been on the past 2 RAGBRAIs, but took off last year (2012). Andy and I collect vintage Pyrex… [laughs] Some people say we have a “problem.” We might be a bit like collection hoarders.
What about you would people find surprising? I was once a John Deere Salesman in Colorado Springs. You can take the boy off the farm, I think is how that starts.