chef michael5Peoria Artisan Brewery is excited to welcome Chef Michael Mahalick to our team!

Chef Michael grew up in a small town in Upstate New York with his two brothers who are also in the restaurant industry.  In California, Michael began as a dishwasher and worked his way through the ranks in cafés, gastropubs, hotels and farmers markets.

Michael honed his culinary technique under the tutelage of Executive Chef Stephen Jones and at fine culinary institutions such as Latilla at the Boulders Resort, Blue Hound at The Palomar Hotel and The Larder at Desoto Central Market.

Chef Michael’s approach to New American Cuisine is to utilize top quality products combined with simple ingredients and a playful flair.  Michael enjoys the culinary flavors of the American Southwest, American South and Argentina.  His love of the cooler months is shown in the bold flavors and presentation of his food.  Michael emphasizes the comfort factor of food as he finds his cuisine to be nostalgic as community and family are highly important to him.

Meet Chef Mahalick this Thursday at The Litchfield Taproom where he will be serving Pulled Pork on a King’s Hawaiian Roll with Spicy Pickles during the tapping of our Litchfield Hollow Pumpkin Ale.  We will also be serving delicious slices of Pumpkin Pie with house whipped cream.

We are excited to have Michael and Nicole, his wife, as part of our craft beer family.  His passion is genuine, contagious and readily apparent in his cuisine.