Welcome to Season 3! And this time around, Lauren and Greg have decided to roll out all the fresh content all at once. You won’t want to miss the conversations with amazing chefs, artists, restaurants owners — and now you don’t have to.

Lauren and Greg got the chance to go so profesh, recording the intro in a real, live podcast booth courtesy of 1871, Chicago’s technology and entrepreneurship incubator. Lauren mentors startups in all things social media at 1871 so check out their membership offerings and events.

Lauren visited India and Houston during the off-season and Greg stayed on this continent. “If anyone out there is a runner,  he says, “I would highly highly recommend the Disney Marathon!” The route runs through all of the Disney theme parks and there are character photo ops, too! He’ll spend the summer getting ready The Bank of America Chicago Marathon in October.

Like Lauren, he found time to eat well while away. He says that, from beginning to end, the menu and sense of community at Aliment In San Francisco make for a great dining experience. When in Las Vegas, he counts CraftSteak, Gordon Ramsay, and Giada by Giada de Laurentiis among his favorites.

Closer to home, he’s looking forward to the Latin-inspired concept by Chef Stephanie Izard, set to open soon. This will be her fourth restaurant, after Girl and the Goat, Little Goat Diner, and Duck, Duck, Goat, with Boka Restaurant Group.

Lauren and Greg met back up at Twain in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. The occasion was a special event hosted by Between Bites, a philanthropic organization supporting charitable causes through food-centered storytelling. Top Chef winner Joe Flamm contributed a moving piece dedicated to the memory of his friend and fellow chef-testant Fatima Ali.

As for the season, Lauren goes all in with singer Lili K. They discuss women in the music industry and, as you can imagine, this strong, powerful lady has a lot to say. It gets deep, y’all!

Singer Meagan McNeal chats with Lauren talks about her experience on NBC’s The Voice  She shares her thoughts on what it’s been like for her as an artist transitioning from single woman to mother.

Two members of The Dip, a seven piece band out of Seattle, join Lauren and you’ll definitely want to check them out. They’re headed to Chicago in April so listen in!

Lauren wraps up the music side of things with Harold Green, a Chicago poet whose voice is his instrument. Harold puts on some of the most amazing shows with his Flowers for the Living collective.

Greg’s on restaurant duty and this season he’s running the gamut, interviewing chefs and owners at different stages of business development.

First up is Do Well Sandwich Company in Chicago. Co-owners Malika and Mike Wells share what it’s like to start a business and make an impact on their community.  You won’t want to miss this conversation.

At the opposite end is Dove’s Luncheonette, another huge success from One Off Hospitality, the same team that owns Big Star and Publican. He discovers how Dove’s soundtrack is as important an element as the food..  

Circling back to the theme of staring out, Greg talks with Raquel Quadreny and fiancé Lawrence Letrero about their Filipino-Cuban mashup Bayan Ko. Find out how they’ve managed to stay humble in the midst of sell-out crowds and what they’ve got planned for the future.

Greg wraps up by talking community and expansion with John Reed, co-owner of BCK in Houston and Bosscat Kitchen and Libations in Newport Beach. He shares his experiences expanding into Houston, setting down roots, and living through Hurricane Harvey.

Such great episodes this season! And LaurenIgnited will be more active on Instagram this year so connect with them via DM and send those likes.

Now it’s time for you to hit play and play again. Enjoy the season!


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