The Jess Files

Jess vs. craft

Craft brewers—the heart and soul of this Oktoberfest issue—are small, independent and traditional. They’re passionate and driven. They treat every batch like an experiment that comes to a head (pun intended) at the precise intersection of artistic devotion and scientific experiment.

Jess vs. prohibition

I’ve taken food tours, conquered escape rooms by the skin of my teeth, and let’s face it—I’m no stranger to the various downtown eateries. And yet, I was delighted to discover that there are a few things that even this fully initiated downtowner had left to learn.

Jess vs. the art of interviewing best-selling authors

By now, Garth Stein is certainly no stranger to the art of the interview. His third novel, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” sold more than six million copies and spent more than three years on the New York Times best-seller list, inspired a Young Reader edition, children’s picture books, a stage adaptation and currently is in development for a major motion picture.