Writer. Video podcaster. Online community builder.
Mike Gebert covers America's hottest food city
with wit and insight—across many media.

From molecular gastronomy to homemade moles, Chicago is a uniquely exciting and creative culinary destination which readers all over the world are interested in.

Mike Gebert brings you this dynamic scene in a variety of exciting ways through his encyclopedic knowledge of the scene from high to low, his connections to many levels of the food community, and his engaging, witty and insightful writing. Click on the samples above and listed at right to see for yourself.


Mike Gebert's acclaimed new HD video podcast about food, Sky Full of Bacon, is attracting attention and kudos as the solidly filling alternative to so much snack food television. 10 to 20 minute video "feature pieces" on interesting people in the food world give you time to hear their stories, and to go behind the scenes and really see for yourself the fascinating environments where great food happens. Click the icon above or go here to watch the podcasts on Vimeo.


With thousands of readers each day, LTHForum is by far the most active and interesting online discussion site for Chicago food, and has helped reshape the scene by vastly increasing the attention paid to the city's diversity of ethnic cuisines. Mike co-founded the site and played the central role in directing, growing and publicizing it during its first 3-1/2 years.

If you'd like to know more about how Mike's community-building and blogging skills could benefit your publication's food section and help you build a similarly loyal audience, click here.

To contact Mike Gebert, click here.


More examples of Michael Gebert's food writing/blogging:


Schwa: I Was There When

Matsumoto the Impossible

Fed a load of Del Toro


A dish (maybe) from the old country: Roumanian Skirt Steak

An obscenity at the movie concession stand


• Feature and capsule reviews for the Chicago Reader (feature sample, capsule samples 1 2) and Time Out Chicago (feature sample)

• Contributor to Maxim's 2008 Food Awards (sample)

• 6000+ food posts on LTHForum.com

• Photography at Gourmet magazine's website

• Lecture at Kendall College for the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance on Russian Mennonite food traditions

• Articles on film and media for publications including Video Watchdog, Advertising Age, Adweek, Classic Images and Video Business

• Book "The Encyclopedia of Movie Awards," published by St. Martin's Press, 1996


One of Chicago's ur-foodies, and possibly the most apropos guy we've got to take on [New York food writer/Chicago pizza hater] Ed Levine. —Helen Rosner, MenuPages Blog


Mike Gebert's snazzy new food video podcast series Sky Full of Bacon has the local food blogosphere all atwitter.—Mike Sula, Chicago Reader

While I can't claim to understand what the name means, Sky Full of Bacon is a welcome addition to Chicago's food media landscape... it's a great idea and shows a lot of promise—I'll be watching for episode 2. —Andrew Gill, WBEZ

On Episode 4: If you have 19 minutes, this is a great video on making headcheese from Michael Gebert... a great reminder of using the whole animal. —Michael Ruhlman, author and Iron Chef America judge

On Episode 2: It’s a great story and the shots of all those crispy golden-brown ducks are so mouth-watering you’ll be tempted to call Sun Wah and place an order to go. —Bill Daley, Chicago Tribune's The Stew


Mike’s thinking and creativity were essential to the development of LTHForum.com and to such initiatives as the Great Neighborhood Restaurant program, as well as many smaller yet undeniably significant community-building efforts... his efforts have been critical to the emergence of LTHForum as a recognized and consistently trustworthy source for food information for almost 5,000 registered users and many thousands of unregistered visitors. David Hammond, Chicago food writer (Reader, Time Out Chicago, WBEZ) and LTHForum co-founder

The wonderful Chicago food website LTHForum... —Jane and Michael Stern, bestselling authors of Road Food and many other books

I figured [LTHForum] was read by like 50 guys or something. I didn't realize it was thousands.J. Spillane, co-owner of Coal Fire Pizza, after his new restaurant was swamped in its first week by LTHForum readers