Call him a caterer. Call him a chef. Just don’t call Brad Gates a man without big ideas. He may be working in one of his smallest kitchens yet, in a corner of City Market, but Gates is putting his highly refined palate to work on catering, to-go lunches, and one of Indy’s best cheese cases, stocked with up to 40 selections.
Gates’s resume beyond Indianapolis includes stints at NYC’s Union Square Cafe and Atlanta’s Blue Ridge Grill. Working for Myriad Restaurant Group (parent company of Nobu and Tribeca Grill) refined his skills in food-cost consulting, which eventually landed him a stint at Britney Spears’s short-lived Manhattan restaurant, Nyla.
For now, Gates is content going small, with wife Meggin handling the business end of his catering outfit; doing smaller-scale corporate luncheons and in-home dinners; and providing the bar snacks at Ball and Biscuit and small-plate dishes for the Tomlinson Tap Room. Being his own boss has given him the clarity to sharpen his focus and plot his next move. Bet on it being something big.
>> BRAD GATES’S FAVORITE THINGS
(1) North Carolina’s Outer Banks. “The whole family goes almost every year.”
(2) Shagbark hickory syrup from Hickoryworks.
(3) Michigan football. “My dad and his brothers went to U of M law school.”
(4) Simple Cuisine, by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. “It inspired my love of simple flavors.”
Photo by Tony Valainis.
This article originally appeared in the June 2012 issue.