Employee Spotlight: Julio Calderon

Julio Calderon knows his way around the kitchen. Julio has been a part of our team for the last 5 years. Let’s dive in and get to know Julio a little better.

Tell us about your background in the culinary world?
I started off working in the culinary world when I was 18 or 19. I learned all of my cooking at a kitchen here in town called Magia Mangia which is now called Mangia Kitchen & Bar. I started off as a dish guy, then basically moved up from there. I did dishes, salad station, pizza station, to appetizers and mid-line, then sauté work.

What is your favorite thing to do in Michigan?
Probably go disc golfing. I love disc golfing and I try to do it as much as possible, like every single day; even when it’s raining. There’s a park over on campus called Knollwood that is really fun.

Favorite thing to do in Kalamazoo?
Besides brewery hopping? [laughs] There are a lot of breweries here to visit; so going out would be one of my favorite things. And Pokemon Go.

What’s your favorite beer from SBC?
I would probably say the Neapolitan Milk Stout or the Blueberry Lemonade Shandy. The Shandy is is really an easy-drinker; and it tastes delicious, there are really no flaws to it. The Neapolitan Stout doesn’t smack you in the face either, and has all the right flavors in it.

What is your favorite food to eat?
I love eating tacos and I love pizza, and anything pasta. I love ANYTHING pasta, it’s delicious.

What’s your favorite item on the menu at SBCK?
Probably the burgers. The Beer Cheese & Bacon Burger is probably the most extravagant burger on the menu.

Favorite Band?
I love dubstep, it’s all I really listen to. My favorite DJs are Excision, 12th Planet, Company Band, STS9, and Papadosio.

What is your favorite part about your job at SBCK?
My favorite part is that I get to come in early and get out early. I was hired here as a closing kitchen manager and I closed for almost a year and a half, every day. It’s nice to now have the time to go disc golfing. I like having a steady schedule, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

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