WBEZ | Hema's Kitchen http://www.wbez.org/tags/hemas-kitchen Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hema Potla: The darling of Devon http://www.wbez.org/series/kitchen-close-ups/hema-potla-darling-devon-102351 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Hema_PosterImage_001.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="407" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/49267591" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="610"></iframe></p><p>Opening a restaurant was never Hema Potla&rsquo;s plan. When the business-minded Potla moved to Chicago from her native Hyderabad, India in the 1980s, she wanted to open a beauty salon. But there wasn&rsquo;t enough demand for her services, so she tried a candy store instead. Unfortunately for Potla, that endeavor was also short-lived. Luckily for the rest of us, she soon found the perfect recipe: After working in several restaurants as a kitchen-hand, her husband, Sam, encouraged her to apply her entrepreneurial instincts to her delicious cooking. Today, she is the owner and head chef of a sublime pair of restaurants that bear her name. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://hemaskitchen.com/">Hema&rsquo;s Kitchen</a> has two locations, one on Chicago&rsquo;s famed stretch of Devon Avenue and another on Clark Street in Chicago&rsquo;s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Both spots boast menus that include over 100 dishes from every region of India &mdash; to-die-for vegetable vindaloo, chicken biryani and bhuna gosht just to name a few &mdash;&nbsp;not to mention a master of ceremonies who is second to none.</p><p>For the first installment of our new series <em>Kitchen Close-ups</em>, we paid a visit to Hema&rsquo;s Devon outpost.&nbsp;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/kitchen-close-ups">Kitchen Close-ups </a>offers an intimate introduction to characters in Chicago&#39;s food and dining scene. The multimedia series runs weekly on WBEZ.org.</em></p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/kitchen-close-ups/hema-potla-darling-devon-102351