I had to pester a good number of locals during the assembly of last November’s collaborative guide to vegan and vegetarian Chicago. One of the issue’s most helpful participants was Daniel Staackmann, the main man at seitan makers Upton’s Naturals. As well as answering a litany of veg-based questions, he spilled about his favorite veg dish at a non-vegetarian restaurant and let us take photos of the inside of his fridge, which had to have been a little bizarre, I’m sure. He was a good sport about it all—we figured it wasn’t terribly far-fetched to crown him the seitan king of Chicago.