Yelp’s Culinary Connection is a month-long event series featuring businesses who have made an impact on Rochester’s evolving food scene. These exclusive and intimate events are a platform for local chefs and restaurant owners to share their story — how they got their start, what inspires their menu, and why they do what they do for our community, along with curated tastings.
Round three of our June event series brought us to Joe Bean Roastery, Bar and Kitchen. The evening began with good food and drink around the community table — a concept dear to their hearts. Chef Christin presented items from their newly launched summer menu, including cold noodles and mushrooms, Israeli couscous, strata, and a chili chocolate pancake with vanilla cream. The dishes were complemented with sips of local Triphammer IPA, nitro cold brew, and Sangiovese wine.
Then, we were introduced to the female-led forces behind the business, owners Kathy Turiano and Dena Jones, and head chef, Christin Ortiz. They dove into the struggles that often impact small businesses — a scenario in which they were prepared to close the doors at their first location in Webster. They soon realized they had to do it their own way, switching focus to sourcing sustainable coffee from locations like Nicaragua to roast their own beans and brought the third wave coffee movement to downtown Rochester. The trend spread, and instead of bracing for competition, Kathy shared their commitment to supporting those new businesses with opportunities for collaboration.
“You can’t make a [coffee] scene with just one business.”
As they gained footing, they expanded piece by piece — first craft beer, followed by food, a roaster upgrade, and a larger space for seating. Honoring their roots, the Joe Bean team has added family dinners to their monthly event rotation to bring people together over a family-style meal to spread that community love.