general manager & owner
James has been a resident of Chicago since 2012, having moved here directly from North Carolina where he attended culinary school in Charlotte. He has worked in the restaurant industry for over 15 years, experiencing a multitude of different cuisines and atmospheres. James has spent time in kitchens as a dishwasher and line cook, working the floor as a server, bartender, host, and busser, and several years in leadership positions within the restaurant industry. He has a strong passion for community and social justice.
assistant general manager & owner
Married to James Bateman, Rinska is a first-generation Dominican-American who grew up both in the United States and the Dominican Republic. She is also an actress and currently Associate Artistic Director at Red Twist Theatre.
Her love for sharing food, drinks and art with others started in her grandmother's kitchen- who is currently 104. “She’s shown me how she expresses her artistic self through food. In turn, that got me thinking how to do that for myself.” And whether it’s researching what artist to work with next or shaking up cocktails behind the bar, she is now excited to bring her knowledge and a little piece of her home of the Dominican Republic to Andersonville. Mi Casa es Su Casa.
“This past year has been so hard on everyone. We hope that our love for food and drinks gives you nostalgia, inspiration and adventure”
Born in Florida to a Thai & Chinese mother and a Norwegian father, Rolf Pedersen began his career in high school at a McDonald's. The experience grew into waiting tables, which then graduated into working in restaurant kitchens. Despite living in Florida most of his life, he always wanted to see the world outside of his home state, hopefully to live in Chicago one day. In 2013, his then-girlfriend, Meagan Selvig, (now his wife and Pastry/Sous Chef) relocated back to the Windy City to be closer to family. Shortly thereafter, Rolf followed and they both settled down in Andersonville, happy and together. Over the next five years, he spent time in kitchens such as L2o, Girl & the Goat, Sixteen, BOKA, and Pacific Standard Time, all the while learning from some of his culinary idols and dreaming of the day that he and Meg would reunite again in the kitchen. With Gadabout, that wait is over and they could not be more excited to helm a kitchen in the neighborhood where their Chicago journey began.
Josh is a native Chicagoan of Puerto Rican descent and a veteran of the Chicago restaurant industry for more than 20 years. In that time, he has done every front- of- the- house position imaginable with a small sample set back- of- the- house experience. It was at Karyn's on Green nearly 10 years ago, while contemplating a move to the back of the house, a bartending position opened up and allowed him to express his creative side. Having enjoyed the distinct pleasure and good fortune of working with some of the best bar professionals this side of the Mississippi, he went on to do formidable work with the Union Hospitality Group (Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar, The Franklin Room, and the Madison Bar & Kitchen) before heading up the beverage program at La Josie. Josh's philosophy with regards to cocktails is very simple... flavor and consistency are imperatives and everything else is secondary. He looks forward to sharing the bar team's concoctions with you during your next visit. ¡Salud!
pastry & sous chef
A Chicago native, one of Meg's first memories in the kitchen was of the steam rising from a giant pot of chicken and dumplings on her grandmother's stove. Being half Assyrian and half Puerto Rican, holidays were either filled with fragrant piles of basmati rice, pita bread and grilled kabobs or calderas of arroz con gandules and crispy tostones. After college, Meg joined the Peace Corps; while in a rural Moroccan village she combined the need to be resourceful with a desire to provide home cooked meals for homesick volunteers. Having discovered that bringing people together over a meal was what brought her true happiness, she returned to the states via the Florida restaurant industry. It was here that she met her husband, Gadabout's Executive Chef Rolf Pederson. With her return to Chicago bringing her to kitchens at Hopleaf, Yusho, Aria and East Bank Club, she is thrilled to put all her skills to use in Gadabout's kitchen next to Rolf once again.
Bar manager and USBG member (United States Bartending Guild), Jonathan Wells, brings 12 years of experience in the hospitality industry to Gadabout's bar program.
Coming to Chicago from a small city in Southern California, Jonathan got his start at a small Irish pub in the south loop. Starting off as a dishwasher, host, busser, and food runner, he quickly wanted to move over to the bar team because, "They looked like they were always having fun and making guests laugh." A few years later (with many hard lessons learned behind the bar) he became intrigued and fell in love with classic cocktails/ craft cocktails. A stint in fine dining, while traveling to distilleries around the US helped polish his love of hospitality, creating a wonderful experience for guests and thirst for more bar/liquor knowledge. A few years working as part of the distillery team with CH Distillery helped further cement his passion for all things alcohol based.
Jonathan is excited to work with the bar team at Gadabout, promoting growth and knowledge for the staff on liquor, creating cocktails with Josh Martinez, and helping guests experience a wonderful time at Gadabout.
events coordinator &
social media director
Maggie is a Cincinnati native who moved to Chicago to pursue a Master's degree, and at the same time became entrenched in the Chicago Service Industry! She's been working in restaurants for most of the last decade, at least part time even as she taught and provided nonprofit social media & office support through AmeriCorps.
After AmeriCorps, Maggie went to work on the development team of an amazing Cincinnati nonprofit, honing her social media skills, newsletter writing, and volunteer management. It was while she was here, at an intermediate care facility opened by a religious order that she felt the call to pursue her theological education.
Whether you have questions about how to order for your dinner party of 10 or are looking for somewhere flexible and unique to hold your rehearsal dinner, Maggie can be reached via email or through the Gadabout social media platforms! When she’s not at Gadabout, you can find her studying, catering to her cats’ every whims while watching reality television, or attempting to play tennis with her husband (whom she married during Covid in a micro celebration, really rounding out her event planning experience!).