It doesn’t take much to see Michael and Laci Midgley’s passion for the community. As the owners of Midgley’s Public House, they strive to have a personal relationship not only with Lincoln Center but with the Stockton community as a whole.  Head Chef Michael Midgley always wanted to own a restaurant, but the fi rst three years of Midgley’s Public House has been more than he ever dreamed of. When looking for a location for his restaurant, Lincoln Center was the perfect fi t – and has been supporting him ever since. The Midgleys can’t say enough positive things about Lincoln Center. “They have done nothing but facilitate our success,” said Laci. Another part of the restaurant’s success is credited to Michael’s appearance on reality television. He was a winner of Cutthroat Kitchen and a contestant on Top Chef. On his way to earning “celebrity chef” status, he appeared as a judge on Knife Fight and Top Chef Masters. The couple also competed on Restaurant Startup. These experiences in the spotlight have opened many opportunities for the Midgleys. Midgley’s Public House continues to gain exposure and attract customers from great distances. “Celebrity Chef” is not Michael’s only title, though. He is also an official Brand Ambassador for Certified Angus Beef. Under this name, he gets to “geek out on beef” at conferences and implement what he learns into his own restaurant. His favorite meal to make – the barrel steak sandwich and prime rib. Michael and Laci have both worked in other areas around town, but they say nothing compares to the benefits of being in Lincoln Center. “The people in the Lincoln Center office always benefit they drive traffic to businesses,” said Michael. “They have an awesome team that’s building on everybody’s success.” The Midgleys always try to incorporate Lincoln Center in promotions, such as on social media and Michael’s radio show, “Mondays with Midgley” on KJOY. Living just down the street from Lincoln Center, the businesses play important roles in the Midgley family. “Our kids go to school right next to the Center – we have home, school, work, shopping at Podesto’s – everything’s right here,” said Michael. “We are literally neighbors of the Center and we believe in supporting our neighbors,” added Laci. Aside from supporting fellow Lincoln Center businesses, the Midgleys give back to the greater Stockton community. They do an annual golf tournament to benefit First Tee of San Joaquin and donate to local charities every month in the form of dinners, gift cards, and auctions. “We believe that if we do as much as we can for our community then our community will support us,” they said. “Our success is success for the community.”


Meet Laci MidgleyEvery morning, as soon as her feet hit the floor, Central Valley native Laci Midgely is on the move. As a wife, mother, business owner and real estate agent at Sheri Midgley Realty, this ambitious Stockton resident is no stranger to the work-life balance juggle. Armed with determination, ambition and a healthy dose of spunk, this mompreneur welcomes the daily challenge of keeping all the balls in the air. The Woman Behind the ManWhen Laci and her husband, Michael, met in a restaurant more than two decades ago, little did they know that their shared love of the food industry would not only lead them on the adventure of a lifetime, but also would be the catalyst in the creation of their successful business, Midgley’s Public House, years later. “Mike and I met in a local restaurant about 20 years ago,”Laci recalled. “I was a hostess and he was a server and we both really enjoyed working in that industry. We dated for quite some time and eventually got married. During that time, Mike decided to use his passion for food to become a chef. While he went to California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, I waited on tables full time to help make ends meet.”After graduation, Laci shared that her husband’s career exploded. Thanks to his talents and big personality, he appeared as a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef and was the top winner of Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen. Life-changing opportunities were also presented to the couple as Michael appeared as a judge on Esquire network’s Knife Fight and Bravo’s Top Chef Masters; the couple appeared together on CNBC’sRestaurant Startup. The Birth of a BusinessAs Michael’s reputation reached celebrity chef status, the opportunity presented for the duo to start their own restaurant. Together the pair worked tirelessly to bring his culinary talents to Lincoln Center by opening Midgely’s Public House in November 2014. From the very beginning, Laci and Michael created Midgley’s Public House to be an exciting culinary experience. The restaurant is known for their American fusion, steaks and seafood paired with fine wine and spirits. “During the first chapter of our lives, I was very much the woman behind the man, and I am incredibly proud of my husband’s achievements,” Laci noted. “Now that our business has been open for three years, I have found my own role within our restaurant. My official title is Office Manager, but I can assure you what I do is much more than that! My job is managing the business, but I also take pride in facilitating the details and subtleties that help make each customer’s dining experience an exceptional one. I fill in wherever I’m needed, which includes waiting tables and working special events. I am always working on ways to keep our social media vibrant and fun as well, and I love to showcase special dishes or even unique local beers that we offer. When things are going well, I focus on how we could be making it better.” Family first through their long journey and string of successes, Laci and Michael have always remained 110 percent committed to their most important role of all; being parents. “We have such a full and wonderful life, but our children are absolutely the best thing we have going on,” Laci shared. “We have three beautiful kids and they are the center of our world. Our daughter, Taylor, is eight, our son, Mikey, is seven and our youngest daughter, Morgan, is five. “Michael and I work great together as parents and as business owners, even though juggling those dual roles can be a challenge some days. We believe in keeping the lines of communication open, putting family first and always doing our best to respect each other even during the heated moments that come along with working in the food industry. It has been easier now that the restaurant has been open three years and we have an exceptional team working for us. It allows us to be more present for our kids and take better care of ourselves as well. Some days our efforts work well, some days not so much. But we know we are not perfect and every day is a new chance to try again.” When they’re not working alongside the 40+ employees at Midgley’s Public House, Laci, Michael and the children love to travel; many of their trips are inspired by food-related events. Every year the family makes a vacation out of going to the Santa Cruz Chili Cook-Off in October and again during the Chowder Cook-Off in February. But after working all week long, they also enjoy just hanging out at home and spending time with the kids. “Don’t rush through life,” Laci advised. “Savor every precious moment of parenthood because they grow up so quickly. Insist on meals together, plan that vacation and always make family your number one priority.” Lessons of Business and LifeDoing business in modern times means social media can play a major role in a business’ success and reputation. Laci also is aware that people sometimes get brave behind a keyboard without realizing the damage their comments can make; a fact that she advises all business owners to keep in perspective. “I’ve learned over the years to not give our critics too much weight; we prefer to focus on the loyal patrons who love us. Michael and I give Midgley’s Public House every ounce of our blood, sweat and tears, but we also know we are not going to appeal to everyone. “People say we are lucky all the time, and I completely agree. But our wonderful life is not the fall-in-your-lap kind of lucky. I believe luck is earned, and we’ve worked exceptionally hard for what we have. We’ve both failed at things plenty of times, and it’s okay to fail. Failures motivate you to come back better than ever. Whether it’s in life or business, you just need to show up, do your best and repeat.” ■ Photo by: JULIE NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHOriginal Article: http://herlifemagazine.com/centralvalley/inspirations/laci-midgley-luck-is-earned/​


Manipulating our kids into eating their veggies. Sound familiar? Introducing the Asparagus Churro! Find out what else you and your family can sink your teeth into at the Asparagus Festival in Stockton this weekend.


Michael Midgley and his crew will be cooking up some food for our local heroes in Stockton.


Chef Midgley continues to be a source of Stockton pride by sharing his culinary passion with his community and with organizations throughout the Central Valley.


Stockton’s celebrity chef Michael Midgley and his wife, Laci, just celebrated one successful year at their gastropub/steakhouse, Midgley’s Public House. And they are looking forward to many more!


Michael and Lacie Midgely own "Midgelys Public House" in Stockton and they consider it a steak house without all the fuss.


What do you get when you combine a variety of diverse restaurants, delicious and well-priced lunch and dinner specials, and throngs of hungry foodies?


Midgley’s Public House is ready to take advantage of Sacramento’s rapid growth by striping steak of all the fussiness.​


By RICHARD PALOMA After competing in the second season of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” and coming out the victor during his appearance on the reality TV series “Cutthroat Kitchen” on Food Network, Chef Michael Midgley has realized his life-long dream of running his own restaurant by opening Midgley’s Public House located on the Brickwalk in Stockton’s Lincoln Center. “Lincoln Center is the perfect place for us to realize this dream,” stated Chef Midgley. “The location, ambiance, and décor are the perfect backdrop to blend with the menu choices that we offer.” Midgley, a graduate of San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy, is known locally from preparing fare at Lodi’s Wine and Roses and more recently as the executive chef of Ernie’s in Manteca. In the renovated space featuring an atmosphere with stone, dark woods, lanterns and a copper topped bar along with a beautiful dining patio, Midgley brings an exciting culinary experience to his patrons, serving a range of American-fusion entrées featuring beef, pork, chicken and seafood dishes paired with spirits and fine wine. Opened in November 2014, the restaurant is a Certified Angus Beef licensed steakhouse that butchers on site.Appetizer selections are a gathering of Midgley’s travels in the culinary world. “They’re traditional items with a spin,” Midgley said. “Everyone finds them tasty and unique.”The vegan wings are a cauliflower creation that taste like a boneless buffalo wing. His Snails & Tails is an escargot and lobster tail innovation served with garlic butter and toast. Also on the menu is the Tomahawk ribeye, a 40 oz. bone-in steak with the rib protruding at least a foot.“It reminds me of a Fred Flintstone steak with its bone sticking out,” joked Midgley. “It’s definitely a great steak to split with someone.” Beef filets are select tenderloin center cuts that are barrel cut, equal in height and width. This style of cut is the most tender and is one that appeals to discriminating chefs, providing a superior quality choice for restaurants. Whether it’s a fine red to go with the beef or a rich aroma white for the seafood or chicken, Midgley offers a selection of wines that he describes as “fun and affordable,” featuring varietals of wineries from Lodi, Napa and Paso Robles. For dessert, their banana pudding has been making a hit with regulars. The creation features sautéed bananas in banana pudding, graham cracker crumbs with whipped topping and caramel sauce.Other desserts include a bread pudding made with maple doughnuts and bacon on a fried Twinkie that, when presented, is sliced and looks nothing like a Twinkie. “I love carnie food,” said the down-to-earth chef. (In the same spirit of “carnie food” he also offers a lobster corn dog on the lunch menu.) For groups of 10 or more, Midgley can craft dinners of a whole roasted pig, having the only U.K. hog roaster in the U.S., or even sides of beef, lamb or a large turkey, depending on prior arrangements for the group.“I don’t think of myself as a celebrity,” said Midgley, playing down the status he’s gained from national television exposure and his local reputation. “I’m just a cook in Stockton. My friends and family keep me grounded.” Midgley’s Public House is at 296 Lincoln Center in Stockton. Call 209-474-7700 for more information.The restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. Breakfast is available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and Midgley’s is open every day for drinks and appetizers from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Original Article: http://www.209magazine.com/midgleys-public-house/​