Today is not only National Donut Day but its 75th annual year.
Wednesday, May 30
Dream of sushi and eat it too, at a tasting of traditional Japanese cuisine and sake at Kendall College, presented by the ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians. The Consul General of Japan in Chicago, Yoshifumi Okamura, opens the program and will introduce chef Yuji Hayashi—who prepared that amazing kaiseki luncheon I posted about previously – at the official residence.
Chef Hayashi will demonstrate the breakdown of a flounder into a sashimi platter and the making of the classic clear clam soup with clam dumplings. He'll serve a tasting of flounder nigiri, the clam dumpling soup and "horse reins" sushi—what we know as a rainbow roll—with kelp cured flounder, smoked salmon and mitsuba, aka Japanese parsley.
For Memorial Day weekend coming up, please allow me to offer you a visual and audio movable feast from the recent Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance symposium "Road Food: Exploring the Midwest One Bite at a Time."
WBEZ's Chicago Amplified recorded the entire three day program and you can download each speaker's story now, most notably keynote speaker Michael Stern's "Will Success Spoil Regional Food?"
If you get a chance to do a roadtrip, some of these dishes may inspire your journey and destination.
Ferrara Pan—the Forest Park maker of Lemonheads, Atomic FireBalls, and Red Hots—announced yesterday they're merging with Farley's & Sathers in Minnesota. "The combined company, Ferrara Candy Company, Inc., will maintain the century-old Ferrara name and will be led by longtime industry leader Salvatore Ferrara II, the Chairman and CEO of Ferrara Pan. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed," says the press release.
No word yet on the future of the Eisenhower Expressway adjacent HQ and local jobs.
This explains their booth signage at the 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo held recently at McCormick Place—just before the NATO Summit and protests.
Well. Having NATO in town is turning out to be interesting. Including the arrest of three protestors accused of possessing bomb-making equipment—which their lawyers say is actually beer-making equipment. With Chicago Craft Beer Week in full swing, our city could be the epicenter of home brew experts. Compare notes over suds, or under the Picasso at the Daley Plaza Farmers Market opener—as we take back our city.
Tuesday, May 22
Run, walk, or shuttle through Bon Appetit 2012, the third annual restaurant crawl of Albany Park and North Park, which this year features 23 participating restaurants.
This Sunday, as the NATO Summit meets at McCormick Place, Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans will attempt to return their military service medals to NATO generals. Local artist and veteran Aaron Hughes has been coordinating the event, as the Organizing Team Leader for Iraq Veterans Against the War. Hughes served in Kuwait and Iraq in the Army Reserve/National Guard.
Word on the street is that clowns will be protesting the NATO Summit this week. No, real clowns—as in scary white makeup, colorful wigs, and big red noses. And as if that's not frightening enough, they say they will be armed with pies. No word yet what kind of pies—seasonal fruit or custard. Or if they're just those whipped cream clown pies, whether they're using local, organic, BHT-and-carrageenan-free, heavy cream—so watch out. In the meantime, if you're out and about, especially for Chicago Craft Beer Week, mind the road closures. Cheers!
Thursday, May 17
Drink your way through the greater Chicagoland area in the third annual Chicago Craft Beer Week—which lasts 11 days and nights actually.