But my pick for the best Super Bowl 2013 ad wasn't for food, beer, or even pop.
Friday, February 01
WBEZ blogger emeritus Mark Bazer celebrates the fifth anniversary of The Interview Show, at the Hideout, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Very special guests include chef/Goatherdess Stephanie Izard, Jon Langford, Bill Zehme, and Schadenfreude, featuring BEZ's beloved anti-Marxist Justin Kaufmann. Admission $8.
Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off at over 250 restaurants offering limited edition prix fixe menus for the next 10 days, until next Sunday, February 10.
This Sunday in Japan, beans will be thrown, demons will be chased, and lucky food will be eaten to welcome Spring, as is done every February 3rd on Setsubun.
In the Chicago area, Mitsuwa in Arlington Heights has Setsubun beans and masks on sale.
After I visited the earthquake and tsunami ravaged Tohoku area last year, I made it back to Tokyo in time to join the festival at the historic Zojoji temple, founded in 1393 and relocated its present site in 1598.
Friday, January 25
Feast & Imbibe pop-up: Modernist moto restaurant protégés D'Andre Carter and Heather Bublick present Feast & Imbibe, their debut pop up, at an underground location in Evanston. Feast on a five course menu including seared bass with carbonated wild grapefruit, Pu-erh tea smoked octopus, A Study of Quail, braised short ribs, and breakfast for dessert.
Saturday, January 19
Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents From Cinnamon To Saffron: Demystifying Indian Cooking in the Western World at Kendall College. Local blogger Ranjini Rao, author of Mango Masala: 60 Indian Recipes From Your Local Supermarket, talks and will also serve samples from her book. This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.
[J]ust thinking about those tender little White Castle burgers with those little, itty-bitty grilled onions that just explode in your mouth like flavor crystals every time you bite into one... just makes me want to burn this motherf---er down.
— Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, Burger Shack Employee