In honor of Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s visit to the U.S., and the fact Rick Bayless cooked him dinner last night at the White House, I'm replaying part of a series I did for "848" on WBEZ, entitled "Bite By Bite." Each month, I would explore a given country's regional foods, via a handful of local restaurants. Hope you enjoy this culinary sound tour of regional Mexico in Chicago, and as they say, Buen Provecho!
May. 20, 2010
Robservations on the media beat:
- Luke Palermo, a faculty member in the television department of Columbia College Chicago for more than 25 years, has been elected president of the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He succeeds outgoing president Barbara Williams Perry, effective June 15. Palermo, who's been on the board of the local NATAS chapter for more than 15 years, said in a statement:
"It is indeed an honor to be elected president of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Chicago, and I am humbled by the wonderful men and women that have preceded me in that position. I enjoy working and planning alongside industry professionals and bringing‚ that world into my classroom.‚ I am very lucky to have the best of all worlds, my students, my teaching and my connection with television colleagues."
(Photo by Joshua M. Thompson)
The White House just released tonight's menu. I'm assuming Rick has been foraging, hunting and harvesting since he got there Monday morning:
- Salad of jicama with oranges, grapefruit and pineapple
- Herb green ceviche of Hawaiian opah
- Wagyu beef in black mole sauce with grilled beans, accompanied by black bean tamalon (a large tamal)
- Chocolate cajeta tart with toasted homemade marshmallows, graham cracker crumble and goat cheese ice cream
Good to know that I can head over to the corner of Clark and Illinois anytime to get this kind of food, but it would be so cool to see it served in the East Room. To the President.
Va Pensiero in Evanston, pre-"refreshing"
Owners Jeff and Maureen Muldrow closed Va Pensiero in early April, leaving an uncertain future for the 21-year-old Evanston fine dining fixture. Today, the building's owner, who also runs the Margarita Inn above the restaurant on Oak Avenue, tells us he has purchased Va Pensiero with plans to rename it "Va P" and open it as a "more accessible, less stuffy" incarnation of the restaurant. "
Jeff basically abandoned the restaurant," says Pure. "He handed me the keys and walked."
May. 19, 2010
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May. 19, 2010
(photo by Lee Bey)
The southern suburb of Calumet Park last week said it wants to officially rename 127th--the town's east/west main street--after President Barack Obama. An honorary designation was approved by a 5-0 vote of the village council. Now the small suburb wants state permission to officially rename the town's 10-block stretch in honor of the 44th president, the Chicago Tribune said.
Digital snacks at your fingertips (photo by Steve Dolinsky)
May. 19, 2010
An assortment of news items (updated and annotated) from my Chicago Sun-Times column 26 years ago this week:
- "It was smiles all around as Steve Dahl and Garry Meier returned to their WLS-FM (94.7) afternoon show after a three-day suspension and weeklong vacation. WLS general manager John Gehron kicked them off the air May 9 for infractions of station policies and an overall 'defiant attitude toward management.' 'I'm sorry I didn't read the situation better,' Gehron said. 'As a manager, I shouldn't have let it explode.' " [Dahl and Meier shifted to WLS-AM (890) four months later, and worked there until their contract ran out in February 1986. The duo broke up in 1993. Today, Dahl hosts a daily podcast from his home, and Meier hosts afternoons on WGN-AM (720). Gehron, who went on to become a revered broadcast industry statesman, is lead management consultant for AccuRadio.com.]
- "How eager is WLS-Channel 7 for anchorman John Drury to jump over from WGN-Channel 9? Though Drury is still being held to his WGN contract, Channel 7 already lists him (and an out-of-service extension number) in its internal phone directory." [Drury finally signed on at Channel 7 in August 1984 and fronted the ABC-owned station's top-rated 10 p.m. newscast for almost 18 years until he retired in February 2002. On Nov. 25, 2007, he died of Lou Gehrig's disease at age 80.]