WBEZ | French Market http://www.wbez.org/tags/french-market Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Eat this, drink that: Christmas week edition http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-christmas-week-edition-104522 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/garrettchicagomix.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Garrett Popcorn Chicago Mix, CaramelCrisp and CheeseCorn (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p><u><strong>Friday, December 21</strong></u></p><p>Le&nbsp;<a href="http://www.frenchmarketchicago.com/events/">Marché de Noël </a>at the <a href="http://www.frenchmarketchicago.com/index.php">Chicago French Market</a>&nbsp;closes tonight so <em>allez-y</em> for your last chance to stroll the traditional-ish French market &mdash; with cheese, bread, and wine from Pastoral&nbsp;<em>bien sûr,</em><em>&nbsp;</em>but bánh mì from Saigon Sisters, and locally sourced food from Wisma too.&nbsp;Admission FREE.</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, December 22</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/">Garrett Popcorn</a> celebrates the one-year anniversary of their <a href="http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/chicago-locations/737-East-87th-Street/">87th and Cottage Grove shop</a> by giving away a <a href="http://blog.garrettpopcorn.com/garrett-holiday-ornament/">keepsake Garrett holiday ornament</a> with purchase from 10 a.m. until supplies last at this location only. Get Chicago Mix and the seasonal Gingerbread Caramel Crisp. Admission FREE.</p><p><u><strong>Sunday, December 23</strong></u></p><p>&#39;Twas the night before the night before Christmas with&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/373018362792019/">Christmas Eve-Eve</a> at <a href="http://reddoorchicago.com/">Red Door Kitchen and Bar</a>, but let&#39;s let our friend,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/cheftroygraves">chef and veteran, Troy Graves</a> tell the story: &quot;Every Christmas Eve-Eve growing up, my mom made oyster stew at a local bar for people to stop by and have a bite and a drink before going off to their family&#39;s. I want to continue that tradition at Red Door with another dish I love. This Sunday I&#39;ll be making a <a href="http://blog.restaurantintelligenceagency.com/2012/11/mexican-food-memories-inspire-new-special-at-red-door/">big fat pot of <em>pozole</em></a> and serving it up on the house while it lasts. Stop in for $5 glasses of wine and select cocktails and share some laughs before you have to behave around the family.&quot; Admission FREE.</p><p><u><strong>Monday, December 24</strong></u></p><p>The <a href="http://www.christkindlmarket.com/en/">Christkindlmarket Chicago</a> closes at <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/events/mose/christmas_tree.html">Daley Plaza</a> for the year. Your last chance to get a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/kinder-surprise-2500-contraband-chocolate-egg-104292">Kinder&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/kinder-surprise-2500-contraband-chocolate-egg-104292">Überraschung</a>&nbsp;at <a href="http://www.sweet-castle.de/">Hermann-the-German&#39;s Sweet Castle</a>.&nbsp;Admission FREE.</p><p><strong style="text-decoration: underline;">Tuesday, December 25</strong></p><p>Merry Christmas!</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, December 26</strong></u></p><p>Happy <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day">Boxing Day</a>!</p></p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-christmas-week-edition-104522 Saigon Sisters dish on street food http://www.wbez.org/story/saigon-sisters-dish-street-food-86517 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-13/bahn mi.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago foodies have had a frustrating year trying to convince city government to ease regulations on food trucks. City ordinance restricts these mobile restaurants from doing any actual cooking aboard their vehicles; they can only serve food that is cooked and prepared elsewhere. Food truck owners describe this restriction as onerous, saying it stymies their ability to offer most kinds of foods or to fully exercise the creative potential of their cooking.</p><p>They do have an ally in the form of Ald. Scott Waguespack, 32nd, who <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/business/2828400-418/trucks-restaurants-mobile-restaurant-field.html">introduced legislation</a> in April that would make it easier for them to cook in the trucks. However, the proposed law is getting push-back from some brick-and-mortar restaurant owners who feel threatened by competition from the new kids in town.&nbsp;</p><p>Amidst all this, there is at least one set of Chicago restaurateurs who are comfortable blurring the lines between street food and sit-down, for whom street food is second nature.</p><p>Mary Nguyen Aregoni and her sister, Theresa Nguyen, grew up in Laos and Thailand after their family fled communist Vietnam. They describe street food as an integral part of the culture and childhood. “Every morning we leave the house there’s street food all around us,” Nguyen says. “It’s just the way life is there.”</p><p>When they settled in Chicago and decided to open a restaurant, they knew they wanted to bring that sensibility to whatever they did. So they scored a spot in the <a href="http://www.frenchmarketchicago.com/">French Market</a> and started offering a simple menu of traditional bahn mi and pho served fast, street food style, under the name <a href="http://www.saigonsisters.com/">Saigon Sisters</a>.</p><p>Now they have a second, sit-down location on West Lake Street that serves dinner, and say they hope to take their wares to the actual streets eventually. A food truck would be “a very good model for us,” Nguyen Aregoni says, “if [the law] ever passes.”</p><p>The sisters spoke recently to an audience assembled by the Culinary Historians of Chicago, and traced some interesting parallels between the fast pace of cities like Saigon and Chicago.</p><p>You can hear that, and more colorful details about South East Asia’s street food culture, in the audio excerpt posted above.</p><p><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from <em>Chicago Amplified’s</em> vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Mary Nguyen Aregoni and Theresa Nguyen spoke at an event presented by <a href="http://www.culinaryhistorians.org/">Culinary Historians of Chicago</a> in April. Click <a href="../../story/street-smarts-street-food-vietnam-86170">here</a> to hear the event in its entirety, and click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Dynamic Range</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 13 May 2011 19:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/saigon-sisters-dish-street-food-86517