WBEZ | Monte LaMonte http://www.wbez.org/tags/monte-lamonte Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Eat this, drink that: Ramova Room, food stories, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-ramova-room-food-stories-and-more-105002 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7296468408/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ramovachilibreakfast.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chili on eggs, hash brown potatoes, double toast, and fresh-squeezed orange juice at Ramova Grill, 1929-2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, January 19</strong></p><p><a href="http://culinaryhistorians.org/">Chicago Foodways Roundtable</a> presents&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/cinnamon-saffron-demystifying-indian-cooking-western-world-104710">From Cinnamon To Saffron: Demystifying Indian Cooking in the Western World</a> at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>. <a href="http://tadkapasta.wordpress.com/">Local blogger</a> Ranjini Rao, author of <a href="http://tadkapasta.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/our-ebook-mango-masala-60-indian-recipes-from-your-local-supermarket/"><em>Mango Masala: 60 Indian Recipes From Your Local Supermarket</em></a>, talks and will also serve samples from her book. This event will be recorded for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified">WBEZ&rsquo;s <em>Chicago Amplified</em></a>. Admission $3, FREE for Kendall students and faculty with ID.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, January 23</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a> presents this week&#39;s theme, <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApPhpdY9KXzPdDRfMUk3WFFoZlRNd2VvR0RJcjdJS1E#gid=0">The Ocean (&quot;Seafoods and sea greens. And deep, dark mystery.&quot;)</a> at the Hideout, benefitting the <a href="http://www.heartlandalliance.org/kovler/">Marjorie Kovler Center</a>, with bread from <a href="http://publicanqualitymeats.com/">Publican Quality Meats</a> and <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-farine-bakery-chicago">La Farine Bakery</a>. If it&#39;s unclear, this is one of my favorite food and drink events, and venues, anywhere in the world. Here&#39;s S &amp; B founder Martha Bayne&#39;s recent post about this season&#39;s first theme week, <a href="http://soupandbread.net/2013/01/12/soup-bread-1213-green/">Green, with yours truly</a> &mdash; during which we quaffed <a href="http://www.3floyds.com/">Three Floyds</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.trumer-international.com/">Trumer Pils</a>, served on draft.&nbsp;Admission FREE soup and bread, donate what you can, beer additional, and remember: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">Everyone LOVES the Generous!</a></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/weekly-guide-monte-lamonte-plans-his-final-meal-86815">Monte</a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/weekly-guide-monte-lamonte-plans-his-final-meal-86815">&nbsp;LaMonte</a>&nbsp;presents <a href="http://montelovesfood.tumblr.com/">Eat This! Stories for the Love of Food</a> at <a href="http://thelincolnlodge.com/">The Lincoln Lodge</a>. The intriguing storytellers include Pleasant House Bakery chef/owner Art Jackson, urban forager Dave Odd, <em>Chicago&rsquo;s Best</em> host Ted Brunson, Lula Cafe chef Michael Simmons, The Brown Sack chefs/owners Malaika Marion and Adam Lebin, Jake&#39;s Pizza chef/owner John Berger, and Taqueria El Asadero cashier/server Viviana A. Flores. Snacks from the storytelling chefs will be served. Admission $10.</p><p><strong>Thursday, January 24</strong></p><div><a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/dining/chicago-restaurant-week/">Chicago Restaurant Week</a> kicks off with the <a href="http://firstbitesbash2013.eventbrite.com/">First Bites Bash</a> in the <a href="http://www.chicagounionstation.com/event_info.html">Great Hall at Union Station</a>, benefitting <a href="http://www.bearnecessities.org/HomePage.aspx">Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation</a>. Over 50 of our most celebrated chefs and restaurants &mdash; including Carriage House, Nellcôte, and The Bedford &mdash; will serve savory and sweet tastings. Admission $95.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/01/08/things_are_shaping_up_for_chicagois.php"><em>Chicagoist</em> presents the Ramova Room Soup Kitchen</a> at <a href="http://bentonhouse.org/">Benton House</a>, benefitting <a href="http://bentonhouse.org/archives/36">their Food Pantry</a>. The all-star, Bridgeport-connected soup chefs include Vera&#39;s Mark Mendez, who may make a Ramova tribute chili;&nbsp;busy Pleasant House Bakery chef/owner Art Jackson with&nbsp;vegetarian Moroccan tagine winter squash&nbsp;soup; Nightwood chef Jason Vincent with a bean and belly soup;&nbsp;Bridgeport Pasty chef/owners Carrie Clark and Jay Sebastian with Tuscan bean soup;&nbsp;Zaytune Mediterranean Grill chef/owner Daniel Sarkiss with lamb yogurt soup;&nbsp;Allium chef Kevin Hickey (who actually attended pre-school at Benton House) with Brussels kraut soup with potatoes, kielbasa, and rye croutons &mdash; veg version too &mdash; and more. Plus bread from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2907">heavenly Bridgeport Bakery</a>, start-up&nbsp;Peerless Bread &amp; Jam, and Bruno&#39;s &quot;Famous Sour Rye&quot;&nbsp;Bakery. Admission $10 suggested donation.</div></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-ramova-room-food-stories-and-more-105002 The Weekly Guide: Monte LaMonte plans his final meal http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/weekly-guide-monte-lamonte-plans-his-final-meal-86815 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-20/Monte LaMonte 2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>End times gets some people thinking about meal time. But <a href="http://monteism.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Monte LaMonte</a> approaches everyday like it’s his last chance to dine out. Most days of the week the blogger and performer is on a mission: to find a good meal at a good deal.<br> <br> Monte joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> as <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide" target="_blank"><em>The Weekly Guide</em></a>. In honor of the show's last day theme, he’s brought some ideas about where to eat when running out of time.<br> <br> <strong>Monte's Last Meals in Chicago:</strong><br> 1.) <a href="http://www.birchwoodkitchen.com/%20" target="_blank">Birchwood Kitchen</a>: Head there for a burger and basil infused lemonade.<br> <br> 2.) <a href="http://chicago.metromix.com/restaurants/italian/mama-lunas-belmont-cragin-hermosa/135572/content" target="_blank">Mama Luna's</a>: Monte likes the fried chicken and Italian beef pizza.<br> <br> 3.) <a href="http://thepleasanthouse.com/" target="_blank">Pleasant House Bakery</a>: Monte goes there for meat pies.<br> <br> 4.) <a href="http://www.rasdashenchicago.com/" target="_blank">Ras Dashen</a>: Goes there for veggie combo and tilapia.<br> <br> 5.) <a href="http://www.jimmysredhots.com/" target="_blank">Jimmy's Red Hots</a>: Monte says it’s the classic rubber hot dog and french fries. Simple, yet tasty Vienna beef rubber dogs with fresh cut fries&nbsp;</p><p>6.) <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/mr-ds-shish-kabobs-chicago" target="_blank">Mr. D's Shish-Kabobs</a>: Monte would go for a Rib-eye sandwich or kabob.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Hood Internet, Dorrough vs Bibio, "Fire Ant Paint Job", (thehoodinternet.com)</em></p></p> Fri, 20 May 2011 13:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/weekly-guide-monte-lamonte-plans-his-final-meal-86815