WBEZ | Stephanie Izard http://www.wbez.org/tags/stephanie-izard Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Paul Kahan ties David Chang for 2013 Outstanding Chef at James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-05/paul-kahan-ties-david-chang-2013-outstanding-chef-james-beard-foundation <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/kahangreenbbq.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Beef barbacoa with Sungold tomatoes and fresh farmers cheese on housemade ciabatta at Green City Market Chefs' BBQ 2012 in Chicago by avec, Big Star, Blackbird, Publican, and Publican Quality Meats; Executive Chef Paul Kahan (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>Chicago&#39;s very own&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/PaulKahan"><u>Paul Kahan</u></a> tied for Outstanding Chef at the <a href="http://www.jamesbeard.org/awards"><u>2013 James Beard Foundation&nbsp;Restaurant and Chef Awards</u></a>&nbsp;with New York City&#39;s David Chang Monday night. Kahan won as Executive Chef at <a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/"><u>Blackbird restaurant</u></a>, though he&#39;s the culinary godfather to our fair city&#39;s avec, Violet Hour, Big Star, Publican,&nbsp;and Publican Quality Meats.</p><p>Listen to an interview with Kahan (and hear how his last name is correctly pronounced once and for all) in an interview on WBEZ&#39;s <em>Afternoon Shift</em>&nbsp;last year with Steve Edwards: &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/chicago-loves-paul-kahan-rest-world-catching-too-98717"><u>Chicago loves Paul Kahan, but the rest of the world is catching on, too</u></a>.&quot;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F91116194" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/StephAndTheGoat">Stephanie Izard</a>&nbsp;won&nbsp;Best Chef Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH) for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.girlandthegoat.com/">Girl &amp; the Goat</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://theaviary.com/">The Aviary</a>&nbsp;won&nbsp;Outstanding Bar Program.</p><p>Emeril Lagasse was recognized as the 2013 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year for his&nbsp;<u><a href="http://emeril.org/">Emeril Lagasse Foundation</a>&nbsp;</u>based in New Orleans.</p><p>By far, my favorite category is the JBF&#39;s America&#39;s Classics, locally owned and beloved regional restaurants. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-23/where-theres-smoke-theres-fish-96675"><u>Calumet Fisheries won in 2010</u></a>.</p><p>Find the complete list of chef and restaurant winners below.</p><p><strong>2013 James Beard Foundation America&rsquo;s Classics</strong></p><p>C.F. Folks Washington, D.C. Owner: Art Carlson</p><p>Frank Fat&rsquo;s Sacramento, CA Owners: The Fat family</p><p>Keens Steakhouse NYC Owner: George Schwarz</p><p>Kramarczuk&rsquo;s Minneapolis Owner: Orest Kramarczuk</p><p>Prince&rsquo;s Hot Chicken Shack Nashville Owner: Andre Prince Jeffries</p><p><strong>2013 James Beard Foundation Who&rsquo;s Who of Food &amp; Beverage in America Inductees</strong></p><p>Eric Asimov</p><p>Author and Journalist NYC</p><p>Dorothy Kalins</p><p>Editor NYC</p><p>Barbara Lynch</p><p>Chef and Restaurateur Boston</p><p>Zarela Martinez</p><p>Chef and Restaurateur NYC</p><p>Michael Mina</p><p>Chef and Restaurateur San Francisco</p><p>Bill Yosses</p><p>Author and Pastry Chef Washington, D.C.</p><p><strong>2013 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award</strong></p><p>Cecilia Chiang</p><p>Chef and Restaurateur San Francisco</p><p><strong>Best Chefs in America Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)</strong></p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/StephAndTheGoat"><u>Stephanie Izard</u></a></p><p><a href="http://www.girlandthegoat.com/"><u>Girl &amp; the Goat</u></a></p><p>Chicago</p><p><strong>Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic&nbsp;(D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA , VA )</strong></p><p>Johnny Monis</p><p>Komi Washington, D.C.</p><p><strong>Best Chef: Midwest&nbsp;(IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)</strong></p><p>Colby Garrelts</p><p>Bluestem Kansas City, MO</p><p><strong>Best Chef: New York City (Five Boroughs)</strong></p><p>Wylie Dufresne wd~50</p><p><strong>Best Chef: Northeast&nbsp;(CT, MA, ME, NH, NY STATE , RI, VT)</strong></p><p>Melissa Kelly</p><p>Primo Rockland, ME</p><p><strong>Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA , WY)</strong></p><p>Gabriel Rucker</p><p>Le Pigeon Portland, OR</p><p><strong>Best Chef: South (AL, AR, FL, LA, MS, PR)</strong></p><p>Tory McPhail</p><p>Commander&rsquo;s Palace New Orleans</p><p><strong>Best Chef: Southeast (GA , KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)</strong></p><p>Joseph Lenn</p><p>The Barn at Blackberry Farm Walland, TN</p><p><strong>Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)</strong></p><p>Jennifer Jasinski</p><p>Rioja Denver</p><p><strong>Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)</strong></p><p>Christopher Kostow</p><p>The Restaurant at Meadowood St. Helena, CA</p><p><strong>Best New Restaurant</strong></p><p>State Bird Provisions San Francisco</p><p><strong>Outstanding Wine, Beer, or&nbsp;Spirits Professional</strong></p><p>Merry Edwards</p><p>Merry Edwards Winery Sebastopol, CA</p><p><strong>Outstanding Wine Program</strong></p><p>Frasca Food and Wine Boulder, CO</p><p><strong>Outstanding Bar Program</strong></p><p><a href="http://theaviary.com/"><u>The Aviary</u></a> Chicago</p><p><strong>Outstanding Service</strong></p><p>Del Posto NYC</p><p><strong>Outstanding Pastry Chef</strong></p><p>Brooks Headley</p><p>Del Posto NYC</p><p><strong>Outstanding Restaurateur</strong></p><p>Maguy Le Coze</p><p>Le Bernardin NYC</p><p><strong>Rising Star Chef of the Year</strong></p><p>Danny Bowien</p><p>Mission Chinese Food San Francisco and NYC</p><p><strong>Outstanding Restaurant</strong></p><p>Blue Hill</p><p>NYC</p><p><strong>Outstanding Chef&nbsp;</strong>[TIE]</p><div>David Chang</div><div>Momofuku Noodle Bar</div><div>NYC</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><u><a href="https://twitter.com/PaulKahan">Paul Kahan</a></u></div><div><a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/"><u>Blackbird</u></a></div><div>Chicago</div><p><em>Follow Louisa Chu <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u>@louisachu</u></a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 07 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-05/paul-kahan-ties-david-chang-2013-outstanding-chef-james-beard-foundation Stephanie Izard: I was an Olive Garden hostess http://www.wbez.org/story/stephanie-izard-i-was-olive-garden-hostess-96232 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/Stephanie Izard 1_Flickr_Tammy Green.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-09/Stephanie Izard 1_Flickr_Tammy Green.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 420px;" title="Izard, show here with Hot Chocolate’s Mindy Segal, at a 2009 cooking demonstration. (Flickr/Tammy Green)"></p><p><a href="http://www.stephanieizard.com/">Stephanie Izard</a> wasn’t like other kids.</p><p>When the future <em>Top Chef</em>-winner and owner/executive chef of the West Loop restaurant <a href="http://www.girlandthegoat.com/">Girl and the Goat</a> went shopping with her parents, she would walk right past the toy store. Instead, she’d head straight for the cheese shop, where she would sample brie and bleu cheese with great gusto. “It was the most exciting thing ever,” Izard recalls.</p><p>She and her sister would play restaurant, drawing up elaborate menus. “We’d have a full menu with 25 items,” Izard recalls. “But the only thing you could actually order was the chicken cordon bleu, because we could put it in the toaster oven. That was all we were allowed to use when mom was out of the house.”</p><p>And after a particularly intense swim practice, Izard would reward herself with an entire bag of frozen French fries-- garnished with freshly chopped parsley.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-09/Stephanie%20Izard%202%20%28ham%20fries%29_Flickr_Kid%20Tamae.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 201px; margin: 5px; float: left;" title="The ham fries at Girl and the Goat belie Izard’s early food obsessions. (Flickr/Kid Tamae)">Later in life, Izard would proudly recall her days as sous chef at Andersonville’s now-shuttered La Tache, where she created a dish of pan-roasted sturgeon. Paul Kahan enjoyed it so much while dining at the bar one night that he ordered another one to go. Izard would go on to create dishes for Girl and the Goat like wood-oven-roasted pig face, which Izard describes as “breakfast on crack.” This summer she’ll add a second restaurant to her portfolio: a café called Little Goat.</p><p>But in between her adorable proto-foodie childhood and her later accolades and success, Izard had some years in the food biz that were about as unglamorous as it gets.</p><p>Izard spoke at the Museum of Contemporary Art in January, and described some of the many gigs she had during her early years in “the industry.” These included a stint as a college cafeteria lady, and one as a hostess at the Olive Garden. There, she says, she learned to prepare salad-by-numbers (five croutons for every two people!) and watched servers regularly over-charge customers to get bigger tips.</p><p>You can hear many more scandalous and hilarious details of Izard’s time in the food trenches in the audio above--although listening may make you think twice about walking into a restaurant, or working in one.</p><p><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range </a><em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from </em>Chicago Amplified’s<em> vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Stephanie Izard spoke at an event presented by the</em><a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/"><em> Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago </em></a><em>in January. Click </em><a href="../../story/culture-catalyst-stephanie-izard-96114"><em>here </em></a><em>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Sat, 11 Feb 2012 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/stephanie-izard-i-was-olive-garden-hostess-96232 This week in food events: galettes, roscas, and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-03/week-food-events-galettes-roscas-and-more-95225 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-03/galettedesroi_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-03/galettedesroi.jpg" title="" height="400" width="600"></p><p>Resolved to start your oatmeal, kale and quinoa, and juice fast today? I know, me too. But not so fast. This week galettes des rois and roscas de reyes start popping up in bakeries around town.</p><p>Both pastries celebrate Epiphany/Día de los Reyes/the Twelfth Day of Christmas—the day the biblical Three Kings visited the baby Jesus—observed January 6.</p><p>There are many variations on the French galette, but now they're most traditionally puff pastry cakes filled with almond cream, hiding a fève (literally a bean, but now a small favor, some highly collectible). He or she who finds the fève wears the accompanying paper crown. King or Queen then hosts the next seasonal gathering: la Chandeleur, celebrated with crêpes.</p><p>Here in multi-culti Chicago we also have roscas de reyes, the Spanish-influenced sweet bread ring studded with colorful dried and/or candied fruits, also hiding a favor, usually a small baby-shaped figurine, representing the baby Jesus. King or Queen then hosts a Día de la Candelaria party—same day, different language—with tamales.</p><p>It does go on, doesn't it?</p><p>Reserve your roscas at <a href="http://chicagobestcakes.com/locations/">Bombon (all four locations)</a> or <a href="http://www.labaguettechicago.com/">La Baguette</a>. They may have some in the case but they're snapped up fast.</p><p>Same with the galettes, available at <a href="http://www.floriole.com/">Floriole</a>, <a href="http://vanillepatisserie.com/">Vanille</a>, <a href="http://chicago.menupages.com/restaurants/bonjour-bakery-cafe/">Bonjour</a>, and <a href="http://www.bennisonscakes.com/kingcakes.html">Bennison's</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.threetartsbakery.com/">Three Tarts</a> will have Kings' Cakes starting Friday.</p><p>If you know of a galette or rosca you'd recommend, please mention it in the comments below.</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, January 7</strong></u></p><p>Have your cake, and kale too. Pick up some dark, leafy winter greens at the <a href="http://www.evanstonfarmersmarkets.org/">Evanston Farmer and Artisan Food Market, indoors at the Evanston Ecology Center</a>.</p><p>Then, <a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=19&amp;t=33583">Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents Grudge-stained Middle-class Tip: Class Warfare and Consumer Democracy in the Early Twentieth Century at Kendall College</a>. "In the first decades of the twentieth century, no issue inspired more acrimonious discussions and heated editorials than tipping." The more things change... This event will be recorded for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-07/grudge-stained-middle-class-tip-class-warfare-and-consumer-democracy-early-twentiet">WBEZ's Chicago Amplified</a>.</p><p>Meanwhile, in the ongoing series of cooking classes, <a href="http://www.af-chicago.org/app/Calendar.php?event=822&amp;type=">Being a Chef: Galette des Rois at Alliance Française</a>, offers a hands-on class in which a galette des roi and its American cousin, the New Orleans Kings' Cake—and a relation of the rosca de reyes—will be baked.</p><p><a href="http://www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms/index.php">Pizza Gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden</a> is not quite sprouting a slice of Burt's here, Great Lake's there, but it will give you a chance to taste plants used on pizza, plus plant an Italian herb garden to make pizza at home.</p><p><u><strong>Sunday, January 8</strong></u></p><p>Pick up your daily dose of great local food at the <a href="http://logansquarefarmersmarket.org/">Logan Square Farmers Market, indoors at the Congress Theater</a>.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, January 10</strong></u></p><p>Girl and the Goat (Top) chef/owner <a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/programs/now/all/2011/e967#izard">Stephanie Izard talks and signs books at the MCA</a> as part of the ongoing Culture Catalysts series.</p><p><em>Have an event recommendation? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/lchu/contact">Please email me here</a>. Thanks.</em></p></p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 19:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-03/week-food-events-galettes-roscas-and-more-95225 2011 James Beard Award Nominees Announced http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-21/2011-james-beard-award-nominees-announced-84041 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-March/2011-03-21/Publican Inside.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="298" width="448" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-21/4583318584_6df377567c.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>The Publican is nominated for Outstanding Restaurant Graphics (photo by <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/sifu_renka/">Sifu Renka</a>)</em></p><p>The 2011 James Beard Foundation Award Finalists were announced <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/beardfoundation">via Twitter </a>today. It's no suprise that several Chicagoans made the list.</p><p>Girl &amp; The Goat&nbsp;is nominated for Best New Restaurant in the country, along with Torrisi Italian Specialities and ABC&nbsp;Kitchen in New York, Menton in Boston and Benu in San Francisco.</p><p>Other national award nominees from our area include: Topolobampo for Outstanding Service, Paul Kahan for Outstanding Chef, Blackbird's Patrick Fahy, Hot Chocolate's Mindy Segal are both nominated for Outstanding Pastry Chef, The Publican for Outstanding Restaurant Graphics and Rich Melman for Outstanding Restaurateur.</p><p>Four of the nominees for Best Chef: Great Lakes are from Chicago, and include Schwa's Michael Carlson, Avenue's Curtis Duffy, North Pond's Bruce Sherman and Vie's Paul Virant.</p><p>For the journalism awards, the Chicago Tribune's Monica Eng was nominated in the Environment, Food Politics and Policy category and the Reader's Michael Gebert and Julia Thiel were nominated in the Multimedia Food Feature for their Key Ingredient series.</p><p>Visit the <a href="http://jbfawards.com/2011/nominees.php">James Beard Foundation website </a>for a full list of nominees.</p></p> Mon, 21 Mar 2011 21:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-21/2011-james-beard-award-nominees-announced-84041 53rd Ward video: The Alderman Bus makeover (featuring cameo by Stephanie Izard!!) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-18/53rd-ward-video-alderman-bus-makeover-featuring-cameo-stephanie-izar <p><p><iframe height="311" frameborder="0" width="500" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mc5MXLdGwHA" title="YouTube video player"></iframe></p><p>We are just on fire with videos today! This one is actually part of the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/53rdward">53rd Ward series</a>, following Alderman Ed Bus running for mayor. In this episode, Bus takes up Burt Natarus' <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/53rdward#p/u/5/4wSMayeuc9s">suggestion</a> and meets with his political consultand Deb Matzo. Matzo wants to makeover the alderman and bring him into 21st century politics. <br /><br />Celebrity cameos from Girl &amp;&nbsp;the Goat's <a href="http://www.stephanieizard.com/about">Stephanie Izard</a> and WBEZ&nbsp;blogger and ABC-7's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/steve-dolinsky">Steve Dolinsky</a>.</p><p>Special thanks to Andrew Gill and Nick Wagner for shooting, as well as Adam Witt for editing. </p><p>This weekend, check out Alderman <a href="http://www.53rdward.com/2011/02/17/we-are-here-to-win-and-we-have-the-guest-list-to-prove-it/">Ed Bus &amp;&nbsp;friends at the Gallery&nbsp;Cabaret</a>. </p></p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 19:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-18/53rd-ward-video-alderman-bus-makeover-featuring-cameo-stephanie-izar Something You Should Eat: Goat burger at Burger Bar http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-eat-goat-burger-burger-bar <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-October/2010-10-26/HighHog.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Stephanie Izard may have single-handedly made goat cool, but whether you give her credit or not, the lean meat is starting to show up in some unlikely places. Most recently, at the <a href="http://www.burgerbarchicago.com/" target="_blank">Burger Bar</a> (formerly known as the Urban Burger Bar) on Clybourn - right across the street from the gleaming new Apple store - they have a new special that seems to reappear with some frequency. It's a ground goat burger, and the condiments alone almost make it worth ordering. &nbsp;Be sure to pair it with one of their fantastic shakes.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" height="225" width="400"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><param name="src" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=16173377&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=c40215&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=16173377&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=c40215&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="225" width="400"></object></p></p> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-eat-goat-burger-burger-bar Nice birthday present: Oprah gives Art Smith's charity $250k http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/nice-birthday-present-oprah-gives-art-smiths-charity-250k <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="240" width="320" class="size-full wp-image-16436" title="dolinsky1" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//dolinsky1.jpeg" alt="" /><br /><em>Mario Santiago (May St. Cafe), Art Smith, me</em>&nbsp;</p><p>Last night, Chicago chef Art Smith celebrated his 50th birthday in style. Several of the nation's top chefs cooked up their signature dishes for a crowd of Chicago celebrities. Chefs included Ming Tsai, David Burke and Boston's Barbara Lynch, as well as Gavin Kaysen from Cafe Boulud in New York and &quot;Top Chef&quot; winner Stephanie Izard. Birthday revelers included Mayor Richard Daley and former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers.</p><p>The night was capped by the news that Oprah Winfrey (Smith's old boss) donated $250,000 to Smith's charity, Common Threads.</p><p>Here are some more pictures from the event:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><!--break--> <img height="240" width="320" class="size-full wp-image-16437" title="dolinsky2" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//dolinsky2.jpeg" alt="" /> <br /><em>Nigella Lawson and me</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="240" width="320" class="size-full wp-image-16438" title="dolinsky3" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//dolinsky3.jpeg" alt="" /> <br /><em>Bruce Seidell (Food Network), Nigella, me</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="240" width="320" class="size-full wp-image-16439" title="dolinsky4" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//dolinsky4.jpeg" alt="" /> <br /><em>Michael Johns (American Idol, Season 7) singing before dessert</em><br />&nbsp;</p><p>You can find more real-time pictures from last night's event on my <a href="http://www.twitter.com/stevedolinsky" target="_blank">Twitter page</a>.</p></p> Mon, 01 Mar 2010 09:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/nice-birthday-present-oprah-gives-art-smiths-charity-250k