WBEZ | Paczki Day http://www.wbez.org/tags/paczki-day Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Eat this, drink that: crepes, paczki, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-crepes-paczki-and-more-105272 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8435151025/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/creperiecomptoircrepe.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Crêpe du jour with Emmental cheese, roast chicken, marinated artichokes, arugula, and basil La Crêperie du Comptoir in Paris (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Friday, February 01</strong></p><p>WBEZ blogger&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer">emeritus Mark Bazer</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;celebrates the fifth anniversary of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theinterviewshowchicago.com/december/">The Interview Show</a>, <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/208457-interview-show-hosted-by-mark-chicago/">at the Hideout</a>, benefiting the <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer">Greater Chicago Food Depository</a>. Very special guests include <a href="http://www.stephanieizard.com/">chef/Goatherdess Stephanie Izard</a>, Jon Langford, Bill Zehme, and Schadenfreude, featuring BEZ&#39;s beloved <a href="https://twitter.com/JustinKaufmann/status/281915355486625792">anti-Marxist Justin Kaufmann</a>. Admission $8.</p><p><a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/dining/chicago-restaurant-week/">Chicago Restaurant Week</a> kicks off at over 250 restaurants offering&nbsp;limited edition prix fixe menus for the next 10 days, until next Sunday, February 10. Admission starts at $22 for lunch and $33 or $44 for dinner.</p><p><strong>Saturday, February 02</strong></p><p>Paris-born French chef Martial Noguier <a href="http://bistronomic.net/hostalt/?post_type=events&amp;p=1996">celebrates <em>La Chandeleur</em></a>, aka crêpes day, at his restaurant Bistronomic. Noguier has created a two-course lunch and three-course dinner prix fixe. The menus offer a first course of caramelized onion soup with shaved <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/young-americans-2012-rush-creek-reserve-uplands-cheese-103351">Pleasant Ridge Reserve</a> cheese, brioche croutons, <a href="http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s14e14-creme-fraiche">and crème fraîche</a>; second course of chicken confit crêpes with mushroom ragout and sauce Mornay; and third, dessert course of Crêpes Suzette with mandarin&nbsp;orange salad and Grand Marnier sauce. Admission $20 for lunch, $28 for dinner.</p><p><strong>Sunday, February 03</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.filinichicago.com/">Filini Bar and Restaurant</a> hosts a&nbsp;<a href="http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl">Puppy Bowl IX</a> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/FiliniChicago/posts/341030219344393">pet-friendly&nbsp;viewing party</a> at the <a href="http://www.radissonblu.com/aquahotel-chicago">Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel</a>, <a href="http://www.pawschicago.org/">benefiting PAWS Chicago</a>! Chef/dog-lover William Johnson will offer pups complimentary treats he made himself. For humans, his creative canine-themed menu start with takes on the classic cocktail Salty Dog: the Chihuahua (Del Maguey mezcal, grapefruit juice, housemade sour mix), Cane Corso (Averna amaro, grapefruit, Angostura Bitters), English Bulldog (Beefeater gin, grapefruit, house sour), Irish Setter (Bushmills whiskey, Bénédictine, Maraschino liqueur), and the Tatra Sheepdog (house-infused clove vodka, mint, Demurer). Food specials include the Chesapeake Bay Retriever (Parrot Island oysters with mignonette), Italian Greyhound (pepperoni pizza), and Weimaraner (bratwurst, brioche bun, sauerkraut). Plus a dessert of a trio of Push Pops: the Beagle (white and black chocolate truffle mousse), Blue Nose American Staffordshire Terrier (blueberry mousse), and the St. Bernard (dark chocolate bourbon mousse). Admission FREE,&nbsp;10% of Filini&#39;s profits will benefit PAWS,&nbsp;from PB IX kickoff &mdash; including the <a href="http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/puppy-bowl/videos/puppy-bowl-kitty-halftime-show.htm">Kitty Half-time Show</a> &mdash; until the restaurant&rsquo;s closing.</p><p><strong>Monday, February 04</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.illinoismyco.org/home">Illinois Mycological Association</a>, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-10-11/first-rule-mushroom-club-93031">aka Mushroom Club</a>, welcomes renown&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mycophilia.com/">mycophile Eugenia Bone</a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/North-Park-Village-Nature-Center/">North Park Village Nature Center</a>. Bone&#39;s lecture will focus on how the biology of mushrooms affects our culinary experience of them. She will also sign her beautiful new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1605294071?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=1605294071&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>Mycophilia: Revelations from the Weird World of Mushrooms</em></a>.&nbsp;Admission FREE for IMA members, $5 suggested donation for non-members, but <a href="http://www.illinoismyco.org/join">no one will be turned away due to the lack of funds</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 06</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a> presents this week&#39;s theme,&nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApPhpdY9KXzPdDRfMUk3WFFoZlRNd2VvR0RJcjdJS1E#gid=0">Down Under: Soups of the Southern Hemisphere</a>, benefiting <a href="http://chicagohelpinitiative.org/">The Chicago Help Initiative</a>, as always <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/208429-soup-bread-chicago/">at the Hideout</a>. Bread donated by Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE, donate what you can and <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">Everyone LOVES the Generous!</a></p><p><strong>Thursday, February 07</strong></p><p>The Polish American Association celebrates Fat Thursday/Tłusty Czwartek with&nbsp;a <a href="http://www.polish.org/paczki-day-2013">Pączki Day fundraiser </a>at all five <a href="http://www.oakmillbakery.com/">Oak Mill Bakery</a> locations, two PAA locations, and Polish <a href="http://www.polskieradio.com/">radio station&nbsp;WNVR</a>. They say, &quot;&quot;An old Polish proverb states, &#39;If you don&rsquo;t eat at least one doughnut on Fat Thursday, you will not be successful in the New Year.&#39;&quot; Admission $3 per&nbsp;pączki.</p><p><strong>Save the Date: Friday, February 08</strong></p><p>The Chicago Auto Show presents the <a href="http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/first_look/">First Look for Charity</a> at McCormick Place, benefiting <a href="http://www.chicagoautoshow.com/first_look/first_look_benefiting_charities.aspx">18 local charities</a>. The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-10/chicago-auto-show-food-trucks-food-drive-first-look-and-more-96276">black-tie event</a> will include food and drink David Burke&#39;s Primehouse, Union Sushi + Barbeque Bar, Real Urban Barbecue, Moët Hennessy, and much more. Admission $250.</p></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-crepes-paczki-and-more-105272 Forget Valentine's Day, celebrate Paczki Day! http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/forget-valentines-day-celebrate-paczki-day <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="378" width="504" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//IMG_3026.jpg" alt="" class="size-full wp-image-14552" /><br /><em>a plethor of paczki from Old Mill Bakery (photo by Steve Dolinsky)</em></p><p>While everyone concentrates on Fat Tuesday parties next week, Chicagoans know that today is also a big day for the million or so residents in our area of Polish descent. It's Paczki Day today, and these squat, circular orbs of yeast-fed dough, fruit preserves and frosting will be sold in huge numbers over the next 24 hours.<!--break--></p><p>In this week's <a href="http://chicago.timeout.com/articles/restaurants-bars/82694/paczki-primer-for-a-deep-fried-fat-tuesday" target="_blank">Time Out Chicago</a>, Heather Shouse has a nice roundup of places to stuff your face full of Paczki (PAUNCH-key), but they didn't mention&sbquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://oakmillbakery.com/" target="_blank">Oak Mill Bakery</a> - one of the leaders in local paczki production. With six bakeries in the region - including a new cafe/bakery in Bucktown - they expect to sell about 80,000 packi...today. I spoke with owner Bogna Solak at her newest location, to talk about this delicious tradition - always held on the Thursday <em>before</em> Fat Tuesday. I also found <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/video?id=5924394" target="_blank">the story I did on them two years ago</a>, so you can actually see how they make the paczki. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Paczki-Day.mp3">Paczki Day</a></p></p> Thu, 11 Feb 2010 07:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/forget-valentines-day-celebrate-paczki-day