WBEZ | LTH Forum http://www.wbez.org/tags/lth-forum Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Eat this, drink that: Coon Feed, Sean Brock, Chicken Freedom, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-coon-feed-sean-brock-chicken-freedom-and-more-105142 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8414146867/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/coonfeed2008_0.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Raccoon dinner at American Legion Post 196, Delafield, Wisconsin from 2008 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Friday, January 25</strong></p><p><em>Feast &amp; Imbibe pop-up</em>:&nbsp;Modernist moto restaurant&nbsp;protégés D&#39;Andre Carter and Heather Bublick&nbsp;present <a href="https://twitter.com/FeastandImbibe">Feast &amp; Imbibe</a>, their debut pop up,&nbsp;at an <a href="http://www.popuprepublic.com/component/content/article/243-dining-il/restaurants-happenings/1716-feast-and-imbibe.html">underground location in Evanston</a>. Feast on a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=451948888205995&amp;set=a.444609198939964.101254.442292685838282&amp;type=1">five course menu</a> including seared bass with carbonated wild grapefruit, Pu-erh&nbsp;tea smoked octopus, A Study of Quail, braised short ribs, and breakfast for dessert. Imbibe&nbsp;Few Spirits&nbsp;cocktails and Mouton Noir&nbsp;wine pairings.&nbsp;Admission $75.</p><p><strong>Saturday, January 26</strong></p><p><em>Coon Feed:</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.delafieldlegion.com/">American Legion Post 196</a> presents the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/130151323814610/">86th annual Tom McNulty Coon Feed</a> in Delafield (Wisconsin) benefitting Legion youth programs. The tasty dinner with all the fixings includes <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-26/85th-annual-coon-feed-95828">braised raccoon, mashed potatoes, stuffing, warm sauerkraut, coleslaw, and a classic roadhouse relish tray</a>. Turkey is available as an&nbsp;alternate meat. Admission, adults&nbsp;$12 suggested donation, kids&nbsp;$6.</p><p><strong>Monday, January 28</strong></p><p><em>Chávez c</em><em>hef garden party:</em> Some of Chicago&#39;s top chefs and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thekitchencommunity.org/">The Kitchen Community</a>&nbsp;are throwing<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/434946969894522/"> a garden party</a> at the <a href="http://www.chavez.cps.k12.il.us/">Cesar E. Chávez Multicultural Academic Center</a> to raise funds for a learning garden.&nbsp;The star chef line-up includes Schwa&#39;s Michael Carlson, Sepia&#39;s Andrew Zimmerman, The Southern&#39;s Cary Taylor, Near&#39;s Gaetano Nardulli, Guildhall&#39;s Christian Ragano, and more. The Aviary&#39;s GM Chris Gerber hosts; plus Rare Tea Cellar, Peace Tree Brewery, Scrumptious Pantry, and more will serve. Admission $75 suggested donation.</p><p><em>Sean Brock at&nbsp;</em><em>Amigos de Pintxo:&nbsp;</em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/131729880328202/">Amigos de Pintxo welcomes chefs Sean Brock</a>&nbsp;to <a href="http://www.standandeat.com/">Barcito for the fortnightly fiesta</a>&nbsp;benefitting <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-08-26/pilot-light-chefs-get-schooled-lunch-91042">Pilot Light</a>. Critically acclaimed Brock, of Husk and McCrady&#39;s in Charleston, will serve hand-carved, two-year Ossabaw country ham; fried pickled green tomatoes with pimento cheese; fried pig ears with chow chow; bibb lettuce with benne; Carolina crab with grilled cabbage and kimchee purée; and Husk BBQ pork ribs. Admission $25, all-you-can-eat.</p><p><em>Chicken Freedom Project c</em><em>hef chili cook-off:</em>&nbsp;Chef Troy Graves hosts a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/326646730787010/">chef chili cook-off</a> at <a href="http://reddoorchicago.com/">Red Door Kitchen &amp; Bar</a> with 100% of ticket sales benefitting&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.slagelfamilyfarm.com/donate.html">Chicken Freedom Project by Slagel Family Farms</a>. Chili chefs include Red Door&#39;s Graves, La Sirena Clandestina&#39;s John Manion,&nbsp;Carriage House&#39;s Mark Steuer, The Butcher &amp; Larder&#39;s Rob and Allie Levitt, Pleasant House Bakery&#39;s Art and Chelsea Jackson,&nbsp;Three Aces&#39; Matt Troost, Farmhouse&#39;s Eric Mansavage, and soon-to-open endgrain&#39;s Enoch Simpson.&nbsp;Admission $25 includes chili and one cocktail by&nbsp;one cocktail by Olmeca Altos tequila.</p><p><em>Trenchermen at The Dinner Party:&nbsp;</em><a href="http://fearnoartchicago.com/">Fear No ART</a>&nbsp;presents <a href="http://www.maynestage.com/6d60daed-1cda-4f81-b9d3-7dcd00057e81.aspx">The Dinner Party with guests including Trenchermen chefs/owners/brothers Michael and Patrick Sheerin</a>&nbsp;at the Mayne Stage. The Trenchermen will serve milk-braised pork shoulder with brown butter spaghetti squash, and pecorino with romaine; plus wine pairings by Vin Divino and chocolate by Vosges. Admission $30.</p><p><em>Nightwood at Embeya Asian soup guest chef series:</em>&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/ThaidangEats">Chef Thai Dang</a> presents the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=523341594362921&amp;set=a.401490096548072.95312.368284559868626&amp;type=1">Asian Soup Guest Chef&nbsp;Series debut with Nightwood&#39;s Jason Vincent</a> at <a href="http://www.embeya.com/">Embeya</a>, benefitting the <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/">Green City Market</a>. Vincent&#39;s soup: rich walleye broth with fish dumpling, crispy carrot, foie gras jelly, and coriander.&nbsp;Admission $9 per guest chef soup.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, January 29</strong></p><p><em>3 Floyds dinner and tap takeover at Trenchermen: </em>The busy brothers Sheerin present a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/449206215134991/">five-course dinner with 3 Floyds pairings plus tap takeover</a> at <a href="http://www.trenchermen.com/">their restaurant Trenchermen</a>. The menu: hors d&rsquo;ouevres and bar snacks with Jinx Proof beer; charred sepia terrine with Gumballhead; smoked hake and brandade with Rye&#39;da Tiger; mystery third course; aged Pekin duck, foie gras, chicory sausage, and steel cut oat <em>pot de feu</em> with Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout; and citrus cake, grapefruit sorbet, and pistachio nougat glacé with Zombie Dust. Admission $85 for dinner; tap takeover open without dinner reservations, beer prices vary.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, January 30</strong></p><p><em>LTH Forum at&nbsp;</em><em>Soup &amp; Bread&#39;s&nbsp;</em><em>Beans, Beer, and Bacon:</em> <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 3 B&#39;s: Beans, Beer, and Bacon</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/198205-soup-bread-chicago/">at the Hideout</a>. Soup and bread chefs include my <a href="http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=19&amp;t=36428">friends from LTH Forum</a>, plus fine folks from&nbsp;<a href="http://cedarvalleysustainable.com/">Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm</a>, benefitting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lakeviewpantry.org/">Lakeview Pantry</a>&nbsp;this week. The LTH soup menu:&nbsp;vegan split pea soup with Lost Coast 8 Ball Stout beer; vegetarian Wisconsin Cheddar beer soup with optional bacon; vegan ginger soybean soup with optional beer-braised pork belly; <em>carne en su jugo</em>; and more. LTH bread menu: bacon cornbread; cornbread with corn kernels, cornbread with grilled onions and cheese; and as always this season, loaves from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Plus LTH dessert menu: blondies and more. Admission FREE for soup, bread, and dessert; please donate what you can; and remember <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">Everyone LOVES the Generous!</a></p><p><strong>Thursday, January 31</strong></p><p><em>Afternoon Shift live at The Old Town Ale House:</em> WBEZ presents&nbsp;a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/live-remote-broadcast-afternoon-shift-105101">live remote broadcast of the Afternoon Shift with host Rick Kogan</a> at <a href="http://www.theoldtownalehouse.com/">The Old Town Ale House</a>. Guests scheduled to appear include Nobel Prize-winning, <em>New York Times</em> columnist Paul Krugman; and Second City CEO/co-owner Andrew Alexander. Please note: <a href="http://storify.com/ChicagoSunTimes/richard-marx-vs-wbez">no one gets a parking spot</a>&nbsp;&mdash; and <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/01/19/richard_marx_hates_my_guts/">that means nobody</a>. Admission FREE!</p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-coon-feed-sean-brock-chicken-freedom-and-more-105142 White Castle Cook-Off 2013 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/white-castle-cook-2013-104944 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8385289656/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sliderscookoffaspic_0.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Sliders in Aspic by LTH Forum members Carolyn Berg and David Hammond at unofficial White Castle Cook-Off 2013(WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;[J]ust thinking about those tender little White Castle burgers with those little, itty-bitty grilled onions that just explode in your mouth like flavor crystals every time you bite into one... just makes me want to burn this motherf---er down.</p></blockquote><p>&mdash; <em>Harold &amp; Kumar Go to White Castle</em>, Burger Shack Employee</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8385212581/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/slidercookofftasting.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="White Castle Cook-Off 2013 tasting plate (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Aspic is a gelatin made with stock or&nbsp;consommé, the latter perfectly clarified, classically with a raft of egg whites. It was once used as a preservation method in the Middle Ages, sealing meat from air and slowing spoilage. Aspic became, at its best, a chef&#39;s shimmering edible palette at the most formal occasions. I loved learning to make it at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and appreciate its cool, textural, and taste contrast to the rich dish encased within.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A recent rendition of Sliders in Aspic, however, was an unholy thing. Cold, hard, flavorless, lifeless jelly imprisoning a quartet of White Castle hamburgers in suspended inanimation. Tibetan Buddhists portray Hell as cold. If so, this is what you&#39;re force-fed for eternal damnation.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The rest of the dishes at the inaugural, unofficial, local White Castle Cook-Off were actually pretty good, including the ice cream.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8385222099/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/slidercookoffconsomme.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Slider Consommé by LTH Forum member eating while walking (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The event last Saturday was organized by <a href="http://lthforum.com/bb/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&amp;u=6">Catherine Lambrecht, one of the founders of <em>LTH Forum</em></a>&nbsp;(and my dear friend), with fellow members submitting a total of eight dishes, each using sliders as a key ingredient. The challenge was born from a heated thread, &quot;<a href="http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=18&amp;t=34863">White Castle: Far Worse Than I&rsquo;d Imagined</a>,&quot; started last May by David Hammond, who writes the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/food/17230167-423/the-lack-of-liver-on-menu-is-just-wrong.html"><em>Sun-Times </em>Food Detective</a> column and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/david-hammond">contributes occasionally to WBEZ</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The original White Castle buildings were inspired by Chicago&#39;s own historic Water Tower. White Castle #16 not only still stands at 53 E. Cermak Rd., but <a href="http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/chicago/news.aspx?id=189881">won landmark status</a> last year, as first <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-03-02/landmark-status-white-castle-its-what-city-craves-83226">reported by architecture blogger Lee Bey</a>. Built in 1930 and restored in 2010, it&#39;s now home to&nbsp;<a href="http://chefluciano.com/">Chef Luciano &amp; Gourmet Chicken</a>. A working White Castle stands nearly across the street, both just beyond the gates to Chinatown.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">I was introduced to White Castle as a child by my grandparents, the small burgers similar to Chinese meat-stuffed steamed <em>bao,&nbsp;</em>continue to hold a nostalgic place on my plate.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8384202913/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/slidercookoffcobbler.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Castle Cobbler by LTH Forum member Cathy2 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Their precedent is the official <a href="http://www.whitecastle.com/food/recipes/new">Crave Time Cook Off Recipe Contest</a>, which has given us such contemporary classics as the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitecastle.com/food/recipes">White Castle Turkey Stuffing</a>, the winner in 1991.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Last weekend we tasted some contest recipes but also original creations, two of which we who bore witness and tastebuds agreed tied for best:&nbsp;<a href="http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=437120#p437120">White Castle-Breaded Fried Chicken</a> and <a href="http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?p=437197#p437197">Slider-Stuffed Lumpia</a>. The Slider Consommé looked like an unmentionable sample in the clinical context, but with a flavor mercifully and pleasantly reminscent French onion soup. The Slusterd was an convergence of sliders, mustard, and &nbsp;frozen custard, which somehow represented all three worlds but was actually not bad.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8385643556/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/slidersbottomsonly.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Secret menu slider bun bottoms only (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">The Sliders on a Shingle used a little-known secret menu option: bottom buns only. The&nbsp;Savory Slider Puck Cakes were essentially cheesy mini muffins. Lambrecht herself made&nbsp;1999 Finalist, <a href="http://www.whitecastle.com/food/recipes/view/14-castle-cobbler">Castle Cobbler</a>, using real apples, and the 2012 Cook-Off Winner, <a href="http://www.whitecastle.com/food/recipes/view/318-sloppy-sliders">Sloppy Sliders</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">The Sliders in Aspic however, was, well, some things can never be untasted.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8385280418/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/slidercookoffbite.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="LTH Forum member eating while walking tastes Sliders in Aspic (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">White Castle opened its annual <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151182495167665&amp;set=a.392442207664.166478.212780672664&amp;type=1">Valentine&#39;s Day reservations yesterday</a>. Love will be in the air with tablecloths, candlelight, flowers, and the aroma of&nbsp;those those little, itty-bitty grilled onions.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8384542697/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/slidercookoffcooks.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Unofficial White Castle Cook-Off 2013 cooks (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/white-castle-cook-2013-104944 The question "Did you offer a payback deal?" is now the norm in IL politics. It's the new "Can you spell your name for me?" http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/the-question-did-you-offer-a-payback-deal-is-now-the-norm-in-il-politics-its-the-new-can-you-spell-your-name-f <p><strong>Top story:</strong> Isn't it funny that<a href="http://chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=39897" target="_blank"> journalists now have to ask the question</a>, "Did you offer a payback deal for Cohen to leave the race?" What a long, strange trip we've been on, Illinois. <strong>B story:</strong> WBEZ's Chip Mitchell witnessed first-hand (<a href="/cmitchell/2010/02/chicago-health-inspectors-trash-food-at-new-kitchen/14438" target="_blank">and first-video</a>) the health department's raid on Kitchen Chicago. It's not that their food is bad, it's that the small businesses that work out of the communal kitchen aren't licensed. So what do we do when you aren't licensed? We (in unison) throw the food away!!! <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-garden/" target="_blank">Mr. Brown Thumb</a> had a good idea: foodies should rally around this kitchen. I would think this is a job for <a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/index.php" target="_blank">LTH forum</a>, but someone else will have to post over there because they get pissy every time we post a link... <strong>C story:</strong> Elizabeth Brackett? See her every night. James Warren? Been there/done that. But who was that shining new face on <a href="http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=42,1/" target="_blank">Chicago Tonight</a> last night? He was fresh. I like fresh. Sign him to a three picture deal! Our Political Reporter Sam Hudzik made his debut appearance on Chicago Tonight last night, talking about what else, but <a href="/shudzik/2010/02/the-election-file-those-19-men-and-19-women-who-may-be-picking-your-next-lieutenant-governor/14380">his blog post</a>. <!--break--> <strong>Food: </strong>I messed up and posted Dolinsky's '<a href="/dolinsky/2010/02/valentines-day-foodie-forecast-last-minute-restaurant-ideas/13162">Valentine's Day restaurants that still have tables</a>' story too early. I realized I should have posted it today, which is when I would start thinking about Valentines dinner plans. Because I'm a guy. <strong>Weather: </strong> I don't own any boots and I left my coat at work. Please be cool today, <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/02/10-inches-of-snow-expected-beginning-monday-night.html" target="_blank">Chicago weather</a>. Lee Bey thinks <a href="/blog/bey">weather is pretty</a>. <strong>Sports: </strong>The White Sox are "unretiring" <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/2036249,luis-aparicio-omar-vizquel-white-sox-uniform-08.article" target="_blank">Luis Aparicio's #11</a>? So Omar Vizquel can have it? This seems like something the Cubs would do. Vizquel, you better be worth it. <strong>Kicker: </strong>Scotty Iseri, former WBEZ producer, had a <a href="http://news.tubefilter.tv/2010/02/08/scotty-got-an-aussie-office-job-officially-makes-us-jealous/" target="_blank">great web-series chronicling life at his office job</a>. It went viral. And now, season 3 is happening in Australia. A company paid for Scotty to come work for them so he could continue his show. Wow. I wonder if he has to colate?</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2010 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/02/the-question-did-you-offer-a-payback-deal-is-now-the-norm-in-il-politics-its-the-new-can-you-spell-your-name-f