WBEZ | Christkindlmarket http://www.wbez.org/tags/christkindlmarket Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Afternoon Shift: Live from Christkindlmarket and a Christmas sing-along http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-12-20/afternoon-shift-live-christkindlmarket-and-christmas-sing-along <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/WBEZ Christmas.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Join the Afternoon Shift live from the Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza. Eric Zorn and Neil Steinberg give their predictions for the new year. We look at Chicagoan&#39;s true pizza preference and we have a sing-along with several local performers.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-live-from-christkindlmarket-and-a/embed" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-live-from-christkindlmarket-and-a.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-live-from-christkindlmarket-and-a" target="_blank">View the story "Afternoon Shift: Live from Christkindlmarket and a Christmas sing-along" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-12-20/afternoon-shift-live-christkindlmarket-and-christmas-sing-along 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 Eat this, drink that: WBEZ live with Portlandia's Fred Armisen — and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-wbez-live-portlandias-fred-armisen-%E2%80%94-and-more-104382 <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/christkindlmarketgluhwein2012.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Grab a Glühwein and join WBEZ live Thursday at the Christkindlmarket 2012 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p><u><strong>Saturday, December 15</strong></u></p><p><em>8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.:</em>&nbsp;The Midwest Buddhist Temple <a href="http://www.midwestbuddhisttemple.org/temple-organizations.htm">Adult Sangha</a> presents the annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.midwestbuddhisttemple.org/temple-special-events.htm#mochi">mochi-tsuki</a> at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.midwestbuddhisttemple.org/index.shtml">temple</a>. Get there early for your chance to pick up the wooden mallet to help pound hundreds of pounds of sweet rice into the sweet rice cakes, along with karate and judo groups. Temple office manager Jesse Zavala says Mochi &quot;as big as hamburgers&quot; will be available plain or adzuki bean filled, $5 for nine pieces.&nbsp;Admission FREE.</p><p><em>10 a.m. to 12 p.m.:</em> <a href="http://culinaryhistorians.org/">Chicago Foodways Roundtable</a> presents &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/pastrami-rye-overstuffed-history-jewish-deli-103570">Pastrami on Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli</a>&quot; at Kendall College. On the next to the last day of Hanukkah 2012, <a href="http://www.tedmerwin.com/">Ted Merwin</a>, Associate Professor of Religion &amp; Judaic Studies at Dickinson College, and author of the forthcoming book <em>Pastrami on Rye</em>, will discuss, &quot;Can the deli be resurrected?&quot; &mdash; and more. Pastrami on rye will indeed be served with &quot;sinus-clearing strong mustard&quot; &mdash; both made by my friend and culinary historian <a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/14.html">Catherine Lambrecht</a> &mdash; with <a href="http://kaufmansdeli.com/wordpress/?page_id=9">Kaufman&#39;s Jewish and corn rye bread</a>. Plus, chopped chicken livers. Admission $3, FREE for Kendall staff and students with ID.</p><p><em>2 p.m. to 7 p.m.:</em> Merry <a href="http://www.fischmanliquors.com/2012/10/fisch-mas-chrismas-at-fisch.html">Fisch-mas</a> at <a href="http://www.fischmanliquors.com/p/welcome.html">Fischman&#39;s Liquors</a>.&nbsp;Taste the 12 craft beers of Christmas, including rare seasonal ales, with <a href="http://thewagyuwagon.com/index2.php#/home/">The Wagyu Wagon</a>&nbsp;grilling burgers (yes Virginia, there&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/go-northwest-young-food-truck-jefferson-park-next-wicker-park-bucktown-%E2%80%94-or">cooking in a food truck</a>). Plus bring in your favorite beer bottle and glass blower&nbsp;<a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/nickpaul">Nick Paul of Windy City Glass</a>&nbsp;can transform it into a drinking glass or vase.&nbsp;Admission $30 advance, $35 on Saturday.</p><p><em>6 p.m. to 10 p.m.:</em> The <a href="http://sunbrosstudios.com/">Sun Bros</a> presents <a href="http://sunbrosstudios.com/2012/11/21/partyfaq/">The <em>Chinatown</em> Launch Party</a> at <a href="http://www.experimentalstation.org/event/chinatown-graphic-novel">The Experimental Station</a>.&nbsp;Celebrate the release of Sun Bros first <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/364698788/chinatown-a-graphic-novel">graphic novel, <em>Chinatown</em></a> and the one-year anniversary of the Studios. There will be Chinese bakery pastries, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Rabbit_Creamy_Candy">White Rabbit Creamy Candy</a>, <a href="http://www.eatwisconsincheese.com/wisconsin/other_dairy/health_nutrition/lactose_intolerance.aspx">cheese</a>, and hors d&rsquo;oeuvres from Chicago&rsquo;s Chinatown, plus wine and non-alcoholic drinks. Admission FREE but <a href="http://new.evite.com/#view_invite:eid=0339NC2ZTL7RSYATAEPCGAIBDARI6I">RSVP</a>.</p><p><em>8 a.m. to 11 p.m.:</em> <a href="http://www.grazemagazine.org/"><em>Graze</em> magazine</a> presents <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/170309856447490">Holiday Bizarre: Festive Food Fiascoes</a> at <a href="http://gaslightcoffeeroasters.com/blogs/gaslight-coffee-roasters-1">Gaslight Coffee Roasters</a>. Tell your five-minute holiday food fiasco story live on stage. Complimentary Gaslight coffee, Marion Street cheese, Smoking Goose meat, Paper Moon pastries, and a Letherbee Distillers gin cocktail will be served. Admission FREE but BYOB.</p><p><u><strong>Monday, December 17</strong></u></p><p>The Hungry Hound himself, our <a href="http://stevedolinsky.com/?p=10015">friend Steve Dolinksy</a>, hosts the second annual <a href="http://holidayrockandroll.eventbrite.com/">Holiday Rock &amp; Roll</a> at Café des Architectes, benefiting <a href="http://www.nokidhungry.org/">Share Our Strength</a>. Taste <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-12-15/holiday-competition-sofitel-takes-cake-94941">modern takes on the classic French <em>bûche de Noël</em></a> &mdash; aka yule log &mdash; from seven of the best pastry chefs in the city then cast your vote. Competing chefs include Acadia&#39;s Thomas Raquel, Balena&#39;s Amanda Rockman,&nbsp;Blackbird&#39;s Dana Cree, NoMI&#39;s Meg Galus,&nbsp;Perennial Virant&#39;s Elissa Narow, RM Champagne Salon&#39;s Nate Meads,&nbsp;and Sepia&#39;s Cindy Schuman. Savory rolled bites by Café des Architectes&#39;&nbsp;Greg Biggers, plus Stout Barrel House, Maison, and Carnivale will also be served, with punch bowl cocktails. Admission $35.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/Calendar/769211460?view=Detail&amp;id=112883&amp;whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagosfoodbank.org%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Devnt_cal%26AddInterest%3D1041">Holiday Food Drive</a> at <a href="http://thepublicanrestaurant.com/">the Publican</a> is back until December 23, benefitting the <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage">Greater Chicago Food Depository</a>. Please bring a non-perishable food donation to receive one drink ticket. As usual, the Publican will provide snacks, and everyone who donates will have a chance to win special raffle prizes. The most needed items are beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, cereal, chili, jelly, macaroni and cheese, pasta, pasta sauce, peanut butter, rice, shelf-stable milk, soup, stew, and tuna. Or simply <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer?pagename=diff_donate">donate funds now</a>. Admission FREE but please donate.</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, December 20</strong></u></p><p>WBEZ presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/afternoon-shift-remote-broadcast-christkindlmarket-edition-104362"><em>The Afternoon Shift</em> Remote Broadcast: Christkindlmarket Edition</a>, hosted by Rick Kogan with very special guests Fred Armisen of <em>SNL</em> and&nbsp;<em>Portlandia</em>, Richard Marx, and yours truly. Grab some <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/currywurst-yes-there-ketchup-hot-dog-and-curry-too-104155">currywurst</a>, Glühwein, and perhaps a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/kinder-surprise-2500-contraband-chocolate-egg-104292">contraband chocolate egg</a> and join us.&nbsp;Admission FREE.</p></p> Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-wbez-live-portlandias-fred-armisen-%E2%80%94-and-more-104382 Christkindlmarket Chicago offers taste of Europe for the holidays http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-12/christkindlmarket-chicago-offers-taste-europe-holidays-104274 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Picture%205.png" style="height: 410px; width: 620px;" title="Ornaments for sale at the Christkindlmarket Chicago. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ)" /></div>Rich Schmidt spends his weekends busy baking strudel inside a tiny stall with two others at the <a href="http://www.christkindlmarket.com" target="_blank">Christkindlmarket Chicago</a>.&nbsp; The steady stream of customers means he has to keep baking most of the day to keep up with the orders for apple strudels, spinach puffs and pastries slathered with Nutella.</div><p>The annual event transforms <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&amp;client=firefox-a&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;q=daley+plaza&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=daley+plaza&amp;hnear=0x880e2c3cd0f4cbed:0xafe0a6ad09c0c000,Chicago,+IL&amp;cid=0,0,14000471494972541219&amp;ei=CunDUOzXM4qE8ATNpoGwBQ&amp;ved=0CLIBEPwSMAA" target="_blank">Daley Plaza</a> in Chicago&rsquo;s downtown into a European-style open street market. Food vendors are mixed with dozens of temporary shops that sell wooden toys, Christmas tree ornaments and festive mittens and knit caps. The open air market starts in late November and stays open until Christmas Eve.</p><p>Rich said the <a href="http://helmuts-strudel.com/index.php" target="_blank">Helmut&#39;s Strudel</a> oven keeps the workers toasty even on the coldest days.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s just a great time,&quot; he said. &quot;My heritage comes from Germany and Ireland, so it&rsquo;s kind of nice. Some of the best days is when you&rsquo;ve got some snowflakes coming down. It&rsquo;s just such a warm atmosphere even when you&rsquo;re walking around outside. I don&rsquo;t even think you feel too cold, especially if you have a <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/gluehwein-gluhwein-151058" target="_blank">gluhwein</a> in your hand.&quot;</p><p>I&rsquo;ve never been to the market before, but the smell of sauerkraut fills the air and reminds me of my grandmother&rsquo;s kitchen. (She was Polish, but both cuisines involve a lot of cabbage. And really when cabbage is involved in the cooking you can&#39;t smell anything else.)</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tumblr_melid7byow1ryu5vzo1_500.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="An ornament shop at Christkindlmarket Chicago. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ)" /></div><p>It&rsquo;s time to order some lunch: I try some schnitzel and potato pancakes.</p><p>I try to find a spot at the tables where people are cozied up with little souvenir <a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=475405502512017&amp;set=pb.132700990115805.-2207520000.1355016535&amp;type=3&amp;theater" target="_blank">boots of wine</a> and steins of beer.</p><p>Katherine Borg invites me to join her family&#39;s table.</p><p>When Borg&#39;s brother and sister-in-law come from Kentucky to visit her in the Western Surburbs of Chicago, they always take an afternoon to visit the Christkindlmarket.</p><p>&quot;Spiced wine is <em>good</em>,&quot; her sister-in-law Linda Dillon laughs.</p><p>And Borg said she doesn&#39;t have to drag her teenage son to the market. He&#39;s studying German in school and is always eager to come along.</p><p>The food is delicious, but I&rsquo;ll leave it to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/currywurst-yes-there-ketchup-hot-dog-and-curry-too-104155">Louisa Chu</a> to delve into the culinary options of the market in more detail.</p><p>Chicago is home to a large <a href="http://www.dankhaus.com/" target="_blank">German-American population</a>; but the market also hosts visitors from all over the world looking for a taste of Europe for the holidays. I hear at least a half a dozen languages in the crowd.</p><p>Rich said the diverse crowd is one of his favorite parts of working at the market.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a blast just meeting everyone from around different worlds - Germany, Russia, Mexico, Ireland,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>At another stall, Franz Straub peers over his bifocals and engraves delicate glass ornaments. He spends most of the day carefully engraving names onto ornaments for customers while they wait.</p><p>If there&#39;s a lull, he keeps busy carving new ornaments.</p><p>&quot;I engrave for example now, the eyes of the owl so we can see it better, much better,&quot; Franz said as he held up a bright bird figurine.</p><p>He has worked at the Chicago market for twelve years and said he learned the trade back in Germany.</p><p>&ldquo;(My hometown) is called the glass town,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;There is a lot of glass business.&rdquo;</p><p>Nearby, children crane their necks to look up at a massive Christmas tree &mdash; several stories tall &mdash; twinkling with multi-colored lights.</p><p>They&rsquo;re lined up to get inside Santa&#39;s house. It&#39;s a good deal for everyone. The kids get to give Santa the rundown on what they want for Christmas. The parents get a free photo of the visit.</p><p>While they wait, they&#39;re entertained by a group of carolors huddled together and singing &quot;Hark the Herald Angels Sing.&quot;</p><p>As soon as I leave the cluster of little wooden houses and strudel shops that Christkindlmarket uses to give visitors a taste of Germany, I&#39;m greeted by Chicago again: a street musician in a Santa hat playing festive songs on his saxophone. The smooth sound follows me down the steps to the El train.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/tumblr_melibprWkq1ryu5vzo1_500.jpg" title="Hot pretzels for sale at Christkindlmarket Chicago. (Tricia Bobeda/WBEZ}" /></div></p> Sat, 08 Dec 2012 18:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-12/christkindlmarket-chicago-offers-taste-europe-holidays-104274 Currywurst: Yes, there is ketchup on a hot dog, and curry too http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/currywurst-yes-there-ketchup-hot-dog-and-curry-too-104155 <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/christkindlmarket2012currywurst.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Currywurst at Christkindlmarket 2012 at Daley Plaza in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">I thought this was going to be an easy food quest, finally tasting the <a href="http://www.christkindlmarket.com/en/vendors/food-beverage-vendors/">currywurst at the Christkindlmarket</a> in Chicago. Instead, as with most quests, it raised more questions than answers.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">First,&nbsp;<em>Was ist Currywurst?</em> Easiest answer: a thick-sliced hot dog, smothered in a warm ketchupy sauce, sprinkled liberally with &quot;curry powder.&quot; It&#39;s been called Germany&#39;s national dish, and you may recall that the <a href="http://www.currywurstmuseum.de/">Currywurst Museum</a> opened in Berlin in 2009. But as with most national symbols, there&#39;s controversey. Some say the sausage must have casing, others say <em>nein</em>. Some say it should be served with fries, others say with a hard bread roll.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">I say whatever is served, it should always be eaten with the signature <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Currywurst_fork">little currywurst fork</a>. I&#39;ve eaten currywurst across Germany &mdash; from lunch food to drunk food &mdash; and to me, the little fork is as essential to the dish as a colorful <em>palettina</em> is to gelato, and chopsticks are to ramen.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But there was no little fork under that sauce above.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/christkindlmarket2012gluhwein.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Glühwein at Christkindlmarket 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Two vendors serve currywurst this year at the Christkindlmarket. They both use bratwurst, griddled on a flattop, then sliced and added to their currywurst sauce. In Germany, the kind of sausage is another source of controversey not surprisingly, though it&#39;s usually sliced and sauced to order.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Herta Heuwer invented currywurst in 1949 in Berlin &mdash; using ketchup and curry powder from British soldiers, traded for booze, <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204884404574364600782551292.html?mod=googlenews_wsj">legend has it</a> &mdash; but it remains a mystery how this unlikely flavor combination became so wildly popular, and remains so to this day.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">And yes, I did say ketchup in the homeland of hot dogs.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Our friends over at Curious City recently asked and tried to answer the question: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/questions-answered-chicago%E2%80%99s-flower-costs-oldest-sidewalk-and-why-no-ketchup-our">Why no ketchup on Chicago-style hot dogs?</a>&nbsp;I asked my food friend Bruce Kraig, co-author of the just released&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0759120730?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=0759120730&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America</em></a>, who said, &quot;I agree with my friend Bob Schwartz that standard American tomato ketchup overwhelms the delicate balance of flavors and textures in a Chicago hot dog, but the pronouncement &#39;never put ketchup on a hot dog&#39; is, I think, a marketing device promoted by Vienna Beef perhaps on the 1960s or &#39;70s and with ever greater emphasis thereafter. This is a catchphrase that sets Chicago hot dog stand dogs and the city&#39;s own food identity (and identity in general) apart from all others.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;On the other hand,&quot; Kraig said, &quot;Since Vienna Beef makes lots of condiments and no doubt would have been happy to sell ketchup or any other food, the no-ketchup slogan must be rooted in actual diners&#39; preferences.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In the meantime, taste the currywurst yourself at the Christkindlmarket until Christmas Eve, and chat with some of the vendors who have been spending the holidays in our fair city every year for the 16 years of the market, ketchup or mustard notwithstanding.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/christkindlmarket2012picasso.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Christkindlmarket 2012 under the Picasso in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/currywurst-yes-there-ketchup-hot-dog-and-curry-too-104155 Weekender with Alison Cuddy http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-25/weekender-alison-cuddy-94263 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/brian-babylon.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/turkey 1.jpg" style="width: 560px; height: 373px;" title=""></p><p>For most of us Thanksgiving means turkey for dinner. But many use the holiday to ponder deeper relationships to the big, meaty bird. These days some folks go the <strong><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-eng-turkey-slaughter-20111122,0,7655182.story">extra mile</a></strong> to make feasting on the bird more meaningful. Maybe they agree with Benjamin Franklin - who in jest deemed turkey a '<strong><a href="http://fi.edu/franklin/birthday/faq.html#21">more respectable bird</a></strong>' than America's national symbol, the eagle? But why stop at turkey? The birds are everywhere! Angry Birds, the popular mobile app, is now entering the <strong><a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/angry-birds-the-smurfs-holiday-toys-264997">stuffed toy market</a></strong>. And take a look at this <strong><a href="http://vimeo.com/30843599">creepy mash-up</a></strong> of Angry Birds and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. If that revenge scenario has you regretting the feast you just consumed check out Peggy MacNamara, artist in residence at <strong><a href="http://fieldmuseum.org/"><span class="Normal__Char" style="font-weight: bold;">The Field Museum</span></a></strong>. MacNamara’s not only drawn many of the bird specimens held by the Museum - 18 of her own <a href="http://www.peggymacnamara.com/"><span class="Normal__Char" style="font-weight: bold;">paintings </span></a>are also on permanent display.</p><p>Other picks for the weekend are below. And big thanks to The Chicago Film Archive for providing the vintage sounds of Chicago's holiday season (The Big Downtown Christmas, Charles Sharp, 1962).</p><p>Here are <em>Weekender</em>'s top 6 picks:</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/boys-noize.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 87px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.boysnoize.com/blog/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>1. Boys Noize</strong></span></a></p><p><a href="http://www.clubtix.com/themid/boys-noize---team-bayside-high---mayhem-tickets-66377">Friday 10pm-4am</a></p><p><a href="http://www.themidchicago.com/">The Mid</a> 306 N Halsted</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://southsidehub.org/2011/11/18/three-films-about-the-middle-east/">2. Films about the <img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/middle east.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 120px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title="">Middle East</a></strong></span></p><p>Three films about Americans' Knowledge of the Middle East</p><p>Saturday 6pm</p><p><a href="http://southsidehub.org/">Southside Hub of Production</a> 5638 S Woodlawn Ave, Hyde Park</p><p>See a trailer for one of the films, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVVFX4ptNPA">Desert in the Coffeehouse</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-21/brian-babylon.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 141px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://comedybarchicago.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. Brian Babylon</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 8pm and 10pm</p><p><a href="http://www.vocalo.org/">Vocalo</a>'s <a href="http://www.brianbabylon.com/Brian_Babylon/BRIAN_BABYLON.html">Brian Babylon</a> hosts hilarious Stand Up at <a href="http://comedybarchicago.com/">The Comedy Bar</a></p><p>157 W Ontario St (Ontourage)</p><p>See more of Brian's comedy <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL-xgQ8C4sU">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong><a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/GageGallery.aspx">4. Prison </a><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/Supermax-Prison.jpg" style="width: 160px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></strong></span></p><p>Photographs by <a href="http://lloyddegrane.com/">Lloyd DeGrane</a></p><p>Friday 9-6 Saturday 10-4&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/GageGallery/Directions.aspx">Gage Gallery</a> 18 S. Michigan</p><p>Hear more from Lloyd DeGrane <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-22/capturing-life-behind-bars-94278">here</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/yawn.jpeg" style="width: 160px; height: 116px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.yawntheband.com/YAWN/Home.html"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. YAWN</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 8pm</p><p>w/ <a href="http://www.thekooks.com/">The Kooks</a> and <a href="http://www.thepostelles.com/">The Postelles</a></p><p><a href="http://www.jamusa.com/Venues/Vic/Concerts.aspx">The Vic Theatre</a> 3145 N Sheffield Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/christ.jpg" style="width: 159px; height: 106px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.christkindlmarket.com/"><strong><span style="font-size: 16px;">6. Christkindlmarket</span></strong></a></p><p>Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sunday 11am-8pm</p><p>Traditional German American Holiday Market and Chicago Institution</p><p>Daley Plaza 50 W Washington St</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-25/weekender-alison-cuddy-94263 Holiday staples open ahead of Thanksgiving http://www.wbez.org/story/holiday-staples-open-ahead-thanksgiving-94328 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-23/flickr christine zenino.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Some annual staples of the holiday season kick off in downtown Chicago Wednesday ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.</p><p>The month-long German Christkindlmarket opens it's red and white striped awnings for business. Manager Maren Biester said it's the biggest German holiday market it in the country and attracts more than a million visitors a year.</p><p>"It's sort of a test market also for some German companies who are looking to see if they can enter the United States with their products and actually create jobs in the U.S.," Biester said.</p><p>She added one such business that used a successful run at Christkindlmarket to open up US headquarters is the German Christmas ornament company Käthe Wohlfahrt.</p><p>Next to the market in Daley Plaza the Chicago holiday tree is being lit. It's a 55-foot spruce that was grown in suburban Western Springs.</p></p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 17:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/holiday-staples-open-ahead-thanksgiving-94328