WBEZ | Food events http://www.wbez.org/tags/food-events Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago craft beer week, Food Truck Rally and more food and drink events http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-05/chicago-craft-beer-week-food-truck-rally-and-more-food-and-drink-events <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/snowpeatendril.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Spring pea tendril (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p><strong>Friday, May 10</strong></p><p><a href="http://wecangrowit.org/?p=1218"><u><em>Peterson Garden Project second annual Spring Plant and Bake Sale</em></u></a> at the Peterson Garden Project Learning Center. This three day event will offer baked goods by local pastry chefs, plus heirloom, organic, and locally grown seedlings specifically selected to grow well in Chicago. The fundraiser will benefit the project&#39;s learning programs. Please remembert to BYOBT (Bring Your Own Bags and Trays). Admission FREE, baked goods and seedlings additional, and act as your donation.</p><p><strong>Saturday, May 11</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.foodtrucks-oakpark.info/"><u><em>Oak Park&#39;s inaugural Great Food Truck Rally</em></u></a> at the Pilgrim Congregational Church. The church will also have a limited supply of their famous homemade donuts (plain, powdered sugar, and cinnamon sugar) as <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Travels/Holy-Sweets-Chicago-Doughnuts"><u>featured in <em>Saveur</em> magazine</u></a>. The church building itself, Queen Anne Revival Style and on the National Register of Historic Places, will be open for tours. Plus Oak Park&#39;s own <a href="http://www.animalcareleague.org/index.html"><u>Animal Care League</u></a> will hold an adoption event with dogs, cats, bunnies, and guinea pigs on the West Lawn. Admission FREE, food and drink additional.</p><p><strong>Sunday, May 12</strong></p><p><a href="http://dosemarket.com/your-next-dose/"><u><em>Mother&#39;s Day edition Dose Market</em></u></a> at the River East Art Center. With 50 food and fashion purveyors, make sure to find my favorites Mess Hall &amp; Co., Rare Bird Preserves, and Journeyman Distillery. Admission $8, $10 door.</p><p><strong>Monday, May 13</strong></p><p><a href="http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/dinner-series"><u><em>Chicago History Museum dinner series: 1893 World&#39;s Fair &mdash; 2013 Style</em></u></a> at Atwood Café at the Hotel Burnham. Celebrate the 120th anniversary of the World&#39;s Columbian Exposition with archive-researched courses by chef Derek Simcik and senior curator Libby Mahoney. The always thoughtful and inventive Simcik will discuss the exposition&#39;s banquets, while Mahoney shares stories about the fair, all under the roof of the historic Reliance Building designed by Burnham &amp; Root. Admission $85 Chicago History Museum members, $95 general.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, May 15&nbsp;</strong></p><p><a href="http://auachicago.org/2013/05/01/save-the-date-aua-spring-gathering-on-may-15/"><u><em>Advocates for Urban Agriculture Spring Gathering: Sharing the Harvest</em></u></a> at the Garfield Park Conservatory. There will be a potluck, mix &amp; mingle, community slideshow, discussion panel and more. Farmers, gardeners, food pantry coordinators, and recipients from across the city will discuss donation programs, garden gleaning projects, and other ways to ensure what&#39;s grown goes to good use. Bring a tasty, labeled dish to share, and please remember to bring your own dishware and flatware. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Thursday, May 16</strong></p><p><a href="http://chibeerweek.com/"><u><em>Fourth annual Chicago Craft Beer Week</em></u></a> across Chicagoland and beyond. More than Chicago, and more than a week, this 11-day event is a celebration of local craft beer and the people who make and love them. Look for Chicago craft beer specials, pairings, tastings, flights, beer dinners, meet the brewer events, tappings, tap takeovers, late night releases, and more, at neighborhood bars, restaurants, and stores in across our fair city, all the way out to Rockford, and up to Kenosha. Admission FREE, beer and food additional.</p><p><em>Follow Louisa Chu <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u>@louisachu.</u></a></em></p></p> Fri, 10 May 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-05/chicago-craft-beer-week-food-truck-rally-and-more-food-and-drink-events 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