WBEZ | the Twelfth Day of Christmas http://www.wbez.org/tags/twelfth-day-christmas Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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