WBEZ | Soup & Bread http://www.wbez.org/tags/soup-bread Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Maple Syrup Festival and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/chicago-maple-syrup-festival-and-more-106217 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8578755265/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplefestivalpancakes.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="All you can eat pancakes, sausage, and maple syrup at the 2013 National Maple Syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, March 23</strong></p><p>The Chicago Park District presents the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/maple-syrup-festival/Northparkvillagenaturecenter/3-241/">Maple Syrup Festival</a>&nbsp;at North Park Village Nature Center. If you didn&#39;t make it down to the&nbsp;<a href="http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/">National Maple Syrup Festival</a>, you&#39;re in luck, you can still see the making-of from tree to syrup, and maybe if you&#39;re really lucky taste&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/indiana-maple-sap-next-coconut-water-106072">some maple sap</a>. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Sunday, March 24</strong></p><p><a href="http://speed-rack.com/node/216"><u>Speed Rack Chicago</u></a> at Cobra Lounge, like March Madness with booze and Chicago&#39;s best female bartenders, benefits breast cancer education, prevention, and research. Expert judges include Blackbird chief mixologist Lynn House, Three Dots and A Dash mixologist/partner Paul McGee, bellyQ beverage director Peter Vestinos, and Miss Speed Rack USA 2012 Yael Vengroff. Drink along with snacks from Revolucion Steakhouse. Admission $20.</p><p><strong>Monday,&nbsp;March 25</strong></p><p>Half Acre presents a <a href="http://halfacrebeersocial.brownpapertickets.com/"><u>Beer Social, benefiting The Stewards Market</u></a>, a non-profit business incubator located in Humboldt Park.&nbsp;Unlimited beer will be paired with hors d&#39;oeuvres by CJK Foods, specializing in the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Admission $75.</p><p><strong>Tuesday,&nbsp;March 26</strong></p><p>The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum presents <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/programs-events-and-camps/adult-and-teen-programs"><u>Nature on Tap</u></a>, celebrating the opening of the new exhibit <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/the-museum/exhibits/food-the-nature-of-eating"><u><em>Food: The Nature of Eating</em></u></a>. Drink from local craft breweries, eat from local food trucks, plus compete in trivia teams, hosted by James Beard nominated <em>Reader</em> restaurant critic Mike Sula. Admission&nbsp;FREE for museum and Green City Market members, $10 for non-members, cash bar.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Wednesday,&nbsp;March 27</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/"><u>Soup &amp; Bread</u></a> presents this week&#39;s theme, Double A: Alliums and Asparagus (&quot;Soups of Tentative Spring&quot;), at the Hideout. This week benefitting <a href="http://www.teenliving.org/3.0/home.html"><u>Teen Living Programs</u></a> with special soup chefs including Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Plus bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE, by donation.</p><p><strong>Thursday,&nbsp;March 28</strong></p><p><em>Chicagoist</em> presents <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/02/26/chicagoist_ucan_nisei_lounge.php"><u>a reader meet-up</u></a> with writers as guest bartenders at Nisei Lounge benefitting <a href="http://www.ucanchicago.org/"><u>UCAN. Uhlich Children&rsquo;s Advantage Network</u></a>, founded in 1869, strives to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Admission FREE, by donation.</p><p><u><em><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu">Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</a></em></u></p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/chicago-maple-syrup-festival-and-more-106217 Can you handle this? Localicious and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/can-you-handle-localicious-and-more-106115 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8558525215/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/wildbeehoney.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Brown County Honey, raw and unfiltered, produced by wild bee honey at Little Red Hen Farm in Story, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Friday, March 15</strong></p><p><u><a href="http://youtu.be/IyYnnUcgeMc">Can you handle this?</a></u>&nbsp;The&nbsp;<u><a href="http://goodfoodfestivals.com/chicago/localicious/">Good Food Festival and Conference presents Localicious</a></u>&nbsp;at UIC Forum. Creative chef-driven restaurants paired with small family farms celebrate the local food event of the season. Plus a Sandor Katz pre-party has just been added! Meet and greet with the fermentation revivalist himself over exclusive cocktails and canapés. And remember&nbsp;<u><a href="http://goodfoodfestivals.com/chicago/saturday-festival/kimchi-challenge/">The Kimchi Challenge</a></u>&nbsp;on Saturday where I&#39;ll be one of the judges. Admission $75 for Localicious, $85 including the Sandor Katz pre-party, $10 Saturday Festival including the Kimchi Challenge.</p><p>Roadtrip! The&nbsp;Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/pennsylvania-dutch-foods-and-foodways-midwest-55th-annual-illinois-mennonite-relief-sale-and-105745"><u>Pennsylvania Dutch Foods and Foodways in the Midwest</u></a>, in downstate Illinois. The two day learning and eating tour kicks off at lunch with Amish-Mennonite sweet rolls, Pfeffernesse, shoo-fly pie, and coffee for dunking at the Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center in Metamora, then a fried fish, barbeque chicken, and pie dinner at the 55th annual Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale in Bloomington.&nbsp;This event will be recorded for <u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified">WBEZ&rsquo;s <em>Chicago Amplified</em></a></u>. Admission $40.</p><p><strong>Sunday, March 17</strong></p><p>The fifth annual <a href="http://chicagochefweek.com/"><u>Chicago Chef Week</u></a> kicks off at nearly 75 of the best and beloved chef-driven restaurants across Chicagoland, from Lula to Acadia and many, many more. Admission&nbsp;&nbsp;$22 for lunch, $44 for three-course, prix fixe dinner.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, March 20</strong></p><p>WBEZ presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/member-meet-90s-time-machine-edition-105518"><u>Member Meet-up: &#39;90s Time Machine Edition</u></a> at Haymarket Pub &amp; Brewery. Arts and culture reporter Alison Cuddy will explore the question: Where were you in the &#39;90s? A prize for &ldquo;Best Dressed for the &#39;90s&rdquo; will include <em>Saved by the Bell</em>, seasons one and two, among many other iconic &#39;90s goodies &mdash; <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/drink/2008/11/the_long_slow_torturous_death_of_zima.html">Zima not included</a>. Admission FREE, but limited to 60 <a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Donation2?df_id=7721&amp;7721.donation=form1&amp;JServSessionIdr004=7gjqqhjca1.app226a"><u>High Fidelity members</u></a> only,&nbsp;plus one guest each. To <a href="http://services.chicagopublicmedia.org/site/PageNavigator/Event_Information.html">RSVP click here</a> Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m.</p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/"><u>Soup &amp; Bread presents</u></a> this week&#39;s theme, Paris vs. Tokyo: Occident vs. Orient?, at the Hideout. This week benefitting <u><a href="http://www.commonthreads.org/">Common Threads</a>&nbsp;with&nbsp;</u>special soup chefs including <em>Chicagoist</em>&#39;s Editor-in-Chief and unofficial Vice Mayor of Bridgeport Chuck Sudo. Plus bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE, by donation.</p><p><strong>Thursday, March 21</strong></p><p>WBEZ, the Fourth Presbyterian Church, and the Center for Civic Reflection present <a href="http://www.wbez.org/eating-understanding-and-gratitude-rethinking-our-relationship-food-west-side-bureau-105851">Eating with Understanding and Gratitude: Rethinking our Relationship to Food</a> at the WBEZ West Side Bureau. Using excerpts from poet Wendell Berry&#39;s essay <a href="http://www.ecoliteracy.org/essays/pleasures-eating"><u><em>The Pleasures of Eating</em></u></a> join a facilitated discussion. What responsibilities do we have to participate in our own food production, preparation, supporting local farmers, or learning the origins of the food we buy? How are we supported in these efforts, and what realistic challenges do we face? The discussion continues Monday, March 25, at the WBEZ South Side Bureau and Thursday, March 28, at the WBEZ North Side Bureau.&nbsp;Admission FREE, reservations requested.</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u><em>Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</em></u></a></p></p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 03:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/can-you-handle-localicious-and-more-106115 Eat this, drink that: wild game dinner, tiki for charity, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-wild-game-dinner-tiki-charity-and-more-105680 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/6939474221/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/harvardwildchili.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Buffalo chili at Harvard Sportsman Club Wild Game Dinner 2012 in Harvard, Illinois (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Friday, February 22</strong></p><p>Artist Tony Fitzpatrick&#39;s <a href="http://www.firecatprojects.org/">Firecat Projects</a> presents the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/486143294776644/">Cig Harvey Opening and Book Signing</a>.&nbsp;It&#39;s the gallery&#39;s first exhibit of photographs, and features Harvey&#39;s <a href="http://www.cigharvey.com/">stunning portrait work</a>. She will sign copies of her monograph <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9053307710?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=9053307710&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>You Look At Me Like An Emergency</em></a>. Three Floyds beer and wine courtesy of Red &amp; White Wines will be served. Grab a bite next door from our friends at Red Door. Be sure to meet Firecat co-founder/director Stan Klein and his <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8132815946/">enigmatic muse Ella</a>. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Saturday, February 23</strong></p><p>For the Love of Chocolate Foundation presents their 8th Scholarship Foundation Annual Gala at the Union League Club of Chicago. The dinner is sold out but tickets are still available to the <a href="http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1391&amp;EID=13212">Dessert Dance Party</a> &mdash; and we know that&#39;s why you&#39;re really there. Walk the red carpet to find desserts by The French Pastry School alumni and all-access to the Cocoa Couture Fashion Show. The foundation awards scholarships to full-time&nbsp;students at The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College. Admission $150.</p><p><strong>Sunday, February 24</strong></p><p>The Harvard Sportsman&#39;s Club presents the annual <a href="http://hscillinois.org/Calendar_of_Events.html">Wild Game Dinner</a>&nbsp;in McHenry County. My advice: dress warm in layers and get there early. The classic hunters&#39; menu will include pheasant, duck, venison, turkey, goose, plus wild game surprises. Possibly turtle soup this year? Admission $12, $10 early bird special. I will definitely <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-27/dinner-where-wild-things-are-96788">be there again</a>.</p><p><strong>Monday, February 25</strong></p><p><a href="http://reddoorchicago.com/">Red Door Kitchen &amp; Bar</a> presents a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/417192641708709/">Tiki Charity Event</a> to benefit the <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer">Greater Chicago Food Depository</a>. The Aviary&#39;s Charles Joly, Blackbird&#39;s Lynn House, Sepia&#39;s Josh Pearson, and Red Door&#39;s own Jay Schroeder <a href="http://www.esquire.com/drinks/zombie-drink-recipe">will Zombie-fy you</a> &mdash; plus pu pu platter inspired food by&nbsp;Avec&#39;s&nbsp;Freddy Noinaj and&nbsp;Graham Stein. Admission $25 suggested donation, for four drinks and food.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 26</strong></p><p>deca restaurant presents the <a href="http://www.decarestaurant.com/#/special_offers/specials_Burton_and_Bourbon_Dinner/">Burton and Bourbon Dinner</a>&nbsp;[WARNING: AUTOPLAY MUSIC] at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Join our friend, the one and only Tim Burton of <a href="http://www.burtonsmaplewoodfarm.com/">Burton&#39;s Maplewood Farms</a> for a maple syrup inspired dinner, paired with Woodford Reserve bourbon cocktails. Plus author David Hoppe will sign copies of his beautiful book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1934922757?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=1934922757&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest.</em></a> Admission $59. And remember, Burton&#39;s <a href="http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/">National Maple Syrup Festival</a> is coming up again in Medora, Indiana &mdash; and&nbsp;I will definitely <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-03-07/amber-waves-national-maple-syrup-festival-97081">be there again</a> too.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 27</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;presents this week&#39;s theme,&nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApPhpdY9KXzPdDRfMUk3WFFoZlRNd2VvR0RJcjdJS1E#gid=0">NYC vs. LA</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/208501-soup-bread-chicago/">at the Hideout</a>.&nbsp;How&#39;s that represent in soup? They don&#39;t know either, so &quot;go to town!&quot; Bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery, this week all benefitting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.associationhouse.org/">Association House</a>&nbsp;in West Town. Admission FREE, by donation. Bonus Thursday night! <a href="http://soupandbread.net/2013/02/14/happiness-is-a-benefit-for-soup-bread/">Happiness is...a benefit for Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;with <a href="http://theateroobleck.com/plays/there-is-a-happiness-that-morning-is-2013">Theater Oobleck&lsquo;s revival of Mickle Maher&rsquo;s play <em>There Is A Happiness That Morning Is</em></a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://victorygardens.org/onstage/oobleck.php">Victory Gardens Biograph Theater</a>. Admission $15 or &ldquo;more if you&rsquo;ve got it, free if you&rsquo;re broke.&rdquo; Half of the night&#39;s box office will benefit Soup &amp; Bread.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Thursday, February 28</strong></p><p>Experimental Station presents <a href="http://www.chpv.org/calendar?font-size=large">Winterdine, a five-course winter wood-fired dinner</a>&nbsp;by Avec&#39;s&nbsp;Erling Wu-Bower. Served in a wintery North woods setting, sweater and pants required, ski hat optional but suggested. Admission $250.</p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-wild-game-dinner-tiki-charity-and-more-105680 Eat this, drink that: exotic chocolate, lucky food, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-exotic-chocolate-lucky-food-and-more-105556 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8475495947/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/fannyeggrolls.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chinese-American egg rolls by Fanny Go for Chinese New Year 2013 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, February 16</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/CHCFebruary2013.html">Culinary Historians of Chicago</a> presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/chocolate-taste-pakistan-east-meets-west-crossover-confecti-105282">Chocolate With a Taste of Pakistan: East meets West in Crossover Confections</a> at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>. Owner/chocolatier Uzma Sharif, of <a href="http://www.chocolatuzma.com/">Chocolat Uzma Sharif</a>&nbsp;in Pilsen will discuss her influences, from her grandfather, a renown pastry chef in South Asia to her own role as Wolfgang Puck&#39;s head pastry chef at Chicago&#39;s Museum of Contemporary Art. Sharif will serve samples of her stunning spice and flower infused handmade exotic chocolates. Admission 5, $3 for students, FREE for Culinary Historians of Chicago members and Kendall students and faculty.</p><p><strong>Sunday, February 17</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagochinatown.org/?page_id=2483">Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce</a> presents the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/neighborhood_parades.html">Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade</a> on Wentworth from 24th to 22nd. Celebrate the Year of the Snake with fireworks, lion teams, a 100 foot mystical dragon,&nbsp;marching bands, floats, and <a href="http://www.chinese-tools.com/about/Miss_Friendship_Ambassador">Miss Friendship Ambassador</a>. While you&#39;re there, be sure to eat lucky egg rolls and&nbsp;<em>nian gao</em>, the sticky sweet glutinous rice new year cake available at any bakery.&nbsp;Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 19</strong></p><p>The<a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/_programsevents/_kitchen/_rethinkingsoup/rethinkingsoup.html">&nbsp;Jane Addams Hull-House Museum</a> presents&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/re-thinking-soup-honoring-edna-lewis-105295">Re-Thinking Soup: Honoring Edna Lewis</a>, the legendary African-American woman, chef, and restaurant owner.&nbsp;Chef Kocoa Scott-Winbush will read excerpts from Lewis&#39; highly acclaimed cookbooks, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307265609?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=0307265609&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>The Taste of Country Cooking</em></a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B0LP5I0?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=B00B0LP5I0&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>In Pursuit of Flavor</em></a>. Most definitely a Lewis soup will be served. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 20</strong></p><p><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">All Things Cow-nsidered (&quot;Milk, cheese, butter, and beef. And leather...&quot;)</a> <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/208453-soup-bread-chicago/">at the Hideout</a>, benefitting <a href="http://www.cchvchicago.org/">Central City Housing Ventures</a> food pantry, with bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE soup and bread, donate what you can, beer additional, and remember: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">Everyone LOVES the Generous!</a></p></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-exotic-chocolate-lucky-food-and-more-105556 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 Eat this, drink that: Ramova Room, food stories, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-ramova-room-food-stories-and-more-105002 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7296468408/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ramovachilibreakfast.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chili on eggs, hash brown potatoes, double toast, and fresh-squeezed orange juice at Ramova Grill, 1929-2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, January 19</strong></p><p><a href="http://culinaryhistorians.org/">Chicago Foodways Roundtable</a> presents&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/cinnamon-saffron-demystifying-indian-cooking-western-world-104710">From Cinnamon To Saffron: Demystifying Indian Cooking in the Western World</a> at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>. <a href="http://tadkapasta.wordpress.com/">Local blogger</a> Ranjini Rao, author of <a href="http://tadkapasta.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/our-ebook-mango-masala-60-indian-recipes-from-your-local-supermarket/"><em>Mango Masala: 60 Indian Recipes From Your Local Supermarket</em></a>, talks and will also serve samples from her book. This event will be recorded for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified">WBEZ&rsquo;s <em>Chicago Amplified</em></a>. Admission $3, FREE for Kendall students and faculty with ID.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, January 23</strong></p><p><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 Ocean (&quot;Seafoods and sea greens. And deep, dark mystery.&quot;)</a> at the Hideout, benefitting the <a href="http://www.heartlandalliance.org/kovler/">Marjorie Kovler Center</a>, with bread from <a href="http://publicanqualitymeats.com/">Publican Quality Meats</a> and <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-farine-bakery-chicago">La Farine Bakery</a>. If it&#39;s unclear, this is one of my favorite food and drink events, and venues, anywhere in the world. Here&#39;s S &amp; B founder Martha Bayne&#39;s recent post about this season&#39;s first theme week, <a href="http://soupandbread.net/2013/01/12/soup-bread-1213-green/">Green, with yours truly</a> &mdash; during which we quaffed <a href="http://www.3floyds.com/">Three Floyds</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.trumer-international.com/">Trumer Pils</a>, served on draft.&nbsp;Admission FREE soup and bread, donate what you can, beer additional, and remember: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">Everyone LOVES the Generous!</a></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/weekly-guide-monte-lamonte-plans-his-final-meal-86815">Monte</a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/weekly-guide-monte-lamonte-plans-his-final-meal-86815">&nbsp;LaMonte</a>&nbsp;presents <a href="http://montelovesfood.tumblr.com/">Eat This! Stories for the Love of Food</a> at <a href="http://thelincolnlodge.com/">The Lincoln Lodge</a>. The intriguing storytellers include Pleasant House Bakery chef/owner Art Jackson, urban forager Dave Odd, <em>Chicago&rsquo;s Best</em> host Ted Brunson, Lula Cafe chef Michael Simmons, The Brown Sack chefs/owners Malaika Marion and Adam Lebin, Jake&#39;s Pizza chef/owner John Berger, and Taqueria El Asadero cashier/server Viviana A. Flores. Snacks from the storytelling chefs will be served. Admission $10.</p><p><strong>Thursday, January 24</strong></p><div><a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/dining/chicago-restaurant-week/">Chicago Restaurant Week</a> kicks off with the <a href="http://firstbitesbash2013.eventbrite.com/">First Bites Bash</a> in the <a href="http://www.chicagounionstation.com/event_info.html">Great Hall at Union Station</a>, benefitting <a href="http://www.bearnecessities.org/HomePage.aspx">Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation</a>. Over 50 of our most celebrated chefs and restaurants &mdash; including Carriage House, Nellcôte, and The Bedford &mdash; will serve savory and sweet tastings. Admission $95.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/01/08/things_are_shaping_up_for_chicagois.php"><em>Chicagoist</em> presents the Ramova Room Soup Kitchen</a> at <a href="http://bentonhouse.org/">Benton House</a>, benefitting <a href="http://bentonhouse.org/archives/36">their Food Pantry</a>. The all-star, Bridgeport-connected soup chefs include Vera&#39;s Mark Mendez, who may make a Ramova tribute chili;&nbsp;busy Pleasant House Bakery chef/owner Art Jackson with&nbsp;vegetarian Moroccan tagine winter squash&nbsp;soup; Nightwood chef Jason Vincent with a bean and belly soup;&nbsp;Bridgeport Pasty chef/owners Carrie Clark and Jay Sebastian with Tuscan bean soup;&nbsp;Zaytune Mediterranean Grill chef/owner Daniel Sarkiss with lamb yogurt soup;&nbsp;Allium chef Kevin Hickey (who actually attended pre-school at Benton House) with Brussels kraut soup with potatoes, kielbasa, and rye croutons &mdash; veg version too &mdash; and more. Plus bread from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2907">heavenly Bridgeport Bakery</a>, start-up&nbsp;Peerless Bread &amp; Jam, and Bruno&#39;s &quot;Famous Sour Rye&quot;&nbsp;Bakery. Admission $10 suggested donation.</div></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-ramova-room-food-stories-and-more-105002 Eat this, drink that: Filipino cake, Frank Lloyd Wright wintermarket, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-filipino-cake-frank-lloyd-wright-wintermarket-and-more-104844 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ADn4cZg2du_b1vS1V1JPLNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/manilamaxdesserts.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Dessert sampler with buko pandan, cream cheese brownie à la mode, leche flan, and Ube Creme Decadence at Max's Restaurant in Manila, Philippines (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><strong>Saturday, January 12</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.culinaryhistorians.org/">Culinary Historians of Chicago</a> presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/frosting-filipino-cake-family-carries-their-matriarch%E2%80%99s-dessert-legacy-104709">The Frosting on the Filipino Cake: A family carries on their matriarch&#39;s dessert legacy</a>, at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>. <a href="http://www.mrsacupcakes-cookies.com/">Mrs. A. Cupcakes</a> chef/owner Delia Anama, who grew up in her native Philippines, will demystify Filipino desserts and delicacies. This event will be recorded for WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a>, but you must attend to taste Mrs. A&#39;s samples of sweet Filipino rice cakes. Admission $5, $3 for students, and FREE for Culinary Historians of Chicago members and Kendall students and faculty.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">The <a href="http://sugarbeetcoop.com/">Sugar Beet Co-op</a> celebrates its first year with a <a href="http://sugarbeetcoop.com/the-latest.php#membership-kick-off-party">Membership Kick-off Party and Winter&rsquo;s Eve Farmers Market</a> at <a href="http://www.unitytemple-utrf.org/index.html">Unity Temple</a>&nbsp;in Oak Park. The Frank Lloyd Wright 1909 modern masterpiece will be transformed with magical candlelight and local vendors with beer, wine, seasonal snacks, and live jazz. Admission $20.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><strong>Monday, January 14</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><a href="https://twitter.com/barcitochi">Pintxo the Perro</a> and <a href="http://ryanpoli.com/">Tavernita and Barcito chef/partner Ryan Poli</a> kick off <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=470781236312629&amp;set=a.278752805515474.70616.259674997423255&amp;type=1">Amigos de Pintxo 2.0</a>: A series of all-star guest chef friends making San Sebastián inspired bites &mdash; all-you-can eat and for a cause no less &mdash; <a href="http://www.standandeat.com/">at Barcito</a>. <a href="http://www.peninsula.com/Chicago/en/Enticements/Chef_Lee_Wolen/default.aspx#/Chicago/en/Enticements/Chef_Lee_Wolen/">Lee Wolen of The Peninsula Chicago</a> and <a href="http://elideas.com/chef-bio/">Phillip Foss of EL Ideas</a> will serve their take on Basque <em>pinxtos</em>&nbsp;(tapas), this week benefitting <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-08-26/pilot-light-chefs-get-schooled-lunch-91042">Pilot Light.</a> Admission $25.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://baconfestchicago.com/">Baconfest Chicago</a> presents <a href="http://baconfestchicago.com/three-aces-11413-baconfest-satellite-dinner-update">the final pre-fest satellite dinner</a> at <a href="http://threeaceschicago.com/index.php">Three Aces</a>. Chef Matt Troost won the&nbsp;<a href="http://baconfestchicago.com/it-happened">Golden Rasher award (Most Creative Use of Bacon) at Baconfest 2012</a>,&nbsp;dinner session, for his bacon-bourbon milkshake which will be served. The full menu: First course of lemon-bacon cured scallop crudo with bacon glaze; second course of &quot;shake n&rsquo; bake&quot; bacon steak with bacon bolognese; third course of bacon-parmesan <em>sformato</em>&nbsp;(soufflé) with rutabaga <em>agrodolce</em>&nbsp;(sweet and sour sauce); fourth course of coffee cured pork belly with red flannel hash; fifth and dessert course of bacon-bourbon pecan pie with the award-winning bacon-bourbon milkshake &mdash; all paired with tasting cocktails and beers.&nbsp;Admission $75.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><strong>Wednesday, January 16</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a> presents this week&rsquo;s theme, Our Neighbors to the North: From Kenosha to the Arctic Circle, benefitting&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://irvingparkfoodpantry.com/">Irving Park Community Food Pantry</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/192067-soup-bread-chicago/">at the Hideout</a>.&nbsp;Publican Quality Meats supplies freshly baked bread all season, plus gluten-free loaves from Rae Lynn Hill, aka <a href="https://www.facebook.com/thesweetpurveyor">The Sweet Purveyor</a>. Admission FREE, but please donate what you can and remember <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/season-soup-bread-and-pie-98220">Everyone LOVES the Generous</a>.</div></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-filipino-cake-frank-lloyd-wright-wintermarket-and-more-104844 Eat this, drink that: Miracle berries, Epiphany, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-miracle-berries-epiphany-and-more-104691 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8345667053/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/roscacarniceriaricardo.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Rosca des reyes at Carniceria Ricardo in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Friday, January 4</strong></p><p>WBEZ blogger alum <a href="http://www.markbazer.com/">Mark Bazer</a> hosts the <a href="http://www.theinterviewshowchicago.com/december/">first Interview Show of the new year</a> with very special guest, Moto and iNG chef/owner <a href="https://twitter.com/Homarocantu">Homaro Cantu</a>,&nbsp;at <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/200597-interview-show-hosted-by-mark-chicago/">the Hideout</a>. Cantu&#39;s book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1451625588?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=lklchu-20&amp;creativeASIN=1451625588"><em>The Miracle Berry Diet Cookbook</em></a>, has just been released, a project nearly a decade in the making. The so-called miracle berry grows wild in West Africa and transforms flavors, most notably, sour to sweet. Cantu will offer a miracle berry tasting at the show. He&#39;s also teaching a miracle berry cooking class, with a six course &quot;flavor tripping&quot; tasting menu at iNG until Jan. 12, which includes a copy of the book. Admission $8 to the Interview Show; $100 for the miracle berry class.</p><p><strong>Sunday, January 6</strong></p><p>Celebrate Epiphany, also known as <em>Día de Reyes</em>, with a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-03/week-food-events-galettes-roscas-and-more-95225">French <em>galette des rois</em> or Mexican <em>rosca de reyes</em></a> from bakeries across Chicagoland, including <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151322722656773&amp;set=a.96655771772.91017.64314031772&amp;type=1">Floriole Cafe &amp; Bakery</a> and all <a href="http://chicagobestcakes.com/locations/">four Bombon locations</a>. Remember to look for the favor inside.</p><p><strong>Monday, January 7</strong></p><p>Slow Food Chicago presents the <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/302750">Quarterly Canning Workshop, featuring sparkling wine and lavender jelly</a>, at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scratch-Homemade/168715663219447">Scratch Homemade</a> founder Lis David will teach the small-batch hands-on class using regionally-produced sparkling wine and locally-grown lavender. You&#39;ll leave with the knowledge and confidence needed to can at home and a few jars of jelly. Admission $45.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, January 9</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;presents this week&#39;s theme &mdash; the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/192059-soup-bread-chicago/">Four Cs: Cumin, coriander, cardamom, cilantro</a>&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;at&nbsp;the Hideout, this week benefitting <a href="http://www.inspirationcorp.org/">Inspiration Corporation</a>. Publican Quality Meats donates bread throughout the season, plus gluten-free loaves courtesy of Rae Lynn Hill,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/thesweetpurveyor">The Sweet Purveyor</a>. Admission FREE, donate what you can and remember <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">Everyone LOVES the Generous</a>.</p></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-miracle-berries-epiphany-and-more-104691 Eat this, drink that: New Year's week edition http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-new-years-week-edition-104599 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8318699212/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/trotterschampagnetoast.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Champagne toast at Charlie Trotter's, which closed in 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><u><strong>Monday, December 31</strong></u></p><p>Happy New Year&#39;s Eve! Most restaurants will be open, many with special NYE menus. After combing through the details of just about every single one, here are my picks of three of the most promising for eats, drinks and merriment.</p><p><a href="http://site.acadiachicago.com/events/">A Midwinter&rsquo;s Night Dream</a> at&nbsp;<a href="http://site.acadiachicago.com/">Acadia</a>&nbsp;will transform the space, feature&nbsp;costumed performers from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,76,3,17">Chicago Shakespeare Theater</a>&nbsp;mingling with the diners, and a special menu: &ldquo;Oysters and Champagne&rdquo;; foie gras torchon; lobster eggs benedict with Périgord truffle; tagliatelle with uni butter sauce, bottarga, and rare Golden Osetra caviar; <a href="http://purebredlamb.com/">Elysian Fields lamb</a>; and a dessert of hazelnut, chicory, and chocolate. At midnight, a special celebration will take place &mdash; last year, a marching band came through. Admission, including wine pairings, $175 for 9 p.m. seating ($150 vegetarian), $150 for 6 p.m. seating ($125 vegetarian).</p><p><a href="http://slurpingturtle.com/home.php">Godzilla Movie Night Extravaganza at Slurping Turtle</a> features three different tasting menus (Godzilla, Ultra Man, and Turtle), action movies, and Japanese drums. Go back New Year&#39;s Day for their Pajama Party Brunch. Wear your PJs and get a gift certificate for 50% of what you spend to use on your next visit. Admission NYE $45, $60, or $80 depending on menu.</p><p><a href="http://trenchermen.com/events">Bar seating</a> at&nbsp;<a href="http://trenchermen.com/">Trenchermen</a> features live music by <a href="http://mattulery.com/wordpress/">Matt Ulery</a>&#39;s jazz quartet, Loom. NPR Music listed the Chicago-based modern chamber jazz bassist/composer&#39;s new album, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007WFR0FO?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=lklchu-20&amp;creativeASIN=B007WFR0FO"><em>By a Little Light</em></a>,&nbsp;among its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2012/2012/12/05/166230912/npr-musics-50-favorite-albums-of-2012">50 Favorite Albums Of 2012</a>. Admission $20 including a complimentary glass of Champagne and Trenchermen&#39;s signature bar snacks. À la carte menu will also be available all night at the bar.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, January 02</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/192035-soup-bread-chicago/">Soup &amp; Bread kicks off its fifth season at the Hideout</a>, and this year, a Theme of the Week. The theme of <a href="http://soupandbread.net/2012/12/26/seasons-greetings-from-soup-bread/">this week&#39;s program, Green</a>,&nbsp;benefits&nbsp;<a href="http://www.catholiccharities.net/services/emergency_assistance/">Casa Catalina Basic Human Needs Center</a> in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The week&#39;s soup cooks include Soup &amp; Bread founder Martha Bayne,&nbsp;Diane Galleher, La Sirena Clandestina,&nbsp;Wendy Miller,&nbsp;Milk &amp; Honey,&nbsp;Swim Cafe, and yours truly. I&#39;l be making and serving the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-02/field-dreams-and-swans-sendai-japan-96073">Nanohana Project miso soup</a>.&nbsp;Publican Quality Meats will be supply fresh-baked bread for the season, and &mdash; in a S &amp; B first &mdash; gluten-free loaves courtesy of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/thesweetpurveyor">Rae Lynn Hill, aka The Sweet Purveyor</a>. Admission FREE, donate what you can and remember <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/season-soup-bread-and-pie-98220">Everyone LOVES the Generous</a>.</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, January 03</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.trenchermen.com/">Killing Me Sweetly back at Trenchermen</a> features the crème de la crème of world pastry chefs: Noma&#39;s Rosio Sanchez, Momofuku Milk Bar&#39;s Christina Tosi, and our very own <a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/blogs/433-killing-me-sweetly">Blackbird&#39;s Dana Cree</a> &mdash; plus pairing by The Boarding House&#39;s Master Sommelier/owner Alpana Singh and Masa Azul&#39;s mixologist Jenny Kessler &mdash; all benefitting <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/">Green City Market</a>. But it&#39;s not just the sweet stuff. Each pastry chef will collaborate with a rising star female pastry chef to create both a savory and sweet course. For dessert, teams will work with themes (which may be the theme of 2013) including &quot;Vegetables&quot; and &quot;Winter&quot;. Trenchermen chefs/partners Michael and Patrick Sheerin will serve an <em>amuse-bouche</em>, entrée, and <em>mignardises</em>. Admission $100.</p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-new-years-week-edition-104599 Eat this, drink that: Hurricane Sandy relief, hail stone soup and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/eat-drink-hurricane-sandy-relief-hail-stone-soup-and-more-103740 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071318617/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/soupbreadchili_0.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Vegetarian chili with sour cream by Mare Swallow at Soup &amp; Bread &amp; Pie 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><u><strong>Friday, November 09</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/">Healthy Schools Campaign</a>&nbsp;kicks off their season with&nbsp;<a href="http://healthyschoolscampaign.org/event/cookingupchange/2012/flagship/">Cooking up Change</a> at the <a href="http://bridgeportart.com/">Bridgeport Art Center</a>. The student/mentor cooking contest/benefit dinner includes OON&#39;s Matt Eversman with Team Chicago Vocational Career Academy (see them make&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/middaynews/wgntv-lunchbreak-baked-cajun-mac-and-cheese-20121105,0,940363.story">baked Cajun mac &#39;n&#39; cheese</a>);&nbsp;Frontera Grill&#39;s Sarai Rosales with Team North-Grand High School; The Gage&#39;s Dirk Flanigan with Team Tilden Career Community Academy; and many more. Judges include NAHA&#39;s Carrie Nahabedian, Ina&rsquo;s Ina Pinkney, Piccolo Sogno&#39;s Tony Priolo and more. Admission $100.</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, November 10</strong></u></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/CulinaryHistoriansOfChicago?fref=ts">Chicago Foodways Roundtable</a> presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/julias-cats-julia-child%E2%80%99s-life-company-cats-103393">Julia&#39;s Cats: Julia Child&#39;s Life in the Company of Cats</a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>.&nbsp;&quot;A house without a cat is like a day without sunshine, a pie without&nbsp;<em>fromage</em>, a dinner without wine,&quot; said Julia.&nbsp;Evanston-based author of the book <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1419702750?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=1419702750&amp;tag=lklchu-20">Julia&#39;s Cats</a>,&nbsp;</em>Therese Burson, will discuss&nbsp;Julia and Paul&#39;s first kitteh in Paris, Minette, all their kittehs in France and their kittehs back to California.<em> <a href="http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2007/08/green_tea_cats_tongues.php">Langues de chat </a></em><a href="http://chocolateandzucchini.com/archives/2007/08/green_tea_cats_tongues.php">(cat&#39;s tongues)</a>, the French butter cookies, will be served. Just when you thought you knew <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-08/happy-100th-julia-udderly-delicious-101727">everything about Julia</a>.&nbsp;This event will be recorded for WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified"><em>Chicago Amplified</em></a>. Admission $3, FREE for Kendall students and faculty with ID.</p><p><u><strong>Monday, November 12</strong></u></p><p>Food editors <a href="https://twitter.com/heathersper">Heather Sperling</a> of <em>Tasting Table</em> and <a href="https://twitter.com/ChandrasPlate">Chandra Ram</a> of <em>Plate</em> host&nbsp;<a href="http://foodtrivia.eventbrite.com/">Food + Trivia, a Night of Cutthroat Competition Benefitting Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts</a> at <a href="http://sonowoodfired.com/">Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria</a>. Eat antipasti, wood-fired pizzas, charcuterie, cheese and gelati while battling through culinary trivia to win the grand prize: a gift certificate to Sono and neighboring Burger Bar Chicago. Plus play against chefs, including Jared Van Camp (Old Town Social, Nellcôte, and RM) to win an edible prize. One hundred percent of the ticket sales benefit <a href="http://www.redcross.org/templates/render/render.jsp?pageId=11400031&amp;scode=RSG00000E017&amp;subcode=paiddonationsbrand&amp;gclid=CLDppYHNurMCFe5FMgod5B0AjA">Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief</a>. Admission $30.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, November 13</strong></u></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer">Greater Chicago Food Depository</a> collects for their annual <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/Calendar/2059450574?view=Detail&amp;id=111401&amp;whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chicagosfoodbank.org%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Devnt_cal%26AddInterest%3D1041">Union Station Food Drive</a> in the <a href="http://www.chicagounionstation.com/">Great Hall</a>. Food Depository volunteers will hand out grocery bags on Tuesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. to return filled on Wednesday morning from 5 to 7 a.m. 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 donate food and drink.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, November 14</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/calendar/">Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;at the <a href="http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/shows.htm">Garfield Park Conservatory</a>&nbsp;benefits the <a href="http://www.garfield-conservatory.org/about_us.htm">Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance</a> and <a href="http://www.breakthrough.org/">Breakthrough Urban Ministries</a>. Lula&#39;s Jason Hammel will serve a special Hail Stone Soup Homage inspired by the hail stones of the <a href="http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/one_pane_at_a_time.htm">June 2011 storm</a>. Other soup chefs and their conservatory inspirations include the <em>Chicago Reader</em>&#39;s Mike Sula and Fern Room fiddleheads; City Provisions&#39; Cleetus Friedman and the beehives and honey; Fulton Street Garden&#39;s Angela Taylor and Desert House prickly pear and agave; <em>Gapers Block</em>&#39;s Cinnamon Cooper and the Sun Room cinnamon tree; <em>Graze Magazine</em>&#39;s Cyndi Fecher and Palm House plantains; Hoosier Mama&#39;s Allison Stout and the Palm House coconut palm; Inspiration Kitchens&#39; David Rosenthall and Fern Room turtles; Mana&#39;s Jill Barron and Palm House ginger plants; Slow Food Chicago&#39;s Megan Larmer the Children&#39;s Garden lime tree; Swim Café&#39;s Karen Gerod and the papaya tree; and West Town Tavern&#39;s Susan Goss and the Palm House chocolate tree. BYO soup cup or borrow one there. Admission $5 suggested donation, FREE for GPCA Members.</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, November 15</strong></u></p><p>The <a href="http://thefoodfilmfestival.com/">Chicago Film Food Festival</a> kicks off with <a href="http://thefoodfilmfestival.com/farm-film-table/">Farm to Film to Table</a> at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>, hosted by and benefitting <a href="http://www.thegoodfoodproject.org/">The Good Food Project</a>. This annual event has become the ultimate dinner and a movie series, premiering this year with an evening of sustainable dishes and wine including &quot;<a href="http://vimeo.com/46234798">French Fries + Ice Cream</a>&quot;, with food by&nbsp;<a href="http://elideas.com/">EL Ideas</a>&nbsp;chef/owner Phillip Foss and film by <a href="http://vimeo.com/potluckcreative">Potluck Creative</a> &mdash; and much more. Admission $45 general, $65 VIP.</p></p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-11/eat-drink-hurricane-sandy-relief-hail-stone-soup-and-more-103740