WBEZ | Greater Midwest Food Alliance http://www.wbez.org/tags/greater-midwest-food-alliance Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 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 canap├ęs. 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 Road food and horseshoes http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/road-food-and-horseshoes-98516 <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/horseshoedarcysfair.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 451px; " title="Special corndog State Fair horseshoe at D'Arcy's (Peter Engler)" /></p><p style="text-align: left; ">Chicago is arguably home to some of the best food in the country, if not the world, but what about the Greater Midwest?</p><p style="text-align: left; ">&quot;Somebody I know went to another regional food symposium where they said, &#39;Oh it&#39;s just those people who make casseroles,&quot; said my friend Catherine Lambrecht, vice president and founder of the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance. Greater Midwest, as she calls the non-profit, seeks to promote and preserve our region&#39;s unique culinary traditions within a broader cultural context.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">&quot;He got very angry&mdash;but I do think there is a place for the casserole,&quot; she said.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">This weekend Greater Midwest hosts its fifth annual symposium, <a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/ProgramRoadFood.html">Road Food: Exploring the Midwest One Bite at a Time</a>, at Kendall College and locations around the city. Michael Stern&mdash;columnist at the late, great Gourmet magazine, and of Roadfood fame&mdash;is the keynote speaker on Saturday, discussing &quot;Will Success Spoil Regional Food?&quot;</p><p style="text-align: left; ">I&#39;ll talk about the twists and turns of &quot;The History of Modern Food Trucks,&quot; trying to focus on the food, but also the circuitous rules and regulations,&nbsp;racism,&nbsp;and riding the rise and fall&mdash;and slow rise again&mdash;of the economy too.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Cathy will speak about state fairs&mdash;Greater Midwest&#39;s greatest ongoing project&mdash;for which she logged over 2,000 miles last year alone, to judge and eat along the way.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">But she&#39;s especially looking forward to sharing the the historic horseshoe sandwich at this symposium.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">At&nbsp;D&amp;J Cafe in Springfield, they do a breakfast horseshoe, with&nbsp;hash browns, sausage gravy, two eggs, two sausage patties, and two slices of toast.</p><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/horseshoedjbreakfast.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 449px; " title="Breakfast horseshoe at D&amp;J Cafe (Peter Engler)" /></div><p style="text-align: left; ">What&#39;s now considered bar food at best and drunk food at worst, the horseshoe is widely believed to have been invented in 1928 at the Leland Hotel in Springfield by &quot;Chief Chef&quot; Joe Schweska as an open-faced, rarebit-cheese-sauced sandwich with fried potatoes wedges. In the original, ham carved neatly off and around the bone, resulted in a slice in the shape of a horseshoe.&nbsp;Julianne Glatz, food writer at the Illinois Times, &quot;the Capital City&#39;s newsweekly,&quot; will give all the details. What she describes as the historic &quot;elegant&quot; version will be served for lunch on Saturday, on a huge buffet spread&mdash;see the <a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/RoadFoodMenu.html">full menu here</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">More than a dozen speakers include&nbsp;Smart Museum Deputy Director Stephanie Smith, on her current exhibit &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-22/when-food-or-drink-art-96648">Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art</a>,&quot; and the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/11981079-423/symposium-explores-the-wonder-of-food-on-the-road.html"><em>Sun-Times</em>&#39; Dave Hoekstra</a>, on Midwest supper clubs from&nbsp;<em>The Supper Club Book</em> (due out Spring 2013).</p><p style="text-align: left; ">On Sunday, breakfast at Lou Mitchell&#39;s, where Route 66 begins, will be followed by a tough choice between two guided tours: Maxwell Street Market led by <a href="http://www.thelocalbeet.com/">Local Beet</a> publisher Rob Gardner, or &quot;Feast&quot; led by Smith.</p><div class="image-insert-image ">What you don&#39;t have to choose is a schnitzel horseshoe with fries and cheese sauce.&nbsp;Sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your handsome horseshoe.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/horseshoehalliepork.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;" title="Schnitzel horseshoe at Hallie's (Peter Engler)" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/road-food-and-horseshoes-98516