WBEZ | smelt http://www.wbez.org/tags/smelt Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en WhiskyWeek, smelt month top list of best Chicago food and drink events this week http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-04/whiskyweek-smelt-month-top-list-best-chicago-food-and-drink-events-week <p><p style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" and="" at="" calumet="" chicago="" class="image-original_image" fisheries="" in="" louisa="" seafood="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/smeltscalumetfisheries.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Fried smelts and seafood at Calumet Fisheries in Chicago" wbez="" /></div><p><strong>Friday, April 19</strong></p><p><em><a href="http://www.hscillinois.org/Calendar_of_Events.html"><u>67th annual Smelt Fry</u></a> at the Harvard Sportsman&rsquo;s Club.&nbsp;</em>&quot;All the smelt you can eat!&quot; Plus cole slaw, potato chips, bread, relishes, and beverages. By beverages I mean pop and most definitely beer. Not craft brews, but I&#39;m guessing from what we&#39;ve had at the club&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/muskrat-other-fish-meat-105757">Wild Game Dinner</a>&nbsp;there will be&nbsp;classic kegs like PBR, Old Style, and Stroh&#39;s. If you can&#39;t make it out to pastoral McHenry County, both&nbsp;Shaw&#39;s Crab House&nbsp;locations in Chicago and Schaumburg have&nbsp;<a href="http://www.shawscrabhouse.com/menus/">Lake Erie smelt</a>&nbsp;the whole month of April, and <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-23/where-theres-smoke-theres-fish-96675"><u>Calumet Fisheries</u></a> always has fried &quot;smelts&quot;. Admission to Smelt Fry 2013: $16, $13 for carry out.</p><p><strong>Saturday, April 20</strong></p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/old-girl-network-charity-cookbooks-and-empowerment-women-106081"><u>The Old Girl Network: Charity Cookbooks and the Empowerment of Women</u></a> at Kendall College.&nbsp;</em>The Culinary Historians of Chicago celebrates their 20th anniversary with this special lecture by Janice Bluestein Longone, curator of American Culinary History at the University of Michigan. Before mass media, communication, and transit, the first wave of the women&rsquo;s movement was already active via the most ordinary of objects: the lowly cookbook. If you think cookbooks are nothing but recipes, this lecture will prove you wrong.&nbsp;This event will be recorded for WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified"><u><em>Chicago Amplified</em></u></a> &mdash; but you&#39;ll need to attend to taste samples of recipes from American cookbooks. Admission $5, $3 for students, FREE for Culinary Historians of Chicago members and Kendall student and faculty.</p><p><em><a href="http://grazemagazine.org/see-food"><u>SEE FOOD: Graze magazine&#39;s issue three release party</u></a> at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.</em> The food lit mag always throws a good party. You&#39;ll get issue three hot off the presses, plus food courtesy of Burhop&#39;s Seafood, Peerless Bread &amp; Jam, and Très Jolie Pâtisserie &mdash; plus drink kombucha courtesy of Arize. Cash bar with cocktails featuring local Letherbee gin, plus bubbly, beer, and wine.&nbsp;Admission $10.</p><p><strong>Sunday, April 21</strong></p><p><em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/328333360625453/"><u>Ruck4theKids Chef Battle After Party</u></a> at Black Rock Pub &amp; Kitchen. </em>The main event, a benefit chef battle between Ripasso&#39;s Theo Gilbert and Schwa&#39;s Michael Carlson, is sold out, but an after party has just been added. Gilbert says there may be a tasting of the highly anticipated Off Color Brewing Tonnerre Neige, the collaboration beer Three Floyds. Admission $5, suggested donation benefitting <a href="http://chicagowapitirfc.wordpress.com/tag/chicago-youth-rugby/"><u>Youth Rugby in&nbsp;Chicago</u></a>.</p><p><strong>Monday, April 22</strong></p><p><em><a href="http://smoqueapril22.eventbrite.com/#"><u>Illinois BBQ Alliance Dinner</u></a> at Smoque</em>. Rub shoulders and eat and talk BBQ with local pitmasters. Smoque pitmaster Barry Sorkin will serve his signature ribs and brisket plus a special smoked beef tenderloin and smoked pork confit tacos.&nbsp;On the agenda: the state of the alliance and the 2013 Memphis Barbecue Network and Kansas City Barbeque Society competition circuit. The event is BYOB. The IBBQA supports those in need through fun, food, and friendship &mdash; and BBQ. Admission $50.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, April 23</strong></p><p><a href="http://drinkthinkreadings.com/"><u><em>Drink.Think</em></u></a> at Tavernita. Read &quot;drink dot think&quot; is a spoken word event dedicated to celebrating what we drink. Hear writers read from their work about drinks &mdash; over drinks. Speakers include <em>Serious Eats</em>&#39; Roger Kamholz, <em>Time Out Chicago</em>&#39;s Lauren Viera, and North Shore Distillery&#39;s Sonja Kassebaum. Moderated by Kara Newman who&#39;s also speaking about her new book&nbsp;<u><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0231156707?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=0231156707&amp;tag=lklchu-20">The Secret Financial Life of Food</a></em></u><em>: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets&nbsp;</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/secret-financial-life-food-event-106474"><u>Monday at Kendall</u></a>. Admission FREE, cash bar.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, April 24</strong></p><p><a href="http://barnandcompany.com/this-week.php"><u><em>Templeton Rye WhiskyFest Dinner</em></u></a> at Barn &amp; Company.&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.whiskyfestblog.com/whiskyfest-chicago-whiskyweek/">WhiskyWeek kicked off Monday</a>&nbsp;</u>with events across Chicagoland culminating in the sold out WhiskyFest Friday. This dinner features the low and slow stylings of Barn &amp; Company Pitmaster Gary Wiviott serving a Prohibition era whisky paired menu: lamb, beef, and pork belly; soft smoked rack of lamb, gravlax on smoked pig butter toast; smoked pig bone risotto, maple pecan pie with Templeton Rye chocolate chips and chocolate ganache, and more &mdash; and at these Pitmaster Series dinners, I do mean <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-05/make-no-little-plates-98827"><u>much, much more</u></a>. Plus meet Templeton Rye founder and recipe holder Keith Kerkhoff and hear his family stories from Prohibition. Admission $60.</p><p><strong>Thursday, April 25</strong></p><p><em><a href="http://www.diningoutforlife.com/chicago"><u>20th annual Dining Out For Life</u></a> at more than <a href="http://www.diningoutforlife.com/chicago/restaurants"><u>80 restaurants throughout Chicagoland</u></a>.</em> This annual dining event is North America&#39;s largest fundraiser for 60 HIV/AIDS service organizations, including <a href="http://www.edgealliance.org/"><u>Chicago&#39;s EdgeAlliance</u></a>, a non-profit organization which assists its members in developing and operating quality housing and providing life enriching services to vulnerable individuals and families. Admission FREE, food and drink additional.</p><p><em>Follow Louisa Chu <a href="http://twitter.com/louisachu" target="_blank">@louisachu</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-04/whiskyweek-smelt-month-top-list-best-chicago-food-and-drink-events-week A smelt in the hand http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/smelt-hand-98591 <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/smeltfriedlakeforest.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Fried smelt at Smelt-O-Rama, Lake Forest (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)"></p><p style="text-align: left; ">A smelt in the hand is worth two in the net—if you can find even that many these days; or nights, as that's when smelt fishing is done.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">This weekend marks the final <em>fin de semaine</em> of this year's <a href="http://www.ifishillinois.org/profiles/lakes/lake_michigan/smelt.html">season</a>, and by all <a href="http://www.chicagolandfishing.com/forums/search.php?st=0&amp;sk=t&amp;sd=d&amp;sr=posts&amp;keywords=smelt">reports</a> it might just be the end of smelt fishing off our lakefront.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Just a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/romancing-smelt">generation</a> ago it was possible to catch the silvery little fish by the buckets full, simply by shining your flashlight into the water to attract them, then dipping your net in to catch them. Cleaned and fried in the cold dark, they were a magical moonlit meal.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Two smelt-fishing celebrations continue: <a href="http://www.pdhp.org/index.aspx?page=21&amp;recordid=183">Smelt Fest</a> in Highland Park, and <a href="http://www.cityoflakeforest.com/cs/rec/cs_rec2d7.htm">Smelt-O-Rama</a> in Lake Forest. You can try your hand at smelt dipping with lights and nets in the water, but in the past few years only a few have been caught. So like local restaurants that serve them, they've brought fish in to ensure the feast.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">If you're lucky enough to catch some, or just buy some, try this adorable <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Comix/Recipe-Comix-Fried-Smelt">comic-drawn recipe for deep-fried smelt</a> by local&nbsp;cartoonist and illustrator&nbsp;Chris Eliopoulos.</p><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/smeltlivehand.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px;" title="A smelt in the hand (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)"></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 27 Apr 2012 09:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/smelt-hand-98591