WBEZ | small plates http://www.wbez.org/tags/small-plates Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Make no little plates http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-05/make-no-little-plates-98827 <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/wiviottpitmastersprime.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px;" title="Smoked prime rib with black garlic butter; grilled broccoli with smoked cheddar cheese sauce; smoked twice baked potato with bacon and crème fraîche (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)"></p><p style="text-align: left; "><em>"Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood,"&nbsp;</em>Daniel Burnham may or may not have said, but he unquestionably lived the declaration.</p><p>As does my friend Gary Wiviott—pitmaster at <a href="http://barnandcompany.com/">Barn &amp; Company</a>, co-author of <a href="http://www.lowslowbbq.com/">Low &amp; Slow</a>, and co-founder of <a href="http://www.lthforum.com/">LTH Forum</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Small plates have finally dropped off <a href="http://www.restaurant.org/pressroom/social-media-releases/release/?page=social_media_whats_hot_2012.cfm">top menu trends</a>, according to the National Restaurant Association. The trade-only <a href="http://www.restaurant.org/show/index.cfm">NRA Show</a> opens at McCormick Place Saturday.&nbsp;</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/wiviottpitmastersoysters.jpg" style="text-align: center; width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Smoked oysters on the half shell, served with house cocktail sauce, not pictured (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)"></p><p style="text-align: left; ">I do still love tasting menus but there were no little plans or plates at the most recent three-course <a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=19&amp;t=34646&amp;p=414997">Pitmaster Dinner</a>—the third in an ongoing series—featuring <a href="http://www.templetonrye.com/blog/who-we-are/">Templeton Rye</a>, the Iowa-made small batch rye whiskey once "Al Capone's whiskey of choice." Gary collaborated with Templeton brand manager Michael Killmer to create paired cocktails, using smoke infused ingredients like smoked pineapple and smoked Cherry Coke syrup.</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/wiviottpitmastersdates.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Bacon-wrapped and goat-cheese-stuffed dates with red pepper sauce (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)"></p><p style="text-align: left; ">Gary, the Chicago food scene's Big Man in Black, might well be expected to summon a Smoke Monster of flavor, but he wields his power judiciously. Smoke and char join salt, pepper, and <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2010/06/16/one-bite-black-garlic-at-new-chicago-kimchee">black garlic</a> as yielding assistants in his pyromancer hands.</p><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/wiviottpitmastersafter.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Prime rib, after (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)"></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">The next Pitmaster dinner on May 23 features the legendary Tex-Czech <a href="http://www.mikeska.com/">Mikeska</a> sausage, with Tim Mikeska himself in attendance. At our dinner we had the honour of having Barry Sorkin of <a href="http://smoquebbq.com/">Smoque BBQ</a> as guest pitmaster-in-residence.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Make no little plans, but try to make reservations: post in the thread on LTH when it's announced, private message Gary, or email to events@barnandcompany.com.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">You may find magic to stir your blood—and blood pressure.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/wiviottpitmasterspudding.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px; " title="Smoked Cherry Coke Manhattan and Templeton Rye infused bread pudding (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)"></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 04 May 2012 10:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-05/make-no-little-plates-98827