WBEZ | Bang Bang Pie Shop http://www.wbez.org/tags/bang-bang-pie-shop Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en When breakfast and lunch fall in love: Brunch with the next generation of underground dining and food trucks in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-06/when-breakfast-and-lunch-fall-love-brunch-next-generation-underground <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/sdcbbdrinks.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Sunday Dinner Club Bloody Mary with Bang Bang candied bacon and pickled chard stem, Rare Tea Cellar Smoke Bomb salt rim; Bang Bang iced coffee (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">It takes a village to raise the lovechild of a former underground dining club and what was once just a plucky little pie truck.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In breaking food truck news, <a href="https://twitter.com/KingSchnitzel" target="_blank">the Schnitzel King</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/CourageousCakes" target="_blank">Cupcakes for Courage</a>, and the <a href="https://twitter.com/IJ" target="_blank">Institute for Justice</a>&nbsp;just scored a big win in court today. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Peter Flynn has ruled that they can move forward contesting the 200 foot rule and GPS requirement. They will meet again in 30 days.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><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/sdcbbgreens.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Spring peas, market green beans, fried spring onions, breakfast radish, buttermilk dressing, and farm greens (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">This past weekend, <a href="http://sundaydinnerclub.com/"><u>Sunday Dinner Club</u></a> and <a href="http://www.bangbangpie.com/"><u>Bang Bang Pie Shop</u></a> hosted brunch in a lofty perch above the corner of Elston and Roscoe. They invited me to join three dozen other guests, all from SDC&#39;s email only list.&nbsp;The space is above their highly anticipated <a href="http://www.honeybutter.com/"><u>Honey Butter Fried Chicken</u></a>, opening this August if the City of Chicago inspection gods are kind. We were seated at a trio of communal tables.&nbsp;</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/sdcbbbiscuits.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Bang Bang biscuits and fennel gravy with country fried pork, farm egg, pickled fennel, and herb salad (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">In communal table news, critically <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/huntress-gatherer-cuisine-102176" target="_blank"><u>acclaimed Elizabeth restaurant </u></a>(born from chef/owner Iliana Regan&#39;s former underground restaurant One Sister) announced this week they&#39;re swapping out their communal tables for conventional seating. Evidently we don&#39;t like communal tables in Chicago.</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/sdcbbpie.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Bang Bang rhubarb pie with Sunday Dinner Club sour cream ice cream (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">I missed including in the brunch class photo Sunday Dinner Club partners&nbsp;Jen Mayer and Chris Jennings. Graphic <a href="http://www.kitemath.com/">designers of Kitemath</a> by day, they created the keepsake newsprint menus. SDC&#39;s now permanent home showcases an <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/9034899786/"><u>interactive and growing gallery</u></a> of their stunning menu work.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left; ">Yes, meet the new generation of moms and pops in Chicago.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/sdcbbteam.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Dave Miller, Megan Miller, Christine Cikowski, Josh Kulp, Michael Ciapciak (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div></div></div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-06/when-breakfast-and-lunch-fall-love-brunch-next-generation-underground Boxing Day: traditional and not so traditional food http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/boxing-day-traditional-and-not-so-traditional-food-104560 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8309958169/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bangbangchristmasmince.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Pear Brandy Mince pie from Bang Bang Pie Shop in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: start;">Around the world, the day after Christmas marks <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day">Boxing Day</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Stephen's_Day">St. Stephen&#39;s Day</a>, and the <a href="http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/KwanzaaActivities2011.html">first day of Kwanzaa</a> this year. But in our city, it&#39;s mostly back to work.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: start;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: start;">The <a href="http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/boxingday.asp">origins of Boxing Day</a> are disputed and may be lost to history, but today it&#39;s celebrated much like we celebrate our neo-traditional Black Friday, with post holiday sales shopping, sports watching, and leftovers eating.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: start;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Few traditional dishes exist for this day, but St. Stephen&#39;s Day pie, essentially cottage or shepherd&#39;s pie, uses leftover meat. In Catalonia their&nbsp;<em>canelons</em>, essentially canneloni but smothered in béchamel then baked golden brown, does the same.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The <a href="http://www.ehfop.org/">Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park will observe Boxing Day</a> with traditional English food, music, and a live performance by the Readers Theater at the <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Hemingway+Birthplace+Home&amp;ll=41.895729,-87.794881&amp;spn=0.009248,0.006523&amp;hq=Hemingway+Birthplace+Home&amp;radius=15000&amp;t=m&amp;z=16&amp;iwloc=A">Hemingway Birthplace Home</a>.&nbsp;Bring a food item to donate to the <a href="http://www.oprffoodpantry.org/">Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry</a> and receive $2 off admission.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In my home, I&#39;m eating leftover&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2012/12/bang-bang-pie-chicago.html">Pear Brandy Mince</a> and <a href="http://www.bangbangpie.com/pies/">Gingerbread Custard</a> pie and yes, back to work &mdash; mostly.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8311016022/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bangbangchristmasgingerbread.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px;" title="Gingerbread Custard pie from Bang Bang Pie Shop in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/boxing-day-traditional-and-not-so-traditional-food-104560 Religion, politics and great pumpkin pie http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/religion-politics-and-great-pumpkin-pie-103121 <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/bbpumpkinslice_0.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Pumpkin pie with pumpkin seed brittle and whipped cream in a graham cracker crust at Bang Bang Pie Shop (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><blockquote><p>&quot;There are three things you must never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.&quot;</p><p>&mdash; Linus van Pelt, <em>It&#39;s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown</em></p></blockquote><p>Poor Linus. What would he do this election year? Me, I must discuss the great pumpkin pie I tasted last Friday at <a href="http://www.bangbangpie.com/">Bang Bang Pie Shop</a>. It was the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/thirdspace-bang-bang-pie-shop-102399">new pie shop</a>&#39;s first ever pumpkin pie, on the first day of its release. Head pie maker/co-owner Megan Miller uses <a href="https://twitter.com/bangbangpie/status/256453818437496832">real pie pumpkins</a> to make an old fashioned filling for her signature graham cracker crust, which nearly candies and caramelizes around the custard. The dish is topped with real whipped cream and her pumpkin seed brittle, which elevates this home-style slice to elegant plated dessert. And yes, Miller makes the delicate honeycomb brittle with seeds from the pumpkins.</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/bbpumpkin.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Pie pumpkin at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">You may remember last year I revealed the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-11-23/truth-about-pumpkin-pie-94245">truth about pumpkin pie</a>: Most pumpkin pies are not pumpkin, but squash instead, much of it grown in Morton, Ill.,&nbsp;&quot;<a href="http://www.mortonpumpkinfestival.org/">The Pumpkin Capital of the World</a>&quot; and home of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.verybestbaking.com/Libbys.aspx">Libby&#39;s</a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/node/94245#comment-452232023">One commenter asked</a>, &quot;How many hours can pumpkin pie sit on the counter before I can refrigerate it?&quot; The much belated short answer: two hours, according to the USDA&#39;s Food Safety and Inspection Service Two-Hour-Rule, mentioned on their <a href="http://www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/pubs/holiday_goodies1.pdf">holiday goodies fact sheet</a>.&nbsp;</div><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/bbpumpkinpie.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Whole pumpkin pie at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">In case you missed <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/eat-drink-bucktown-apple-pie-contest-great-highwood-pumpkin-fest-and-more">my mention</a>, the <a href="http://highwoodpumpkinfest.com/">Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival</a> kicks off Thursday, culminating in an attempt to break the world record for most lit jack-o-lanterns with 32,000 pumpkins. It bears repeating because it&#39;s one of our most spectacular &mdash; yet surprisingly unknown &mdash; local fests.&nbsp;</div><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/bbdavemegan.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Dave and Megan Miller at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">Evidently many headline writers couldn&#39;t resist;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/in-year-of-severe-drought-farmers-say-pumpkin-crop-looks-like-rare-smashing-success/2012/10/10/8517d95c-12aa-11e2-9a39-1f5a7f6fe945_story.html">every</a> other <a href="http://moneyland.time.com/2012/10/11/pumpkin-prices-higher-as-crop-successfully-endures-drought/">report</a> says this year we&#39;re having a smashing pumpkin season, not in spite the drought, but because of it: Pumpkins like hot dry weather.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Perhaps the Great Pumpkin heard our prayers after all.</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/bbpumpkinplain.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Pumpkin pie with whipped cream only at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/religion-politics-and-great-pumpkin-pie-103121 Thirdspace: Bang Bang Pie Shop http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/thirdspace-bang-bang-pie-shop-102399 <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/bangplumpie.jpg" style="height: 399px; width: 600px; " title="Plum pie at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>As turmoil swirls across our&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/economy/school%E2%80%99s-still-out-progress-talks-102395">city</a> and around the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-09-12/worldview-91212-102371">world</a>, I have to admit that I hesitated to share my current favorite thirdspace: <a href="http://www.bangbangpie.com/">Bang Bang Pie Shop</a>.</p><p>As you may know, a thirdspace (aka&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_place">third place</a>)&nbsp;follows home (first place) and workplace (second place) as your main social environment and community anchor.</p><p>At Bang Bang, it&#39;s not just co-owner Megan Miller&#39;s pie &mdash; three she changes weekly, always including a seasonal fruit, chocolate and cream-based pie &mdash;&nbsp;that keeps me coming back for more. (You can vote for next week&#39;s pie, a good indicator of their community consideration.)</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/bangbiscuithamjam.jpg" style="text-align: center; height: 399px; width: 600px; " title="Biscuit with butters, blueberry lavender and cherry jams, and Smoking Goose ham at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p>Nor is it just the biscuits, introduced by co-owner Michael Ciapciak, a young vet of the old&nbsp;<a href="http://www.startle.com/about/guide/">Mobil Travel Guide</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ushgnyc.com/dannymeyer/">Danny Meyer</a>&#39;s <a href="http://www.ushgnyc.com/">Union Square Hospitality Group</a>. The biscuits are served with or without <a href="http://www.smokinggoose.com/">Smoking Goose</a>&nbsp;ham, and (most importanly) access to the butter and housemade jam jars. On a recent day they held the already signature black-pepper honey butter, chive butter, cherry jam and blueberry lavender jam.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bangicedcoffee.jpg" style="height: 399px; width: 600px; " title="Iced coffee with house roasted beans at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><p>It&#39;s not even just the coffee (hot or iced, both help-yourself, with simple syrup in an upcycled Dom Pérignon bottle) which seems to be the lifeblood of thirdspaces these days. Co-owner Dave Miller (Megan&#39;s husband) formerly owned <a href="http://www.ipsento.com/">Ipsento</a> and continues to roast his own beans for BB.</p><p>Nor is it even just the bacon, omnipresent these days, but here made with a candied glaze.</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/bangcandiedbacon.jpg" style="height: 399px; width: 600px; " title="Candied bacon at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">No, with thirdspaces it&#39;s the people who make the biggest difference. At Bang Bang, it&#39;s the regulars who stop by every day: the elderly neighborhood woman who tried to sign the <a href="https://squareup.com/">Square</a>d iPad with an ink pen; the orange-vested Streets and Sans guy carefully cradling his slice to-go.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Maybe because Bang Bang started as a food truck, they connected to the community first. (They also overcame unforseen construction costs with an overwhelmingly successful <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bangbangcoffee/bang-bang-pie-shop">Kickstarter</a>&nbsp;campaign to create a beautiful exposed brick and hand-restored wood space.) Their urban-idyllic side yard, shared with the brick apartment building above, planted hopefully with plum, apricot, peach and nectarine trees, was recently the scene of their inaugural Sideyard Supper.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This is my thirdspace. What&#39;s yours?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><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/bangchocococonut.jpg" style="height: 399px; width: 600px; " title="Chocococonut pie at Bang Bang (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/thirdspace-bang-bang-pie-shop-102399