WBEZ | chef battle http://www.wbez.org/tags/chef-battle Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chef Battle Royale 2012: Photos and the food quiz http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/chef-battle-royale-2012-photos-and-food-quiz-103476 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8133706785/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattletankwins.jpg" style="width: 620px; " title="Team Tank wins Chef Battle Royale 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>And the winner of the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/air-events-chef-battle-royale-102169">WBEZ 2012 Chef Battle Royale</a> is...<a href="http://www.tank-noodle.com/">Tank Noodle</a>! Tank&#39;s&nbsp;vegetarian lemongrass coconut tofu curry served with bread, and lemongrass chicken curry served with rice, both cooked with <a href="http://www.gooseisland.com/">Goose Island Sofie beer</a>, won the most votes from 800 attendees at the 4th annual <a href="http://www.wbez.org/content/wbezs-fifth-annual-event-series">Off-Air event</a>&nbsp;at <a href="http://salvageone.com/home.php">Salvage One</a> last week.</p><p>But really, we were all winners, with dishes from <a href="http://www.rasdashenchicago.com/">Ras Dashen</a>, <a href="http://staropolskarestaurant.com/">Staropolska</a>, <a href="http://www.borinquenoncalifornia.net/">Borinquen</a>, <a href="http://www.munchrestaurant.net/">Munch</a>&nbsp;and <a href="http://www.tank-noodle.com/">Tank</a> &mdash; each challenged with creating two dishes, one vegetarian &mdash; with a different Goose Island beer and ingredients from <a href="http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/">Whole Foods</a>. Mostly vegan Munch made both dishes vegetarian. Ras Dashen made three dishes total, including goat, all served with a soft, tart roll of&nbsp;<em>injera</em>, the traditional Ethiopian edible utensil. Plus&nbsp;<a href="http://blackdogchicago.com/">Black Dog Gelato</a> chef/owner&nbsp;Jessica Oloroso scooped floats with malted vanilla gelato and Goose Island root beer. Goose poured 312, Sofie, Matilda, Pere Jacques and Pepe Nero from portable draft coolers. <a href="http://www.cutty-sark.com/">Cutty Sark</a> served old-school Scotch, while Intelligentsia brewed seasonal <a href="http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/article/pourover-brewing">pour-over</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/product/coffee/finca-la-maravilla-itzamna-guatemala">La Maravilla Itzamna Guatemala</a>.</p><p>Our very own <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia">Morning Shift</a></em> host Tony Sarabia spun <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/radio-m">Radio M</a></em> world music and Mastered the ceremonies, including a food quiz by yours truly. How well do you know Chicago&#39;s diverse food?&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8133607461/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattleras_0.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Team Ras Dashen at Chef Battle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><p><strong><u>Question 1:</u><br />What is <em>kitfo tere</em>?</strong></p><p>A:&nbsp;A pancake-like, soft, yeast-raised, sourdough flatbread made with teff flour, used as an eating utensil</p><p>B:&nbsp;Ethiopian steak tartare</p><p>C:&nbsp;Chicken and hard-cooked egg stew cooked in a spicy <em>berbere</em> sauce</p><p>D:&nbsp;A strong honey wine</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8133726749/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattlerasdish.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Ras Dashen plate with goat and injera at Chef Battle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><p><strong>Answer 1:<br />B:&nbsp;Ethiopian steak tartare. </strong>Seasoned with <em>niter kibbeh</em>, a spiced clarified butter, and <em>mitmita</em>, a powdered chili pepper spice mix, <em>kitfo tere</em> is considered one of the national dishes of Ethiopia. At Ras Dashen, you can also order your <em>kifto</em> rare instead of raw by requesting<em> kitfo leb leb</em>.</p><p>A is <em>injera,&nbsp;</em>C is <em>doro wat </em>and&nbsp;D is <em>tej.</em></p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8133610454/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattletank.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="WBEZ Member Susan Chiara at Tank Noodle. Chef Battle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong><u>Question 2:</u><br />Which of the following is not on the <em>phở</em> menu at Tank?</strong></p><p>A:&nbsp;Bible tripe</p><p>B:&nbsp;Udder</p><p>C:&nbsp;Cow&rsquo;s penis</p><p>D:&nbsp;Soft tendon</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8135318032/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattletankchicken.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Winning Tank Noodle dish: lemongrass chicken cooked with Goose Island Sophie beer at Chef Battle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><p><strong><u>Answer 2:</u><br />B:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-08/happy-100th-julia-udderly-delicious-101727">Udder</a>. </strong>Their <em>phở</em> is also served with a fresh garnish plate including lime, bean sprouts, <a href="http://vietworldkitchen.typepad.com/blog/vietnamese-herb-primer.html#cilantro">culantro</a>, Thai basil, and jalapeño slices. Classic condiments include Sriracha and hoisin sauces.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8133670188/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattlestaropolska.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Early voting Team Staropolska at Chef Battle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><p><strong><u>Question 3:</u><br />Which athlete and sport popularized pierogi as a sports food?</strong></p><p>A:&nbsp;Tomasz Majewski, the Polish shot-putter who won a gold medal at this year&rsquo;s London Olympics.</p><p>B:&nbsp;Paula Newby-Fraser, the Ironman triathlete and duathlete for the 1989 Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.</p><p>C:&nbsp;Adrian Zieliński, the Polish weightlifter who won a gold medal at this year&rsquo;s London Olympics.</p><p>D:&nbsp;Halina Konopacka, the Polish women&rsquo;s discus thrower who won Poland&rsquo;s first gold medal ever at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8135301853/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattlestardish.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Staropolska stuffed cabbage at Chef Battle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><p><strong><u>Answer 3:</u><br />B:&nbsp;Paula Newby-Fraser, the Ironman triathlete and duathlete for the 1989 Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.</strong> Newby-Fraser ate pierogi to carbo-load for the biking portion of the triathlon. Mrs. T&#39;s, the largest American pierogi manufacturer, sponsored triathlons, as well as the Chicago Marathon, starting in 1986. At Staropolska, pierogi are available stuffed with potato and <em>curt</em>&nbsp;(a dry cottage cheese), sauerkraut, spinach, sweet cheese, strawberry, or blueberry.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8133659825/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattleborinquen.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="BEZ COO Alison Scholly at Borinquen, Chef Battle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong><u>Question 4:</u><br />We know that a <em>jibarito</em> sandwich is made with flattened, fried green plantains instead of bread, spread with garlic and mayo, then filled with meat, American cheese, lettuce and tomato. But what&rsquo;s a <em>jibarita</em>?</strong></p><p>A:&nbsp;A green banana and yucca fritter, filled with ground beef</p><p>B:&nbsp;A <em>jibarito</em>, but with <em>platanos maduros</em>, or ripe, sweet plantains</p><p>C:&nbsp;Mortar and pestle mashed fried plantains, pork, and garlic</p><p>D:&nbsp;A sliced, twice-fried green plantain, pounded flat between fryings</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8135315549/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattleborinquendish.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Borinquen fried plantain cups with chicken at Chef Battle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><p><strong><u>Answer 4:</u><br />B:&nbsp;A <em>jibarito</em>, but with <em>platanos maduros</em>, or ripe, sweet plantains.</strong> It&rsquo;s widely believed that Juan &quot;Peter&quot; Figueroa invented the <em>jibarito</em> at the original Borinquen on California in Humboldt Park in 1996. The <em>jibarita</em> is an off-the-menu item.</p><p>A is <em>alcapurria,&nbsp;</em>C is <em>mofongo </em>and&nbsp;D is <em>tostone.</em></p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8133565016/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattlemunch.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="WBEZ High Fidelity Members Kristin and Andy Fitz at Munch, Chef Battle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div><p><strong><u>Question 5:</u><br />Which of these is or was a real product?</strong></p><p>A:&nbsp;Tan Pups</p><p>B:&nbsp;Wheatmeat</p><p>C:&nbsp;Tofurky</p><p>D:&nbsp;All of the above</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8135323979/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattlemunchdish.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Munch all vegetarian plate at Chef Batle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><p><strong><u>Answer 5:</u><br />D:&nbsp;All of the above.</strong> Tan Pups were invented in 1972 and Wheatmeat in 1974, both made of seitan. The word seitan, the western name for wheat gluten, is believed to be derived from the Japanese words <em>sei</em>, meaning &quot;made of,&quot; and <em>tan</em>, meaning &ldquo;protein.&rdquo; The original Tofurky, a portmanteau of tofu and turkey, was invented 1995, made of soybeans. At Munch, they serve a vegan &ldquo;beefy&rdquo; tostada, made with chorizo seitan.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8133717494/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattlesarabia.jpg" style="width: 620px; " title="Luchador-masked Chicago Reader restaurant critic Mike Sula interviewed by Tony Sarabia at Chef Battle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><p><strong><u>Question 6:</u><br />What is a Chicago-style mother-in-law?</strong></p><p>A:&nbsp;Shrimp baked under garlicky bread crumbs</p><p>B:&nbsp;A Chicago-style corn roll tamale, smothered with chili, served in a hot dog bun or a cup, with optional chopped white onion and sport peppers</p><p>C:&nbsp;Bone-in chicken baked with potato wedges, garlic, olive oil, and white wine</p><p>D:&nbsp;An ice cream cone layered, from top to bottom, with orange sherbet, pistachio, Palmer House (New York vanilla with cherries and walnuts), strawberry, and chocolate</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8135345027/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattlegelato.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Black Dog gelato chef/owner Jessie Oloroso scooped malted vanilla gelato and Goose Island root beer floats at Chef Battle 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><p><strong><u>Answer 6:</u><br />B:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=14&amp;t=3932&amp;sid=b2aaae5a8c5903765c0b5cd9857ea20e">A Chicago-style corn roll tamale, smothered with chili, served in a hot dog bun or a cup, with optional chopped white onion and sport peppers.</a> </strong>There&rsquo;s also a variant called a Mighty Dog, comprised of a mother-in-law with a fully dressed Chicago-style hot dog and cheese. Chicago scientist turned self-described &ldquo;Investigator of Southside Culinary Oddities&rdquo; Peter Engler was the first to publish his studies of these Southside hot dog stand staples in 2005. (Engler is a friend and he attended Chef Battle.)</p><p>A is Shrimp DeJonghe,&nbsp;C is Chicken Vesuvio and&nbsp;D is an <a href="http://www.rainbowcone.com/Rainbow_Cone/Home.html">Original Rainbow Cone</a>;&nbsp;the last day you can get one this year is November 4.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8133745663/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefbattletankdish.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="A winning Tank Noodle dish: lemongrass coconut tofu curry cooked with Goose Island Sofie beer at Chef Battle Royale 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/chef-battle-royale-2012-photos-and-food-quiz-103476 Off-Air Events: Chef Battle Royale http://www.wbez.org/air-events-chef-battle-royale-102169 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/OAlogo.tight_.jpg" title="" /></p><p>Taste a world of food in one evening!&nbsp;<br /><br />Celebrate Chicago&#39;s food heritage with Tony Sarabia, <em>The Morning Shift</em>, and five outstanding chefs representing multiple ethnic traditions from different neighborhoods across the city. Sample traditional Polish, an Indian Curry and Soul Food from the South Side, just to name a few&ndash;all made with select Goose Island beer and fresh ingredients from Whole Foods Market. Tony will host lively discussions with local food bloggers and personalities as well as live music and audience participation. At the end of it all, you choose which neighborhood and food is the best!&nbsp;</p><p>*<a href="http://www.rasdashenchicago.com/">Ras Dashen</a> will represent Ethiopian food and the north side<br />*<a href="http://www.tank-noodle.com/">Tank Noodle</a> is on for Vietnamese and Chinese dishes<br />*<a href="http://staropolskarestaurant.com/">Restaurant Staropolska</a>&nbsp;is on for award winning Polish cuisine<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.borinquenoncalifornia.net/">Borinquen</a>, out of Humboldt Park, will bring us authentic Puerto Rican dishes<br />* <a href="http://www.munchrestaurant.net/">Munch</a> - vegetarian fare from Oak Park</p><p><a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce?ecommerce=store_list&amp;ts=1347895809355&amp;store_id=8621&amp;JServSessionIda004=vo3wkkza41.app212c">Buy tickets here</a><br />Meat and vegetarian options will be available<br />Black Dog Gelato will be serving Goose Island Root beer and Matilda Beer Floats<br />Intelligentsia Coffee will be brewing fresh coffee and&nbsp;Goose Island beer will be served all evening</p><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/Chefb4.jpg" style="height: 390px; width: 400px; " title="" /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chefb.jpg" style="height: 308px; width: 400px; " title="" /></div></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sponsored by:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/BWMSlogos_blk.dot549_4lines.jpg" style="height: 59px; width: 150px; " title="" /></div></div></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><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/OA_CBR_logos_trade.jpg" title="" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/air-events-chef-battle-royale-102169 A Brand New Off Air Series is HERE! http://www.wbez.org/blogs/beyond-mic/2012-09/brand-new-air-series-here-102492 <p><p>Since I started as the Events guy at public radio, the very popular <em>Off-Air Series</em> has presented a conversation between Eboo Patel and Krista Tippett at the Fourth Presbyterian Church, a celebration of the birthplace of Rock and Roll, original storytelling at the Chicago Children&#39;s Museum, in depth discussions of Chicago&#39;s theater scene, a biking event, a comic book discussion, two Drive-In Double Features, a high-end coffee tasting, and a &quot;coming together&quot; of Community Art Centers from around the city.</p><p>Over 30,000 WBEZ fans have attended these events and working with Breeze to create and execute such a diversity of topics in a such a variety of locations (including an urban farm in Englewood and a literature event in the Heartland Cafe) has been challenging and extremely rewarding.</p><p>This year, in its fifth season, the <em>Off-Air Series</em> has a new sheriff.</p><p>Our new Events team, headed by Executive Producer (and WBEZ Marketing Director) Vanessa Harris, is a lean, mean producing machine.&nbsp; Harris, myself, Chris Davilla and Tyler James Greene (coming in with a total of 40+ years of producing experience altogether) are primed and ready to take three of the <em>Off-Air Series&#39;</em> most successful and wide-ranging events and make them better and add a brand new event for the summer that will blow your mind.</p><p>First, for the Fall is the pumped version of our popular Chicago Chef Battle, the <strong>Chicago Chef Battle Royale</strong> (&quot;royale&quot; sounded classier than &quot;mega-chef battle&quot; or &quot;Chef Battle-orama&quot;) on <strong>Wednesday, October 24</strong>.&nbsp; Still only $15.00 ($12.00 for WBEZ members), we have moved the event from the Goose Island Loading Dock to the spacious and multi-floored Salvage One and have added a chef (from five to six).&nbsp; Additionally, the chefs will come from six different Chicago neighborhoods and present a travelogue of ethnic foods from around the city (both meat AND vegetarian option from all six).</p><p>This year&#39;s participants include traditional Polish, an Indian curry and soul food from the South Side, among others, all made with select Goose Island beer and fresh ingredients from Whole Foods Market. <em>The Morning Shift</em>&#39;s <strong>Tony Sarabia</strong> will host lively discussions with local food bloggers and personalities as well as live music and audience participation. At the end of it all, the audience chooses which neighborhood and food are the best!&nbsp; Added to the line-up this year will be Goose Island Root beer and Matilda Beer Floats made by Black Dog Gelato and delicious hot beverages from the fine folks at Intelligentsia Coffee.</p><p>It&#39;s going to rock and you can get your tickets <a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce?ecommerce=store_list&amp;ts=1347895809355&amp;store_id=8621&amp;JServSessionIda004=s6482a0bx1.app219d">HERE</a>.&nbsp; Get them quick because this one sells out fast!</p><p>We&#39;ll be bringing back the <strong>Winter Block Party for Chicago&#39;s Hip Hop Arts</strong>, the <strong>Global Activism Expo</strong> and an event so &quot;in the works&quot; I can&#39;t even blog about it yet for the summer!&nbsp; Heck, Vanessa might even let me do a blow out storytelling event sometime in year.</p><p>Go get your tix to the Chef Battle Royale and stay tuned for the rest!</p><p>Click <a href="https://secure2.convio.net/wbez/site/Ecommerce?ecommerce=store_list&amp;ts=1347895809355&amp;store_id=8621&amp;JServSessionIda004=s6482a0bx1.app219d">HERE</a> for tickets and info.</p></p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 11:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/beyond-mic/2012-09/brand-new-air-series-here-102492