WBEZ | Share Our Strength http://www.wbez.org/tags/share-our-strength Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Handpicked: No Dessert Left Behind, Whole Larder Love and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-06/handpicked-no-dessert-left-behind-whole-larder-love-and-more-107580 <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/baconfestwestdonut.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Candied bacon whiskey maple cream cheese donut by West Town Bakery at Baconfest Chicago 2013 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><p><strong>Friday, June 7</strong><br /><em><a href="http://www.salarmychicago.org/donutday/" target="_blank"><u>76th annual Donut Day</u></a> throughout Chicagoland.</em> As I <u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-06/old-fashioned-donuts-75th-national-donut-day-99737" target="_blank">wrote last year</a>,&nbsp;</u>the holiday held annually on the first Friday of June was established in 1938 to honor The Salvation Army &ldquo;Donut Lassies&rdquo; who served the treats to soldiers during World War I. The Salvation Army and Entenmann&#39;s will give away free donuts at Federal Plaza. <u><a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=478140522265560&amp;set=a.359675637445383.85903.359297440816536&amp;type=1">At&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=478140522265560&amp;set=a.359675637445383.85903.359297440816536&amp;type=1" target="_blank">Firecakes Donuts</a></u> receive a complimentary Old Fashioned Buttermilk donut with your purchase excluding beverages, plus 100 percent of the day&rsquo;s profits will be donated to The Salvation Army. Admission FREE at Federal Plaza, at Firecakes food and drink additional and act as your donation.</p><p><strong>Saturday, June 8</strong><br /><em><a href="http://www.ccamuseum.org/index.php/en/upcoming-events/239-a-different-sound-of-music-june" target="_blank"><u>Dragon Boat Festival</u></a> at the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago.</em> <em>Zongzi</em> (bamboo leaf wrapped sticky rice stuffed with fillings sweet or savory) are traditionally eaten for this festival on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, falling on Wednesday (June 12) this year. See a <em>zongzi</em> making demo then taste with tea, plus listen to live Chinese music and poetry readings. For actual dragon boat in Chicagoland, we&rsquo;ll have to wait until July, but there will be <a href="http://www.chicagochinatown.org/?page_id=2483" target="_blank"><u>two races</u></a> <a href="http://tapchicago.org/2013/03/01/2013-chicago-international-dragon-boat-festival/" target="_blank"><u>this season</u></a>. Admission $8 for Chinese-American Museum of Chicago members, students, and seniors; $12 general; RSVP requested.</p><p><strong>Sunday, June 9</strong><br /><em><a href="http://nodessertleftbehind.tumblr.com/" target="_blank"><u>Inaugural No Dessert Left Behind bake sale</u></a> at Little Goat Diner. </em>All proceeds benefit <a href="http://gabs.strength.org/site/PageServer?pagename=GABS_homepage" target="_blank"><u>Share Our Strength&#39;s No Kid Hungry Bake Sale</u></a> campaign. The dessert event features goods from local top pastry chefs, most notably the pioneering <em>pâtissière</em> Gale Gand and the elusive Butcher and Larder&rsquo;s Allie Levitt, plus many talented home bakers. There will be sweet and savory cookies, brownies, pastries, pies, cakes, tarts, tortes, chocolate, and macarons; plus full bar and outdoor deck seating. Admission FREE, food and drink additional and act as your donation.</p><p><em><a href="http://wholelarderlove.com/events/" target="_blank"><u>Whole Larder Love reading, skinning, and dinner</u></a> at City Lit Books, Longman &amp; Eagle, and Nellcôte. </em>Australian hunter, gatherer, blogger, and author Rohan Anderson takes over Chicago for three events in one day. Anderson will read and sign his new book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1576876047?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=1576876047&amp;tag=lklchu-20" target="_blank"><u><em>Whole Larder Love: Grow Gather Hunt Cook</em></u></a>. At L&amp;E&#39;s Off Site Bar he will demo a rabbit skinning. The book dinner menu at Nellcôte: Humble Summer Broccoli &amp; Garlic Pasta, Hare Tagine, and a seasonal dessert. Admission FREE at City Lit and Longman &amp; Eagle, <a href="http://rohannellcote-es2.eventbrite.com/" target="_blank"><u>$35 dinner at Nellcôte</u></a>.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.slowfoodchicago.org/index.php/event/5th-annual-pig-roast/" target="_blank"><u>Fifth annual Slow Food Chicago Pig Roast</u></a> at Goose Island Street Brewery.</em> This year featuring Duroc and crossbred hogs, raised on pasture and fed mash from the Goose Island brewery, at Gunthorp Farms in LaGrange, Indiana. Pig chefs include Big Jones&rsquo; Paul Fehribach, Butcher &amp; Larder&rsquo;s Rob Levitt, Nellcôte/Old Town Social&rsquo;s Jared Van Camp, and more. Plus vegetable dish by vegetarian/vegan restaurant Handlebar&rsquo;s Ryan Stevens, and dessert by Nightwood&rsquo;s Sarah Mispagel. Admission $70 general, $90 ticket plus $20 donation to 2014 Terra Madre delegate fund, both include a commemorative beer glass and beer.</p><p><em><a href="http://comfortstationlogansquare.org/2013/05/comfort-food-potluck/" target="_blank"><u>Inaugural Comfort Food Potluck</u></a> at Comfort Station. </em>In collaboration with <a href="http://foodonthedole.blogspot.com/"><u>Food on the Dole </u></a>chef/blogger Hugh Amano, all are welcome but there&rsquo;s one requirement: all food must be homemade by you and yours, based on the food you ate growing up. Thereʼs no competition. Comfort Food aims to bring all members of our community together in a forum inspired by sharing and exchange of food and ideas about food. Admission FREE, donations large or small benefit the Comfort Station to cover potluck supplies costs and accepted by jar.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, June 11</strong><br /><em><a href="http://kinfolkfreshenupchicago.eventbrite.com/" target="_blank"><u>Kinfolk Freshen Up Chicago</u></a> at Greenhouse Loft.</em> A <em>Kinfolk</em> magazine event with Estera Style, local and seasonal herbal cocktails and bites will be served. Plus make your own natural cleaning products at workshop stations and leave with a complete home care kit. Admission $55.</p><p><em>Follow Louisa Chu at <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu" target="_blank"><u>@louisachu</u></a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-06/handpicked-no-dessert-left-behind-whole-larder-love-and-more-107580 Eat this, drink that! Oktoberfests, Chicago Gourmet, Craft Spirit Week http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/eat-drink-oktoberfests-chicago-gourmet-craft-spirit-week-102740 <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/wildonionpumpkin.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px; " title="Wild Onion Brewing Co. seasonal craft Pumpkin Ale, brewed in Lake Barrington, Illinois (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p><u><strong>Friday, September 28</strong></u></p><p>What happens when two cultures known for their love of, uh, festivities, join forces? The <a href="http://www.dankhaus.com/events-german-cultural-center-chicago.php">second annual McToberfest</a>! The love child of <a href="http://www.dankhaus.com/">DANK Haus German American Cultural Center</a> and the <a href="http://irish-american.org/">Irish American Heritage Center</a> at the latter&#39;s <a href="http://irish-american.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=35&amp;Itemid=100309">Fifth Province</a>&nbsp;transforms the authentic Irish pub into a German-Irish beer hall, with German-Irish food, drink, and spirits too. Admission $10, includes entertainment, food and drink additional.</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, September 29</strong></u></p><p>Chefapalooza, aka the <a href="http://www.illinoisrestaurants.org/associations/2039/chicagogourmet/">fifth annual&nbsp;Chicago Gourmet</a>&nbsp;takes over the gorgeous <a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/attractions/dca_tourism/jay_pritzker_pavilion.html">Gehry designed Pritzker Pavilion</a> and the green lawns at <a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/millennium.html">Millennium Park</a>. Over 100 Chicago restaurants will serve food, with <em>hundreds</em> of wines, beers, and spirits from around the world. Try to stay somewhat sober for the live cooking demos, seminars, and book signings too. Friday&#39;s Hamburger Hop and Saturday-only tickets are sold out, but Sunday-only and all-weekend tickets are still currently available. Admission $159 Sunday, $265 weekend.</p><p><u><strong>Sunday, September 30</strong></u></p><p>Last call at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oktoberfestchicago.org/index.shtml">seventh annual Oktoberfest</a> at <a href="http://www.stalphonsuschgo.org/index.shtml">St. Alphonsus</a> with homemade brats and beer in collectible steins under the big top <em>Biergarten</em>. Plus, <a href="http://www.heritagebicycles.com/">Heritage Bicycle</a> across the streets is offering not only a free bike valet but free tickets to cyclists. Admission $5 includes music, beer and brats additional.</p><p><u><strong>Monday, October 1</strong></u></p><p>We can only hope this is a live&nbsp;<em>Bizarre Foods</em> meets <em>Man v. Food,&nbsp;</em>yes? Watch seven of my local food writer friends (Chicagoist&#39;s Anthony Todd, Galdones Photography&#39;s Huge Galdones, Grub Street&#39;s Michael Gebert, Plate&#39;s Chandra Ram, Serious Eats&#39; Nick Kindlesperger, Tasting Table&#39;s Heather Sperling, and The BrideScoop&#39;s Tatiana Abramova) get blindfolded, then&nbsp;taste 20 ingredients in 30 minutes, to try to guess them all. It&#39;s the inaugural <a href="http://thebigpalatechallenge.eventbrite.com/">Big Palate Challenge</a> at <a href="http://sonowoodfired.com/">Sono Wood Fired Pizzeria</a> benefitting <a href="http://www.nokidhungry.org/">Share Our Strength</a>. Eat and drink along with wine, beer, and passed apps.&nbsp;Admission $20.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, October 2</strong></u></p><p>The inaugural <a href="http://craftspiritweekchicago.com/">Craft Spirit Week</a> kicks off across Chicagoland, and actually all the way up to Wisconsin and Michigan. This week-long event was created by a collaboration of local&nbsp;craft distillers and is surprisingly the first true craft spirit week in the entire country. Hosted tastings, dinners, and seminars surround Wednesday&#39;s main event, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=6298&amp;performance_id=1630627&amp;orderBy=1&amp;language=fr&amp;country=FR">Independent Spirits Expo</a>&nbsp;at <a href="http://www.carmichaelsteakhouse.com/private-events/">The Warehouse at Carmichael&#39;s</a>.&nbsp;Admission varies, some tastings FREE, $55 Expo general admission.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, October 3</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://cdpreddoorchicago.bpt.me/">Journey To a Cure</a> at <a href="http://reddoorchicago.com/">Red Door Chicago</a>&nbsp;and the artist Tony Fitzpatrick&#39;s <a href="http://www.firecatprojects.org/">Firecat Projects</a> gallery next door, benefitting the <a href="http://www.chicagodiabetesproject.org/">Chicago Diabetes Project</a>. My chef friend Troy Graves prepares a seasonal buffet with wine and beer included for a rare night&#39;s convergence of food, drink, music, art, and inspiration. Half the proceeds from gallery sales that night will be donated to the CDP. Admission $75.</p><p><u><strong>Friday, October 5</strong></u></p><p>This is the thinking drinker&#39;s Oktoberfest with flagship, rare, and one-of-a-kind craft beers from around the world. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mashtunfest.org/">Mash Tun Oktoberfest</a> at the <a href="http://bridgeportart.com/">Bridgeport Art Center</a>&nbsp;kicks off <a href="http://www.chicagoartistsmonth.org/">Chicago Artists Month</a>.&nbsp;The fest will be held in the atrium next to the center&rsquo;s sculpture garden with a pig roast, food trucks, and performances. Attendees will receive a souvenir tasting glass, pours of over 24 ales, and the new issue 2 of <em>Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal</em>, which follows the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. Admission $30.</p></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/eat-drink-oktoberfests-chicago-gourmet-craft-spirit-week-102740