WBEZ | Chicago Foodways Roundtable http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-foodways-roundtable Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Eat this, drink that: Ramova Room, food stories, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-ramova-room-food-stories-and-more-105002 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7296468408/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/ramovachilibreakfast.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chili on eggs, hash brown potatoes, double toast, and fresh-squeezed orange juice at Ramova Grill, 1929-2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, January 19</strong></p><p><a href="http://culinaryhistorians.org/">Chicago Foodways Roundtable</a> presents&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/cinnamon-saffron-demystifying-indian-cooking-western-world-104710">From Cinnamon To Saffron: Demystifying Indian Cooking in the Western World</a> at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>. <a href="http://tadkapasta.wordpress.com/">Local blogger</a> Ranjini Rao, author of <a href="http://tadkapasta.wordpress.com/2012/12/12/our-ebook-mango-masala-60-indian-recipes-from-your-local-supermarket/"><em>Mango Masala: 60 Indian Recipes From Your Local Supermarket</em></a>, talks and will also serve samples from her book. This event will be recorded for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified">WBEZ&rsquo;s <em>Chicago Amplified</em></a>. Admission $3, FREE for Kendall students and faculty with ID.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, January 23</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a> presents this week&#39;s theme, <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApPhpdY9KXzPdDRfMUk3WFFoZlRNd2VvR0RJcjdJS1E#gid=0">The Ocean (&quot;Seafoods and sea greens. And deep, dark mystery.&quot;)</a> at the Hideout, benefitting the <a href="http://www.heartlandalliance.org/kovler/">Marjorie Kovler Center</a>, with bread from <a href="http://publicanqualitymeats.com/">Publican Quality Meats</a> and <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-farine-bakery-chicago">La Farine Bakery</a>. If it&#39;s unclear, this is one of my favorite food and drink events, and venues, anywhere in the world. Here&#39;s S &amp; B founder Martha Bayne&#39;s recent post about this season&#39;s first theme week, <a href="http://soupandbread.net/2013/01/12/soup-bread-1213-green/">Green, with yours truly</a> &mdash; during which we quaffed <a href="http://www.3floyds.com/">Three Floyds</a> and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.trumer-international.com/">Trumer Pils</a>, served on draft.&nbsp;Admission FREE soup and bread, donate what you can, beer additional, and remember: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">Everyone LOVES the Generous!</a></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/weekly-guide-monte-lamonte-plans-his-final-meal-86815">Monte</a><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-20/weekly-guide-monte-lamonte-plans-his-final-meal-86815">&nbsp;LaMonte</a>&nbsp;presents <a href="http://montelovesfood.tumblr.com/">Eat This! Stories for the Love of Food</a> at <a href="http://thelincolnlodge.com/">The Lincoln Lodge</a>. The intriguing storytellers include Pleasant House Bakery chef/owner Art Jackson, urban forager Dave Odd, <em>Chicago&rsquo;s Best</em> host Ted Brunson, Lula Cafe chef Michael Simmons, The Brown Sack chefs/owners Malaika Marion and Adam Lebin, Jake&#39;s Pizza chef/owner John Berger, and Taqueria El Asadero cashier/server Viviana A. Flores. Snacks from the storytelling chefs will be served. Admission $10.</p><p><strong>Thursday, January 24</strong></p><div><a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/dining/chicago-restaurant-week/">Chicago Restaurant Week</a> kicks off with the <a href="http://firstbitesbash2013.eventbrite.com/">First Bites Bash</a> in the <a href="http://www.chicagounionstation.com/event_info.html">Great Hall at Union Station</a>, benefitting <a href="http://www.bearnecessities.org/HomePage.aspx">Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation</a>. Over 50 of our most celebrated chefs and restaurants &mdash; including Carriage House, Nellcôte, and The Bedford &mdash; will serve savory and sweet tastings. Admission $95.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/01/08/things_are_shaping_up_for_chicagois.php"><em>Chicagoist</em> presents the Ramova Room Soup Kitchen</a> at <a href="http://bentonhouse.org/">Benton House</a>, benefitting <a href="http://bentonhouse.org/archives/36">their Food Pantry</a>. The all-star, Bridgeport-connected soup chefs include Vera&#39;s Mark Mendez, who may make a Ramova tribute chili;&nbsp;busy Pleasant House Bakery chef/owner Art Jackson with&nbsp;vegetarian Moroccan tagine winter squash&nbsp;soup; Nightwood chef Jason Vincent with a bean and belly soup;&nbsp;Bridgeport Pasty chef/owners Carrie Clark and Jay Sebastian with Tuscan bean soup;&nbsp;Zaytune Mediterranean Grill chef/owner Daniel Sarkiss with lamb yogurt soup;&nbsp;Allium chef Kevin Hickey (who actually attended pre-school at Benton House) with Brussels kraut soup with potatoes, kielbasa, and rye croutons &mdash; veg version too &mdash; and more. Plus bread from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=2907">heavenly Bridgeport Bakery</a>, start-up&nbsp;Peerless Bread &amp; Jam, and Bruno&#39;s &quot;Famous Sour Rye&quot;&nbsp;Bakery. Admission $10 suggested donation.</div></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-ramova-room-food-stories-and-more-105002 Eat this, drink that! Grace, tacos, Indiana and Bayless for Spence Farm http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/eat-drink-grace-tacos-indiana-and-bayless-spence-farm-102908 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/gcmbbqdirkstaco.jpg" title="Grilled walleye taco with tomato jalapeño chutney by Dirk's Fish at Green City Market BBQ 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><p><u><strong>Friday, October 7</strong></u></p><p>Is one of the best new restaurants in the world being built right now in Chicago? That&#39;s the consensus of the league of worldwide culinary watchers, including yours truly.&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/curtisduffy">Curtis Duffy</a>, chef/owner of the <a href="http://www.grace-restaurant.com/">highly anticipated&nbsp;restaurant Grace</a>&nbsp;visits&nbsp;<a href="http://www.markbazer.com/2012/07/16/the-interview-show-%E2%80%94%C2%A0august-3/"><em>The Interview Show</em> by Mark Bazer</a> at <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/168411/">The Hideout</a>, with&nbsp;business partner/wine director Michael Muser. Duffy won two Michelin stars at Avenues at The Peninsula, and when he left he said he was shooting for three. I could see his eyes on that prize when I first met him in 2004, way back when he was Grant Achatz&#39;s pastry chef at Trio. Watch <a href="http://www.curtisduffy.com/2011/03/interview-with-mark-bazer.html">Duffy previously on <em>The Interview Show</em></a>, where he talks about finding grace in food before he ever announced Grace. Admission $8.</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, October 6</strong></u></p><p>Were tacos invented by Mexican silver miners as late as the end of the 19th century? Jeffrey Pilcher thinks so. He explores&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/taco-world-global-history-mexican-food-102388">Taco World: A Global History of Mexican Food</a>&nbsp;at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>, hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable.&nbsp;Pilcher&#39;s newest book,&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0199740062?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=0199740062&amp;tag=lklchu-20">Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food</a>,&nbsp;</em>was just released Monday<em>. </em>He&#39;s<em>&nbsp;</em>investigated the history, politics, and evolution of Mexican food for the past 20 years and is a&nbsp;history professor at the&nbsp;University of Minnesota&nbsp;where he&nbsp;teaches history courses in Mexican and global food and drink. My friend and Roundtable founder Cathy Lambrecht says <a href="http://lostrecipesfound.com/recipe/enchiladas-picadillo/">Enchiladas Picadillo</a> will be served. This event will be recorded for WBEZ&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/amplified">Chicago Amplified</a>&nbsp;but you&#39;ll need to attend to taste those enchiladas.&nbsp;Admission $3, FREE for Kendall students and faculty with ID.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, October 9</strong></u></p><p>Is Indiana the next cool culinary destination? I know I can&#39;t wait for next year&#39;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-03-07/amber-waves-national-maple-syrup-festival-97081">Maple Syrup Festival</a>&nbsp;in Medora. At the weekly thought and talk provoking&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/_programsevents/_kitchen/_rethinkingsoup/rethinkingsoup.html">Re-Thinking Soup</a> at the <a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/hull_house.html">Jane Addams Hull-House Museum</a>&nbsp;the&nbsp;topic of the day is the book&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1934922757?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=1934922757&amp;tag=lklchu-20">Food For Thought: An Indiana Harvest</a>. </em>In this big beautiful collectible we meet more than 80 food renaissance Hoosiers, including Greg Gunthorp, whose chicken, pork and duck get namechecked on menus across Chicago; Judy Schad who makes the ethereal Capriole goat cheese; and the one and only <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-03-07/amber-waves-national-maple-syrup-festival-97081">Tim Burton of Burton&#39;s Maplewood Farm</a>.&nbsp;Author David Hoppe and photographer Kristin Hess will be there to discuss their year making the book, and maybe tell us how we can get one done in Illinois. A local, seasonal soup will be served with bread by Nicole&#39;s Divine Crackers. Admission FREE.</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, October 11</strong></u></p><p>Have you ever dreamed of escaping your cube and living off the land as a sustainable farmer?&nbsp;<a href="http://spencefarmfoundation.org/spence-farm-foundation-harvest-feast-chicago-october-11th/">Harvest Feast Chicago</a> at the <a href="http://www.greenhouseloft.com/">Greenhouse Loft</a>, benefits the <a href="http://spencefarmfoundation.org/">Spence Farm Foundation</a>, whose mission is to teach the art, history and practice of small sustainable family farming across America.&nbsp;A four-course dinner by Rick Bayless of&nbsp;Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, XOCO, et al.; Mindy Segal of Hot Chocolate; Paul Virant of Vie and Perennial Virant and&nbsp;Daven Wardynski of 676 Restaurant and Bar. Only $25 more gets you in to the VIP cocktail hour with tastings from Ashlee Aubin of Wood, Paul Fehribach of Big Jones, Cleetus Friedman of City Provisions, Jonathan Goldsmith of Spacca Napoli, Thomas Leavitt of White Oak Gourmet, Chris Pandel of The Bristol and Balena, and Marianne Sundquist of Mess Hall &amp; Co. Admission $125 dinner only, $150 VIP tasting and dinner.</p></p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/eat-drink-grace-tacos-indiana-and-bayless-spence-farm-102908