WBEZ | Trenchermen http://www.wbez.org/tags/trenchermen Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Eat this, drink that: Coon Feed, Sean Brock, Chicken Freedom, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-coon-feed-sean-brock-chicken-freedom-and-more-105142 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8414146867/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/coonfeed2008_0.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Raccoon dinner at American Legion Post 196, Delafield, Wisconsin from 2008 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Friday, January 25</strong></p><p><em>Feast &amp; Imbibe pop-up</em>:&nbsp;Modernist moto restaurant&nbsp;protégés D&#39;Andre Carter and Heather Bublick&nbsp;present <a href="https://twitter.com/FeastandImbibe">Feast &amp; Imbibe</a>, their debut pop up,&nbsp;at an <a href="http://www.popuprepublic.com/component/content/article/243-dining-il/restaurants-happenings/1716-feast-and-imbibe.html">underground location in Evanston</a>. Feast on a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=451948888205995&amp;set=a.444609198939964.101254.442292685838282&amp;type=1">five course menu</a> including seared bass with carbonated wild grapefruit, Pu-erh&nbsp;tea smoked octopus, A Study of Quail, braised short ribs, and breakfast for dessert. Imbibe&nbsp;Few Spirits&nbsp;cocktails and Mouton Noir&nbsp;wine pairings.&nbsp;Admission $75.</p><p><strong>Saturday, January 26</strong></p><p><em>Coon Feed:</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.delafieldlegion.com/">American Legion Post 196</a> presents the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/130151323814610/">86th annual Tom McNulty Coon Feed</a> in Delafield (Wisconsin) benefitting Legion youth programs. The tasty dinner with all the fixings includes <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-26/85th-annual-coon-feed-95828">braised raccoon, mashed potatoes, stuffing, warm sauerkraut, coleslaw, and a classic roadhouse relish tray</a>. Turkey is available as an&nbsp;alternate meat. Admission, adults&nbsp;$12 suggested donation, kids&nbsp;$6.</p><p><strong>Monday, January 28</strong></p><p><em>Chávez c</em><em>hef garden party:</em> Some of Chicago&#39;s top chefs and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thekitchencommunity.org/">The Kitchen Community</a>&nbsp;are throwing<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/434946969894522/"> a garden party</a> at the <a href="http://www.chavez.cps.k12.il.us/">Cesar E. Chávez Multicultural Academic Center</a> to raise funds for a learning garden.&nbsp;The star chef line-up includes Schwa&#39;s Michael Carlson, Sepia&#39;s Andrew Zimmerman, The Southern&#39;s Cary Taylor, Near&#39;s Gaetano Nardulli, Guildhall&#39;s Christian Ragano, and more. The Aviary&#39;s GM Chris Gerber hosts; plus Rare Tea Cellar, Peace Tree Brewery, Scrumptious Pantry, and more will serve. Admission $75 suggested donation.</p><p><em>Sean Brock at&nbsp;</em><em>Amigos de Pintxo:&nbsp;</em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/131729880328202/">Amigos de Pintxo welcomes chefs Sean Brock</a>&nbsp;to <a href="http://www.standandeat.com/">Barcito for the fortnightly fiesta</a>&nbsp;benefitting <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-08-26/pilot-light-chefs-get-schooled-lunch-91042">Pilot Light</a>. Critically acclaimed Brock, of Husk and McCrady&#39;s in Charleston, will serve hand-carved, two-year Ossabaw country ham; fried pickled green tomatoes with pimento cheese; fried pig ears with chow chow; bibb lettuce with benne; Carolina crab with grilled cabbage and kimchee purée; and Husk BBQ pork ribs. Admission $25, all-you-can-eat.</p><p><em>Chicken Freedom Project c</em><em>hef chili cook-off:</em>&nbsp;Chef Troy Graves hosts a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/326646730787010/">chef chili cook-off</a> at <a href="http://reddoorchicago.com/">Red Door Kitchen &amp; Bar</a> with 100% of ticket sales benefitting&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.slagelfamilyfarm.com/donate.html">Chicken Freedom Project by Slagel Family Farms</a>. Chili chefs include Red Door&#39;s Graves, La Sirena Clandestina&#39;s John Manion,&nbsp;Carriage House&#39;s Mark Steuer, The Butcher &amp; Larder&#39;s Rob and Allie Levitt, Pleasant House Bakery&#39;s Art and Chelsea Jackson,&nbsp;Three Aces&#39; Matt Troost, Farmhouse&#39;s Eric Mansavage, and soon-to-open endgrain&#39;s Enoch Simpson.&nbsp;Admission $25 includes chili and one cocktail by&nbsp;one cocktail by Olmeca Altos tequila.</p><p><em>Trenchermen at The Dinner Party:&nbsp;</em><a href="http://fearnoartchicago.com/">Fear No ART</a>&nbsp;presents <a href="http://www.maynestage.com/6d60daed-1cda-4f81-b9d3-7dcd00057e81.aspx">The Dinner Party with guests including Trenchermen chefs/owners/brothers Michael and Patrick Sheerin</a>&nbsp;at the Mayne Stage. The Trenchermen will serve milk-braised pork shoulder with brown butter spaghetti squash, and pecorino with romaine; plus wine pairings by Vin Divino and chocolate by Vosges. Admission $30.</p><p><em>Nightwood at Embeya Asian soup guest chef series:</em>&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/ThaidangEats">Chef Thai Dang</a> presents the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=523341594362921&amp;set=a.401490096548072.95312.368284559868626&amp;type=1">Asian Soup Guest Chef&nbsp;Series debut with Nightwood&#39;s Jason Vincent</a> at <a href="http://www.embeya.com/">Embeya</a>, benefitting the <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/">Green City Market</a>. Vincent&#39;s soup: rich walleye broth with fish dumpling, crispy carrot, foie gras jelly, and coriander.&nbsp;Admission $9 per guest chef soup.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, January 29</strong></p><p><em>3 Floyds dinner and tap takeover at Trenchermen: </em>The busy brothers Sheerin present a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/449206215134991/">five-course dinner with 3 Floyds pairings plus tap takeover</a> at <a href="http://www.trenchermen.com/">their restaurant Trenchermen</a>. The menu: hors d&rsquo;ouevres and bar snacks with Jinx Proof beer; charred sepia terrine with Gumballhead; smoked hake and brandade with Rye&#39;da Tiger; mystery third course; aged Pekin duck, foie gras, chicory sausage, and steel cut oat <em>pot de feu</em> with Barrel Aged Black Sun Stout; and citrus cake, grapefruit sorbet, and pistachio nougat glacé with Zombie Dust. Admission $85 for dinner; tap takeover open without dinner reservations, beer prices vary.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, January 30</strong></p><p><em>LTH Forum at&nbsp;</em><em>Soup &amp; Bread&#39;s&nbsp;</em><em>Beans, Beer, and Bacon:</em> <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 3 B&#39;s: Beans, Beer, and Bacon</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/198205-soup-bread-chicago/">at the Hideout</a>. Soup and bread chefs include my <a href="http://lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=19&amp;t=36428">friends from LTH Forum</a>, plus fine folks from&nbsp;<a href="http://cedarvalleysustainable.com/">Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm</a>, benefitting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lakeviewpantry.org/">Lakeview Pantry</a>&nbsp;this week. The LTH soup menu:&nbsp;vegan split pea soup with Lost Coast 8 Ball Stout beer; vegetarian Wisconsin Cheddar beer soup with optional bacon; vegan ginger soybean soup with optional beer-braised pork belly; <em>carne en su jugo</em>; and more. LTH bread menu: bacon cornbread; cornbread with corn kernels, cornbread with grilled onions and cheese; and as always this season, loaves from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Plus LTH dessert menu: blondies and more. Admission FREE for soup, bread, and dessert; please donate what you can; and remember <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">Everyone LOVES the Generous!</a></p><p><strong>Thursday, January 31</strong></p><p><em>Afternoon Shift live at The Old Town Ale House:</em> WBEZ presents&nbsp;a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/live-remote-broadcast-afternoon-shift-105101">live remote broadcast of the Afternoon Shift with host Rick Kogan</a> at <a href="http://www.theoldtownalehouse.com/">The Old Town Ale House</a>. Guests scheduled to appear include Nobel Prize-winning, <em>New York Times</em> columnist Paul Krugman; and Second City CEO/co-owner Andrew Alexander. Please note: <a href="http://storify.com/ChicagoSunTimes/richard-marx-vs-wbez">no one gets a parking spot</a>&nbsp;&mdash; and <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/01/19/richard_marx_hates_my_guts/">that means nobody</a>. Admission FREE!</p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-coon-feed-sean-brock-chicken-freedom-and-more-105142 Eat this, drink that: New Year's week edition http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-new-years-week-edition-104599 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8318699212/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/trotterschampagnetoast.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Champagne toast at Charlie Trotter's, which closed in 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><u><strong>Monday, December 31</strong></u></p><p>Happy New Year&#39;s Eve! Most restaurants will be open, many with special NYE menus. After combing through the details of just about every single one, here are my picks of three of the most promising for eats, drinks and merriment.</p><p><a href="http://site.acadiachicago.com/events/">A Midwinter&rsquo;s Night Dream</a> at&nbsp;<a href="http://site.acadiachicago.com/">Acadia</a>&nbsp;will transform the space, feature&nbsp;costumed performers from the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,76,3,17">Chicago Shakespeare Theater</a>&nbsp;mingling with the diners, and a special menu: &ldquo;Oysters and Champagne&rdquo;; foie gras torchon; lobster eggs benedict with Périgord truffle; tagliatelle with uni butter sauce, bottarga, and rare Golden Osetra caviar; <a href="http://purebredlamb.com/">Elysian Fields lamb</a>; and a dessert of hazelnut, chicory, and chocolate. At midnight, a special celebration will take place &mdash; last year, a marching band came through. Admission, including wine pairings, $175 for 9 p.m. seating ($150 vegetarian), $150 for 6 p.m. seating ($125 vegetarian).</p><p><a href="http://slurpingturtle.com/home.php">Godzilla Movie Night Extravaganza at Slurping Turtle</a> features three different tasting menus (Godzilla, Ultra Man, and Turtle), action movies, and Japanese drums. Go back New Year&#39;s Day for their Pajama Party Brunch. Wear your PJs and get a gift certificate for 50% of what you spend to use on your next visit. Admission NYE $45, $60, or $80 depending on menu.</p><p><a href="http://trenchermen.com/events">Bar seating</a> at&nbsp;<a href="http://trenchermen.com/">Trenchermen</a> features live music by <a href="http://mattulery.com/wordpress/">Matt Ulery</a>&#39;s jazz quartet, Loom. NPR Music listed the Chicago-based modern chamber jazz bassist/composer&#39;s new album, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007WFR0FO?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=lklchu-20&amp;creativeASIN=B007WFR0FO"><em>By a Little Light</em></a>,&nbsp;among its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2012/2012/12/05/166230912/npr-musics-50-favorite-albums-of-2012">50 Favorite Albums Of 2012</a>. Admission $20 including a complimentary glass of Champagne and Trenchermen&#39;s signature bar snacks. À la carte menu will also be available all night at the bar.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, January 02</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/192035-soup-bread-chicago/">Soup &amp; Bread kicks off its fifth season at the Hideout</a>, and this year, a Theme of the Week. The theme of <a href="http://soupandbread.net/2012/12/26/seasons-greetings-from-soup-bread/">this week&#39;s program, Green</a>,&nbsp;benefits&nbsp;<a href="http://www.catholiccharities.net/services/emergency_assistance/">Casa Catalina Basic Human Needs Center</a> in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. The week&#39;s soup cooks include Soup &amp; Bread founder Martha Bayne,&nbsp;Diane Galleher, La Sirena Clandestina,&nbsp;Wendy Miller,&nbsp;Milk &amp; Honey,&nbsp;Swim Cafe, and yours truly. I&#39;l be making and serving the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-02/field-dreams-and-swans-sendai-japan-96073">Nanohana Project miso soup</a>.&nbsp;Publican Quality Meats will be supply fresh-baked bread for the season, and &mdash; in a S &amp; B first &mdash; gluten-free loaves courtesy of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/thesweetpurveyor">Rae Lynn Hill, aka The Sweet Purveyor</a>. Admission FREE, donate what you can and remember <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/season-soup-bread-and-pie-98220">Everyone LOVES the Generous</a>.</p><p><u><strong>Thursday, January 03</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.trenchermen.com/">Killing Me Sweetly back at Trenchermen</a> features the crème de la crème of world pastry chefs: Noma&#39;s Rosio Sanchez, Momofuku Milk Bar&#39;s Christina Tosi, and our very own <a href="http://blackbirdrestaurant.com/blogs/433-killing-me-sweetly">Blackbird&#39;s Dana Cree</a> &mdash; plus pairing by The Boarding House&#39;s Master Sommelier/owner Alpana Singh and Masa Azul&#39;s mixologist Jenny Kessler &mdash; all benefitting <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/">Green City Market</a>. But it&#39;s not just the sweet stuff. Each pastry chef will collaborate with a rising star female pastry chef to create both a savory and sweet course. For dessert, teams will work with themes (which may be the theme of 2013) including &quot;Vegetables&quot; and &quot;Winter&quot;. Trenchermen chefs/partners Michael and Patrick Sheerin will serve an <em>amuse-bouche</em>, entrée, and <em>mignardises</em>. Admission $100.</p></p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-new-years-week-edition-104599 Eat this, drink that: Trenchermen, Santa Paws, Charlie Trotter's auction http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-trenchermen-santa-paws-charlie-trotters-auction-104246 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7562230826/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/trnchermengcmnoodles.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Pig skin noodles with market vegetables by Trenchermen chefs Michael Sheerin and Patrick Sheerin (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><u><strong>Friday, December 07</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer">WBEZ blogger alum Mark Bazer</a>&nbsp;interviews enigmatic&nbsp;<a href="http://trenchermen.com/">Trenchermen</a> chefs/owners/brothers Michael and Patrick Sheerin on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theinterviewshowchicago.com/december/"><em>The Interview Show</em> (A Talk Show in a Bar)</a>&nbsp;at <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/184263/">The Hideout</a>. Admission $8.&nbsp;</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, December 08</strong></u></p><p>The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/HotelAllegro/posts/499380250095080">fourth annual Santa Paws</a> at the <a href="http://www.allegrochicago.com/">Hotel Allegro</a>&nbsp;takes aww-over the Lobby Lounge Saturday and Sunday afternoon,&nbsp;benefitting the <a href="http://www.anticruelty.org/events/#main-body">The Anti-Cruelty Society</a>.&nbsp;All pets welcomed, as long as they can fit through the door. Event features water bowls and pet-friendly treats, plus people-friendly&nbsp;hot chocolate and cookies. A professional photographer will shoot you and your animal companion with Santa. This year, there&#39;s also a raffle, with prizes including <a href="http://www.kimptonhotels.com/hotels/hotels-chicago.aspx">Kimpton hotels &amp; restaurants</a> gift certificates, with all raffle proceeds benefitting The Anti-Cruelty Society. Meet several shelter dogs joining the festivities, who&nbsp;will be available for adoption. Admission FREE.</p><p><u><strong>Sunday, December 09</strong></u></p><p>The 12th annual <a href="http://www.oneofakindshowchicago.com/">One of a Kind Show</a> at <a href="http://www.merchandisemart.com/">The Merchandise Mart</a>, kicked off Thursday with more than 600 artists and their handmade creations,&nbsp;with a portion of all ticket sales benefitting the new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.luriechildrens.org/en-us/Pages/default.aspx">Children&#39;s Hospital of Chicago</a>. Sunday is your last day to meet and eat from artists/artisans in the Gourmet Gallery, including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brunkowcheese.com/">Brunkow Cheese</a>, Mart resident <a href="http://www.thechoppingblock.net/">Chopping Block</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/puffsofdoom">Puffs of Doom</a>, and more. Admission $12 general, $9 seniors, FREE for children 12 and under.</p><p><u><strong>Monday, December 10</strong></u></p><p><em><a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/_museum/_exhibits/_UnfinishedBusiness/_21stcenthomec/21stcenturyhomeecon.html">Unfinished Business: 21st Century Home Economics</a></em> opens at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum with free refreshments. The new exhibit tells an untold story of the first generation of home economists who were equal rights advocates, chemists, public health advocates, labor reformers, and innovators who sought to redefine domesticity. Filled with participatory experiences and hands-on activities, the exhibition includes never before seen images and artifacts, such as historic menus detailing innovative food programs launched by Hull-House that politicized the kitchen and transformed the culture of food preparation and dining. Plus, hear an audio portrait of &quot;lunch lady&quot; Julia O&#39;Grady (of the <a href="http://agcchicago.org/">Academy for Global Citizenship</a>)&nbsp;created by photographer <a href="http://www.jasonreblando.com/">Jason Reblando</a> and producer <a href="http://transom.org/?page_id=14386">Heather Radke</a>. Admission FREE.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, December 11</strong></u></p><p><a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/184245/">The Hideout Holiday Sale</a> at The Hideout has been dubbed Chicago&#39;s coziest craft fare by our friend Martha Bayne of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-04/season-soup-bread-and-pie-98220">Soup &amp; Bread</a>, who&#39;s an expert in such things, and will be there with books and gift items, plus&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-10/pumpkin-patch-latte-tasting-jo-snows-pumpkin-coconut-syrup-102962">Jo Snow</a>, and many more invited local artisans. Admission FREE.</p><p><u><strong>Wednesday, December 12</strong></u></p><p>Now&#39;s your chance to bid on infamous wineglasses with bowls as big as your head at the&nbsp;<a href="http://auctionconsultants.net/charlie-trotters/">auction of Charlie Trotter&#39;s</a> at the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-08/and-now-end-here-charlie-trotter-way-102093">restaurant formerly known</a> as <a href="http://www.charlietrotters.com/">Charlie Trotter&#39;s</a>. Admission FREE.</p></p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 08:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/eat-drink-trenchermen-santa-paws-charlie-trotters-auction-104246