WBEZ | Frankenfish http://www.wbez.org/tags/frankenfish Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en So long, and thanks for all the fish http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/so-long-and-thanks-all-fish-106180 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8574520000/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/calumetfisheriessalmon.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px;" title="Smoked salmon at Calumet Fisheries in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><u><a href="http://aldi.us/us/html/service/11453_ENU_HTML.htm">Batavia-based ALDI</a></u>, Trader Joe&#39;s, and Whole Foods have pledged not to sell so-called Frankenfish in response to a campaign by 30 consumer and environmental groups, including <a href="http://www.foe.org/gefreeseafood"><u>Friends of the Earth</u></a>.</p><p>Remember when I said <u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/rip-food-trucks-top-5-trends-2013-plus-one-wish-104644">Frankenfish is the new pink slime</a></u>?</p><p>As a reminder, &quot;<a href="http://www.aquabounty.com/products/products-295.aspx"><u>AquAdvantage&reg; Salmon (AAS)</u></a> [unfortunately acronymed IMHO] include a gene from the Chinook salmon, which provides the fish with the potential to grow to market size in half the time of conventional salmon.&quot; The <a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FDA-2011-N-0899-0003"><u>FDA says it&#39;s safe</u></a>, but critcs fear a <em>Jurassic Park</em>-esque scenario if the genetically engineered farmed salmon ever escape into the wild. [BTW did you know&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.jurassicpark.com/"><em>Jurassic Park 3D</em></a></u>&nbsp;hits theaters April 5?]</p><p>At issue are not only the fish, but that they would not require labelling as genetically engineered.</p><p>AquaBounty Technologies, the biotechnology company developing AAS, is also working on genetically engineered&nbsp;trout and tilapia. You may remember in the recent <a href="http://www.wbez.org/sections/food/chicago-seafood-shoppers-duped-mislabeled-fish-105671"><u>fish fraud reports</u></a> that tilapia is the most common substitute for snapper.</p><p>If you&#39;d like to let the FDA know what you think, you&#39;re in luck: the comment period has been extended until April 26. <u><a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=FDA-2011-N-0899">Click here to &quot;Comment Now!&quot;</a></u>&nbsp;You might be asking yourself, &quot;<u><a href="http://www.regulations.gov/#!faqs">Do my comments make a difference?</a></u>&quot; Why, that happens to be an FAQ. The answer: &quot;Yes.&quot;</p><p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u>Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</u></a></em></p></p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/so-long-and-thanks-all-fish-106180 RIP food trucks: top 5 trends for 2013, plus one wish http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/rip-food-trucks-top-5-trends-2013-plus-one-wish-104644 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8328370989/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/foodtrucksice3.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Ice3, aka ice-cubed, food truck with family and ice pops at Fischman food truck night in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>RIP Chicago food trucks</strong></p><p>How many food trucks have been licensed to cook on board in Chicago? Answer: zero. My colleague <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-food-trucks-cooking-20130102,0,2704292.story">Monica Eng reports</a> 109 truck owners have applied for the new Mobile Food Preparer license, but none have been approved, since the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/go-northwest-young-food-truck-jefferson-park-next-wicker-park-bucktown-%E2%80%94-or">city passed the ordinance</a> back in July. While the <a href="http://www.ij.org/chicagofoodtrucks">Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit</a>,&nbsp;and produced a <a href="http://youtu.be/C4gNfcxiBiY"><em>Game of Thrones</em> inspired video</a> on behalf of food truck owners in November, this could be the end of so-called chef-driven food trucks in Chicago as we&#39;ve barely known them.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8337254321/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/friedchickenhoneybutter.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px;" title="Honey Butter fried chicken and kale salad at WBEZ Sound Opinions End of Summer BBQ 2012 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>World War KFC</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In a nerd nod to the upcoming film&nbsp;<a href="http://www.worldwarzmovie.com/"><em>World War Z,</em></a>&nbsp;based on the book&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307346617?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=lklchu-20&amp;linkCode=xm2&amp;creativeASIN=0307346617">World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War</a></em>, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/eat-mor-hot-dogz-101237">Chick-fil-A story</a>&nbsp;will rise again &mdash; but there&#39;s hope! In a world where factory farmed, fast food, fried chicken is the norm, there are not one, but two local, sustainable fried chicken restaurants opening in Chicago this year:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.honeybutter.com/">Honey Butter Fried Chicken</a>, from Sunday Dinner Club chefs/owners&nbsp;Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp, and&nbsp;<a href="http://leghornchicken.com/">Leghorn by chef Jared Van Camp</a>, with his &quot;socially conscious chicken sandwiches&quot; and aggressive manifesto. Winner, winner, fried chicken lunch and dinner, indeed.</div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8337271981/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/yushotofugcm.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Yusho robata tofu at Green City Market Chef's BBQ 2012 in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><strong>FREE food!</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: center;">As in gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian, but far from free.&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.nextrestaurant.com/website/faq" style="text-align: center;">Next restaurant</a><span style="text-align: center;">&#39;s 2013 menus include &quot;Vegan&quot;;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://senzachicago.com/" style="text-align: center;">Senza</a><span style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;was one of the most quietly celebrated&nbsp;modernist openings of 2012 and happens to be gluten-free; the venerable&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.veggiediner.com/" style="text-align: center;">Chicago Diner&nbsp;</a><span style="text-align: center;">took over the Logan Square Kitchen space for its second location; and&nbsp;</span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/RosesWheatFreeBakery/posts/486051291438221" style="text-align: center;">Rose&#39;s Wheat Free Bakery &amp; Cafe in Evanston was saved from closing on Christmas Eve</a><span style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;by Marcus Lemonis, who&#39;s appeared on the reality show&nbsp;</span><em style="text-align: center;">Secret Millionaire</em><span style="text-align: center;">&nbsp;and CEO of Camping World, which reports &quot;revenues exceeding $1.7 billion annually&quot;.&nbsp;This is not your hippie mom and dad&#39;s co-op health food.</span></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8329684700/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/oxtailsoupbutcherlarder.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Oxtail soup at The Butcher &amp; Larder in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>This IS your grandfather&#39;s diner food</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">When restaurant kingpin Brendan Sodikoff announced he was opening a&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/restaurants-bars/15957866/brendan-sodikoff-opening-dillmans-a-jewish-deli-probably">Jewish deli to be called Dillman&#39;s</a>, leapfrogging his BBQ and ramen shops, he instantly created a trend, or rather continued refining the trend of classic comfort foods with better ingredients and technique. As I mentioned on&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/louisa-chu-and-lauren-viera">WBEZ&#39;s Afternoon Shift with Rick Kogan</a>, also look for simpler drinks,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/12/26/167615838/the-rebirth-of-rye-whiskey-and-nostalgia-for-the-good-stuff">like whiskey neat</a>, like your grandfather used to drink.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8338592652/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/salmonsitkafestival.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Roasted wild sockeye salmon with carrot coriander sauce by Emmer &amp; Rye chef/owner Seth Caswell at the Sitka Seafood Festival in Sitka, Alaska (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div></div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>Frankenfish</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-13/pink-slime-really-bad-97262">Pink slime</a>&nbsp;was so last year. This will be the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/why-fdas-frankenfish-salmon-report-fundamentally-flawed">year of Frankenfish</a>.&nbsp;You may have missed this story, buried on the Friday before Christmas weekend, but the FDA has finally opened the floodgates for&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AquAdvantage_salmon">AquAdvantage salmon</a>, genetically modified to grow twice as fast. By the way, it&#39;s the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/kinder-surprise-2500-contraband-chocolate-egg-104292">FDA that bans Kinder Surprise</a>&nbsp;chocolate eggs in this country.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><strong>My top wish for 2013: Mission BEZ Food</strong></div><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-07/eat-mor-hot-dogz-101237">Vienna Beef has a cafeteria</a> open to the public. The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/currywurst-yes-there-ketchup-hot-dog-and-curry-too-104155">Christkindlmarket has souvenir boot mugs</a>. Imagine a WBEZ cafeteria at Navy Pier, open to the public, with drinks or soup served in WBEZ souvenir mugs and good local food, with a charitable donation from each purchase, like <a href="http://www.missionchinesefood.com/">Mission Chinese Food</a>.</p><p>It&#39;s a new year. One can wish.</p></p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/rip-food-trucks-top-5-trends-2013-plus-one-wish-104644