WBEZ | Homaro Cantu http://www.wbez.org/tags/homaro-cantu Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Eat this, drink that: Miracle berries, Epiphany, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-miracle-berries-epiphany-and-more-104691 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8345667053/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/roscacarniceriaricardo.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Rosca des reyes at Carniceria Ricardo in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Friday, January 4</strong></p><p>WBEZ blogger alum <a href="http://www.markbazer.com/">Mark Bazer</a> hosts the <a href="http://www.theinterviewshowchicago.com/december/">first Interview Show of the new year</a> with very special guest, Moto and iNG chef/owner <a href="https://twitter.com/Homarocantu">Homaro Cantu</a>,&nbsp;at <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/200597-interview-show-hosted-by-mark-chicago/">the Hideout</a>. Cantu&#39;s book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1451625588?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=lklchu-20&amp;creativeASIN=1451625588"><em>The Miracle Berry Diet Cookbook</em></a>, has just been released, a project nearly a decade in the making. The so-called miracle berry grows wild in West Africa and transforms flavors, most notably, sour to sweet. Cantu will offer a miracle berry tasting at the show. He&#39;s also teaching a miracle berry cooking class, with a six course &quot;flavor tripping&quot; tasting menu at iNG until Jan. 12, which includes a copy of the book. Admission $8 to the Interview Show; $100 for the miracle berry class.</p><p><strong>Sunday, January 6</strong></p><p>Celebrate Epiphany, also known as <em>Día de Reyes</em>, with a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-03/week-food-events-galettes-roscas-and-more-95225">French <em>galette des rois</em> or Mexican <em>rosca de reyes</em></a> from bakeries across Chicagoland, including <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151322722656773&amp;set=a.96655771772.91017.64314031772&amp;type=1">Floriole Cafe &amp; Bakery</a> and all <a href="http://chicagobestcakes.com/locations/">four Bombon locations</a>. Remember to look for the favor inside.</p><p><strong>Monday, January 7</strong></p><p>Slow Food Chicago presents the <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/302750">Quarterly Canning Workshop, featuring sparkling wine and lavender jelly</a>, at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scratch-Homemade/168715663219447">Scratch Homemade</a> founder Lis David will teach the small-batch hands-on class using regionally-produced sparkling wine and locally-grown lavender. You&#39;ll leave with the knowledge and confidence needed to can at home and a few jars of jelly. Admission $45.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, January 9</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;presents this week&#39;s theme &mdash; the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/192059-soup-bread-chicago/">Four Cs: Cumin, coriander, cardamom, cilantro</a>&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;at&nbsp;the Hideout, this week benefitting <a href="http://www.inspirationcorp.org/">Inspiration Corporation</a>. Publican Quality Meats donates bread throughout the season, plus gluten-free loaves courtesy of Rae Lynn Hill,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/thesweetpurveyor">The Sweet Purveyor</a>. Admission FREE, donate what you can and remember <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">Everyone LOVES the Generous</a>.</p></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-01/eat-drink-miracle-berries-epiphany-and-more-104691 The importance of heart-shaped pizza http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-13/importance-heart-shaped-pizza-96379 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-14/barnabysheartpizza.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-14/barnabysheartpizza.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 450px;" title="Heart shaped pizza from Barnaby's of Northbrook for Valentine's Day (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p style="text-align: left; ">I&#39;m a sucker for limited edition food. Make it heart-shaped, and I&#39;m a hopeless fool. If it&#39;s one or two of my favorite pizzas in the world, I&#39;ll plan my life around it.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Because pizza, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097351/quotes?qt=qt0314969">reminds us of all that once was good &mdash; and that could be again</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Chicago is home to some of the best restaurants in the world right now, and even on Valentine&#39;s Day or especially on holidays like today they step up to the plate and knock it out of the park, whether or not they&#39;re serving special prix fixe menus <em>à deux</em>.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left; ">But pizza is meant for sharing &mdash; or at least it is here. And that&#39;s how it differs from our other iconic foods. Our pizza selflessly adapts in form and function to a day of love, beyond romantic love. Try to imagine: a heart-shaped hot dog or Italian beef?</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Above, you see my Valentine&#39;s Day 2011 heart-shaped pizza from <a href="http://barnabysofnorthbrook.com/">Barnaby&#39;s of Northbrook</a>. My heart-shaped pizza love knows no bounds of city limits or deep dish pans.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Evidently I&#39;m not alone. Illinois leads the country in searches for heart-shaped pizzas, according to <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2012/02/10/smallbusiness/valentines_pizza/index.htm">CNN Money</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">My annual heart-shaped pizza fling will end on Saturday at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mariespizzachicago.com/Maries_Pizza_%26_Liquors/Welcome.html">Marie&#39;s Pizza &amp; Liquors</a>.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">The day after I returned from Japan, I shared in 70 Marie&#39;s pizzas at the <a href="http://www.motorestaurant.com/">Moto</a>/<a href="http://www.ingrestaurant.com/">iNG</a> staff Superbowl party, held at <a href="http://www.timberlanesbowl.com/">Timber Lanes Bowling Alley</a>, where chef/owner <a href="https://www.facebook.com/homaro.cantu">Homaro Cantu</a> had an all-you-can-shave bar with two pounds of black truffles.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-14/mariestrufflepizza.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 224px;" title="Shaved black truffle on Marie's pizza, courtesy moto/iNG chef/owner Homaro Cantu (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-14/rareteatruffle.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 224px;" title="Périgord black truffle sourced by Rare Tea Cellar owner Rod Markus (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p><p style="text-align: left; ">Rod Markus of <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/rareteacellar">Rare Tea Cellar</a> sourced the truffles from the Périgord region in France. Rod said he&#39;s been obsessed with black truffles and chocolate. My friend and pie queen <a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/14.html">Catherine Lambrecht</a> brought <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/minnys-chocolate-pie">Minny&#39;s Chocolate Pie</a>&mdash;<em>sans</em> secret ingredient from The Help. It was amazing.</p><p style="text-align: left; ">Maybe next year, heart-shaped pizza and heart-shaped chocolate pie with black truffles. My heart-shaped love knows no bounds.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-14/chocolatetrufflepie.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 448px;" title="Shaved black truffle on Minny's Chocolate Pie sans secret ingredient by Catherine Lambrecht (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-13/importance-heart-shaped-pizza-96379