WBEZ | levy restaurants http://www.wbez.org/tags/levy-restaurants Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Farm to stadium food, plus the Chicago Blackhawks secret green juice http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/farm-stadium-food-plus-chicago-blackhawks-secret-green-juice-105626 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8484407832/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterwaffles.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chick-n-waffle stix with maple bacon dippin' sauce at United Center by Levy Restaurants in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>Is the secret to the Chicago <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/blackhawks-start-one-history-books-105625">Blackhawks record season</a> success a secret green juice?</p><p>United Center <a href="http://www.levyrestaurants.com/chefs/michael-arcomone">Executive Chef&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.levyrestaurants.com/chefs/michael-arcomone">Michael&nbsp;Arcomone</a> shared the recipe on a private behind the scenes tasting tour to showcase their farm to stadium food last Sunday.</p><p>Plus,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.peta.org/mediacenter/news-releases/Home-of-the-Bulls-Scores-as-One-of-the-NBA-s-Most-Vegetarian-Friendly-Arenas.aspx">PETA actually recognized the United Center</a> in its first top 10 list of most vegetarian-friendly NBA arenas last week. They specifically noted the vegan tempeh Sloppy Jane, housemade veggie burger, and a baked potato.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491041567/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterclub.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago Stadium club table and booth at United Center in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><p style="text-align: left;">Chef Mike, as Arcomone is known throughout the stadium, leads a staff of about 90 for Levy Restaurants, working closely with Milan Stojakovic, Director of Operations. They took over foodservice in 2009, serving not only concession stand classics like hot dogs and beer, but luxury dining, staff meals, and Hawks team meals too.</p><p style="text-align: left;">That season Chicago won the Stanley Cup.</p><p><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491000471/" style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenteramuse.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Garrett Popcorn with beer cheese and pretzel crostini amuse bouche in Chicago Stadium Club at United Center by Levy Restaurants (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;The head trainer for the&nbsp;<a href="http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=47108">Blackhawks [Mike Gapski]</a>&nbsp;asked us to go on the Dr. Oz website for ideas for the green juice,&quot; said Chef Mike, &quot;So my chefs did a tasting of all the recipes they found. What you have is what they came up with. They added a little of this and a little of that.&quot; (Yes, I know about <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/02/04/130204fa_fact_specter?currentPage=all"><em>The New Yorker</em> story about Dr. Oz</a>.)</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The Hawks specifically request organic ingredients, cage free eggs, and gluten free bread too.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8492113724/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterdog.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago hot dog at BMO Harris Club at United Center by Levy Restaurants in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Most of the players drink the juice: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford, Brent Seabrook, Ray Emery, Jamal Mayers,&quot; said Ricardo Ibarra, Levy Restaurants banquet chef at the United Center.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;There are a few exceptions but for the most part they all have one or two glasses.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491053579/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterveggie.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Housemade black bean and rice veggie burger with Cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce on toasted nine-grain bun with handcut fries by Levy Restaurants at Ketel One Club in United Center, Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">The PETA approved veggie burger is more like an all-American <em>arancini</em> than a pale imitation of meat. The crunchy griddle-crusted black bean and rice patty, barbecue sauced and smothered in Cheddar cheese, comes with a side of hand cut, twice fried fries.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Chef Mike says Levy was hoping to buy a local potato farm this season and plans to do so by next year.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8492238746/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterbrisket.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="House smoked Niman Ranch brisket sandwich with hand cut sweet potato fries by Levy Restaurants at United Center in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Carnivores win too. <a href="http://www.nimanranch.com/Index.aspx">Niman Ranch meats</a>&nbsp;are&nbsp;smoked in house in a Southern Pride smoker over cherry wood. The brisket takes 16 hours. Seafood is <a href="http://www.msc.org/">MSC certified</a>. (Yes, I know about the recent <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/02/13/171897814/marine-stewardship-council-responds-to-npr-series-on-sustainable-seafood">NPR series about the Marine Stewardship Council</a>.)</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">One particular point of pride is that they make all their dressings in house too. At this scale they could send out their recipes to be made by a third party in huge quantities. But they make their own, which is not only more work on the front end, but back end too, with more dishes to do.&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491061011/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterorganico.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Organico herb oil by Levy Restaurants in United Center, Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">Of course not everything is local and sustainable. I asked Chef Mike why they bother to source from local farms and sustainable meat and seafood purveyors at all when most fans wouldn&#39;t ever know. He said, &quot;Because it&#39;s the right thing to do.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Goal.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491068449/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterorder.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Local farm produce order, Levy Restaurants at United Center in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Chicago Blackhawks Green Juice Recipe by Levy Restaurants</strong></p><p><strong>(Adapted from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-ozs-green-drink">Dr. Oz&#39;s Green Drink</a>)</strong></p><p><em>Method:</em>&nbsp;<em>Combine all ingredients in juicer.</em></p><p><em>Yield: Each recipe makes 5 gallons.</em></p><p><u>Green Juice #1</u></p><p>6 pineapples, peeled and cored<br />3 carrots<br />1 1/2 cups spinach<br />5 bunches parsley<br />6 bunches kale<br />3/4 cup honey<br />2 limes, juice only<br />6 cucumbers<br />3 bottles mineral water</p><p><u>Green Juice #2</u><br />10 bananas, peeled<br />6 pineapples, peeled and cored<br />3 carrots<br />1 1/2 cups spinach<br />6 bunches parsley<br />6 bunches kale<br />3/4 cup honey<br />2 limes, juice only<br />6 cucumbers<br />3 bottles mineral water</p><u>Green Juice #3</u><br />1 1/2 cups spinach<br />8 cucumbers<br />1/2 head celery<br />6 bunches parsley<br />1 small bunch mint<br />4 carrots<br />8 apples, cored and seeded<br />2 limes, juice only<br />2 lemons, juice only<br />4 pineapples, peeled and cored<br />3 bottles mineral water</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">(Follow me on <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu">Twitter at @louisachu</a>.)</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8491036037/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/unitedcenterstanding.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago Blackhawks standing room only section at United Center, Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/farm-stadium-food-plus-chicago-blackhawks-secret-green-juice-105626