WBEZ | tim burton http://www.wbez.org/tags/tim-burton Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Is Indiana maple sap the next coconut water? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/indiana-maple-sap-next-coconut-water-106072 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8554318136/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplekiba.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="French camp historical reenactor Mike Tharp offers Kiba Chu maple sap at the National Maple Syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p>At this very moment in Indiana, the one and only Tim Burton, maker of <u><a href="http://www.burtonsmaplewoodfarm.com/Default.asp?Redirected=Y">Burton&#39;s maple syrup</a></u>, considered the best by Chicago&#39;s top chefs, is bottling what might become the next coconut water: maple sap. And it&#39;s not just a new food fad. In South Korea, rural villagers have been drinking what <u><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/06/world/asia/06maple.html">they call&nbsp;<em>gorosoe</em></a></u> for thousands of years during ritual spring festivals.</p><p>I stole a taste of fresh maple sap as it dripped from a tree last Saturday at the <u><a href="http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/">National Maple Syrup Festival</a></u>, a benefit for the&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.headsupfoundation.org/">Heads Up!!! Foundation</a></u>,&nbsp;on Burton&#39;s Maplewood Farm in Medora. The flavor is barely sweet, some say like green tea, a so-called superfood to which it&#39;s been compared in this&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.chinapost.com.tw/life/science-and-technology/2011/04/03/297117/Maple-syrup.htm"><em>China Post</em> story</a></u>. At this time of the year it takes about 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8554405588/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mapledinner.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Maple Syrup Festival wine dinner menu at Story Inn in Story, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">But first, we kicked off the festival weekend with a wine dinner at Story Inn. Story was founded in 1851 as a logging town. Now the entire tiny, unincorporated town is collectively a charming inn, restaurant, and host to the annual <u><a href="http://www.indianawinefair.com/">Indiana Wine Fair</a></u>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">During dinner, Burton told the tale of Jacob Flinn,&nbsp;his wife Angie&#39;s great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. Two hundred years ago today, on March 13, 1813, Jacob was captured by native American&nbsp;Pottawatomies. He carried with him a heavy kettle he used to boil maple sap. The full story can be found at the&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.lawrencecountyhistory.org/jm/">Lawrence County Historical and Genealogical Society</a></u> in Bedford, Ind. &mdash; and on bottles of Burton&#39;s maple syrup.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8553265373/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplechallenge.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="King Arthur Flour Sweet Victory Challenge, breakfast category, at National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><span style="text-align: left;">The morning after the dinner, I was one of the judges for the King Arthur Flour <u><a href="http://www.sweetvictorychallenge.com/">Sweet Victory Challenge</a></u>. The winner for Adult Division, Breakfast:&nbsp;</span>Spicy Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Glazed Apples and Yogurt Topping by Gilda Lester of Millsboro, Delaware. But the challengers weren&#39;t all sweet. The Savory Adult winner, Maple Cranberry Sauce over Pork Tenderloin with Sea Salt Pancake Crisps, and the Youth winner, <u><a href="http://www.sweetvictorychallenge.com/2013-winners-youth-division/">Chicken &amp; Rooster &amp; Waffles</a></u>.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8554333510/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplecake.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Nun's Cake, rich seed cake, with maple syrup at National Maple syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">Finally on the farm, native American camp interpreter Jeremy Turner celebrated his birthday with an 18th century cake called <u><a href="http://recipes.history.org/2011/11/to-make-a-rich-seed-cake-called-the-nuns-cake/">a Nun&#39;s Cake</a></u>. The rich pound cake with caraway seeds was made by Terry Sargent at the French camp from a historic recipe. &nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8555382682/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplebuckets.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="French camp settlers with maple sap buckets at National Maple Syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">At French camp Mike and Celia Tharp were just collecting buckets of sap. Mike offered my dog Kiba a drink. He said they give it to their livestock.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8554301990/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplebarrels.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Koval Distillery Lion's Pride Whiskey barrels at Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">In this country, only a few maple syrup makers are bottling sap, with one making <u><a href="http://www.vtsweetwater.com/maple_seltzer.html">carbonated maple sap</a></u>. Burton says his bottled maple sap, Maplewood Mist, will be available starting this July at Green City Market. With the <u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/international-home-housewares-show-2013-105930">DIY soda trend</a></u> I reported at the Housewares Show, you might make your own maple sap soda soon too.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com//photos/louisachu/sets/72157632982467877/show/"><u><em>Watch the National Maple Syrup Festival 2013 slideshow.</em></u></a><p><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u><em>Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</em></u></a></p></div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8553196879/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplemelt.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="McGuire's Melt, fried biscuit with maple syrup glaze, at National Maple Syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/indiana-maple-sap-next-coconut-water-106072 Eat this, drink that: wild game dinner, tiki for charity, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-wild-game-dinner-tiki-charity-and-more-105680 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/6939474221/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/harvardwildchili.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Buffalo chili at Harvard Sportsman Club Wild Game Dinner 2012 in Harvard, Illinois (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Friday, February 22</strong></p><p>Artist Tony Fitzpatrick&#39;s <a href="http://www.firecatprojects.org/">Firecat Projects</a> presents the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/486143294776644/">Cig Harvey Opening and Book Signing</a>.&nbsp;It&#39;s the gallery&#39;s first exhibit of photographs, and features Harvey&#39;s <a href="http://www.cigharvey.com/">stunning portrait work</a>. She will sign copies of her monograph <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/9053307710?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=9053307710&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>You Look At Me Like An Emergency</em></a>. Three Floyds beer and wine courtesy of Red &amp; White Wines will be served. Grab a bite next door from our friends at Red Door. Be sure to meet Firecat co-founder/director Stan Klein and his <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8132815946/">enigmatic muse Ella</a>. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Saturday, February 23</strong></p><p>For the Love of Chocolate Foundation presents their 8th Scholarship Foundation Annual Gala at the Union League Club of Chicago. The dinner is sold out but tickets are still available to the <a href="http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1391&amp;EID=13212">Dessert Dance Party</a> &mdash; and we know that&#39;s why you&#39;re really there. Walk the red carpet to find desserts by The French Pastry School alumni and all-access to the Cocoa Couture Fashion Show. The foundation awards scholarships to full-time&nbsp;students at The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College. Admission $150.</p><p><strong>Sunday, February 24</strong></p><p>The Harvard Sportsman&#39;s Club presents the annual <a href="http://hscillinois.org/Calendar_of_Events.html">Wild Game Dinner</a>&nbsp;in McHenry County. My advice: dress warm in layers and get there early. The classic hunters&#39; menu will include pheasant, duck, venison, turkey, goose, plus wild game surprises. Possibly turtle soup this year? Admission $12, $10 early bird special. I will definitely <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-02-27/dinner-where-wild-things-are-96788">be there again</a>.</p><p><strong>Monday, February 25</strong></p><p><a href="http://reddoorchicago.com/">Red Door Kitchen &amp; Bar</a> presents a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/417192641708709/">Tiki Charity Event</a> to benefit the <a href="http://www.chicagosfoodbank.org/site/PageServer">Greater Chicago Food Depository</a>. The Aviary&#39;s Charles Joly, Blackbird&#39;s Lynn House, Sepia&#39;s Josh Pearson, and Red Door&#39;s own Jay Schroeder <a href="http://www.esquire.com/drinks/zombie-drink-recipe">will Zombie-fy you</a> &mdash; plus pu pu platter inspired food by&nbsp;Avec&#39;s&nbsp;Freddy Noinaj and&nbsp;Graham Stein. Admission $25 suggested donation, for four drinks and food.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 26</strong></p><p>deca restaurant presents the <a href="http://www.decarestaurant.com/#/special_offers/specials_Burton_and_Bourbon_Dinner/">Burton and Bourbon Dinner</a>&nbsp;[WARNING: AUTOPLAY MUSIC] at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Join our friend, the one and only Tim Burton of <a href="http://www.burtonsmaplewoodfarm.com/">Burton&#39;s Maplewood Farms</a> for a maple syrup inspired dinner, paired with Woodford Reserve bourbon cocktails. Plus author David Hoppe will sign copies of his beautiful book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1934922757?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=1934922757&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest.</em></a> Admission $59. And remember, Burton&#39;s <a href="http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/">National Maple Syrup Festival</a> is coming up again in Medora, Indiana &mdash; and&nbsp;I will definitely <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-03-07/amber-waves-national-maple-syrup-festival-97081">be there again</a> too.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 27</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;presents this week&#39;s theme,&nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApPhpdY9KXzPdDRfMUk3WFFoZlRNd2VvR0RJcjdJS1E#gid=0">NYC vs. LA</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/208501-soup-bread-chicago/">at the Hideout</a>.&nbsp;How&#39;s that represent in soup? They don&#39;t know either, so &quot;go to town!&quot; Bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery, this week all benefitting&nbsp;<a href="http://www.associationhouse.org/">Association House</a>&nbsp;in West Town. Admission FREE, by donation. Bonus Thursday night! <a href="http://soupandbread.net/2013/02/14/happiness-is-a-benefit-for-soup-bread/">Happiness is...a benefit for Soup &amp; Bread</a>&nbsp;with <a href="http://theateroobleck.com/plays/there-is-a-happiness-that-morning-is-2013">Theater Oobleck&lsquo;s revival of Mickle Maher&rsquo;s play <em>There Is A Happiness That Morning Is</em></a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://victorygardens.org/onstage/oobleck.php">Victory Gardens Biograph Theater</a>. Admission $15 or &ldquo;more if you&rsquo;ve got it, free if you&rsquo;re broke.&rdquo; Half of the night&#39;s box office will benefit Soup &amp; Bread.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Thursday, February 28</strong></p><p>Experimental Station presents <a href="http://www.chpv.org/calendar?font-size=large">Winterdine, a five-course winter wood-fired dinner</a>&nbsp;by Avec&#39;s&nbsp;Erling Wu-Bower. Served in a wintery North woods setting, sweater and pants required, ski hat optional but suggested. Admission $250.</p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-wild-game-dinner-tiki-charity-and-more-105680