WBEZ | maple syrup http://www.wbez.org/tags/maple-syrup 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: Maple Syrup Festival and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-maple-syrup-festival-and-more-105802 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8329546992/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mapleporkchopbeans.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Grilled maple BBQ pork chops on warm farm roll and Angie's “SECRET RECIPE” maple baked beans at the National Maple Syrup Festival 2012 in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Friday, March 1</strong></p><p>DCASE (Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events) presents the 10th annual <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/creative_chicagoexpo.html">Creative Chicago Expo</a> at the Chicago Cultural Center. The two day event kicks of<strong>f</strong> Friday, and Saturday Honey Butter Fried Chicken chefs/owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp give a keynote talk. All keynotes will be videotaped for future broadcast by Chicago Works and CAN-TV. The expo connects Chicago&rsquo;s creative community with resources they need to thrive. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Saturday, March 2</strong></p><p>I&#39;ve been looking forward to this immersive maple experience <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-03-07/amber-waves-national-maple-syrup-festival-97081">since last year</a>. Burton&rsquo;s Maplewood Farm presents the the first and only <a href="http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/">National Maple Syrup Festival</a> in Medora, Indiana. The two weekend event begins with your choice of an all-you-can-eat pancake, sausage, and &mdash; oh yes &mdash; real maple syrup breakfast at the Medora Community School, or breakfast served all day on the farm. Beyond breakfast: maple BBQ pork chops, &quot;SECRET RECIPE&quot; maple baked beans, and more. I&#39;ll be back as one of the judges for the Sweet Victory Challenge presented by King Arthur Flour and the National Maple Syrup Festival. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors (65 and over), $6 youth (5 to 15), FREE children (4 and under). Donate one canned good for a $2 discount; all donations benefit local food pantries.&nbsp;</p><p>Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/soup-bread-building-community-one-pot-time-105691">Soup &amp; Bread: Building Community One Pot at a Time</a> at Kendall College. Mistress of S&amp;B herself, Miss Martha Bayne, will speak, and yes, of course there will be soup and bread. Admission $3, FREE for Kendall students and faculty with ID.</p><p><strong>Sunday, March 3</strong></p><p>Glenwood Sunday Market presents the 4th annual <a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/315313">Heat it UP!! Chili Cook Off Contest and Festival</a> at The Glenwood Bar. Cash prizes for first, second, and third place chili winners! Plus prizes for the most chilis tasted by a taster. Admission $10 for tasters, $15 for chili head chefs (entries due Thursday, February 28).</p><p><strong>Monday, March 4</strong></p><p>Common Threads presents the 7th annual <a href="http://events.commonthreads.org/eventDetails.aspx?eventId=95">Chicago World Festival </a>at Soldier Field. Best known as former Oprah chef Art Smith&#39;s charity, the non-profit celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The festival draws celebrity chefs from around the city and the world. Admission $250 general, $500 World Festival VIP, $1,000 Chef Experience VIP, $150 Chef After Party.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, March 5</strong></p><p>Jane Addams Hull-House Museum presents <a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/_programsevents/_kitchen/_rethinkingsoup/rethinkingsoup.html">Re-Thinking Soup</a> at the Hull House Kitchen. This month, a conversation with the author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801451728?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=0801451728&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>Behind the Kitchen Door</em></a>, Saru Jayaraman (foreword by Eric Schlosser), on sustainable restaurants, labor practices, working conditions, and wages in American restaurants. As always gather together and eat delicious, healthy soup, plus bread by Nicole&#39;s Divine Crackers. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, March 6</strong></p><p>Soup &amp; Bread presents this week&#39;s theme, <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApPhpdY9KXzPdDRfMUk3WFFoZlRNd2VvR0RJcjdJS1E#gid=0">The Ground (&quot;soups of the subterranean world&quot;) </a>at the Hideout. Very special soup chefs this week include the one and only Edzo, chef/owner Eddie Lakin of the eponymous burger and shake shops. Plus bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE, by donation.</p><p><em>Follow me on <a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu">Twitter at @louisachu</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-maple-syrup-festival-and-more-105802