WBEZ | maple syrup festival http://www.wbez.org/tags/maple-syrup-festival Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Maple Syrup Festival and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/chicago-maple-syrup-festival-and-more-106217 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8578755265/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/maplefestivalpancakes.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="All you can eat pancakes, sausage, and maple syrup at the 2013 National Maple Syrup Festival on Burton's Maplewood Farm in Medora, Indiana (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, March 23</strong></p><p>The Chicago Park District presents the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/maple-syrup-festival/Northparkvillagenaturecenter/3-241/">Maple Syrup Festival</a>&nbsp;at North Park Village Nature Center. If you didn&#39;t make it down to the&nbsp;<a href="http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/">National Maple Syrup Festival</a>, you&#39;re in luck, you can still see the making-of from tree to syrup, and maybe if you&#39;re really lucky taste&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/indiana-maple-sap-next-coconut-water-106072">some maple sap</a>. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Sunday, March 24</strong></p><p><a href="http://speed-rack.com/node/216"><u>Speed Rack Chicago</u></a> at Cobra Lounge, like March Madness with booze and Chicago&#39;s best female bartenders, benefits breast cancer education, prevention, and research. Expert judges include Blackbird chief mixologist Lynn House, Three Dots and A Dash mixologist/partner Paul McGee, bellyQ beverage director Peter Vestinos, and Miss Speed Rack USA 2012 Yael Vengroff. Drink along with snacks from Revolucion Steakhouse. Admission $20.</p><p><strong>Monday,&nbsp;March 25</strong></p><p>Half Acre presents a <a href="http://halfacrebeersocial.brownpapertickets.com/"><u>Beer Social, benefiting The Stewards Market</u></a>, a non-profit business incubator located in Humboldt Park.&nbsp;Unlimited beer will be paired with hors d&#39;oeuvres by CJK Foods, specializing in the Anti-Inflammatory Diet. Admission $75.</p><p><strong>Tuesday,&nbsp;March 26</strong></p><p>The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum presents <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/programs-events-and-camps/adult-and-teen-programs"><u>Nature on Tap</u></a>, celebrating the opening of the new exhibit <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/the-museum/exhibits/food-the-nature-of-eating"><u><em>Food: The Nature of Eating</em></u></a>. Drink from local craft breweries, eat from local food trucks, plus compete in trivia teams, hosted by James Beard nominated <em>Reader</em> restaurant critic Mike Sula. Admission&nbsp;FREE for museum and Green City Market members, $10 for non-members, cash bar.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Wednesday,&nbsp;March 27</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/"><u>Soup &amp; Bread</u></a> presents this week&#39;s theme, Double A: Alliums and Asparagus (&quot;Soups of Tentative Spring&quot;), at the Hideout. This week benefitting <a href="http://www.teenliving.org/3.0/home.html"><u>Teen Living Programs</u></a> with special soup chefs including Sunday Dinner Club/Honey Butter Fried Chicken. Plus bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE, by donation.</p><p><strong>Thursday,&nbsp;March 28</strong></p><p><em>Chicagoist</em> presents <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/02/26/chicagoist_ucan_nisei_lounge.php"><u>a reader meet-up</u></a> with writers as guest bartenders at Nisei Lounge benefitting <a href="http://www.ucanchicago.org/"><u>UCAN. Uhlich Children&rsquo;s Advantage Network</u></a>, founded in 1869, strives to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. Admission FREE, by donation.</p><p><u><em><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu">Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</a></em></u></p></p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/chicago-maple-syrup-festival-and-more-106217 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