WBEZ | burton's maplewood farm http://www.wbez.org/tags/burtons-maplewood-farm Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Handpicked: Fiestas Puertorriqueñas, Meet the Market and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-06/handpicked-fiestas-puertorrique%C3%B1as-meet-market-and-more-107706 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/radicalrootradishes.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Radical Root Organic Farm stand at Logan Square Farmers Market in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></div><p><strong>Friday, June 14</strong><br /><em><u><a href="http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=279">31st annual Fiestas Puertorriqueñas</a></u> in and around Humboldt Park.</em> The Puerto Rican Festival and Parade is second in size only to the Taste of Chicago, and the biggest Hispanic fiesta in the country. The four-day cultural celebration includes food vendors of course, and is sponsored in part by La Bomba and&nbsp; Borinquen restaurants, the latter the inventor of the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-06/chicago-food-and-drink-destinations-intangible-cultural-heritage-list">iconic Chicago jibarito</a>. Be sure to taste <em>mofongo</em> (fried green plantains mashed with garlic and meat, classically pork, but preferably chicharrónes if I can help it) and <em>arroz con gandules</em> (rice with pigeon peas, and again, classically pork, cooked in aromatic <em>sofrito</em>). Admission FREE, food, drink, and carnival rides extra.</p><p><strong>Saturday, June 15</strong><br /><em><a href="http://lesdameschicago.org/2013/05/tickets-culinary-garage-sale-cake-walk/"><u>Les Dames Culinary Garage Sale and Cake Walk</u></a> at Kendall College.</em> Chicagoland&rsquo;s top chefs have cleaned out their prized culinary closets of Le Creuset and other treasures, plus top pastry chefs will donate their goods to the cake walk on the terrace. Proceeds benefit Les Dames d&rsquo;Escoffier scholarships and Green City Market. Food trucks and live music round out the event. Admission $5 general; $75 VIP includes early entry to the sale, food, drinks, and a swag bag; food trucks extra.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/if-recipes-could-talk-wisconsin-foods-and-stories-they-tell-107464"><u>If Recipes Could Talk: Wisconsin Foods and the Stories They Tell</u></a> at Kendall College.</em> Author Terese Allen shares classic Wisconsin recipes for the Friday night fish fry, and Hmong egg rolls? Hear the stories behind them, plus taste said Hmong egg rolls, filled with ground pork, rice noodles, and minced onions. Allen is a columnist for <em>Edible Madison</em> and <em>Edible Door County</em> magazines, food editor for the Organic Valley brand, co-author of the award-winning <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0870202049?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=0870202049&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>The Flavor of Wisconsin: An Informal History of Food and Eating in the Badger Stat</em>e</a>, and much more. Presented by the Culinary Historians of Chicago, this event will be recorded for WBEZ&rsquo;s <em>Chicago Amplified</em>. Admission FREE for Kendall students and faculty with ID, $3 general.</p><p><em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/561027563947389/?ref=22"><u>Spring Open House</u></a> at Growing Home&rsquo;s Wood Street Urban Farm.</em> Tour the city&rsquo;s first and only certified organic farm with refreshments and music. The farm stand will be open, plus gardening and nutrition workshops, and healthy cooking demos and tastings. This is the final open house celebration of the year. Admission FREE.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.smallma.org/above-the-pavement-a-city-fair/"><u>Above the Pavement: A City Fair</u></a> at Maria&rsquo;s and Pleasant House Bakery parking lots.</em> Billed as the smallest city fair in the world, with food from Pleasant House and local chefs at Maria&#39;s Packaged Goods &amp; Community Bar; Small Manufacturing Alliance (SMAll) members vending their wares; and live music. Plus an after party at Co-Prosperity Sphere. Admission FREE to the fair; food, drink, and wares additional; $5 suggested donation to the after party.</p><p><strong>Sunday, June 16</strong><br />Happy Father&rsquo;s Day!</p><p><strong>Thursday, June 20</strong><br /><em><a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/476336999109772/"><u>Meet the Market </u></a>at Table, Donkey and Stick. </em>Chef Scott Manley will feature ingredients from Radical Root Farm, plus La Sirena Clandestina and Barrelhouse Flat mixologist Austin Skyles makes cocktails with New Holland Artisan Spirits. The food menu: fried duck liver with hard cooked egg, spring onion marmalade, and charred green garlic; smoked chicken with grilled kale on and sunflower oat bread crostini; kohlrabi slaw on roasted kohlrabi rolls with quark. Admission FREE; cocktails extra and act as your donation to the Green City Market&#39;s youth education programs, Club Sprouts and The Edible Gardens.</p><p><em><a href="http://rva.ticketleap.com/2013/"><u>Soirée in the City</u></a> at Salvage One.&nbsp;</em>An evening featuring hors d&rsquo;oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction benefits Rape Victim Advocates. Bid on a coveted maple syrup run ride-along with the one and only Tim Burton, of Burton&rsquo;s Maplewood Farm. A dozen guests will take a progressive drink tour in the back of Burton&rsquo;s 1949 cherry red Chevy farm truck, the Donna Sue, with mixologist Adam Seger. Celebrate the summer solstice with exclusive al fresco access and tastings at the Little Goat Diner, The Ritz-Carlton, Table Fifty-Two, Perennial Virant, and the J. Parker. Admission $95 advance, $115 door.</p><p><strong>Save the Date!<br />Friday, June 21</strong><br /><em><a href="http://www.cigarbque.com/"><u>Second annual CigarBQue</u></a> at Beyond Design.</em> Primehouse&#39;s Rick Gresh, Fountainhead&#39;s Cleetus Friedman, and GT Fish &amp; Oyster&#39;s Giuseppe Tentori invite you to an intimate evening of fine cigars paired with food, beer, wine, and cocktails by master mixologists. The evening benefits the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation whose mission is to provide a significant humanitarian impact to the communities in the Dominican Republic. Admission $150.</p></p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-06/handpicked-fiestas-puertorrique%C3%B1as-meet-market-and-more-107706 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