WBEZ | good food festival and conference http://www.wbez.org/tags/good-food-festival-and-conference Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Whose kimchi will reign supreme? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/whose-kimchi-will-reign-supreme-105966 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7562234074/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/virantkimchiduck.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Duck sausage with housemade kimchi, steamed bun, and relish by Perennial Virant chef/partner Paul Virant at Green City Market Chefs' BBQ 2012 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, March 9</strong></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://chicagoculturalalliance.org/events/eventDetails.asp?a=v&amp;e=1663"><u>Chicago Cultural Alliance</u></a>&nbsp;presents&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.wbez.org/heritage-matters-food-fire-family-105746">Heritage Matters: Food, Fire &amp; Family</a></u>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dankhaus.com/events-german-cultural-center-chicago.php"><u>DANK Haus German American Cultural Center</u></a>. Germany meets Japan in this cultural demonstration event. DANK Haus makes&nbsp;<em>Feuerzangenbowle</em>&nbsp;(flaming mulled holiday wine) and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cjahs.org/cjahs/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=frontpage&amp;Itemid=1"><u>Chicago Japanese American Historical Society</u></a>&nbsp;makes o-z┼Źni (savory samurai mochi New Year soup), with interactive demos, tastings, and a conversation about family meals. This event will be recorded for WBEZ&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/chicago-amplified"><u><em>Chicago Amplified</em></u></a>. Admission $10.</p><p>I&#39;ll be at the source of the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-03-07/amber-waves-national-maple-syrup-festival-97081"><u>best maple syrup in the world</u></a> for the final weekend of the 2013 <u><a href="http://nationalmaplesyrupfestival.com/">National Maple Syrup Festival</a></u> at&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.burtonsmaplewoodfarm.com/default.asp">Burton&rsquo;s Maplewood Farm</a></u> in Medora, Indiana, benefitting the <u><a href="http://www.headsupfoundation.org/">Heads Up!!! Foundation</a></u>. I&#39;m judging the&nbsp;<u><a href="http://www.sweetvictorybakeoff.com/">Sweet Victory Challenge</a>,</u>&nbsp;presented by King Arthur Flour. As mentioned on <u><a href="http://www.burtonsmaplewoodfarm.com/Articles.asp?ID=154"><em>Late Night by&nbsp;Jimmy Fallon</em></a></u>, &quot;They&#39;ve been getting a lot of calls about whether or not dogs are allowed. Yes, they are.&quot; So yes, I will be back with <u><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/6956981933/">my dog Kiba</a></u>.&nbsp;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.</p><div><strong>Monday, March 11</strong></div><p><a href="https://twitter.com/imaginefoodies"><u>Imagine Festivals</u></a> presents&nbsp;<u><a href="http://chowdahfest2013.eventbrite.com/">Chowdah Fest</a></u> on the <u><a href="http://www.columbiayachtclub.org/viewCustomPage.aspx?id=27">MV Abby, the Columbia Yacht Club ship</a></u>, benefitting <u><a href="http://www.chicagoyachtclub.org/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&amp;pageid=366938&amp;ssid=278531&amp;vnf=1">Sea Scouts</a></u>. Over a dozen chefs, including iNG&#39;s Homaro Cantu, Acadia&#39;s Ryan McCaskey, and GT Fish &amp; Oyster&#39;s Giuseppe Tentori&nbsp;will battle for the title of best seafood chowder. Admission $40.</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/heathersper"><u><em>Tasting Table</em>&#39;s Heather Sperling</u></a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/ChandrasPlate"><u><em>Plate Magazine</em>&#39;s Chandra Ram</u></a> present <a href="http://foodtriviachicago.eventbrite.com/"><u>Food Trivia, A Night of Cutthroat Culinary Competition</u></a> at <a href="http://www.jparkerchicago.com/"><u>the J. Parker</u></a>, benefitting <a href="http://www.mealsonwheelschicago.org/"><u>Meals on Wheels Chicago</u></a>. Chef/partner Paul Virant is serving snacks and his best game. Compete against Virant and surprise guests to win an edible prize. Admission $20.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, March 13</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/"><u>Soup &amp; Bread</u></a> presents this week&#39;s theme,&nbsp;<u><a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApPhpdY9KXzPdDRfMUk3WFFoZlRNd2VvR0RJcjdJS1E#gid=0">&quot;Noodles, Dumplings, and Kreplach: Oh My!&quot;</a></u><u>,</u> <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/223265-soup-bread-chicago/"><u>at the Hideout,</u></a> benefitting <a href="http://bentonhouse.org/"><u>Benton House</u></a>. Very special soup chefs this week include <a href="http://www.verachicago.com/"><u>Vera chef/owner Mark Mendez</u></a>. Plus bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE, by donation.</p><p><strong>Thursday, March 14</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://goodfoodfestivals.com/"><u>Good Food Festival &amp; Conference</u></a> kicks off at UIC Forum. The ninth annual three day event features Localicious, the local food and drink dinner of the season, with 40 chefs and local producers. The Festival includes workshops in fermentation with guru Sandor Katz, canning and pickling with Paul Virant, foraging with Elizabeth Restaurant&#39;s Iliana Regan, sausage-making with The Publican&#39;s Kim Leali, plus a Chefs at Play demo with Rick Bayless, and much, much more. I&#39;m judging the inaugural <a href="http://goodfoodfestivals.com/chicago/saturday-festival/kimchi-challenge/">Kimchi Challenge</a> with an esteemed panel including Katz, author of&nbsp;<u><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160358286X?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=160358286X&amp;tag=lklchu-20">The Art of Fermentation</a></em></u>. Admission from $10 for the Saturday Good Food Festival only to $220 for an All-Access Pass.</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/louisachu"><u><em>Follow Louisa Chu on Twitter.</em></u></a></p></p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-03/whose-kimchi-will-reign-supreme-105966