WBEZ | endgrain http://www.wbez.org/tags/endgrain Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Curious City’s Doughnut Crawl: Let’s divide and conquer! http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/curious-city%E2%80%99s-doughnut-crawl-let%E2%80%99s-divide-and-conquer-108121 <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/cutest%20thing%20ever.jpg" title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>Note: This story was the first in a two-part answer to a question posed to Curious City. Alas, our doughnut crawl is long over, but below we list terrific doughnut shops, and we present chef <a href="#guide">Enoch Simpson&#39;s taste guide</a>. For more, including crawl results and a fascinating history of privately-owned shops in Chicago,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/where-have-all-old-school-doughnut-shops-gone-108483">click here</a>!)&nbsp;</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>Once in awhile we get a question submitted anonymously. Sometimes it&rsquo;s challenging to answer those questions without following up with who asked it, but this particular question was straightforward enough:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><em>Are there any privately-owned doughnut shops in Chicago? Which is the best?</em></p><p>A quick Google search takes care of the first part. Turns out, there&rsquo;s a good number of privately-owned doughnut shops in and out of the city, and that number may be rising. Dan Weissmann is delving into the history of privately-owned doughnut shops, but for now, let&rsquo;s jump to the second part of the question: Which is the best?</p><p>This is where you come in. While Curious City producers and editors are up for most challenges, we&rsquo;re still just a team of humans and &mdash; the last time we checked &mdash; each of us has only one set of arteries. Our strategy? Divide and conquer! Many of you heeded our call to submit your favorite privately-owned doughnut shops. We&rsquo;ve turned your list into a map of suggested doughnut shops and bakeries, and we threw in some routes to link them, to boot. Now, it&rsquo;s time to put your money where your mouth is by joining the first-ever Curious City Doughnut Crawl.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>The challenge</strong></span></p><p>To find Chicagoland&rsquo;s best privately-owned doughnut shop.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong>How to help</strong></span></p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Pick a route</strong> from <a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/donuts.html" target="_blank">this map we created from your suggestions</a>. Also, feel free to pinpoint any privately-owned doughnut shops we may have missed and add them to this map. It&rsquo;s a public, editable google map, so anyone can edit it. (Remember: with great power comes great responsibility).</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Open, download or print&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/Enoch%20Simpson's%20Guide%20to%20Doughnut%20Tasting_edited-1.pdf" target="_blank">this handy-dandy guide</a>&nbsp;to what makes the ideal doughnut (thanks to Chicago doughnut hero Enoch Simpson of Enoch&rsquo;s Doughnuts and <a href="http://www.endgrainrestaurant.com/">Endgrain</a> for reference!)<a name="guide"></a></p><p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.366666666666667" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_54723" scrolling="no" src="http://www.scribd.com/embeds/154818352/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-uh7i6bb3dflvdpea2xy&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Visit as many of the doughnuts stops</strong> on your chosen route as you can. You don&rsquo;t have to visit every single one, but we&rsquo;d like to think your decisions will be increasingly well-informed the more doughnuts you sample. If you go with a group of people, consider getting a variety of doughnut types and splitting them.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" />After you&rsquo;ve sampled the doughnuts,<strong> rate each doughnut shop</strong> as a whole using the <a href="https://docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/forms/d/1kxy_1i4xAklZK_foPXT4krMCg8_BV_G2Y42UAs1ZMBM/edit" target="_blank">survey form we created right here.</a></p><p>You can certainly take notes at the shop and later submit the form on a desktop computer; however, it may be best to leave this form open on a smartphone during your doughnut journey and submit one survey during or directly after each stop.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/pink%20donut.jpg" style="float: left;" title="" /><strong>Share your doughnut crawl with us!</strong></p><p>Between now and our upcoming story, please send us photos of the doughnuts you tried on your route, the people you meet in the shop, storefronts, anything, really! Tweet us @WBEZCuriousCity, message us on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/curiouscityproject">Facebook</a>, or email us directly: <a href="mailto:curiouscity@wbez.org">curiouscity@wbez.org</a>.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll be sure to post your thoughts and photos along the way.</p><p>So stay tuned. Stay in the loop. But above all, stay in touch with your sweet tooth.</p><p><strong><span style="font-size:22px;">The Dan Factor</span></strong></p><p>What&rsquo;s next? Well, recall that our doughnut-related question has two parts. Dan Weissmann (who you may remember from <a href="https://vimeo.com/47111430">our adventures at The Morton Salt factory</a> and <a href="https://vimeo.com/60300683">Chicago and North Western Historical Society) &nbsp;</a>is tackling the &ldquo;serious&rdquo; (aka, history-related) part, but it turns out he&rsquo;s a fan of sugared dough, too, so there&rsquo;s a good chance you&rsquo;ll see him on his own doughnut route. On the map, we&rsquo;ve conveniently labeled it &ldquo;Dan&#39;s Route.&rdquo; Dan will judge doughnuts with the same guide and survey that you do, and he&rsquo;d love to see you during his trip. He&rsquo;s already committed to hitting the doughnut highway on Friday, August 9, but watch our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/curiouscityproject">Facebook page</a> or <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZCuriousCity">Twitter feed</a> for more details.</p><p>He&rsquo;ll have his follow-up story ready soon after.</p><p>Green=Day Trip Route &nbsp;Red=North City Route &nbsp;Blue=South City Route &nbsp;Yellow=Dan&#39;s Route</p><div id="map-canvas" style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="600" scrolling="no" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/donuts.html" width="620"></iframe></div></p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/curious-city%E2%80%99s-doughnut-crawl-let%E2%80%99s-divide-and-conquer-108121