WBEZ | Toronto http://www.wbez.org/tags/toronto Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hey, Toronto – take this http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/hey-toronto-%E2%80%93-take-105947 <p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55289779@N00/8462456352/" target="_blank"><img alt="Downtown Toronto skyline, 2013" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/toronto%20flickr.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="Downtown Toronto skyline, 2013" /></a><b>&#39;I&rsquo;D RATHER BE THE 500TH MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN CHICAGO THAN THE KING OF CANADA.&#39; </b><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/18676069-452/congratulations-toronto.html" target="_blank">Neil Steinberg reacts</a>&nbsp;in the <i>Sun-Times</i> to news&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2013/03/05/torontos_population_overtakes_chicago.html" target="_blank">the population of <strong>Toronto</strong> is now larger than Chicago&#39;s</a>.<br />* Also in Chicago&#39;s favor:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-blackhawks-avalanche-20130306,0,4519812.story" target="_blank">We have the Blackhawks</a>.<br />* And <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-bike-swap-20130307,0,2863966.story" target="_blank">a citywide bike swap</a>.<br />* And&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-peter-sagal-25-105923" target="_blank">Peter Sagal</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;&quot;<a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/" target="_blank">Wait Wait...Don&#39;t Tell Me!</a>&quot; (but not <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/year25" target="_blank">when he was 25 years old</a>).<br />* And&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130304/near-west-side/photos-of-dead-bodies-be-posted-on-medical-examiners-site" target="_blank">dead body photos</a>.<br />* <i>The Onion: </i>&quot;Bostonians buzz about their daily routines in a delightful hubbub of excitement <a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/pretty-cute-watching-boston-residents-play-daily-g,31554/" target="_blank">as if they lived in a major American metropolis</a>.&quot;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>&#39;A LAWSUIT WAITING TO HAPPEN.&#39; </b>That&#39;s one community activist&#39;s response to a <em>Sun-Times</em> analysis that concludes <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18626817-761/black-students-far-more-likely-to-see-their-cps-school-closed-than-others-sun-times-analysis.html" target="_blank">9 in 10 of the Chicago Public School students potentially affected by school closings this year are black</a>.<br />* Commission report:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2013/03/06/20866/school-utilization-commission-says-cps-can-handle-closing-80-schools" target="_blank">Chicago can sustain closure of 80 schools</a> &ndash; more than seven times the maximum yearly total so far.<br />* <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130306/uptown/residents-rally-outside-capplemans-office-protest-war-on-poor" target="_blank">Protesters gather outside Uptown alderman&#39;s office</a> to oppose &quot;War on the Poor.&quot;</span></p><hr /><div style="text-align: center;"><em><em><span style="color: #990000; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: large;"><span style="color: #990000; font-size: medium;">Fresh news quiz tomorrow. Missed last week&#39;s?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a></span>.</span></em></em><br /><hr style="text-align: start;" /><div style="text-align: start;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>THE FILIBUSTER THAT ATE WASHINGTON.&nbsp;The Atlantic&nbsp;</b>boils down almost 13 hours of Sen. Rand Paul&#39;s anti-drone monologue into&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/03/cliffs-notes-for-the-filibuster-rand-paul-in-his-own-words/273787/" target="_blank">a few key highlights</a>.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">* Filibuster fueled in part by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rand-paul-filibuster-devolves-in-7th-hour-as-ted-cruz-starts-reading-directly-from-twitter/" target="_blank">tweets from fans</a>.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">* Obama&#39;s food-based political strategy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/03/obama-invites-paul-ryan-to-lunch-158708.html" target="_blank">bringing Paul Ryan to lunch</a>.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="text-align: center;">* Fact-checkers&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/03/obama-administration-sequester-claims-shot-down-by-158626.html" style="text-align: center;" target="_blank">singe presidential pants</a><span style="text-align: center;">.</span></span></div></div><div style="text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>&#39;CHÁVEZ&nbsp;WAS TRYING TO EMBARRASS PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH. ... OR HE GENUINELY CARED ABOUT THE POOR PEOPLE OF CHICAGO.&#39; </b>T<i>he Reader</i>&#39;s Ben Joravsky recalls a time when Venezuela&#39;s president <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/03/06/that-time-the-cta-turned-down-free-gas-from-hugo-chavez" target="_blank">offered the CTA millions of dollars worth of free gasoline</a>.</span></div></div><div style="text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">* WBEZ&#39;s Achy Obejas translates 2011 speech in which <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-03/ch%C3%A1vez-dies-vp-accuses-us-poisoning-105932" target="_blank">Hugo&nbsp;Chávez discussed likelihood he&#39;d been poisoned by the U.S.</a></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">* Is&nbsp;Chávez&#39;s&nbsp;chosen successor, his vice president, the real deal &ndash; or just a &quot;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/world/americas/a-leaders-cry-in-venezuela-i-am-chavez.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">Mini-Me</a>&quot;?</span></div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">ANGRY, BUT FREE. </strong><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">The original &quot;Angry Birds&quot; game is now </span><a href="http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/03/07/get-flinging-the-original-angry-birds-for-ios-is-now-free-for-the-first-time-ever/" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" target="_blank">available at no charge for the iPhone and other mobile devices</a><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">* After 6 months, </span><a href="http://allthingsd.com/20130307/yahoo-ceo-marissa-mayer-gets-a-million-dollar-bonus-after-six-months-on-the-job/" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" target="_blank">Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gets bonus</a><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"> for ... One. Million. 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The future is here and it is social media. A recent incident where a 17-year-old Chicago Public School student was beaten in Bridgeport by a group of individuals shone a spotlight on law enforcement tactics. Specifically, the focus has been a sharp turn towards utilizing <a href="http://www.facebook.com" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://twitter.com/" target="_blank">Twitter</a> to catch bad guys.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>wondered how the <a href="https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath" target="_blank">Chicago Police Department</a> has been using social media--and how other cities have been using Twitter and Facebook?</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined in studio by Chicago Police Superintendent . Toronto Police Social Media liaison <a href="http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/socialmedia/" target="_blank">Scott Mills</a> and <a href="http://www.cityofevanston.org/police/" target="_blank">Evanston Police</a> Commander Jay Parrot and WBEZ's criminal and legal affairs reporter Robert Wildeboer joined the conversation.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-20/4897_transform.jpg" title="CPD Supt. Garry McCarthy with WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer. (WBEZ/Bill Healy)" height="526" width="630"></p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-20/social-media-becoming-important-tool-policing-95676 Canadian workers comforted by social safety net http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/canadian-workers-comforted-social-safety-net-94414 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-29/torontopic.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>All week, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/frontandcenter" target="_blank"><em>Front and Center</em></a> looked at the real-life challenges facing workers in the Great Lakes region.</p><p>As part of that conversation, <a href="http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/" target="_blank">North Country Public Radio’s</a> Brian Mann has been on the road talking to people on the Canadian side of the border. It turned out, workers living just a few miles away in Canada, have experienced the recession very differently than workers in the U.S.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> div .inline { width: 290px; float: left; margin-right: 19px; margin-left: 3px; clear: left; font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: 0pt 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }div .inlineContent { border-top: 1px dotted rgb(170, 33, 29); margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 2px; }ul { margin-left: 15px; }li { font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: 0pt 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }</style> </p><div class="inline"><div class="inlineContent"><a href="/frontandcenter"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-06/FC-logo-sm_0.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 38px;" title=""></a><p><strong>Follow Brian Mann’s road trip:</strong></p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-28/great-lakes-workers-faring-better-canadian-side-border-94389">Workers in U.S. vs. Canada</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/canadian-workers-comforted-social-safety-net-94414">Comparing social safety nets</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-30/canada-boosts-recession-era-prosperity-government-jobs-new-borrowing-944">Government jobs on both sides of the border</a></strong></li></ul></div><div class="inlineContent">&nbsp;</div></div><p>While Chicago and Detroit struggled and lost population, Toronto and Montreal continued to grow--they have even added jobs through the recession. Workers who do lose their jobs in Canada find a much more comprehensive social safety net. Mann joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> on the line from Toronto.</p><p>Wednesday, Mann will explore Canada's approach to workforce education and retraining in the Great Lakes region.</p></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-29/canadian-workers-comforted-social-safety-net-94414 Under the gun: An everyday murder http://www.wbez.org/story/under-gun-everyday-murder-89952 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/promo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Children on a street in Englewood on Chicago's South Side. (WBEZ/Bill Healy)" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-02/600-wide.jpg" title="Children on a street in Englewood on Chicago's South Side. (WBEZ/Bill Healy)" width="600" height="246"></p><div id="audio-bar"><a class="listen wbez-player-listen" href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-august/2011-08-02/utg-2-front-page.mp3" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Listen to this Story</a></div><p>Chicago and the city of Toronto, Ontario are the same size. In Chicago, about&nbsp; 450 people are murdered every year, most with guns. Toronto has about 60 murders a year.&nbsp; One reason is that murder is a big deal in Toronto, and if the number of gun murders there goes about 30--every new murder is big news, front page news. &nbsp;According to politicians and law enforcement officials there, the media attention keeps the city focused on solving gun violence. &nbsp;Gun violence in Chicago is so commonplace that when a 21-year-old named Shawn Carter was shot and killed recently, few people took notice.</p><p>When Shawn Carter died on May 12,&nbsp;the&nbsp;<em>Chicago Tribune</em>&nbsp;published a short story -- about 120 words -- noting his age, the time and location of the shooting and the block where he lived. The&nbsp;<em>Tribune</em>&nbsp;story, citing a police department spokeswoman, said Carter was talking to two girls, and other men told him to leave her alone, sparking an altercation that ended in the shooting.</p><p> <style type="text/css"> div .inline { width: 285px; float: left; margin-right: 19px; margin-left: 3px; clear: left; } div .inlineContent { border-top: 1px dotted #aa211d; border-top-width: 1px; border-top-style: dotted; border-top-color: #aa211d; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-top: 2px; } ul { margin-left: 15px; } li { font-family: Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 1em; background-repeat: no-repeat; background-repeat-x: no-repeat; background-repeat-y: no-repeat; background-position: 0 5px; background-position-x: 0px; background-position-y: 5px; padding-left: 3px; margin-bottom: 0.5em; }</style> </p><div class="inline"><div class="inlineContent"><h3><strong>Listen to Story</strong><br> <audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483585-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-august/2011-08-02/utg-2-front-page.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></h3><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/under-gun-murder-chicago-and-toronto"><img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/story/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-01/gun-promo.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 74px;" title=""></a></p><p><strong>Second in a series</strong><br> The cities of Chicago and Toronto are the same size. Chicago has about 450 murders a year. Toronto? About 60. In the series, Under the Gun: Murder in Chicago and Toronto, WBEZ’s criminal and legal affairs reporter Robert Wildeboer asks: Why?</p><p><strong>Previously</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/under-gun-murder-chicago-and-toronto-89879">Murder in Toronto</a></li></ul></div></div><p>Justine Lawrence, Carter’s great-grandmother, said she contacted the media, but they wouldn’t change his statement. “I told them that wasn't true; they shoulda talked to me.”</p><p>“I wanted the truth to know it was not true what they had did.&nbsp; Shawn was not arguing with nobody. That guy was looking for somebody to kill.&nbsp; He was a gang-banger, and he been back over here shooting since then,” she said.</p><p>Lawrence adopted her great-grandson Shawn when he was four because Lawrence's granddaughter gave up all three of her children. Lawrence says her granddaughter just didn't want to be bothered with raising them.</p><p>Lawrence has been spending a lot of time at the home of her son’s ex-wife. “She looks out for me all the time.&nbsp; She like a daughter to me,” she said while sitting on the front stoop. “She always come and see about me, and like I fell and hurt myself, she fix me food and do, she's a good person, she helps anybody.”</p><p>The house is just across the street from her own home on the 6400 block of South Hoyne.</p><p><img alt="Justine Lawrence (WBEZ/Rob Wildeboer)" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-02/lawrence.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 413px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="Justine Lawrence (WBEZ/Rob Wildeboer)">Lawrence’s power was recently cut off, which means no air-conditioning,&nbsp;so the 74-year-old spends time on the covered porch of this brick bungalow to escape the summer heat.</p><p>“He was kinda special kid,” she says while sifting through a folder. Filled with paper’s related to Shawn’s death, the folder contains a short newspaper article, the death certificate, funeral and burial papers and school photos.</p><p>“When he was born, he was a premature, didn't weigh that much and he was kinda slow on some stuff –you know –learning. Cause he went to school and he did good for a while. Then after he got into high school he couldn't keep up and he kinda felt bad about that, but he wasn't no bad person.&nbsp; You know, he wasn't like angry out here with this fighting and stuff.&nbsp; He wasn't like that.”</p><p>This isn't the first time Lawrence has buried a loved one because of gun violence.</p><p>In 1990, her son, Albert Washington Jr., was shot in the chest and killed and left in the parking lot of a public housing project on Chicago's South Side.</p><p>The murder didn’t get much more attention than Shawn's death. Lawrence said if they had had a march, or if the preacher had come out after Shawn's recent murder, then it may have gotten some press coverage.</p><p>“Even dogs get coverage,” she said referring to a recent news event.</p><p>“Three weeks ago a little boy had a puppy and he had autism, and this dog was helping him out and somebody stole the dog.&nbsp; I wanted, I prayed for them to get that little boy his dog back cause it was sad, you know?&nbsp; He had got used to this dog, they was trained special for this type of condition this little boy had, so that little boy, you know he didn't know no better so he missed his little puppy.&nbsp; Finally they caught up with who took the dog and they got his same little puppy back.&nbsp; So that was very important.&nbsp; So if a dog can get coverage, why my, a human can't get coverage?”</p><div class="inline"><div class="inlineContent"><script src="http://widgets.twimg.com/j/2/widget.js"></script><script> new TWTR.Widget({ version: 2, type: 'search', search: '#ChicagoGuns', interval: 6000, title: 'Tweets on Under the Gun Series', subject: 'What people are saying about guns in Chicago #ChicagoGuns', width: 250, height: 300, theme: { shell: { background: '#8ec1da', color: '#ffffff' }, tweets: { background: '#ffffff', color: '#444444', links: '#1985b5' } }, features: { scrollbar: false, loop: true, live: true, hashtags: true, timestamp: true, avatars: true, toptweets: true, behavior: 'default' } }).render().start(); </script></div></div><p>Matt O'Connor, the Chicago Tribune’s editor of the courts and crime coverage, tried to explain the coverage of the deaths.</p><p>“What do we have in Chicago, like 450 murders a year at this point?&nbsp; News is, you know, something unusual.&nbsp; I mean, you just inherently, when you have that many murders, at least when we're talking about the newspaper, we can't cover every one of them.”</p><p>Sitting on the fourth floor newsroom at Tribune Tower, O’Connor explained how editorial decisions get made at the <em>Tribune</em>. And the paper is not alone in their coverage.&nbsp; WBEZ usually doesn’t cover individual murders.</p><p>One of the striking things about Toronto is that murder is a big deal and makes the papers.</p><p>And it was a combination of media coverage and an outraged public that forced city leaders to address gun violence more vigorously in recent years.</p><p>O'Connor says the&nbsp;<em>Tribune</em>&nbsp;covers every murder online, but to make the print edition, there needs to be something unusual.</p><p>“You know we look for young victims.&nbsp; Recently we had like an 87-year-old man shot on his front porch.&nbsp; Doesn't even have to be a murder, sometimes it can just be a shooting that catches our eye.&nbsp; But again, it's just, we're looking for something newsworthy about that individual story or maybe something broader that it shows us.”<img alt="The Chicago Tribune's Matt O'Connor (WBEZ/Rob Wildeboer)" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-02/trib.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 224px; margin: 7px; float: right;" title="The Chicago Tribune's Matt O'Connor (WBEZ/Rob Wildeboer)"></p><p>O'Connor says they try to be analytical in their coverage. He says they stay away from sensational adage: “if it bleeds it leads."</p><p>He says they don't have the staff to cover every murder in-depth, and he says there's always some competition for news space in the paper in general, and page one in particular.</p><p>“We don't want all crime, you know, because that wouldn't be an accurate portrayal of Chicago.&nbsp; Business is trying to get on the front page, national, foreign, sports in a way, so there's all these competing interests.”</p><p>Back in Englewood, Shawn Carter's great-grandmother she says Shawn's killer later shot up their corner when kids and families were outside on their front porches.</p><p>She's had some contact with the detectives working Shawn's case and says she thinks Shawn's killer got arrested for shooting a little girl.</p><p>“I found out he was locked up, police say he was locked up.&nbsp; But the detective he thought he'd never get charged with Shawn's murder,” she said.</p><p>Lawrence says that's because the boy who was with Shawn when he was killed refused to point out the killer in a police lineup. She figures he's too scared to do it.</p><p>Whatever the case is, the violence continues in Englewood.</p><p>A couple weeks ago, on July 14, a man who lived one block from Lawrence was shot and killed around the corner.</p><p>The&nbsp;<em>Tribune</em>&nbsp;ran a short news item on 30-year-old: Walter Brown.</p><p>They also did a short story on Gartania Prince, 24, of the 6100 block of South Wabash.</p><p>He was shot and killed that night, too.</p><p><em>--Bill Healy contributed to this report.</em></p><p><strong><em>Support for reporting on gun violence comes from a grant from John Jay College with the Joyce and David Bohnett foundations.</em></strong><br> <strong><em>Content is the responsibility solely of WBEZ.</em></strong></p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 22:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/under-gun-everyday-murder-89952 Fergus Henderson featured at Terroir Symposium, says offal isn't "scary" http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-02/fergus-henderson-featured-terroir-symposium-says-offal-isnt-scary-832 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/party food.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 409px; height: 548px;" alt="" title="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-01/Fergus.jpg" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">Saying food should always have a little bit of a &quot;nyah&quot; to it, U.K. chef Fergus Henderson concluded the 5th Annual <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Terroir-Symposium/159560597424456?sk=info">Terroir Symposium</a> in Toronto with a keynote speech covering a number of topics, including this bit of wisdom, when it comes to serving food. The godfather of the offal movement - and author of nearly every chef's must-read these days, <u>The Whole Beast:&nbsp;</u><u>Nose to Tail Eating</u>&nbsp;- Henderson talked about one of the seminal dishes at his restaurant, <a href="http://www.stjohnrestaurant.com/">St. John</a>, which has informed much of his cooking: roasted bone marrow with parsley salad. &quot;It's fine, except that it needed some <em>nyah,&nbsp;</em>and the capers in the salad provided that,&quot; Henderson told a packed room at the University of Toronto's Hart House, which looked like Harry Potter's dining room at Hogwarts:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="336" width="450" alt="" title="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-01/Fergus audience.JPG" />&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">Riffing on the meaning of organics vs. supermarket food and the propensity of chefs to serve him offal at every occasion, no matter if it was properly thought-out ahead of time or not (&quot;cooked lamb's brain is delicious; raw, not as much&quot;), Henderson spoke lovingly about nearly every bit of the animal, while his partner, Trevor Gulliver, looked on. Gulliver would later tell the audience that the <a href="http://www.stjohnhotellondon.com/">St. John Hotel</a> is about two months away from being completed in London. &quot;There's no PR for the spleen [unlike its popular relative, the filet] but it's still delicious; it's got so much white fat, and the kidney...&quot; Henderson would trail off as another thought would pop into his head, &quot;..ah the <em>face</em>, it has that beautiful contrast of jello, then crunchy cartilage; soft jello, then crunchy cartilage...I would talk about the cheeks, but I see that all of you nodding in agreement makes me realize you understand how good it is already.&quot; The audience - a mix of chefs, farmers and restaurateurs, as well as PR folks and media - is mainly Toronto or Ontario-based. I was there speaking about social media, along with a colleague from the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance. Here was our audience:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="336" width="450" alt="" title="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-01/my presentation.jpg" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">Excellent seminars on rieslings, professional branding and steak dominated the day, but Henderson's speech seemed to be the one most attendees were waiting for. The night before, a fundraiser party was held at <a href="http://partsandlabour.ca/parts-and-labour">Parts &amp; Labour</a> in Toronto, with a cook-off between a few local chefs. As always, the best action was back in the kitchen, where I was able to poach a few items on their way out to the dining room:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="336" width="450" alt="" title="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-01/Parts%20%26%20Labor%20kitchen.JPG" /><br /><br /><img height="336" width="450" alt="" title="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-01/party food.JPG" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">It was certainly an educational day, and I kept thinking about Henderson's vision of simplicity, using every bit of the animal, and encouraging chefs to cook what they love, not concerning themselves with &quot;scaring&quot; people on the menu. That, and of course, not forgetting to add a little bit of <em>nyah</em>.</p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-03-02/fergus-henderson-featured-terroir-symposium-says-offal-isnt-scary-832 Aspiring urban gardener? Head to Toronto http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/aspiring-urban-gardener-head-toronto <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2010-November/2010-11-08/evergreen[2].jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="299" width="400" alt="Evergreen Toronto (photo by Steve Dolinsky)" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-07/evergreen.jpg" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">Some Chicago chefs and restaurateurs have been making steady progress in the effort to run more sustainable businesses.<span>&nbsp; </span>The term &ldquo;urban gardening&rdquo; has been creeping into the lexicon, as chefs like <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-garden/2009/06/rick-bayless-urban-edible-garden.html">Rick Bayless</a> go so far as to grow their own produce or herbs, either in their backyards, or on the roofs of their businesses.<span>&nbsp; </span>Edgewater&rsquo;s Uncommon Ground has been <a href="http://www.uncommonground.com/pages/organic_roof_top_farm_page/124.php">nurturing a rooftop garden</a>, complete with solar panels for extra eco-efficiency within its building.<span>&nbsp; </span>A closer look at Kevin Hickey&rsquo;s menu at the Four Seasons reveals the fact he uses the occasional &ldquo;rooftop&rdquo; herb.<span>&nbsp;</span></p><!--StartFragment--><p class="MsoNormal">Then there are the beekeepers.<span>&nbsp; </span>The Marriot on Michigan Avenue is <a href="http://www.examiner.com/beer-in-national/marriott-hotel-rooftop-bee-hives-provide-chicago-honey-for-wheat-beer">getting into the honey business</a>, monitoring its own apiary; they&rsquo;ve also got a Rooftop Honey Wheat beer being made for them by local brewery Half Acre.<span>&nbsp; </span>Certainly, chefs there have seen that it is, indeed, possible to produce and sell delicious bee nectar, thanks to the fact the Chicago Honey Co-Op has shown success with urban honey production from an abandoned, weed-choked lot on the city&rsquo;s West Side the last few years.</p><p class="MsoNormal">In Toronto recently, I was shown some of the urban gardening operations that seem to be working, but the ones that really caught my attention were more a result of public-private cooperation, than just a single chef&rsquo;s vision for providing a less expensive way to keep mint and basil easily accessible.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><img height="299" width="400" alt="Evergreen Toronto (photo by Steve Dolinsky)" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-07/evergreen2.jpg" /></p><p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.evergreen.ca/en/about/who-we-are.sn">Evergreen</a> is a multi-faceted urban gardening, food service and education facility, with an emphasis on the arts.<span>&nbsp; </span>It&rsquo;s housed in a former brick manufacturing facility, located about 15 minutes from the center of the city.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>They&rsquo;re in the midst of final construction, so we got to see the space fairly raw.<span>&nbsp; </span>Yet their ambition is impressive.<span>&nbsp; </span>The site houses one of the largest weekly farmer&rsquo;s markets in Toronto, and the classrooms, greening projects and other urban gardening endeavors make it a must-stop for anyone with an interest in reclaiming industrial space and turning it into a gem that is accessible to the masses.</p><p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.thestop.org/">The Stop </a>is another community center of sorts, except they focus more on food than greening.<span>&nbsp; </span>However, they do maintain an impressive greenhouse, which is used for after-school classes and other volunteer efforts.<span>&nbsp; </span>But the fact you can use their wood-burning oven on-site, or even attend a dinner that contains local products sourced from within 50 miles, makes it a unique destination; not exactly a place tourists would come, but still, the local food community seems to have really embraced it, and the fact they are growing, composting and cooking everything on-site is impressive.</p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><img height="536" width="400" alt="Fairmont Royal York (photo by Steve Dolinsky)" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-07/fAIRMONT.jpg" /></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: left;">I also got to see the roof of the <a href="http://www.fairmont.com/royalyork/GuestServices/Restaurants">Fairmont Royal York</a> downtown.<span>&nbsp; </span>Like the Marriot in Chicago, they&rsquo;re raising bees and producing their own honey (excellent on some scones with clotted cream, by the way).<span>&nbsp; </span>But they&rsquo;ve also built quite a few raised beds on roof, and while we were there, they were harvesting away, before the first frost.<span>&nbsp; </span>I shot some video, which you can see here:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><object height="338" width="600"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=16601185&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=c40215&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" /><embed height="338" width="600" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=16601185&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=c40215&amp;fullscreen=1&amp;autoplay=0&amp;loop=0" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always"></embed></object><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><img height="299" width="400" alt="Drake BBQ (photo by Steve Dolinsky)" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-November/2010-11-07/Drake BBQ.jpg" /></p><p class="MsoNormal">Incidentally, while I was in town, I went to <a href="http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/BBQ">Drake BBQ</a>, connected to the super-cool, hip, Drake Hotel (kind of the antithesis of what we Chicagoans think of when we hear &quot;Drake Hotel&quot;). &nbsp;Think Melrose Avenue meets Lousiville's 21c Museum/Hotel. &nbsp;The food was spectacular, and they only focus on two things: smoked pork shoulder and smoked brisket. Honestly, never thought I'd say this, but BBQ in Toronto really rocks.</p><!--EndFragment--><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 08 Nov 2010 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/aspiring-urban-gardener-head-toronto