WBEZ | Steve Dolinsky http://www.wbez.org/tags/steve-dolinsky Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Knee high by the fifth of July http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-07-05/knee-high-fifth-july-88732 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-July/2011-07-05/5THOFJULY.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-July/2011-07-05/5THOFJULY.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" title=""></p><p>The saying actually goes "knee high by the Fourth of July" and they were talking about corn. If the corn planted in the spring had grown to at least knee high by then that was a good sign for a great harvest.</p><p>This year in the Chicago area we've had a very wet and chilly spring so farmers planted corn late. It's not nearly that high around here but downstate it's a different story. Some stalks have already reached chest high.</p><p>But it's more than just the weather. It can be the land, seeds, treatment. We have so much more to consider now than when this folk saying was said without needing an explanation.</p><p>The field in the photo above is just outside Chicago and it's filled with sunflowers this year, not corn. The family that owns it alternates it with sunflowers one year and corn the next. Neither is grown for local food.</p><p>By late summer this year thousands of gold fringed faces will slowly turn to meet the sun until they fade, droop, and drop their seeds.</p><p>Today I'm grateful for the chance to plant some seeds for this food blog. I'm planning to share stories about food, recipes, restaurants, and food politics - or as they say, "how the sausage gets made" - in Chicago and the Greater Midwest.</p><p>But first I need to thank Steve Dolinsky - who created this blog - and who's entrusted it to me. I also need to thank in advance my editor Justin Kaufmann.</p><p>I'm looking forward to see what and how we - you and I too - will all grow together.</p></p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 16:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-07-05/knee-high-fifth-july-88732 So long...for now http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-30/so-longfor-now-88494 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-30/Steve Dolinsky headshot.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-29/me eat.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 336px; margin: 5px;" title="I'll be doing plenty of this, but not blogging about it until Sept. 6"></p><p>When Justin Kaufmann asked me back in 2009 to become a part of <a href="http://www.vocalo.org">Vocalo.org</a>, I was flattered. He and I had worked together off and on for more than a decade at WBEZ. While I hadn't been contributing to the radio station anymore, I thought it was a perfect way to get back into the world of blogging for an audience I adore.&nbsp;After 18 months of five-day-a-week posts, I've decided that it's time for a change. I'll be taking the summer off, recharging a bit, and will come back after Labor Day with a completely overhauled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stevedolinsky.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">stevedolinsky.com</a>&nbsp;website.&nbsp;I want to thank Justin, Steve Edwards and Torey Malatia for once again believing in my work, and giving me this great forum for writing, podcasting, video sharing and schmoozing about food and drink.</p><p>I hope this isn't the end of my relationship with WBEZ - I always consider them family - and would love to return occasionally in some capacity. But for now, I want to thank all of you for reading, re-tweeting and commenting on my blog posts these past 18 months. I'll still be <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/stevedolinsky">tweeting</a> about my eating experiences this summer, and you can always choose to <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Steve-Dolinsky/119433184771285">"like" me on Facebook</a>, to follow my exploits; as for my blog, I hope to see you after Sept. 6 over at my new address.</p><p>Cheers,</p><p>Steve</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-30/so-longfor-now-88494 53rd Ward video: The Alderman Bus makeover (featuring cameo by Stephanie Izard!!) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-18/53rd-ward-video-alderman-bus-makeover-featuring-cameo-stephanie-izar <p><p><iframe height="311" frameborder="0" width="500" allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mc5MXLdGwHA" title="YouTube video player"></iframe></p><p>We are just on fire with videos today! This one is actually part of the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/53rdward">53rd Ward series</a>, following Alderman Ed Bus running for mayor. In this episode, Bus takes up Burt Natarus' <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/53rdward#p/u/5/4wSMayeuc9s">suggestion</a> and meets with his political consultand Deb Matzo. Matzo wants to makeover the alderman and bring him into 21st century politics. <br /><br />Celebrity cameos from Girl &amp;&nbsp;the Goat's <a href="http://www.stephanieizard.com/about">Stephanie Izard</a> and WBEZ&nbsp;blogger and ABC-7's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/steve-dolinsky">Steve Dolinsky</a>.</p><p>Special thanks to Andrew Gill and Nick Wagner for shooting, as well as Adam Witt for editing. </p><p>This weekend, check out Alderman <a href="http://www.53rdward.com/2011/02/17/we-are-here-to-win-and-we-have-the-guest-list-to-prove-it/">Ed Bus &amp;&nbsp;friends at the Gallery&nbsp;Cabaret</a>. </p></p> Fri, 18 Feb 2011 19:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-02-18/53rd-ward-video-alderman-bus-makeover-featuring-cameo-stephanie-izar Five minutes with the Vocalo bloggers: Jim DeRogatis http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/five-minutes-vocalo-bloggers-jim-derogatis <p><p><iframe height="273" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/17383556?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p>I have a new segment. It's called 'Five minutes with the Vocalo bloggers.&quot; The idea is to talk with some of the Vocalo blog stars about topics in their respective areas of interest. Last week, I talked to Steve Dolinsky about the Michelin stars. This week: Jim DeRogatis. Jim talks the Grammys, Kanye West and John&nbsp;Lennon, and I ask Jim about his awesome habit of getting into public fights with musicians.</p><p>caught up with&nbsp;Jim after his taping of Sound Opinions. He was gracious enough to sit down and shoot the shit...for five minutes.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/five-minutes-vocalo-bloggers-jim-derogatis