WBEZ | Chicago Culinary Historians http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-culinary-historians Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Eat this, drink that: exotic chocolate, lucky food, and more http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-exotic-chocolate-lucky-food-and-more-105556 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8475495947/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/fannyeggrolls.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Chinese-American egg rolls by Fanny Go for Chinese New Year 2013 (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><p><strong>Saturday, February 16</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.php/page/CHCFebruary2013.html">Culinary Historians of Chicago</a> presents <a href="http://www.wbez.org/chocolate-taste-pakistan-east-meets-west-crossover-confecti-105282">Chocolate With a Taste of Pakistan: East meets West in Crossover Confections</a> at <a href="http://www.kendall.edu/">Kendall College</a>. Owner/chocolatier Uzma Sharif, of <a href="http://www.chocolatuzma.com/">Chocolat Uzma Sharif</a>&nbsp;in Pilsen will discuss her influences, from her grandfather, a renown pastry chef in South Asia to her own role as Wolfgang Puck&#39;s head pastry chef at Chicago&#39;s Museum of Contemporary Art. Sharif will serve samples of her stunning spice and flower infused handmade exotic chocolates. Admission 5, $3 for students, FREE for Culinary Historians of Chicago members and Kendall students and faculty.</p><p><strong>Sunday, February 17</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagochinatown.org/?page_id=2483">Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce</a> presents the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/neighborhood_parades.html">Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade</a> on Wentworth from 24th to 22nd. Celebrate the Year of the Snake with fireworks, lion teams, a 100 foot mystical dragon,&nbsp;marching bands, floats, and <a href="http://www.chinese-tools.com/about/Miss_Friendship_Ambassador">Miss Friendship Ambassador</a>. While you&#39;re there, be sure to eat lucky egg rolls and&nbsp;<em>nian gao</em>, the sticky sweet glutinous rice new year cake available at any bakery.&nbsp;Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Tuesday, February 19</strong></p><p>The<a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/_programsevents/_kitchen/_rethinkingsoup/rethinkingsoup.html">&nbsp;Jane Addams Hull-House Museum</a> presents&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/re-thinking-soup-honoring-edna-lewis-105295">Re-Thinking Soup: Honoring Edna Lewis</a>, the legendary African-American woman, chef, and restaurant owner.&nbsp;Chef Kocoa Scott-Winbush will read excerpts from Lewis&#39; highly acclaimed cookbooks, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307265609?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=0307265609&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>The Taste of Country Cooking</em></a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B0LP5I0?ie=UTF8&amp;creativeASIN=B00B0LP5I0&amp;tag=lklchu-20"><em>In Pursuit of Flavor</em></a>. Most definitely a Lewis soup will be served. Admission FREE.</p><p><strong>Wednesday, February 20</strong></p><p><a href="http://soupandbread.net/">Soup &amp; Bread</a> presents this week&#39;s theme, <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0ApPhpdY9KXzPdDRfMUk3WFFoZlRNd2VvR0RJcjdJS1E#gid=0">All Things Cow-nsidered (&quot;Milk, cheese, butter, and beef. And leather...&quot;)</a> <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/event/208453-soup-bread-chicago/">at the Hideout</a>, benefitting <a href="http://www.cchvchicago.org/">Central City Housing Ventures</a> food pantry, with bread from Publican Quality Meats and La Farine Bakery. Admission FREE soup and bread, donate what you can, beer additional, and remember: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/7071326897/">Everyone LOVES the Generous!</a></p></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2013-02/eat-drink-exotic-chocolate-lucky-food-and-more-105556 Advice for amateur mushroom hunters http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/advice-amateur-mushroom-hunters-103274 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/chanterelle%20mushrooms%20flickr.jpg" style="height: 465px; width: 620px; " title="Be very, very quiet. We're hunting chanterelles. (Flickr/Brock Topia)" /></div><p>When Patrick Leacock goes mushroom hunting the first thing he checks is the weather. The Field Museum mycologist knows that rain means mushrooms. A week of heavy rain like the one we&rsquo;ve had could produce a bumper crop of savory chanterelles or nutty morels, or <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-09/huntress-gatherer-cuisine-102176">a massive cluster of hen-of-the-woods</a>.</p><p>Next he considers location. He already knows what some urban chicken owners <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/dining/worries-about-lead-for-new-yorks-garden-fresh-eggs.html">learned the hard way this week</a>: Mushrooms soak up whatever&rsquo;s in the soil &mdash; lead included &mdash; so he heads for the forests outside of town, like some of the plots he and his colleagues have monitored near Palos Hills for the last 14 years.</p><p>Leacock is often looking for unnamed species, or deceptively boring looking specimens. &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re paid to study them, like I am, you find that they can be quite interesting,&rdquo; Leacock says. &ldquo;A lot of these boring mushrooms might have cool features under the microscope.&rdquo;</p><p>Still, Leacock knows that when most of us go looking for &lsquo;shrooms we&rsquo;re not looking to untangle the secrets of complex fungal DNA &mdash; we&rsquo;re considering what will taste best chopped, sautéed and served with a glass of Merlot. So when he spoke to Chicago Culinary Historians in June, he tailored his remarks for the Chicago chef set.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2011-10-11/first-rule-mushroom-club-93031">The first rule of mushroom hunting</a>&nbsp;&mdash; NOT all mushrooms are edible &mdash; certainly applies. Mushrooms can be deadly and should never be eaten unless positively identified. But if you want to find the ones that are edible, he has a few tips. Leacock says look for the ones that have symbiotic, or mutually beneficial, relationships with other, easier to spot plants, like the species of bolete mushrooms that only grow on the roots of white pine trees. &nbsp;And, don&rsquo;t waste your time trying to ID everything; just figure out what you want and go and get it.</p><p>You can hear the rest of his advice in the audio above.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a></em>&nbsp;<em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Patrick Leacock spoke at an event presented by the Culinary Historians of Chicago in June. Click</em>&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/amplified/mushrooms-chicago-region-100403">here</a></em>&nbsp;<em>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/advice-amateur-mushroom-hunters-103274 Louisa Chu's accidental stardom http://www.wbez.org/story/anthony-bourdain/louisa-chus-accidental-stardom <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/louisa-chu-photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Before she was the host of jet setting TV shows like Gourmet&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.gourmet.com/diaryofafoodie" _mce_href="http://www.gourmet.com/diaryofafoodie" target="_blank"> Diary of a Foodie</a>, <a href="http://www.movable-feast.com/" _mce_href="http://www.movable-feast.com/" target="_blank">Louisa Chu</a> was a recent graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, staging at some of the world's best restaurants, like <a href="http://www.alinea-restaurant.com/" _mce_href="http://www.alinea-restaurant.com/" target="_blank">Alinea</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Bulli" _mce_href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Bulli" target="_blank">El Bulli</a>. One day she received a call asking for help scouting locations for a new show hosted by Anthony Bourdain, by then well known for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Confidential-Adventures-Culinary-Underbelly/dp/0060934913" _mce_href="http://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Confidential-Adventures-Culinary-Underbelly/dp/0060934913" target="_blank">his behind the scenes look at the not-so-nice world of professional cooking</a>.&nbsp; Chu remarked that &ldquo;this is the kind of opportunity you pay for!&rdquo; and agreed to be a location scout for the very first episode of <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Anthony_Bourdain" _mce_href="http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Anthony_Bourdain" target="_blank">No Reservations</a>, set in Paris.</p> <p>Chu endeavored to show Bourdain and his crew her version of Paris, starting with the famous meat hall at Rungis Market, but did not sign up to be on camera. That all changed when her informant/butcher canceled last minute, thrusting Chu into the limelight and launching her food-centric reality TV career. She told the story at a talk sponsored by the <a href="http://www.culinaryhistorians.org/" _mce_href="http://www.culinaryhistorians.org/" target="_blank">Culinary Historians of Chicago</a>, which you can hear in the audio excerpt posted above.</p><p>If you want to see the segment Chu recorded with Bourdain for <em>No Reservations</em>, there are some bootlegged clips on YouTube.&nbsp; The segment at Rungis Market <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b62RExoOGII&amp;feature=related" _mce_href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b62RExoOGII&amp;feature=related" target="_blank">starts around 6:25</a>, Louisa comes on around 8 min in. It continues <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-H3-YIYSZo&amp;feature=related" _mce_href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-H3-YIYSZo&amp;feature=related" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p><em>Dynamic Range</em> showcases hidden gems unearthed from <em>Chicago Amplified</em>&rsquo;s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Click <a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=20753&amp;gsatype=amplified" _mce_href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=20753&amp;gsatype=amplified" target="_blank">here</a> to hear Chu&rsquo;s full talk, recorded by <a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Program_AMP_Archive.aspx" _mce_href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Program_AMP_Archive.aspx" target="_blank">Chicago Amplified</a>, and click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278">here</a> to subscribe to the Dynamic Range podcast.</p></p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/anthony-bourdain/louisa-chus-accidental-stardom