WBEZ | epiphany http://www.wbez.org/tags/epiphany Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Frigid temps put twists on Three Kings Day celebrations http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/frigid-temps-put-twists-three-kings-day-celebrations-109471 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/3kinds.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>January 6 is known as the Epiphany. For children in Latin America, today is like Christmas morning. Many awake to presents brought by Los Tres Reyes Magos&mdash;the Three Wise Men.<br /><br />In Chicago, the day&rsquo;s frigid temperatures put some twists on a holiday that many local Latinos also observe.<br /><br />In Humboldt Park, the Three Kings left presents under three-year-old Isabela Emmanuelli&rsquo;s bed. She and her two-year-old brother got Matchbox cars, little purses, a miniature vacuum cleaner.<br /><br />And the water and food they left for the Wise Men&rsquo;s camels mysteriously vanished.<br /><br />For their dad, Puerto Rican musician Jorge Emmanuelli&mdash;it&rsquo;s important to carry on traditions like this.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s thrilling, it&rsquo;s thrilling for the kids, and also for the parents that get involved, because we lived that,&rdquo; says Emmanuelli. &ldquo;I lived that myself.&rdquo; Emmanuelli says he still remembers his father taking him by the hand to pick grass from the family&rsquo;s yard to feed to the Three Kings&rsquo; animals. With the cold in Chicago, Emmanuelli turned to the houseplants for camel food.</p><p>For many kids in Chicago, today was a joyous convergence-- brand-new toys and a day off school to play with them.<br /><br />But there were disappointments too.<br /><br />Today was to be the 20th anniversary of a Three Kings Parade down Division Street in Humboldt Park. The parade usually ends with a massive gift give-away. It&rsquo;s the first time the January parade has ever been cancelled. Organizers say they&rsquo;ll reschedule the event, which always features three Chicagoans dressed as the Wise Men.</p><p>And businesses that typically brace for January 6 as one of their biggest days of the year saw just a trickle of customers.</p><p>Mexican bakeries make a special gallette of bread for this holiday&mdash;a Rosca de Reyes. Each rosca, decorated with sugar and dried fruit, has a small plastic baby trinket hidden somewhere inside. Tradition says whoever gets the piece of bread with the baby inside has to throw a party for everyone else.</p><p>Pilsen&rsquo;s Nuevo Leon bakery is famous for its roscas. But at midday today, the bakery was nearly empty.&nbsp; A manager said last year Nuevo Leon sold more than 500 roscas, but with so few people on the street because of the cold, he was planning to send the bakers home early today.</p><p>Customer Deyanira Avila, who got the day off from work, saw an upside. &ldquo;Usually I can&rsquo;t even find roscas in the afternoon because they&#39;re all sold out. It&rsquo;s kind of nice that today we came in and there were many to choose from,&rdquo; Avila said.</p><p><em>Linda Lutton is a WBEZ education reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/WBEZeducation" target="_blank">@WBEZeducation.</a></em></p></p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 18:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/frigid-temps-put-twists-three-kings-day-celebrations-109471 This week in food events: galettes, roscas, and more http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-03/week-food-events-galettes-roscas-and-more-95225 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-January/2012-01-03/galettedesroi_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-January/2012-01-03/galettedesroi.jpg" title="" height="400" width="600"></p><p>Resolved to start your oatmeal, kale and quinoa, and juice fast today? I know, me too. But not so fast. This week galettes des rois and roscas de reyes start popping up in bakeries around town.</p><p>Both pastries celebrate Epiphany/Día de los Reyes/the Twelfth Day of Christmas—the day the biblical Three Kings visited the baby Jesus—observed January 6.</p><p>There are many variations on the French galette, but now they're most traditionally puff pastry cakes filled with almond cream, hiding a fève (literally a bean, but now a small favor, some highly collectible). He or she who finds the fève wears the accompanying paper crown. King or Queen then hosts the next seasonal gathering: la Chandeleur, celebrated with crêpes.</p><p>Here in multi-culti Chicago we also have roscas de reyes, the Spanish-influenced sweet bread ring studded with colorful dried and/or candied fruits, also hiding a favor, usually a small baby-shaped figurine, representing the baby Jesus. King or Queen then hosts a Día de la Candelaria party—same day, different language—with tamales.</p><p>It does go on, doesn't it?</p><p>Reserve your roscas at <a href="http://chicagobestcakes.com/locations/">Bombon (all four locations)</a> or <a href="http://www.labaguettechicago.com/">La Baguette</a>. They may have some in the case but they're snapped up fast.</p><p>Same with the galettes, available at <a href="http://www.floriole.com/">Floriole</a>, <a href="http://vanillepatisserie.com/">Vanille</a>, <a href="http://chicago.menupages.com/restaurants/bonjour-bakery-cafe/">Bonjour</a>, and <a href="http://www.bennisonscakes.com/kingcakes.html">Bennison's</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.threetartsbakery.com/">Three Tarts</a> will have Kings' Cakes starting Friday.</p><p>If you know of a galette or rosca you'd recommend, please mention it in the comments below.</p><p><u><strong>Saturday, January 7</strong></u></p><p>Have your cake, and kale too. Pick up some dark, leafy winter greens at the <a href="http://www.evanstonfarmersmarkets.org/">Evanston Farmer and Artisan Food Market, indoors at the Evanston Ecology Center</a>.</p><p>Then, <a href="http://www.lthforum.com/bb/viewtopic.php?f=19&amp;t=33583">Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents Grudge-stained Middle-class Tip: Class Warfare and Consumer Democracy in the Early Twentieth Century at Kendall College</a>. "In the first decades of the twentieth century, no issue inspired more acrimonious discussions and heated editorials than tipping." The more things change... This event will be recorded for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2012-01-07/grudge-stained-middle-class-tip-class-warfare-and-consumer-democracy-early-twentiet">WBEZ's Chicago Amplified</a>.</p><p>Meanwhile, in the ongoing series of cooking classes, <a href="http://www.af-chicago.org/app/Calendar.php?event=822&amp;type=">Being a Chef: Galette des Rois at Alliance Française</a>, offers a hands-on class in which a galette des roi and its American cousin, the New Orleans Kings' Cake—and a relation of the rosca de reyes—will be baked.</p><p><a href="http://www.chicagobotanic.org/familyprograms/index.php">Pizza Gardens at the Chicago Botanic Garden</a> is not quite sprouting a slice of Burt's here, Great Lake's there, but it will give you a chance to taste plants used on pizza, plus plant an Italian herb garden to make pizza at home.</p><p><u><strong>Sunday, January 8</strong></u></p><p>Pick up your daily dose of great local food at the <a href="http://logansquarefarmersmarket.org/">Logan Square Farmers Market, indoors at the Congress Theater</a>.</p><p><u><strong>Tuesday, January 10</strong></u></p><p>Girl and the Goat (Top) chef/owner <a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/programs/now/all/2011/e967#izard">Stephanie Izard talks and signs books at the MCA</a> as part of the ongoing Culture Catalysts series.</p><p><em>Have an event recommendation? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/lchu/contact">Please email me here</a>. Thanks.</em></p></p> Tue, 03 Jan 2012 19:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/louisa-chu/2012-01-03/week-food-events-galettes-roscas-and-more-95225 Directors share their favorite film moments for new book http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/directors-share-their-favorite-film-moments-new-book-83082 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Best Director Getty Jason Merrit.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Sunday&rsquo;s Best Director nominees at the <a target="_blank" href="http://oscar.go.com/">Academy Awards</a> would surely be able to name a pivotal cinematic moment in their lives; a film that catapulted a life-long dedication to the art of filmmaking. A new book looks to discover and dissect some of those moments. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Film-That-Changed-Life-Epiphanies/dp/1556528256"><em>The Film That Changed My Life: 30 Directors on Their Epiphanies in the Dark</em></a> is the work of local journalist <a target="_blank" href="http://robelder.com/">Robert K. Elder</a>. And, naturally, Elder didn&rsquo;t forget to include his own film favorite. With so many directors to choose from, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>'s Alison Cuddy asked Robert: How do you narrow it down to just 30 films?</p><p><em>Music Button: Paul Williams, &quot;Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye&quot;, Phantom of the Paradise Soundtrack (Universal)</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 14:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/directors-share-their-favorite-film-moments-new-book-83082