WBEZ | Dolinsky http://www.wbez.org/tags/dolinsky Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Friday Foodie Forecast: Summertime treats http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-24/friday-foodie-forecast-summertime-treats-88285 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-24/Ice Cream at David Burke&#039;s_Facebook_David Burke.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px; text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-24/Ice%20Cream%20at%20David%20Burke%27s_Facebook_David%20Burke.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 373px; margin: 5px;" title="Jumbo cone from the pop-up shop at David Burke's Primehouse. "></p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">Rain or shine, summer has finally arrived in&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_0">Chicago</span>. What better way to celebrate than with ice cream, barbeque and booze?</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><strong>Get the Scoop at David Burke's Primehouse</strong></p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">Kick your weekend off to a sweet start and chill out this summer at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.davidburke.com/primehouse/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_1">David Burke's</span>&nbsp;Primehouse</a>&nbsp;where&nbsp;every Friday&nbsp;in June, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jameshotels.com/Chicago-Hotel.aspx?name...JBar%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">JBar&nbsp;</a>entrance is transformed into an ice cream pop-up shop beginning at 3:00 p.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m. - or whenever the last scoop is served. Creative, signature ice cream creations by&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_2">Executive Pastry Chef</span>&nbsp;Jove Hubbard will be featured each week. Tonight's scoops include a dark indulgence and a light, summertime treat - black velvet (<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_3">chocolate ice cream</span>, devil's food, dark chocolate cremeux, smoky scotch caramel), and&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_4">strawberry rhubarb pie</span>&nbsp;(roasted&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_5">vanilla ice cream</span>,&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_6">strawberry rhubarb pie pieces</span>). Guests are invited to stay tuned to&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_7">David Burke’s Primehouse</span>&nbsp;<a href="http://twitter.com/dbprimehouse" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_8">Twitter</span></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.facebook.com/DavidBurkesPrimehouse" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_9">Facebook</span></a>&nbsp;for weekly flavor updates where feedback and suggestions may be taken into account for upcoming flavors. Jumbo cones are available for $5 a scoop (cash only), and it is a limited pop-up indulgence. David Burke’s Primehouse is&nbsp;located at 616&nbsp;North Rush at The James Hotel. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.davidburkesprimehouse.com/" style="color: rgb(35, 71, 134); text-decoration: underline; outline-style: none;" target="_blank"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_10">www.davidburkesprimehouse.com</span></a></p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><strong>Farm Tour and Dinner with Slagel&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_11">Family Farm</span></strong><br> Want to see where your food comes from? Here’s a great opportunity to do just that as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slagelfamilyfarm.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Slagel Family Farm&nbsp;</a>announces its&nbsp;<em>Farm Tour and Dinner</em>&nbsp;series beginning&nbsp;Saturday, July 2, in&nbsp;Fairbury, IL. From&nbsp;2:30 - 9p.m. Farmer/Owner Louis John Slagel will start off the afternoon with a tour of his livestock farm where all natural, hormone free pork, beef, lamb, goat, chickens and ducks are raised to butcher and sell to consumers and restaurants throughout Chicagoland. Guests will see a variety of livestock and learn about the old-fashioned production practices the Slagels use to produce their farm&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_12">fresh meat products</span>.</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;">Immediately following the farm tour, a dinner will be served family style in a new barn next to the livestock pastures. The first dinner of the series will be prepared and served by guest chefs Perry Hendrix of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.customhouse.cc/%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Custom House Tavern</a>, Jeffrey Hedin of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leopoldchicago.com/%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Leopold</a>, Charles Burkhardt of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.owenengine.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Owen &amp; Engine</a>&nbsp;and Mike Sheerin of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.3floyds.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">3 Floyd's Brewery</a>. The dinner is BYOB - lemonade and water will be provided. Slagel Family Farm will provide products for purchase on the farm to take home, so bring a cooler to store your products in for the trip home. For a complete list of upcoming farm dinners and participating restaurants, click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slagelfamilyfarm.com/farm_tour.shtml.%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">here</a>.&nbsp;Tickets for the event can be purchased at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179857%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_13">Brown Paper Tickets</span>&nbsp;</a>- General $125.00/Youth(11-16) - $30.00/Children 10 and under – free. Slagel Family Farm is located at&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_14">23601 E. 600 North Road, Fairbury, IL 61739</span>. For more information, call&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_15">815-848-9385</span>, or visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slagelfamilyfarm.com/index.shtml." style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Slagel Family Farm</a>.</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><strong>Elevate BBQ at Mercadito</strong></p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><a href="http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Mercadito</a>&nbsp;spices up the barbeque with a cooking demo just in time for summer grilling season&nbsp;this Monday, June 27, from 6 – 9 p.m. Held at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.doubleachicago.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Double A</a>, the lounge located directly beneath Mercadito, Chef Patricio Sandoval goes beyond hot dogs and hamburgers and will share his summer recipes for how to impress Independence Day party-goers by demonstrating five-courses including authentic parrillada of steak, chicken and vegetables. In addition, Sandoval will also demonstrate a refreshing crudo of scallops, ribs with a spicy chipotle Mexican barbeque sauce,&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_16">fish tacos</span>&nbsp;and a light fruit dessert with a surprising kick at the end. Priced at $55 per guest (exclusive of tax and gratuity), each dish also comes paired with summertime cocktails. For a complete look at the evening’s menu, click&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com/chicago/docs/cooking_201106_menu.pdf%20%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">here</a>. Reservations for&nbsp;classes&nbsp;are required and may be made by calling&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_17">312.329.9555</span>. Double A is&nbsp;located at 108 W. Kinzie. For more information&nbsp;and a complete list of upcoming events, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;"><span class="yshortcuts">www.mercaditorestaurants.com</span></a><a href="http://www.mercaditorestaurants.com.%20" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">.&nbsp;</a><br> &nbsp;<br> <strong>Explore Summer Spirits at Potter’s Lounge</strong></p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><a href="http://www.potterschicago.com" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Potter’s Lounge</a>&nbsp;brings back it’s&nbsp;<em>Secret Spirits Society</em>&nbsp;series for summer and fall kicking off the first installment&nbsp;Wednesday, July 6, from 6 -7 p.m. Showcasing acclaimed and rare brands of champagne, wines and spirits, attendees will enjoy elite selections in an intimate ambiance where they will learn all about the history and individual distilling process of the visiting brand. Led by Beverage Manager Patrick Coyne, Potter's will host the series the first Wednesday of each month through October beginning with champagne featuring Moet and Hennessey brands. Each class costs $25 per person and includes a variety of bar bites created to complement each libation&nbsp;courtesy of Potter's Lounge Executive Chef Greg Elliott. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_19">(312) 917-3404</span>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.potterschicago.com." style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">online</a>. Potter’s Lounge is located at 17 E. Monroe St. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.potterschicago.com/" style="color: rgb(35, 71, 134); text-decoration: underline; outline-style: none;" target="_blank"><span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1308877141_20">http://www.potterschicago.com</span></a>.</p><p style="margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em; padding: 0px;"><em>Today's post was written by contributor Dimitra Apostolopoulos. </em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-24/friday-foodie-forecast-summertime-treats-88285 Top 5 places for gluten-free in Chicagoland http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-23/top-5-places-gluten-free-chicagoland-78685 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/gluten free banana bread.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="gluten free banana bread" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-08/gluten free banana bread.jpg" style="width: 437px; height: 310px;" title="gluten free banana bread"></p><p>This time of year is just murder on people with special requests, allergies and gluten-intolerance. &nbsp;There are backyard barbecues, graduation lunches and wedding showers, not to mention menus full of pasta, starch and flour. &nbsp;Whenever I do stories on ABC about GF-friendly places in town, we get a huge response, and this post from the winter drew a lot of good comments, so I figured this week was as good as any to feature some of my favorite gluten-free options in the area and re-run this Top 5.</p><p>1. <a href="http://www.dalucianos.com/home.aspx">Da Luciano</a> (8343 W. Grand Ave., River Grove; 708-453-1000)<br> Everything is made from scratch here - including the bread and pasta - using all kinds of difficult-to-source flours that are gluten-free.</p><p>2. <a href="http://www.rosesbakery.com/">Rose's Wheat Free Bakery</a> (2901 Central Ave., Evanston; 847-859-2723)<br> Not only is the bakery extensive, but they also have a cozy adjacent cafe where you can sit and devour whatever you decide on.</p><p>3. <a href="http://www.thesitdown53.com/">The Sit Down Cafe &amp; Sushi Bar</a>&nbsp;(1312 E. 53rd St.;&nbsp;773-324-3700)<br> Tamari instead of soy and thoughtfully-sourced ingredients in the heart of Hyde Park.<br> <br> 4.<a href="http://www.pfchangs.com/menu/"> P.F. Chang's China Bistro </a>(530 N. Wabash, 312-828-9977, with additional locations in Lombard, Orland Park, Northbrook and Schaumburg)<br> Yes, I know it's a massive chain, but it's one (like Maggiano's) that realizes a lot of its customers can't digest gluten, so they've made extensive upgrades to the menu.</p><p>5. <a href="http://www.adobogrill.com/wickerpark/menu.aspx?s=89">Adobo Grill</a> (1610 N. Wells St., 312-266-7999)<br> Never realized this until I did a little research, but this local Mexican restaurant next to Second City has a separate section of the menu dedicated to GF options in both the apps and entree sections of the menu.</p></p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-23/top-5-places-gluten-free-chicagoland-78685 Friday Foodie Forecast: Pastry camp, a farm dinner and wine pairings http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-17/friday-foodie-forecast-pastry-camp-farm-dinner-and-wine-pairings-8797 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-17/Dolinsky_Pastry Camp.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-16/Pastry Camp.jpg" title="Pastry Camp at The French Pastry School" width="400" height="300"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The official start of summer is right around the corner, and while the kids may be away at camp, you can get away too - foodie style. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Camp Chocolate at the French Pastry School</strong></p><p>What could be better than pastry camp? How about an all chocolate pastry camp? From June 20 -24 (8 a.m. – 1 p.m.), head to the <a href="http://www.frenchpastryschool.com">French Pastry School </a>and learn from World Pastry Champion Chef <a href="http://forums.worldpastryforum.com/xn/detail/2098286:Comment5420">Dimitri Fayard</a> how to make a variety of cakes, breads, tarts, plated desserts, ice creams, candies and more all using chocolate.</p><p>During these hands-on sessions, Chef Fayard will teach you to make the dark chocolate <em>gâteau dev voyage</em> (a chocolate pound cake) and your own homemade “nutella,” as well as some amazing confections like raspberry lollipops, white chocolate and coffee covered pecans, and dark chocolate marshmallows. You will taste and discuss the product made as you go, so be prepared to eat, and still have plenty of goodies to take home to enjoy with your friends and family.</p><p>All tools, equipment and ingredients will be provided for each student. Everyone will receive an apron and a hat to keep. Cost of the five-day camp is $975 (must be 15yrs + to attend).&nbsp; See <a href="http://www.frenchpastryschool.com/faq/index.html#stay">this link</a>&nbsp;for FAQs. The French Pastry School is located at 226 W. Jackson Blvd. For more&nbsp;information, visit <a href="http://www.thefrenchpastryschool.com">www.thefrenchpastryschool.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Farm Dinner with City Provisions</strong></p><p>Join <a href="http://supperclub@cityprovisions.com">City Provisions</a> and transcend the typical food experience as you board a biodiesel bus from their delicatessen on the way to a farm dinner at <a href="http://www.dietzlerbeef.com">Dietzler Farms</a> next Saturday, June 25, at 1:00 p.m.</p><p>On the way to the Elkhorn, Wisconsin farm, beers by the <a href="http://www.halfacrebeer.com">Half Acre Beer Company</a> will be served alongside one bites for nosh, while Gabriel Magliaro will discuss the history of their brewery and practices, and owner Cleetus Friedman chats about his mission to connect the community with food at City Provisions.</p><p>At the farm, you will be given a full tour by Farmer Michelle Dietzler, then sit down to a multi-course dinner paired with the brewery's beers.&nbsp; Dinner will be folllwed by a bonfire, before boarding the bus back home.</p><p>Tickets are $225.00 per person all-inclusive. Call 773.293.2489 or email <a href="mailto:supperclub@cityprovisions.com">supperclub@cityprovisions.com</a>&nbsp;today to make your reservation. City Provisions is located at 1820 W. Wilson Ave. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.cityprovisions.com/">City Provisions</a>.</p><p><strong>Perfect Pairs at Cibo Matto</strong></p><p>Enjoy <em><a href="http://www.eatcibomatto.com">Perfect Pairs </a>, </em>a bimonthly wine-centric series taking placeat <a href="http://www.eatcibomatto.com">Cibo Matto</a> located inside <a href="http://wwwthewithotel.com/">theWit Hotel</a>, this Wednesday, June 22 from 6 – 7 p.m. Every other Wednesday in the coming months, Executive Chef Evan Percoco&nbsp; pairs four small courses of clean, seasonal, ingredient-driven dishes with hand selected wines for a perfect compliment to each plate of this modern Italian spot. Featured wines have included those of Marchesi de Frescobaldi and Titus Vineyards from Napa Valley. Tickets to the event are $20, and space is limited. To make reservations, call 312-239-9503. Cibo Matto is located at 201 N. State St. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.eatcibomatto.com">www.eatcibomatto.com</a>.</p><p><em>-Dimitra Apostolopoulos</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 17 Jun 2011 17:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-17/friday-foodie-forecast-pastry-camp-farm-dinner-and-wine-pairings-8797 Friday Foodie Forecast: Frontera Farmer Foundation benefit, Wine Enthusiast bash and sushi and sake class http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-10/friday-foodie-forecast-frontera-farmer-foundation-benefit-wine-enthus <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-10/white wine_Flickr_Teriyaki Matz.jpg" alt="" /><p><div style="margin: 0pt;"><div style="margin: 0.6em 0pt 1.2em; padding: 0pt; text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-09/ToastOfTheTownChicagoWeb-506x402-filtered.jpg" title="" width="400" height="317"></div><div style="margin: 0.6em 0pt 1.2em; padding: 0pt;"><font face="Helvetica" size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal; font-variant: normal; text-transform: none;"><font color="black" face="arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#494949" face="Verdana,sans-serif" size="1"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><b>A Charitable Fiesta at Frontera Grill</b></span></font></span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0.6em 0pt 1.2em; padding: 0pt;"><font face="Helvetica" size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal; font-variant: normal; text-transform: none;"><font color="black" face="arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#494949" face="Verdana,sans-serif" size="1"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Join the&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fus.mg1.mail.yahoo.com%2fdc%2fwww.facebook.com%2fevent.php%3feid%3d112681328776331" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">Farmer's Market Fiesta</font></a> and support the 2011&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fus.mg1.mail.yahoo.com%2fdc%2fwww.rickbayless.com%2ffoundation%2fabout.html" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">Frontera Farmer Foundation</font></a>:&nbsp;<i>The Festival of the One True Taste</i>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fus.mg1.mail.yahoo.com%2fdc%2fwww.fronterakitchens.com%2frestaurants%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">Frontera Grill</font></a>&nbsp;this Sunday, June 12, from 12 - 3 p.m. Committed to promoting small, sustainable farms serving the Chicago area by providing them with capital development grants, 100 percent of proceeds&nbsp;from the event benefit the foundation and offers guests 15 tasting stations prepared by the culinary staff using ingredients from handpicked Midwest farmers (many of whom are past and present Frontera Farmer Foundation grant recipients). Local craft beer, wine and a specialty margaritas crafted solely for the benefit will also be on-hand.&nbsp;Tickets also&nbsp;provide&nbsp;access to a silent auction and raffle comprised of prizes&nbsp;including a&nbsp;chance to see an exclusive cooking demo from Chef Rick Bayless in the Frontera test kitchen, an all-inclusive&nbsp;4-day trip to Mexico joining Rick, wife Deann and the staff exploring the culinary and cultural specialties in one of Mexico's many regions, and a tequila and mezcal tasting with Carlos Alferez. Bidding ends on Monday, June 13th at 10:00 a.m. CST - for a complete list of auction items, click&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2ffffonlineauction.blogspot.com%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">here</font></a>. Tickets are $50 per person in advance, $60 at the door ($25 for children under 12) -&nbsp;to donate to the Frontera Farmer Foundation&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=https%3a%2f%2fnpo.networkforgood.org%2fDonate%2fDonate.aspx%3fnpoSubscriptionId%3d1002374%26uniqueID%3d633978538833225270" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">click here</font></a>. Frontera Grill is located at 445 N. Clark St. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.rickbayless.com%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">http://www.rickbayless.com/</font></a>.</span></font></span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0.6em 0pt 1.2em; padding: 0pt;"><font face="Helvetica" size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal; font-variant: normal; text-transform: none;"><font color="black" face="arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#494949" face="Verdana,sans-serif" size="1"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><b>Wine and Dine at the Field Museum</b></span></font></span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0.6em 0pt 1.2em; padding: 0pt;"><font face="Helvetica" size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal; font-variant: normal; text-transform: none;"><font color="black" face="arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#494949" face="Verdana,sans-serif" size="1"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Celebrate all things food, wine and the Windy City when&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fus.mg1.mail.yahoo.com%2fdc%2fwww.toastofthetown.com%2ftott_chi.asp" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6"><i>Toast of the Town Chicago</i></font></a><i>&nbsp;</i>will be taking over the&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fus.mg1.mail.yahoo.com%2fdc%2fwww.fieldmuseum.org%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">Field Museum</font></a>&nbsp;with more than 500 wines, spirits and beers&nbsp;joined by&nbsp;35 local restaurants on Friday, June 17, from 6 - 10 p.m. Hosted by&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fus.mg1.mail.yahoo.com%2fdc%2fwww.wineenthusiast.com%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6"><i>Wine Enthusiast</i></font></a>, the&nbsp;<i>Toast of the Town&nbsp;</i>brings together&nbsp;signature Chitown dishes, including bites by the likes of&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fus.mg1.mail.yahoo.com%2fdc%2fwww.bistronomic.net%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">Bistronomic</font></a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.oldtownsocial.com%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">Old Town Social</font></a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.l2orestaurant.com%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">L20</font></a>, all under one roof set to the sounds of a live jazz band. This year a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Field Museum's educational program and will have representation for&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fus.mg1.mail.yahoo.com%2fdc%2fwww.globalgiving.org%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">Global Giving</font></a>&nbsp;to allow attendees to give on-site donations for relief efforts in Japan.&nbsp; For a complete list of participating&nbsp;vineyards and restaurants, click&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.toastofthetown.com%2ftott_chi.asp" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">here</font></a>. Cost of grand admission (21+ only) is $109, as a VIP ticket holder&nbsp;- (21+ only) $169 -&nbsp;which allows early admission and exclusive access to limited-production, reserve wines, and the opportunity for better one-on-one time with the wine makers and restaurateurs while the venue is a little quieter.&nbsp;Tickets are available to purchase at&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.toastofthetown.com%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">www.ToastoftheTown.com</font></a>. The Field Museum is located at 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.toastofthetown.com%2ftott_chi.asp" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">http://www.toastofthetown.com/tott_chi.asp</font></a>.</span></font></span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0.6em 0pt 1.2em; padding: 0pt;"><font face="Helvetica" size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal; font-variant: normal; text-transform: none;"><font color="black" face="arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#494949" face="Verdana,sans-serif" size="1"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><b>Study Maki and Sake at SushiSamba Rio</b></span></font></span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0.6em 0pt 1.2em; padding: 0pt;"><font face="Helvetica" size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal; font-variant: normal; text-transform: none;"><font color="black" face="arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#494949" face="Verdana,sans-serif" size="1"><span style="font-size: 12px;">Master the art of making maki and tasting sake at the&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fsushisamba.com%2findex.cfm%2fid%2f19%2fid2%2f59.html" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6"><i>Sushi &amp; Sake 101</i></font></a>class held at&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.sushisamba.com%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">SushiSamba Rio</font></a>&nbsp;this Tuesday, June 14, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Guided by sake sommelier Hayes Swope every second Tuesday of the month, guests learn all about the art of sushi as they sip and snack on a variety of cold and hot sakes, edamame, tempura, sashimi and sushi from Chef Dan Tucker. While listening to explanations on types of sake, its history and production methods, participants will also enjoy&nbsp;five tasty appertivos, learn how to choose sushi-grade fish, find out what tools you need to make sushi at home and&nbsp;gain insider sushi-making tips from a SushiSamba chefs. Space is limited and&nbsp;reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 312-595-2300. Cost for the class is $75 per person. SushiSamba Rio is located at&nbsp;504 N. Wells St. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="https://mail.wbez.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=0c1f6b6544d74ede948b7f531c244270&amp;URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.sushisamba.com%2f" target="_blank"><font color="#027ac6">www.<b>sushisamba</b>.com</font></a>.<br> </span></font></span></font></span></font></div><div style="margin: 0.6em 0pt 1.2em; padding: 0pt;"><font face="Helvetica" size="3"><span style="font-weight: normal; font-variant: normal; text-transform: none;"><font color="black" face="arial,Helvetica,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><font color="#494949" face="Verdana,sans-serif" size="1"><span style="font-size: 12px;"><i>-Dimitra Apostolopoulos 
</i></span></font></span></font></span></font></div></div></p> Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-06-10/friday-foodie-forecast-frontera-farmer-foundation-benefit-wine-enthus Something You Should Eat: Roasted chicken from Brasa Roja http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-17/something-you-should-eat-roasted-chicken-brasa-roja-86625 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-17/brasaroja.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/23797896?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215" width="450" frameborder="0" height="253"></iframe></p><p>A few weeks ago, I listed my <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-04-14/top-5-roasted-chickens-chicago-85165">Top 5 roasted chickens</a> in Chicago. I think at the time, I was limiting my options to chickens that were actually roasted in ovens - sealed in their warm cocoons, juices dripping, skin crisping - and left off any rotisserie birds since they don't really spend much time in an oven, per se. But one look at the operation at <a href="http://brasaroja-elllano.com/">Brasa Roja</a> on the Northwest Side, and you quickly realize the Colombians also know a thing or two about transforming chicken into utter deliciousness, even if they don't seal it into an airtight box.&nbsp;</p><p>With a handful of locations in the city (also known as El Llano), the owners have mastered the art of deep marination, slow, circular roasting and then quick-finishing directly over the charcoals, just to crisp up the skin. It's almost hypnotizing watching the birds rotate ever-so-gently on the custom-made rotisserie, but when you bite into the smoky, juicy bird, you quickly realize this isn't a dream.</p></p> Tue, 17 May 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-17/something-you-should-eat-roasted-chicken-brasa-roja-86625 Dear Mr. Mayor: a few suggestions from a humble food lover http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-16/dear-mr-mayor-few-suggestions-humble-food-lover-86554 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-15/dolinsky-sf.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-14/SF.jpg" title="The Ferry Building Market in San Francisco (photo: Steve Dolinsky)" width="400" height="299"></p><p>Dear Mr. Mayor,</p><p>I realize you're getting a lot of input from concerned citizens these days, regarding what they think your priorities should be upon taking office. I know there's a budget problem (and some issues with the schools, the CTA and the new Police Commissioner) but I also know you're as much a foodie as your predecessor was, so here are a few suggestions from one food-obsessed resident to another:</p><p>Food Trucks - I was pleased to see your quote in Time Out last week, in which you said, "I don't want to be the only city without food trucks. So I want the restaurants to work with these guys to come up with a compromise." Not only do New York City and L.A. have us beat on this issue, so does Evanston. For the past year, the <a href="http://hummingbirdkitchen.com/">Hummingbird Kitchen</a> has been cooking from its massive, state-of-the-art mobile kitchen, tweeting its location (always North of Howard St.) and hasn't encountered any resistance. Please go have a Naanwich Summit up in Edgewater with <a href="http://www.gaztro-wagon.com/Gaztro-Wagon/Home.html">gaztro-wagon's</a> Matt Maroni, 32nd Ward Alderman Waguespack and <a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/keefers-restaurant-chicago">Keefer's</a> owner Glen Keefer and hammer out a compromise that will work for everyone, so your humble, hungry subjects can start quality noshing downtown on weekdays. Frankly, we Loop workers are getting a little tired of Potbelly and Hannah's Bretzel every other day.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-14/Ferry Bldg.jpg" title="The Ferry Building in San Francisco (photo: Steve Dolinsky)" width="400" height="299"></p><p>A Full-Time, Year-Round Indoor/Outdoor Market - Your predecessor and I talked about this one over some guac and chips in the bar at Frontera a couple of years ago. As you're probably aware, Chicago ranks far below Cleveland, Portland, Minneapolis, Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver, Paris and of course, New York City, when it comes to the all-in-one, year-round market. Have you ever been to the <a href="http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/farmers_market.php">Ferry Building</a> along the Embarcadero in San Francisco? Maybe the <a href="http://www.chelseamarket.com/">Chelsea Market</a> in New York or the <a href="http://www.midtownglobalmarket.org/">Midtown Global Market</a> in Minneapolis? How is it that these cities have managed to bring together farmers, artisans, developers and politicians, and offer their residents and visitors something truly spectacular? Just think of the tax revenue, the tourist attraction and the prestige. When Daley Jr. and I talked about this, he had mentioned something in the works along upper Wacker, near the Swiss Hotel, as well as the Garfield Park area. Please scrap those ideas if they're even still being talked about.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-14/Paris.jpg" title="A Bensidoun Market in Paris (photo: Steve Dolinsky)" width="400" height="533">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>For the love of God (and Child, Pepin, Waters and Bourdain), please convene a task force (on which I'm happy to serve) to work with the <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/index.asp">Green City Market</a> in Lincoln Park (which already has the street cred&nbsp;and the farmers and artisans on board, not to mention a $1 million gift bequethed by the market's founder Abby Mandel) and then find them a magnificent space in West Town, preferably along or near Randolph, which, as you know, was the birthplace of Chicago's produce market and the scene of the legendary Haymarket Riot. I hear the Peggy Notebaert would love to keep Green City around, since it boosts attendance in the winter, and might even consider expanding for it, but resist! Parking is already a nightmare over there, you've got issues with the Park and the alderman and altering the green space there and it's too far East for most of the city's residents. &nbsp;I've spent plenty of time driving around West Town, looking for a parking spot before heading to The Publican or Girl &amp; the Goat; I know there has to be an abandoned building or two over there we could convert into a market that could house individual businesses, but also serve as a central location for farmers, and still have enough room for a parking lot/ramp. The location would be key, since the CTA is building another Green Line stop along Lake Street at Morgan, and it's just a few blocks off of the Kennedy; it's also easily reachable by cab from the downtown hotels.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-14/Granville.JPG" title="Granville Public Market, Vancouver (photo: Steve Dolinsky)" width="400" height="300"></p><p>I know it's going to take a lot of money and a lot of cooperation, but I hear you're a really good listener, and if necessary, an arm-bender. Look forward to seeing you out at Avec one night, and by the way, any chance you could make the first night of Hanukkah a city holiday, so we could make latkes together on the Friday Night Special on ABC 7?</p><p>Respectfully,</p><p>Steve</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-14/Stockholm.jpg" title="Saluhall in Stockholm (photo: Steve Dolinsky)" width="400" height="533"></p></p> Mon, 16 May 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-16/dear-mr-mayor-few-suggestions-humble-food-lover-86554 Top 5 Ethiopian restaurants in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-12/top-5-ethiopian-restaurants-chicago-86404 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-11/ethiopian platter.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-11/ras 1.jpg" style="width: 489px; height: 337px;" title="Ethiopian platter at Ras Dashen"></p><p>Some would say New York chef Marcus Samuelsson should get some credit for making Ethiopian sexy. I say tear me off a piece of spongy <em>injera</em>, scoop up a mildly spicy berbere-laced&nbsp;<em>doro wat (stew)</em> and pass the intense, earthy coffee, and you won't need a celebrity chef to convince you this is seriously delicious (although the man <a href="http://stlouis.metromix.com/events/essay_photo_gallery/james-beard-awards-2011/2612262/photo/2611661">did look fine</a> at the Beard Awards on Monday, kind of like an Ethiopian Ricardo Montalban, a la Fantasy Island). The mere act of feeding your dining partner with your hands should be foreplay enough.</p><p>Chicago isn't blessed with Ethiopian joints like, say, the Adams Morgan 'hood in D.C., but we do have some gems. Five, to be exact. It doesn't hurt if you live in Edgewater/Uptown:</p><p>1. <a href="http://www.rasdashenchicago.com/">Ras Dashen</a>, 5846 N. Broadway, 773-506-9601</p><p>2. <a href="http://www.demeraethiopianrestaurant.com/">Demera</a>, 4801 N. Broadway, 773-334-8787</p><p>3.<a href="http://www.ethiopiandiamondcuisine.com/"> Ethiopian Diamond</a>, 6120 N. Broadway, 773-338-6100</p><p>4. <a href="http://www.chicagoethiopianrestaurant.com/">Lalibela</a>, 5631 N. Ashland, 773-944-0585</p><p>5. <a href="http://www.abyssiniachicago.com/">Abyssinia</a>, 5842 N. Broadway, 773-271-7133</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 12 May 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-12/top-5-ethiopian-restaurants-chicago-86404 Terragusto in Lincoln Park morphing into pastaterra http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-11/terragusto-lincoln-park-morphing-pastaterra-86356 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-10/gilbert terragusto.jpg" style="width: 346px; height: 230px;" title="Chef/Owner Theo Gilbert making pasta"></p><p>After a little more than two years, Theo Gilbert is switching gears. His <a href="http://www.terragustocafe.com/">Terragusto</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;above Geja's Cafe and next door to the Park West Theater - will serve its final meals this Saturday, then re-open next Wednesday, May 18th, as a more casual concept: pastaterra.</p><p>"The place on Armitage has never gotten up to speed where we wanted it to," Gilbert said. "I brought on a couple of different people I thought were going to free me up to work on some other projects, but that hasn’t happened."&nbsp;</p><p>Gilbert will continue to operate the original Terragusto in Roscoe Village, known for its wide front windows through which passersby could watch them make pasta everyday. But he says his Lincoln Park location was taking up so much of his time that he was unable to focus on his next project in the suburbs.</p><p>"I need to free myself up from the stoves, so we’re going to reconcept the one on Armitage. We’re distilling it into what everyone knows – the fresh pasta – and really just boiling it all down to that," he said.</p><p>That means there'll be about four antipasti items such as soup, salad and meat or vegetable plates; there will also be 13 homemade pastas. For dessert, just two or three items, like panna cotta or tiramisu in a cup.</p><p>The price points will be lower, and the whole concept will be more casual: you'll order and pay at the counter, then sit down and have your food delivered to your table. Pastaterra will be open for lunch Wednesdays - Saturdays, and will serve dinner six nights a week.</p><p>As for his suburban project, (Gilbert won't say where, exactly, but the restaurant's website says Glencoe) he's hoping to open in the Fall. He says it will be both fine-dining and family-friendly, with a fast-service aspect and a fairly developed local and sustainable market, which will be able to sell packaged wine.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-11/terragusto-lincoln-park-morphing-pastaterra-86356 Something you should eat: bread pudding from Floriole Bakery http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-10/something-you-should-eat-bread-pudding-floriole-bakery-86205 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="281" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/23436805?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215" width="500"></iframe></p><p>If Wheaties is the "breakfast of champions," then I'm Bruce Jenner. Marketing propaganda aside, I've never found the same satisfaction in a bowl of cereal as I have from a thick wedge of Sandra Holl's fruity, caramel-laced bread pudding for breakfast. Holl has always sold her bread pudding at the <a href="http://www.greencitymarket.org/index.asp">Green City Market</a> on Wednesdays and Saturdays - and it's been a huge success there - but since she opened <a href="http://www.floriole.com/">Floriole Cafe and Bakery</a> in Lincoln Park, it hasn't exactly been flying off the shelf. She says the bread pudding (which has completely seasonal toppings) is only a moderate hit at the store. Well, if you all listen to my suggestion this week, I'm guessing a newfound demand might change that.</p></p> Tue, 10 May 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-10/something-you-should-eat-bread-pudding-floriole-bakery-86205 Friday Foodie Forecast: Bake sales, a Kentucky Derby party and farm dinners http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-06/friday-foodie-forecast-bake-sales-kentucky-derby-party-and-farm-dinne <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-05/Bake sale.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-04/Bake sale.jpg" title=""></p><div><p>The month of May is in full swing and springtime food events are popping up all over the tulip-lined streets of Chicago. From bake sales and farm dinners to Kentucky Derby parties, there are plenty of festivities to choose from in the days ahead.</p><p><strong>S.O.S. Bake Sales</strong></p><p>Help fight child hunger while indulging your sweet tooth at this year’s national&nbsp;<a href="http://gabs.strength.org/" title="http://gabs.strength.org/">Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale</a>&nbsp;hosted by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thebutcherandlarder.com/" title="http://www.thebutcherandlarder.com/">Butcher and Larder</a>&nbsp;Saturday, May 7, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Organized by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rollchicago.com/" title="http://www.rollchicago.com/">Roll Chicago</a>, the bake sale will feature sweet and savory treats and auction packages (chef tasting dinners and theater tickets) donated from a wide range of over 30 local restaurants including&nbsp;<a href="http://www.floriole.com/" title="http://www.floriole.com/">Floriole</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.balsanrestaurant.com/" title="http://www.balsanrestaurant.com/">Balsan</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gaztro-wagon.com/" title="http://www.gaztro-wagon.com/">Gaztro-Wagon</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.waverestaurant.com/" title="http://www.waverestaurant.com/">Wave</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://thesouthern.com/" title="http://thesouthern.com/">The Southern</a>. Supporters will treat themselves to a variety of fare including Moroccan-spiced lamb and apricot hand pies; sugar cream pies; Oreo truffles; rhubarb galettes; Whoopie pies; caramels and toffee; biscotti; vegan chocolate tortes; derby pies; coconut cakes; cake balls; cookies; and much more. Direct donations can be made at&nbsp;<a href="http://join.strength.org/site/TR/CEM/General?pg=team&amp;fr_id=1120&amp;team_id=106472" title="http://join.strength.org/site/TR/CEM/General?pg=team&amp;fr_id=1120&amp;team_id=106472">Dash of Stash</a>&nbsp;where 100 percent of funds raised go directly towards&nbsp;<a href="http://www.strength.org/" title="http://www.strength.org/">Share Our Strength</a>. The Butcher and Larder is located at 1026 N. Milwaukee. For a complete list of participating vendors and more information, visit<a href="http://www.rollchicago.com/" title="http://www.rollchicago.com/">http://www.rollchicago.com/</a>.</p><p>Note:&nbsp;For those unable to attend this week’s event, the second annual&nbsp;<a href="http://strength.org/" title="http://strength.org/">National Food Blogger S.O.S. Great American Bake Sale</a>&nbsp;fundraiser will be hosted by food blogger Maris Callahan of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ingoodtasteblog.net/" title="http://www.ingoodtasteblog.net/">In Good Taste</a>&nbsp;and John and Erica Witte of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.poisoncup.com/" title="http://www.poisoncup.com/">The Poison Cup</a>, at their Lincoln Park wine and art boutique this Saturday, May 14, from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to help eliminate childhood hunger in Illinois. The Poison Cup is located at 1128 W. Armitage Ave. For more information, visit<a href="http://www.gabs.strength.org/" title="http://www.gabs.strength.org/">www.gabs.strength.org/</a>.</p><p><strong>Derby Day at The Pony</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.theponychicago.com/" title="http://www.theponychicago.com/">The Pony</a>&nbsp;in Lakeview will host its annual&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/" title="http://www.kentuckyderby.com/">Kentucky Derby</a>&nbsp;party on Saturday, May 7 beginning at 11 a.m. The festivities will include a “best dressed” and “best hat” contest with $100 cash prizes, $5 Jim Beam, Makers Mark and Red Stag Cocktails, $5 Mint Juleps, raffles and giveaways including a trip to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.equestrianconnection.org/" title="http://www.equestrianconnection.org/">Equestrian Connection Staples</a>. In addition to the full menu of southwestern-inspired cuisine, a $10 southern buffet will also be available featuring fried chicken, biscuits, mashed potatoes and more. Guests can catch Kentucky Derby action as the race is broadcast live on overhead plasma TVs and at tables that feature an individual flat-screen TV for viewing. The Pony is located at 1638 W. Belmont. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theponychicago.com/" title="http://www.theponychicago.com/">www.theponychicago.com</a>.</p><p><strong>Meet the Market Dinner Series</strong></p><p>Join&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/" title="http://www.chicagogreencitymarket.org/">Green City Market</a>&nbsp;as its junior board launches the monthly dining series,&nbsp;Meet the Market, kicking off at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oldtownsocial.com/" title="http://www.oldtownsocial.com/">Old Town Social</a>&nbsp;Thursday, May 12, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Each month a new chef/restaurant will host a farmer creating several seasonal dishes and cocktails with that farmer’s produce for a special price at the restaurant. This week, junior board members Jaime Tunge and Chef Jared Van Camp will host Farmer&nbsp;<a href="http://mickklugfarm.com/" title="http://mickklugfarm.com/">Mick Klug</a>&nbsp;who will be there to answer questions, talk about his farm and just pick your brain about any and everything about local food. &nbsp;Complimentary passed small items include; ham and asparagus spears with housemade country ham; Klug asparagus
 goat cheese and buttermilk biscuits;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.prairiefruits.com/" title="http://www.prairiefruits.com/">Prairie Fruits Farm</a>goat cheese; and Klug Farms strawberry-pinot noir jam. The main menu also features “Fraise Sauvage” with&nbsp;<a href="http://deathsdoorspirits.com/" title="http://deathsdoorspirits.com/">Death's Door</a>&nbsp;gin, Mick Klug Farms strawberries (preserved from last year), and Champagne ($10), and
"Peach Smash" with Death's Door white whiskey, Mick Klug Farms peach jam, fresh ginger and mint ($10). The cocktails will be $10 where $2 will go to support the junior board’s efforts in providing&nbsp;<a href="http://www.localharvest.org/csa/" title="http://www.localharvest.org/csa/">CSA boxes</a>&nbsp;to food desserts. Old Town Social is located at 455 W. North Ave. For more information, email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:juniorboard@greencitymarket.org" title="mailto:juniorboard@greencitymarket.org">juniorboard@greencitymarket.org</a>or click&nbsp;<a href="http://http//www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=214346681927425" title="http://http//www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=214346681927425">here</a>.</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 06 May 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/2011-05-06/friday-foodie-forecast-bake-sales-kentucky-derby-party-and-farm-dinne