The food industry’s “Oscars” are set to take place yet again in Chicago on Monday, May 6th, but you can bet a lot of industry people are in town the weekend before, and they all have one thing on their mind: where do we eat (and drink)? We’re giving you the lowdown on where to do both, like a local, as we talk with the founder of a local food site that does quite a bit more than just listicles and Top 7 places to eat steak with Fooditor’s Michael Gebert. Plus, we’ll meet Shelby Alison, one of the women behind the 2nd annual Chicago Style, a cocktail conference going on for a few days after the Beards. Talk about a hangover. We’re rolling out the red carpet, and you don’t even need an invitation.
A tofu challenge with Jenny Yang, the owner of Phoenix Bean, as she and Rick attempt to come up with an easy weeknight meal in 15 minutes or less, using just some tofu, plus five extra ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere.
In this Bonus episode, Steve Dolinsky sits down with Chef Enrique Olvera Interview at the Arts Club of Chicago to talk about his new book, Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook.
On this episode, the art of food styling. We talk to a trio of professional stylists about how they got their jobs, and what they do to stay on top of food styling trends. Plus, some tips on how to improve your online food styling game. Getting paid to play with your food. Yes, it’s a career choice.
A trip to Montreal in the middle of winter is not for the faint of heart, but rather, the truly hearty. Steve braves a few days in the cold of Quebec to eat and drink his way around town, while taking in a little bit of a mid-winter festival. There is more to this incredible city than poutine, smoked meat and bagels. Did we mention Leonard Cohen?? We’re going a little bit beyond maple syrup-soaked foie gras, eh?
A deep dive on bread, as Rick and Steve talk to a couple of people involved in the burgeoning bread scene in Chicago, and learn what it takes to make truly transcendent loaves. Then Rick reports from Saigon, aka Ho Chi Minh City, getting up extra early to see how a team of men makes the unforgettable banh mi loaves that have come to signify a large part of the street food scene there. We’re headed right for the eye of the gluten zone.
On this week’s show,a purple sweet potato challenge with Louie Yu, the Chef de Cuisine at Sunda, as he and Rick attempt to come up with an easy weeknight meal in 15 minutes or less, using just some purple sweet potatoes, plus five extra ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere.
On this episode, cider, cheese tea and natural wines. A disparate, yet delicious triumvirate. We’ll get a report from CiderCon, and talk to some of the folks behind this annual cider fest; I’ll head to the branch of a beloved Taiwanese tea shop – only in Chicago – where they’re making cheese tea (it’s not as weird as you’d think). Then we wrap things up with a deep-dive on the world of natural wines. Lots of options for all sorts of drinkers today, so no need to pace yourself.
The Good Food Expo comes back to Chicago, but that doesn’t mean you have to live here to learn more about growing, making and cooking good food. We’ll talk to some of the key players, and discover why it has become one of the leading events of its kind in the Midwest, if not the entire country.
We visit the 11th annual Food Innovate Summit, where chefs and scientists come together to share their findings and predictions on where the industry is headed. We’ll talk scaling, data analysis and product development, but you don’t need an MBA to understand all of it.