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Chicago food on the hoof: Scrrrrrrrream for Moo & Oink!

 1970s commercial for Calumet Meat, “The Home of Moo and Oink,” with its memorable jingle.   Win a year’s worth of Moo & Oink! In their Sizzling Summer Giveaway on Facebook, the meaty company is offering the winner a year’s worth of hot links, chitterlings, burgers, hot dogs, chicken fritters, rib tips and other favorites. […]

That momentous, filamentous introduction in Chicago

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 opened to the public in May, and introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales, Vienna Beef hot dogs and Aunt Jemima pancake […]

Chicago mixed it up at World’s Columbian Exposition

This summer marks the 120th anniversary of the World’s Columbian Exposition. The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 opened to the public in May, and introduced quite a few new foods, both directly and indirectly. The six-month-long fair put the blue ribbon on Pabst Beer, brought Chicagoans tamales and Vienna Beef hot dogs and led to […]

We are the cone home

What would summer be without ice-cream cones? Chicago’s contribution to this seasonal essential comes from the Keebler factory at 10839 S. Langley Ave. The world’s largest bakery of ice cream cones, producing sugar cones, waffle cones, waffle bowls, vanilla cups, vanilla cones and fudge-dipped cups, the plant’s 28 ovens bake more than 3 million items […]

Chicago’s shrimpy history, continued

While we’re indulging in Chicago seafood history this week, let’s talk about Chicago fried shrimp. Shacks serving breaded and fried shellfish have been a Chicago fixture since at least 1935, when Troha’s, a West Side beer and chili joint, added shrimp to the menu. Despite the introduction of shrimp DeJonghe at the turn of the […]

When did you last DeJonghe?

When was the last time you ate shrimp DeJonghe? Among the dishes invented in Chicago, shrimp DeJonghe gets perhaps the least attention, yet this scrumptious dish has the oldest pedigree of any of Chicago’s special recipes. Brothers Pierre, Henri and Charles DeJonghe came to Chicago from Belgium in 1891 and opened a restaurant at the […]

Chicago put the pop in pop

Most people have heard that Coca-Cola was invented by pharmacist John Pemberton in Georgia in 1886, but Chicago’s very important connection to Coke is more obscure. If it weren’t for a Chicago invention, Coke might never have achieved its phenomenal success. Until 1933, if you ordered a Coke at a soda fountain, your server pumped […]

75 years of prime rib at Lawry’s

It’s been 75 years since Lawry’s The Prime Rib opened its first location in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Chicago branch in Streeterville, the second location, didn’t open till 1974, but they are also celebrating throughout June with a special $75 dinner for two. Each meal features an 8-ounce cut of prime rib, the original spinning […]

Mario’s is open — it’s officially summer in Chicago!

Nothing says summer in Chicago like Mario’s Italian Lemonade. Open from early May to mid-September, Mario’s has been a Little Italy icon since 1953. Hot days will find long lines stretching out into the street waiting for slushy Italian lemonande and freshly roasted nuts. Everybody goes to Mario’s — if you want to see a […]

Chicago: Cake capital of America? Congrats, Mark Seaman!

Dessert Professional recently named Chicago pastry chef Mark Seaman, Certified Master Cake Artist and chef instructor at The French Pastry School, one of the Top Ten Cake Artists of North America for 2013. Seaman’s previous honors include the Bronze and Silver medals, in 2003 and 2005 respectively, from the National Wedding Cake Competition. In 2007, […]