Attention chefs, restaurateurs, food scientists, academics and foodies: Are you seriously corny? The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance wants to hear from you. The Chicago-based food-history group will host its sixth symposium Sept. 20 through 22 at the Kendall College School for Culinary Arts on Goose Island. The event will focus on Midwestern corn in all [...]
Ramps and guanciale flatbread, slathered with hazelnut-ramp pesto and topped with grilled ramps, smoky guanciale and bits of preserved lemon, $16.50 at The Peasantry in Lincoln Park.
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 [...]
Pastry Chef Sarah Jordan’s fresh-as-spring take on pavlova with rhubarb, elderflower yogurt, St. Germain liqueur and rhubarb consomme, $12 at Boka in Lincoln Park. Pavlova, by the way, is an Antipodean meringue dessert named for the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who performed in Australia and New Zealand during the 1920s. Both countries claim invention of [...]
Bill Dugan from The Fishguy Market in Irving Park writes: “My girlfriend, Tracy, and I have been digging ramps near my home in Michigan for the past ten years or so…. We just completed a two-week process making kimchi using the stem, bulb and leaves. It adds a more succinct flavor than bulb garlic and [...]
Spring sensation: Grilled asparagus dressed with rhubarb kimchi, guajillo ricotta, Serrano ham, pea shoots and sesame, $6 on Chef David Dworshak’s spring menu at Takito Kitchen in Wicker Park.
Hooray! Fresh local fruits and veggie time is almost here. Hang out with your favorite farmers and pick up freshly picked produce. Farmers’ market season kicks off in Chicago on Saturday, May 11, with the opening of city-run markets selling fresh fruits, vegetables, plants and flowers at Lincoln Park (Armitage and Orchard) and Division Street [...]
You’d think it was St. Patrick’s Day again, with all the announcements of restaurants going “green” for Earth Day. Today, instead of presenting you with a list of green cocktails and farm-to-table specials, I want to share this thoughtful list of ways to support the future of food, agriculture—and the planet all year from Danielle [...]
They’re tiny and fishy and only available fresh for a very brief period in the spring. Smelt season is upon us! For the ultimate Midwestern smelt experience, you have to head north to Port Washington, Wis., outside Milwaukee, for the annual American Legion Smelt Fry conducted by the Andrew Van Ells American Legion Post No. [...]
Galway Bay fish and chips special at Birch River Grill in Arlington Heights, featuring Corona-battered cod with seasoned crispy potatoes and tangy cabbage slaw, served every 4 to 10 p.m. Friday in Lent, $11.95.