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Catherine De Orio

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Hello and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had wonderful holidays and that you are ready for some great new restaurants. This week we take you to Osteria Langhe in Logan Square, Shokolad in Ukranian Village, and New Star in Elmwood Park.

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Catherine De Orio

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Japanese whiskey at Arami

 

Hello! This week on the show we take you to sample Japanese and Nepalese cuisine and even stop by one of POTUS’s favorite spots (Valois) when he’s in town! Our stops are Arami in West Town, Chicago Curry House in South Loop, and Valois in Hyde Park. I spoke with Ty Fujimura who is the owner of Arami, as well as a certified sake professional. He gives some guidance on how to have a fantastic dining experience at Arami, choose sake for you meal, and gives his advice on sake bombs. 

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Catherine De Orio

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Buttered chicken at Wicker Park's Pub Royale

 

Hello! I’m just back from London, and pub and Indian food are still fresh on my mind! So this week I spoke with chef Nate Tano and beverage director Michael McAvena of Pub Royale, the anglo-indian pub in Wicker Park that was named one of Bon Appetit’s 50 best new restaurants across the country.

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Catherine De Orio

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Matthias Merges, Chef & Owner of Hyde Park's A10 in Chicago

 

Hello! We visit A10 in Hyde Park, JAM in Logan Square, and Taste of Thai Town in Albany Park, and I was excited to talk with Chef Matthias Merges, who gained recognition as former executive chef at Charlie Trotter’s and has since become an award-winning restauranteur in his own right. Matthias adhered to and promoted farm-to-table principles long before they became ubiquitous in the industry. We chatted about opening his first restaurant on Chicago’s South Side and he shared recipes that are sure to take your Thanksgiving entertaining from simple to spectacular. 

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Catherine De Orio

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Nasi Goreng at de Quay

 

Hey Chicago! What an exciting week it has been for us. Go Cubbies! In this week’s episode, we visit de Quay in Lincoln Park – on the only Dutch-Indonesian restaurant in Chicago. I spoke to David de Quay, executive chef and owner of de Quay, to learn more about what he’s cooking up at his spot and some tips for navigating the menu. And General Manager and Wine director Terry McNeese and Beverage Director Noel Catrambone chime in with some must-try beverage recommendations.

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