Season 16, Episode 4: A10, Taste of Thai Town, JAM

By David Manilow |

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Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Keden Williams, Jennifer Zhang, and James Malnati who weigh in on Chicago area eateries A10, Taste of Thai Town, and JAM.

Cat’s Corner: Q&A with Matthias Merges, Chef/Owner of A10 in Hyde Park

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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. 

The World of Food: Brunch

By Julia Maish |

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Malted Custard French Toast at Lincoln Square's JAM restaurant in Chicago

 

If there was ever a word that could make you forget that Monday morning is lurking right around the corner, it’s brunch. Yes, that convivial, starch-and-protein-laden repast that allows you to sit back, indulge, enjoy the company of friends and family in a cozy atmosphere, and recharge for the week ahead. And just maybe, dull the aftereffects of the night before.

Season 16, Episode 3: de Quay, Artango, Mott Street

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Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Lee Salzman, Gil Cagua, and Charles Drayton who weigh in on Chicago area eateries de Quay, Artango, and Mott Street.

A Q&A with the Team at de Quay

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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.

The World of Food: Argentina

By Julia Maish |

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Artango Steak, Ribs, Malbec, and Chimichurri

 

To the uninitiated, Argentina is the South American country depicted in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical Evita (in which its late legendary First Lady Eva Peron famously admonished her subjects not to cry for her), and for the passionate (and impossibly athletic!) Argentine tango. Also, it’s the only nation in the world that is named for a precious metal (silver, or “argentum.”)

Season 16, Episode 2: Nico Osteria, Little Bad Wolf & Greenhouse Inn

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Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Christine Torres, William Ferguson, and Molly Cavanaugh who weigh in on Chicago area eateries Nico Osteria, Little Bad Wolf, and Greenhouse Inn.

A Q&A with Nico Osteria’s Chef de Cuisine Erling Wu-Bower and Wine Director Bret Heiar

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Chef de Cuisine Erling Wu Bower, Nico Osteria

 

Hello! This week, I’m talking seafood with Nico Osteria’s Chef de Cuisine Bower (and 2 time James Beard nominee) Erling Wu-Bower, who gives us some tips on sourcing, purchasing, and preparing seafood. And since wine is one of the most important elements of a great meal, I asked Wine Director Bret Heiar to provide some guidance on pairing vino and seafood.

The World of Food: Craft Beer

By Julia Maish |

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Little Bad Wolf's 15 drafts

 

Ask any random tourist to come up with some of Chicago’s most notable attributes, and “brewing” might not be near the top of the list. But perhaps it should be, because its origins in the city date all the way back to 1833, when Dearborn was a fort, LaSalle was a French explorer, and Jackson was President of the United States (of which there were then only 24).

Season 16, Episode 1: Boston Fish Market, Charlatan & Bar Pastoral

By David Manilow |

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Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Alicia James, Alex Dravillas, and Adam Thomas who weigh in on Chicago area eateries Boston Fish Market, Charlatan, Bar Pastoral.

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