The World of Food: Kwanzaa

By Julia Maish |

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The seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa is held annually from December 26 through New Year’s Day. Its name is derived from the Swahili phrase matunda ya kwanza, which means “first fruits.” It was inspired by Zulu and Ashanti harvest celebrations.

The World of Food: Holiday Beverages

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As you have surely heard, it’s Christmastime! And like millions of happy celebrants all over the globe, you are likely making the rounds of holiday parties and indulging freely in a wide variety of rich foods and lavishly decorated sweets.

The World of Food: Gingerbread

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What food is a winter holiday mainstay, contains an ingredient with proven medicinal qualities, and is often used as a building material?

Gingerbread, that’s what. And given that next Tuesday is National Gingerbread House Day, this is a perfect opportunity to take a closer look at this delicious Christmas tradition that manages to be both a cure-all and a form of creative expression.

The World of Food: The Microwave

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This week, we celebrate a American invention that is an integral part of kitchens all over the world, a mainstay for busy parents, college students, restaurants and convenience stores. 

The World of Food: Stuffing (or Dressing)

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It’s that time of year again — the annual family food fest, an excuse to enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving classics: turkey, potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, succotash, cranberry sauce, rolls, salad, pumpkin pie (and, presumably, lots of antacids).

Cat’s Corner: Q&A with Roister Chef Andrew Brochu

By Catherine De Orio |

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Hello! “Roister” means to enjoy oneself or celebrate in a noisy, boisterous way, and the restaurant by that name fits right into the bustling Fulton Market area of the trendy West Loop. Unpretentious, yet serious about standards of excellence, it was awarded a Michelin star in its first year and has retained it since. Chef Andrew Brochu has spent time in some of Chicago’s most illustrious kitchens, but Roister is where you see his creative culinary point of view flourish. I spoke to Andrew to learn about his influences and inspiration.

The World of Food: BYOB

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This week, Check, Please! focuses its spotlight on a compendium of local restaurants reviewed on the show that have one important thing in common. They all offer budget-conscious diners an option that is very popular here in the Windy City: BYOB, or Bring Your Own Bottle (also known as Bring Your Own Booze, Beer, or Beverage). How popular? To date, in the Windy City and its surrounding suburbs, there are more than 5,000 of these establishments. So many options, too little time!

The World of Food: Soup

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"Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
— Ludwig van Beethoven

It’s that time of year — you slog home in darkness at the end of a cold day, and what tastes better than a nice big bowl of hot soup? It’s filling, warming, and nutritious, and every culture has at least one that they love.

Cat’s Corner: Q&A with the Brewhouse Team at Band of Bohemia

By Catherine De Orio |

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Hello! Ravenswood Corridor has been dubbed “Malt Row” due to the proliferation of breweries and distilleries opening in the area. While many of these breweries are traditional in nature, Band of Bohemia is a brewhouse with a twist. Billed as a “culinary brewhouse” and the first brewpub to be awarded a Michelin star, it will take only one visit to realize this is not your grandpa’s pub. This week I spoke to the Band of Bohemia team to learn about their inspiration.

The World of Food: Mediterranean

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“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
– Virginia Woolf

 

What comes to mind when you hear the word “Mediterranean?” For many of us, especially at this time of year as winter approaches, it undoubtedly translates to “a place we wish we were right now.” It’s sunny, warm, and exotic, with beautiful blue waters and scenic views — and fabulous food and wine. 

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