The World of Food: Stuffing (or Dressing)

By Julia Maish |

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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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If you have lived in the Chicago area for most of your adult life, you might think that BYOB is a standard practice everywhere. This is not the case; in fact, Chicago is one of the few major U.S. metropolitan areas that encourages diners to make their own brought-from-home-or-store alcoholic beverages part of the dining experience. Why is that?

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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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.”

Cat’s Corner: Q&A with Milwalky Trace Chef/Owner Lee Kuebler

By Catherine De Orio |

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Hello! The suburban restaurant scene has sometimes gotten a bad rap for being stale, full of chains, or just unoriginal. But these days, many top chefs are bringing their unique flair to the ‘burbs, inspiring city-dwellers to venture out. One such restaurant is Milwalky Trace in Libertyville, north of Chicago. This week, I spoke to its chef/owner Lee Kuebler about his cooking, restaurants, and why he decided to pack up his knives and head to the suburbs. Here’s what he had to say:

The World of Food: China

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Anything that walks, swims, crawls, or flies with its back to heaven is edible.”
– Cantonese proverb

 

“Like all Jews, I was probably at a Chinese restaurant.”
– Elena Kagan, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, on where she spent Christmas

Cat’s Corner: What I Learned Eating at Simi’s

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Egusi soup

Hello all! This week we visit Simi’s in West Rogers Park, Mexique in Noble Square, and Cellar Door Provisions in Logan Square. I wanted to share some of the interesting things I learned while researching and visiting Simi’s. Enjoy! 

The World of Food: West Africa

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Jollof rice

In honor of one of this week’s chosen restaurants, Simi’s in the West Rogers Park neighborhood, let’s take a closer look at this region and its unique and flavorful cuisines.

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