Cat’s Corner: Q&A with Mambo Italiano Chef & Owner Briana Cardone

By Catherine De Orio |

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This week I spoke with Briana Cardone, chef and owner of Mambo Italiano, about growing up Italian and about her restaurant.

The World of Food: The Diner

By Julia Maish |

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Is there anything more quintessentially American than a good old-fashioned diner? A place that is always open, 24 hours a day, with a friendly waitress who makes small talk, keeps your coffee cup full, and nudges you toward her favorite things on the menu?

Cat's Corner: Q & A with Momotaro’s Executive Chef Mark Hellyar and Beverage Manager Lance Gresak

By Catherine De Orio |

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Do you love sushi and ramen but want to try some other Japanese classics? Are you wondering what all the fuss is about Japanese whisky? Read on as this week I chatted with Momotaro’s executive chef Mark Hellyar and beverage manager Lance Gresak about all things Japanese.

The World of Food: Japan

By Julia Maish |

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"At its best, Japanese cooking is inextricably meshed with aesthetics, with religion, with tradition and history. It is evocative of seasonal changes, or of one’s childhood, or of a storm at sea.” — Food writer M.F.K. Fisher

Cat’s Corner: Q&A with Liz Weeden of The English Room and Deer Path Inn

By Catherine De Orio |

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Hello and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had wonderful holidays and you are all hungry for some new episodes. This week we visit The English Room, Gundis Kurdish Kitchen in Lakeview, and L’Patron in Logan Square. The English Room is located in the historic Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest and boasts an award-winning wine list. This week, I get the scoop on the place from Liz Weeden from The English Room and Deer Path Inn.

The World of Food: British Isles

By Julia Maish |

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“British food is a celebration of comfort eating. Our traditional savory recipes are all about warmth and sustenance, our puddings a roll call of sweet jollity, our cakes are deep and cozy. We appear to be a nation in need of a big, warm hug.”
— Nigel Slater, British food writer

The World of Food: Twelfth Night

By Julia Maish |

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After the annual long, long build-up, the holidays are finally over. As we drag our dried-out Christmas trees to the curb and regard our bathroom scales (and credit card statements) with mingled horror and regret, most of us in the frigid Midwest are facing, as English poet Christina Rossetti wrote, “the bleak midwinter.”

Not so fast… 

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

By Julia Maish |

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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.

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.

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