The World of Food: Farm to Table

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A locally sourced dish at Lincoln Square's Elizabeth

Are you a locavore? If you know what this term means without having to look it up (and consider yourself to be one), chances are you’re a fan of the “farm to table” movement. In honor of a Check, Please! featured eatery in this category, Evanston’s Boltwood, here’s a closer look at the what, when, and why.

Season 16, Episode 11: Chicago Cut, Café Marie-Jeanne, Katy's Dumpling House

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Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Terry Lavin, Angela Klipp, and Young Choi who weigh in on Chicago area eateries Chicago Cut, Café Marie-Jeanne, and Katy's Dumpling House.

Cat’s Corner: Q&A with Café Marie-Jeanne Owners, Executive Chef Mike Simmons and Wine Director Jamie McLennan

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Chocolate croissants at Café Marie-Jeanne

Greetings! We are nearing the end of the season, and it’s packed with some gems! This week we take you to Café Marie-Jeanne in the rapidly developing area of California and Augusta in Humboldt Park; celebrity-swamped Chicago Cut in River North; and Katy’s Dumpling House in Oak Park. Cafe Marie-Jeanne Proprietor/Chef Mike Simmons and Proprietor/Wine Director Jamie McLennan chatted with me about their new venture. Here’s what they had to say.

The World of Food: France

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French onion soup

“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” — Julia Child

Season 16, Episode 10: The Bristol, Herb, Peach's on 47th

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Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Amit Hasak, Andrea Sylvester, and Ariel Donegan who weigh in on Chicago area eateries The Bristol, Herb, and Peach's on 47th.

The World of Food: Thailand

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Me dee Thai

In recent years, the popularity of Thai cuisine has burgeoned in the Chicago area, and it’s easy to see why. Even a cursory glance at a menu in a typical Thai eatery will tell you that there is something available for just about every taste, from sweet to salty, bitter to spicy, sour to soothing.

 
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The Swedish Seed

Dan Rook of South Water Kitchen makes The Swedish Seed.

Season 16, Episode 9: Salero, Sankyu, Tiztal Café

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Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Joe Battaglia, Sumito “Ariyo” Ariyoshi, and Kady Johnsen who weigh in on Chicago area eateries Salero, Sankyu, and Tiztal Café.

Cat’s Corner: Q & A with Salero Executive Chef Ashlee Aubin

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Pintxos at Salero

Hello! This week, we had some great guests and three unique restaurant selections that will have you traveling all over town. We take you to Salero in the West Loop, Izakaya Sankyu in Mount Prospect, and Tiztal Cafe in Ravenswood. This week I spoke with executive chef Ashlee Aubin about Salero and Basque cuisine. And since I love watching new episodes of Check, Please! with a cocktail in hand, Salero bar manager Suzie Whitacre shared a recipe for a Spanish-style gin tonic. Here’s what they had to say.

The World of Food: Spain

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Pintxos

Anyone who thinks of Spain only as the land of flamenco, bullfighting (olé!), and Antonio Banderas (or, if you prefer, Penélope Cruz) might be surprised to learn the place is surprisingly diverse in a variety of different ways.

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