The World of Food: U.S. Presidents and Their Favorite Foods

By Julia Maish |

Discuss >

Meatloaf

To mark Inauguration Day (and our broadcast of the 2001 Check, Please! episode featuring then-State Senator Barack Obama), let’s take a whirlwind tour of some favorite foods and culinary quirks of some of our past presidents.

Season 16, Episode 8: Fat Rice, River Roast, Taqueria La Lagartija

By David Manilow |

Discuss >

Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Sharif Shawki, Dave Specter, and Sarah Rosenbaum who weigh in on Chicago area eateries Fat Rice, River Roast, and Taqueria La Lagartija.

A Q&A with Fat Rice Chef and Owners Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo

By Catherine De Orio |

Discuss >

Fat Rice sampling

Hey there! It seems that winter has officially arrived and the restaurants on this week’s episode are perfect places for warm-your-belly, comforting food. Our stops are River Roast in River North, La Largartija in West Loop and Fat Rice in Logan Square.

Fat Rice is unique in that it is the only restaurant serving Macanese food in Chicago. This week, I spoke with chef/co-owner Abraham Conlon and co-owner/director of operations Adrienne Lo of Fat Rice to get the lowdown on Macanese cuisine. Here’s what they had to say.

The World of Food: Comfort Food

By Julia Maish |

Discuss >

Macaroni and cheese

For the most part, comfort food is not for those who are counting calories or carbs. But there’s nothing quite like it for lifting your spirits, especially with likeminded friends in a welcoming atmosphere.

Season 16, Episode 7: Shokolad, New Star, Osteria Langhe

By David Manilow |

Discuss >

Check, Please! host Catherine De Orio welcomes guest reviewers Julian Hayda, Anna Marzullo, and Gino Williams who weigh in on Chicago area eateries Shokolad, New Star, Osteria Langhe.

The World of Food: Ukraine

By Julia Maish |

Discuss >

Borshch

Borshch

 

This diverse Eastern European country gained its independence when the Soviet Union broke up in 1991, and by area, it is Europe’s largest, if you don’t count Russia (France comes in second, followed by Spain). Ukraine’s people are known for their friendliness and hospitality, and in honor of one of this week’s featured restaurants, Shokolad, here are some mouthwatering Ukrainian culinary mainstays. You will notice that most of them incorporate a readily available common ingredient.

Cat’s Corner: Q & A with Partners of Osteria Langhe – Aldo Zaninotto and Chef Cameron Grant

By Catherine De Orio |

Discuss >

Plin

Plin

 

Hello and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had wonderful holidays and that you are ready for some great new restaurants. This week we take you to Osteria Langhe in Logan Square, Shokolad in Ukranian Village, and New Star in Elmwood Park.

The World of Food: Champagne

By Julia Maish |

Discuss >

Champagne

“Come, for I am drinking stars!"
– Dom Pérignon, allegedly after tasting his first champagne

The World of Food: Hanukkah Foods

By Julia Maish |

Discuss >

Latkes

While there is an understandable reluctance to lump Hanukkah together with Christmas, the two events have one obvious parallel – each presents an annual opportunity to celebrate with family and friends while indulging in a variety of seasonal dishes that have special relevance to the occasion.

The World of Food: Christmas Foods

By Julia Maish |

Discuss >

Fruit cake

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.


– "A Visit from St. Nicholas,” Clement Clarke Moore, 1823



What is a sugar plum, anyway?


As travel expert Rick Steves can tell you, each country the world over has its own special Christmas traditions, which includes what foods you find on the Christmas dinner table. Here in America, many of the holiday mainstays we enjoy were brought over by our ancestors when they emigrated, and standard fare can vary by U.S. region, and even by state. But whether you dine on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, some are universal. Here are the origins of a few of them:

Pages

Subscribe to Check, Please! | WTTW RSS