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

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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.

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

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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:

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! 

Cat’s Corner: A Q & A with Forbidden Root’s Alchemist and Rootmaster

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Hello all and welcome back! I hope you are as excited as I am about the new season of Check, Please! In the season premiere, we visit Forbidden Root in West Town, a brewpub that opened in 2016. While Chicago has seen an explosion of craft breweries in recent years, Forbidden Root defines itself not just as a brewery but as a botanical brewery. What does that mean? Read on to find out from the team at Forbidden Root as to what they are all about. 

Italy

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“The problem with eating Italian food is that five or six days later, you’re hungry again.” – George Miller

Forbidden Root

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As Chicago’s first botanical brewery, Forbidden Root aims to create seasonal dishes that highlight their unique craft beers.

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Popcorn

By Julia Maish |

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It’s an inexpensive snack food! It’s low-fat, cholesterol-free, protein-rich, and high in fiber! It’s also used in wearable fashion and home décor! What is it?

 

Popcorn, of course…the official state snack of Illinois.

Vegetarian

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“Animals are my friends…and I don’t eat my friends.” — George Bernard Shaw

Oktoberfest

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“Ich wäre lieber betrunken und lustig als nüchtern und dumm.” (I’d rather be drunk and funny than sober and stupid.)
—Bavarian proverb, often heard at Oktoberfest

 

 

The official end of summer may be sad for some, but for many, it heralds the arrival of a welcome tradition more than 200 years in the making: Oktoberfest, an annual celebration considered the world’s largest beer festival. In Munich, Germany, where it originated, Oktoberfest is already underway and runs through October 3. You will also find it going strong in many cities with large German communities, including, of course, Chicago.

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