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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.

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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.

Cat: The Deer Path Inn is a historic place. Can you tell us a bit about its history?

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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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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.

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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:

Cat: What is your culinary philosophy and how does it play out in your menu?

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