Chicago Foodies Weekend Dining Deal! 12-Courses for $75

August 27 2010 - 12:26 AM

Now's your chance to experience underground dining at a discount. This weekend Friday and Saturday, One Sister is offering a special rate of $75 a person for 12-courses of hauté cuisine on a first come basis. There are only a few seats left so quickly grab a friend or two and take advantage of Trio, Alinea and Schwa alum, Chef Iliana Regan's fantastic gastronomy. You'll get to experience foie gras ice cream, fish taco bubble tea, scallops, sweetbreads, buffalo tartare, and 7 more courses.

It's a deal even without the discount. To snag a seat, call 773-598-0602 or email onesisterinc@gmail.com

Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA

August 25 2010 - 3:31 PM

With a name like Devil Dancer, how could they go wrong?  Anyone who has known me for more than a day probably has some idea how much I love Founders Brewing.  Their entire lineup consists of beers that are daring, unique takes on the standard brewing styles – they vary the expected mix on each brew to create something memorable, and of course, great tasting.  Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Red's Rye, Double Trouble, Dirty Bastard, and even the Porter are must-try's if you're a fan of bold, tasty beers.  There is nothing like their Cerise.  I decided to have some sympathy for the Devil Dancer and gave this triple IPA a shot since its Grand Rapids, MI brewing parent never steers me wrong.

Double IPAs are difficult to concoct because the amount of malt needed to tame the abundant hops can be excessively weighty.  The hops risk becoming punishing.  These problems proportionally increase with triple IPAs. Yet I figured that if any brewery could conquer this style, Founders can. 

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2006 Henry Fessy Moulin-à-vent Cuvée Clothilde

August 25 2010 - 3:28 PM

Beaujolais can perhaps be considered poor man's Pinot
Noir.  Light-bodied and very drinkable, 2006 Henry Fessy makes for a very good summer
red.  Made from the Gamay grape, a cross between Pinot Noir and the white
grape Gouais, the name Beaujolais becomes unfairly maligned with the sweet,
fruity, mass-produced Beaujolais Nouveau, a wine also remembered
for a festival thrown each November to celebrate the arrival of the year's
vintage.   

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The Landscape of Soft Drinks is Basically Coke and Pepsi

August 23 2010 - 11:43 AM

From Phillip Howard of MSU:

Three firms control 89% of US soft
drink sales [1]. This dominance is obscured from us by the
appearance of numerous choices on retailer shelves. Steve Hannaford
refers to this as "pseudovariety," or the illusion of diversity,
concealing a lack of real choice [2]. To visualize the extent of
pseudovariety in this industry we developed a cluster diagram to
represent the number of soft drink brands and varieties found in
the refrigerator cases of 94 Michigan retailers, along with their
ownership connections.

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Sazon– Now You Can Have A Personal Chef!

August 20 2010 - 6:35 AM

Sazon Chef Ursula Adduci (who has cooked for President Obama) founded Sazon
focusing on bringing restaurant quality to catering. You can see from her menu online that she's succeeding. Her chicken and morels in a cognac cream sauce was irresponsibly good. Her pea soup also tasted dairy-rich though it had none. It's not like any catered food that I've had. Sazon is now offering a very limited home meal service for foodies who are looking for quality, flavor and responsible portions without the work.

This extension to home meals seems like a
great way to almost get the
benefits of a personal chef for less than you probably spend on food
already. It's also not a conventional meal plan in that she's only doing this for 25 customers. The good news is that she's letting Chicago Foodies readers have first crack at it.

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Top Ten Beers Of Summer

August 16 2010 - 9:13 AM

Hello, beer and food lovers.  Well, we've entered the dog days of summer, which means Chicago has ripened, replete with street fests, concerts, barbecues, and block parties.  All this, of course, means that it's peak beer drinking season.  Here's a quick hit for you, with the top 10 beers to drink this summer, availability may be limited.  These beers are perfect for hot days, outdoor drinking, and consumption with barbecue, seafood, kebabs, or whatever summer fare you may be gnawing on.  Mind you, these are not necessarily the ten best beers out there, they're just the top 10 for summer enjoyment.  Here we go:

10.  Point Special Lager.  Point is about as easy at it gets for easy summer drinking. 
It's subtle woody, smoky hints constantly remind you that you're drinking a
beer, and not some 45 calorie water with a thimbleful of alcohol tossed with a few
grains.  This is what all the big industrial brews that the
slender volleyball-playing silhouettes wield in those t.v. ads wish they
were. 

9.    Brooklyn Lager.   This is now a microbrew classic.  Not only does it drink very easy – not bitter, not watery, not too thick – it has a strong barley flavor that hits the sweet spot.  Several friends of mine at a recent street fest were thankful this was on hand. 

8.   Lone Star.   This Texas lager is on the cheaper end of the scale and not that easy to find.  It drinks effortlessly but has a bit more flavor that the BMC (Bud/Miller/Coors) beers.  This never bogs you down.

7.   Three Floyd's Jinxproof.   This is a straight-up lager from an unconventional brewer that's a bit more
robust than the industry big three's brews.  It's tough to find at
bars, but a cold 22 of this one will compliment any midday outdoor
events calling for a beer.  Having these on tap at Kuma's Corner's outdoor block party was gold. 

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Don't Miss Share Our Strength – Taste of the Nation

August 11 2010 - 10:45 AM

Thursday night Share our Strengh is hosting the Taste of the Nation event at the Aragon Ballroom. It's an over 21 event with 100% of the ticket price going to the charity. If you aren't familiar with Share Our Strength, check out their website.
Over 60 chefs and 25 mixologists will give you a 10,000 foot view of the culinary landscape in Chicago.

Again, 100% of the ticket price goes to the cause.

 
Taste of the Nation
Thursday, August 12
The Aragon Ballroom
1106 W. Lawrence Ave.
7 – 10 p.m.
$95 General Admission
$150 VIP
For tickets, call 1-877-26-TASTE or visit TasteOfTheNation.org.

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graffEats: San Francisco-Style 'Guerrilla Dining' Friday Night

August 11 2010 - 10:26 AM

graffEats Guerrilla Dining is coming to Chicago. They’re from San Francisco and are a traveling, charitable and here’s where the guerilla part comes in, anti-restaurantdining event that is more of a happening with art and music. The location, while still a secret, is likely overlooking the Chicago skyline, so it won’t be in the burbs. That’s all they’re saying until day of.

Dinner – $55
Dinner w/wine pairing – $75.
All inclusive – $100
(dinner, wine and cocktails before and after dinner)

Click Here for tickets:

As for why or how this is ‘anti-restaurant’, I’m still working trying to figure it out.

Lollapalooza Food via YouTube

August 10 2010 - 10:23 AM

Now leave it to you to be scouring YouTube for videos of food and not Lady Gaga falling out of some clothes. I mean what’s really important here? Oddly enough there wasn’t a ton of stuff out there. (I mean there’s a ton of Lady Gaga but I digress.)

Fire at Avec

August 09 2010 - 6:07 PM

The death of firefighter Christopher Wheatley made what seems to be a minor fire at Avec a far more tragic story. While Avec is closed at this time, there were no reports of extensive damage only that it was a grease-chute fire. The death occurred after the firefighter slipped from a fire escape ladder.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/video.