The Green City Market Junior Board will hold its second annual fall fundraiser, the Halloween Harvest Ball, this Sunday, Oct. 28. Proceeds put a positive spin on fright night by contributing to Green City Market’s LINK Card Matching Program.
LINK is Illinois’ food assistance program that allows families the right to access nutritious, local and seasonal food. The Ravenswood Event Center will be transformed into a gourmet event space with food and drink. A costume party will be a festive setting to try some of Chicago’s best culinary creations. An all-star list of chefs and pastry chefs such as Dana Cree from Blackbird, Mike and Pat Sheerin from Trenchermen and Jennifer Jones from Topolobampo among others, will cook up seasonal dishes that showcase produce from Green City Market vendors. Read More
Now that Sweetest Day and National Dessert Day are over, it’s time for something a little more savory. Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine has been celebrating American Cheese Month with a few special events. Tomorrow night at 7 p.m., the store hosts a dinner with Jerry Heimerl of Saxon Homestead Creamery at Nightwood, 2119 S. Halsted St. The dinner will also help support the American Cheese Education Foundation. For $90 per person, you’ll get a four-course dinner with wine pairings.
A seasonal menu begins with bitter fall greens, fermented melon, peanut and Saxony, followed by date dumplings, cabbage, sage and fresh cayenne. Big Ed’s grilled cheese with tomato and apple jelly will close things out. Tickets may be purchased at Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine online or call 773-472-4781.
Pastoral will also host free afternoon tastings and demonstrations with Consider Bardwell Farms (Vermont) and Uplands Cheese Company (Wisconsin) from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27. More details can be found on their website.
For a quicker way to get in on American Cheese Month, purchase “The Greenfields” sandwich or “The Great Ladies of Cheese Medley” through Oct. 31. The Greenfields sandwich is a $10 baguette of prosciutto, pear jam with ginger and whole grain Dijon mustard created by Chrissy Camba, chef of the new Bar Pastoral set to open later this month.
VANCOUVER, BC – I had barely made my way through customs, when hunger struck. I realized that I hadn’t had time to polish off my usual at O’Hare, a torta or a mollete from the Tortas Frontera stand, so I ate the puny graham cracker they gave me on the airplane, and then just hurried as best I could to check into my hotel and get moving. I knew that a walk down Robson Street would yield something Japanese, and ramen was the order of the day, since it was a cold, drizzly mess of an afternoon in Vancouver. Read More
Jean Georges Vongerichten has a lot going on – as usual. But he spent some time last week in Chicago, celebrating the one year anniversary of the re-boot of the historic Pump Room, inside the Ian Schrager-designed Public Hotel (formerly the Ambassador East). JGV talked about losing his opening chef, Bradley Phillips, how the menu at ABC Kitchen really does drive the menu in Chicago, and speaking of which, he also shares some highlights from his dinner at Alinea-in-residence (at 11 Madison Park) in New York a few weeks ago. He was, safe to say, blown away.
Over the past year, I’ve been doing a lot of traveling. Invariably, all of that eating results in getting an email or a text or a call from a friend, asking for a recommendation. “Where can I get a good brunch in San Francisco?” they’ll ask me on my Facebook page, or “where do you eat dim sum in New York City?” someone will ask via my contact tab on my website. I always tell them to go to stevedolinsky.com, but I realize now that what I really need is an app, since most of these requests are coming from people on the go, phones attached to their bodies. Problem is, I don’t have the time or money to invest in one, so when the folks at Raved asked me if I would be one of their ambassadors, I said yes. So beginning today, I’m joining the Raved Mobile team as a featured Raver. Read More
We came, we saw, we gorged ourselves silly on barbecue.
AUSTIN, TX – I’ve always had a number of “fantasy” food trips I’d like to check off of my list – boudin in Cajun country, clam shacks up the Eastern Seaboard and sushi at Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market rank among my top five. But going on a smoked meat sojourn through Texas, namely, the region around Austin, had been right up there with the rest. Read More