Call it an Italian response to way too much Corona and guac on Cinco de Mayo, and forget the deep dish. On Monday, May 5th, Eataly Chicago and Spacca Napoli are coming together for one night only, to celebrate Neapolitan-style pizza. The event, called “Pizza A Quattro Mani,” will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature a special menu with pies from both Eataly’s Rosso Pomodoro and Spacca Napoli pizza makers. All guests are invited to Eataly’s La Pizza restaurant (43 E. Ohio St.) for the special. Could this be the beginning of an annual Cinco de Nea Festa?
Though Chicago has no shortage of up-and-coming craft breweries, odds are you can’t hit all of them in the span of 10 days. But thanks to Chicago Craft Beer Week, now you can. The fifth annual beer week, presented by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, will take place from May 15th to May 25th throughout the Chicagoland area and will include daily events at the city’s craft brewpubs, breweries and bars. The 10-day celebration, which aims to promote the local craft beer scene, will also feature tap takeovers, beer dinners and pairings at about 300 local venues, including Public House, Blackfinn Ameripub and DryHop Brewers. Read More
Last Sunday, I wrote about Vancouver’s Vikram Vij, a chef who has spent the past 20 years re-educating Canadians about the nuance of his beloved cuisine, butter chicken be damned. When I was out there, I also recorded a great interview with him, where he goes into more detail about how he began, and then went back into the kitchen with him, to see how he developed his signature dish, lamb “lollipops.” If you have a few minutes, click here to listen to my edited audio interview. Warning: you might get a sudden urge to order in lamb with fenugreek and curried potatoes afterward.
LONDON – For the second year in a row, the top three restaurants in the world have pretty much stayed the same. At a gala reception last night here at The Guildhall in Central London, Copenhagen’s Noma returned to the top spot, knocking El Cellar De Can Roca from Girona, Spain down to #2. Modena, Italy’s Osteria Francescana again remained at #3. As for North America, New York City’s 11 Madison Park moved up one spot to #4, while Chicago’s Alinea jumped six spots to #9, a surprise even to chef/co-owner Grant Achatz. “To be perfectly honest, I did not think we were going to be going up at all, let alone that many spots” Achatz confessed after the awards ceremony. “I didn’t think we’d crack the top ten.” Read More
Next Thursday night, Rick Bayless and yours truly, along with our Editor, Matt Cunningham, will be speaking at the Apple Store on North Michigan Avenue, talking about our new podcast, “The Feed.” We’ll be there from 7 – 8 p.m., talking about how the podcast is produced, what type of equipment we use (you’ll never believe it) and how the shows and individual segments are stitched together each week. We’ll also reveal some of our editing techniques via GarageBand, so if you have any interest in podcasting, producing or writing about food and drink with sound, this would be the event to attend. Please say hello!
LONDON – I love that no matter where you go in the world, if there were Jews there at one point, there’s likely to be cured meat and smoked fish (and occasionally bagels). As I learned last weekend – sandwiched between three consecutive Indian dinners – there is, of course, a long tradition of salt beef, or what we Yanks called corned beef. Read More