As I pointed out yesterday, we’re taking a break from the usual lineup, and letting you know about some worthwhile events coming up next week that I’m involved in. Today, I wanted to tell you a little bit about EMBARC, a program run through a single Chicago Public School (with more on the way), exposing inner city kids to Chicago’s food and culture. I profiled them on ABC 7 a few months ago (see video, above), and am hoping you can spare the $40 to come out on June 8 to support them, as I do. Read More
This week, we’re deviating from the norm a bit, to tell you about some really worthwhile events that are coming up in Chicago that benefit causes I believe in.
The first is Below The Belt, a fundraiser I’m co-chairing, which benefits the Women’s Health Foundation in Chicago. The organization is committed to connecting, educating and empowering women who struggle with pelvic health issues. Every year, they manage to not only have an intimate concert (Jewel, Lisa Loeb, etc.) but they also have some of the best food. This year, multi-Grammy® Award winning singer/fiddleplayer Alison Krauss will be headlining the event, which will be held at the Ravenswood Event Center, which has one of the coolest collections of rare, vintage cars on the planet. You can be assured the food is going to be among the best you’ve had at a charitable event (I’ve made sure of that).
I realize there are dozens of worthwhile events to attend each year, but I’m hoping you’ll make a point to buy a ticket and stop by to say hello to me on June 7th. For more information and to get tickets, click here.
Hope you are all able to get outside today and have a picnic. This weekend always means a few things to me: crispy fried chicken, homemade, flaky pie…
…and the knowledge that strawberry season is here!
Hope you all have a great long weekend, enjoy the parades and see you back here tomorrow.
Click on the image to read my story about Peking duck in Beijing.
On June 5, some of Chicago’s top chefs will join forces to host a charity dinner for Inspiration Kitchens in Garfield Park.
Koren Grieveson of avec, Stephanie Izard of Girl and the Goat and Mindy Segal of Mindy’s Hot Chocolate will work with Inspiration Kitchens Chef David Rosenthall to produce a three-course meal to benefit Inspiration Corporation and its programs.
Seats are $200 each and can be reserved by calling (773) 878-0981 ext. 221. All guests will also receive a free etching courtesy of artist Tony Fitzpatrick.
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A doughnut can be a wonderful thing. It can also be dead weight, as in an overly processed, sickly-sweet pastry (yeah, I’m lookin’ at you, Dunkin’). But Chicago’s love of fried dough – be it yeasty or cakey – hasn’t subsided, despite the invasion of chain stores in nearly every neighborhood. More significantly, individually-owned, local shops are now establishing a foothold in the city, with Do-Rite (tucked inside Petterino’s) and Glazed & Infused now frying up batches of specialty doughnuts every morning for commuters in search of a quick, high-quality sugar high. My top 5 are all in the city (shout-outs to Spunky Dunkers in Palatine and County Donuts in Schaumburg) and they all have that remarkable combination of good dough that’s been rested, or “proofed” long enough, plus the fact they fry them in nice, hot, clean oil. Frostings are sweet, but not too much so, and each bite yields the perfect ratio of sweet-to-fat. Read More