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Entries from September 2006

Chicago foodies fundraisers

September 22nd, 2006 · Comments Off

Several food related fund-raising events are happening in Chicago. Here’s some info straight from the press releases.

Healthy Schools Campaign is holding its annual benefit at the Stadium Club at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday, Sept. 26. The night features celebrity chef demos – Gale Gand of Tru and Bruce Sherman of North Pond – along with an appearance by the youngest James Beard Award winners, Isabella & Olivia Gerasole of, and plenty of great food cooked up by area culinary arts students. Full details are available at

On November 15th, the 13th annual Bag Hunger Auction will take place at the Hyatt Regency, benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. It features some fantastic chefs, including Gale Gand, Rick Tramonto, who are the event co-chairs and Rick Bayless, John Bubala, Ina Pinkey and others who will be cooking sample dishes for everyone. There will also be a great silent auction, conducted by well-known Chicago auctioneer, Leslie Hindman.

Most importantly, all event proceeds will benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank, a not-for-profit food distribution center providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. Nearly 500,000 people in Cook County rely on the Food Depository for emergency food every year. Last year, the Bag Hunger Auction raised more than $180,000—equivalent to approximately 700,000 meals for hungry men, women and children. To learn more or to reserve tickets visit

How can attending a lavish dinner at one of Chicago’s top restaurants help feed America’s hungry children? Thanks to the editors at and Chef Shawn McClain, it’s as easy as attending Custom House’s Wine. Dine. Donate. dinner on Tuesday, October 24, 2006. Launched by, the initiative invites food lovers to enjoy a great meal, great company and support a great cause – America’s Second Harvest’s programs to feed the nation’s children.

For more information on Wine. Dine. Donate., to purchase tickets to the Chef McClain’s dinner on October 24, or to access a “Throw A Party” kit complete with menus and tools, or to donate directly to America’s Second Harvest, visit

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Food blogs around the world

September 18th, 2006 · Comments Off

Some English language blogs from around the world.Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef Hackney in London’s East EndBlue Lotus “Life in exotic suburban Tokyo.” JapanThe Culinary Chase “From a peripatetic Canadian based in Hong Kong, discovering Asia and its food culture with three in-built food critics in the form of a discerning husband, growing son and daughter.”EatNZ Canterbury, New ZealandField to Feast “Africa-inspired writing, cooking and eating” Harare, ZimbabweForage “Find. Eat.” Pembrokeshire, Great BritainLondon Food LondonMilk and Cookies Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaPhnomenon “A blog about food and drink in Cambodia” Phnom PenhReal Thai Bangkok, ThailandTummyRumble London

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Drink links

September 17th, 2006 · Comments Off has come to Chicago to quench “the dire need for a centralized and coherent source of worthy open bar listings” I wish I had known about this last week, because then I would have known about the chance to meet the two brothers from Two Brothers.

In other local (to me anyway) beer news, I had mentioned that a local place, Prairie Moon had a great Dogfish Head on tap, I’m saddened that it’s no longer available there, but cheered up because they’ve got Affligem Blond now! Affligem is an abbey ale, 6.8% ABV. Prairie Moon has been building a nice collection of bottled Belgians, but (for a limited time) it’s great that I no longer have to take a train to find a fresh, on-tap Belgium. They’ll be rotating that tap every month or so, and it’ll be fun to see what they’ll put on it next time.

Some good stuff in Modern Drunkard Magazine, including essays on drunk Romans and Sam Peckinpah.

Perhaps you need a Cocktail coach? Learn about shaking, muddling and knowledge like: “Limes will oxidize in 15-20 minutes when cut, so don’t cut them until you’re ready to use them”. Found at Martini Republic, which is a general blog with occasional cocktail news.

Plenty of tasty sips in maltmadness, a site about single malts, though the liquid blog is ‘frozen’ for a few months, with promises of a revamp. An example of some of the important knowledge you’ll find there – Ten Single Malts That Could Save Your Life “A 1992 study investigated an oyster-borne outbreak of hepatitis A and found that only drinks with an alcohol concentration of 10 percent or greater prevented or reduced the severity of the sickness. The effect may have something to do with alcohol’s ability to strongly stimulate gastric acid secretions in the stomach. So, a glass or two of wine will just not do the job!”

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Food reading

September 13th, 2006 · Comments Off

The Nation has a Food Issue this week, with a slew of articles to read.

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Food news and links

September 11th, 2006 · Comments Off

Around the world in 80 cuisines Time Out NY “located and tasted 80 different cuisines, savoring budget fare from Afghanistan to Yemen—and using nothing but a MetroCard to cover the world.” Only about 25 highlighted there. I’ll bet you could easily do the same in Chicago, and you could start just by sampling the markets and delis that represent the many Chicago’s Sister Cities in this Sun Times Article – World chow right now.

Stepping blind into the vodka war What should vodka be made from? “As national experts meet in Brussels in search of a compromise, we publish the results of a blind tasting of vodkas from the EU, designed to test whether the raw materials make any difference to the average consumer.”

Seduction by fig “Now that so many Americans are discovering its pleasures, farmers are sending more fresh fruit to market and developing delicious — and gorgeous — new varieties.”

Minnesota State Fair on a stick. Video on uTube

Frankfurter Crown Roast! From the Make the Mackerel Flickr Pool If you just got on the internet, that’s from Wendy’s 1974 Weight Watcher Card collection, simply the funniest food related thing on the web.

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American Food Blogs

September 8th, 2006 · Comments Off

Some food blogs from around the US.

The Bowdoin Gourmet gives readers an inside look at Bowdoin College’s dinning services, which are widely regarded as being one of the premiere college food services in the country. Brunswick, Maine.

Columbus Foodie Columbus Ohio

Cooking Vintage “This is a place for me to explore recipes from my collection of old and vintage cookbooks” Cleveland, Ohio Brooklyn, NY

Food Notebook Silicon Valley, CA

Jalapeno Girl Mission District, SF, CA

Just Braise Astoria NY

No Loitering “Hellfire wrapped culinary insights straight from the streets of SF, CA”

noodletown Kansas City, Missouri Manhattan “new trends, news of restaurant openings, and insider gossip”

100 Tomato Plants, Tennessee

Pie Day Friday Pennsylvania

Rasa Malaysia “is a culinary journey through Malaysia’s rich, complex, and intoxicating gastronomic delights – a taste of all the flavors of Asia. Rasa is a Malay word. Derived originally from Sankrit, it means ‘taste.’” Irvine, California. This is a new one to keep on eye on – great looking recipes.

The Tiny Banquet Committee “is a standing committee that was self-appointed to consider and comment on issues of gastronomy, with particular attention devoted to the small but festive banquets produced and consumed in the official Committee kitchen”. New York, New York

Tommy Eats “New Jersey-centric” Has a recent review of Chicago featuring some impressive eating and drinking. Northern NJ

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