Blog Profile / The Food Chain

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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

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The long day of a BBQ man, continued

Yesterday I talked with Husky Hog Bar-B-Que owner Joe Woodel about how he got into competition barbecue—the romance of competing mano a mano with smoke and fire. Well, today's more about the gritty reality of having a food truck and a stand-alone restaurant and trying to make a living making barbecue.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

How Joe Woodel of Husky Hog Bar-B-Que went from theater major to barbecue man

A couple of months ago I wrote about the relocation of the only south-side African-American-style barbeque place on the white north side, Honey 1 Barbecue. (They're still there; the 43rd Street location hasn't opened yet.) Now here's...Show More Summary

Chicago's food media fared better in the Beard Award noms this year

Last year I said the takeaway from the James Beard Foundation media award nominations was that Chicago food writing wasn't trying hard enough. Well, I guess for once the claim of a rebuilding year actually proved true, as even a chef,...Show More Summary

Previewing the ramen for lliana Regan's Wunder POP this spring

If you wanted to do something cool in the food scene at the moment, you could have a tasting menu, make doughnuts, hold a pop-up, or offer ramen. But the only person it occurred to to do all of those at once is Iliana Regan, whose Elizabeth...Show More Summary

Act decent, cover your tats, and (maybe) win a pair of Baconfest tickets

If you've attended any of the previous six Baconfests, you might be forgiven for viewing it as a wanton orgy of shameless gluttony. Even if the idea of a fat-slicked horde gorging on bacon while Rome is burning is something you revel...Show More Summary

'I want to learn from this guy'—Iliana Regan appoints chef de cuisine at Elizabeth

From its foraging-based approach to cuisine to the owls that decorate its nooks and crannies, few restaurants have reflected their chef-owner's personality and outlook more completely than Iliana Regan's Michelin-starred Elizabeth in Lincoln Square. Show More Summary

The food at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art really rocks

Every so often we ask you to show us something. This week it's Sylvia Josefek's food-shaped rocks. "The Rock Cafe" is serving up some seriously solid foods at the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art through June 7.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Two Lincoln Square sushi spots continue the effort to rid the world of fish

Bad sushi isn't like bad pizza. When it's bad there's no way to justify it—it's bad for you, bad for fish, bad for the world.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Tiki drink classes, a sustainable seafood dinner, and more food stuff to do and read

Want to work on your tiki drink technique? Adam Seger of Hum fame will be doing a class at Lush Wine & Spirits/West Town next Wednesday, March 25.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Shiawase Restaurant in Lakeview takes sushi over the top

Shiawase means "happiness" in Japanese, according to the Lakeview restaurant's website. The fact that the place is BYO and I could get a table without a reservation at around 7 on a Saturday made me happy.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

A farm grows in Skokie

Matt Ryan looks and sounds the part of a lifelong farmer. He's lanky, soft-spoken, a little weatherbeaten, and clad in flannel—so even with that look being popular among urbanites right now, I'm still surprised that he's only been a full-time farmer since January.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

There's a Monster by the slice—and a cactus pizza—at Pie-Eyed Pizzeria

After mentioning (parenthetically) last week the lunchtime pizza buffet at Ricobene's in Bridgeport, which can have a good dozen different types of pizza out at peak times, I got to wondering about other places that went above and beyond...Show More Summary

West Loop wine bar Vera is organizing its wine list by dirt

Two of my favorite people to talk to about the restaurant business are Liz and Mark Mendez, co-owners of the West Loop Spanish wine bar Vera. They are thoughtful, unafraid to be frank about the ups and downs—plus they run a place small enough that they can more easily put their ideas into practice.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

The Corned Beef Factory makes meat mountains

Used to be that if you wanted a full packer-cut brisket, complete with point and flat, for say corned beef, barbecue, or pot roast, you had to head down to Lake Street to Ex-Cel Corned Beef before 3 PM on weekdays. Ex-Cel was a holdover...Show More Summary

Shop for a farmer and more at the Good Food Festival

If you like the fact that chefs buy directly from farmers, who grow crops from seed banks and also sell to retailers like Whole Foods, one of the things you should thank for that state of affairs is the Good Food Festival, which will have its 11th annual meeting March 19 through 21. Show More Summary

Roxie's has good bread by the slice

One of my very favorite things about the restaurants in Brendan Sodikoff's Hogsalt Hospitality empire is the consistent excellence of the bread. OK, I'm not such a fan of the doughnuts.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Chicago's breaded steak sandwich gets its day in USA Today

A sportswriter named Ted Berg took a page in USA Today yesterday to tell the world that Chicago had the best sandwich in the world. Italian beef?… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Moxee Restaurant on Maxwell Street has moxie—and house-brewed beer

University Village's Moxee Restaurant has included Mad Mouse Brewery since it first opened last May—and the restaurant is named for Moxee City, Washington, the "hops capital of the world"—but until recently the house beers have been brewed in collaboration with Michigan's Saugatuck Brewing up at the Saugatuck facility. Show More Summary

Elizabeth gets companions, 5 Loaves gets a shock, and more food news

The terrific-looking fried chicken and the entirely decent waffle you see above come from 5 Loaves Eatery, a south-side breakfast place that immediately charmed my kids and I when we visited after touring the Regal Theater during Open House Chicago. Show More Summary

Xi'an Cuisine is Chinatown's idea of a sandwich shop

I visited a newish Chinatown spot called Xi'an Cuisine a couple of weeks ago, but neglected to mention it until I saw that Steve Dolinsky, a longtime and serious fan of Chinese food, had posted about it on his website. It's entirelyShow More Summary

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