Taste of Chicago, the annual food fest that kicks off tomorrow, is celebrating a huge milestone: It turns 30 this year. It seems like yesterday that Taste was running around in diapers and learning how to walk. And, now with millions of people strolling the food booths between June 25 and July 4, Taste is all growed up.
If you find yourself down around Grant Park, the best times to hit Taste are during a weekday when crowds aren’t swelling so you can more easily navigate the hundreds available food items from places like the Abbey Pub, Adobo Grill, Billy Goat Tavern, Connie’s Pizza, Eli’s Cheesecake, Harold’s Chicken, Lagniappe Creole Cajun Joynt, Manny’s, Pegasus, Star of Siam, Tuscany and more. While it’s not necessarily a big ol’ foodie fest, eats are cheap ($8 gets you a strip of 12 tickets) and if you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of Giada de Laurentiis or Mario Batali.
The festival grounds are open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the main entrance is at Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway.
It’s official: Lollapalooza makes us hungry! It was announced this morning that chef Graham Elliot Bowles has pulled together some of the city’s best spots to offer the music-loving masses a higher-quality street food for on-the-go chowing at this year’s music fest—and we do think we’re giving San Francisco’s Outside Lands a run for best festival food. Last year, Bowles introduced his lobster corn dogs and for 2010 was tapped to fill the role of culinary director for Lollapalooza. And boy does he deliver. Sure, you’ll find some of the favorite eats from years past, but this year’s Chow Town takes things up a notch. How high? Let’s just say big names like Charlie Trotter, Paul Kahan and Bowles himself will deliver tasty treats during the three-day music extravaganza. We’ll be feasting on tacos from Kahan’s Big Star; tasty bits from Trotter’s to Go; burgers from Kuma’s; sausages from Franks ‘n’ Dawgs and more. Want the full list?
Ever since opening in the fall of 2009, Kith & Kin has been making Lincoln Parkers happy—and the rest of us who travel to devour chefs David Carrier and Andrew Brochu’s casual American fare prepared with a nice Southern accent. If you’ve been on a weekend, you know how crazy it can be, but now’s your chance to check it out during a more relaxed time: lunch. Ok, so you may have to deal with a few strollers and lunching ladies (this is Lincoln Park, after all), but it’ll be worth it. This is not your ordinary grab-and-go lunch from Subway. You can eat in style by starting with Kith’s famed crocks (like Duroc pork creton; chicken liver pate or eggplant puree with almond-raisin relish); move on to a roasted Wagyu beef sandwich with Vermont cheddar and horseradish sauce or beer-battered grouper cheeks with tartar sauce (one of our faves!). Go light with chilled English pea soup or leaf lettuce salad with Cab vinaigrette. Did you think Carrier would leave out his signature buttermilk-fried chicken thighs; tagliatelle with braised rabbit leg ragout or Orzo with gulf shrimp? If you did, you’re a fool because they’re pulling out all the stops.
Watch for Foodie lunch specials at Kith & Kin, but in the meantime, take advantage of their family offer: $25 three-course prix-fixe dinner for adults and $10 three-course dinner for the kids. Honestly, if you don’t have kids, this offer almost makes you want to borrow your friends.
Kith & Kin is serving lunch Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get ready for it, because lunch. is. on.
Foodie took a trip to Stephanie Izard's hotly anticipated new restaurant the Girl & The Goat and we can happily report that it's beautiful. Izard, her partners (Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz of the Boka Group) and their design team, 555 International, have thought of everything. From the reclaimed wood, exposed brick, half-wall of glass, sliding ladder (yes, there's a sliding ladder!), reclaimed fireplaces above the bar and more, people will be talking about the Goat's aesthetics as much as the food.
When you first enter the West Loop space near the corner of Halsted and Randolph you feel like it’s been there forever. The rustic feeling captures a sense of a lived-in space but the elements like the African walnut bar, the natural burlap wall treatments (by Wolfson Earth Finishes) and the floor-to-ceiling windows let you know this is a fresh, new place.
If you ever find yourself without a corkscrew or wine key, this video might offer some assistance. Even though Foodie was in France last week, we still have no idea what he’s saying, but the context is pretty clear. If you’ve ever tried this or check it out now, let us know how it worked out for you. Honestly, we’d likely break the bottle and lose the wine…
Some people think browsing the Interwebs is a mindless waste of time. Usually it is but then every so often you stumble upon something pretty cool and want to tell others about it. What’s better than going to your favorite coffee shop and using those sleek, little packets of raw sugar or other sweetener, knowing you’re likely getting just the right amount? Well, sure, there are lots of things better but just play along. A new line of spices works in the same manner, allowing you to use just what you need and not letting the spices in the large jar you bought from CostCo lose potency and go to waste. With Smart Spice you can use those infrequently used spices when you need them and not open the rest until you’re ready for the next dose. Smart Spice comes in 16 varities including cardamom, coriander, basil, nutmeg, herbs de Provence, thyme, paprika and curry powder. Sure, they’re a little pricy for what you get, but if you don’t use these that often, it might pay off instead of having to toss out the old stuff.
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Chicago has just been hit with some serious live action theater in the form of Fuerza Bruta. This Argentine-born production combines above-your-head activity, on-the-ground action and loads of energy, excitement and fun. Foodie had the chance to hit the preview last week and we were truly blown away. While we only saw two performances, we can’t wait to get back to see more. The lights, music, interactivity and water dancing were mind blowing. You enter into a darkened Auditorium Theatre and are escorted up onto the stage with 800 of your closest friends. You become part of the show; the performers will come up to you. They will engage you. They will make you laugh and smile and jump. The club atmosphere will make you want to dance. You can touch and feel and become part of the show. It’s 70 minutes of non-stop movement where you are on your feet the entire time. If you want to dance, dance. If you want to scream, scream. If you want to just watch, well, just watch.