Media Digest Addenda for the week of January 19, 2011
This week in the Chicago Reader's Food & Drink section:
Inovasi...Kate Schmidt reviews this north-suburban enclave, which is helmed by chef John Des Rosiers.
A Meaty MLK Day...Ms. Schmidt rounds up some local F&B industry news, including the much-anticipated opening of Rob & Allie Levitt's The Butcher and Larder in Noble Square.
Key Ingrdient: Natto...in this week's installment, Julia Thiel reports on what Brian Enyart, exiting chef de cuisine at Topolobampo, prepared with the natto he was assigned by chef Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia. Included video is by LTH contributor Mike Gebert.
Hopleaf Has Company...Mike Gebert scouts Leopold, which opened recently in West Town. There's an additional sort on other West Town eateries, which was unavailable (due to web site issues) at the time of this post. Reviews here are by LTH contributors Mike Sula and Kristina Meyer, along with Peter Margasak, Martha Bayne, Laura Levy Shatkin and Anne Spiselman, among others.
From Chicago Magazine's on-line Dining section:
In this week's edition of Dish, Penny Pollack, Graham Meyer and Lena Singer interview chef Greg Biggers, who recently took over the kitchen at Café des Architectes.
From this week's Time Out Chicago - Restaurants & Bars section:
Still truckin’...David Tamarkin and Julia Kramer highlight 4 new food trucks on the Chicago scene.
Simmer down now...Julia Kramer checks out the cassoulet at 5 places in town.
The Coffee Issue
15 best coffee shops...Julia Kramer and David Tamarkin lay out their list.
Best decaf coffee...Kate Leahy finds 6 places that actually pay some attention to decaf.
Coffeehouses with good food...Julia Kramer lists 5 places that stand out.
Quirky coffeehouses...Erin Ensign, John Greenfield and Zachary Whittenburg visit 5 local coffee houses where the decor is a distinguishing element.
Unusual spots to get coffee...Lisa Shames shines a light on a few unexpected coffee destinations.
Our barista crushes...Angela Barnaby lists the objects of the TOC staff's secret admirations. Relatedly, Kris Vire lays out some Confessions of a barista crush.
Pour-over coffee...Laura Baginski gets the assistance of Kevin Ashtari, owner of Asado Coffee Co., in learning this method and kicking her Mr. Coffee habit.
Bean busy...Martina Sheehan profiles and interviews coffee shop entrepreneur Phil Tadros.
Black coffee hole...Jake Malooley tries to learn the actual limits of the "bottomless" cup of coffee.
5 minutes with Michael Phillips...Jake Malooley interviews the World Barista Championship, a Chicago resident.
Coffee stats...the TOC staff goes all 'visual aid' in creating this chart of roasters, brew methods, costs and average wait times at the 34 spots that were visited for this issue.
From this week's Daily Herald - Food section:
Chef brings farm to-dining concept to Schaumburg...food editor Deborah Pankey profiles and interviews chef John Slate of Season's 52, who shares his recipe for Mulligatawny Chicken Curry Soup.
Posted this week at Dining Chicago.com:
Eat this! Bolognese, meaty sauce of Italy...LTH contributor Leah A. Zeldes gets the recipe for Francesca’s Ragu alla Bolognese, from chef Laco Seeber.
Posted this week at NewCity Chicago's Newcity Resto site:
$#*! My Dad Eats: A particular taste of Chicago...in this byline-less column, the writer -- probably LTH contributor Mike Nagrant -- highlights his father's idiosyncratic Chicago food favorites.