If you were to ask any 10 chefs in the Western world to name the most influential living practitioners of their craft, chances are good that Ferran Adrià of elBulli would head up many of those lists. When I got a press invitation to hear Adrià talk about coffee at Eataly's La Scuola last Friday, I couldn't say no.
My amazement at people's love of White Castle and Girl Scout cookies need not be reiterated here, but I think that such foods fall into the category of stuff people had as kids, foods they're fond of because they played a role in their biography, but foods that are, alas, sad.
Oak Parker Jim Slama is the founder the Good Food Festival & Conference, which ten years ago was the first and only local sustainable food and farm trade show in the U.S. The GFF&C is happening at UIC Forum March 13-15.
Burger Boss goes slightly upscale with this sandwich by putting the pepper and egg on a brioche bun, a further step in the effort to make this brief period of disciplined dining a little more enjoyable.
Oysters used to be shipped in sawdust to Chicago, via the Erie Canal, from the East Coast. I've seen newspaper ads from the turn of the century touting that such oysters would keep for weeks. Maybe that's true. It seems likely, however, that every second out of the water is a second's worth of lost oyster flavor.
A company called TumericALIVE and sent me a few bottles of their turmeric drink, advertised somewhat hyperbolically as "yoga in a bottle" (would that it were that easy!). This juice is a spicy, slightly off-center alternative to fruit juice.
"I'd definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a higher-end dining experience" in the western suburbs, Carolyn said as she took a sip of wine between bites of perfectly prepared duck breast.