David Hammond, a corporate communications consultant and food journalist living in Oak Park, Illinois, is a founder and moderator of LTHForum.com, the 8,500 member Chicago-based culinary chat site. David is a regular contributor of restaurant reviews and food-related articles for Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, TimeOut Chicago, Local Beet, and Chicago Reader, which published his seven-part guide to regional Mexican food in the city. He has also contributed food writing to blogs such as the Local Beet and Grubstreet Chicago. With his friend Michael Gebert (creator of Sky Full of Bacon video podcasts), he hosted a cable documentary on Hispanic chow at Chicago's Maxwell Street Market,and has just completed working on a video about Taste of Melrose Park. A returning guest on WLS and WGN AM radio, David produces the "Soundbites" series on the James Beard-nominated Eight Forty-Eight (Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ, 91.5FM); these radio pieces examine how Chicago chefs use sound in their kitchens; listen here: http://tiny.cc/QpCTA. David was featured on "Good Morning, America," "Chicago, Tonight," and Nippon TV when he developed recipes for preparing seasonal cicadas, which invaded Chicagoland during the spring of 2007. More information, including writing samples and bug-cooking videos, can be found at www.dchammond.com.
Carnivore opened late last summer, and we've been there a few times to pick up meat and fish. The boys at Carnivore now also offer lunch. Stopping in for a sandwich is a good way to sample their hand-crafted wurst.
Nando's Peri-Peri is opening this Saturday, and for both Saturday and Sunday, April 30-May 1, all sales proceeds will go to Oak Park River Forest High School to help mentoring programs that work with students to prepare them for college.
Baconfest is the annual celebration of America's favorite cured meat: bacon! Baconfest takes place at UIC Forum on Saturday, April 30th and Sunday, May 1.During this festival, thousands of bacon-lovers feast upon bacon-based creations served by some of Chicagoland's most accomplished chefs, all bringing their best to showcase the belly of the pig in many innovative variations. This year, our part of the world will be represented by Chefs Bret Bohning of Marion Street Market and Dan Pancake of Autre Monde.
In 2015, Michael LaPidus' smoked Memphis baby back ribs won the People's Choice 1st Place at Chicago's Ribfest. As some of you may recall, the very first Ribfest, started by Mike Royko in 1982, was won by Oak Parker Charlie Robinson, whose Robinson's #1 has been a well-known and largely beloved fixture on Madison for many years.
2BR & 3 BR apts in total remodel building. New plumbing, new electric, new appliances, hardwood floors & carpeted bedrooms. Parking & water incl. Near Roosevelt w/ access to transportation. 2BR $1075/mo + 1 mo. security. 3 BR...