Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday of mine because it involves people getting together with food as a focus. Though the company is always good, the food, alas, is never quite as tasty as I'd like. Turkey is decent enough meat, but it's quite lean, so it's less flavorful than, say, ham.
Earlier this week, I drove down to far south Homer Glen to visit Czimer's, a 100-year-old butcher shop specializing in game and seafood…particularly large game and seafood. Rich Czimer is a loquacious, eccentric gentleman, quite knowledgeable and committed to a business that has been in his family for a century. Walking in, one of the first things I spotted in the freezer cabinet was lion, both as bratwurst and steak.
Good guy and co-owner of both Autre Monde Café and Spirits and Horrorbles, John Aranza is no doubt the dark force behind the Zombie Walk that takes place every year along Roosevelt Road. Horrorbles, which used to be located right next door to Autre Monde, has since relocated, and the shop is sponsoring the walk; you can convene at Horrorbles at 4:30PM today, October 26, for make-up and costume staging. If livelier pursuits appeal to you more, on November 14th Autre Monde welcomes Sicilian winemaker Frank Cornelissen.