Open less than a month, M. Hermann’s at the corner of Randolph and Circle in Forest Park is brought to us by the folks at Shanahan’s. It’s the first restaurant to launch in Forest Park in about a year or so.
Oak Parker Norma Rixter’s new book Norma Can COOK! takes recipes from her former Southern Standard American diet and translates them into plant-based versions of old favorites. “My cookbook,” says Rixter, “is completely VEGAN, except for a handful of recipes for fish and chicken included for those on a transition or Flexitarian diet.”
Elizabeth Madden, the founder of Rare Bird Preserves, started preserving fruit – and loving it -- while going to pastry school in France. Her preserves are an artisanal product, relying upon the fruits that come ripen across the seasons.
In John Drury’s classic Dining in Chicago, published in 1931, this early food journalist records his impressions of many old Chicago area restaurants. Drury also mentions three Oak Park dining establishments that seemed to be doing well in the Thirties despite the Great Depression. Perhaps, given the emphasis upon tea, Prohibition may actually have been good for these three village businesses.