Many of the food items popular on menus during the era preceding what's now called the American Culinary Revolution are either ignored, overlooked or held in contempt by a number of contemporary chefs, unaware of the importance of attempting to bring a classic dish to repeated perfection.
John Gawne may live here, but his heart is thousands of miles west and a few centuries behind. For the past 13 years or so, Gawne has crafted a successful career as a painter of the American Westâ€"particularly of Native Americansâ€"from no farther west than a converted garage studio behind his family's Home Avenue house.
Artist Karen Schuman was named the Best in Show award winner in the "Landscapes and Mindscapes Art Exhibit" at The Art House, 43 Harrison St., in May. Schuman, a self-taught artist in mixed media, uses a mixture of materials in her work, combining paintings of acrylic and gouache on either batik-dyed fabric or handmade paper. On the batik pieces, she adds fabric applique, beadwork and quilting.
Whenever he needs it, this is Bruce Broerman's mental therapy: half a dozen raised plant beds out in the backyard of his Oak Park home, each of them sprouting tidy rows of green beans, tomatoes, radishes, rhubarb, mescaline, lettuce, basil, squash and cucumbers.
On June 2, over 125 guests gathered at the Cheney Mansion to celebrate the Annual Meeting of the United Way of Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park (formerly Community Chest of Oak Park-River Forest). Residents, local businesses and community organizations were recognized for their generous contributions to the 2004 United Way campaign. The keynote speaker was Marty Noll, Community Bank president.
At an age when some of us might be thinking about retirement, Downs was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association on June 18, after winning a three-way race against two prominent Chicago attorneys, Russell W. Hartigan and Stephen M. Komie.
Two Oak Park residents, 9-year-old brothers Jake and Sam Koeningsberg, attended the 18th Annual Wish Ball on May 21 at Union Station in Chicago. The ball is the largest annual fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois, which raises more than $350,000 annually to make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions.