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Event Wed Dec 09 2009

Italian Beef Showdown This Weekend

Sharp Entertainment, the production company behind the Travel Channel's "Man Vs. Food," will be in town this week working on a new show debuting on the network this spring.

They'll be taping an episode on the history of Italian beef in Chicago, profiling both Al's and Mr. Beef and and their decades-long rivalry. The show will culminate in a blind taste test by a panel of five guest judges, and a winner will be declared for that day.

That's where you come in. The producers are looking for as many people as possible to be an Italian beef partisans. They'll be shooting at the original Al's, 1079 W. Taylor St., this Friday, Dec. 11, starting at 11:30am till probably around 1 or 2pm, and at Mr. Beef, 666 N. Orleans St., on Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at 11am. Finally, on Sunday they'll filming the judged showdown at The Green Door Tavern, 678 N. Orleans St., starting around 2pm, and they'll want fans of both places there to support their favorite. If you're passionate about your beef, it looks like your weekend has been planned for you.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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