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Contest Fri Sep 10 2010

Everyone Wins with Sopressata

Within the last month or so, there have been numerous posters appearing in the windows of various establishments along Taylor St. and its environs, exclaiming that "Frank Balestri's 4th Annual Sopressata Contest" is coming up towards the end of September. A little internet research revealed the full scoop on Balestri's annual event, and maybe even more importantly, came courtesy of a website that should be a requisite bookmark for anyone who ever needs to access the internet at any point in time...ever. That site would be, where the home page states "we support the nationwide homemade sopressata making community." This, folks, is why the internet is a great good thing.

As it turns out, Chicago cop Balestri is a bit of a sopressata kingmaker, and every fall, he holds a sopressata contest in which people from all over Chicagoland and beyond come to partake in the festivities. It all happens on a Sunday afternoon in the western suburb of Countryside at the Park Place of Countryside Banquet Hall. Beginning at 3pm, entry is just $10 (of which a portion is donated to the Italian American War Veterans Post) and includes dinner, a cash bar, and of course, being present for the awarding of best homemade sopressata. Will Sharon Gilberto maintain the throne? Find out!

Park Place of Countryside Banquet Hall is located at 6240 Joliet Road, Countryside, IL 60525. Call (708) 588-1756 for further details.

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FRANK BALESTRI / September 18, 2011 7:47 AM

5th annusl Soppressatta Contest is here September 25th 3pm Parkplace of Countryside Baquets 6200 Joliet rd.
countryside Il 1 708 588-1756.All profits will be donated to Heart Patient Nicholas Tobar,son on LT. Anthony Tobar and Dawn Alberico Tobar.Don't miss this great event.$20 addmission includes dinner.Cash bar Entertainment by Thr Tony Ocean show.Lets keep the trasdition alive !!!!

Frank Balestri / January 24, 2013 8:32 PM

6th annual Sopressatta Contest is Sunday April 7th 2013 Same place Doors open at noon.Come out for a great day and support our Fallen Heroes !!!!

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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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