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Event Thu Aug 11 2011

Food with a Purpose: Taste of the Nation at Navy Pier

6033296574_0b0c9f09f5.jpgLast night's Taste of the Nation was a great opportunity to sample wares from many of the city's best restaurants for a good cause--supporting anti-hunger charities, which earned $250k from the event. While last year's TOTN at the Aragon was sweltering, this year's venue change to Navy Pier was a cool, relaxed time. Corn was a winning ingredient: of my samplings, highlights include Terzo Piano's corn and duck salad, as well as Hoosier Mama Pie Company's sweet corn pie with roasted tomatoes (which is currently on sale at their shop--get it now). The evening capped off with a prime view of the regular Wednesday night fireworks show and a rousing Journey medley by the resident cover band that rocks the Pier, which entertained guests as they left. Pics after the jump.

In Fine Spirits (mini cheese course: brioche, gorgonzola, and grape pecan mostarda):

Sprout (the "Fig Thing," which was worth the price of admission alone):

Lula Cafe (white beet soup, before a pour of liquid):

Fireworks on the Pier:

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Amber / August 13, 2011 6:36 PM

I loved the Fig Thing from Sprout and Hoosier Mama's sweet corn pie. My favorite of the night was the Foie gras peach cobbler from Cafe des Architectes. Honestly, there were too many truly awesome dishes!

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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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