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Blog Tue Nov 08 2011

Serious Eats Finally Comes to Chicago

seriouseats-chicago.jpgNational foodblog Serious Eats announced today that it's launching a Chicago city section on Nov. 14. It's been a long time coming.

Back when Eater was preparing to enter the Chicago market the first time, in 2008, Serious Eats founder Ed Levine talked informally with a number of local food writers about a Chicago outpost for his site. Nothing came of it then -- the economy tanked and Eater Chicago was put on the shelf for a couple years, so SE Chicago was, too. But in the meantime Serious Eats bulked up its roster of local writers, including Nick Kindelsperger, who is helming the new Chicago office and is a former editor of Grub Street Chicago, Blake Royer and Daniel Zemans. Once Eater opened its doors here, it seemed like only a matter of time before Serious Eats did too, with some strong talent already in place.

Dennis Lee and Anna Deem, who's written for Chicagoist, fill out the new staff. "I'm really proud of the team Nick has assembled. They are all passionate, discerning, and inclusive serious eaters," Levine said.

I'm excited to see how the new blog turns out. The announcement mentioned original columns called "Sausage City" and "Standing Room Only" -- the latter of which Kindelsperger wrote for Serious Eats until April 2010 -- along with other regular Serious Eats columns like "A Sandwich A Day" and "The Vegetarian Option." I've always liked the tone and range of the Serious Eats blog family, and the staff includes some of the best young food writers in the city, so the ingredients are there. Like any recipe, though, it's how they're put together that makes the meal.

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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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