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Bar Mon Mar 19 2012

Gapers Block Heads to the Bar to Raise Money

guest2.jpgThis Wednesday at Flo and Santos in the South Loop (1310 S. Wabash), I will be putting down the writer's pen and picking up a bottle of vodka - for fundraising purposes, that is. Catch me from 7-9 where I will be guest bartending to raise money for the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. I will be mixing up "The Spicy Shortie" - fitting because I'm both spicy and short, and my secret ingredient is certain to make you do a double take.

The story goes that a married couple, Flo (Polish) and Santo (Italian), blended their two cuisines into the most unusual fusion when it came to putting dinner on the table. It was only natural that years later a pizza and pierogi restaurant was born. Flo and Santo's specializes in thin crust pizzas such as Na'Ma's Veggie (spinach, olives and mushrooms), or the Flo's Polish (kielbasa, sauerkraut and applewood bacon). And their Polish Flo & Santo Carollo Pizza.jpgtraditional fare their sampler the Holzman (which includes kielbasa, pierogi and portato pancakes) and the Ravirogi -- their version of polish ravioli, in a creamy bacon vodka sauce. Take it from me, this one will have you licking the plate. If you're a vodka connoisseur, their top notch variety of Polish vodkas will have you salivating at the mouth. (I was clued into recently that vodka actually originated from Poland, not its neighbor Russia, so Flo and Santo's takes their vodka seriously).

If you haven't been yet, the guest bartender night is a fun way to donate to a cause while enjoying great food. And if you have a cause that you'd like to support and can pour a drink or two, stop by and get on the list. Hope to see you there this Wednesday.

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The State of Food Writing

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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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