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Event Mon Feb 11 2013

Barn & Co., Robinson's Top 2nd Annual BBQ Bowl

Gapers Block BBQ Bowl - Barn and Company ribs
Rib from Critics' Choice winner Barn & Co. Photo by Moshe Tamssot

Taste favored the home teams, so to speak, in the second annual Gapers Block BBQ Bowl, with Barn & Company winning the Critics' Choice award and Robinson's No.1 Ribs winning the coveted People's Pick award. Both victors happen to be within easy walking distance of Lincoln Hall, which was redolent with the smell of great barbecue on Saturday.

The competition was stiff. Rub BBQ came in second place for the Critics' Choice award for the second straight year, and tied with defending champs Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro for second place in the People's Pick, with Harmony Grill close behind. (Nobody enjoyed the ribs from PorkChop -- because they were a no-show for the competition. Hard to win if you don't show up.) With the win coming down to just a handful of votes, no doubt these fierce competitors will be upping their game for next year.

Gapers Block BBQ Bowl - Harmony Grill ribs
Barbecue ribs from Harmony Grill. Photo by Moshe Tamssot

Rib fans also enjoyed the music of Michele McGuire and The Shams Band, who stepped in at the last minute to fill in for Marko Casso, who had a family emergency. The bands kept up a playful banter with the crowd, whose hands were too full of barbecue to clap most of the time. Catch them both later this month at Dunn Dunn Fest.

Weber Grill generously donated a raffle gift pack that included a Smokey Joe mini grill, seasonings and a couple cookbooks; Ken Novak of Oak Park took it home. Windy City Rollers founder Juanna Rumbel, who helped judge the competition, also passed out packs of WCR trading cards.

Thanks to our competitors, our judges, and everyone who came out! Stay tuned for news of future Gapers Block food events!

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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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