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Event Wed Aug 28 2013

A" Magnificent" Taste: Haute Culinary Event

rsz_dsc_01661.jpgOh, Art Smith, that Southern bananamuffin wrapped in a cheddar bacon biscuit. He can cook for as many Oprahs, Obamas, or Gagas as he wants, but for me, his sweet buttermilk roots will always be in Chicago. So when I was standing only one foot away from him at the Magnificent Taste fundraiser, my little Southern heart just melted into a thousand Paula-Deen butter droplets. (In fact, the only thing that would've made my 10-second encounter better was if it was renamed A "Fabulous" Taste).This year's Magnificent Taste benefited Art's star-studded charity: Common Threads, whose mission is "to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking."

The restaurants included:
- TABLE fifty-two (Chef Art Smith)
- Frontera Grill/Topolobampo (Chef Rick Bayless)
- David Burke's Primehouse (Chef Rick Gresh)
- deca RESTAURANT + BAR (Chef Mark Payne)
- The Eli's Cheesecake Company (Chef Laurel Boger)
- Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse (Chef Joseph Rosetti)
- Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Chef Gary Baca)
- Little Market (Chef Ryan Poli)
- The Lobby at The Peninsula Chicago (Chef Lee Wolen)
- Magnolia Bakery- Paris Club (Chef Alex Ageneau)
- Phil Stefani's 437 Rush (Chef Christian Fantoni)
- Quartino (Chef John Coletta)
- Sable Kitchen & Bar (Chef Heather Terhune)
- Siena Tavern (Chef David Blonsky)
- The Signature Room at the 95th (Chef Rosalia Barron)
- Starbucks
- Travelle (Chef Tim Graham)

rsz_dsc_01541.jpg Although there were the usual gazpachos, artisan vegetable salads, and seafood ceviches, I was really digging the hot savory dishes. My favorites of the night included:
• Bayless's pork tamale-a perfect pocket of chorizo, pineapple, and pork
• foie gras pasta from Siena Tavern-in a cute little bottle that you shake with fervent anticipation
• seared sea scallop with truffle mashed potatoes, bacon and truffle miso sauce from The Signature Room-talk about sexy haute cuisine
• baby octopus with farro-I consumed three whole servings of this
• shrimp salad roll from Primehouse-the soft roll was the best freaking part (as were the giant porkbelly table decorations)
rsz_dsc_0193.jpgOf course, I also consumed about 20 mini-pastries from the Paris Club and Eli's Cheesecake Company, but I give my overall creative stamp of approval to Travelle's nutella baklava (aka The Greek Jesus).
rsz_dsc_0146.jpg As Bruno Mars crooned over the Pioneer Court on Michigan Ave, I sat lazily on top of white couches adorned with sequined purple pillows, watching people drink themselves pink. It was the perfect night: I saw three Top Chefs (Art, Bayless, and Heather), I watched sunset from the best view in Chicago, AND I donated to fucking charity (but not just to any charity--to Arrrtt's charity). And I just have to say, Mastercard created a beast marketing campaign this year by partnering with The Magnificent Mile. Photo backdrops, my swag tote (which included Garrett's popcorn--happy day!), and basically everything there was stamped with Mastercard's logo--so much so that I almost forgot I was donating to Common Threads, not Mastercard. In any case, I had a great time seeing Art, enjoying fantastic food worthy of Alexander the Great, and spending a summer night in the best fucking city in the entire world. rsz_dsc_0178.jpg

 
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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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