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Event Tue May 13 2014

Culinary Faceoff: Key Ingredient Cooking Challenge

dsc_0919.jpg Cook-offs embody two of mankind's most beloved things: food and competition. Chicago Reader recently held its Key Ingredient Cook-Off at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, and a portion of the proceeds went to Common Threads (a.k.a. Art Smith's charity for kids).

Participating gladiators included Chris Pandel from The Bristol and Balena, Dana Cree from Blackbird, Abraham Conlon from Fat Rice, Jason Hammel from Lula Cafe, Meg Galus from NoMI, and Mark Steuer from Carriage House. These renowned chefs were asked to cook with esoteric products such as chestnut and sheep's milk, and diners voted for their favorite dish in each ingredient category.

I was personally impressed by the creativity and tastiness of these dishes:

NOMI: Sheep milk mousse, cornflake praline, butterscotch, whipped caramel

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THEWIT: stomach and tail, young carrots, fennel dust, crispy shallot, rice porridge

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HOMESTEAD ON THE ROOF: Toasted chestnut flour cake, candied chestnut mousse, chestnut flour macaroon

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CARNIVALE: Brown butter chestnut ice-cream, strawberry rhubarb puree, and chestnut pretzel stick

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LULA CAFÉ: Sweet Jonah crab, white miso, apple, hazelnut milk

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FAT RICE: Miso Munchkin

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I'm especially pleased that bacon and Siracha weren't chosen as one the key ingredients, and I hope that next year's event will yield even more eccentric dishes.

 

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Beer Mon Apr 28 2014

Craft Beer, Community and Creativity: An Interview with Locally Brewed Author Anna Blessing

By Christina Brandon

In the introduction to Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Breweries from America's Heartland, author and photographer Anna Blessing writes that she wants "to tell the story of the people behind the beer."
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