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Event Wed May 13 2015

During Fire Repairs, Baker Miller & The Winchester Pop Up to Benefit

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Operating a restaurant is no easy task. Fires don't help, either. So is the case of The Winchester in East Village, which closed its doors due to a small fire on May 3.

According to the official statement:

"Due to a small electrical fire that took place at The Winchester early Sunday morning (May 3), the restaurant will be closed for an indefinite period of time. We hope to be up and running in the near future and appreciate your patience with us while we undergo repairs. No one was injured in the incident."

The Chicago restaurant community is known for banning together when one of their own faces trouble, and Baker Miller, the grain-centric sweet and savory bake-house in Lincoln Square (4610 N. Western Ave), has graciously opened its doors for a pop-up benefit this Saturday, May 16 in support of the staff.

The 48-person, BYOB, pop-up benefit in collaboration with Baker Miller and The Winchester's Chef Greg Bastien will have seatings on the half hour starting at 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the four-course meal are $48 per person and must be purchased in advance by emailing Dietary restrictions or aversions cannot be accommodated and no substitutions can be made.

If you've ever been to The Winchester -- noted as a neighborhood cafe -- cafe is a humble descriptor to the food coming out of Chef Bastien's kitchen. It's an unfortunate but hopefully short loss to the neighborhood and community while things get sorted out.

1st course
Baker Miller rye berry salad
Sunflower sprouts
Fresh cheese
Rhubarb vinaigrette

2nd course
Seed crusted lake trout
Over wintered sunchoke
Spring onion
Young spinach
Toasted garlic

3rd course
Berkshire pork cheek
Baker Miller rainbow grits
Wild garlic mustards
Biscuit crouton

Assorted Baker Miller cookie platter

Photo courtesy of Eva Deitch

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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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