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Event Sat Sep 19 2015

The Foodseum Joins Chicago's Museum Scene

foodseum hotdog"What begins with an M and ends with an M?" my father asks 6-year-old me while driving in our '57 green and silver Pontiac (with fins). I've hated riddles ever since, but that ride down Lake Shore Drive to a captured German U-boat coupled with a coal mine turned me into a lifelong museum geek. Besides obligatory visits to the Smithsonian and Louvre, there's been Medieval torture in Tuscany, erotica in Paris and Vinny Van Gogh in Amsterdam, to name a few.

Chicago boasts an illustrious history of fine museums both small and large. A cultural Mecca of sorts took root with the Columbian Exposition of 1893 -- the alluded to above Museum of Science and Industry being a remnant of it. So it is with great interest that a three-month pop-up Foodseum is opening with a Chicagocentric exhibit titled "The Hot Dog and Encased Meats of the World."

Interactive exhibits that will stimulate the senses via touch, smell and taste are planned. Unfortunately, none were in tact on the press preview visit the night prior to opening and additional info requested was not available. While there's plenty of potential and some interesting factoids to be gleaned, I couldn't help but wish there was quite a bit more to "drag through the garden."

Sept. 19-Dec. 20, 2015
Block 37 (2nd Floor)
109 N. Dearborn St. Chicago
Wednesday-Sunday 11am-7pm

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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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