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February Newsletter 2017

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My Chicago Food Bucket List Over the years, I have written and talked about how great a food city we have in Chicago. So, I started contemplating my own Chicago food experiences and realized that I have not yet completed my bucket list. In anticipation of the ACF conference coming to town, I thought I would list out some of the iconic food experiences that I have enjoyed-and those I have yet to accomplish-for those of my readers who may visit the Windy City this year. What makes a place or menu item Iconic? There are those things that are only...

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January Newsletter 2017

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Time to Get Off the Bench At the start of a new year, we reflect on what has passed and what is yet to be achieved. Every year, we go through this, but do we achieve what we set out to do? In many ways, I believe we do, but we may not openly acknowledge those milestones in our lives or check them off as done. As I closed out 2016, I began to look to 2019. Why so far away? It is a completion date I just put on a calendar. I have an outstanding resolution that I made to myself that is over 30 years old. As an innocent and bright-eyed boy, I said...

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December Newsletter 2016

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Ball and Chain While walking back from the gym the other day, I was inspired by the colors of the trees, the low light and the feeling of the late autumn dusk. I began to think about the season-and of course the food I wanted to cook. I was interrupted by another coffee pitch on my music service (I am too cheap to pay for the commercial-free service). It was about everyone’s favorite pumpkin spiced this or that and other contrived flavors to make you feel in the season. I generally let these sorts of things pass me by until the next song...

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November Newsletter 2016

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Grytts The word Grytts is an Old English word translated as “coarse meal” derived from the removing of the bran or chaff of grains. Chaff is a word that those who have spent time around the farm know-it’s the dried outer casing of wheat or corn after the kernel has been removed by threshing. Driving around the farmlands this time of year, you see the combine harvesters in the fields, streams of wheat and field corn being transferred to trucks to be processed into the various commodities we use on a daily basis. Did you notice...

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October Newsletter 2016

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Oktoberfest and Birthday Wishes Over the years, Oktoberfest has held a special feeling for me. No, it is not the crisp, malty amber lager drank by the liter! Yes, that is fun, but it’s more about my first experience really getting something for my birthday that was over the top. It became a story I tell year after year. It was being dragged to Munich on my birthday in the back of the chef’s car to experience Oktoberfest as best we could. Just thinking about it makes me smile about this act of hospitality. Growing up, you have big...

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September Newsletter 2016

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Newsletter | 0 comments

The Taproom I am proud to say that the craft beer business has done something that I thought would never come back in style. They have brought back the true meaning and experience of a “local.” I am not talking about chocolate imperial stout or a funky limited-edition DIPA. I mean the taproom! The path I took to getting my Cicerone Certification took me on a winding trail of experiences, but it didn’t just start a couple years ago during a mid-life crisis, when I had to figure out where to go after competing with Culinary...

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August Newsletter 2016

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Enjoy the Monotony It has been said many times that the “devil is in the details.” The success of anything can be destroyed if the details are lost or not performed correctly. Many argue that not focusing on details prevents you from achieving perfection. Whatever you do, mastering the little mundane tasks can be the difference defining your own personal perfection. Whatever you think perfect is, it has to be learned over time and with lots of similar experiences. This is where the monotony sets in! As a chef and weekend BBQ...

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July Newsletter 2016

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Chips, Chips and More Chips I am over the mediocrity! Do any of you remember the early days of Monty Python’s Flying Circus television shows? (Yes, the ones my parents wouldn’t let me watch.) I always sneaked out and watched it anyway. There was this great skit in a typical English café where a couple was trying to order their Full Monty. The wife became agitated and screamed, “I don’t like Spam!” because everything had Spam on it. The husband ordered something like Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Eggs, Chips and...

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June Newsletter 2016

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Burnt Ends There is something very special about the charred end cuts of a smoked brisket. Burnt ends are the misshapen pieces left after properly carving pristine, fatty slices with a deep bark and red smoke ring. The ends are generally left over and used for other things, like flavoring beans or morsels for the kitchen crew. These cuts of the brisket are, in many cases, disrespected and discarded-but now, they’re an art form for many a smoke house. There is a whole group of my associates who travel just to test the wares of the pit...

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Dine Around – NRA Edition

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Check out the NRA Special Edition of Dine Around. In this issue: Italian Seafood Latin Ethnic Mashups Single-Spirit Bars Share this:PrintEmailPin ItTwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreStumbleUponRedditGoogle

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