Archive for April, 2012

Even One for Uncle Joe

  My column is usually calendar challenged – as I am trying to present food and wine thoughts far in advance of when you will actually see them, making the relevance often more than a bit difficult, but the moon and stars have aligned. You…

Famous Holiday Tasting Forest Park

My Thanksgiving turkey, sausage and bacon dressing, gravy and cranberry sauce will be the featured at a 120 bottle tasting event Saturday November 12th at the Famous store on Madison in Forest Park. The V.I.P hour will feature a new recipe, a tasty shrimp spread…

The Best Gets Beery

Loyal readers will remember a recent Woody’s Whine that rated Italian beef sandwiches in our northwest part of the city and if you were paying attention you’ll remember that Buona Beef was the tasty winner. Well recently they went one better and did a beer…

The Grate Cheese Tasting

While always looking for new and tasty ways to make better pizza I came across a pizza cheese blending article in of all things “Pizza Today” magazine that referenced 11 possible cheese blends: Mozzarella and provolone Mozzarella and fontina Fresh mozzarella and Parmesan Mozzarella, fontina,…

The DMK Burger

Most locations take the fast food concept and spin it up smartly to an adult level with semi or full table service and in most cases some sort of beer and wine or even a full bar. We’ve sampled Meatheads and Smash Burger and find…

Three to Fall For

A recent “Crain’s Chicago Business” article says that you all are taking advantage of falling grocery store prices for beef, chicken, eggs, milk and cheese. Heck I got two-for-one large eggs at Caputo’s the other day, remember last year when eggs were $4/dozen. As result…

Where’s Da Beef?

Da Beef So over the past several issues I’ve offered you my take on popular quick service burgers – MacDonald’s was an easy choice. Sometime later we took it up a step to more serious burger restaurants and Scratch Kitchen was also an easy winner….

BAC Grilling Classes

Sessions are scheduled for the following dates; Chicken and Pork July 14 – Previous sessions have featured BBQ chicken thighs, Asian flavored turkey burgers and a brined and bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, with matching white and red wines and a craft beer. Red Meats August…

Tasted, Read and Drunk Along the Way

2013 Boudreaux “A Dismal Bordeaux Vintage Hits the Market” “A disappointing harvest may deflate prices further” Bloomberg “Closed, tannic and gritty”, not a country and western band but one of several similar notes I made during the Bordeaux tasting event I attended earlier this year,…

Famous VIP at Famous Liquors

I also did my usual six items on a time schedule including Asian slider burgers with spicy peanut sauce, Italian Stromboli, and a terrific new recipe, beef meatballs Ala Bourguignon with mushrooms and wine sauce. We’ll do it again in April at the Lombard store….