About A Bite of Chicago

by Carole Kuhrt-Brewer & Barbara Revsine

“A Bite of Chicago”  concentrates on restaurants, the people who work in them, and the people who frequent them. It will reflect our combined experience covering the world of food and spirits as journalists for a number of sources from print to broadcast and online.


babs photoStarting something new is always exciting, especially when it offers an opportunity to work with someone as talented and knowledgeable as Carole Kuhrt-Brewer. Carole's blog, “Chicago Eats”  covers a wide range of topics, as does  “Pantry-to-Plate”(chicagonow.com/pantry-to-plate), the blog I’ve been writing for more than five years.

I’ve worked for virtually every Chicago-based print publication, in addition to writing for “The New York Times,” “Wine Spectator,” “Epicurious,” “Gourmet Retailer,” and others. I also had the good fortune to be the Chicago-based editor for “Food Arts,” a top-tier trade publication,  throughout its several decade run.

For my blog, “Pantry-to-Plate” (chicagonow.com/pantry-to-plate), I write about food and food-related topics, everything from food history and trends to recipes, chefs, restaurants, purveyors, producers and ingredients. It’s been fun, and I plan to keep it going.

Like “Pantry-to-Plate,”  “A Bite of Chicago” gives me an opportunity to follow my instincts and indulge my curiosity. And best of all, I don’t have to ask an editor’s permission to do it.


My passion for food started early.

When I was a child my dad would take me to local farms where we would candle eggs—only selecting those with double or triple yolks to bring home. He brought home dandelion greens, kale (before kale became trendy), sunchokes and other unique foods to add a little spice to our lives. I even tagged along with him to  Chicago's Union Stockyards (holding my nose the whole way) to pick out the best meat available.

We visited many of Chicago's ethnic and neighborhood restaurants and bars where we looked different than everyone else to experience new tastes.

CarolewineThese are my food roots. They continue to grow. As a journalist, I have written about many things, but my love of all things food remains at the forefront. With "A Bite of Chicago," my intent is to explore the world of food, share what I know, love and continue to learn about food--and the food scene.

For me everyday is a food adventure--be it at a huge food emporium, a food festival, a Michelin-starred restaurant, the corner diner, a dive bar or my favorite ethnic market.

I hope you will join me as we dish on everything food. We look forward to hearing your food finds and suggestions.

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    Carole is an arts, entertainment and food journalist. She writes "Show Me Chicago" and "Chicago Eats" for ChicagoNow and covers Chicago places and events for Choose Chicago (City of Chicago) as well as freelancing for a variety of publications.


    I started writing when I was in grade school. And when I wasn’t writing or thinking about writing, I was reading what someone else had written. So it wasn’t a stretch for me to think about writing as a career. Neither was it a stretch to think about writing about food, a subject I’d always found interesting, more in terms of history, cooking, restaurants and culture than eating and critiquing. Decades after selling my first story, my interest in writing about food continues, and “A Bite of Chicago” gives me another opportunity to pursue my passion with people who share it.

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