Archive for 2011

New Year's Eve Options & Reflections from those in the Industry

With the gift giving portion of the holidays over, it’s time to get in the mood for New Year’s Eve festivities. I know the 1st and 2nd will find me planted on my couch watching sports and cheering on my Badgers in the granddaddy of them all the Rose Bowl. Lots of fun going on... Read more »

Predictions for Chicago Restaurants in 2012

Predictions for Chicago Restaurants in 2012
Last year, I tried to channel the Mayan deity Chacmool to ensure I had good predictions! I’m not willing to hedge my bets just yet with 2012 still looming because who knows if this version of the rapture is all wrong or very right? I think I’ll let it ride for now. But next year,... Read more »

Holiday Memories

Holiday Memories
With the Holiday’s coming and Hanukkah already under way, I wanted to ask some industry friends what they remember from holidays in the past or if they had any fun family traditions. It always amazes me to see the different experiences everyone has had but I think that same smile and warmth of remembering hits... Read more »
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Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday
It’s been a weird week for weather and work. I’ve got some stuff in the hopper like predictions and my thoughts on Grassfed burgers! I swear I don’t like making enemies. But the holidays are fast approaching and I hope everyone is doing well with their gift buying, whether it’s for those 8 crazy nights... Read more »

Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday
I’m already in need of the weekend! My car was dead this morning and had to be towed, no fun! But this week I’ve been to Slurping Turtle a ton and its been very good. Also fun to see a lot of food folks around when I was there. But on to the events… This... Read more »

Gifts for Food Fiends!

Gifts for Food Fiends!
I’m all about getting those I love good Christmas or Hanukah presents. Knowing someone listened to you or better yet knows you well enough to shop for something special is a great feeling. I’ve gotten plenty of presents that make me wonder, WTF! So in the spirit of not having to pretend the sweater grandma... Read more »
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Food Fun Friday

Food Fun Friday
Thanksgiving Hangover is gone thanks to a busy week with work! I promise more content next week but I do have a ton of cool events to share. There are some for the holidays already and some for NYE planning so scroll through for the headings and your future ideas of fun. Hope everyone is... Read more »

Deep Fried Turkey

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I’ve only had a turkey once like this for Thanksgiving. My uncle’s friend had the set-up and it was amazing to watch a good size turkey fry up in 30 minutes. It was good but if you can achieve crispy skin and a moist inside you can mitigate lots of the dangers frying a turkey... Read more »

Tonight: Burger Eating Contest for Charity

Tonight: Burger Eating Contest for Charity
Tonight the “Boys in Blue” will eat burgers for charity at 25 Degrees. Jim Rose will emcee the event and many great raffle prizes will be given out. If you’re looking for a trial run for Thanksgiving dinner, tonight is a good test. Tickets are $25 for the night and include food and drink throughout... Read more »
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Thankful at Thanksgiving!

Thankful at Thanksgiving!
Some of us are just excited for the short week. Other’s this weekend is the chance to see and spend time with family and friends we haven’t seen in a while. Working in the restaurant business brings about a big sacrifice of family time. I thought it would be fun to see what some industry... Read more »