Everything! Okay, not everything. That’s just shorthand, because I don’t know how to put my latest musings into words. I went to two events this week. One was a movie-dinner night at Uncommon Ground hosted by the Bioneers. The other was the annual Green City BBQ chef event. Both were revealing about the current food movement. The Bioneer event attracted an older, white crowd. The film was Food Patriots – a documentary about “patriots” finding their own solutions to counter the gross monstrosity that is industrial food. The filmmakers were very idealistic in using the film – and subsequent dialogue about it – to inspire more patriots. However, I was discouraged or perhaps cynical while looking at this mono-cultural crowd, and not seeing revolutionary patriots out there. Indeed, it was much like preaching to the choir. (more…)
This a really fun foodie event. All the money raised goes to Green City programming. Great chefs and great cause. And did I mention I am the DJ!?!
Date: Thursday, July 15, 2010
Location: Lincoln Park- site of Green City Market
For more info and tickets, go here.
Rita Gutekanst is co-owner of Limelight Catering and Board Member for the Green City Market. In other words, she is a big advocate of local and tasty food. So I figured she would be a good candidate for the “filled up or fed up” quiz. In the end, I found out she is mostly filled up!
AE: Filled up or fed up?
RG: Filled up! The beauty of a Chicago spring/summer/fall is that a whole world of food you can see, touch and sample is available to us. The farmers market gives you a sense of community where you can meet the growers and vendors and see just how local your food can be. Last night I had friends over and we ate a completely local meal that had more flavor than you’ll ever find anywhere:
Quinoa Salad with snap peas, herbs, goat cheese and beets (Nichol’s Farm and Capriole)
Mixed lettuces, Arugula, breakfast radishes from Green Acres with cherry balsamic vinaigrette
Grilled Lamb from Mint Creek Farms
Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp with Oatmeal topping
All from Green City Market purveyors…I might add.
Just walking thru the market makes you want to plan a meal to share with your friends and family. It’s the bounty of the season that is so exhilarating. (more…)
I have one of those Mexican street vendors who shows up on the corner near where I work any time the weather is nice. He has ejotes and mangos in his standard arsenal, and often he has pork and chicken tamales. They are awesome tamales! The steam and the grease combine with the corn flour and fillings to create mushy, flavorful tubes of hearty goodness. “Stick to your ribs” is the expression that comes to mind to describe the satisfying feeling after eating a couple. Oh, and did I mention that they are $1.50 each!