How Ingredients Shaped a Chef

Join Us Via Zoom On September 29th at 7:00 PM!

Bookcover of Peter Hoffman’s ‘What’s Good?’

Come join us as acclaimed New York chef Peter Hoffman, author of the recently published book “What’s Good?: A Memoir in Fourteen Ingredients”,reveals why he combined the story of his career with profiles of the favorite ingredients that he found at his favorite farmers market. Hoffman, founder of iconic Manhattan restaurants Savoy and Back Forty, describes his journey from line cook to chef/owner during New York’s culinary shift from French dominance to a more global and farm-to-table approach. Continue reading

Live from Taliesin, Eat Like a Planet

Presented by Chef Odessa Piper

Come join us for a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s home Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin, where one of our nation’s most iconic and beloved chefs, Odessa Piper, will talk to us about the future of food and give us a mini-tour of this national landmark where she has created a work-study program for the estate’s garden and cafe. In her own words: “I’m going to take the long view of where we’ve come from and the perennial role of deliciousness, wholesomeness, rumination and gratitude. Continue reading

Chicago Trib’s New Restaurant Critics Exposed! Meet Louisa Chu and Nick Kindelsperger

Podcast

Time was we could never get a Chicago food critic to speak to our group; they religiously refused to reveal their identities in public. That is until about three years ago when the Tribune’s esteemed food critic, Phil Vettel, published a story in the paper, complete with his photo, explaining that it was almost impossible for him to remain anonymous when reviewing restaurants. Continue reading

Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah (Shore)

By Flo Selfman

Podcast

Eggplant Vegetable Pie

Having been a top singing star, Dinah Shore became a pioneer television personality with “The Dinah Shore Chevy Show,” which showcased her distinctive voice and relaxed Southern charm from 1951 to 1963. In 1970, she returned to television as host of “Dinah’s Place,” an NBC morning show that covered homemaking, crafts, child-rearing, health and beauty—always with a song, of course, and usually a cooking segment, either by Dinah or her celebrity guests. Many leading chefs got their first national exposure on “Dinah’s Place.” Continue reading

Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue

Adrian Miller (Submitted by Adrian Miller)

Presented by Adrian Miller
Food Writer, Attorney, Certified Barbecue Judge

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Join us as James Beard Award-winning author Adrian Miller discusses the history of African American barbecue culture from his book, Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue. Black Smoke describes how African Americans inherited a type of cooking that fused Native American meat smoking and European grilling techniques that became known as “barbecue.” Continue reading