Ignite The Conversation: A Exploration Into Chicago-style BBQ

Join Us on Sunday, February 25, 2024 @ 4 PM Central at Lexington Betty Smokehouse (fee involved)!

We’ve all heard of the classic BBQ styles from regions like Kansas City, Memphis or Texas-style. But what about Chicago-style BBQ?

From Rib tips to Hot Links to Mild Sauce and more, Chicago Chef and Pitmaster Dominique Leach of the Black-Women-Queer-Owned and award-winning restaurant Lexington Betty’s Smokehouse, plus the 2023 winner and the current reigning “MASTER OF ‘CUE” of the Food Network’s Hit Show BBQ Brawl , is making it her mission to further define this unique style and put it on the map in 2024. And she’s calling on a few more experts to help! Continue reading

A History of the World in 10 Dinners

Join Us on Monday, December 11, 2023 @ 7 PM Central via Zoom!

Presented by Victoria Flexner and Jay Reifel

Podcast

Recipes
The Cockenthrice
Glazed Whore’s Farts (Pets de Putain)
Jewish Buried Casserole (Yahoodi Mahshu Madfoon)
Pastry for the Elite (Shakmiyyat Al-Khawas)
Pousse l’Amour

In 2014, food historians Victoria Flexner and Jay Reifel cooked up a NYC supper club called Edible History, a pairing of fine dining and intellectual stimulation. Now they’ve spun their experience into a recently published book, A History of the World in 10 Dinners: 2,000 Years, 100 Recipes (Rizzoli).  Continue reading

The Delmonico Way

Presented by Max Tucci

Podcast

Recipes:
Flaming Baked Alaska Cupcakes
Max’s Wedge Salad
Oysters Rockefeller

From Scott Warner, President, Culinary Historians of Chicago

I just couldn’t pass it up. When I attended the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference in New York this past September, one limited-seating event had me signing up immediately: an historic dinner in the board room at Delmonico’s, hosted by third generation partner and global brand officer, Max Tucci. Continue reading

What’s behind Italy’s ingredients?

Podcast

Event at Eataly on October 11, 2023

Recipes:
Spicy ziti with eggplant, capers, and mint (Ziti piccanti ai capperi, melanzane e menta)
Swordfish of love (Pescespada dell’amore)

Come join us as Viola Buitoni (yes, she’s a member of that illustrious pasta-manufacturing family) shares the history and geography of Italy’s most iconic ingredients, and gives tips on how we can incorporate their vibrant flavors and techniques into our kitchens. (Think balsamic vinegar, flakes of parmigiano reggiano, fresh ricotta and creamy grains of risotto.) As a native Roman raised in the Umbrian countryside, Viola grew up savoring these artisanal foods. Continue reading