Monday, April 30, 2012

The Great Googa Mooga Videos

As much as I would love the chance to check out The Great Googa Mooga festival,  I live too far from Brooklyn to make that reality.  Stumbling across these fantastic food centric promos for the festival left me craving a pork belly bun and bagel and schmear.  I think they are pretty fantastic.  

Friday, April 27, 2012

Day Six.

Last Saturday Finn went down fast and when things were not improving nearly a week later we took him into the doctor and discovered he is suffering from bronchitis, ear infections and laryngitis.  No wonder he wasn't bouncing back!  A heaping dose of antibiotics should have Finn on the mend in no time.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

In Charlie's Kitchen

“A jazz musician can improvise based on his knowledge of music. He understands how things go together. For a chef, once you have that basis, that's when cuisine is truly exciting.”
-Chef Charlie Trotter
Charlie Trotter's 
Tuesday April 24th, 2012
Kitchen Table Menu
Penn Cove Oyster with Ginger Granite
Hawaiian Hearts of Palm with Saba & Nicoises Olives
Sashimi of Hamachi with English Peas & Fresh Wasabi
Hot & Sour Eggplant with Yuba & Crispy Lotus
Katsuo with Fava Beans & Avocado
-Renee Geoffroy "Expression-Charlic Trotter's Disgorgement" Brut NV-
Soft Shell Crab with Grapefruit & Kaffir Lime
-Riesling Kabinett "Zeltinger Sonnenuhr" Selbach-Oster, Mosel 2010-
Crispy Pig's Tail with Green Garlic & Puy Lentils
-Elena Walsh Gewurztraminer 2009-
Stinging Nettle Soup with Globe Artichoke & White Anchovies
-Gruner Veltliner Kamptal Reserve "Steinsetz" Schloss Gobelsberg, Kamptal 2012-

Loup de Mer with Cockscomb & Oregano Flowers
-Rias Baixas, Albarino, Pazo de Galegos 2010-
Roasted Guinea Hen with Capers & Candied Kumquats
-Meursault "Les Narvaux" Vincent Girardin 2007-
Arkansas Rabbit Loin with Ramps & Pumpernickel
-Soliste "le Esperance" Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 2008-

Roasted Squab with Braised Cardoon, Black Quinoa & Celery
-Rosso di Montalcino "Lo Scorno" San Filippo 2007-
Berkshire Pork Loin with Red Wine Cabbage & Miso
-Antiyal, Alvaro Espinoza, Maipo Valley 2009-

Granny Smith Apple & Greek Yogurt with Pistachio and Tarragon
Bourbon Vanilla Creme Brulee with Plums & Butterscotch
Banana Financier with Roasted Date Jam & Candied Hazelnuts
Criollo Cake with Merlot Jelly & Candied Vanilla
Guava & Caramelized White Chocolate with Pink Peppercorn Meringue
-Samos "Anthemis" 1999-
And an Intimate  Kitchen Tour:

“You know the old adage that the customer’s always right? Well, I kind of think that the opposite is true. The customer is rarely right. And that is why you must seize the control of the circumstance and dominate every last detail: to guarantee that they’re going to have a far better time than they ever would have had if they tried to control it themselves.”  
Chef Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter
Visionary or Villain?
a twenty-five year old murky debate
years of questions answered in a single evening
 six lovely smart infectious women
(one bento compartment for each)

an ever present chef
and his master sommelier friend
a spiraling fiddle head fern
signature copper pots
intensely perfect miso tortellini
an unforgettable pinot noir
bouts of laughter
one shattered glass
(and no-one was fired as convention might dictate)
braised cardoon & black quinoa 
best of friends
stinging nettles as smooth as silk
cognac and sweets with Chef

It Does Not Matter.
I Don't Really Care.

Charlie Trotter
Chicago Legacy.
Twenty-Five Years of Near Perfection
king of the kitchen
nearing the end of an era
welcomed us to his table with his own brand of affection and conversation
simply  an honor to partake

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Emma On Stage

Thanks to OPRF Orchesis for capturing these lovely images of our Cinderella in action.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Marta's Shower

I cannot even remember the last wedding shower I attended, but I was thrilled to be invited to Hot Chocolate last Sunday to share in my friend Marta's happiness.  Of course the men in her life were in attendance, but this afternoon was clearly all about the ladies.  Pen, Haj and I enjoyed a couple of Bellinis before indulging in some pretty glorious mac n' cheese and a series of tea sandwiches.  While Marta and Matt opened their gifts we were forced to eat tiny cupcakes and drink little malts.  
What can I say?  I have a rough life.
Congrats Marta!  
We are looking forward to your big day more than you could ever know!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Our Cinderella.

If it was true... isn't anymore.
The Depot American Diner is OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
Finn ate his favorite pot roast sandwich tonight to celebrate!
The Depot American Diner
5840 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60644(773) 261-8422

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gala Fare

 When you've been busy prepping for a huge event for several days it feels like nothing short of a miracle when it all comes together in the end!  Last night Pilgrim Community Nursery School hosted a benefit at Unity Temple and I was lucky enough to provide the food!  Thank goodness for reinforcements; my army of kitchen helpers made quick work of assembling nearly 2500 appetizers over the course the the evening.  The mood was festive and appetites were hearty.  I adore doing what I love most to help worthy organizations raise much needed money to support their programs and missions and last night was no exception.  Take a look at the few of the 1920's inspired nibbles we prepared last night...

 Thanks to Patty, Oliver, Rhonda, Jules, Sue and Kelsey for working hard to pull it all together!

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Emma came home with her version of a high school yard sign last night!  Don't let the fact that isn't a more traditional soccer, football, or lacrosse sign fool you; these OPRF dancers are no joke.  They are dancing nearly five days per week right now and having a marvelous time together.  Emma and company are busy preparing for the upcoming Orchesis shows that revolve around a Disney-Pixar theme.  Emma is lucky enough to play Cinderella in a lovely little piece set to music by Florence and the Machine.

Spring Orchesis Shows
OPRF Auditorium
Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd at 7:30pm
 Sunday April 23rd at 3pm.
Bring the kids!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

OK Go-Skyscrapers

Some things just make a chilly day feel a little warmer; this is one of those things.  

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Easter Images.

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