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Newcity’s Top 5 of Everything 2012: Food

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Top 5 Celebrated Food Spot Openings in 2012
Baume & Brix
Glazed and Infused
Pecking Order
Park Tavern
—Veronica Hinke  

Top 5 Most Surprising Food Spot Closings in 2012
Bleeding Heart Bakery
El Norte
Custom House Tavern
—Veronica Hinke  

Top 5 Most Anticipated Food Spot Openings in 2012
Radler and D.A.S.
Little Goat
Red Square Café Lounge
—Veronica Hinke  

Top 5 Most Talked About Chef/Baker Moves in 2012
Chef Todd Stein’s move from The Florentine to executive chef post at Piccolo Sogno Due
Chef Joe Rose’s move from chef de cuisine at The Pump Room to Lockwood
Chef Michael Lathrop’s move from Erwin to executive chef at Acre
Chef Andrew Brochu’s move from Kith & Kin to Uberstein (anticipated)
Bleeding Heart Bakery’s Michelle Garcia’s move to head baker at E. Leaven
—Veronica Hinke 

Top 5 Spots for Boeuf Bourguignon in 2012
Bistro Voltaire
La Crêperie
Bistro Campagne
Pierrot Gourmet
Brasserie 54
—Veronica Hinke  

Top 5 Handmade Tamale Vendors in 2012
The (original) Tamale Guy, Claudio Velez
The Tamale Spaceship
The Tamale Lady
Nuevo Leon
Las Manas Tamales
—Veronica Hinke  

Top 5 Savory-Ingredient Cupcakes in 2012
Ginger Saffron, Phoebe’s Cupcakes
Bacon Maple, More
Corn Apricot Honey, More
A Wing and a Prayer Loaf, The Meatloaf Bakery
Cranberry Orange Breakfast Cupcake, Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique
—Veronica Hinke

Top 5 Spots for Cookies
Chicago Butter Cookies
Cookie Bar
The Bagel
Poppie’s Bakeshop
—Veronica Hinke

Top 5 Overused Terms Used to Describe Food and Restaurants by Chicago Food Critics and Food Shows
Comfort Food
Hidden Gem
Seasonal Menu
Locally Grown Ingredients
—David Witter

Top 5 Cookbooks with Chicago Ties in 2012
“Chicago Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Windy City” by Amelia Levin; photos by Beth Rooney (Lyons Press)
“Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamoles, and Snacks” by Rick Bayless (W.W. Norton & Co.)
“The New Old Bar: Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks from The Hearty Boys” by Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith (Agate)
“In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks” by Ted Allen (Clarkson Potter)
“Vegan Indian Cooking: 140 Simple and Healthy Vegan Recipes” by Anupy Singla (Agate)
—Veronica Hinke

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