I didn’t like being a food writer in 2020, so I decided instead to spend the year in 1986.
Cluck It!—a ghost kitchen on south Wabash that opened last month—served us a more moderately spiced chicken. This is the kind of comfort food that many of us are craving.
No one is going to say that the pandemic was a “good thing,” but like war and other catastrophes, it’s possible to see that some good has—and will—emerge from this international disaster.
Tigist Reda, owner of Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, has been introducing Chicagoans to Ethiopian food and feeding many repeat diners for the past thirteen years. That mission continues in 2020, but in a different form.
Thanksgiving food is, to many of us, a ritualized drag, a pro forma trotting out of tired appetizers, sleepy sides, and a main course that may comfort but usually fails to wow. So, when we heard that Alinea was planning to send out full dinner packages of Thanksgiving food, we perked up: maybe, we thought, they would do something different.
Fun stuff to eat and do during what may be Chicago’s weirdest December ever.
We smoke meat throughout the summer: chicken, ribs, brisket, all spent some time in my Weber Smoky Mountain, slowly cooking and taking up the flavors of hickory, oak, or cherry wood. Funny thing, though, every time I put some sausages on the big meat-heavy platter set down in the center of the table, guests seemed to always go for the sausages first.
It was a beautiful November day, with the temps in the mid-seventies, blue sky and bright autumn sunlight rendering everyone and everything gleaming golden. What could possibly make this beautiful day better? Why, a beautiful bologna sandwich, of course!
Events (mostly turkey-related) in November
Bronzeville’s Coffee, Hip Hop and Mental Health (CHHMH), founded by Christopher LeMark, is making the conversation about mental health as easy as ordering a cup of Joe. The goal of CHHMN, as explained on their site, is “to normalize therapy by bridging the gap between communities and mental health leaders.”