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Culinary Collective Embarks on Midwest Tour

CRUX will bring innovative pop-up dinners to four Midwest cities this fall.


Un Petit Paris at Washington, D.C.’s Le Diplomate

Washington, D.C. might not seem like the likeliest location for a taste of Paris. Yet after all, the city’s grid is the fingerprint of L’Enfant. On one of these alphabet streets (précisément Q and 14th) you’ll find the most charmante brunch in town. I’m not a full-on Francophile, but I’m instantly delighted by our hostess’ navy shift dress, flats, and jaunty red scarf. Realizing this is indeed the front of house uniforme doesn’t even ruin it for me. Reservations are a must at this bustling café. Sipping a café au lait, I admire the heaps of crusty bread darting around the room in the hands of black-tied waiters. It’s been years since my last visit to France. Is this how Paris really felt or only how I want to remember it? I decide it doesn’t matter and order a French 75 and a Romarin cocktail (vodka, St. Germain, rosemary, & grapefruit) in the spirit of joiee de vivre. We pull our gaze from the antique mirrors and lace curtains adorning the dining room to focus on the gorgeous menu. From the …

Greetings from Jeppson’s

I couldn’t resist reposting this celebration of Chicago’s bitter bastard of the spirit world, Malört. Jeppson’s Malört tweeted this postcard identifying the preference of two-fisted drinkers among the icons of Chicago. While lovely new varieties are hitting the market, the “1 in 49’s” await the return of an even more bitter recipe from Jeppson’s.

The Iowa State Fair – Nothing Compares

“I can hear ’em callin’ hogs in the clear Ioway air, I can sniff the fragrant whiff of an Ioway rose!” So begins the theme to State Fair, the 1945 film devoted to the Iowa tradition. Each of the 50 states has a fair, and Iowa’s is consistently one of the nation’s most impressive. The fair is the largest event in the state of Iowa, thus a fitting occasion for my first visit to the Hawkeye State and my first state fair experience. Iowa’s state fair dates back to 1854, when it was located in Fairfield. The fair has been located at its present 445 acre grounds in Des Moines for the last 129 years. The fairgrounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places with many of the American exposition-style architecture buildings pre-dating WWI. Yet the grounds are just one element of the eleven day festivities. The bustling atmosphere is in constant flux with different competitions and entertainment scheduled daily. One day’s hog calling contest transitions into the next’s lumberjack tournament. Drive in from …

Freebie: Chef Stephanie Izard Cooking Demo and Signing

Girl & the Goat might be one of the toughest tables to land in town, but you don’t need to be a VIP to get a taste of Top Chef. Season 4 winner, Chef Stephanie Izard will hold a free cooking demonstration and book signing at the Standard Market on March 30 from 10 a.m. – noon. Izard,  partner and Executive Chef of Chicago’s Girl & the Goat and Little Goat Diner, will sample dishes from her retail collection of marinades and rubs. “The Flavor” collection includes a marinade, kimchi dressing, sauté sauce, and two rubs. Izard will also be signing copies of her book, Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats and Drinks. Standard Market 333 East Ogden Avenue Westmont, IL 60559

Support Cleveland’s West Side Market Fire Relief

What’s the story on your plate? It’s a question more people have been asking in recent years as interest and awareness in exactly what they’re eating and where it came from has grown. In Cleveland, the West Side Market has provided a key connection between patrons and product for over 100 years. That living tradition has been threatened by damage sustained in a fire at the market on January 30.