CULINARY GENDER INEQUALITY IS A MEDIA CONCERN

The 2013 November issue of Time features the “Gods of Food,” 13 culinary greats with significant influence in the food industry. No female chefs were deemed “Gods,” though two pastry females were bestowed a one-sentence mention in a sidebar. In an Eater interview, section editor Howard Chua-Eoan explains that rather than filling a quota of female chefs, they chose individuals […]

SHADOWING A DEMO WITH GALE GAND

When I first met Gale Gand at Chicago Gourmet, I barely recognized her. I offered Gale and her daughter shaded seating at my table, and proceeded to consume my fourth shrimp ceviche with dispassionate chewing. At the time, I didn’t know she founded Tru or hosted Food Network’s Sweet Dreams for eight years. No idea she’d been on Iron Chef, Top Chef, Oprah, and all […]

SEAFOOD GRILLING AT THE CHOPPING BLOCK

I can be a total snob with it comes to home cooking. I’ve sauteed enough vegetables to know their wilting rates and sprouted enough grains/legumes to produce a lifetime of farts. Whenever my friends gloat over their puny stir fries and sweet potato hashes, I scoff with pretentious disdain while thinking in a British accent: Yes, […]

THE ART OF FOOD

It seems people always ask, “So do you write a food blog?” No, I don’t take Food52-esque shots of my zucchini ribbon pasta (with vegan cashew cream, no less). I also don’t write raving restaurant reviews about delicious potato flatbreads and roasted beet salads.  I am an aspiring journalist, a translator of meaning through the […]

6 FOOD TECH STARTUPS BASED IN CHICAGO

Technology and food are becoming increasingly intertwined, and not just in a creepy Beyond-Eggs kind of way. From unique reservation systems to online product exchanges, these Chicago-based startups push the food experience into the digital realm: FOR DINERS TableSAAVY TableSAVVY is a “real-time, last minute reservation system, focused on moving excess inventory at a discounted rate via […]

FILIPINO FEAST WITH OWNERS OF ISLA FILIPINA

In my enduring quest to become more Filipino, I’ve concluded that success depends on two crucial factors: 1) consuming twice my bodyweight in pancit, and 2) hanging out with as many Filipinos as possible. One strategy for locating Filipinos in Chicago (and in general) involves hitting up every Catholic church in the city, but as […]