A Girl & Her Food


A Girl & Her Food's Weekly Chicago Food Events

Chicago Tribune Food Bowl Aug. 8-24

Friday, 8/10 Opening of PRETTY COOL ICE CREAM

Friday, 8/10 Opening of Funkenhausen

Sunday, 8/12 3-6 pm  

Join Bad Hunter's Pastry Chef, Emily Spurlin, as she hosts industry friends for an afternoon of frosty treats and a candid discussion on inclusivity and diversity in the hospitality industry!
Tickets include:
·       Welcome Boozy Floats by Bad Hunter
·       Panel discussion with local pastry chefs and mixologists on nurturing inclusivity in the hospitality industry and how we can continue to celebrate and promote gender, sexual, and ethnic diversity throughout our communities
·       Dessert and cocktail tastings from The Publican, Lost Lake, Mindy's HotChocolate Bakery, Ace Hotel, Bar Biscay, The Whistler, The Drifter, Loba Pastry + Coffee, X, and more!
Proceeds from all ticket sales will go to Common Threads (www.commonthreads.org).
The Herbarium at Bad Hunter's entrance is located at 150 N. Halsted Street. Doors open at 2:30pm. Panel seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis.

Sunday, 8/12 4PM 

Take your taste buds on a trip down south with a Barbecue & Blues Night at Dove's Luncheonette. Launched earlier this summer, each event focuses on the regional grilling and marinades of the American South, from Texas to Kansas City. At the second installment taking place on August 12, expect a hearty, country feast prepared by Chef de Cuisine Tom Carlin, paired with expertly mixed agave cocktails and specially-selected records, all inspired by a particular region of the United States.

8/12 Somerset Fried Chicken & Champagne Dinner

On August 12th, join chefs Bill Kim (bellyQ), Joe Frillman (Daisies), Paul Fehribach (Big Jones), and Lee Wolen (Somerset) for an evening of fried chicken and Champagne. Each chef will prepare their version of fried chicken served with sides. Desserts will be provided by pastry chef Meg Galus. Ticket price also includes a complimentary glass of Perrier-Jouet.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit No Kid Hungry, a national campaign run by Share Our Strength working to solve problems of hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
Prepaid reservation for parties of 1-6
$55 per person
For tickets and info: www.exploretock.com/somersetchicago

 Monday, August 13, 2018 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Great Chefs Event for Alexs Lemonade Stand

2018 CHEFS

Nyesha Arrington (LA) - Native
Jimmy Bannos (Chicago) - Heaven on Seven
Jamie Bissonnette (Boston + NYC) - Coppa, Toro, Little Donkey
Justin Carlisle (Milwaukee) - Ardent
Erika Chan, Nicole Giuni, Leigh Omilinsky, and Natalie Saben (Chicago) - The Publican, Blackbird, Nico Osteria, Pacific Standard Time
Andrew Curren (Austin) - Italic, Irene's, 24 Diner, Cookbook, Fareground
Ian Davis (Chicago) - Band of Bohemia
Ryan DeNicola (LA) - chi SPACCA
Carolina Diaz (Chicago) - Terzo Piano
Joe Flamm (Chicago) - Spiaggia
Ray Garcia (LA) - Broken Spanish and BS Taqueria
Joe Giacomino and John Vermiglio (Detroit) - Grey Ghost Detroit
Jason Hammel (Chicago) - Lula Cafe
Cedric Harden and John Hogan (Chicago) - River Roast
Ross Henke (Chicago) - Quiote
Stephanie Izard (Chicago) - Girl and the Goat
Bill Kim (Chicago) - bellyQ
Rob Levitt (Chicago)
The Butcher & Larder
Donald Link (New Orleans)
Herbsaint, Cochon, Peche
Matthias Merges and Jared Wentworth (Chicago) - Mordecai
Sarah Mispagel (Chicago)
Sepia, Proxi
Matt Molina (LA)
Hippo Restaurant
Bill Montagne (Chicago) - Nico Osteria
Anna and David Posey (Chicago) - Elske
Joey Schwab (Chicago) - Spiaggia
Amanda Shepard (Chicago)
Lula Café 
AJ Walker (Chicago) - Publican Anker
Julie Warpinski (Chicago) - Big Star
Andrew Zimmerman (Chicago) - Sepia, Proxi
For tickets and info: https://www.alexslemonade.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=235

Monday, August 14th El Che Bar 1/2 bottles of Wine! 

Monday, August 14th 6pm 
PART OF THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE FOOD BOWL: Daisies Off The Hook Fish and Floats

Daisies will be hosting an "Off the Hook" Fish n Floats stand out of the restaurant's front window on Monday, August 13 at 6pm until sold out. The take-out only "stand" will feature Daisies' house-made Root Beer Float that showcases the restaurant's unique fermentation program. The Root Beer Float will consist of naturally fermented and carbonated root beer with Daisies specially made Butter Pecan Ice Cream. The stand" will also feature Joes famous Fried Fish Sandwiches with fresh whitefish from Lake Superior, along with delightful small bites. These on-the-go, fun offerings can be enjoyed at the beautiful Logan Square Park, which is only a few steps away!

Tuesday, 8/14 PQM Burger Night
Every Tuesday, May 8th through October, Publican Quality Meats hosts Burger Night. The weekly series takes place Tuesday nights from 5:30pm to 9:00pm, and features two dueling burgers plus copious bourbon and beer. The menu features the PQM burger which stays on the menu from week to week, and a rotating special burger (or two)

Spinning J vs. Best Intentions

For lineup, http://www.publicanqualitymeats.com/burger-night/

Tuesday, August 14th  $44 preset menu @ELCHEBARCHICAGO

Wednesday, August 15 6-9pm Burrito Battle @QuioteChicago

ELSKE VS Pizzeria BEBU $22
I think ELSKE will make a killer burrito!


Heritage Fire

Heritage Fire returns to Base Village in Snowmass on June 16, 2018 with an all-star chef lineup to take guests on a journey of whole animal cookery over live-fires. Helping to foster relationships between local farms and emerging chefs, Heritage Fire serves its guests flavorful food from real farmers, all cooked en plein air against the Rocky Mountain backdrop.

Heritage Fire begins right after dawn with three cords of hardwood and enormous piles of cast iron, sheet metal, cement blocks, metal spits, and various cooking grates and ties. The fire-fed feast is led by chefs paired with responsibly-raised animals rubbed head-to-toe with salt, spices and ancestral cooking methods. The list of salt and oil-rubbed options at Heritage Fire include sustainably-raised pigs, lambs, goats, fish, rabbit, duck, chicken, dry-aged beef and locally grown heirloom vegetables. Chefs, farmers, pastry chefs and butchers take a romantic approach to imparting a crispy finish from an arsenal of various live fire formats. Inspired by global food cultures, more than 100 prominent chefs, farmers, sommeliers, distillers, and barkeeps will work in concert to create delicious moments of delight.

Participating chefs at the country’s most epic day-long cookout include Steve Redzikowski of Acorn (Denver), Shota Nakajima of Adana (Seattle), Manabu 'Hori' Horiuchi of Kata Robata (Houston), Jean-Philippe Gaston of Izakaya (Houston), Joshua Pollack of Rosenberg’s (Denver), Bill Miner of il Porcellino (Denver), Jim Butchart and Andrew Helsley of Aspen Skiing Co., Hosea Rosenberg and Nate Singer of Blackbelly (Denver), Daniel Asher of River & Woods (Denver), Kelly Whitaker of Basta (Denver),  Jason Harrison of Red Maple Catering (Vail), Alberto Figueroa of Viceroy Snowmass, Adam Vero of Hearth & Dram (Denver), Oscar Padilla of Tamayo (Denver), Eddy Chimal of Venga Venga (Snowmass), Will Nolan of Madeline Hotel (Telluride), Kyle Wilkins of Home Team BBQ (Aspen), Peter Jacobsen of Team Toast (Napa), Jason DeBacker of The Edge (Aspen), Linda Hampsten Fox of The Bindery (Denver), Felix Florez of Cherry Block (Houston), Matt Lovelace and Greg Lowry of Bon Appétit (Houston), and to end on a sweet note, Christopher Mosera of AikoPops (Denver) and Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bakery (Houston) will dish up dessert. In addition to the meat-laden feast, the event also features a Pop-Up Butcher Demo and Silent Auction with celebrated butchers Kate Kavanaugh and Josh Curtiss of Western Daughters (Denver). Participating farmers include Jason Smith of Rock Bottom Ranch, Jeff Bauman of McDonald Family Farm, Felix Florez of Black Hill Meats and the teams behind Carter Country Beef, Farm Runners, Shady Acres, Niceland Seafood and Seattle Fish.

Beyond the 100+ chef created dishes, the food is paired with free-flowing wines from boutique producers, stunning spirits, craft beers, and artisan ciders. Guests will also enjoy hand-crafted cocktails and spirit tastings from Breckenridge Distillery, Courvoisier and El Tesoro Tequila, Woodford Reserve, Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare, Don Q Rum and more.  Wine enthusiasts will sip Wines of Rioja, Chateau D’Esclans, Wines of Germany, Antica Napa Valley, Blanchard Family Wines, Azzurro Wine Company, Silver Oak, Kosta Browne, Pax Wine Cellars, Sandhi, and Twomey Cellars.

Official Host:     Base Village - Snowmass, Colorado
When:         Saturday, June 16, 2018
Time: 3 p.m. for VIP entry $200, 4 p.m. for General Admission at $150

VIP Access $200
Start celebrating early and treat yourself to the VIP experience with an extra hour of extravagance to get up close with the chefs, winemakers and farmers who make it all happen. Chefs will serve one special dish to entice your palate while professional bartenders and sommeliers bring their best game forward with specialty cocktails and reserve wines.

General Admission $150
A unique signature three-hour culinary experience of delight and wonderment. Feast on responsibly-raised heritage animals cooked over live fires, a perfect setting of ethically sourced food, and a variety of beverages from local craft breweries, distilleries and wineries - all created by some of the nation’s most forward-thinking food and drink leaders.

The Welcome Lounge ushers guests into our Signature Starter Bar and Cheese Experience spotlighting Les Trois Petits Cochons, Yellow Door Creamery, Cello, Savile Row, La Quercia, and Cypress Grove. Sip sparklers from Topo Chico and the Manhattan Project featuring five premium bourbons topped with Luxardo cherries. Learn about cooking fire-crisped pork belly paired with the wines of Antica Napa Valley and experience the racy portfolio of Wines of Germany paired with wood-fired BBQ.  Guests will enjoy Royal Oak’s Natural Charcoal “Cookin’ Dirty” showcase of A5 Wagyu cured with Kogi. Guests wanting a sweet bite will enjoy an innovative spin on dessert spotlighting notable pastry chefs working with Perfect Puree of Napa Valley.

Additional programming to Heritage Fire includes Rustic Grind on Thursday June 14th at 6:30pm as part of the Snowmass Free Concert Series. This Heritage Fire preview event features wood-fired grills loaded up with heritage breed sausages prepared by chefs with national acclaim paired with premium wines and hand-crafted cocktails from Breckenridge, El Tesoro Tequila and Courvoisier. Located inside the concert venue, ticketed guests will enjoy unlimited food and drink for $40. Guests may purchase in advance or at the door (please note: Rustic Grind tickets do not include entry into Heritage Fire on Saturday). Every event is a fundraiser for Cochon555's sister charity, Piggy Bank — a start-up farm in Missouri that serves as a kickstarter for new family farms and a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster (flood, fire and disease).

“The tour is about uplifting small, family farmers through epic culinary moments,” said founder Brady Lowe. “We create and restore connections between the farmer and chef who want to raise, source and serve food raised with purpose and passion. Together, through eating, we become stewards of the good food movement, motivate change and influence our food system from pasture to plate.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Heritage Fire back to Snowmass for the fourth year,” says Rose Abello, Tourism Director, Snowmass Tourism. “Heritage Fire is one of the most beloved and anticipated events of the summer, and is a perfect complement to the Food & Wine Classic taking place in Aspen that weekend. We can’t wait to see what new, unique and tasty dishes the participating chefs will create.”

About the Cochon555 US Tour
The Cochon555 US Tour executes a yearly host of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs through an innovative nose-to-tail pig cooking competition. This epic pork feast visits 15 major cities in North America annually. The tour is comprised of an array of live expressions and cultivates a long-term impact for heritage species. Both educational and inspirational messages are circulated among 16,000 guests; 2,200+ chefs; 150+ family farms; and culinary schools each year. Since 2009, 108,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $1,100,000 has been donated to charities, and over $1,200,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. For more information, visit www.cochon555.com or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.

About Piggy Bank
Launched in 2015, Piggy Bank is creating a farming sanctuary for heritage breed pigs, many of which are endangered.  Piggy Bank will provide genetics and access to shared business plans for raising heritage pigs to emerging family farms. Piggy Bank aims to change the future of food by creating a community in which small farmers can learn about safer, more responsible practices and share genetics, livestock, and the very information needed to thrive as small businesses. Piggy Bank is building a model of socially responsible agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank proudly operates as a project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organization which accelerates impact for initiatives focused on protecting and fostering a healthy, sustainable, resilient, and equitable world. For more information or to donate, visit www.piggy-bank.org or follow @PiggyBankOrg on Twitter. Watch the video http://j.mp/PIGGY_BANK.

About Snowmass, Colorado
A renowned winter playground and vibrant mountain community just 9 miles from downtown Aspen, Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best ski areas in the world. In addition to unmatched natural beauty and over 300 sunny days a year, Snowmass ski resort offers guests 3,332 acres of multi-level terrain and boasts the second largest vertical drop in the United States. In the summer, mountain adventures for all ages and abilities, a lineup of incredible events from athletic feats to culinary feasts, and a friendly, small town feel beckon guests to this stunning mountain village. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit: www.gosnowmass.com.