A Girl & Her Food


Oyster Po' Boy Sandwich

Chef Brian Jupiter of Frontier Chicago invited me in to teach me how to make a his famous oyster po'boy! The oysters are fried in a spicy cornmeal breading for this classic New Orleans sandwich. It's super easy to make and delicious. If you don't care you get your hands dirty, head over to Frontier. Keep in mind, the oyster po' boy is only available on a Sunday! 

Don't forget to come watch me judge the Mother Shucker Oyster Shucking competition this Sunday, 8/23 3pm at Frontier! 


Remoulade Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1 cup mayo
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 piece diced dill pickle
1 ½  tb prepared horseradish
¼ cup lemon juice
2 ½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp black pepper
½ cup Louisiana Hot Sauce
1 c sliced scallions 


Combine all ingredients in a food processor, then refrigerate.  

Season Flour 
2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
¼ cup cajun spice
1 tb salt
½ tb black pepper


Combine all ingredients until well incorporated. 

Fried Oysters
8 oz shucked oysters (available at your local grocer in the seafood section) 
Chef Brian recommended using ones from the gulf but 
Vegetable oil for deep frying


Heat oil to 350 degrees. 
Toss the oysters in the seasoned flour until fully coated.
Shake off excess flour.
Fry oysters until they float or about 3 minutes.
Remove from oil and drain. 

Sandwich Assembly  Chef Brian calls it "to dress" 

• Shredded Lettuce
• Sliced Tomato
• Sliced Pickle
• Remoulade Sauce
• Oysters 
• French Bread 
** Chef recommends using D'amatos


Save the date as I am judging Frontier's Mother Shucker Oyster Shucking Contest on 8/23

My favorite event all year is almost here and guess who is judging it again this year? ME!

Join me for the 5th annual Frontier "Mother Shucker" Oyster Shucking contest sponsored by Supreme Lobster & Seafood Company on 
Sunday, August 23 at 3pm. 

We'll have drink & oyster specials to enjoy while you watch 2 dozen of  Chicago's best shuckers compete for a $1,000 cash prize! 

Come early for our Shrimp Boil from 12-3pm in the Beer Garden patio for just $25/person which includes shrimp, potatoes and corn.  

The Mother Shucker Oyster Shucking event is free and open to the public!

Sunday From 08/23/2015 to 08/23/2015 

Event Time: From 03:00 P.M. to 07:00 P.M. 


Aperitivo 'happy hour' at Fig & Olive

Chicago summers are short, so being outdoors and enjoying the warm weather is a must. I always try to dine or drink alfresco. One of my favorite patios in the Chicago's Gold Coast area is Fig & Olive.  Everyday, from 4 - 7 pm, they host a wonderful "apertivo" hour. When you order a signature cocktail or a glass of wine, you get a FREE fig & olive tasting plate!  Its such a great deal.  I love to dress up, put on my heels and head there with my girlfriends for a wonderful way to start the evening.



Arugula Smash
Rum with muddled celery and arugula, 
lemon juice, simple syrup +
 black pepper.


Goat cheese Ayala, olive oil crackers Cured salmon, radish, cucumber yogurt, dill crostini Smoked eggplant caviar, micro arugula Mixed olives

Artichoke marinade, parmesan Manchego, fig jam, Marcona almond crostini Heirloom cherry tomato, micro basil Mixed olives

Gorgonzola spread, walnut, apple, olive oil crackers Mushroom, artichoke, scallion, parmesan crostini Baby beets, scallions, almond
Mixed olives

You should try the crostinis: 


Burrata, Tomato, Pesto, Balsamic

Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onion, Chive 

Manchego, Fig, Marcona Almond

Pea, Asparagus, Ricotta Lemon Thyme 

Heirloom Carrot, Charmoula, Carrot Tapenade 

Mushroom, Artichoke, Truffle, Scallion, Parmesan 

Pata Negra, Smoked Tomato Concasse 

Prosciutto, Ricotta, Fig, Olive, Walnut 

Cured Salmon, Radish, Cucumber Yogurt, Dill 

Crab, Heirloom Tomato, Zucchini Puree 

Shrimp, Avocado, Cilantro, Tomato 

zucchini carpaccio

Truffle Mushroom Croquette

104 East Oak Street

Make a reservation via OpenTable.Com

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Chicago Food & Wine Toast and Taste #CFWFest




7PM – 9:30PM


Chicago Food + Wine Festival’s Toast & Taste is a celebration that brings together signature dishes from the nation’s brightest culinary stars. Guests will taste their way across the park with wine, beer or delicious libation in hand, while enjoying live music with Chicago’s legendary skyline as the backdrop. It will be an evening you won’t want to miss.
Tickets to Toast & Taste are included with your All-In Pass or can be purchased individually.

2015 CHEFS


Jimmy Bannos, Sr

Heaven on Seven


Rick Bayless

Frontera Grill, Toplobampo, Xoco 


Erling Wu-Bower

Chef de Cuisine, Nico Osteria


John Currence

City Grocery Restaurant Group


Vinny Dotolo & Jon Shook

Animal, Son Of A Gun Restaurant, Trois Mec, Petit Trois
(Los Angeles)


Graham Elliot

Graham Elliot Bistro


Jose Garces

Mercat, Rural Society


Stephanie Izard

Girl & the Goat, Little Goat


Justin Large

Paul Kahan’s One Off Hospitality Group


Tim Love

Lonesome Dove,Love Shack 
(Ft. Worth)


Ludo Lefebvre

Trois Mec, Petit Trois
(Los Angeles)


Tony Mantuano

Spiaggia, Cafe Spiaggia, Bar Toma


Art Smith

Table Fifty-Two, Art and Soul


Rick Tramonto

Restaurant R’Evolution


Fabio Viviani

Mercato, Siena Tavern

Jonathan Waxman

Barbuto, Adele’s Nashville


2015 MUSIC


When local Austin, TX native Tameca Jones opens her mouth and sings, jaws hit ground. Souls are searched and stirred. She started melting faces in 2005 when she joined Austin based band 8 Million Stories and performed her original music. A few years later, the band called it quits, which left Tameca without someone to help her create. So, she turned to covers to continue playing, grow her audience, and pay the bills.
“I really trusted my taste level. I figured if I built it they would come. And they did.”
Tameca spent years skillfully and tastefully breathing new life into the music of others. She made a name for herself as the “Queen of Austin Soul,” blowing minds with her tasteful and vibrant interpretations of a diverse list of artists that include Tina Turner, Nirvana, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and more. Her WTF ability to go from soulful wailing to honeyed coos has won her devoted fans, accolades, and some high profile situations opening for Austin super stars Gary Clark Jr., Max Frost, Bob Schneider and other big touring acts. She recently received major love from Billboard Magazine for her white hot performance at the 2015 Austin Music Awards where she paid tribute to late beloved musician Ian McLagan alongside legends like Steven Van Zandt, Charlie Sexton, Alejandro Escovedo, and Patty Griffin. Billboard said she “raised the roof,” while the Austin Chronicle called her performance “showstopping.”
“I never want to do something half way. I never phone in a performance. If I don’t feel what I’m singing, I feel like a fraud. If I’m not exhausted after a show, I haven’t done my job. I want to people’s blown minds to ooze out of their ears after I’m done.”
So many great bands and artists started out covering other people’s music—Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Amy Winehouse to name a few. Tameca has been stewing in the delectable goodness of other people’s music for seven years. So you KNOW she’s about to drop something tasty. Her raw and fierce vocals, along with her choice taste of covers, have won her accolades, thousands of fans, and respect from the industry. Gary Clark Jr. recently enlisted her to sing on a track for his upcoming second studio album. She’s ready to take off the covers and expose who she is as an original artist.
Tameca is partnering with some very respected Texas musicians for her highly anticipated debut EP of originals set to drop in the late fall. The EP’s first single, “Hot and Bothered,” is a Motown inspired cut Tameca wrote about a crush. Tameca’s album will be a patchwork of all of her influences from her career tricking out covers. She is also slated to play the 2nd weekend of ACL Fest. Soon the world will know what Austin, TX has known for some time—that Tameca Jones is a lit cigarette at a gas station about to blow up!




Summer Road Trip Restaurant Guide with OpenTable.Com #savortheroad #GIVEAWAY

This travel season and I am taking a little road trip from Chicago to Minneapolis/St.Paul with OpenTable's Summer Road Trip Restaurant Guide.
I am SUPER excited to check out Minneapolis as I have never visited the city but only dined and commuted through their airport! 
I invite you to join me and dine like a local on your summer road trip with the OpenTable 2015 Summer Road Trip Restaurant Guide and enter the #savortheroad giveaway for a chance to win one of ten $100 OpenTable gift cards.
Compiled by OpenTable insiders across the nation, the guide highlights culinary destinations along some of the country’s most popular road trip routes and is designed to make sure vacationers don’t pass by a single savory stop on their summer travels. From can’t-miss, 
off-the-beaten path eateries to the restaurants that help make even the sleepiest towns dining destinations, these are the in-the-know picks to help make your road trip delicious.
To enter the #savortheroad giveaway, follow @OpenTable on Instagram or Twitter or like OpenTable on Facebook, and share a delicious photograph or video with @OpenTable on either Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter that highlights your summer road trip dining adventures using the hashtag #savortheroad. (Full terms and conditions below.)
The OpenTable 2015 Summer Road Trip Restaurant Guide includes more than 100 restaurants in quiet hamlets and bustling metros popular with road trippers, in regions including California, the Midwest, New England, the Pacific Northwest, the South, and the Southwest. Recommended restaurants include:


SAN FRANCISCO: Zuni CaféBar Crudo, and Trestle
SANTA CRUZ: LailiLa Posta, and Oswald
CARMEL: Mundaka
MONTEREY: Sardine Factory
BIG SUR: The Restaurant at Ventana
and Sierra Mar-Post Ranch Inn
SAN LUIS OBISPO: Granada Bistro
SANTA BARBARA: The Lark and Bouchon
VENICE: Gjelina and Joe’s Restaurant
LOS ANGELES: Pizzeria Mozza
and The Factory Kitchen
SANTA DIEGO: Juniper & Ivy and Bottega Americano
DEL MAR: Cucina Enoteca

Jump to
California ~ Southwest ~ Midwest ~ Northwest ~ South ~ Northeast



Jump to
California ~ Southwest ~ Midwest ~ Northwest ~ South ~ Northeast


OKLAHOMA CITY: Ludivine and The Metro Wine Bar and Bistro
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL: Heartland RestaurantSpoon and Stable,
and The Bachelor Farmer
SIOUX FALLS: Minerva’s
FARGO: Mezzaluna
OMAHA: Boiler RoomModern Love, and V. Mertz
KANSAS CITY: Blvd TavernCafe Trio,
and Gram & Dun
WICHITA: Wine Dive
CHICAGO: FatRiceBoeufhaus, and Parachute

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California ~ Southwest ~ Midwest ~ Northwest ~ South ~ Northeast


BEND: DRAKEAriana, and 900 Wall
SEATTLE: WestwardRockCreek Seafood & Spirits, and Brimmer & Heeltap

Jump to
California ~ Southwest ~ Midwest ~ Northwest ~ South ~ Northeast



Jump to
California ~ Southwest ~ Midwest ~ Northwest ~ South ~ Northeast


BOSTON: Myers + Chang
CAMBRIDGE: Alden & Harlow and Oleana
PROVIDENCE: Local 121Gracie’s, and Hemenway’s
NEWPORT: Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen22 Bowens Wine Bar and Grille, and The Mooring
EAST HARWICH: Twenty Eight Atlantic
DENNIS PORT: The Ocean House
KENNEBUNKPORT: Ocean and Earth at
Hidden Pond

PORTLAND: GraceHugo’s Restaurant,
and Fore Street
MANCHESTER: Hanover Street Chophouse and Cotton

Jump to
California ~ Southwest ~ Midwest ~ Northwest ~ South ~ Northeast

Map your route, make your reservations, and start restaurant road tripping. Then, share your summer road trip eating adventures with OpenTable using the hashtag #savortheroad to enter our gourmet giveaway. 

OpenTable 2015 #savortheroad Summer Road Trip Restaurant Giveaway: TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  1. Introduction: OpenTable, Inc. (“OpenTable”) is offering the OpenTable 2015 #savortheroad Summer Road Trip Restaurant Giveaway (“Giveaway”).  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
  2. Eligibility: The Giveaway is open to U.S. residents eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of OpenTable and its affiliated and subsidiary companies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of such persons, are not eligible to enter the Giveaway.
  3. Entry Period: The entry period for the Giveaway begins at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday, August 16, 2015 (the “Entry Period”).
  4. How to Enter: During the Entry Period, follow @OpenTable on Twitter or Instagram or like OpenTable on Facebook and share a photograph or video with @OpenTable on either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter that highlights your summer road trip eating adventures with the hashtag #savortheRoad. Limit one (1) submission per person per social media account per day during the Entry Period. You must have a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account in order to enter via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, respectively. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are free to join.
  5. Winner Selection: Ten (10) winners will be randomly selected by OpenTable by Friday, August 21, from among all eligible entries received during the Entry Period. OpenTable’s decision is final and binding in all matters relating to the Giveaway. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Entry Period. Potential winners will be notified by direct message via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and OpenTable will request your name, phone number and email. If a potential winner is unreachable for 48 hours after the first attempt to contact such winner, OpenTable may award the Prize to an alternate entrant. To claim the Prize(s), a Winner must complete and sign an “Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability Release” within 48 hours of notification, or an alternate winner may (in OpenTable’s sole discretion) be selected. OpenTable’s computer shall be the official timekeeper for all matters related to the Giveaway.
  6. Prize: Each winner will be awarded a $100 OpenTable Gift Card (the “Prize”). The approximate retail value of the Prize is $100) and total approximate retail value of all Prizes is $500. Those living more than 15 miles outside an OpenTable Gifts metropolitan area may opt to receive a $100 AMEX or Visa gift card. OpenTable will not be responsible for any loss, liability or damage arising out of the winner’s acceptance or use of the prize.  Prizes are not transferable.  No cash equivalent or alternative prize will be given and Prize(s) is non-transferable and non-exchangeable, except in OpenTable’s sole discretion. All federal, state, and/or local taxes are the responsibility of the winners.
  7. Conditions: OpenTable is not responsible for lost, late or unintelligible entries, lost connections, miscommunications, failed transmissions, other technical difficulties or failures. If, in OpenTable’s opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering with any portion of the Giveaway, or if technical difficulties compromise the integrity of the Giveaway, OpenTable reserves the right in its sole discretion to void any entries at issue (including disqualifying any individual who tampers with the entry process), and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Giveaway, in whole or in part, at any time without notice.  In the event of such cancellation, OpenTable reserves the right to award prizes in a random drawing from all eligible entries received before the time of cancellation.  By entering, participants release and hold harmless OpenTable and its promotional partners, and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents, and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram from any liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Giveaway or receipt or use and/or misuse of any prize.  Entrants agree to indemnify OpenTable and its subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all claims and liabilities arising out of or in connection with this Giveaway.  By entering this Giveaway you agree to the use and publishing of your name, photo, opinions, biographical information, state of residence and likeness and entry for promotional purposes, without payment or compensation to you (except where prohibited by law).
  8. Governing Law: This Giveaway shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of California, U.S.A. without regard to its conflicts of laws provisions. The Federal and State courts located in the county of San Francisco, California will be the exclusive venue for any disputes under this Giveaway, and all entrants hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of those courts for such purposes.
  9. Winners List: To receive a list of winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by October 31, 2015, to:  OpenTable, Inc., Attn:  Marketing Department — OpenTable 2015 #savortheRoad Summer Road Trip Restaurant Giveaway, 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104.
  10. Privacy: OpenTable may be collect personal data about contestants in accordance with its privacy policy. By participating in the Giveaway, contestants hereby agree and acknowledge that they have read and accepted OpenTable’s privacy policy.
  11. Sponsor: The sponsor of this Giveaway is OpenTable, Inc., 1 Montgomery Street, Suite 700, San Francisco, CA 94104.