Meat Picks | 9.21.12

Fall Reflections

Have you ever wondered why most Oktoberfest events are always in September? There are numerous schools of thought on the matter ranging from the need for better weather to having to drink beer before it spoils. All accounts agree, the first “official” fest was held on October 12, 1810, marking the royal marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese in Munich, Germany.

If you want to try and still make it to an Oktoberfest this year, there are suburban events running this weekend and in the City next weekend at St. Alfonsos Church in Lakeview.

Fall, which officially starts tomorrow if you haven’t heard, also marks the unofficial start of comfort food season.

Several winners from the annual Time Out Chicago Eat Out Awards announced last April, also stand to become fall favorites this season: Coziest Place to Hibernate, Miko’s Flipside Café, Best New Burger Joint, Butcher and the Burger, and Most Legitimate Farm-to-Table Restaurant, Pleasant House Bakery. (PHB was also ranked Cheap Eatery of the Year by readers.) See the full list of this year’s winners here.

Last Chance to get in on Farm to Fork tomorrow!

McDonald Farm’s inaugural Farm to Fork dinner will take place Naperville tomorrow. Guests will get to tour the farm before dinner and have the opportunity to sample veggies straight from the fields, learn about sustainable agriculture and organic farming and actively engage in conservation conversation.

Don’t miss out on this harvest fresh six course meal planned by Farm to Fork’s Executive Chef Valerie Bulon, of Top Chef fame. Early reservations are still available! Buy tickets off the link on the top right corner of the Farm to Fork home page.


The 7th annual Chicago Culinary Museum fundraising dinner and Chef Hall of Fame awards held at the Hilton last Wednesday night was a huge success.

Culinary schools from the French Pastry School, Kendall College, Le Cordon Blue, College of DuPage, Elgin Community College, Joliet Junior College and the Washburne Culinary Institute, provided a progressive meal for the event – their presentations were excellent. Chef Graham Elliot and Pastry Chef, Jacquy Pfeiffer, were inducted to the Chef Hall of Fame and funds were raised for the building of the future Chicago Culinary Arts Museum. A great time for a worthy cause was had by all.  Photo album from the event is posted on our Facebook page.

The mission of the Chicago Culinary Museum and Chefs Hall of Fame is to promote and celebrate Chicago as a Culinary Mecca. The organization will take a leadership role with the entire industry to create a culinary environment that fosters education, awareness, and growth.


From the desk of  John Cecala  Twitter @Buedel Fine Meats  Facebook  Buedel Fan Page

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