Meat Picks | 9.20.13

Fall Fest Frenzy

Sunday marks Autumn’s “official” return and with it a new crop of seasonal festivals. The local sourced sausage/beer/music Wurst Festival (gotta love that name) ends today in Daley Plaza, and numerous Oktober, Scarecrow, and Fall fests are set to make their debut this weekend and well into next month.

Restaurant celebrations are also in HofbrauFestfull swing, and one of this year’s biggest is at the new Hofbräuhaus Chicago in Rosemont. What better place to get your inner German on? Special menus, music and attractions are planned at Hofbräu now through October 31st. Windy City Live co-host, Ryan Chiaverini is the celebrity keg tapper tonight.

Check the Metromix city and suburban fest schedules for more info.

LyfeKitchen2LYFE gets in the way

If you haven’t heard, there’s a brand new spanking chain on the way to Chicago – LYFE Kitchen.  Love Your Food Everyday was built on the concept, “great food can do amazing things” – specifically: support local farms, promote sustainability, reward environmentally sound businesses and give back to the community.

Lyfe’s eat good / feel good / do good mantra is set to debut in Chicago this November.

Culinary Kids

MasterchefKidsA new cooking competition premieres tonight, Masterchef Junior. Yes, you read that right – a culinary challenge for kids 8-13 who “love to cook”.

Earlier this week, Chef Graham Elliott, told Access Hollywood the kids were so good they were more than capable of giving Masterchef adult competitors a run for their money. Set your recorders to FOX from 7-8 tonight.

We’re Proud as Pig!

Last weekend, Buedel’s own, Chef Russ Kramer and teammates, Mike Tibbs and Joe O’Connor took top honors at the Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ Competition. Sanctioned as an “official Illinois stateRibs championship competition”, over 60 teams competed at the day long bbq and blues event.

Competing as the Bawlin Hawg BBQ team, Russ, Mike and Joe took 8th place for Best Rib Entry, 4th place for Best Dish with their Smoked Scallop over Bacon, Asparagus Risotto & Porcini Breadcrumb presented on cedar planks, and Grand Champion overall.

From the desk of  John Cecala   @BuedelFineMeats   Fan Page   Slideshare

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