Meat Picks | 11.22.13

Tornado Relief

www.buedelfinemeats.comWhen severe storms and tornadoes ripped through Central Illinois last Sunday, hundreds of people lost their homes. We can’t imagine what losing our home and everything we owned could possibly feel like – let alone having that happen just 10 days before Thanksgiving.

Since then, numerous civic, community and volunteer groups have been building a support network to help storm victims. Many of us will never have to face a cataclysmic disaster like this in our lifetimes, but for those who do, any and all help is more than appreciated. If you’d like to help the relief efforts, here are some resource links to get started:

General Resources  Facebook Recovery Page  Facebook Thanksgiving Dinner Page

Jean Banchet Awards



Earlier this week, the nominees for this year’s Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence were announced. The talent pool in the Chicago restaurant community grows richer every year, and the awards provide an opportunity for culinary professionals to shine and be recognized.

The winners will be announced at the 17th Annual Gala Ball on January 31st at the Fairmont Hotel, which also plays hosts to an annual fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Buy tickets here

And the nominees are:

Embeya Lounge


Restaurant of the Year  Acadia, Brindille, Embeya, Grace  Chef of the Year Curtis Duffy (Grace), Carrie Nahabedian (NAHA), Paul Virant (Vie, Perennial Virant), Andrew Zimmerman (Sepia)  Pastry Chef of the Year  Lisa Bonjour (mk), Craig Harzewski (NAHA), Elissa Narow (Vie, Perennial Virant), Leigh Omilinsky (Cafe des Architectes) Best Chef de Cuisine  Ali Ratcliffe-Bauer (Brindille), Andres Padilla (Topolobampo), Sean Pharr (NoMI Kitchen), Nicholas Romero (Grace)  Rising Chef of the Year  Thai Dang (Embeya), Nicole Pederson (Found), Tom Van Lente (TWO), Lee Wolen (The Lobby at the Peninsula Chicago) – Chef Wolen will be going to Boka in January. Rising Pastry Chef of the Year  Dana Cree (Blackbird), Sarah Mispagel (Nightwood), Thomas Raquel (Acadia), Bobby Schaffer (Grace)  Best New Restaurant Fat Rice, Found, Gather, Travelle, TWO  Best Sommelier  Valerie Cao (Grace), Chad Ellegood (NoMI Kitchen), Richard Hanauer (Langham, Chicago), Arthur Hon (Sepia)  Best Mixologist  Charles Joly (The Aviary), Paul McGee (Three Dots and a Dash), Danielle Pizzutillo (Embeya), Sergio Serna (The Drawing Room)  Best Restaurant Design  Balena, Boarding House, Brindille, Embeya  Best Restaurant Service  Balena, Grace, Nightwood, Sixteen

Congratulations to all those nominated!

…because you want s’more

When you start looking for some cozy winter treats, (soon!), you might want to check out Zagat’s recent list of Must-Try S’mores in Chicago. Their top ten picks range from donuts to ice cream moto_smores_Amy_Stallard_680_340_85_s_c1renderings of the family favorite flavor.

Closest to the campfire classic, is Moto’s chocolate ganache, vanilla marshmallow and crumbled graham cracker version – roasted at table side.

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